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Intronaut performed a tenth anniversary show at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA this past Thursday, December 18th. Tool bassist Justin Chancellor was again on hand to join the band for “Valley Of Smoke” during the set, with fan-filmed footage of that available below. Ex-guitarist/vocalist Leon del Muerte was also present for two songs “Fragments Of Character” and “The Challenger” and footage of the former can be found after the break as well.
click here for the footage…

Shadows Fall Drummer Jason Bittner Joins Flotsam And Jetsam

With Shadows Fall going on hiatus drummer Jason Bittner has found another new gig. He has joined Flotsam And Jetsam, and exited his other project Toxik in the process. Bittner will replace Kelly Smith in Flotsam And Jetsam, who stepped down to attend to family duties. Bittner will be involved with the bands new album which is tentatively due out in the spring and said of his new station:

“I have been a Flotsam And Jetsam fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties. I’ve been lucky enough to be in the background of the Flotsam And Jetsam camp as a fan, supporter, and gear leader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith.

I am hard at work relearning all the classic Flotz material and can’t wait to record and tour with the band in 2015. This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 U.S. Shadows Fall hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015.

As they say… ‘Flotz ’till death!’ See you in Europe, in April.”

NYVES—the fledgling electronic project from Demon Hunter frontman Ryan Clark and Randy Torres (ex-Project 86, etc.)—have closed out their crowdfunding campaign for their debut effort, ‘Anxiety“. The band smashed their original $50,000 goal, raising a total of $82,702 for the effort. They said of that:

“Our Kickstarter campaign has just ended and we are almost speechless. Because of your amazing support, we fully funded the project, reached both of our stretch goals and then some. We said that if we reached 2,000 backers, we’d release a new song and you helped get us there. We’ll have much more to say later, but in the meantime, listen to our brand new song “Idle Thoughts.” Thank you. You made this happen.

-Ryan and Randy

click here for the song…

Marilyn Manson To Tour Western Canada This Spring

Marilyn Manson has announced a new leg of Western Canadian dates for his ‘The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour‘:

03/28 Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
03/29 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theater
03/31 Prince George, BC – CN Centre
04/01 Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
04/02 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
04/04 Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
04/06 Saskatoon, SK – Sask Tel Centre
04/07 Regina, SK – Ag Rec Building
04/09 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

Manson‘s new album “The Pale Emperor” will be released on January 20th.

Kylesa, Cancer Bats, Ulver & More Involved In New Black Sabbath Tribute

Cleopatra Records are preparing a tribute to Black Sabbath for a 2015 release and Kylesa, Cancer Bats, Ulver and more are among the artists contributing. Kylesa shared the below image of the project, which revealed the following track listing:

Wo Fat – “The Warning
Stoned Jesus – “The Writ
Death Hawks – “Hand Of Doom
House Of Broken Promises – “Lady Evil
Scorpion Child – “Hole In The Sky
Mos Generator – “Dirty Women
Machuca – “Planet Caravan
Ulver – “Solitude
Cancer Bats – “Into The Void
Witch Mountain – “Sleeping Village
Solace – “Electric Funeral
Pentagram – “Tomorrow’s Dream
Kylesa – “Paranoid
Bloody Hammers – “Changes

Given that Cancer Bats regularly perform Black Sabbath cover sets as ‘Bat Sabbath‘, their inclusion should come as little surprise. Release details on the tribute appear to still be pending.
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East Of The Wall Guitarist To Release New Opul Solo EP

East Of The Wall guitarist Matt Lupo will be dropping another solo effort under his Opul moniker. Nefarious Industries will be a new three-song EP titled “Levels‘ from the project digitally on January 13th. Physical versions will follow at a later date. The track listing for the EP runs as follows:

01 – “Presence
02 – “Velocity & Saturation
03 – “Clarity

John 5 Announces More February US Dates

More dates for John 5‘s (Rob Zombie, etc.) tour with his backing band The Creatures. Here’s the revised schedule:

02/08 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
02/10 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
02/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Whiskey A Go-Go
02/13 Las Vegas, NV – VAMP’D
02/14 Tempe, AZ – Pub Rock
02/17 Lubbock, TX – Jakes Backroom
02/18 Austin, TX – Mohawk
02/20 Tyler, TX – Clicks
02/21 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
02/24 San Antonio, TX – Capone’s
02/25 Dallas, TX – Tree’s
02/27 Fort Defiance, AZ – Ft. Defiance Chapter House

Obscura In Pre-Production For New Album, Seek Help For New Interactive Project

Obscura vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer has given the following update on the bands progress on their new album:

Obscura is working hard on the follow up to 2011’s “Omnivium”. The band is already in pre-production process and starts tracking demos for the new record. We are all pleased with the new material which pairs songwriting, technicality and arrangments of the last albums with creative input of Linus Klausenitzer, Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger and Sebastian Lanser, while keeping our trademark prog riffing across fusion and death metal that makes Obscura sound unique.

