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More Dates Set For Arsis, Allegaeon & Exmortus Fall Tour

Even more dates have been announced for Arsis‘ “A Celebration Of Guilt” tenth anniversary tour with Allegaeon and Exmortus:

09/01 Springfield, VA – Empire
09/02 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar
09/03 New York, NY – Santos
09/04 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
09/05 Montreal, – QC Foufounes Electriques
09/06 Quebec City, – QC Dagobert
09/07 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
09/08 Lakewood, – OH The Foundry
09/10 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
09/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
09/13 Saskatoon, SK – Rock Bottom
09/14 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
09/16 Vancouver, BC – Red Room
09/17 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
09/18 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
09/19 Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Studios
09/20 Anaheim, CA – O.C. Music Hall
09/21 San Diego, CA – New Royal Dive
09/22 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
09/23 Denver, CO – Moon Room
09/24 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
09/25 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
09/27 Orlando, FL – Haven Lounge
09/28 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

A live set Sevendust played at The Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO will air on AXS TV in September. That episode will be titled “An Evening With Sevendust: Live From The Gothic Theatre” and will air September 23rd at 11pm EST/8pm PST. A bit of footage from it can be found in the below trailer for the channel’s ‘headliner club’ series:
click here for the video…

Alesana Announce September Tour With Megosh & More

Dates have been scheduled for Alesana‘s ‘Chaos Is A Ladder‘ headlining tour with Megosh. The Funeral Portrait and The Things They Carried will also appear on select dates, here’s how it runs:

09/12 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
09/13 Tyler, TX – Crossroads Music
09/14 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/15 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

With The Funeral Portrait & The Things They Carried:

09/19 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09/20 Ybor City, FL – Orpheum
09/21 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
09/22 Jacksonville, FL – 1904
09/23 Greensboro, NC – Green Street Club
09/24 Raleigh, NC – Southland
09/25 Springfield, VA – Empire
09/26 Providence, RI – Simons 677
09/27 New York, NY – Webster Hall

The Downset. lineup saga has been given another confusing wrinkle. You may recall that the ‘classic lineup‘ returned earlier this year to reclaim the name and just released a new studio album titled “One Blood” this week.

The previous lineup of the band that had been touring as Downset. graciously stepped aside to allow that to happen. However, three members of that outfit, aka the modern ‘Downset.‘—vocalist Neil Roemer, bassist J.D. Manhart and drummer Chris Lee—have joined with guitarist Daniel Banura and rebranded themselves CutThroat.

Last year while still operating under the moniker of Downset. the now members of CutThroat released a new single “Forgotton” that featured Sen Dog of Cypess Hill and George Lynch. Well, they have now reclaimed that song (now titled “Forgotten“) as a CutThroat track and released the following video for it earlier this month.

Also posted below is another track titled “Blind” from the outfit recorded during the same sessions as “Forgotten“.
click here for the video & stream…

Napalm Death, Sodom, Anaal Nathrakh & More Join 2015 ‘Maryland Deathfest’

More artists have been announced for the 2015 ‘Maryland Deathfest‘. As reported previously, the festival will again descend upon the Edison Lot, Rams Head and Soundstage in Baltimore, MD, running from May 21st to May 24th. Here’s the latest wave of additions:

Sodom
Demilich
Napalm Death
Anaal Nathrakh
Primordial
Martyrdöd
P.L.F.
Noxa
Water Torture
Early Graves
Fulgora
Mother Brain
Pizzahifive

Previously announced artists for the fest include:

Neurosis
Triptykon
D.R.I.
Portal
Metal Church
Melt Banana
Lock Up
Goatsnake
Aeternus
Arcturus
Aura Noir
Bulldozer
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Demoncy
Dragged Into Sunlight
Einherjer
Funebarum
Impetuous Ritual
Lyncathrophy
Master
Noisear
Serpentine Path
Skepticisim
Splatterhouse
Suffering Mind
Tsjuder
Twilight Of The Gods
Ufomammut
Vallenfyre
Winter
Wolfbrigade

Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Added To Japanese ‘Knotfest’

Slipknot‘s Japanese edition of this years ‘Knotfest‘ has expanded with the addition of more artists. Here’s who will now be performing at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, Japan on November 15th &16th.

