Acclaimed guitar master John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) is currently out on his first-ever stateside solo tour with his backing band The Creatures that sees the shredder dishing out songs from his illustrious solo career, ranging from 2004′s Vertigo debut to last year’s Careful with That Axe release, as well as special covers and unique medleys.
The on going tour (remaining dates) rolled through New York City at Gramercy Theatre last night (3/4), where the guitar hero and company delivered a remarkable 60-minute jam fest in-front of an elated Manhattan crowd. Fresh new photos from the NYC show are in this post.
While in The Big Apple, John 5 recorded an episode of “That Metal Show” with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, which is slated to air this Saturday night (3/7) on VH1 Classic.
Insomnium will be joining forces with fellow Finnish melodic death metal troop Omnium Gatherum for a North American tour this summer/fall. The run kicks off at “Heavy MTL” in Montreal in early August and swings through 21-plus more cities before coming to a full circle a month later in Quebec. The trek is set to collide with New York City at Gramercy Theatre on August 11 (ticket info tba).
Insomnium vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen said the following about the impending tour:
We are very happy to return to North America so quickly! With each previous tour we have felt that we’ve clearly gone forward and gained new fans so now it’s the right time to bring a full headliner show across the Atlantic Ocean. We are very much looking forward to playing in Heavy MTL festival and that will be an awesome kickstart for the tour. And naturally we are more than happy to be sharing the bus and stage with our fellow Finnish brothers in death metal, the almighty Omnium Gatherum! Killer shows expected every night so get your tickets way in advance. See you all soon!
Markus Vanhala, who plays guitar for both acts added:
Here’s the tour that every melodeathmaniac (except my back & neck) have been waiting for – the double trouble Insomnium Gatherum tour in North America! That’s gonna a hell of a ride thru America and nice times with super dudes as both of my brotherhood camps will be staying in the same bus. The last year’s Omnium Gatherum North American debut tour was a blast and also a great success, so I’m really happy to come back also with OG and have another round spin of “Beyond the World tour” beyond Atlantic!
The tour is in support of Insomnium‘s sixth studio album Shadows of the Dying Sun, as well as Omnium Gatherum‘s latest full-length record Beyond.
Extreme death metal occultists Portal will be returning to the U.S. later this year to take part in the 13th annual Maryland Deathfest alongside the likes of Neurosis, Anaal Nathrakh, Winter and others. The hooded riffers have also scheduled a headline show in NYC at Saint Vitus for May 27 with fellow Australian blasphemers Impetuous Ritual (who are also playing MDF) and New York-by-way-of-Florida black metal trio Negative Plane (tix on sale now). The MDF-presented Brooklyn gig is Portal and Impetuous Ritual‘s only other scheduled U.S. appearance this year.
Portal unleashed their fourth full-length opus, Vexovoid, a few years back on Profound Lore, while fellow label-mates Impetuous Ritual dropped their second studio album, Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence, last spring. Negative Plane‘s latest LP, Stained Glass Revelations, is out now on The Ajna Offensive. You can stream all three aforementioned efforts in full below.
LA-based heavy rock trio Big Business have confirmed a series of North American headlining shows prior to their upcoming massive tour with Mastodon and Clutch, which, as previously announced, will descend upon Central Park Summerstage in NYC on May 19 with Graveyard (tix on sale). Included among the headline dates is a stop at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on April 9 (tix on sale now, as well). All announced headline shows are below the fold.
Big Business are touring in support of their fourth studio album, Battlefields Forever, out now on Gold Metal Records (stream it below).
Maryland doom metal rebels Iron Man and Washington, D.C. thrash/melodic/death/power metal up-and-comers Yesterday’s Saints have announced a U.S. tour together for later this month. The 11-city hike kicks off in the nation’s capital next week and wraps up the weekend after in Dayton, OH, hitting scattered markets along the way such as Philadelphia, Buffalo, Detroit and New York City on March 15 at The Paper Box in Brooklyn with locals Hack and Drella. BK tickets are on sale now.
