In the fearsome tradition of crossover thrash forged by acts like D.R.I., S.O.D., C.O.C, and a lot of other bands with three-letter acronyms comes BIRTH A.D.! The band formed in 2008 in Austin, Texas, as a side project of Candlelight Recording artists and underground American black metal legion AVERSE SEFIRA, and have been kicking up an unholy racket ever since.
BIRTH A.D.‘s first offering is their self-produced EP, Stillbirth of a Nation. Their snarling crossover anthems stand a head and shoulders above the current thrash pack, combining the political fury of punk rock and balls-out intensity of vintage speed metal with their own metal thrashing madness. No gimmicks, no high-tops, no trends – Birth A.D. are the real fucking deal. Their debut effort is chaos incarnate, a raging slab of sociopolitical outrage and razor-edged riffs guaranteed to incite riots and draw blood.
The band’s inaugural outing was a successful eleven-date tour of Japan in October 2009, and since then have appeared with numerous high-profile touring thrash metal acts throughout the United States. BIRTH A.D. is currently working on new material and seeking label support in order to crush, kill, destroy! BIRTH A.D. is:
British thrashers EVILE are set to kick off a headlining UK tour on February 9th in Manchester, with support from ELIMINATION and MUTANT.
EVILE recently launched a competition, in conjunction with Metal Hammer, to offer UK bands the chance to fill the final support slot at any one of the five shows on the upcoming tour. EVILE themselves chose ten finalists for each of the cities, and the readers of Metal Hammer then voted to decide which five bands will get to share the stage with EVILE.
After thousands of votes, the winners for each city are now confirmed:
Manchester – BLUDVERA
Newcastle – VORTEX
Glasgow – CIRCLE OF TYRANTS
Nottingham – IMPALED EXISTANCE
London – BLEEDING OATH
See EVILE on tour in the UK with these bands plus ELIMINATION and MUTANT at the following shows:
09 February 2011 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
10 February 2011 – Newcastle, UK – Academy
11 February 2011 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
12 February 2011 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
13 February 2011 – London, UK – Underworld
On 1st March 2011 the Bulgarian death metal artists will enter the studio to record their third album. The album will contain 9 new songs full of eternal pain. They will make a video to one of the songs. At the moment, the band is looking for a new label. The members of the band expect their album to be released as late as the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012.
Old-school Swedish death dealers MIASMAL have revealed the artwork for their self-titled full-length debut. The album will be released on CD by Dark Descent Records and given the vinyl treatment by Detest Records and Me Saco Un Ojo. The CD version will contain eight brand new tracks as well as six bonus tunes taken from the band’s sold-out demo recording and 7″ EP. MIASMAL is currently wrapping things up in the studio and are planning for an April 2011 release. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/miasmalband for more details.
In other MIASMAL news, the band is currently gearing up for their first US tour, set to kick off this May. Appearances at Maryland Death Fest and Chaos In Tejas (which runs June 2nd – June 5th in Austin, TX) are already confirmed. More tour dates coming soon.
Vocalist Joacim Cans and guitarist Pontus Norgren of the Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will be available for the next live, in-studio chat with their fans on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 beginning at 9 a.m. PACIFIC / 12 p.m. EASTERN / 6 p.m. CET. The online event will take place at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room at this location: www.nuclearblast.de/streamingroom
Guitarist Oscar Dronjak and vocalist Joacim Cans hosted the band’s first live chat from the studio. They discussed stage regalia, working song titles, the album title, and a host of other topics. View the recorded chat here.
Guitarist Pontus Norgren and bassist Fredrik Larsson hosted the second live chat. They discussed ACCEPT’s Restless And Wild album, Hungarian food, black metal, and favorite female vocalists. Producer James Michael even made an appearance. View the recorded chat here.
HAMMERFALL members are recording the follow-up album to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory (which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart) with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf). The as-yet-untitled new release will be available in Europe on May 20th. A summer release date in North America is expected.
View the band’s latest video blog installment, “Zombified,” here.
No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.
