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Dying Fetus‘ previously rumored tour with Cattle Decapitation, Malignancy and Cerebral Bore has been made official. The trek has been christened “The Blood Of Power Tour” and will run as follows:

With Cattle Decapitation & Cerebral Bore:

11/24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (no Cattle Decapitation)
11/27 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
11/29 Longview, TX – The Levee
11/30 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
12/01 Corpus Christi, TX – Zero’s
12/02 San Antonio, TX – Korova
12/05 El Paso, TX – House Of Rock
12/06 Tempe, AZ – Rocky Point
12/07 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
12/08 Fullerton, CA – Slidebar (Matinee)
12/09 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
12/10 Modesto, CA – Plea For Peace
12/11 Richland, WA – Ray’s Golden Lion
12/12 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
12/13 Boise, ID – The Venue

With Malignancy & Cerebral Bore:

12/15 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
12/16 St Louis, MO – Fubar
12/17 Chicago, IL – TBA
12/18 Newport, KY – Thompson House
12/19 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
12/20 Roanoke, VA – Coffin House
12/21 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13
12/22 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12/23 Trenton, NJ – Backstage at Champs

Fiend Without A Face (Mastodon) Release Self-Titled Album On Vinyl

Today (September 25th) saw the official vinyl & digital release of Fiend Without A Face‘s self-titled album. The band feature Mastodon guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. This latest release of the effort sports new artwork done by Hinds himself.

You can snag it on vinyl (and preview said artwork) through Volcom Entertainment. Meanwhile, the project have some touring plans in the works with further details pending.

Noisecreep have conducted a revealing chat with outspoken Sumerian Records founder (among other things) Ash Avildsen. The chat saw Avildsen frankly address some interesting topics with some excerpts from the Q&A available below:

Are there bands you wouldn’t sign to Sumerian?

“It’s a fine line when you diversify as a label. Roadrunner and Epitaph were able to do that. People ask me “Why don’t you start another imprint to put out the stuff that isn’t as heavy?” I don’t agree with that. It’s a fine line but I don’t want to subcategorize bands and releases I like because others might not like them.

I love Josh Grabelle but I will speak my mind on the Trustkill scenario. It’s always terrible when bands feud publically with their label over things like money – you’ll never see that with a Sumerian band.

However, on a musical label, I think where Trustkill suffered was they had a great brand in the underground but once they started signing a lot of emo bands, poppy bands and “mainstream” rock bands – which is fine to do as long as those bands are unique and successful but every time you go out on a limb and extend the olive branch potentially risking the brand power and those bands fail to break then those “diverse signings” can really risk the brand power… especially if you’re not balancing it out with new, credible heavy signings.

Putting out a country record would be a challenge. If I thought I found the new Johnny Cash, I’d put his record out. Lana Del Rey is sort of the female Johnny Cash and I would have put her record out. To me when it’s too close to a band that we already have, then that’s when I have to draw the line.”

What is “Sumeriancore”?

As far as the “Sumeriancore” thing, I have a love-hate relationship with that tag. When I started the label, everyone was telling me metalcore is dead, everything was thrash metal or New Wave of Brit/American heavy metal being regurgitated or it was straight death metal and no one wanted breakdowns anymore. I never believed that. I just believed that it was evolving and there was going to be a new cast of characters and it was still going to grow and it was going to change.

The bands that had real songs were going to be the ones that stuck around. Killswitch Engage‘s Alive or Just Breathing is the greatest metalcore record of all time. I never subscribed to the thinking that metalcore is a bad word. Metalcore is like any genre of music, it can be great or it can be shitty. Bands like Born of Osiris. Veil of Maya, The Faceless, After the Burial, they’ve been dubbed ‘Sumeriancore’ by the press and some of the fans.

I don’t think there’s a contrived sound but there are similarities… They all have a fresh sense of melody in their riffs. Their chugging patterns are not the same regurgitated rhythms.. but make no mistake, The Faceless is not any type of “core” band.

Interestingly, Avildsen also confirmed that his estranged father is John Avildsen, director of the “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” trilogy, among various other films.

-P.S. is there a support group for people ripped off in the Trustkill fallout?

Drowning Pool Working On New Music Video

Drowning Pool have a new music video in production for their track “Saturday Night“. The band have enlisted director Jonathan Bertorelli to helm the clip which should make its way online in the coming months. The group have a new album featuring their latest frontman Jasen Moreno in the works with a release date TBA.

Aliases (ex-SikTh) Find New Vocalist

Aliases (ex-SikTh) have locked in a new vocalist in the form of Leigh Dale. Studio sessions with Dale are already underway for the bands forthcoming new album.

