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Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, Yautja & Theories Announce May US Tour

Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, Yautja and Theories will be touring together in May with dates available below. Meanwhile, Mutilation Rites have chosen “Harbinger” as the title to their new album—their first with Ryan Jones (ex-Today Is The Day) on bass/vocals. The group tracked the effort with Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC, Magrudergrind) and anticipate a summer release on Prosthetic Records.

05/21 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar (Black Breath only)
05/24 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Death Fest
05/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Undergound
05/27 Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
05/28 New York, NY – Santos Party House
05/29 Cleveland, OH – Foundry
05/30 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
05/31 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Explains Why The Band Decided To Cover Ignite

Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn has explained the bands decision to cover Ignite‘s “Our Darkest Days“/”Bleeding” on their impending new ‘Record Store Day‘ “Killers & Kings” 10″ that is out this Saturday, April 19th. He goes into detail of how he was introduced to the band and the song in question as part of the latest entry in his The General Journals series. Head below for an excerpt from that:

“Sometime in late 2006, during the recording of “The Blackening,” I read a Revolver Magazine review of Ignite‘s – “Our Darkest Days” album by a friend of mine named Amy Sciaretto. Amy worked at Roadrunner back then, and she had always been a big supporter of our band. Ignite wasn’t a Roadrunner band so the review itself didn’t feel like there was some hype behind it.

It was a good (re: positive) review, but when she spoke about the political / “fuck you” nature of the lyrics, it struck me. I had heard of Ignite, we played a few festival dates together sometime in the 90′s. I do however vaguely remember talking to one of the guys at the Dynamo Festival in ‘97; well “remember” is a strong word. I was so high on ecstasy and vodka, I couldn’t tell you what the hell we talked about, though I remember thinking that he was cool. But that was it; that was my only experience with the band as I never heard any of the records.

I’ve always loved punk rock, some of the first bands I ever got into we’re punk bands. The incredible first Suicidal Tendencies record, the mind-blowing Discharge album “Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing,” the “Violent Pacification” EP and “Dealing With It” by D.R.I., Cro-MagsAge Of Quarrel“, GBH – “Leather Bristles, Studs, and Acne,” and one of my favorite punk albums of all time FEAR - “The Record.”

Back then bands were discontent, they were angry with the way things were, and they sang about. They were there to agitate, to scare, to provoke, sometimes brutishly, always honestly, occasionally even quite eloquently. They were not trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator; in fact, they hated the lowest common denominator.

It was a lot different than today’s bands.

Something about the “fuck you,” “fuck the government,” and “fuck everyone” attitude always appealed to me. These lo-fi recording didn’t have the heaviest guitar tones or the tightest playing, but they had fucking attitude and fucking balls. They spoke to me in ways “normal” records didn’t….”

You can read more on that here.

Backtrack, Harm’s Way, Expire, Suburban Scum, Etc. Tour Announced

Backtrack, Harm’s Way, Expire, Suburban Scum, Downpresser and Iron Mind will be out together this summer on ‘The Life & Death Tour‘. Freedom, Will To Die, Incendiary, Turnstile and Bitter End will also appear on select dates:

With Incendiary & Freedom:

06/25 Nashville, TN – The End
06/26 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
06/27 Hamtramck, MI – Smalls Bar

With Freedom:

06/30 Worcester, MA – Club Oasis (feat. Rude Awakening)
07/01 Glen Lyon, PA – Glen Lyon VFW
07/02 Long Island, NY – The Hungarian Hall (feat. Incendiary)

With Freedom & Turnstile:

07/03 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
07/04 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
07/05 Atlanta, GA – Under The Couch
07/06 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
07/07 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
07/08 Pensacola, FL – The Handlebar (no Turnstile)

With Bitter End & Will To Die:

07/09 Houston, TX – Walters
07/11 San Antonio, TX – The Korova
07/12 Albuquerque, NM – The Gasworks
07/13 Scottsdale, AZ – Pubrock
07/14 Pomona, CA – Aladdin’s Jr.
07/16 Camarillo, CA – Rock City
07/17 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro

Maruta Announce East Coast US Tour, New Album Sessions To Follow

Maruta will be in the studio following the completion of their below May trek to begin tracking their new album for Relapse. Drum sessions will take place at Visceral Sound with Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) overseeing the process. Hull will also handle the mixing duties for the album.

05/17 Athens, GA – Go Bar
05/18 Greensboro, NC – Legit Biz (feat. Torch Runner, Priapus)
05/19 Philadelphia, PA – Half Moon Cafe (feat. Blurring, Backslider)
05/20 Montclair, NJ – The Meatlocker (feat. Blurring, Mother Brain)
05/21 New York, NY – Saint Vitus (feat. Cripple Bastards, Hooded Menace, Archagathus, Detroit)
05/22 Boston, MA – Obrien’s Pub (feat. Hivesmasher, Blurring, Mother Brain)
05/23 Bayshore, NY – Even Flow (feat. Dehumanized,Enabler, Mother Brain)
05/25 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage Maryland Deathfest
05/29 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
05/30 Charleston , SC – TBA
05/31 Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
08/23 Tampa, FL – Southern Darkness Fest

Mastodon, High On Fire, KEN mode, Etc. Set For 2014 ‘Hopscotch Music Fest’

Mastodon, High On Fire, Power Trip, KEN mode, Subrosa, Valient Thorr, Author & Punisher and more will be appearing at this year’s ‘Hopscotch Music Fest‘. They join a lineup that also features the likes of Spoon, St. Vincent, Thurston Moore and others. The event will be held across numerous venues in Raleigh, NC from September 04th-06th. For more details and the full lineup thus far head to the above-mentioned link.

Former Isis drummer Aaron Harris remains a man of many trades. When not playing with Palms, he can often be found in the studio producing/mixing, etc. bands or out on the road drum teching for the likes of Deftones and Tool. Below you can watch him swap out a broken snare head mid-song for Tool‘s Danny Carey during a San Diego, CA show last month with nary a beat missed. He recounted the experience as follows on his blog:

“I’ve also been on the road recently, touring with Tool as Danny Carey‘s drum tech. The tour was great and it was really inspiring to watch Tool perform each night, especially Danny‘s drum solo. In San Diego, though, Danny broke a snare head during “Push It.” It’s a drum tech’s biggest fear and it’s also a tough situation for Danny, especially in a song like “Push It.” I swapped to his back-up snare mid song. Below are a couple videos that captured the exchange. In this first video you can see me telling Danny that I was going to do the swap during the next section of the song where I knew there was some room for the swap to work. In the second video, you see scene unfold. It was exciting for sure, but not something I want to happen again!”

click here for the videos…

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor Working On New “Electronic” Project

Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor has a new electronic project in the works. He told Revolver of it earlier this year:

“I’ve been working on this weird project that doesn’t really have a name–it’s electronic stuff I play drums to.”

He didn’t offer up any further details regarding it however. The group will release their new album “Once More Round The Sun” in June. An official stream of their new single “High Road” was made available earlier today and can be found here.