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Sworn Enemy & Silence The Messenger Announce North American Tour

Sworn Enemy and Silence The Messenger will be touring North America together beginning late next month. Dates confirmed so far include:

05/20 Quebec City, QC – L’ Agitee
05/21 Montreal, QC – Café Chaos
05/23 Toronto, ON – Rancho Relaxo
05/29 Thunder Bay, ON – Crock’s
05/30 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo Cabaret
06/03 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop Live
06/08 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
06/10 Portland, OR – Branx
06/11 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
06/20 Dallas, TX – Trees
06/22 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
06/25 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge

Sworn Enemy will release their new album “Living On Borrowed Time” through Rock Ridge Music on May 13th. A new song from it titled “Do Or Diedebuted online earlier today.

Diecast Announce “Tearing Down Your Blue Skies” 10th Anniversary Tour

Diecast will be touring with I Am Heresy and Beyond Threshold (select dates) from May 24th-May 31st on a tour that will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their album “Tearing Down Your Blue Skies“. Dates for the trek include:

05/24 Holyoke, MA – Waterfront
05/25 Akron, OH – The Rock Factory
05/27 Milwaukee, WI – The Metal Grill
05/28 Appelton, WI – Luna Lounge
05/29 Steger, IL – Another Hole In The Wall
05/30 Rockford, IL – Whiskey’s Rodhouse
05/31 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge

With groups like Scare Don’t Fear being signed and Downset. touring and working on a new album, it appears that rap and metal are ready to get intimate once again.

The Chimpz are yet another entrant vying for rap metal fans attentions, having just reached their unspecified crowdfunding goal for their new EP. The band will release that self-titled outing on May 13th with it due to feature the single “War Machine“.

The following lyric video for that track just hit the net via puregrainaudio.com and takes its footage from Damien Nenow‘s “Paths Of Hate” short.

click here for the video…

A stream of Boysetsfire‘s cover of Funeral For A Friend‘s “10:45 Amsterdam Conversations” taken from their coming split with the group can be heard below. The split also finds Funeral For A Friend covering Boysetsfire‘s “Rookie” and will hit North American stores on May 13th through No Sleep Records.
click here for the stream…

Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, Yautja & Theories Announce May US Tour

Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, Yautja and Theories will be touring together in May with dates available below. Meanwhile, Mutilation Rites have chosen “Harbinger” as the title to their new album—their first with Ryan Jones (ex-Today Is The Day) on bass/vocals. The group tracked the effort with Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC, Magrudergrind) and anticipate a summer release on Prosthetic Records.

05/21 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar (Black Breath only)
05/24 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Death Fest
05/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Undergound
05/27 Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
05/28 New York, NY – Santos Party House
05/29 Cleveland, OH – Foundry
05/30 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
05/31 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Explains Why The Band Decided To Cover Ignite

Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn has explained the bands decision to cover Ignite‘s “Our Darkest Days“/”Bleeding” on their impending new ‘Record Store Day‘ “Killers & Kings” 10″ that is out this Saturday, April 19th. He goes into detail of how he was introduced to the band and the song in question as part of the latest entry in his The General Journals series. Head below for an excerpt from that:

“Sometime in late 2006, during the recording of “The Blackening,” I read a Revolver Magazine review of Ignite‘s – “Our Darkest Days” album by a friend of mine named Amy Sciaretto. Amy worked at Roadrunner back then, and she had always been a big supporter of our band. Ignite wasn’t a Roadrunner band so the review itself didn’t feel like there was some hype behind it.

It was a good (re: positive) review, but when she spoke about the political / “fuck you” nature of the lyrics, it struck me. I had heard of Ignite, we played a few festival dates together sometime in the 90′s. I do however vaguely remember talking to one of the guys at the Dynamo Festival in ‘97; well “remember” is a strong word. I was so high on ecstasy and vodka, I couldn’t tell you what the hell we talked about, though I remember thinking that he was cool. But that was it; that was my only experience with the band as I never heard any of the records.

