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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 1:47 am

Nonpoint, Gemini Syndrome, Islander & 3 Years Hollow to hook up for U.S. tour (NY dates)

Nonpoint live at The Paramount last year

Fort Lauderdale, Florida alt metal outfit Nonpoint are gearing up for the release of their eighth studio album, The Return, which is slated to drop next Tuesday (9/30) via NYC-based imprint Razor & Tie. The gang are currently on the road headlining a month-long trek with support from Eyes Set To Kill (who were in town not too long ago), and have just revealed a second round of headline dates across the U.S. with help from Gemini Syndrome, Islander and 3 Years Hollow.

The run kicks off next month in Indianapolis, IN and continues through November while hitting NY along the way:

10/25/2014 – Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon  w/ Era (tix)
10/26/2014 – New York, NY – Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tix)
10/28/2014 – Patchogue, NY – The Emporium (tix)
10/29/2014 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den (tix)

All other dates are below plus a stream of Nonpoint‘s new single “Never Ending Hole.”


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Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Today Is The Day reveal new single, hitting the road with Lord Mantis (playing NY)

Today Is The Day

Nashville, Tennessee noise makers Today Is The Day have let loose the first single off of their upcoming tenth studio album, Animal Mother, via the dudes over at Metal Injection. The track, titled “Masada,” can be streamed/watched here or at the end of this post. Animal Mother is set to spread upon North American masses starting October 14th through Southern Lord.

TITD have also announced a U.S. headline tour that kicks off next month with help from Chicago blackened sludgesters Lord Mantis. The three-week-long excursion is scheduled to cruise through Brooklyn on October 12 at The Acheron with Cleanteeth and Swollen Organs (tix), and in Long Island, NY at a TBA venue on October 17. All other dates are posted below. A second leg of tour dates is forthcoming soon.


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Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Regulator (mems of Cro-Mags & Bad Brains) to play benefit show at The Bowery Electric


Members of Cro-Mags and Bad Brains are apparently set to perform a special benefit concert (in support of The Children’s Tumor Foundation) under the moniker Regulator next week at The Bowery Electric in NYC. Here are the full deets via the venue:

On Thursday, September 25th, 2014 John Joseph and The Bowery Electric will host a benefit for The Children’s Tumor Foundation featuring REGULATOR: four members from two of hardcore’s most phenomenal legendary bands, The Bad Brains and Cro-Mags. On stage will be Cro-Mag’s members John Joseph (lead vocals) and Mackie (drums) and Bad Brain’s players Dr. Know (guitar) and Daryl Jennifer (bass) performing all the classic songs of the Bad Brains.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a cancer charity for the youth in need, whose work focuses on improving the lives of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF). Also appearing will be Sub Zero and Wilding Incident.

Doors open at 8pm, 21+ only. Tickets are on sale now. You can also buy tickets at The Bowery Electric bar.

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Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Kamelot to tour North America in 2015 with DragonForce (coming to Webster Hall)


Tampa, Florida-based medievalists Kamelot are currently busy in the studio working on their eleventh studio full-length, the follow-up to 2012′s Silverthorn LP. The new album (still untitled) is set to drop in March 2015, and will be followed by a full-blown North American assault in April/May. British power metal horde DragonForce, who last month unloaded their sixth studio effort Maximum Overload, have been recruited as direct support.

The 20+ market run is set to invade New York City’s Webster Hall on April 29, 2015. Pre-sale and VIP tickets are on sale now. General on-sale tickets will be released on October 4th at 10am.

A list of all dates can be scrolled through below …


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Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Misery Index to return to Saint Vitus with Decapitated

Misery Index

Maryland deathgrinders Misery Index have confirmed a handful of exclusive performances in a few select cities across the U.S. for the fall. The run of dates are in support of MI‘s fifth studio album, The Killing Gods, which they unleashed earlier this year on Season of Mist. Peep the official video for the track, “The Calling,” below. Said clip was directed by David Hall (Rwake, GridLink, Dragged Into Sunlight)

As for the upcoming mini-tour, the four day jaunt launches in November in St. Louis, MO and runs through November 16 at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus supporting the mighty Decapitated, who are trekking in support of their upcoming sixth studio album, Blood Mantra, on Nuclear Blast (the just released lyric video for the title track has been posted after the break). BK tickets are on sale now. Vids + all other dates are below …


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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica & Battlecross tour postponed


Machine Head‘s previously announced North American headline tour beside Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross has unfortunately been postponed until further notice. The trek was set to descend upon New York City’s Terminal 5 on October 16 (as previously noted). MH released the following statement a few hours ago:

It is with great disappointment that Machine Head must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall. Our new album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.

We feel this record is a milestone, we feel we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date.

Refunds will be available for tickets at point of purchase.

Look out for rescheduled American tour dates for the beginning of the year.

All scheduled European tour dates will remain as scheduled.

