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Primus Drummer Tim Alexander Successfully Undergoes Open Heart Surgery

Primus drummer Tim Alexander has successfully underwent open heart surgery (at least one of his friends said it was in fact a triple bypass operation.) Alexander required the procedure after having suffered a heart attack late last week that was apparently caused by arterial blockage around his heart.

Primus just announced the good news on Tim‘s current condition with the following statement:

Tim Alexander Is Out of Surgery

The Mighty Tim “Herb” Alexander has pulled through surgery, the blockage from his heart has been removed with no complications and all signs point to a glorious and speedy recovery.”

The new Nonpoint album has been christened “The Return” and will apparently see a release on September 30th in North America. Metal Blade will be handling the European release of the effort while the group remain on Razor & Tie for the North American market.

Recorded with producer Johnny K earlier this year (Disturbed, Staind), the lead single from the outing, “Breaking Skin” is available for streaming below. A music video for that track as also recently shot and will premiere soon. Frontman Elias Soriano said of that track:

“It’s about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything, that tends to turn into an itch. You can’t stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you’re bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it.”

Soriano also discussed the album as well, stating:

“I wanted to play with vocal patterns and tell longer stories in some places, while saying very little in others. The record has its own DNA because each song respectively does as well.”

“I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end. I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to.”

click here for the stream & cover art…

Motograter Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For ‘Knotfest’ Battle Of The Bands

Motograter have launched a crowdfunding campaign in which they hope to raise $800 for a chance to participate in a battle of bands. The winner of said battle will be granted a slot on this years Knotfest. This of course means that while the funds will get them to the battle of the bands, there isn’t a guaranteed shot they will actually win. Along with the instrument from which they took their name, Motograter are perhaps most famously known for previously being fronted by Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody.

Should you feel generous enough to contribute you can do so here.

Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Beartooth, Etc. US Tour Announced

Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens will co-headline the ‘World Tour‘ with support from Beartooth (ex-Attack Attack!) and This Wild Life.

11/05 Fresno, CA – Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheater
11/07 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
11/08 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11/09 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/11 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavilion
11/13 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
11/14 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
11/15 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
11/16 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11/19 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall @ Lancaster Convention Center
11/20 Toms River, NJ – Pine Belt Arena
11/21 Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory
11/22 Hartford, CT – The Webster
11/24 Long Island, NY – Paramount
11/25 Long Island, NY – Paramount
11/29 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
12/01 Des Moines, IA – 7 Flags
12/03 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12/05 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory

Unlocking The Truth Team With PledgeMusic For Debut EP Pre-Orders

Unlocking The Truth have turned to for the pre-orders for their debut EP. Commonly associated with crowdfunding, the lack of an actual funding goal on the page confirms that they are utilizing the service merely for pre-orders.

Such a practice has not been uncommon lately, with Black Veil Brides, P.O.D. & Powerman 5000 among the various artists adopting PledgeMusic for the same function.

Unlocking The Truth recently made waves again after having signed a recording contract with Sony potentially worth 1.8 million dollars.

Arsis will be bringing their tenth anniversary tour for “A Celebration Of Guilt” stateside. Allegaeon and Exmortus round out the bill, which will run as follows:

09/01 Springfield, VA – Empire
09/02 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar
09/03 New York, NY – Santos
09/04 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
09/05 Montreal, – QC Foufounes Electriques
09/06 Quebec City, – QC Dagobert
09/08 Lakewood, – OH The Foundry
09/12 Winnipeg, – MB The Zoo
09/13 Saskatoon, – SK Rock Bottom
09/16 Vancouver, – BC Red Room
09/17 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
09/18 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
09/20 Anaheim, CA – O.C. Music Hall
09/21 San Diego, CA – New Royal Dive
09/23 Denver, CO – Moon Room
09/25 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
09/27 Orlando, FL – Haven Lounge
09/28 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

The rumored schedule for We Came As Romans‘ as-yet unannounced tour with For Today, The Color Morale and Crossfaith has slipped out online. Here’s what has surfaced:

09/11 Lansing, MI – The Loft
09/12 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest (We Came As Romans only)
09/14 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival (We Came As Romans only)
09/16 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave Bar
09/17 Moorhead, MN – Gio’s – Moorhead
09/18 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
09/19 Sioux Falls, SD – The District
09/20 Denver, CO – Riot Fest (We Came As Romans only)
09/21 West Hollywood, CA – Sunset Strip Music Festival (We Came As Romans only)
09/23 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
09/24 Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock
09/25 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
09/27 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
09/28 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
09/30 Knoxville, TN – The International
10/01 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10/02 Newport, KY – Thompson House
10/03 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
10/04 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
10/05 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection

Suffokate Guitarist & Bassist Quit, Band To Drop Off Tour

Suffokate have once again been faced by member departures though this time it isn’t their singer. Both band guitarist Jason Graff and bassist Ivan Munguia have exited the band, forcing the group to head home from their current tour early. They released the following statement on the matter:

“We unfortunately have to announce that we are officially dropping off the remaining dates of the “murder without motive tour“. Our guitarist jason graff and bass player ivan munguia informed us 2 days ago that they have decided to leave the band and that they would not finish the remaining tour dates. We apologize to all our fans, the promoters, booking agents, as well as the bands on the tour package ( Abiotic, As They Sleep) .

The remaining band members did want to finish the tour, and made our best attempt at making that happen but were unable to track down a van, trailer, guitarist, and bass player with such short notice. This does not mean the band will be breaking up, our vocalist john , lead guitarist miguel, and drummer Lars are all here to stay. On that note if you are a bass or guitar player, preferably with tour experience, and are interested in auditioning please message us… Thanks”

Munguia in particular had only just joined the band this past spring, having come into the fold around the same time as the groups fifth vocalist over the years, John Olivia.