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Grade Announce Eastern Canadian Shows

Grade have some Eastern Canadian shows booked around the new vinyl pressing of “Separate The Magnets” that is due out on September 02nd. Those shows include:

09/05 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
09/06 Quebec City, QC – Envol ex Macadam Festival
09/26 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s
10/04 Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood

Deafheaven look to have just wrapped up recording their contribution to Adult Swim‘s free singles series. The band posted the following tweet from the sessions for it today. Their song is reportedly titled “From The Kettle Onto The Coil” and is scheduled to be released on August 25th. Pro-shot footage of them performing it at the ‘Pitchfork Music Festival” earlier this month can be seen below:
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Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Etc. Announce Halloween Shows

Killswitch Engage are planning ahead for Halloween, having just announced a trio of ‘Monster’s Mosh‘ shows. All That Remains, City Of Homes and more will also be on the bill for those dates:

10/30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/31 Worcester, MA – Worcester Palladium
11/01 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

Ex-Woe, Is Me Frontman’s New Band Favorite Weapon Debut “Hollow”

Former Woe, Is Me frontman Hance Alligood has returned, fronting an outfit named Favorite Weapon. The band have inked a deal with Rise/Velocity and will release their debut album “Sixty Saragossa” on October 14th. Their track “Hollowpremiered today and can be heard below:
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Minsk Recording New Album

Recording sessions are underway for Minsk‘s new album, which will arrive early in 2015 on Relapse Records. Sanford Parker is of course producing the effort, of which vocalist Timoty Mead stated:

“So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal. We knew that in order to really move Minsk forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again. This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. So many things had to fall into place to make it what we knew it needed to be. A new rhythm section, a second guitar for the first time since the early days of the band, additional vocalists, Sanford‘s contributions moving to the realm of synth/noise for this album. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results will be unmistakably Minsk… just Minsk on a whole different level this time around. We cannot wait to share the fruits of these labors.”

Documentary On Metallica’s First European Headlining Show Back In 1984 Available

A recent documentary chronicling a June 09th, 1984 show Metallica performed in De Westereen, Netherlands can be viewed after the break. It features interviews with the bands Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. The show stands as Metallica‘s first European headlining show. The official description for the documentary reads:

“‘How Metallica raised hell in De Westereen‘ (original title: ‘Hoe’t Metallica De Westereen op ‘e kop sette’), the 2014 Omrop Fryslân TV documentary of Douwe Talma about the show Metallica did in the small Dutch village Zwaagwesteinde (De Westereen) on June 9th 1984. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich.

That Zwaagwesteinde gig 30 years ago was the first Metallica European headline show ever, thanks to a mistake of the local venue owner. The documentary features a story full of anecdotes about the time that Metallica was still an unknown band and heavy metal was something completely new to everybody in Holland.”

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Downset. Premiere “One Blood” Music Video

Downset. have uploaded the following video for the title track to their new album “One Blood“,  which they premiered via Myspace. “One Blood” the album was released last week. Guitarist Brian Ares Schwager said of the shoot:

“Doing the ‘One Blood’ video was putting a big breathe of fresh air into the lungs of Downset. We wanted to embrace our Hardcore roots, are Hip-Hop roots, are Graffiti roots and are Los Angeles roots, as well as unite many of are of closest friends and family for a ‘One Blood’ debut show and reunion. The day of the shoot was a blast and working with Digital Iris Productions was a great experience capturing ‘One Blood’ on video.”

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More Footage From Alice In Chains’ ‘Guitar Center Sessions’ Episode Posted

More footage from Alice In Chains‘ ‘Guitar Center Sessions‘ episode has been been posted. Check below to watch members of the band discuss their ‘second chapter’. Yesterday, this performance footage of “No Excuses” from the episode was shared. The full episode will air on DirecTV‘s Audience Network on August 03rd.
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Meshuggah’s “obZen” Gets Mashed Up With Quad City DJ’s “Space Jam”

At least one individual thought Meshuggah‘s “obZen” would be a good match with Quad City DJ‘s “Space Jam” theme from “Space Jam“—the 1996 film that paired animated Looney Tunes characters with various actors and basketball stars. If it seems odd, Metalinsider.net points out that there is a community on Reddit dedicated to mashing up the “Space Jam” theme.
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High On Fire Lining Up Summer US Dates

High On Fire previously hoped to be in the studio around September/October, but it’s looking like the latter is more likely. The group have announced a string of dates to lead them up to their appearance on ‘Motörhead’s Motörboat‘. Here’s what they have lined up for the US:

08/12 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (free show)
08/15 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (free show)
09/06 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
09/19 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
09/20 Miami, FL – Grand Central
09/21 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
09/22 Miami, FL – Motorhead’s Motorboat