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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arizona metalcore act The Word Alive have announced a headlining U.S. trek for the fall titled “The Get Real Tour.” The month-long journey launches in November in San Diego, CA and runs through December in Mesa, AZ. The Color Morale, Our Last Night, The Dead Rabbits and Miss Fortune will provide support.
New York will host the run on November 29 at Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan, and on December 2 at the Waiting Room in Buffalo. VIP tickets are available now. Public ticket info is TBA.
The tour is in support of The Word Alive‘s brand new studio album, Real, which they released earlier this summer via Fearless Records.
Grayslake, Illinois alt metal trio Chevelle are currently wrapping up an immense summer North American quest that came about 4 weeks ago in Pittsburgh, PA. The month long journey, which concludes this Thursday in Salt Lake City, features support from Los Angeles-based metallic headbangers Kyng and South Cali’s Dayshell. Shenanigans came crashing down upon New York City’s Terminal 5 not too long ago (8/27) for an unforgettable night at the Hell’s Kitchen, NYC concert hot spot. More belated photos from the Manhattan gig can be scrolled through below.
Btw, those dudes in Kyng recently unleashed their sophomore studio full-length, Burn the Serum, via NYC-established imprint Razor & Tie. Check out the band’s new official video for the track “Electric Halo” after the pics below.
Belphegor have unfortunately cancelled their previously announced North American headlining tour with Rotting Christ, Beheaded and Svart Crown, which was scheduled to kick off in NYC at Gramercy Theatre on September 24 (as previously noted). The cancellation is due to a critical and immediate family emergency. Belphegor frontman & guitarist Helmuth Lehner released the following statement earlier today:
After fighting many months now (the last 4 months have been terrible), my mother is at the end. Her body is decaying more and more and will not survive the next weeks (maybe days) or will fall in coma soon. I will not risk being away at this time.
Our thoughts are with the band. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
New York’s own shock rock legends Twisted Sister brought the house down at Best Buy Theater in New York City this past Friday evening (9/5) for a headline gig at the Times Square venue in support of the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation (the daughter of TW‘s guitarist, manager and producer Jay Jay French suffers from Uveitis). The night also dished out sets by NY-based metal supergroup Adrenaline Mob (Symphony X, Twisted Sister), local hard rock quintet Killcode and special guest host Don Jamieson (That Metal Show). Check out fresh new shots from the NYC show below.
Speaking of Killcode, the guys are currently promoting a new song called “Slave” which was produced by Life of Agony‘s Joey Z. Make sure to give the new track a listen after the gallery below …
Puerto Rican alt hip hop/rap rock group Calle 13 gave a groundbreaking display this past Saturday (9/6) at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, performing to fans from all over the world. Audience members held their country’s flag up in the air as lead singer René Pérez Joglar aka Residente opened the show with “Fiesta de Locos” (A party for the crazy). The band’s current tour is in celebration of their latest album, Multi_Viral, a record which the band decided to go indie on, but still managed to impress fans and sell out venues across the globe, including The Big Apple this past weekend, despite having gone underground.
The gang also performed the fan-favorite “No Hay Nadie Como Tú,” which they originally played with Mexican group Café Tacuba, but this time had help from Leanna Cabra Joglar (step sister of Residente and band multi-instrumentalist Eduardo José Cabra Martínez aka Visitante). Residente and Leanna had the whole venue on their feet and singing along to the lyrics of “El Aguante”, a song full of conscious awareness which speaks out on the political, socioeconomic and daily struggles our society has to endure. Despite the band rapping about difficult topics in today’s society, their sound made it impossible for the audience to stay still.
The ground shook as the band played hit after hit, especially when encore track “Atrevete-te-te” began. The single which skyrocketed the band’s career to stardom, made the audience go crazy. The fans continually cheered for Residente, Visitante and Leanna who gave an unforgettable performance just as NYC had anticipated.