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Comeback Kid, Backtrack & Expire Book Western Canadian Tour

Comeback Kid, Backtrack and Expire will tackle Western Canada together with the following tour next month:

11/08 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project (Comeback Kid only)
11/09 Victoria, BC – Victoria Event Center
11/10 Langley, BC – The Vineyard
11/12 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
11/15 Fernie, BC – The Northern
11/16 Calgary, AB – Broken City
11/17 Red Deer, AB – The Vat
11/18 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
11/20 Lethbridge, AB – Studio 54
11/21 Regina, SK – The Exchange
11/22 Winnipeg, MB – Frame Arts Warehouse
11/23 Winnipeg, MB – The Royal Albert Arms

Underoath Speak Further On Their Decision To Call It Quits

Underoath have followed up the official statement regarding their decision to call it a day with the following words via their Twitter:

“If you haven’t heard, today’s a big day. A reflection day. A day of looking back at what the past 12 years has been to us and to you guys. We can’t express what you all mean to us. We’ve ALWAYS been in this together and the amount of gratitude we have for you all can’t be stated This isn’t EXACTLY goodbye yet though, as we do have our farewell tour in the works for early 2013… It’s gonna be awesome! #realgoodbye”

Falling In Reverse Frontman Arrested After Injuring Fans At NJ Show

The recent “Six Flags FestEVIL” show held at the “Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari” in New Jersey will be the last event of its kind at the location. The news comes following a series of injuries caused by Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke, who during the closing of his bands headlining set threw three microphone stands into the audience.

According to police, both a 16 year old girl and a 24 year old male were struck in the head by the stands . They were each treated on site for their injuries, which included bruises and cuts. Radke was summarily arrested for simple assault and aggravated assault as a result of the incident and has since been released on $25,000 bail.

Along with Falling In Reverse, the festival also saw performances from the likes of We Came As Romans, Norma Jean, Born Of Osiris and many more.

Park spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher told the Asbury Park Press that: “this was the first metal show that we’ve ever had, and will be the last. We have no plans to host another metal show.” She continued: “this performer was completely reckless. He had complete disregard for the safety of his fans. His actions were totally unacceptable. It’s not the type of entertainment that we want to be producing.”

Video footage of the incident, which did not appear to be malicious, can be seen below:

Drummer Josh Freese Exits A Perfect Circle

Drummer Josh Freese is officially out of A Perfect Circle. Announcing the news via his Twitter earlier today, he offered:

“After 13 years, I’ve decided to leave @aperfectcircle with no plans of returning. Apologies to those inquiring about the upcoming shows.”

No word yet from the bands camp on the matter or any permanent replacements—though it appears as though Jeff Friedl will likely continue to hold the spot.

HELLYEAH Tap Holy Grail For Fall North American Tour

Holy Grail have revealed that they will be supporting HELLYEAH later this month on the following tour:

10/23 Waco, TX – Wild West Waco
10/24 Lubbock, TX – Jakes Backroom
10/26 El Paso, TX – House of Rock
10/31 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11/01 Vancouver, BC – Venue
11/03 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Event Center
11/04 Regina, SK – The Pump Roadhouse
11/05 Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Center
11/07 Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
11/09 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
11/10 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
11/12 Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec
11/14 Watertown, NY – Exhibition Hall (Fairgrounds)
11/16 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans Pub & Music Hall

New TesseracT Single “Nocturne” Lands Online

TesseracT debuted their new single “Nocturne” via BBC Radio 1′s Rock Show yesterday, October 01st. As such, radio rips of the song (such as the one below) have begun surfacing online, should you not care to sit through the above-mentioned podcast of the show. The track is the bands first song to be publically released with new vocalist Ashe O’Hara. It will officially be released on October 12th.

Obscura To Reunite Original Lineup For Tenth Anniversary Show

Obscura will play their tenth anniversary show at Alte Kaserne in Landshut, Germany this December 15th. The special show will see an opening set from Illegimitation—an incarnation of the bands original lineup who will play their first demo in full. Dark Fortress and Hokum will also serve as support on the bill.

Speaking on the coming show guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer stated:

“After years of recording, touring & building up a loyal fanbase around the world we invite all of our friends & fans to our 10 year anniversary show in Landshut, Germany. We celebrate the end of the ‘OMNIVIUM Worldtour‘ in the same city where it started early 2011.

