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Chelsea Grin have confirmed the rumors that an audience member died in attendance during their set at today’s (July 15th) “Vans Warped Tour” performance in Toronto, ON. On that the band tweeted:

“Our hearts go out to the person who died today. We still don’t know everything that happened but it’s no time for jokes on our page.”

Initial fan reports on social media services are identifying the victim as a woman. They seem to suggest that her death didn’t appear to be from injury, but rather exhaustion or a medical condition.

Fear Factory and Soulfly won’t be the lone practitioners of metal at this years 13th annual “Gathering Of The Juggalos” festival at Cave-In-Rock, IL. Static-X, P.O.D., Mushroomhead and (hed)p.e. have all since signed on for the festival, which will be held August 08th-12th.

A new infomercial for the event, which also boasts performances by The Game, DMX and The Pharcyde and many more amongst the expected Psychopathic Records-affiliated artists, can be viewed below:

Xibalba, Alpha & Omega & Power Trip Set For Summer Tour

Xibalba will hit the road shortly with Alpha & Omega and Power Trip in support of their upcoming album “Hasta La Muerte“. That effort is scheduled for an August 14th release date on Southern Lord Records, while dates for the trek can be found below:

08/11 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex (“Power Of The Riff West“)
08/12 Sacramento, CA – The Branch Street House
08/13 Vancouver, WA – Pop Culture
08/14 Seattle, WA – West Seattle Legion Hall
08/15 Vancouver, BC – The Astoria
08/16 Calgary, AB – New Black Art Center
08/17 Edmonton, AB – Oliver Hall
08/18 Lethbridge, AB – House Show
08/19 Saskatoon, SK – Louis’
08/20 Winnipeg, MB – The Frame Gallery
08/21 Fargo, ND – The New Direction
08/22 Minneapolis, MN – The Beat
08/23 Chicago, IL – TBA
08/24 Ann Arbor, MI – The Launch Board Shop
08/25 Toronto, ON – The Devils Cellar
08/26 Gatineau, QC – CCSG
08/27 Montreal, QC – Katacombs
08/28 Quebec City, QC – Cafe L’Agitee
08/29 Bucksport, ME – The Kave
08/30 Haverhill, MA – Anchors Up
08/31 Schenectady, NY – State Street Church Gym
09/01 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw (Power Of The Riff Fest)
09/03 Richmond, VA – TBA

Without Power Trip:

09/04 Columbus, OH – Carabar
09/05 Evansville, IN – The Hatch
09/06 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
09/07 Oklahoma City, OK – The Warehouse
09/08 Midland, TX – The Pinebox
09/09 Tucson, AZ – The Pound

The Word Alive, Upon A Burning Body and Like Moths To Flames have booked the following North Eastern North American run for September:

09/18 Cambridge, ON – The Hopper
09/19 Toronto, ON – Annex Wreckroom
09/20 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
09/21 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
09/22 Quebec, QC – Union Commercial
09/24 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
09/25 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
09/26 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheels

Black Light Burns Release First Chapter Of New Album Video Series

Black Light Burns (Limp Bizkit) have uploaded a new video below titled “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall: Chapter 1“. The clip teases the upcoming release of their new album, “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall“, which is slated for an August 14th release date on Rocket Science Ventures/THC : Music.

Gaza & Eagle Twin Announce August U.S. Tour

Gaza and Eagle Twin have booked the following tour together for early August. Gaza will be touring in support of their forthcoming new album “No Absolutes In Human Suffering“, due out July 31st on Black Market Activities.

08/01 Idaho Falls, ID – The Wax House
08/02 Boise, ID – The Boise Venue
08/03 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
08/04 Portland, OR – Backspace Cafe
08/05 Chico, CA – Origami Recording Lounge
08/06 Reno, NV – TBA
08/07 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
08/08 Fresno, CA – TBA
08/09 Palm Springs/Dessert – TBA
08/10 San Diego, CA – TBA
08/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex (“Power Of The Riff West“)
08/12 Phoenix, AZ – Chasers Nightclub

Born Of Osiris Member Denied Entry Into Canada

Born Of Osiris will not be performing at the Canadian stops of the “Vans Warped Tour” after drummer Cameron Losch was denied entry into the country. According to the band:

“Dear Canada: We regret to inform you once again that we have been denied entry to perform at Warped Tour. Due to a prior arrest of Cameron when he was 17, we have had a hard time getting into Canada our entire career. That being said, the rest of us will be at ALL of the Canada shows doing signings and hanging out/meeting all of you at our merch table. Again, we are so sorry that it has come to this… All we can do is make the best of it. See you guys this weekend.”

Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph McGowan has given his take on ex-Cro-Mags bassist/vocalist Harley Flanagan‘s account of the recent outburst of violence involving members of his band and Flanagan. Here’s what McGowan had to say:

“My response to Harley‘s version… He’s been watching too many sci-fi movies.

It’s amazing that this dude is trying to play the victim now. First off, Harley was NOT invited to the show; he was told repeatedly by CBGBs NOT to come. (I have all the texts and e-mails to CBGBs and security.)

He was given a CBGBs laminate for another event (American Hardcore screening) and then used it to sneak into the show. And if he wanted to talk and resolve things as he claims, why didn’t he come before doors where we could of taken care of any beef he had? No, he just wanted to come on the stage during show and try and do something to gain press – well he got his press alright.

At 6 pm, he texted Louise (CBGBs) and asked her what time we were going on. She didn’t respond, but warned me. I alerted security to let them deal with it — I had a show to do. He showed up 20 minutes before, hid in the crowd outside our dressing room door with a backpack and a KNIFE, never knocking on our door and saying “Yo guys… Can we talk?” He was also heard ranting outside that he was putting a stop to us playing his music (his music?). And, while sitting outside our door, [a fan told Flanegan] that he doesn’t care about the beef, that he attends both Harley’s War shows and Cro-Mags shows, and that he was just a fan of the music; Harley’s response to [the fan]: ‘Yeah, well, fuck you. Some shit’s about to go down, so if you don’t wanna be involved, keep fucking walking.’

He has told people that I was in the dressing room when it all went down, making it look like I set him up, when a thousand people saw me on stage ready to play. Look, here’s the Bottom Line: Security was told to come up and they never did. So knowing this dude always carries weapons and his plan was obviously to use the laminate to gain access to the stage while we played, and hearing what he was ranting that night, also remembering the whole Dimebag Darrell situation… As we were on stage about to go on, he was asked by Mike to come in the dressing room. When Harley was grabbed to be searched for weapons, the fight ensued and those three took him down, he pulled a knife and began stabbing people. When security finally arrived he wouldn’t drop the knife and THEY banged him up not those three. Again: dozens of witnesses.

Look if you got beef, a show with women and children on stage ain’t the place to bring it. I believe those three stopped a much worse situation, kids who were on stage could have got hurt. And no one snitched — I refused to talk to the cops. Unfortunately for him its a criminal case so no one has to press charges cuz he did that shit in a public venue. We have a way of dealing with matters — its called “Street Justice” — you pull a knife, I pull a pipe and smash your face in. And I did have a pipe on stage btw knowing this dude can’t really fight and always has a weapon as I said.

DMS are not thugs, so the new jacks who weren’t even around long enough to remember their past and said that… Keep your mouths shut. For the last ten years plus they have been security at shows stopping violence, even promoting the BNB Bowl and other events where there is NEVER violence. If they had been doing security that night Harley would have never got in and ALL of this could have been avoided.

And only Mike is DMS, not the other two, and anyone who REALLY knows him (not you Keyboard Commandos talking crap anonymously) will attest to the fact that he’s the nicest dude in the world and NEVER starts trouble. The other one is a veteran who tried to get the knife away from Harley, the other just a friend of the band. And Mike (Harley‘s replacement) was the one who got stabbed first. Bottom line: He was told not to come, he showed up right before we went on, he made threats, and then he stabbed people. End of story.

We will make up the show with Sick Of It All as we are discussing another date now, but I wanted to set the record straight. Sure, obviously anyone who knows the past (it’s all in my book The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon) knows he has a problem with me. He talks shit all the time — I do not. But he knows my bell and where I live. He NEVER rang it once — I told him we can go to the East River and resolve any issues. He refused.

So if you wanna believe all the lies and b.s. that dude posts on FB — your choice. The truth is an entirely different thing though. Your sympathy should lie with those who got stabbed, not the dude who did the stabbing and caused this whole problem. So stop gossiping and move on — that’s what we are doing.

See you in the pit.

Peace and PMA,

John J

Mike “Gunface” McKenzie has released an update on his various projects via The Red Chord‘s Twitter. McKenzie, who will be filling in on bass with Job For A Cowboy this summer, has a variety of irons in the fire.

Speaking through a series of tweets he offered:

Greg and I have been working on new TRC songs as well. Stomach Earth is now finished, on to the next thing. So Stomach Earth, Unraveller, TRC & at least one other release within the next year hopefully. Stomach Earth & Unraveller will both be out in the fall. I also sang a few parts and made some guitar noise on the new Old Man Gloom. Go pick it up, it’s excellent.”