Houston-based progressive-instrumentalists SCALE THE SUMMIT have announced the title of their third album, “The Collective,” due out on March 1 on Prosthetic Records. It’s the follow-up to their 2009 critically acclaimed Prosthetic debut, “Carving Desert Canyons.” The album was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder).
The standard CD is available now for pre-order, as is a signed booklet version bundled with a high quality, limited edition, American Apparel shirt. Order it now at: http://ht.ly/3GM6T
As announced earlier this week, the band will be on tour in March and April with Fair to Midland and Periphery.
The dates are:
3/3 Houston, TX- Warehouse Live
3/4 Dallas, TX- Trees
3/5 Austin, TX- Emo’s Inside
3/6 Lubbock, TX- Jake’s Sports Café
3/8 Mesa, AZ- The Underground
3/9 Victorville, CA- VVEC
3/11 West Hollywood, CA- Whisky A Go-Go
3/12 Bakersfield, CA- Jerry’s Pizza
3/13 Sacramento, CA- Ace Of Spades
3/15 Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre
3/16 Seattle, WA- Studio Seven
3/17 Spokane, WA- The A Club
3/18 Boise, ID- The Venue
3/20 Colorado Springs, CO- The Black Sheep
3/21 Denver, CO- Marquis Theatre
3/23 Cedar Falls, IA- The Wheelhouse
3/24 St. Paul, MN- Station 4
3/25 Flint, MI- The Machine Shop
3/26 Madison, WI- The Annex
3/28 Chicago, IL- Bottom Lounge
3/29 Toronto, ON- Mod Club 3/30 Pittsburgh, PA- Smiling Moose
4/1 Hartford, CT- Webster Underground
4/2 Worcester, MA- The Palladium
4/3 Philadelphia, PA- The Barbary
4/6 New York, NY- Santo’s Party House
4/7 Springfield, VA- Jaxx
4/8 Knoxville, TN- The Cider House
4/9 Asheville, NC- The Orange Peel
4/10 Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade
4/12 New Orleans, LA- The Parish @ House of Blues
4/13 Little Rock, AR- Juanita’s
4/14 Tulsa, OK- The Marquee
4/15 Oklahoma City, OK- Conservatory
SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians’ Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Texas in 2006, where they recorded their first, self-released album. After signing with Prosthetic, they released “Carving Desert Canyons”, which Revolver called, “a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion,” in 2009.
The band, who received praise from Guitar World for their “tightly-woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks,” has toured with the likes of PROTEST THE HERO, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, CYNIC, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and were handpicked by DREAM THEATER to participate in the 2009 installment of their famed “Progressive Nation” festival tour. SCALE THE SUMMIT has also been featured prominently in Guitar Player magazine, and has tracks available for the Rock Band video game through the Rock Band Network.
The new band MaYaN with many Epica members involved will release their debut album: Quarterpast on the 20th of May 2011.
The 7 singers on this album will be:
Mark Jansen: grunts & screams, Arien van Weesenbeek: grunts, Jack Driessen: screams, Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever), Simone Simons (Epica), Henning Basse (Sons of Seasons) and the revelation and one of the biggest Italian Opera talents, named Laura Macrì. See Laura sing here:
MaYaN will upload every day a new movie about the vocal recording sessions.
PERIPHERY Announce Massive North American Spring Tour With
Fair To Midland and Scale The Summit; Post New Video For “Jetpacks Was Yes” Exclusively At GuitarWorld.com
There is no doubt that PERIPHERY are innovators and guitarist Misha Mansoor is being hailed by industry experts and his peers as one of the main purveyors of this current Djent movement that is feverishly spreading throughout the progressive circles. This Maryland based six-piece spent the better half of 2010 on the road and pick up in the New Year right where they left off as they prepare for a massive European tour, which kicks off at the end of the month.
