Friday, January 31, 2014

Monte Pittman - The Power of Three (album review)

I love good guitar albums.  Monte Pittman’s The Power of Three promises to be such an album. Monte Pittman boasts an impressive resume. For those uninitiated, Pittman taught guitar to both Guy Ritchie and Madonna. He’s even played guitar on her live tours staring in 2001. Not impressed yet? Pittman also played guitar in Prong. Not yet? How about, he performed at the 2012 Super Bowl. The Power of Three is a hard rock album for hard rock lovers. The Power of Three is Monte Pittman’s third album. It’s chock full of riffs, attitude, and head banging love. Kane Ritchotte helms drumming duties and he is augmented by Max Whipple on bass. I say, buy the album because Flemming Rasmussen produced and mixed it. C’mon, know you know it’s gonna sound good.

The Power of Three is a darn good guitar album with extra bits. The heavy guitars interplay nicely with the steady beat of the drums. The bass line weaves through to provide support. “Everything’s Undone” is a non-metal song. It’s more a rock and roll song with some heavy bits. The harmonies are nice and reminds me of the 1990s era of rock. A lot of the songs have compositions that mix genres to varying results. Some of it can be a bit jarring like on “A Dark Horse” and other times it works nicely. 

Monte Pittman’s The Power of Three is a good album. The guitars are awesome. But in 2014, the album sounds dated. The feel and power is very much 90s hard rock. The executions are solid, but it isn’t an album I’d play the entire thing through again. I’d cherry pick songs like “Away From Here” which is fluid and heavy. It has an Alice in Chains feel to it. “End of the World” is another that would get repeated play as it has an ethereal angst laden feel to it. Monte Pittman’s The Power of Three is worth a listen as the over all sound quality is good and the guitars are impressive. Find the songs you like best from the album and play them. 


CRIPPLE BASTARDS: Italian Hardcore/Grind Squad Releases New Track

When adjectives like "hardcore" and "grind" are used to describe a band it's yawn inducing. I know you have to come up with new things to set you apart, but the adjectives are over used and in some cases used improperly. I approached Cripple Bastards with the dread of having to listen to "hardcore" and "grind" and was pleasantly surprised that Cripple Bastard's track "Nemico A Terra" was just strait ahead punk with thrash leanings. It's fast paced. It's damn near indecipherable. The drumming is hard and driving. The guitars create a wall of sound. It's cacophony. It's what you want to hear in a pit. Says vocalist Giulio The Bastard translates to, "Enemy Down." He delves, stating "It is a song about stubbornness in exacting revenge; never giving in to respite when focusing on your target."  A second track from the album is "Malato Terminale". This is a strait ahead heavy metal song. The intro is heavy on the guitars and angst. The vocals are a wail of sound. This isn't music to sing along to, it's music to smash things to. I like both "Nemico A Terra" and "Malato Terminale" for their intensity. The band is tight and the music flows. The new album, 'Nero In Metastasi' is being released via Relapse Records  in mid-February. 

Nemico A Terra streaming at Decibel Mag

"Malato Terminale"


Savage Messiah Confirmed for Hammerfest

London's most awesome band and my personal favoruite SAVAGE MESSIAH have been confirmed for this year's Hammerfest, which takes place from March 13 to 16 in Pwllheli, Wales.

SAVAGE MESSIAH will be joining  KREATOR, OVERKILL, SOILWORK, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and more at the festival, which takes place following the band's UK headlining tour in support of their eagerly awaited upcoming new album, THE FATEFUL DARK.

SAVAGE MESSIAH lead guitarist JOFF BAILEY comments:

"We really can't wait to return to Hammerfest again this year!  Such a cool vibe there and we've always met killer people and had some real crazy times there!  Our new album - The Fateful Dark - is being released on the Monday of that week, plus we'll have just finished a run of headline dates around the UK, so it'll be an amazing end to our first run of shows for the year.  Looking forward to getting savage in North Wales with you all again!  LETS... GET... HAMMERED!!!"

For more information about Hammerfest, go to http://www.hammerfest.co.uk

View the Hammerfest flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/hammerfest_2014.jpg

See SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour at the following shows:

March 02 - London, UK - Barfly
March 05 - York, UK - FibbersMarch 06 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
March 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound ControlMarch 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade RoomsMarch 13 - Pwllheli, UK - HammerfestMarch 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival

THE FATEFUL DARK is due to be released on March 10th in Europe, March 12th in Japan and March 18th  in the USA.  The album is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including a bonus 10" vinyl featuring four cover tracks.

Pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/savage-messiah or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/savage-messiah

THE FATEFUL DARK is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus cover tracks and three instant grat tracks, at http://bit.ly/fatefuldarkitunes

Get more SAVAGE MESSIAH news and info at:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal
Twitter - http://twitter.com/savagemessiah

Slug Comparison - Bringer of Doom (video)

Haunting and moving new song from Doug Harrison the guitarist/vocalist from the band Fen. The vocals are smooth and serve to pull you in. The music has an 80s new wave tinge to them. The overall composition is rife with peaks and valleys that take you on a aural ride. If you like your music like a full bodied red wine, "Bringer of Doom" is a song for you.

Says Doug, "After 15 years with Fen, I've started a solo project called Slug Comparison. The need for the project came up a couple years ago when the band was writing Of Losing Interest. I would go home after jamming and I'd still have more ideas to get out and more energy to keep going, so I started piecing together songs on my computer, doing everything myself. "Bringer of Doom" is the first of those songs...





https://www.facebook.com/slugcomparison

https://slugcomparison.bandcamp.com/

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Answers Reddit Users Questions

On January 30, 2014, Lars Ulrich, Metallica's founder, driving force, mouth piece, and drummer took to the Reddit AMA for a sit down with his harshest critics. . . his fans. Lars Ulrich tends to polarize people, fans of Metallica or not. Either you love him or you hate him. There seems to be no in between. Indeed, Lars is has a strong personality. He says what's on his mind (at that moment). He's wickedly intelligent, privileged, bold, a bit daring, and he's a damn fine businessman. Those are the exact traits that cause people to NOT like him. I'm in the camp of "loving Lars". Every time I've met him he's been polite, funny, caring, and on a few occasions, a bit of a brat; which made me love him even more. Reddit users got to ask Lars any question they chose from the inane to the profane and everything in between. This is just a fraction of what Lars answered - the important bits. 

Asked about songs from the Load/Reload, St. Anger material that hasn't been played live or given "appreciation":

Lars: I think reinterpretation is a very interesting element of your back catalogue. I don't think that
you need to be tied to one particular version of a song. I've always thought it could be
interesting to reinterpret St. Anger in a contemporary live situation. Also we started playing
"Carpe Diem Baby" live last year, which was fun, so lots of unplayed material from that era. There
are lots of those songs that could work again in live settings. It doesn't necessary need to be
stadiums, it could be smaller shows or settings.

Asked about the writing process and where the influence comes from:

Lars: Mostly jamming and seeing where it takes us. Like I've said, Death Magnetic is our obvious
point of reference. Going good for good riffs, good energy, interesting progressions, with a
melodic sensibility.

One fan wants to know if there is any Metallica goodies we haven't heard yet:

Lars: Yes, there's tons of stuff in the vault that hasn't been released, including soundboard tapes,
full videos, lots of goodies to come your way, hopefully sooner rather than later.

What do you think of the state of heavy metal today? Do you think we will ever see another HUGE metal act the likes of Metallica/Maiden/Priest and such? Do you think metal will ever make a resurgence to the glory days of the 80’s? 

Lars: That's a great question. I think it would be so awesome if there was a band that come along and shook it all up again. I just don't know who. I think the coolest band for me in the last couple years is Baroness. I also love Norwegian band Kvelertak. But I just don't know if any of these bands can take it to those heights unfortunately.

My personal favourite question - about the debacle that is Metallica by Request. For Metallica's upcoming 2014 tour, Metallica opened the polls for fans to pick the setlist. All Metallica songs were included to the delight of fan club members. Finally, we thought, we get to hear a unique fun setlist full of challenging music and rare gems. Alas, it is not to be. The causal listener outnumbers clubbers by a significant amount and the voting has proved that a majority of fans want Metallica - the nostalgic act. The songs that are winning in the respective cities are nothing more than a best of... set full of popular over played tunes. Lars' response:

Lars: Obviously, we are going to play what the fans are choosing. That was the whole point of the exercise. Rare songs were not left out at our end. We are as motivated to play them as some of you are to hear them. But in this case, if you, the fans vote for certain songs that we "usually play anyway" then so be it.

