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Reign Supreme Frontman Comments On Move From Deathwish Inc. To Mediaskare

Reign Supreme recently found themselves in the midst of a mini-controversy, or at the very least some derisive commentary, following their move from Deathwish Inc. to Mediaskare. Band frontman Jay Pepito addressed the move to Noisecreep with an excerpt below:

Deathwish is a small, independently run record label and one of the advantages of that is you get to work closely with owners and there isn’t that, “Here’s the publicity department and there’s the radio people,” kind of thing. You can get right to the core of who is making the decisions and not get a runaround like you would at a huge company.

But the disadvantage of being on a label like Deathwish is that they don’t have as big a budget as a band like Reign Supreme needs from time to time. For example, if a guitar breaks while we’re out on tour, they just can’t wire us $1000 for a new one. Things like that come up from time to time.

So Deathwish is great in a lot of ways and for a ton of bands out there, the label would be a nice fit. I can even see myself doing something with them again with one of the other bands I play in or another project down the line. I think it would be a harmonious thing since everything ended amicably between us.”

Thrice Working On “Promises” Music Video

Thrice have a music video for their track “Promises” in the works with director Odin Wadleigh (Kool Keith, MC Lars). The song comes from their new album “Major/Minor“, which is available now on vinyl and will see a September 20th release both digitally and on CD through Vagrant.

The Browning Added To Oceano, Thick As Blood, Etc. Tour

The Browning have been added to the “Midwest Meltdown Tour” with Oceano, Thick As Blood, Legend and Volumes. The band are taking over the opening slot previously held by Demolisher, who have since broken up. Dates for the run include:

09/16 St Paul, MN – Station 4
09/17 Sioux City, IA – The Underground
09/18 Des Moines, IA – People’s Court
09/19 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
09/20 Evansville, IN – Boney Junes
09/22 Ft. Wayne, IN – Sunset Hall
09/23 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
09/24 Rockford, IL – Take 20

The Browning‘s new album “Burn This World” will see an October 04th North American release date through Earache.

The Crown Rejoined By Original Vocalist Johan Lindstrand

The Crown have been rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand. His return to the group marks the departure of Jonas Stalhammar. An official statement on the matter can be found below:

“We have an announcement to make, Johan Lindstrand has re-joined THE CROWN, this means that the original line-up is now ready to kill once again!!

THE CROWN September 2011:
Johan Lindstrand – Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt – Bass
Marko Tervonen – Rhythm Guitars
Janne Saarenpää – Drums
Marcus Sunesson – Lead Guitars

We would like to thank our metal-brother Jonas Stålhammar for the amazing team-work for the last couple of years!!! Respect!!!

Next week we’ll start rehearsing new material (6-7 news songs written at this point). We hope to enter the studio early 2012.

We are thinking of doing a few Swedish dates within a couple of months (most likely a first re-union show in our hometown Trollhättan, this time in a proper club) and then focus on doing some kick-ass festivals in 2012.”

Johan Lindstrand: “Hi there all amazing THE CROWN fans out there, Johan Lindstrand speaking: Once again I have been blessed with the opportunity to join my oldest friends and brothers in arms Marko, Janne, Magnus and Markus. I’m am so grateful for this and I will do my best to make the original line-up live up to all expectations and we will definitely have a total blast together while rippin´ the world to pieces with a lot more years to come.

Yeah, from now on I am the lead singer in this classic death metal outfit called THE CROWN. Damn! That feels good to say.

I will also take some time here to thank Jonas Stålhammar ’cause he did an amazing job on “Doomsday King“. You rule dude!

Other than that I have to say: THE ORIGINAL 5 HAS RETURNED!!! Go hide your children.”

Jonas Stålhammar: “Come in Number 51, your time is up! It’s fitting quoting the classic Pink Floyd song right about now. My time with THE CROWN comes to an end with the return of the true voice of THE CROWN, Johan Lindstrand. It’s been a bumpy but really enjoyable ride for me being a member of THE CROWN.

It’s with great respect I step down to let Johan take his rightful place in the band again. I wish them all the best and they are truly my brothers still.”

Needless to say that it was a pleasure to work with Jonas on “Doomsday King“!”

Lamb Of God Guitarist And DevilDriver Frontman Working On New Project

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton and DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara have been working on a new side project together. Speaking on that through Twitter, Morton offered:

“So, its still totally off the radar, but @evilriver & i have been writin a bunch of KILLER tunes! Not sure when or where it’ll come to lite.”

Fafara later spoke on the project’s direction, tweeting:

“circus of power meets bad motor finger Riffing- jamming- Soul Singing get down turn it up ROCK”

More details on the project are currently pending.

Ghost Drop Out Of Enslaved & Alcest U.S. Tour

Ghost have backed out of their planned U.S. Tour with Enslaved and Alcest as a result of visa complications. I’m going to guess “A Nameless Ghoul” wasn’t going to fly with September 11th looming… But in all seriousness, you can find their statement on the matter below:

“A message from A Nameless Ghoul:

Everybody,

Due to some last minute complications with our visas, we have been forced to cancel our North American tour.