On March 3rd, PERIPHERY makes their much anticipated return to North America alongside Fair To Midland and Scale The Summit. This five-week trek is going to be a monster and see below to view the entire touring itinerary. Also, the group’s visually stunning masterpiece for the track, “Jetpacks Was Yes,” can be viewed now exclusively at the link below. The video was produced by Eric Haviv, Richard Webb, and Brandon Morris of FUGO Studios (www.fugostudios.com). Click on the link below now to check it out.
Guitarist Alex Bois states: “This tour couldn’t have come at a better time! We’ll be fresh off of our first UK/EU tour and hungry to return to our home crowds. We’ve all been HUGE fans of both bands for a while now and it will be great to finally share the road/stage with them. I think our styles compliment each other in such a way that this tour will be educational, as it is exciting. Our new Icarus Lives EP will also be released around this time too, so we’re also stoked to be showcase some tracks from it. See you all soon.”
Vocalist Spencer Sotelo further comments on the new video: “Originally the guys and I wanted to portray a very melancholy vibe. We had been brainstorming ideas together for a few weeks and had some different concepts. I thought it would be awesome to try and bring to life the actual meaning and emotion of the song’s story line in a very literal, yet tasteful way. It is a fictional story about an infinite being who outlives everyone, and everything, he comes in contact with. He comes to realize that although living forever has it’s great benefits, it is a curse because everything has a finite lifespan whether it be people, trees, animals, even planets and solar systems. Therefore, this video is the section of his life where he is reminiscing on his past relationships with different places and people that had meaning to him. The rest is basically showing how he has outlived the very place he had called his home for a great deal of time, and he now has to search for new colonies throughout the galaxy to fit in to and ultimately start over and make a new life.”
Very rarely does a band come along that just defies the boundaries of conventionality, but the experimental, progressive metal outfit PERIPHERY have done just that and have blazed a trail of originality that has sent a shockwave throughout the metal world. Head over to www.facebook.com/peripheryband for additional information. PERIPHERY W/Fair To Midland, Scale The Summit 3/3 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
3/4 Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/5 Austin, TX @ Emo’s Inside
3/6 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe3/8 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
3/9 Victorville, CA @ VVEC
3/11 West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
3/12 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
3/13 Sacramento, CA @ Aces of Spades
3/15 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
3/16 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/17 Spokane, WA @ The A Club
3/18 Boise, ID @ The Venue
3/20 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
3/21 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3/23 Cedar Falls, IA @ The Wheelhouse
3/24 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/25 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
3/26 Madison, WI @ The Annex
3/28 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
3/29 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
3/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
4/1 Hartford, CT @ The Webster Underground
4/2 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/3 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
4/6 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
4/7 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/8 Knoxville, TN @ The Cider House
4/9 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
4/10 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/12 New Orleans, LA @ The Parish – House of Blues
4/13 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
4/14 Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
4/15 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Southern Lord label mates BLACK BREATH and NAILS are both confirmed to take part in the recently announced Scion Rock Fest, scheduled to take place in Pomona, California on March 5th, 2011. NAILS and BLACK BREATH are part of the amazing double-stage lineup also including Morbid Angel, Obituary, Death Angel, Municipal Waste, Agalloch, Integrity, Bastard Noise, Atheist, Floor, Crom, Wormrot, Kvelertak, Necrite, Woe, Fuck The Facts, Bonded By Blood and Christian Mistress!
Seattle’s d-beat crushers BLACK BREATH have been touring the US heavily over the past year, and most recently returned from a month-long European tour in November, followed by an appearance with label mates Wolves In The Throne Room and the mighty Neurosis at the end of December. The band continue to bring the pain on the stage in support of their debut album Heavy Breathing Southern Lord delivered in March 2010, which reared it’s head again in countless year-end lists worldwide. With a new album expected later in 2011 and more tour plans coming together for the coming months, expect more news on BLACK BREATH soon.
One of Southern Lord’s more recent signings, California’s trio NAILS’ insanely brutal 14-minute album Unsilent Death also ranked in endless year-end lists from fans and journalists everywhere. After several regional tours of the US, including a rash of dates with Venomous Concept, NAILS are working on their follow-up to Unsilent Death for Southern Lord, are set to appear on the first night of this year’s Maryland Deathfest, and will continue to unleash hell on audiences throughout the year.