I’ve always loved punk rock, some of the first bands I ever got into we’re punk bands. The incredible first Suicidal Tendencies record, the mind-blowing Discharge album “Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing,” the “Violent Pacification” EP and “Dealing With It” by D.R.I., Cro-MagsAge Of Quarrel“, GBH – “Leather Bristles, Studs, and Acne,” and one of my favorite punk albums of all time FEAR - “The Record.”

Back then bands were discontent, they were angry with the way things were, and they sang about. They were there to agitate, to scare, to provoke, sometimes brutishly, always honestly, occasionally even quite eloquently. They were not trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator; in fact, they hated the lowest common denominator.

It was a lot different than today’s bands.

Something about the “fuck you,” “fuck the government,” and “fuck everyone” attitude always appealed to me. These lo-fi recording didn’t have the heaviest guitar tones or the tightest playing, but they had fucking attitude and fucking balls. They spoke to me in ways “normal” records didn’t….”

You can read more on that here.

Backtrack, Harm’s Way, Expire, Suburban Scum, Etc. Tour Announced

Backtrack, Harm’s Way, Expire, Suburban Scum, Downpresser and Iron Mind will be out together this summer on ‘The Life & Death Tour‘. Freedom, Will To Die, Incendiary, Turnstile and Bitter End will also appear on select dates:

With Incendiary & Freedom:

06/25 Nashville, TN – The End
06/26 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
06/27 Hamtramck, MI – Smalls Bar

With Freedom:

06/30 Worcester, MA – Club Oasis (feat. Rude Awakening)
07/01 Glen Lyon, PA – Glen Lyon VFW
07/02 Long Island, NY – The Hungarian Hall (feat. Incendiary)

With Freedom & Turnstile:

07/03 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
07/04 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
07/05 Atlanta, GA – Under The Couch
07/06 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
07/07 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
07/08 Pensacola, FL – The Handlebar (no Turnstile)

With Bitter End & Will To Die:

07/09 Houston, TX – Walters
07/11 San Antonio, TX – The Korova
07/12 Albuquerque, NM – The Gasworks
07/13 Scottsdale, AZ – Pubrock
07/14 Pomona, CA – Aladdin’s Jr.
07/16 Camarillo, CA – Rock City
07/17 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro

Maruta Announce East Coast US Tour, New Album Sessions To Follow

Maruta will be in the studio following the completion of their below May trek to begin tracking their new album for Relapse. Drum sessions will take place at Visceral Sound with Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) overseeing the process. Hull will also handle the mixing duties for the album.

05/17 Athens, GA – Go Bar
05/18 Greensboro, NC – Legit Biz (feat. Torch Runner, Priapus)
05/19 Philadelphia, PA – Half Moon Cafe (feat. Blurring, Backslider)
05/20 Montclair, NJ – The Meatlocker (feat. Blurring, Mother Brain)
05/21 New York, NY – Saint Vitus (feat. Cripple Bastards, Hooded Menace, Archagathus, Detroit)
05/22 Boston, MA – Obrien’s Pub (feat. Hivesmasher, Blurring, Mother Brain)
05/23 Bayshore, NY – Even Flow (feat. Dehumanized,Enabler, Mother Brain)
05/25 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage Maryland Deathfest
05/29 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
05/30 Charleston , SC – TBA
05/31 Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
08/23 Tampa, FL – Southern Darkness Fest

Mastodon, High On Fire, KEN mode, Etc. Set For 2014 ‘Hopscotch Music Fest’

Mastodon, High On Fire, Power Trip, KEN mode, Subrosa, Valient Thorr, Author & Punisher and more will be appearing at this year’s ‘Hopscotch Music Fest‘. They join a lineup that also features the likes of Spoon, St. Vincent, Thurston Moore and others. The event will be held across numerous venues in Raleigh, NC from September 04th-06th. For more details and the full lineup thus far head to the above-mentioned link.