We are sorry towards the other bands on the tour, Enslaved and Alcest, and we wish them a very joyful tour without us.

And we are most of all tremendously sorry towards all of our fans.

This is truly beyond our control and we are making everything within our (His) powers to be able to come back to the US as soon as possible and perform for all of you.

Thank you all for your support!

Our most malicious of wishes

/A Nameless Ghoul
on behalf of GHOST

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, etc.) and William Shatner‘s cover of Black Sabbath‘s “Iron Man” has officially debuted online and can be streamed over at Revolvermag.com. The song is taken from Shatner‘s upcoming “Seeking Major Tom” double album, which is due in stores on October 11th. I don’t even know where to begin with this, so you can take over.

Touche Amore, Pianos Become The Teeth, Etc. North American Tour Revealed

Touche Amore, Pianos Become The Teeth and Seahaven will be heading out on the road together for a North American tour in the not too distant future. Circle Takes The Square will also join the band on the bill for the first few shows. Here’s how the schedule is set to run:

10/28 Gainesville, FL – Double Down Live (“The Fest 10“)
10/31 Pembroke Pines, FL – The Talent Farm (feat. Circle Takes The Square)
11/01 Orlando, FL – The Haven (feat. Circle Takes The Square)
11/02 Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse (feat. Circle Takes The Square)
11/03 New Orleans, LA – Dragon’s Den
11/05 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/07 Dallas, TX – Herman Hall
11/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
11/09 Albuquerque, NM – Gasworks
11/13 Los Angeles, CA – EchoPlex
11/14 San Francisco, CA – Submission Art Space
11/16 Portland, OR – Branx
11/17 Seattle, WA – Vera Project
11/18 Boise, ID – Jabber Mouth
11/19 Ogden, UT – The Basement
11/20 Denver, CO – Blast-O-Mat
11/22 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
11/23 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
11/25 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
11/26 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
11/27 Detroit, MI – Smalls
11/28 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dees
11/29 Montreal, QC – Underworld
11/30 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
12/01 New York City, NY – Santos Party Haus
12/02 Purchase, NY – Purchase University
12/03 Philadelphia, PA – Broad Street Ministries
12/04 Washington DC – Red Palace
12/05 Charlotte, NC – Tremont
12/06 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
12/07 Wilmington, NC – Soapbox
12/08 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
12/09 Memphis, TN – Escape Alley Sundry
12/10 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
12/11 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall

The Devin Townsend Project And The Ocean To Tour North America Next Month

The Devin Townsend Project and The Ocean will embark on the following North American tour together next month:

10/08 Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
10/09 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
10/10 Columbus, OH – Ravari Room
10/12 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
10/13 Philadelphia, PA – The Note
10/14 Worcester, MA – Rock And Shock
10/15 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10/17 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
10/18 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
10/19 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
10/21 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
10/22 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
10/24 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10/25 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/27 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/29 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Theater

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda To Score “The Raid”

Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda will be scoring the upcoming martial arts oriented motion picture “The Raid“. You can check out the press release for that below:

“Culver City, CA (September 9, 2011) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has teamed-up with LINKIN PARK’s Mike Shinoda to create an entirely new musical score for the ultra-intense action picture THE RAID, starring break-out martial arts sensation Iko Uwais (Merantau) and Joe Taslim (Rasa).

This collaboration will mark Shinoda’s first feature score.

“This film is wall-to-wall action, and one of the most exciting pictures of the year. Dropping a brand new score by Mike Shinoda on it will be like adding a whole new main character to a picture that’s already cranked to 11!,” said Dan Primozic, who negotiated the agreement on behalf of SPWA.

Adds Shinoda, “The intense visuals and compelling story of THE RAID have made this an exciting first venture into scoring for me. I’m thrilled for Linkin Park fans to see–and hear–this film.”

The high-adrenaline film produced by PT. Merantau Films and XYZ Films and directed by Gareth Evans (Merantau) enjoyed its North American debut last night at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival’s “Midnight Madness” screening, but included the original score as yet untouched by Shinoda’s sonic stylings.

Director Gareth Evans said, “It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to collaborate with such talent on the score for the film. I can’t wait to see what new angle they will take to enhance the impact of the film.”

Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films commented, “Working with a talented musician like Mike Shinoda is a dream scenario because his vision and sound are a perfect compliment to the intense energy and emotion of THE RAID. Gareth and our collective teams are thrilled to be able to fuse these extraordinary elements together.”

SPWA has U.S. rights and Celluloid Nightmares is the worldwide sales agent for the film.

SYNOPSIS: In the heart of Jakarta lies a rundown apart­ment infested with druggies and drifters. It’s ruled by a ruthless drug lord who uses the tenement to shelter his junkie customers, pushers, enforcers and brutal killers. The apartment block is considered untouch­able by even the bravest of police—until one early morning when, cloaked under dawn’s dark­ness, an elite SWAT team, led by officer Rama (Uwais), raids the peril-filled structure. As Rama’s squad races between the maze of rooms and floors, encountering a barrage of gunfire, machetes, and ruthless hand-to-hand combat around every corner, the stakes get higher and higher building to an explosive crescendo and an ultimate battle…”

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