Singapore grindcore trio WORMROT have just finished a mini-tour of South East Asia, which included the band’s first ever time visiting Thailand and Vietnam – where the band was forced to play two songs for permit officers prior to the show, in order to be approved and allowed to perform.
Following their return home, WORMROT have written a tour blog to detail their unique experience, including being one of the first and only grindcore bands to play in Vietnam.
Some excerpts from the tour blog follow:
14 Jan 2011 – Johor Bahru, Malaysia
“The show in Embrace Hall was fucking awesome. There were some guys from Penang who took a 12 hours train ride just to see Wormrot! That was really touching and we really appreciate their support. Everyone seemed to have fun; moshing, dancing, stage dive, etc…”
15 Jan 2011 – Bangkok, Thailand
“It is our first time in Thailand so we didn’t know what to expect from the crowd… Turns out to be a killer! Crazy, crazy Thai crowd!!! There were about 70+ people in total but it seemed like there were 100 people in there. Stomping the stage and dancing like they’ve been possessed! It was like a Thai Boxing competition!”
16 Jan 2011 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“When we reached Ho Chi Minh City Airport at around 9.40am, the Security Police Officers checked our luggage. They would not let us through as we were carrying merchandise, especially CDs. One of them told me that he can let us go IF we gave them 3 of our Abuse CDs as there were 3 officers. We gave them the CDs and that settled everything. Hope they are into Grind coz I figured they might get heart attack when they listen to it.
“Again we did not expect anything much as it was also our 1st time in Vietnam. So, when the crowd went crazy during Wormrot’s set, it was really mind-blowing for us as most of them were not Metalheads. Some even brought their kids for goodness sake! But all ended well with everyone being so supportive that there’s nothing more we could ask for.”
If you’ve ever wanted to hear WORMROT slowed down, check out a video of the band having to play two “mellowed” songs from their set list for event permit officers in Vietnam at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z2uunEs01k
WORMROT are due to return to the USA this March for their second ever tour there. Catch them live on the “Dirge Across America” tour at the following shows:
Mar 03 – San Diego, CA – The Ruby Room
Mar 04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Blvd.
Mar 05 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House (Scion Rock Fest)
Mar 07 – Sacramento, CA – On The Y
Mar 08 – Reno, NV – Ground Zero (House Show)
Mar 11 – Seattle, WA – The Morgue
Mar 12 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
Mar 14 – Cheyenne, WY – Ernie November (In-store)
Mar 15 – Denver, CO – Blast-O-Mat
Mar 29 – Richmond, VA – Gallery 5
BORN OF OSIRIS are mature well beyond their years and this dynamic extreme progressive juggernaut has now perfectly honed all of their collective talents to create what will soon be a pinnacle release for the metal genre. This ground-breaking six-piece group creates an epic mix of intricate and memorable melodies with challenging time signatures that still hold an infectious groove, all while maintaining sheer, tasteful brutality.
Their much anticipated third full-length album, The Discovery, is now set for a March 22nd release and is going to serve the scene the much needed wake-up call it so much needs. The effort was mixed by the acclaimed producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium). Be sure to stay tuned to www.facebook.com/bornofosiris for all info on the new album and samples of new material which will be posted in the coming weeks.
Lee McKinney (guitars) further states: “I should start by saying this new album is heavier than anything the band ever released. We have moved onto seven strings and it couldn’t have complimented our sound any better. We brought back the ‘BOO-bounce’ on this one. It’s definitely a really fun and upbeat album. Also, the addition of our new guitar player Jason Richardson has increased the amount of shred on this album. There are some really incredible guitar solos on this album from the both of us. It takes the band to a whole new level of musicality. This album contains an awesome mix of our most heavy, most technical, most atmospheric and most beautiful melodies ever.”