Speaking on his addition to the group, Dale stated:

“It’s with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new vocalist for ALIASES! I’m proud to be the person the band have been searching for and hope I can only build on the awesome foundations that previous vocalist, Jay Berast, laid before me.

The transition into the band was extremely fluid, we instantly gelled like old friends and have already begun working together on the material for the upcoming album and it’s sounding massive, far more diverse than ‘Safer Than Reality‘, more groove, more beauty and more craziness, which will come together to make a real journey of an album.

We are all looking forward to completing it so we can hit the road, meet the fans and add to the ever growing Aliases army on the way!”

Guitarist Leah Woodward said of the situation:

“We’re excited to announce that we have found the final piece of the Aliases puzzle. We were saddened by the departure of Jay and lost more than just a band member when he left. A void which needed to be filled by someone equally as fun, talented and somewhat mentally unstable. Enter Leigh!

This tattooed, goat bearded, quirky chap has added a whole new level of weird to the band and given us all that solid kick up the ass we needed. The full length album is coming together faster than we could have imagined and Leigh has not only replaced Jay to an un-imaginable level but his new ideas and recordings have continued to inspire us and fill us with confidence that this release will be something special!

We would like to thank everyone who sent e-mails enquiring about the vocal position, we did intend on holding a full audition process…..but Leigh crept up on us like a disease, or a bad smell and we just couldn’t refuse him….or get rid of him. We will keep trying, however, we get the feeling we’ll be stuck with him for the long run!”

A video announcement regarding the above info can be seen below:

Stone Sour Reveal New Bassist

Stone Sour have revealed that Johny Chow of Cavalera Conspiracy/Fireball Ministry, etc. fame will be handling the bass for them live at their upcoming shows. The band recently shared the news with Metal Shrine.

As previously reported, the group tapped Rachel Bolan of Skid Row fame for the studio sessions for their upcoming double album, “House Of Gold & Bones“. Stone Sour split with their bassist Shawn Economaki earlier this year prior to their recording time.

Their new album “House Of Gold & Bones, Part 1” is slated for an October 23rd release date on Roadrunner Records.

The daily lineup has been revealed for the upcoming “Bringin’ It Back For The Kids Fest 2: Electric Boogaloo” festival. Taking place at Rocketown in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on October 12th-13th, the following artists are set to perform (note the order was provided alphabetically):

Friday, October 12th:

Destro
Harness
Into The Moat
(reunion)
Knock Em Dead
Know The Score
Low Point
Morning Again
(reunion)
Nebraska Bricks
Remembering Never
Set Free
Sleep Patterns
Strengthen What Remains
Throne Of Rats
Where Fear And Weapons Meet
(reunion)
Xibalba
One To Blame
Homestretch
Nervous Breakdown karaoke

Saturday, October 13th:

Abiotic
Backtrack
Born Low
The Chariot
Fero Lux
Fire and Ice
Float Face Down
For Today
Hundredth
Impending Doom
Lions Lions
Naysayer
Old Habits
Omissions
Out Crowd
Reveal Renew
Texas in July
Thick as Blood
Trapped Under Ice
Turnstile

Further details can be found at this location.

This Or The Apocalypse Debut “Hell Praiser” Music Video

This Or The Apocalypse have debuted the music video for their new single “Hell Praiser“. You can find the David Brodsky (All That Remains, Papa Roach) directed track online via Altpress.com. Today (September 25th) saw the release of the bands new album “Dead Years“. In addition to that, the group have been added to the “Inked Music Tour” with Alesana and more.

Cancer Bats Book East Coast Canadian Tour For February

Cancer Bats will be touring through East Coast Canada in early 2013 with as-yet unannounced support acts. Dates for the trek, christened the “Havin A Fahken Time Tour!“, include:

02/12 Montreal, QC – Tulipe
02/13 Charlottetown, PEI – Hunter’s Ale House
02/14 Moncton, NB – The Manhattan Club
02/15 Sydney, NS – Elks Lodge
02/16 Halifax, NS – The Pavilion
02/17 Fredericton, NB – Nicky Zee’s
02/18 Quebec City, QC – L’Union Commerciale
02/19 Kingston, ON – Mansion

Roadrunner Records To Shutter Signmeto Website

Likely a result of the April shakeup that gutted most of its international and domestic branches; Roadrunner Records will be shutting down their band-driven portal site Signmeto website.

The site had a three year run and saw numerous bands submit their music with the hopes of being signed to Roadrunner Records. At least one such artist to land a deal with the label through the service was Australian outfit Make Them Suffer.

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