While working on Obscura’s fourth, yet untitled, record we just initiated an interactive project we need your help for. We are looking for all kinds of photos, videos, graphics, flyers and tour posters since the very beginning in 2002. If you have any footage you would like to share and be part of the band’s project, please get in touch via contact@realmofobscura.com.

Especially videos of our shows in Japan, South East Asia, Mexico, Europe and North America would be appreciated. If you made pictures with the band members after a concert or just made a few shots during a show, feel free to send an email to the band. Everyone contributing will be mentioned in the final credits.

Sincerely,

Steffen Kummerer

Ex-Megadeth Members Tap Former Scar The Martyr Singer For New Band

A report over at Blabbermouth reveals that ex-Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner has joined up with former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover in a new as-yet unnamed band. Broderick spoke about that project recently with SiriusXM‘s ‘Liquid Metal‘, read more about that here. Bonner previously joined ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and more in Scar The Martyr for one album before an acrimonious split derailed the outfit.

Machine Head have finalized the dates for their ‘An Evening With Machine Head Tour‘, which will see the band performing over 2 hours of music each night. Among the new stops added since more recent announcements are Salt Lake City, Utah, Los Angeles, California, and Bend, Oregon.

01/16 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
01/18 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
01/20 Austin, TX – Red 7
01/21 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
01/22 Houston,TX – Fitzgeralds
01/23 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
01/24 Orlando, FL – The Beechum
01/25 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
01/26 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
01/28 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
01/29 Philadelphia. PA – Underground Arts
01/30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
01/31 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/03 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
02/04 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater
02/05 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
02/08 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
02/09 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
02/10 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
02/11 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
02/12 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/13 Minneapolis/ St Paul, MN – Mill City Nights
02/14 St Louis, MO – Fubar
02/15 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
02/17 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
02/19 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
02/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
02/21 San Francisco, CA – Regency Center Grand Ballroom
02/24 Seattle, WA – Neumos
02/25 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
02/27 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
02/28 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/01 Saskatoon, SK – Obrian’s Event Centre
03/02 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
03/04 Minot, ND – The Original
03/06 Missoula, MT – Stage 112
03/07 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
03/09 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/10 Bend, OR – Domino Room
03/11 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

In a recent chat with Full Metal Jackie, Marilyn Manson discussed a failed session for his new album with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo for his upcoming ninth studio album, “The Pale Emperor“. Loudwire has the transcription of that, which among various name-drops, saw Manson state of the new albums musical direction:

“I give [credit to producer] Tyler Bates. I had met Tyler on ‘Californication.’ We tried to work together once. It was a small room, it didn’t work out. It was with Dave [Lombardo], formerly of Slayer, the drummer. I stopped him. the room was very small and when I say small, it was smaller than the room I’m in. Smaller than the room you’re in.

Probably the size of a … well it’s a rehearsal space but it was crammed with things and a girl screaming and I’m not really good at adapting to the idea of jamming. Which does apply to what I became more comfortable with — the ability to improvise with other artists without fear. I’m used to sitting in a cramped vocal booth and isolated, which doesn’t seem really right. Records should be made in the room with a person.

So with Tyler we later got back together and the first song we did was ‘Birds of Hell Awaiting’ and that really set the tone for the album. The second song we did was ‘Third Day of a Seven Day Binge.’ It just became a rhythm of, the record was done under a few months and that’s only because our schedules vary because of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and he was scoring ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ which ended up being the biggest movie of the year.

This was something I was excited to go to, get up and go to work. I didn’t have to be dragged into the studio at 3AM. I wanted to go to the studio at 5PM or whatever the case may be, still during daylight hours which is unusual for me. It proves I’m not a vampire, or a werewolf. I don’t know about the werewolf part.”

If you’re just catching up, Manson released a new music video for “Deep Six” from that album here. January 20th stands as the release date of the effort.