BORN OF OSIRIS is now currently preparing to co-headline the third annual “Atticus Metal” tour with Darkest Hour. As Blood Runs Black and The Human Abstract round out the stellar bill. Sleeping Giant will be special guests on all westcoast dates and look for other special openers on other shows depending on the region. This monstrous trek, which kicks off on Feb. 25th in Washington, DC at the 930 Club will also serve as Darkest Hour’s record release show.
“Atticus Metal” promises to be one of the most exciting tours for the first half of 2011 and is a must see for all metal fans alike. For additional information and all tourdates feel free to see below head over to http://www.facebook.com/atticusmetaltour
2/25-Washington, DC @ 930 Club (DH CD RELEASE SHOW!)
* 2/26-Virginia Beach, VA @ Skate High
* 2/27-Greensboro, NC @ Greene St
* 2/28-Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
* 3/01-Joliet (Chicagoland), IL @ Mojoes w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/02-St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/03-Covington, KY @ The Madhatter w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/04-Detroit, MI @ Harpos w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/05-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/06-St. Paul, MN @ The Station w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/07-Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
* 3/08-Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
* 3/09-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
* 3/10-Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound w/ NORMA JEAN, STICK TO YOUR GUNS
* 3/11-Reno, NV @ The Alley
* 3/12-Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
* 3/13-Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
* 3/14-Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
* 3/15-Boise, ID @ The Venue
* 3/17-Santa Clara, @ The Avalon w/ SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/18-Modesto, CA @ Seasons Hall w/ SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/19-Anaheim, CA @ The Grove – CALIFORNIA METALFEST V w/ AS I LAY DYING, SUICIDE SILENCE, WINDS OF PLAGUE, SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/20-Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
* 3/22-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
* 3/23-Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
* 3/24-Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
* 3/25-Dayton, OH @ The Attic w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/26-Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
* 3/27-Albany, NY @ Northern Lights w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
LED ZEPPELIN 2, the tribute band featuring bassist Chris Klein, drummer Ian Lee, guitarist Paul Kamp and vocalist Bruce Lamont, rang in the new year with a North American tour which commenced with two dates at the House Of Blues in Chicago on January 7 and 8. The flashbacks continue as the band winds through nearly a month’s worth of dates before drawing to a close on February 12 in Denver at The Gothic Theatre. LED ZEPPELIN 2 brings you the excitement of Led Zeppelin “In Concert” by re-enacting the live improvisation and onstage interaction that earned Led Zeppelin their legendary status for performing. Rather than a “greatest hits” show, you get to experience Zeppelin as Zeppelin would have played live in front of an audience. LZ2 sold out venues across the U.S. in 2010 and have drawn rave reviews for a “spot-on” Zeppelin show, playing deep cuts and classic tracks from the entire catalog, and occasionally entire Led Zeppelin performances from specific dates.
“LED ZEPPELIN 2 is by far and away the next best thing,” says IndyConcerts.com. “The music excels and the chemistry is unmatchable. What LED ZEPPELIN 2 did was take a song that Led Zeppelin was known for and duplicate its sheer amazingness… Everything was right about it… They’re bringing Zeppelin to the stage for a whole new generation of people.”
“Bruce Lamont and Paul Kamp (of Yakuza and Busker Soundcheck fame, respectively) and the killer rhythm section of Ian Lee and Chris Klein bill themselves as LED ZEPPELIN 2, and they do as good a Zep as Zep ever did back in the day,” hails the Chicago Sun Times.
Timeout New York proclaims, “LED ZEPPELIN 2 is the best Zep band around,” and The Dallas Review reports that LED ZEPPELIN 2‘sperformance is “…the closest thing to seeing the real Led Zeppelin in concert.” “Who cares if the real Led Zeppelin reunited? This strong tribute act paraded through Page and Plant hits for a sold-out House of Blues…” says Timeout Chicago.