Indian death metal band Exhumation has announced the release of their 2nd album “Consider This” on 7th March 2011 and also revealed the album artwork and tracklist. The album will be released as a free download on their Reverbnation page (www.reverbnation.com/exhumationindia) and will contain 8 tracks of brutal death metal.
The band has also inked a deal with retail store CDRack.in to release a limited edition of the album on CD for diehard fans who would like to own a copy of the album. The CDs will be limited to 200 copies and will be hand numbered. The artwork has been done by guitarist Prashant Shah who has done all the bands previous artworks as well as art for bands like Scribe and Demonic Resurrection.
Swedish death metal legends AMON AMARTH, who earlier this month revealed the track listing and cover art of their upcoming Surtur Rising full-length, unveil the official album landing page. The new website, dedicated exclusively to Surtur Rising, will include album pre-orders for North America and Europe as well as up-to-the-minute news updates, tour announcements, videos and singles leading up to the record’s release. The page currently features a stream of “War Of The Gods,” the opening track off Surtur Rising. Check it out HERE.
U.S. fans will have ten Surtur Rising pre-order options:
Deluxe Box Set
Deluxe Box Set + LP
Deluxe Box Set + LP + Exclusive Shirt
Deluxe Box Set + Exclusive Shirt
CD/DVD + LP
CD/DVD + LP + Exclusive Shirt
CD/DVD + Exclusive Shirt
LP + Exclusive Shirt
The shirt is a Metal Blade U.S. pre-order exclusive and will be unavailable for purchase after street date.
CD/DVD Digipak includes:
10 tracks of brand new music
28-page full-color booklet
DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the Bloodshed Over Bochum concert series in 2008.
2 Bonus Tracks: Kiss’ “War Machine” and Accept’s “Balls To The Wall”
28-page full-color booklet
DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the Bloodshed Over Bochum concert series in 2008.
Picture Disc Includes:
2-sided Surtur Rising picture disc
Die-cut gate-fold sleeve
Surtur Rising is AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio offering in a winding discography that’s helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.
Surtur Rising will be released in North America on March 29, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
Legendary metal act Motörhead recently made an appearance on late night show, CONAN, to perform their newest single, “Get Back In Line.” The clip can be seen here: http://bit.ly/eatrfm.
“Get Back In Line” is featured on the band’s soon to be released 20th studio album entitled, The Wörld is Yours, which in-stores on February 8th. The official video for “Get Back in Line” can be seen here: http://bit.ly/gTdeWG
Motörhead are currently on the road on a U.S. tour that will wrap up in Los Angeles at Club Nokia on March 11th. After that the band will take on Australia and South America in April/May before returning to Europe for a summer tour.
The band will be making an appearance tonight on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35 AM/12:35C on NBC.
The members of BONDED BY BLOOD are all doing fine after a van accident that had occurred this past weekend. Bassist, Jerry Garcia updated fans on the situation with a statement written on his Tumblr page (http://moreworldsthanone.tumblr.com/):
“We were on our way to Trenton, NJ and our trailer took us for a spin on the highway. We had a great gig last night and we were happy to finally get into the groove of things, unfortunately everything has come to a cold and dreadful stop. I was driving the van on our way to New Jersey when we suddenly skid across the road and nearly hit a wall. Unfortunately our fucking trailer flipped over and broke off the hinge!
As I was driving down the road the weather kept getting worse and worse. It was very difficult to see outside of our windows and the road was becoming one big sheet of ice. I could see the light from my headlights reflect off the pavement. I slowed down because I was afraid we would hydroplane. I was going about 40- 45 mph about two hours from the venue, listening to the song “Chase The Wind” by our friends band Holy Grail on my headphones, when suddenly I realized that our trailer was on a massive hydroplane completely adjacent to us. I kind of freaked out because I was afraid it would smash into the back of the van where Juan was sleeping. I laid off the gas and as soon as I did the trailer pulled the van and caused me to loose complete control. All I could say was “OH FUUUUCK!” I managed to narrowly miss the center divider and a few cars before we skid completely across the highway and almost hit the wall on the other side. We came to a stop about 3 feet from the wall!
