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Converge Firm Up Impending U.S. Dates With Trap Them & Burning Love

Converge have tightened up their impending U.S. touring plans with the updated schedule now available below. As previously reported, the group have a new split 7″ in the works with Drop Dead.

With Trap Them, Burning Love:

05/20 Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
05/21 Philly, PA – Broad Street Ministry (feat. Drop Dead)
05/22 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East (feat. Drop Dead)
05/23 Burlington, VT – The Annex
05/24 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizons
05/25 New York City – Santo’s Party House
05/26 TBA – TBA
05/27 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.
05/28 Toledo, OH – Frankies
05/29 Braddock, PA – Unsmoke Systems (feat. Drop Dead)
05/30 Chicago, IL – Reggies
05/31 St. Louis – Fubar
06/02 Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas
06/03 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
06/04 Nashville, TN – Muse
06/05 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery

Chimaira Part Ways With Drummer Andols Herrick

Following the recent departure of keyboardist/programmer Chris Spicuzza comes word that drummer Andols Herrick has also exited Chimaira. Herrick commented on his departure from the group with the following statement issued exclusively to Theprp.com:

“Since Chris released his statement recently, I suppose its time that I do so as well since I have been dodging questions and comments for almost as long. I am no longer a member of Chimaira, and actually haven’t been since before Christmas. I did play at Chimaira Christmas 11, which was my last show. I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better and more memorable way to go out.

I cannot stress enough how significantly different the circumstances are now than back in 2004. The short story is that the guys had taken issue with certain aspects of my role in the band. Nothing discussed was out of anger or anything personal, but I was definitely not expecting it and it was quite the spirit crusher for me. The decision was made that it would be in the band’s best interest to move forward without me.

I was obviously devastated, but again there was no ill will between us. Later, I was asked to rejoin, but after some painful contemplation in my mind, I decided it was best not to. I started to see everything that happened as something that was ultimately positive. I share some of the same concerns that Chris mentioned in his statement, namely the current state of the music industry and concerns about my future.

A major transition in life is much more manageable at 31 than it is in your late 30’s or early 40’s, so as a guy with literally zero experience in anything else, better now then later. Plus, it would be hard to go back without feeling constantly uneasy about the situation.

So where does that leave me musically? Well, I damn sure am not done as a drummer! I will be releasing an instructional book/dvd through Hal Leonard later this year. I teach private drum lessons in New Jersey. I’m also really trying to get busy with session recording work, so if you’re a guitarist or a band that needs drum tracks, I can be contacted at drummerandolsherrick@yahoo.com.

I’ve had a couple opportunities to track drums for two great bands, and I hope to be a part of a lot more. I hope you guys will continue to keep up with my work, so follow me at twitter.com/the_real_andols, facebook.com/drummerandolsherrick, youtube.com/realandolsherrick, and at www.andolsherrick.com.

Although I did not record the new album, I was around for the majority of the writing process, and I know you guys are going to love it. Despite the recent dramatic lineup changes, I’m quite confident the band will press on just fine. I will always love my brothers, both current and former, in Chimaira! Thank you to Crush Drums, Sabian, Ahead, Gibraltar and Evans for being fantastic companies to work with. Thanks to all the fans for the great years, and the multiple lifetimes’ worth of amazing memories!

Andols

Divine Heresy Frontman Joins Cyanide Serenity

Cyanide Serenity have added Divine Heresy frontman Travis Neal as their new vocalist. The group will re-record their latest album “Consume Me” next month with Neal handling the vocal duties. For now, a statement regarding the addition of Neal can be found below along with a sample track with Neal‘s vocals.

“We are incredibly delighted to announce Travis as our new singer, we are hoping this will be the end of constant changing of vocalists, we have a lot of bad luck in this area and hope we can move on without any more setbacks. Travis is an exceptional singer and has an incredible scream, he is the ideal candidate alongside Matt and we cannot wait to hit the stage with him!”

Threat Signal Post Pre-Production Footage Of New Track

Threat Signal have posted some footage from the pre-production process for their next album below. Also available is the following update from band vocalist Jon Howard on the groups next album:

“You may have thought lately ‘where the f#*k has THREAT SIGNAL gone? Well, we have been in pre-production for the last 5 months writing some killer new songs for our 3rd release. We plan to hit the studio within the next few months, so we will let you know the details about that soon.