Most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago’s Yakuza, Bruce Lamont has contributed to a plethora of other projects including Bloodiest (featuring members of 90 Day Men, Sterling), Circle of Animals (with Sanford Parker, Minsk/The High Confessions) and Sick Gazelle (with Eric Block and Sanford Parker). He’s also recorded with Sigh, East West Blast Test, Minsk, Nachtmystium, Rabid Rabbit, Brutal Truth, Cephalic Carnage, Sweet Cobra, Locrian, Hex Machine and more. Commented Lamont of the shows so far: “The shows have been amazing. Really enthusiastic crowds and the age range of folks coming out has really been insane…from teenagers to folks in their ’70s. Amazing!”
LED ZEPPELIN 2 – 2011 North American Tour Dates:
1/21/2011 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/22/2011 Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
1/24/2011 The Lyric Oxford – Oxford, MA
1/25/2011 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
1/26/2011 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
1/27/2011 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX 1/28/2011 Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX 1/29/2011 LaZona Rosa – Austin, TX
1/31/2011 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
2/01/2011 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/02/2011 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
2/04/2011 The Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
2/05/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
2/07/2011 Aladdin – Portland, OR
2/08/2011 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
2/10/2011 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
2/11/2011 Belly Up – Aspen, CO
2/12/2011 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
This Friday night (1/21) at 8PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome Billy Childs, the bassist and original member of Britny Fox! Hosted by Bob Carroll and Francis, the guys will speak to Childs about the history of Britny Fox, the Philadelphia metal scene and what he is up to today. The show always welcomes listener participation, so call in at (347) 202-0832.
Britny Fox burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the release of their self titled debut, on Columbia Records. The band saw success through heavy rotation on MTV with both “Headbangers Ball” and regular rotation. The band released their sophomore release “Boys in Heat” in 1989, but vocalist “Dizzy” Dean Davidson left the band shortly after. The band pushed on, replacing Davidson with Tommy Paris (aka Don Jillson of the band Jillson) and released a 1991 album, “Bite Down Hard” The album was praised by critics as the bands return to its original sound, but timing was ill fated as the Seattle sound started to take hold of the music world and pushed the 80’s metal scene to the back. The band stayed together through numerous personnel changes, Childs staying as the only constant member. The band released a strong album, “Springhead Motorshark” in 2003 and toured through 2010. Childs will bring the listeners up to date on the Britny Fox story, what the band is up to today and also speak about his involvement in “Get The Led Out”.
All Hail Hair is broadcast every Friday night at 8 PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network and is the networks highest rated show. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To listen in to the show live and in archive, click here.
California lords of auditory torture, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, are currently preparing for an upcoming North American tour in support of Czech Republic-by-way-of-Chicago death metal legends Master. The long-anticipated trek, which will include Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp, is set to take place this month and run through approximately a month’s worth of dates. Stay tuned for further details.
In the meantime, check out quality footage and an interview with the band at last year’s Scion Rock Fest HERE.
LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH will be touring in support of The Extra Dimensional Wound, their second full-length, released via Metal Blade Records last year. Their record continues to reap critical acclaim for its inherently evil atmosphere and infernal crushingness. About.com called it: “one of the label’s best releases in recent memory. What makes this album work so well is that LSOD haven’t lost their powerful low end, their penchant for blasphemy [or] their H.P. Lovecraft tinged-lyrics…..” while Stereogum commended the band saying The Extra Dimensional Wound is, “brutal, icy hot, super heavy, [and] full of lurching ‘grooves,’” Added Invisible Oranges adamantly: “…perhaps the first American black metal band who can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s heavy-hitters in terms of force.” Sea Of Tranquility called it “a solid old school sounding release the ups the ante as far as the brutality goes,” and The Gauntlet put it simply: “LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH evoke unforgiving torture and terror with every note.”
The Extra Dimensional Wound sawits vinyl release last month via Canonical Hours Records. The wax version is available as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies.
German label Exile On Mainstream is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish metallers RISING! The band will enter the studio to record the forthcoming debut album with producer Jacob Reichert Nielsen at the end of March, and we will release RISING’s debut album in Europe and North America in late October 2011.