The run is in support of Iron Man‘s 2013 full-length on Rise Above Records titled South of the Earth, as well as Yesterday’s Saints‘ just released LP on Draconum Records called Generation of Vipers.
Texas alt rockers …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead will be setting out on an April through June tour through North America and the UK to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary. The dedicatory trip will also support the group’s latest and ninth studio album IX, which dropped this past October on Superball Music. Your Favorite Enemies and Boyfrndz will open on the American portion of the run.
Two shows have been confirmed for NYC with the first going down at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 1 [tix on sale 3/6 at noon], and the second at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan on May 2 [tix on sale 3/6 at 1pm]. All other dates (with more to come) can be viewed on the flyer below and here.
California hard rockers Rival Sons – who released their fourth studio album and first LP to feature new bassist Dave Beste Great, Western Valkyrie, last summer on Earache Records – will soon embark on a March/April journey through the UK for a slew of headline gigs as well as festival appearances at “Paaspop Festival” in the Netherlands, “Artefact Festival” in France and more. Later in the spring the quartet will hit the road in the U.S. for a series of dates supporting Slash and Halestorm, along with a string of recently revealed headline dates including Irving Plaza in New York City on May 15 with special guest Black Stone Cherry. NYC tickets go on sale to the general masses beginning this Friday (3/6) at noon. A complete Rival Sons tour itinerary can be viewed here.
Speaking of Slash, the iconic shredder will be in NYC with his backing band consisting of Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators on May 7 for their previously mentioned concert at Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen. Tickets are on sale.
Texas punk rockers Bowling For Soup are celebrating their 21st anniversary this year and will be heading out on a headlining U.S. summer tour dubbed “Bowling For Soup Is Finally Legal Tour!! (BFS Turns 21!)” to commemorate the occasion. The June/September run will feature support from The Dollyrots and Ivory Tribes. A show at Irving Plaza in NYC has been set for June 18 with tickets going on sale to the public starting this Friday (3/6) at 10am.
The summer outing will also be in support of Bowling For Soup‘s recently released greatest hits collection titled Songs People Actually Liked (Vol. 1 – The First 10 Years 1994-2003), on Que-So/Brando Records.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, technical death metal outfit Revocation recently concluded a brief North American run beside The Contortionist, Fallujah and Toothgrinder, that invaded Long Island at Revolution Bar & Music Hall a few weeks ago (as previously posted). Revocation will take a break from touring this month but will be back at it next month with a recently confirmed 3-day headline stint on the East Coast.
The band kicks off their Northeastern mini-tour at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on April 3 with Artificial Brain and Psalm Zero [tix], which will be followed by a show at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY on April 4 [tix tba], and ends at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA on April 5 with Black Crown Initiate and Sexcrement [tix].
Revocation are touring in support of their fifth studio album Deathless, which was released last October on Metal Blade (stream the title-track below).
Polish blackened death metal warlords Behemoth and veteran death metal gods Cannibal Corpse are out on the final week of their vast North American co-headline tour with supporting acts Aeon and Tribulation. The trek launched late January in New Orleans and is slated to end this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. New York City welcomed the barbarous live ritual this past Saturday night (2/28) at an insanely packed and long-sold-out show at Webster Hall in the East Village. A slew of pics from the co-headline acts ravaging NYC can now be viewed in this post.
Behemoth are touring in support of last year’s well received The Satanist LP on Metal Blade Records. The band also recently released an official biography titled Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors, which consists of an in-depth look at the history of the band, their music, influences and more, including exclusive interviews and old band photos in the form of a 490-page hardcover book. It’s also appropriate to mention that Behemoth mastermind Nergal will unleash the english version of his 2012 official autobiography, Sacrum Profanum, next month under the title Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond (pre-order here).
Cannibal Corpse are out promoting a 2014 full-length record on Metal Blade as well dubbed A Skeletal Domain, which debuted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200.