On the endless criticism from fans and non-fans: 


Lars: It depends what the criticism is. There are such a wide range of criticisms thrown at you  nowadays because the internet gives everyone an opinion, for better or worse. And some people
just spew crap for whatever reason, which I don't pay very much attention to. I'm also pretty thick-skinned by nature and actually have the ability to find it all a bit silly and laugh at most of
it. But if someone's got a fair critique, I'll certainly pay attention.

Are Metallica working on a new album?: 

Lars:   Yes we have started. Coming along slowly, like everything in our world. But the jams we've done so far have been super exciting and it's gonna be fun putting this record together in the next year.

And everyone's favourite subject
Napster!
Lars: "No way he's touching this question"...oooh here we go... A couple thoughts: I wish we had been better prepared for the shit storm that we found ourselves in. I don't regret taking on Napster, but I do find it odd how big of a part of our legacy it has become to so many people, because to me it's more like a footnote. I was also stunned that people thought it was about money. People used the word, "greed" all the time, which was so bizarre. The whole thing was about one thing and one thing only - control. Not about the internet, not about money, not about file sharing, not about giving shit away for free or not, but about whose choice it was. If I wanna give my shit away for free, I'll give it away for free. That choice was taken away from me.

**************

To be fair, the point fans keep missing is this... a lot of bands don't own the copyright to their songs, they may write and perform the songs, bu the songs don't legally belong to them. Copyright belongs to the record label. The record company could own that copyright for a good 50 years from the release of the songs. 
Depending on the contract, the band makes about 13%. The lions share 63% goes to the record label. That 13% (again, depending on your contract) - managers get about 15%, lawyers and business managers 5% each, producers about 3% and the band splits the rest. oh, that's IF the band didn't take an advance from the record company, because THAT gets paid back first. That's one scenario - another says that artists can make as little as 7%, an extra 5% if you write the songs, producer 2%, Manufacturing 5%, Label 30%, Retail outlets 30% and distribution 22%. Either way, the band makes next to nothing on actual album sales. Downloading may stick it to the record company, but the biggest hit comes from the band itself.  But that's my 2cents. 

What ever your opinion, you have to admit Lars is good at what he does. He's built Metallica from a dream to a prosperous business and band that pushes the boundaries of what bands should sound like. He's part of a team that challenges themselves and their fans in terms of both aural and visual aspects. Lars and by extension Metallica aren't afraid to take risks and evolve. That is part of their 30+ year staying power.  


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pre-Order SAVAGE MESSIAH's "The Fateful Dark"


The British awesomeness that is Savage Messiah are gearing up for the release of their brand new completely wicked studio album, "The Fateful Dark", and I gotta tell ya, it's an absolute riff-fest!

"The Fateful Dark" is due to be released on March 12th and is gobsmackingly full of crushing riffs, face-melting solos, and soaring vocals.  This is , in my humble opinion, going to be one of the best metal albums of the year!

Pre-order "The Fateful Dark" now from the Earache Webstore on CD and you'll receive a free exclusive bonus disc featuring three killer cover tracks, or pre-order the album on vinyl and get a free bonus 10" with four cover tracks!  "The Fateful Dark" is also available on iTunes with three bonus tracks, and if you pre-order the album now you'll be able to download two tracks straight away, with another available on February 10th.

Reserve your copy of "The Fateful Dark" now:
Europe - http://webstore.earache.com/savage-messiah
North America - http://uswebstore.earache.com/savage-messiah
iTunes - http://bit.ly/fatefuldarkitunes

Saturday, January 25, 2014

DARK HORSE DONATES DIGITAL COMIC COLLECTION TO CHILDREN’S CANCER ASSOCIATION

JANUARY 24, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics is turning pages for the Children’s Cancer Association with its digital comics. The entire Dark Horse Digital collection, which features over three thousand comics, will be made available for CCA’s program.  

The Children’s Cancer Association partners with six Portland-area health care providers, including Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and others, to offer programs and services free of charge to seriously ill children, teens, and their families. CCA’s programs and resources can now also be found in thirty-three pediatric hospitals across the nation.

Dark Horse Comics is also donating four Apple iPads to the charity for CCA’s use. These iPads will be loaded with Dark Horse content and will feature an age gate for kids twelve and under.

Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Through cloud-based technology, comics can be read and enjoyed on a laptop, desktop, mobile browser, and the Dark Horse Bookshelf app, available now on Google Play and iTunes.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FEST - Day to Day Lineups


The NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault. The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside their Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.

Featuring two stages, the now legendary NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the iconic Worcester Palladium. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. Initial day-to-day lineups are officially posted with more bands to be confirmed in the coming weeks. (Note this is NOT the official running order).

Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Emmure
Enabler
Fallujah
Gideon
Kublai Khan
Obey The Brave
Rivers of Nihil
Years Since The Storm
Young and In The Way

Friday - April 18, 2014
1349
Behemoth
Bent Life
Black Crown Initiate
Born Low
Carnifex
Colin Of Arabia
Cruel Hand
Erra
Fire and Ice
Fit For An Autopsy
Goatwhore
I Declare War
Inquistion
Malfunction
Naysayer
Slapshot
Suburban Scum
The Acacia Strain
The Mongoloids
Thy Art Is Murder
Warhound
Whitechapel
Within The Ruins

Saturday - April 19, 2014
All Out War
Alpha & Omega
Barrier
Battlecross
Counterparts
Discourse
Gift Giver
Harm's Way
Iced Earth
Indirections
King Nine
Lionheart
Loyal To The Grave
Nails
Nile
Ramallah
Reign Supreme
Revamp
Sabaton
Scars of Tomorrow
Sylar
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Those Who Fear
Twitching Tongues
Will To Die

Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available for purchase at THIS LOCATION. Special VIP packages are also available and include:

ONE DAY VIP TICKET: $85 Thursday/Friday and $90 Saturday
- Exclusive T-Shirt
- VIP Laminate w/ Lanyard
- 18" x 24" NEMHF Poster
- NEMHF Guitar Picks
- Exclusive Meet and Greets
- Free Monster All Day
- NEMHF Koozie
- Pin Pack
- Refrigerator Magnet

THREE DAY VIP TICKET: $195
- Exclusive T-Shirt
- VIP Laminate w/ Lanyard
- 18" x 24" NEMHF Poster
- NEMHF Guitar Picks
- Exclusive Meet and Greets
- Free Monster All Day
- NEMHF Koozie
- Pin Pack
- Refrigerator Magnet
- Early Entrance/In-and-Out Privileges
- Chance to Win Ibanez Guitar
- NEMHF Key Chain

For VIP purchases, point your browser HERE.

In related news, the fourth annual Mission Quest to Metalfest lineup was confirmed last week. A trek launched by MassConcerts in an effort to help bands make their way to Worcester, this year the expedition joins Cruel HandAlpha & OmegaNaysayerBent LifeBarrierMalfunction and Will To Die on a massive, thirty-seven-date North American assault set to commence at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Mission Quest To Metal Fest 2014:
Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Malfunction, Barrier
3/14/2014 SXSW - Austin, TX
3/15/2014 SXSW - Austin, TX
3/16/2014 QuikTrip Park - Grand Prairie, TX
3/17/2013 The Demo - St Louis, MO
3/18/2014 The Hatch - Evansville, IN
3/19/2014 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
3/20/2014 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
Cruel Hand, Malfunction, Barrier
3/21/2014 The Grave - Winnipeg, MB
3/22/2014 The Exchange - Regina, SK
3/23/2014 The Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
3/24/2014 Golden Age Club - Calgary, AB
3/25/2014 Ellison Community Hall - Kelowna, BC
Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega, Bent Life, Malfunction, Barrier

3/26/2014 Quesadilla Factory - Centralia, WA
3/27/2014 Slabtown - Portland, OR
3/28/2014 Jub Jubs - Reno, NV
3/29/2014 418 Project - Santa Cruz, CA
3/30/2014 Aladdin Jr - Pomona, CA
3/31/2014 Industry Theater - Lancaster, CA
4/01/2014 Wallstreet - Phoenix, AZ
4/02/2014 The Spot - El Paso, TX
4/03/2014 Korova - San Antonio, TX
Alpha & Omega, Bent Life, Malfunction
4/04/2014 Walters on Washington - Houston, TX
4/05/2014 HTGT - Baton Rouge, LA
Alpha & Omega, Naysayer, Malfunction, Bent Life, Will To Die
4/06/2014 Roc Bar - Jacksonville, FL
4/07/2014 The Plughouse - Columbus, GA
4/08/2014 The Forge - Birmingham, AL
4/09/2014 The Owl Farm - Nashville, TN
4/10/2014 Haymarket Whiskey Bar- Louisville, KY
4/11/2014 Legends - Cincinnati, OH
4/12/2014 Refuge Skateshop - Dearborn, MI
4/13/2014 The Foundry - Lakewood, OH
4/14/2014 The Mansion - Rochester, NY
4/15/2014 Even Flow Bar & Grill - Long Island, NY
4/16/2014  Chameleon's - Pittsfield,  MA
4/17/2014 The Kave - Bucksport, ME
4/18/2014 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
4/19/2014 The Palladium - Worcester, MA