Since the release of the band’s debut EP in 2010 it has been both great and hectic for the band, with much time invested in writing and playing new material, and touring heavily. When Exile On Mainstream’s staff first met the band in Copenhagen, supporting Celan, they were instantly blown away. RISING were invited to play the label’s massive South Of Mainstream Festival 2010, and on the spot they agreed to EoM’s offer to release the band’s debut album.
A Copenhagen-based three-piece, RISING create their own brand of heavy, aggressive, atmospheric, yet melodic metal. Since forming in 2008, the band has sought to incorporate all virtues of good music: passion, vibe, energy, atmosphere and yes, firm musicianship and song writing. Stylistically, the band incorporates metal, ’70s hard rock, progressive and psychedelic rock, punk, sludge and more, creating music for the sake of MUSIC rather than submerging to any stylistic dogma, scene or specific genre.
The trio have been busy, having received a nomination at the Danish Metal Awards 2009 as “Best Metal Talent,” a performance at Roskilde Festival 2010, two full European tours in March and September 2010 (both with EOM stalwarts Beehoover) covering a good part of the continent, as well as many tour dates in Ireland, Sweden and their homeland Denmark.
Stay tuned for more updates on RISING through 2011.
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – January 19, 2011 – Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive metal powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) are currently working together on a new full-length album that will be released in late spring/early summer via Metal Blade Records. The band, called ARCH / MATHEOS, began tracking the drums on January 12 and will continue to record through mid February with both John Arch and Jim Matheos producing the album. ARCH / MATHEOS features an all-star lineup including the talents of Joey Vera on bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches), Bobby Jarzombek on drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar (Fates Warning). More details will be released over the coming months so be sure to stay tuned to FatesWarning.com & MetalBlade.com
John Arch – vocals
Jim Matheos – guitars
Joey Vera – bass
Bobby Jarzombek – drums
Frank Aresti – additional lead guitar
It’s been five years since Immortal Dominion has issued a full-length studio album. But the wait is nearly over, metalheads. March 22nd, 2011 will see the release of the group’s third full-length overall, ‘Primortal’ (on 427 Records), and the album will surely take the group to the next level, as it was overseen by renowned metal producer Sterling Winfield (who has previously worked with the likes of Mercyful Fate, Pantera, Damageplan, and Hellyeah).
As Winfield explains, “I really enjoyed the studio experience with Immortal Dominion, not only for the band and what they brought to the table as far as their material, and their professional attitude, but the facility, Backbone Studios, in Loveland Colorado, is unbelievable! A killer place that was made just for the creative person in all of us. The staff is there to help you with your vision, and never said no to ANY of our crazy ideas. Don’t even get me started on the gear available to us. The best!”
Comprised of band members Ray Smith (vocals), Brian Villers (guitars/vocals), Louis Micciullo (guitars), Bryan “Ed” Schmidt (bass), and Casey Glass (drums), Immortal Dominion has assembled a strong album that easily measures up to other releases by modern metal acts. As Villers explains, “I think the current metal scene has come around full circle, with guitar solos and great drumming being prevalent again. And our new sound fits in with that perfectly.” Or as Schmidt describes Immortal Dominion’s sound, “Somewhere between Cannibal Corpse…and Elton John!” And after hearing such standout tracks as “Reanimated” and “Retroactive,” you’ll discover that Schmidt’s description is not that far off.
Immortal Dominion will be supporting the release of ‘Primortal’ with live dates throughout 2011, and as Smith describes, “Fans can expect an exciting performance that will blow them away. The guitar solos and drum beats take it to a new level of listening entertainment, while the vocals are great and easy to sing along with.” Adds Micciullo, “We are a very high energy band, so they should expect lots of head banging!”
And lastly, just what does the future hold in store for Immortal Dominion? “I see Immortal Dominion growing every day in the music industry,” explains Glass. “With the new band line-up, live performances and new songs, we will continue to bring something new to the table. Working with industry leaders and top bands will make Immortal Dominion a force to be reckoned with.”
