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Victory records to host stage at 2014 edition of Rockstar Mayhem Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 1st April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Victory Records have proudly announced that they will be hosting a stage at this year’s Rockstar energy Drink Mayhem Festival. All summer long, Victory will present the Victory Records Stage featuring the likes of Emmure, Ill Nino, Islander, Wretched and Erimha. The stage will be headlined at 4:25PM each day by Emmure, who will be touring in support of their new album, Eternal Enemies, out 15th April. This also makes Emmure the first band to ever play Mayhem Festival two years in a row.

This year, for the first time, the festival will feature FOUR stages of metal and hardcore with the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage, The Headbang For The Highway/Sumerian Stage and the Victory Records Stage.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (4th April) at 10AM local time with the “72 Hour Get Off Your Ass” special offer on reserved and lawn tickets. Check your local ticketing date page for details on this great deal/ This year also look for Freestyle Motocross and a Motorsports exhibition area and many other surprises and attractions. Further details can be found at this location.

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Nonpoint ink worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 27th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Metal Blade Records have excitedly announced the signing of a worldwide deal with Nonpoint, thus meaning that Metal Blade will not only act as the label home for the band worldwide but as a partner to the band’s label in North America as well. Since their debut album, Statement, was unleashed on the world, Nonpoint have done nothing but prove, record after record, they can still dominate stages and radio airwaves everywhere. Their most current “self-titled” release was their most critically-acclaimed and landed them their two highest charting singles. Now, with their recent signing to label powerhouse, Metal Blade Records, they are making the biggest statement of their careers. Elias Soriano, the band’s vocalist, comments:

This is a dream situation for us. Just getting an offer from Metal Blade. We’ve always needed a team behind us outside of the U.S. It’s a great feeling knowing you now have the best team possible.

Drummer Robb Rivera comments:

We are excited to not only get THE worldwide label of labels to release our album outside of the US, but to be part of a family now that has pretty much set the bar for metal releases for 30 plus years. Needless to say, extremely excited to be able to get our music to the fans outside of the US through the team that helped launch Metallica.

Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records adds:

All of us at Metal Blade are happy to welcome Nonpoint to the Metal Blade family. We are excited to work with them and the bit of new material I heard sounds great!

Nonpoint online:

http://nonpoint.com/
http://facebook.com/nonpointworld
http://twitter.com/nonpoint
http://youtube.com/nonpointworld

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Karisma Records sign jazz rockers Ossicles

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Karisma Records, the Norwegian label that focuses on the more progressive side of music, have recently signed jazz rockers Ossicles and will be releasing the duo’s follow-up album to their 2012 release Mantlepiece. The band will be entering the studio in the summer to begin recording and it is expected that the new, as yet untitled album, will hit the streets towards the end of the year.

Formed in 2011 by cousins Sondre Veland on drums, percussion, vocals and keyboards, and Bastian Veland on guitars, vocals, bass, upright bass and keyboards, Ossicles is, according to the band, a constantly evolving project that is influenced by genres as varied as jazz, rock, avent-garde, ambient, noise and minimalism.  Mantlepiece, which was a double album released on Ossicles‘ own label, No Weather Records,  was largely written when the two cousins were around the ages of 16 and 17, but also includes later material, as well as tracks written during the recording process itself.  On the strength of this release Ossicles was invited by Mike Portnoy to appear at the Progressive Nation at Sea Festival in 2014, an opportunity the band sadly had to turn down due to the high cost of travelling to the USA to join the ship in Miami.

Ossicles online:

http://ossiclesband.wix.com/ossicles
http://www.facebook.com/Ossicles

 

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Diamond Plate confirm US tour with Hatchet

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 7th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Metal trio Diamond Plate, who hail from Chicago, have confirmed a US tour with Bay Area thrash monsters Hatchet. The America Under Plague tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 11th April, just days after Diamond Plate wrap up their current five-week US tour with East Of The Wall.  Also appearing on the America Under Plague tour are Colorado power metallers Cellador. Diamond Plate comment:

Back in the early days of us playing shows in Chicago, Hatchet would always be the band from California that we looked forward to bringing out to our scene the most.  They even played Konrad‘s 18th birthday show.  Years later, we’re pumped to finally hit the road with our friends and bring heavy music to new scenes across the USA.  The road for Diamond Plate doesn’t end in 2014!

Diamond Plate’s remain tour dates with East Of The Wall are as follow:

Mar. 09 – Orlando, FL – Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall
Mar. 10 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Mar. 11 – Hattiesburg, NC – The Tavern
Mar. 12 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Mar. 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar. 15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Leon’s Lounge
Mar. 16 – Albuquerque, NM – The Jam Spot
Mar. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Yucca
Mar. 18 – Anaheim, CA – Mirror Image Studios
Mar. 19 – Reno, NV – Jub Jub’s
Mar. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Bar Deluxe
Mar. 21 – South Tahoe, CA – Rojo’s Tavern
Mar. 23 – Portland, OR – Rotture
Mar. 24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Mar. 25 – Spokane, WA – Checkerboard Bar
Mar. 27 – Great Falls, MT – Machinery Row
Mar. 29 – Billings, MT – The Railyard
Mar. 30 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Mar. 31 – Lincoln, NE – Vega
Apr. 01 – Saint Louis, MO – Fubar
Apr. 02 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
Apr. 03 – Warren, MI – The Ritz
Apr. 04 – Akron, OH – Annabell’s
Apr. 05 – Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
Apr. 06 – Syracuse, NY – Mac’s Mad Art Bar