It was a surreal experience to say the least. Something about listening to our buddy Luna (from Holy Grail) singing while we almost lost our lives just didn’t seem right. At least that is not how I would’ve expected to go. Everything happened so fast and my actions seemed automatic as if my instincts just kicked in and I did whatever it is I did behind the wheel without thinking about it. Im not superstitious but its kind of ironic that Mauro was listening to “Dying Season” by Heathen and the exit off the highway we took after all was said and done was named Moosic. Its like we exited music and in a way we did, for the night at least.
We will probably have to miss a few gigs until we can get back on our feet again and get some form of transportation for our gear. Our trailer is fucked beyond immediate repair. We will have to leave it behind and find something else to haul our stuff in. I just hope that our gear is fine and nothing was destroyed. I apologize to anyone that came to see us tonight or will come to see us tomorrow but our safety comes first. We have to get everything fixed and safe before we can go anywhere in this weather. We are extremely bummed that we will have to miss some gigs, this is DEFINITELY NOT OUR STYLE (To miss shows and disappoint our fans) but sometimes things get out of hand. Don’t worry guys, if we happen to miss your state due to this remember that our tour schedule is massive and we will be back in a few months! You guys should still go to the gigs and support Lazarus A.D. and the local acts that open up for them!
I would’ve been completely devastated if any of the guys got hurt tonight but thankfully we are all ok, hell were doing just fine! Alex is playing some video game on his PSP, Carlos is on the phone with some girl (I hope haha), Mauro is fucking around in the van and Juan is on his laptop like always! Everyone is in high spirits and in hopes that we can get on the road A.S.A.P! My team just won 2 nil and one of my favorite songs, Peace Sells But Who’s Buying, is playing on the Radio! Hahaha believe it or not Dee Snyder has his own radio station out here and here we are listening to it. Ahh its good to live to hear that song one more time!!!
Thanks for the well wishes guys, BBB will be back on the road in a little bit.
P.S. Fuck you snow, you can’t stop us!” View photos of the accident here:
BONDED BY BLOOD will join DEATH ANGEL and LAZARUS A.D. on the North American Retribution tour in time for their gig tomorrow in Springfield, VA.
North American Retribution 2011 Tour w/DEATH ANGEL and LAZARUS A.D
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 05 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA (Scion Rock Fest)
Mar. 09 – Academy 2 – London, UK
Mar. 10 – The Croft – Bristol, UK
Mar. 11 – Crauford Arms – Milton Keynes, UK
Mar. 12 – Well, Leeds – UK
Mar. 13 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow – UK
Mar. 14 – The Maze, Nottingham – UK
Mar. 15 – Joiners, Southampton – UK
Mar. 16 – Metal Lust @ Brickmakers, Norwich – UK
Mar. 17 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden – Germany
Mar. 18 – Dynamo, Zürich – Switzerland
Mar. 19 – Modra Vopice, Prague – Czech Republic
Mar. 20 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana – Slovenia
Mar. 21 – 3Raum /Arena, Vienna – Austria
Mar. 22 – Lazzaretto, Bologna – Italy
Mar. 23 – Mephisto, Barcelona – Spain
Mar. 24 – Hebe, Madrid – Spain
Mar. 25 – Paris Extreme, Paris – France
Mar. 26 – Santana 27 Black, Bilbao – Spain
Mar. 27 – Porto Rio, Porto – Portugal
Mar. 29 – Headcrush, Hamburg – Germany
Mar. 30 – Merleyn, Nijmegen – The Netherlands
Mar. 31 – The Rock, Copenhagen – Denmark
Apr. 02 – JH Comma, Bruges – Belgium
Apr. 17 – Bradway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (w/HATE)
w/SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
Apr. 18 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 19 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Apr. 20 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Apr. 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr. 23 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 24 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr. 26 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 27 – The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
Apr. 28 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 01 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
May 02 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 05 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
May 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 07 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 08 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 09 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 10 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
May 11 – The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 13 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
May 18 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 20 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
May 21 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 22 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
w/SEPULTURA, NEVERMORE, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
May 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 26 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
May 27 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
May 28 – Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
May 29 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
May 31 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
‘The Architects of Guilt’ out next month on Solid State Records
TEXAS – North Texas technical death metal group, The Famine, has uploaded a video trailer to the Solid State Records YouTube channel, in anticipation of the band’s devastating sophomore effort, The Architects of Guilt. The album trailer, which features an audio sample of the track, “Ad Mortem”, can be seen online now:
The Architects of Guilt will hit stores on February 15th.