We will also provide studio video updates as well. But for now we’ve put together this short pre-production video clip of a song called ‘Fallen Disciples’. This will give you a taste of what we are up to. The new music speaks for itself, so turn up the volume, grab a beer, and get ready to have your ass handed to you.”

Midnight, Saviours, Lightning Swords Of Death May West Coast Tour Announced

Midnight, Saviours, Lightning Swords Of Death and Archons will embark on the following seven day west coast tour in May:

May 13th San Diego, CA – O’connells (feat. The Strikers)
May 14th Hollywood, CA – The Roxy (no Archons)
May 15th Oakland, CA – Eli’s Mile High Club
May 16th San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
May 17th Arcata, CA – Jambalaya
May 18th Portland, OR – Plan B
May 19th Seattle, WA – Highline (feat. Black Queen)

In Flames Reveal New Album Details

In Flames have revealed the track listing for their new album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading“. Due out through Century Media on June 21st, the outing will run as follows:

01 – “Sounds Of A Playground Fading
02 – “Deliver Us
03 – “All For Me
04 – “The Puzzle
05 – “Fear Is The Weakness
06 – “Where The Dead Ships Dwell
07 – “The Attic
08 – “Darker Times
09 – “Ropes
10 – “Enter Tragedy
11 – “Jester’s Door
12 – “A New Dawn
13 – “Liberation

The cover art for the effort can be found here, while a digital single for the track “Deliver Us” is set for a May 10th release date through Century Media.

Suicide Silence Frontman Discusses “The Black Crown”

Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker recently took the time to discuss the bands new album “The Black Crown” with Altpress.com. Speaking on the direction of the new material, he offered the following:

“People know we’re good musicians. We don’t need to play as fast as we can or as crazy we can all the time. It’s better to give breathers and breaks. And this record has way more groove and way more bounciness, way more catchiness. We focused a lot on that.”

The Black Crown” is currently slated to receive a July release date through Century Media.

Mnemic Bassist Tomas Koefoed Quits

Mnemic bassist Tomas ‘Obeast’ Koefoed has quit the band. A replacement is being sought with the group issuing the following statement on the matter:

“It’s time for changes and towards fans of MNEMIC I’m sad to announce that I have played my last shows with MNEMIC in Spain in March. Because of my forever continued dedication to music and metal it has not been easy to make my decision to leave a great and innovative band like MNEMIC after 8 succesful years with 4 releases.

Personally I don’t feel my ambitions are fulfilled in MNEMIC anymore and I wish my brothers and friends in band and crew all the best for the future. It has been some amazing years in many ways and I’ve learned a lot about myself and the music business, about what to do and what not to do.

We have moved fast and achieved a lot in a short time with our music and concepts, toured and become friends with some of the greatest bands in metal, but I feel my cooperation with the band has peaked. This is NOT the end for me in metal and hopefully soon I can announce myself in another ambitious project. I have good people working with me and I have now officially signed up and put myself available as live/touring and studio/session bassist, so see you out there, anywhere, everywhere.

My very own new website will be announced soon, so stay tuned. Thanks to all my fans for your support over the years and in the future! – Horns! Beast”

Commented the band: ”Sadly and unfortunately all things do come to an end. Compared to others, our line-up has been quite stabile for some time, but now it is time to part ways with our friend and brother, and take a step into a new direction. It was awesome jamming with the Beast, as always, and our split is totally mutual as friends and compadres. We wish him the best for his future endeavor and hope to see him on stage again!

To complete the groups line up, we are as of now seeking a replacement. If you are interested in taking over the bass duties, throw us an email with your info (age, experience, gear, photo etc) at: neurotic@mnemic.com. In the meantime, we have commenced composing the fifth album, to be released in a not so distant future. Thanks for your patience and looking forward to be seeing y’all out there!”

Shai Hulud, Endwell, Etc. Announce Summer Canadian Dates

Shai Hulud, Naysayer, Endwell And My Turn To Win have confirmed a series of eastern Canadian shows for the summer, they include:

06/26 St. Catharines, ON – Scene Fest
06/27 Hamilton, ON – Casbah
06/28 London, ON – London Music Hall Lounge
06/29 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s
06/30 Oshawa, ON – The Green Bottle
07/01 Kingston, ON – Time To Laugh
07/02 Gatineau, QC – Heart Fest
07/03 Montreal, QC – Underworld
07/04 Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
07/05 Saguenay, QC – Elks Lodge