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Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

HIM to release new exclusive limited edition boxset & four deluxe albums, plus late fall tour (coming to NYC)

HIM live at Irving Plaza earlier this year
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Finnish rockers HIM have announced today plans to unleash an exclusive limited edition boxset dubbed Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96-’03 on November 25th via The End Records. As per the official statement:

The boxset includes the rare debut 1996 EP ’666 Ways To Love: Prologue” on 180gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever, along with an exclusive Heartagram logo slipmat and a USB drive with 37 bonus tracks, 80 tracks all together, all re-mastered.

November 25th will also see the release of four re-mastered HIM albums with bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes, and special packaging. Said records to be re-released include Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, Razorblade Romance, Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights, and Love Metal.

HIM lead vocalist Ville Valo offered the following:

We feel truly blessed to have our sonic offspring of yore being given a new lease of life in the US by The End Records, the home for many of our aural idols, both old and new. For the past months, the infamous Love Metal archives have been extensively scoured by us for rare, exclusive and downright scary musical nuggets for an experience in Finnish melancholy like no other, so please consider yourself warned…

In support of the deluxe re-mastered releases, HIM will set out on a brief U.S. tour later this year that kicks off on December 9 at Webster Hall in New York City and runs through December 19 in Las Vegas, NV. NYC tickets go on sale this Friday (9/19) at 10am. All dates are listed below …


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Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Photos: In Flames played their first-ever acoustic set at NYC’s Bowery Electric


Swedish melodic death metal outfit In Flames released their eleventh studio album, Siren Charms, this past Tuesday (9/9) in the U.S. through Sony Music. The 11-track effort was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios in Berlin, features artwork by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics, and has thus far spawned the singles “Rusted Nail,” “Through Oblivion” and “Everything’s Gone.” The LP has also reached #1 on iTunes’ Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums of the week (pick it up here).

On Thursday, September 4, three-fifths of In Flames (vocalist Anders Fridén and guitarists Björn Gelotte and Niclas Engelin) hosted a very special, invite-only evening at the super intimate (and well air conditioned) basement of the Bowery Electric in New York City, where a Siren Charms listening party was held for members of the media, press and a handful of lucky fans. The event (boasting an open bar) took place from 6-8pm and also featured a brief In Flames acoustic set (their first-ever) where the boys dished out unplugged versions of their new tracks “Dead Eyes” and “Through Oblivion.” Check out more exclusive shots from the affair after the break.

If you missed the note, In Flames recently announced a co-headlining North American tour for the fall beside Opeth and special guest openers Red Fang, which is scheduled to land at Terminal 5 in NYC on December 18. Tickets are on sale now. A full list of dates can be found here.

Pics below …




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Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Gig Coverage: Avatar, Metalfier & Beyond Visible live at The Studio at Webster Hall

By Mayra Ramales


Swedish metal band Avatar made their return to NYC with a stellar performance this past Wednesday night (9/10) at The Studio at Webster Hall. A tour in support of the release of their latest album Hail The Apocolypse via E1 Music, the show had some help from Jersey rockers Beyond Visible and local NYC band Metalfier.

Beyond Visible was the first band to go on stage, opening the show with a heavy setlist. A mix of heavy metal and modern hard rock was the perfect blend to set off the show. Songs like “Ashtray” had the room singing along to the lyrics. By the end of their set, the room had suddenly filled with more fans awaiting the next two bands.

Beyond Visible

Next up was Metalfier, who with their old school metal sound had fans going crazy. The band had the pit going all throughout their set, especially with their single “There’s A Devil Inside My Head.” Lead singer Andrew and bass player Miguel’s vocals echoed through the room, while drummer Adam’s skills impressed the audience. Fans were left pleasantly surprised, many of which could be heard talking about the amazing show put on by Metalfier.


Avatar finally hit the stage, starting their set with the title track off of their latest album Hail the Apocalypse. The Studio was full of fans who had the venue vibrating with energy. The band’s circus act was truly a performance that had the entire audience completely drawn in. The love the fans have for the band was apparent through their cheers, makeup and the miles traveled to be there that night. One fan in particular had come all the way from Colombia in order to see the band.

By the end of the night, all fans could be heard talking about the great show put on by all three acts. Each of which is on the rise, now with this show as proof of it.

Check out more photos from the NYC concert below:


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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Every Time I Die, The Ghost Inside, Architects & more to join forces for U.S. tour (NY dates)

ETID live at Gramercy Theatre last year

New York’s own metalcore favorites Every Time I Die have confirmed their previously rumored headlining U.S. fall tour with The Ghost Inside, Architects, Hundredth and Backtrack in tow. The five-week-long trip sets off in November in Las Vegas, NV and continues through December, hitting New York City’s Webster Hall on December 12, and coming to an end at Buffalo’s Town Ballroom on December 18. VIP packages are on sale now. All other tickets go on sale starting tomorrow (9/12).

The jaunt is in support of ETID‘s latest effort, From Parts Unknown, unleashed earlier this summer on Epitaph Records.

Peep a full list of shows below …


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