Diamond Plate’s tour dates with Hatchet and Cellador are as follow:

Apr. 11 – Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge
Apr. 12 – Del City, OK – The Chameleon Room
Apr. 13 – McKinney, TX – The Boiler Room
Apr. 15 – Plano, TX – Scout Bar
Apr. 18 – Big Spring, TX – Sugars Bar
Apr. 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Dive Bar
Apr. 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Apr. 24 – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar
Apr. 26 – Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Live
Apr. 30 – Sparks, NV – The Alley
May 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
May 02 – Denver, CO – Moon Room

Diamond Plate online:

http://diamondplateband.com
http://facebook.com/diamondplate1
http://twitter.com/diamondplate1

 

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Castles announce UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 6th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Belgian hard rockers Castles have announced a UK tour in support of their recent release Fiction or Truth? The Belgian trio will hit British shores for six shows in March. Of the upcoming dates, vocalist and guitarist, Edward Godby commented:

We love coming to play gigs in England because there’s nothing Jerry and I enjoy more than watching Bertrand eat his own weight in late-night onion rings at some long -lost service station, and we all benefit greatly from a nice Tescos shop at 3 in the morning.

Also, the gigs might be good. We’re playing with some great bands – Satanic Dystopia, Denim and Leather, Canaya, USA Nails and False Flags to name but a few. Hopefully they’ll all do their hair nicely for the occasion.

Castles’ UK shows in March are as follow:

Saturday 01/03 – Cardiff – The Moon Club – W/ A Thousand Arrows (last ever show!)
Sunday 02/03 – London, Camden – The Black Heart – W/ USA Nails and Canaya
Monday 03/03 – Derby – The Hairy Dog – W/ TBC
Tuesday 04/03 – Manchester – Kraak – W/ Satanic Dystopia and Denim & Leather
Wednesday 05/03 – Leeds – The Packhorse W/ Canaya, False Flags and Shields
Friday 07/03 – Portsmouth – The Edge of the Wedge – W/ Attack! Vipers!

Fiction or Truth? was released in November 2013 via Palm Reader Records. A video for the track Palm Reader taken from the album can be viewed below.  Fiction or Truth? was recorded in summer 2013; Castles headed to Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts to record under the direction and guiding hand of Kurt Ballou (Converge, Torche, Cave In), whilst mastering duties were handled by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. Initially the album was released on a “pay what you want” basis, with hundreds of people taking advantage of the offer. The album is now available for €5 from the Castles bandcamp, or in physical format from the Palm Reader Records website.

Castles online:

http://castlesband.net
http://facebook.com/castlesofficial
http://twitter.com/therealcastles

 

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Leaves’ Eyes confirm North America tour with Atrocity

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 13th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Once their Asian and European dates are finished, Norwegian-German symphonic metal power house Leaves’ Eyes will embark on tour around North America with Atrocity, both of which will be touring as support to Moonspell. Leaves’ Eyes have confirmed that the North American shows will be in support of their recent dark masterpiece Symphonies of the Night, so American and Canadian fans can expect to hear new material live for the first time and Atrocity will be unleashing songs from their latest piece of brutal musicianship Okkult.

Tour dates are as follow:

31.01.14 USA Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
01.02.14 USA Orlando, FL The Haven
03.02.14 USA Ft. Worth, TX Rail Club
04.02.14 USA Albuquerque, NM Blackwater Music
05.02.14 USA Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
06.02.14 USA Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
07.02.14 USA Oakland, CA Metro Opera House
08.02.14 USA Portland, OR Alhambra Theater
09.02.14 USA Seattle, WA Studio Seven
10.02.14 CAN Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
11.02.14 CAN Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
13.02.14 USA Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
14.02.14 USA Kansas City, MO Riot Room
15.02.14 USA Chicago, IL Reggies
16.02.14 USA Reading, PA Reverb
17.02.14 USA New York, NY Gramercy
18.02.14 CAN Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques
19.02.14 CAN Ottawa, ON Ritual
20.02.14 CAN Toronto, ON Mod Club

Leaves’ Eyes online:

http://leaveseyes.de
http://facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial

Amaranthe postpone Ukraine show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 2nd December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish pop-metalcore outfit Amranthe have postponed their Ukraine date due to the unrest affecting the country at the moment. The show which was due to take place on 14th December has now been moved to 14th February next year. The band stated in their announcement:

Management have in consultation with the promoter found a new concert date, 14th of February 2014 – if state then stabilized. We apologize to our Ukrainian fans and donate at the same time our thoughts are with those affected by the unrest.

In related news, Invincible, the third single from Amaranthe’s sophomore album, The Nexus, is out now, accompanied by a video directed by Patric Ullaeus. The video was shot on location in Hollywood, Las Vegas, the Nevada desert and the Grand Canyon, amongst other locations, and it’s certainly the most ambitious Amaranthe clip to date.

Amaranthe online:

http://amaranthe.se