SWEDEN – Swedish melodic death metal titan, Arch Enemy, has posted a second studio update from Sweet Spot Studios in Sweden, as they continue to record the forthcoming full-length, Khaos Legions, with engineer, Rickard Bengtsson. Part two of the studio report shows bassist, Sharlee D’Angelo, scarifying his bleeding fingers for the sake of KHAOS.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the low end is firmly in place! After a long day of plowing through an absolutely massive array of bass guitars, different amps and cabs, and various other electronic gadgets, the choice finally fell on my white custom shop Ibanez Iceman run through an MXR Bass D.I.+ and an Aguilar Tonehammer into an Aguilar DB751 head and a DB810 cab, complimented by a Marshall VBC 412 cab, hidden behind a veritable forest of expensive microphones on serious looking mic stands. And the result? F**king awesome, people! Our engineer Rickard Bengtsson is an audio nerd with a rock’n’roll backbone who does not give up until he finds what he’s looking for – and thank f**k for that. Cause the songs on this album really need to be presented in the best way possible. Having laid down all the bass tracks now I just can’t wait for everybody to hear the album, and to play all these songs live for you all! But we’re not quite there yet, next up are blistering leads from the depths of hell…”
After releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live In Japan live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album, The Root Of All Evil (2009), Khaos Legions, the band’s ninth studio album, will mark a return to new, original material.
The new record is slated for a May 2011 release, courtesy of Century Media Records.
Arch Enemy has confirmed several summer dates and festivals in support of the forthcoming album.
Stay tuned for more information on Arch Enemy and Khaos Legions.
ARCH ENEMY – Live 2011:
14-May-2011 – Boulevard Festival @ C.O.C. Stadium, Morocco, Casablanca
27-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
28-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau
29-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining
31-May 2011 – Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
04-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Hungary
05-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic
25-June-2011 – Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
12-July-2011 – Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia
14-July-2011 – Lez’ Art Scenique Festival, Selesat, France
22-July-2011 – Tuska, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
30-July-2011 – MetaLmorphosiS 2011, Cyprus
18-August-2011 – Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl, Germany
27-August-2011 – Summers End Open Air, Andernach, Germany
“Finnish Metal Tour 2” to decimate North America this winter
HELSINKI, FINLAND – Finland’s keyboard-soaked prog/death metal supergroup, Barren Earth, is set to kick off its debut North American tour, the “Finnish Metal Tour 2”, tonight in Orlando. The much anticipated trip to the US and Canada comes in the wake of the band’s critically acclaimed debut record,Curse of the Red River, which hit stores last year on Peaceville Records. Fellow countrymen, Finntroll, Ensiferum and Rotten Sound, will round out the lineup on the 30-city run.
“I have to say that I am totally stoked about the upcoming tour in North America with Barren Earth,” said bassist, Oppu Laine, via the band’s official MySpace page. “Not only because this is our first tour in the U.S. and Canada, but also because it’s our first full tour altogether. We’ve done some gigs in Finland and it’s been really great, but never a full tour. Touring five weeks with Barren Earth and all the other cool bands on the bill must be an absolute test… but I just cannot wait!! So, get yer asses to the shows and witness some of the greatest actual Finnish metal acts alive. See you and let’s get cursed!!”
Barren Earth recently posted a tour video trailer online, featuring keyboardist, Kasper Mårtenson (Ex-Amorphis, Ben Granfelt Band), and guitarist, Sami Ylisirniö (Kreator, Waltari), as they geared up for their North American excursion. The video is available on YouTube at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmUdSHk6GDA.
Finally, in celebration of the “Finnish Metal Tour 2”, a specially priced bundle pack of Barren Earth’s critically acclaimed debut EP, ‘Our Twilight’, andCurse of the Red Rivercan be purchased through the Peaceville Records webstore for just $16 at:http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/product/327/2362/.