Finnish adult oriented melodeathsters OMNIUM GATHERUM announces the Finnish release tour for the album “New World Shadows” which will be out in February in Europe (March in US) via Lifeforce Records. Also first summer festival announced, With Full Force Open Air in Germany!
NEW LIVE SHADOWS in Finland 2011:
09.02. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
10.02. Kuopio, Henry’s Pub
11.02. Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub
12.02. Karhula, Sam’s Pub
23.02. Helsinki, Tavastia
10.03. Jyväskylä, Lutakko (w/ Evergrey)
11.03. Oulu, Club Teatria (w/ Evergrey)
12.03. Helsinki, Nosturi (w/ Evergrey)
18.03. Kouvola, Rytmikatti
25.03. Turku, S-Osis
09.04. Hamina, Jack Up
01.07. With Full Force Open Air, Germany
The new video “Soul Journeys” coming from the album “New World Shadows” available here:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of HURTSMILE self-titled debut album on February 8, 2011 in the US.
HURTSMILE is a new band featuring singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) who has teamed up with his brother Mark to write his most succinct record to date. The self-titled, HURTSMILE is a raw sonic sucker punch in the face! From the opening buzz saw riff of “Just War Theory” to the epic finale of ”Slave” and “Beyond The Garden/Kicking Against the Goads”, Gary continues to push and poke you in the ear with his lyrically provocative themes.
“Hurtsmile was a long time coming… I always wanted to write a record with my brother,” says Gary. “I’m a big fan of Mark’s song writing and his snarling guitar riffs.” The timing was right as Extreme was in-between their touring and record cycle, leaving Gary the freedom. They recruited Joe Pessia (bass) an alumnus of Nuno Bettencourt’s Dramagods as well as the guitar player for Tantric. Joe also engineered, and co-produced the record with Gary. To round off the lineup they enlisted heavy hitter Dana Spellman on drums “It’s an east coast-Boston thing,” states Gary. “Mark, my brother, was in a band with Nuno’s brother… Joe was in Nuno’s band and Dana was a friend, and student of Mike Mangini (former Extreme drummer) … we like to keep it in the family.”
The lineup is not the only thing familiar with the band. In true Cherone fashion, the record is chock full of swaggering guitar, soaring vocals and the trademark Cherone eclecticism on tracks such as “Jesus Would You Meet Me”, the reggae-tinged “Just War Reprise” and the Dylanesq “The Murder of Daniel Faulkner (4699)”. “Hurtsmile was about returning to my roots, writing a record in my basement, a straight up rock ‘n’ roll record… but it turned out to be more diverse and ambitious than I expected.”
Gary is no stranger to taking on intense topics, and Hurtsmile is no exception. The first half of the record is a group of more loosely knit songs such as the cynically inquisitive “Just War Theory“, the limit’s of free speech “Tolerance Song (edit)” and the disturbingly mesmerizing “Kaffur (Infidel)”, inspired by the beheading of Daniel Pearl.
The 2nd half of the record is more conceptually cohesive; an introspective look at the nature of man and the condition of the human heart. “Stillborn” introduced earlier, and “Set Me Free” both touch on mans inclination toward darkness, culminating with an epic journey from sin to salvation… “Slave” to “Beyond the Garden/Kicking Against the Goads“.
For the most part both themes are represented as 2 sides of a record. A concept familiar to Extreme fans but make no mistake, whether reading between the lines or just moved by the visceral power of the music, this is a completely different type of record. Gary adds, “All the boys in the band have brought something new to the table, and you’ll never know what hit you!”
“Hurtsmile” tracklisting includes:
Just War Theory; Stillborn; Love Thy Neighbor; Kaffur (Infidel); Painter Paint; Tolerance Song (Edit); Set Me Free; Jesus Would You Meet Me; Slave; Beyond The Garden / Kicking Against The Goads; Just War Reprise; The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner (4699).
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