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Alesana Cancel Russian, Ukrainian & Finnish Shows

Alesana have cancelled their planned dates in Finland, Russia and the Ukraine as a result of growing tensions and recent tragedies in those regions:

“To all of our fans in Finland, Russia, and Ukraine:

We are sad but we must regretfully announce the postponement of our trip overseas to play for our fans in Finland, Russia, and Ukraine. Politically, things have been tense in some of those regions and in light of the tragedy of Flight MH17 the members of Alesana, along with our families and loved ones, have decided it is in our best interest to postpone the dates until travel proves to be less inhibitive of our safety. We love our fans and cannot wait to play for each and every one of you, but circumstances have forced us to consider our well-being and the peace of mind of our families. We hope to see you very soon!”

The group were recently booked for this September tour.

Intronaut Announce 10th Anniversary Tour With Anciients

Intronaut‘s tenth anniversary will be celebrated with a headlining run that is due to commence in November. The shows will see the band revisiting their back catalogue with guitarist/singer Sacha Dunable explaining:

“We’re taking a break from writing a new record to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band with this special run of shows. We haven’t finalized a set list yet, but expect at least one song from every release, and maybe a special guest or two to come out and help us play them. Joining us on these shows will be our Canadian friends Anciients, and the LA show will feature Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall.

We are also planning a couple special 10th Anniversary releases, hopefully to be available by this tour, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to everyone who has supported Intronaut for these past 10 years! We love you forever.”

With Anciients:

11/06 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
11/07 Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
11/08 Portland, OR – Branx
11/09 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
11/10 Boise, ID – The Shredder
11/12 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/14 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
11/15 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
11/16 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
11/18 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/19 Mesa, AZ – Club Red

With Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes and The Great Wall:

12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Helmet Toss Some Playful Jabs At The Deftones Over Their “Sinatra” Cover

Helmet frontman/guitarist Page Hamilton took some playful jabs at the Deftones for their cover of “Sinatra” during their July 24th set in Denver, CO. Hamilton introduced the song, offering:

“So apparently the Deftones covered this song, I never heard it, I’m sure it’s not as good as our version, but.. I’m thankful to them for covering it, it’s good. I’m sure they fucked up the chords—there’s no way they figured the chords out. I’d tell them that.”

Below you can watch footage of that as well as the aforementioned cover version. Helmet are currently touring with Filter and Local H.
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‘Mayhem Festival’ Bands Dress Up For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

The tradition of themed parties hosted by artists on the ‘Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival‘ has provided some interesting results in the past. Most recently Emmure decided to host a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed affair in Hartford, CT. You can find some artists (Miss May I, etc.) from the festival dressed up in that attire below:
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Obituary Select Title For Crowdfunded New Album

Obituary‘s new album which they crowdfunded $60,669 for has a title and release timeframe. Drummer John Tardy told Metalskunk.com:

“The new album is gonna be called Inked in Blood. The album cover is finished, the master copy is done, the marketing campaign has been set right now. It’s gonna be released close to Halloween, probably the end of October.”

As revealed back in June, Obituary have partnered with Relapse for the new effort.

Holy Grail guitarist Eli Santana has checked in with the below update on the bands next album:

“In the pursuit of accumulating enough material to make a great album, we had a problem on our hands. With over fifty song ideas and hundreds of riffs to choose from, we faced the daunting task of narrowing down these ideas to around seventeen songs. We are proud to say that we have achieved this small victory. We have a good portion of the seventeen tunes fleshed out with vocal melodies, guitar leads, drum fills, and bass lines; some even have lyrics.

We really let Luna’s voice lead the way on which songs we will be trying to put on the album. In doing so, it feels like we are sitting on an album that will be very gratifying to the fans of our first EP ‘Improper BurialTyler and Blake) will shine on this record.

As long as we don’t “…and Justice For AllBlake in the mix, I think our forthcoming record will treat the metal world to the lost art of bass lines. I sent a text to a buddy joking about our new material, “It’s kind of like if Cannibal Corpse wrote Arena Rock.” After I hit send I realized it wasn’t that far off.”

As reported earlier, the band will play two shows with Children Of Bodom in October.

Unlocking The Truth Documentary In The Works

New details on metal youngsters Unlocking The Truth‘s coming documentary have surfaced through Billboard.com. Freshly signed to a recording contract that is potentially worth 1.7 million, the group will be the subject of a documentary put together by Black Label Media and SeeThink Films.

Luke Meyer has signed on to direct the feature, which has already begun filming with their signing having been captured. A book on the band is also in the works. Most recently the outfit entered the studio with producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind) and have plans to release their debut EP in the not too distant future.

Butcher Babies vocalist Carla Harvey will release her first book, “Death And Other Dances” on Monday, August 25th. The following synopsis was provided for the semi-autobiographical novel:

“Autumn Franklin is an awkward, biracial girl growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Already disconnected from her peers at an early age because of her background, she becomes even more withdrawn when her young parents divorce. Ever changing but stubbornly tenacious, she survives the cards she’s been dealt by playing them against the odds. Hurt her and she will not hesitate to “kill you off,” making it easier to walk away.

Transplanting herself from her factory-driven hometown to the alluring City of Angels, she has but one goal: to find herself. Struggling to make solid connections with those around her, Autumn swallows her reservations and pushes limits to the extreme as she transitions between two drastic career changes: from the bowels of the adult entertainment industry to her rebirth as a mortician. There amongst the dead, she learns what it is to live, love, and to allow others inside, finally landing in the most comfortable place of all: her own skin.”

A release party will be held at Book Soup in Los Angeles, CA on August 28th at 7pm with Harvey on hand to sign and provide a reading. Pre-orders for the book can be found here. A new album from the Butcher Babies is also currently in the works.