Stay tuned to for more information on Barren Earth and the “Finnish Metal Tour 2”.
“Finnish Metal Tour 2” featuring Barren Earth…
Jan. 31 – Orlando, FL – The Club at Firestone
Feb. 01 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Feb. 02 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall
Feb. 03 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee
Feb. 04 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Alternative Lounging
Feb. 05 – Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
Feb. 07 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
Feb. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
Feb. 09 – Santa Anna, CA – Galaxy Theater
Feb. 10 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Feb. 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Feb. 14 – Calgary, AB – The Republik
Feb. 15 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Feb. 16 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Feb. 17 – Winnipeg, MB – The Osbourne Village Inn
Feb. 18 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Feb. 19 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
Feb. 20 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
Feb. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Feb. 22 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Feb. 23 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 24 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Feb. 25 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Feb. 26 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 27 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Mar. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Mar. 02 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Mar. 03 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
Mar. 04 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Barren Earth is…
Mikko Kotamäki – Vocals (Swallow The Sun)
Olli-Pekka Laine – Bass (Ex-Amorphis, Mannhai)
Kasper Mårtenson –Keyboards (Ex-Amorphis, Ben Granfelt Band)
Heavy MTL 2011, Heavy T.O. To Host Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, KINGDOM OF SORROW, DISTURBED, GODSMACK Among Performing Acts
Parc Jean-Drapeau might be covered in snow, but the first sounds of summer are already here. Brace yourselves, because Heavy MTL is back for a third edition and this year’s festival will take the event to never-before-seen heights! evenko is thrilled to announce Heavy MTL 2011, uniting top metal and hard rock bands from around the world with their biggest fans.
With only two editions of shredding under our belts, Heavy MTL has quickly become one of the most significant and talked-about event of its kind on the continent. Building on a hugely successful sophomore year that saw over 42,500 fans crash through the gates of Parc Jean-Drapeau, 2011 will surely raise the bar, and the decibels, once more.
This year’s premier metal and hard rock event will again join forces with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival to deliver an impressive lineup of acts to fans at Parc Jean-Drapeau. See below for a list of bands that will be performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’s stop at Heavy MTL on Saturday, July 23rd. With a wider range of talent than ever, it’s guaranteed to blow your mind as well as your eardrums, a must-see show for all fans of earth-shattering music.
Heavy T.O. – Heavy Is Set To Take Over Toronto!
The remarkable success of Heavy MTL has prompted the launch of a new event, right down the 401 – that’s right, we’re talkin’ Heavy T.O.
“Thanks to the incredible support of fans and the sheer momentum Heavy has gained in two short years, we felt this experience needed to be shared elsewhere in Canada”, said evenko’s director of concerts and events, Nick Farkas.
Set to take place on the same weekend as Heavy MTL, metal and hard rock fans in the GTA will be able to get up close and personal with the amazing Heavy experience. What’s more, evenko will work in collaboration with the world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation, to ensure that Heavy T.O. is a tremendous success as of its inaugural year. The event will feature two full days of programming and, along with Heavy MTL, will undoubtedly make Canada the envy of the international metal and hard rock communities.
Today’s announcement is merely a first look at what’s in store. Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages as the full Heavy MTL and Heavy T.O. lineups will be announced in early March.
As promised, here is a look at part of this year’s Saturday, July 23rd Heavy MTL lineup: DISTURBED, GODSMACK, IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
Heavy MTL takes place July 23rd – 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Further details here.
Heavy T.O. takes place July 23rd – 24 at Downsview Park. Further details here.
THE 4TH ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 TOUR LINE-UP FEATURING DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM and MANY MORE
The Hard Rock & Metal Tour Event of the Summer Kicks Off on July 9th with Pre-Sale Tickets Slotted for Friday April 8th
Tour Co-Producer John Reese to Appear on Sirius XM Liquid Metal with Host Jose Mangin, Today at 12pm PST
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage. Today, the 4th annual summertime juggernaut announces the 2011 line-up with DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more of today’s most electrifying artists. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a ferocious mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. For the first time in festival history, through their success, IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is thrilled to see the return of festival veterans DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, and SUICIDE SILENCE.
The JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTERBattle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALLPERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
The 4th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.
“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem Festival!! Can’t Fu@?kin’ wait!!!”
Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan of DISTURBED emotes, “DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year. It’s been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we’ve been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime. MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill.”
Also, mainstage performer MEGADETH’s lead guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine adds, “This is going to be a helluva hot summer, and you can get ready for true Mayhem this year.”
“MACHINE HEAD are thrilled to once again be a part of what has become the undisputed king of metal and rock festivals in the U.S., MAYHEM,” states MACHINE HEAD frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn. “Our run headlining the JAGERMEISTER stage in 2008 was one of the wildest and most inspiring tours we have ever been a part of. We became friends with so many great bands and Mulisha dudes. We all partied, and rode what would become an incredible wave of momentum for MACHINE HEAD. The vibe on the tour was filled with an impressive amount of goodwill due to the attention to detail and hard work of John Reese and Kevin Lyman. MACHINE HEAD will do everything in our power to make this f*&#ing huge!! Bring on the summer!”
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL attendees can enjoy a plethora of festival activities, including perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that enhance the concert experience. It’s a 10 hour trip to heavy nirvana.
Complete information on the 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL line-up is available at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com. There fans can also check out exclusive video clips of official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL correspondent, radio personality, author and scene icon, Full Metal Jackie introducing this year’s tour, plus a special appearance by one of this year’s mainstage performers!
Be sure to tune in to Sirius XM Liquid Metal on Monday morning at 12pm PST to catch live, exclusive updates and information straight from the source! Famously extreme Sirius XM radio personality Jose Mangin will be sitting down with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL tour co-producer John Reese, who will unveil the official 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL line-up. Sirius XM will be the first radio destination that fans can learn about the certified line-up and special insider information from one of the tour’s established organizers. Stay tuned into Liquid Metal after the interview for exclusive conversations with some of this year’s performers.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and Creative Artists Agency. The trio has made the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the title sponsor.
“Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2011,” states tour producer John Reese. “Each year the tour gets bigger and better and 2011 is no exception. This group of artists this year are going to apply a big, bad, metal shellacking for the fans across the USA and Canada.”
“ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2011 is a true mix of molten veterans and smoldering up-and-comers, who are bringing their A games and giving the fans nothing less of an amazing day,” adds tour producer Kevin Lyman.
Live Nation is co-producer of the tour and will promote the festival nationally. Perry Lavoisne, SVP North American Touring for Live Nation, states, “The Mayhem team has delivered the best live metal line-up possible for four years in row, while creating a highly visible brand and value for fans of metal and hard rock. We anticipate another stellar run with DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH and all the other bands uniting metal fans at every tour stop.”
In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music. Artists who have performed in ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s past include hard music legends SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MARILYN MANSON, KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MASTODON, FIVE FINGER DEATHPUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many more. All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.
See below for all current tour dates. When viewing, fans should take notice of the line-up changes on the San Bernardino, Mountain View and Montreal dates. On July 9th in San Bernardino, CA, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s metal cartoon phenomenon DETHKLOK will perform in the place of MEGADETH, and colossal Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT will perform in the place of IN FLAMES. TESTAMENT will also perform in the place of IN FLAMES on the July 10th Mountain View, CA date. MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, QC Heavy MTL date. Other bands will be announced for Heavy MTL soon. Go to www.heavymtl.com for further information.
“DETHKLOK has decided to play one show this year,” boasts Metalocalypse co-creator and DETHKLOK lead musician Brendon Small. “And that show is the Mayhem fest on July 9th. There is nothing more brutal than horrible hot putrid disgusting summer why not make it just a little more brutal, right? We are super honored to be a part of this amazing lineup! I can’t wait!”
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL TOUR DATES:
7/9 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles, CA)
7/10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (San Francisco, CA)
7/12 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA (Seattle, WA)
7/13 – Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID (Boise, ID)
7/15 – Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
7/16 – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
7/17 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO (Denver, CO)
7/19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)
7/20 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
7/22 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)