To make this event something special we reformed the original lineup of Obscura for a short set, playing the full ‘ILLEGIMITATION‘ demo as a whole. While DARK FORTRESS and HOKUM share a long history of links with OBSCURA, it seems almost self-evident to have both booked for ‘10 YEARS OBSCURA – A Decade Of Progressive Death Metal‘. Let’s make this a great evening for everyone.”

Aeon Streaming “Aeons Black”

Aeon have released the following lyric video for the title track to their new album, “Aeons Black“. Metal Blade will release the outing on November 20th with pre-orders now live at Metalblade.com.

Underoath To Call It A Day, Final Release And Tour In The Works

Underoath are calling it a day with a final anthology release titled “Anthology 1999-2013” set for a November 06th release date through Solid State Records. A farewell tour is also in the works for 2013. The following press released was issued on the matter:

“October 2, 2012 – Groundbreaking metalcore act UNDERØATH are formally announcing their plans to disband following a remarkable 15-year career that made a monumental impact on millions of fans and forever changed the face of heavy music.

“It’s sad to say that we feel like it’s time to close this chapter, but we have never seen things more clearly,” says vocalist Spencer Chamberlain. “These have been the best years of my entire life, and I owe that to every single person who ever supported this band along the way. This wasn’t a quick decision by any means. It’s just time for us to move on.”

The band is closing an era during which it served as a pillar of the heavy music scene. UNDERØATH formed an indelible bond with their massive fan base through relentless touring in front of sellout audiences on six continents, as well as the early adoption and mastery of social networking that helped bridge the divide between band and fan – resulting in the band becoming one of the first with 1 million ‘likes’ on Facebook as well as a tally of more than 70 million plays on MySpace.

The Tampa, Florida-based group released seven acclaimed albums in total – including the Gold-certified mid-2000s releases They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line – that collectively yielded several groundbreaking videos, Grammy and Dove Award nominations and total sales in excess of 1.3 million units.

On the road to becoming one of hard rock’s biggest success stories, UNDERØATH created a deep and enduring culture surrounding its music and message and became that rarest of things in the music world: a band that actually meant something, to millions of fans around the globe.

UNDERØATH will cap its incredible run with the release of a career retrospective album, Anthology 1999-2013 – released November 6 on Solid State Records. With tracks culled from their 1999 debut, Act of Depression, through the instant classics on 2010’s Ø (Disambiguation), Anthology 1999-2013 is an essential collection of songs that celebrates the evolution of this seminal band.

Pushing Anthology 1999-2013 beyond a mere retrospective, the release gives fans one last chance to hear newly recorded material in the form of new tracks “Sunburnt” and “Unsound.” Recorded with longtime producer Matt Goldman, the two new songs represent the final material recorded by the band.

“Over the past decade or so of our lives, we have been able to live a dream traveling the world, playing music that excites us, and meeting more amazing people than we could have ever fathomed,” says keyboardist Chris Dudley. “This couldn’t be a more bittersweet moment for us. We have accomplished more, met more friends, seen more places and have just done more than we could have ever imagined, and we really wanted to just go out on the highest note possible.

That’s why we have put together a group of great friends and musicians for what will be our final tour ever. We are taking every moment of this tour as an opportunity to say goodbye to you all, as well as celebrate what has taken place over all these years. The love we have and the debt of gratitude that we owe to all of you is not able to be measured in any way.”

That farewell tour will commence in 2013, featuring fan-favorite songs that span the entirety of UNDERØATH’s career. Further details to be announced next week.

“We don’t take this very lightly and it’s heartbreaking for all of us,” Chamberlain says of the band’s announcement, “but all good things must come to an end. We love all of you and hope to see you again soon.””