Finally, Break Thru Music kicked off the Battle for Metal Fest competition this past Saturday. Battle for Metal Fest offers local bands the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform live at this year's massacre. Performances will take place on select dates throughout the coming months at the Worcester Palladium and Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Spots are booking up fast so if your band is interested in the chance to earn a spot on the Main Stage, emai lbooking@breakthrumusic.net now!

Break Thru Music Presents: The Battle For Metal Fest 2014 
1/24/2014: Round 1 Webster Underground
2/07/2014: Round 2 Webster Underground
2/07/2014: Round 2 Palladium Upstairs
2/21/2014: Round 3 Palladium Upstairs
2/21/2014: Round 3 Webster Underground
3/07/2014: Round 4 Palladium Upstairs
3/08/2014: Round 4 Webster Underground
3/22/2014: Finals Palladium Upstairs
3/22/2014: Finals Webster Underground

Doors: 6:00pm
All Ages
Tickets $12

Monday, January 20, 2014

Adrenaline Mob - Come On Get Up! (video)

Rebel rousing, fun, lighthearted, did I mention fun? Something easy to sing along to (reminds me of old Sevendust). Adrenaline Mob is a straight ahead rock and roll band that is engaging and head banging, dancing about the flat worthy. I was totally singing along to the track as it was playing. You want a killer party song? Adrenaline Mob's "Come On Get Up" from the Century Media album "Men of Honor" should grace your CD player come February 18th. Adrenaline Mob is a beyond awesome group consisting of vocalist Russell Allen, guitarist Mike Orlando, bassist John Moyer, and drummer AJ Pero. Definitely pick up their second album "Men of Honor". It's wickedly bitchin!








Adrenaline Mob

Iced Earth - Plagues of Babylon (video)

Strong and heavy. Slightly menacing. This is the introduction to Iced Earth's 'Plagues of Babylon'.  'Plagues of Babylon' is from the new Century Media release entitled "Plagues of Babylon". The single 'Plagues of Babylon' is a solid heavy metal tome. The Tampa, FL band showcases Jon Schaffer on rhythm and leads guitars and vocals, Stu Block on lead and backing vocals, Troy Seele on lead guitar, John Dette on drums, and Luke Appleton on bass. The vocal harmonies are inspiring and uplifting. The rhythm section is on point. John Dette and Luke Appleton are solid and unyielding. It gives the song 'Plagues of Babylon' a strong center. It's around this center the guitar playing flourishes. The song has so many layers and vibes, subtle nuances that draw you in.  Give the song a listen, or three, or thirty. It's an instant classic!





The new album "Plagues Of Babylon“ is now available all across Europe! The new album is available as:

- Limited box set (incl. Mediabook CD / DVD, embossed metal flask, 6 double-sided artwork cards, fridge magnet, bandana and embroidered wrist band).
- Limited Mediabook CD / DVD
- Triple 10inch box (worldwide limited to 1000 copies) 
- 2LP
- Digital Download
- Standard CD

Order you copy now at http://bit.ly/icedearth_pob

Be sure to catch us live on the “Worldwide Plagues” tour 2014. Secure your tickets and VIP packages at www.icedearth.com/tour

The Haunted - Eye of the Storm (single)




The Haunted releases new single "Eye of the Storm" from the new Century Media album 'Eye of the Storm'. The Haunted hails from Sweden and consists of members Jensen and Ola Englund on guitars, Jonas Bjorler and Adrian Erlandsson on drums, and Marco Aro on vocals.




