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As Blood Runs Black made more than a few of their backers unhappy with their recent breakup plans. With a formal announcement still in the wings, the band reached out to those who helped crowdfund $25,174 for their as-yet unreleased new album “Ground Zero‘ with the following message:

“There have been alot of questions recently regarding the future of the band and the release of Ground Zero. We wanted to reach out and let you know that Ground Zero will be coming out in the fall and you will be receiving your Indiegogo contributor perks before the public release of the album. We are putting together a worldwide tour schedule through next summer to support the album starting this fall in North America. Let us know where you want to see us play and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

More detailed information is coming soon. Thank you for bearing with us through this challenging time, your support is what keeps us going.”

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto recently pointed out a sad reality of the music business in 2014. Speaking through the below tweet in which he was expressing his love for Pennywise‘s “Straight Ahead” album, he commented:

“…Bands used to rail against greed and commercialism, now we all have clothing lines …”

Gregoletto himself is unsurprisingly no stranger to merchandising himself, with this shirt of his cat ‘Mr. Brown’ having managed to sell out its initial run. With less & less money involved in the music industry, the advent of 360 deals and cringeworthy royalty checks, Gregoletto is not alone in his woes.

Last month I Declare War frontman Jamie Hanks joked “I own a clothing company called I declare war” after their Chris Farley shirt stirred up some controversy. In some cases owning a merch line appears to be more lucrative than the band itself as proceeds from Attila frontman Chris Fronzak‘s Stay Sick line likely helped pay for  his Maserati and Porsche (see below.)

Meanwhile, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver SykesDrop Dead clothing line appears to pull in a healthy profit and has landed licensing deals with characters from ‘The Simpsons‘ and various video game brands.

Basically, if you’re starting a band in 2014 you may also want to devote some time to graphic design while you’re at it.

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Dates Added To Deicide, Septicflesh, Inqusition, Abysmal Dawn, Etc. Tour

Decide‘s ‘In The Minds Of Evil Tour‘ with Septicflesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and Carach Angren has had new dates added. Head below for the revised itinerary:

10/06 Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop *
10/07 Springfield, VA – Empire
10/08 Hartford, CT – Webster
10/09 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/10 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona *
10/11 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/12 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Newport, KY – Thompson House
10/14 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
10/15 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
10/16 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
10/17 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
10/18 Oklahoma City, OK – Chameleon Room
10/19 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall *
10/21 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
10/22 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
10/23 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
10/25 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/26 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
10/28 Dallas, TX – Rail Club
10/29 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog

*new dates

Abandon All Ships Breakup, Announce Final Show

Abandon All Ships are abandoning the whole being a band thing and throwing in the towel. The groups lead vocalist Angelo Aita said of the move:

“We’d like to start this off with a thank you. Thank you to our fans, friends, and family for the last 8 years. After many ups and downs, good times and bad, it’s time that Abandon All Ships comes to an end. There’s no hard feelings or inner turmoil, it’s just time that we all move on to the next chapter of our lives.

We’d also like to say thank you to Velocity/Rise Records, The Agency Group, Avocado Booking, Redfield Records, Go With Me Records, Underground Operations, and our management teams at Artery Foundation & Cloud Empire. Without you, this could have never happened.

We’ll be playing one last show in our hometown (Toronto, Ontario. Canada) on Sept 25th. We hope you can make it.”

As Aita stated, a final show will be held at The Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON on September 25th.

Fallen Gwar frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie was given a Viking funeral yesterday as part of this weekend’s ongoing ‘Gwar-B-Q‘ celebration. Some footage of the send off, which also featured speeches from his various friends/peers (Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe, Ex-Gwar bassist Mike Bishop and more) can be found below:
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Rage Against The Machine‘s inner tension was never much of a secret, but the below short and sweet tweet from guitarist Tom Morello once again casts some light on the bands continued inactivity. Both drummer Brad Wilk (see here) and bassist Tim Commeford (see here) seem open to returning, leaving the below tweet to suggest that vocalist Zack de la Rocha is still the lone holdout.
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In Flames Release Final “Siren Charms” Track-By-Track Video

In Flames have completed their five-part “Siren Charms” track-by-track rundown video series with the posting of the final video below. The series ran over at Revolvermag.com. Earlier today the band debuted their music video for their new single “Through Oblivion” from the effort. “Siren Charms” will be released on September 09th.
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Circa Survive have signed a worldwide deal with Sumerian Records. The first fruit of the new partnership will arrive next month in the form of a deluxe edition of their latest album “Violent Waves“. That set is coming September 09th and will be bolstered by a full-length DVD capturing a live show they performed at The Shrine in Los Angeles, CA last December. A trailer for that effort is available below.

Band vocalist Anthony Green said of their new home:

“We are so happy to be a part of the Sumerian family. To be able to have the same creative freedom as we did on our own plus the benefits of having their team helping us spread our music and message is a dream scenario.”

Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen stated:

“Today is one of the happiest and fulfilling days of my career and I think I speak for our entire staff when sharing that sentiment. Having Circa Survive join the Sumerian family is a dream come true. Their passion and approach of artistic transcendence as a band is exactly what we continue to strive for with Sumerian as a brand.

Their progressive, ethereal songwriting that conveys emotion in such a unique way has built them an incredible cult following while always staying true to themselves, which is the definition of musical success in my mind. Sumerian is honored to play a part in their career and vision. We hope to help them achieve even bigger goals while bringing their music to more new ears worldwide.”

A new album from the band is in the works with a headlining tour being booked. Until then you can pre-order the aforementioned deluxe edition over at Sumerianmerch.com.
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Katatonia To Release 4-Disc Live Set “Last Fair Day Gone Night” In September

Katatonia are preparing a 4-disc CD/DVD set titled “Last Fair Day Gone Night” for a September 30th release through Peaceville. The set captures the band during various shows played during their 2011 20th anniversary run, complete with a 10th anniversary full-album live performance of “Last Fair Deal Gone Down“. Here’s what it will include:

CD 1 – Audio from Koko set I:

01 – “Dispossession
02 – “Chrome
03 – “We Must Bury You
04 – “Teargas
05 – “I Transpire
06 – “Tonight’s Music
07 – “Clean Today
08 – “The Future Of Speech
09 – “Passing Bird
10 – “Sweet Nurse
11 – “Don’t Tell A Soul

CD 2 – Audio from Koko set II

01 – “Brave
02 – “Right Into The Bliss
03 – “The Promise Of Deceit
04 – “Nephilim
05 – “The Longest Year
06 – “July
07 – “New Night
08 – “My Twin
09 – “I Break
10 – “Wait Outside
11 – “Dissolving Bonds
12 – “Forsaker

DVD 1:
Last Fair Day Gone Night” Concert Film

DVD 2:
A 20th Year Flashback Documentary- 136 minutes

A video teaser for the set can be found below. Pre-orders are available here and through iTunes.
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