Saturday, November 15th:

Slipknot
Limp Bizkit
Lamb Of God
Papa Roach
Bring Me The Horizon
One OK Rock
SiM
Crossfaith
Coldrain
Meaning

Sunday, November 16th:

Slipknot
Korn
Trivium
In Flames
Five Finger Death Punch
Maximum The Hormone
Man With A Mission
Wagdug Futuristic Unity

For more details head to Knotfestjapan.com.

Down’s Philip H. Anselmo Covers The Smiths With Comedian Dave Hill

Down frontman Philip H. Anselmo was recently joined by his ‘Metal Grasshopper‘ co-star, comedian Dave Hill, for a cover of The Smith‘s “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want“. The cover took place at a recent screening for the aforementioned series at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA.
click here for the footage…

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett To Guest On New Exodus Album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has contributed a guest solo on the new Exodus track “Salt In The Wound“. Hammett was originally  a member of that outfit prior to joining Metallica and told Rolling Stone of his recent work with them:

“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day. Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the Exodus demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me.”

“I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, ‘Wow, it’s 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other’s heads off with our guitar solos.’ Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I’ve only known them for most of my life, so I’m really happy that I finally got to record with them.”

Producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Amon Amarth) has been overseeing the new Exodus album which sees the return of vocalist Steve Souza. Meanwhile, Hammett will again take to the stage with Exodus tonight as part of a Fear FestEvil After Party. His Metallica bandmate Robert Trujillo and more special guests will also be on hand for a unique set that is expected to feature 10-12 covers.

Hammett tells Rolling Stone he expects they will cover “The Real Me” by The Who, Kool And The Gang‘s “Jungle Boogie“, Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Diary Of A Madman” and more.

Bleed From Within have set the track listing to their new crowdfunded EP, “Death Walk“. The band raised £8,978 ($15,237 USD) for that outing through Indiegogo. Below you can see how it will run while the cover art was previously revealed here. A release date for the effort is currently pending:

01 – “Death Walk
02 – “Silence Them All
03 – “The Fight Song” (Marilyn Manson cover)
04 – “The Pretender” (Foo Fighters cover)

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt Recalls His Time At A One Direction Concert

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has firsthand experience with boy band One Direction, having taken his daughter to one of their shows. Åkerfeldt told Metal Hammer of that concert:

“Well, I was in the minority there, being an old dude for one! But it was two sold-out nights at the Friends Arena which holds 60,000 people or something. My oldest daughter likes One Direction, and I anticipated some type of show as they had some elaborate stage thing going on.

But when the guys hit the stage it kinda felt like they’d just dragged five guys from the crowd up… if there were guys in the crowd, which there obviously wasn’t! It was just people on stage that were able to sing in key, but other than that they didn’t do much, they didn’t do any syncopated dance moves, there wasn’t much of a show. And since there were five guys, they’d sing every fifth line of a song and in between be just walking around.

For me, it was mind-boggling, I just couldn’t see the fascination, but kids think they’re cute and that kind of stuff. For me, I did not understand the point of the songs… some I recognised but I felt a bit sad in a way. Story Of My Life is the good song, I turned to my daughter and said, ‘This one’s okay.’”

Opeth‘s new album “Pale Communion” is coming August 26th on Roadrunner Records.

After The Burial, Texas In July, I Declare War, Reflections and Come The Dawn have a fall North American tour planned. The trek was just officially announced and runs as follows:

09/16 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
09/18 St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
09/19 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
09/20 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
09/22 Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
09/24 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/25 Albany, NY – Bogies
09/28 Springfield, VA – Empire
09/29 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street
09/30 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/01 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
10/09 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

Given the rather large gap at the end there may be some more dates planned.