CM DIstro: http://smarturl.it/thehauntedCMD 
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/eyeofthestorm_itunes

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Monte Pittman - Before the Mourning Son (video)

The opening tone and riffs blew me away. The rest of the song was just jaw-dropping compositional wonderfulness. It's an amazing metal song by some truly gifted performers.

"Before the Mourning Son"  from the Metal Blade album from Monte Pittman called The Power of Three

Soreption - Engineering the Void (streaming single)


Swedish? Check! Death Metal? Check! Technical Mind Fuck? Check! Seriously, what more do you want in music?  SOREPTION releases  Engineering The Void on February 18th followed by a reissue of Deterioration Of Minds, both via Unique Leader Records. 


Now streaming at Decibel Magazine.
Listen to Entering the Void

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http://www.uniqueleader.com
http://www.facebook.com/uniqueleaderrecords


Blackberry Smoke - Shakin' Hands With the Holy Ghost (video)

Smooth, Southern Style! That's Blackberry Smoke. A relaxing romp through old style southern rock and roll. No pretensions.

"The Whippoorwill" is due to be released in Europe on February 17th with three exclusive bonus tracks.  The album will be released on digipak CD, limited edition signed digipak CD, and limited edition coloured vinyl LP.

The album is also available in an ultra-limited pine box, hand-stencilled by the band themselves, which includes the album on exclusive white vinyl signed by the band, an album cover t-shirt, 
Blackberry Smoke playing cards and two Blackberry Smoke shot glasses.

Pre-order The Whippoorwill (3 BONUS TRACK UK/EU EDITION) now on CD, LP and special edition box set at http://www.earache.com/bbs




Following the European release of the album, BLACKBERRY SMOKE will be returning to Europe for a headlining tour.  See the band live at the following shows:

Feb. 28 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Mar. 01 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 02 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Mar. 03 - London, UK - O2 Academy Islington
Mar. 04 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade RoomsMar. 05 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Winston (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 08 - Stockholm, Sweden - KagelbananMar. 10 - Hamburg, Germany - LogoMar. 11 - Berlin, Germany - White TrashMar. 12 - Cologne, Germany - LuxorMar. 13 - Munich, Germany - StromMar. 15 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino

Get more BLACKBERRY SMOKE news and info at:

Official site - http://www.blackberrysmoke.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/blackberrysmoke
Twitter - http://twitter.com/blackberrysmoke

Steve Tucker debuts Warfather

Death metal at it's best. Warfather is set to debut a sonic blast that will shake the foundations of metal. Warfather is the brainchild of Steve Tucker whom you may remember from Morbid Angel. The first tracks released by the band are wickedly eclectic. It's death metal to be sure, growly vocals are there. But the actual composition is a study in chaos. The drumming is on a plane by itself while the guitars are weaving some magical mystical spell. There are moments when it all comes together and it's like reaching the apex of a parabolic arc. Then gravity takes over and you descend into madness. "Orchestrating the Apocalypse" (aptly titled) drops on January 21st (February 24th for the European audience) via Grayhaze Records.

Check out the track "My Queen Shall Not Be Mourned" streaming on Decibel Magazine.
http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-warfathers-my-queen-shall-not-be-mourned/


"Shifting Poles" streaming on Invisible Oranges.
http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2014/01/song-debut-warfather-the-shifting-poles/


Eyehategod Cancels Australian Tour

EYEHATEGOD's recently announced 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour 2014, which included five Australian dates, was derailed today when the band was left stranded at the airport.

Comments the band in an official statement: "Due to poor planning by the Australian booking agent,EYEHATEGOD are sorry to say our Australian tour is now cancelled. We were left at the airport without our flights booked and then were expected to pay for them out of pocket an hour before boarding time. We were literally left standing with passports in hand but no way to travel. Many, many apologies to our Australian friends and fans. We will be back as soon as we can. Please understand this is not our fault. EYEHATEGOD loves Australia and were super excited to come back over." Further info is available at the band's Facebook page HERE.

The band is currently looking to book some last minute US shows in place of these cancelled dates. Previously announced performances in Reno, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and Denver later this month are unaffected by the unfortunate news.

EYEHATEGOD: 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour 2014 [remaining dates]:  1/22/2014 Jub Jubs - Reno, NV
1/23/2014 Brick And Mortar - San Francisco, CA
1/24/2014 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
1/25/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA
1/26/2014 The Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO

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