Anthology 1999-2013” track listing:

01 – “Sunburnt” (new song)
02 – “Unsound” (new song)
03 – “In Division
04 – “Catch Myself Catching Myself
05 – “Paper Lung
06 – “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
07 – “Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear
08 – “In Regards To Myself
09 – “You’re Ever So Inviting
10 – “Writing On The Walls
11 – “A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White
12 – “Reinventing Your Exit
13 – “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door
14 – “I’ve Got Ten Friends And A Crowbar That Says You Ain’t Gonna Do Jack
15 – “When The Sun Sleeps
16 – “Cries Of The Past
17 – “Heart Of Stone

Baroness Frontman Recounts The Bands Bus Accident

Baroness vocalist/guitarist John Baizley has recounted the bands harrowing bus crash in the UK this summer via the following post. You can find some graphic photos of the injuries suffered in the crash at Baronessmusic.com:

“On August 15th, just before 11 am, Baroness and our crew were involved in a very bad crash while on tour. The brakes in our bus failed completely, on a notoriously dangerous, incredibly steep (12% grade) hill in Monkton Combe, UK, on our way from a show Bristol to another show in Southampton. Our bus went entirely out of control, and we had no choice other than hitting a perpendicular guardrail going about 50 mph at the bottom of the hill.

The guard rail and the 20 or 30 trees we ploughed through snapped like matchsticks as we went fully airborne and fell down more than 30 feet off of a viaduct to the ground below. Half of the band/crew were asleep while we lost our brakes, and a few of us were awake and sitting in the rear lounge. I was up front with our driver, and I bore witness to the entire thing.

Once our brakes failed, the bus could do little more than gain momentum and plummet down the hill. There was nothing anyone on the bus could have done during our descent to avoid the crash, and no one, the local residents, the police or any of us can believe we survived the impact.

Most people who have been in accidents understand the pre-trauma sensation of time slowing down. There were almost two minutes during which I knew we were heading for a collision. It felt like two hours. I remember the sound of the air-brakes failing, and the panicked cursing of our driver as we slowly realized how desperate the situation was.

I tried as hard as I could to yell and wake everyone up to prepare for impact. I remember the sounds of confusion from behind me as our collective terror rose. I remember seeing the guardrail split, then a cluster of trees smacking against the front windshield. While we were airborne my eyes met with our driver’s.

I knew then that we each shared the same look on our face; and I won’t soon forget it. We had spent enough time in the air to appreciate, make peace with and accept a fate we thought inevitable, and we looked at one another with a horribly silent “goodbye” in our eyes.

When the bus hit the ground, I flew like a missile into the windshield. I can still see the double-paned auto glass turning blue and the spider-webbing cracks spreading outwards from the impact my body made. I hit the glass so hard, that the entire windshield flew from the frame to the ground, and I bounced back inside the bus.

I landed on the ledge of the windshield. This came with an immediate and overwhelming pain throughout my body. I surveyed the damage to see instantly that my left leg was very obviously and badly broken. Then I lifted my arms forward to see if either had been damaged. My right arm was covered in burns, blood and broken glass, but working well enough.

My left arm was crushed beyond belief, broken in the middle of the bone in my upper arm (humerus), and hanging 90 degrees backwards, with many spurs of bone poking through muscles and sinew at the surface of my skin. The bone was shattered into seven free-floating pieces, and my wrist and hand were swinging behind my back, spasming freely. Instinctively, I reached behind my back, grabbed my wrist and re-broke my arm forwards, hugging it to my chest, where it remained for the next three hours until it was cast in plaster.

Meanwhile, I watched as some of the band was able to get off the bus and help the others, many of whom were broken-up as well, and several of whom were unconscious. There was blood, glass and diesel fuel everywhere.

We were all rushed to the hospital in Bath, and treated for our various injuries, broken arms, legs, vertebrae, bruises, cuts, etc. Our driver was air lifted to a separate hospital with many breaks as well. A few of us had to remain in the hospital for a few days, I was hospitalized for two weeks, following an eight-hour surgery in which my arm was rebuilt with the aid of 2 massive titanium plates, 20 screws and a foot-and-a-half of wire.

The 15″ incision took almost 50 staples to close up. I was left completely immobilized for the remainder of my hospital stay, able to do next-to-nothing on my own and in need of constant care. Following those excruciating first two weeks, I was quite literally stuck in an apartment for another three weeks with my family while waiting for my doctor to allow me to safely board an airplane, for fear of bloodclots and swelling.

I have just this past week returned back to the US and my home, where I am wheelchair-bound for another several weeks of physical therapy, learning to use my arm and leg again.

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