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Oceano Guitarist Sitting Out European Tour

Oceano guitarist Devin Shidaker is sitting out the bands European touring. Speaking through his Twitter, he had the following to say of his absence:

“EVERYONE ASKING WHY IM NOT IN EUROPE RIGHT NOW, I HAD TO STAY HOME AND WORK TO PAY BILLS. I AM ALSO WORKING HARD ON OCEANO 3 PRE PRODUCTION.”

My Heart To Fear Sign With Solid State Records

My Heart To Fear have signed to Solid State Records. The band will release their debut EP “Lost Between Brilliance And Insanity” through the label on November 20th. You can read the press release announcing their addition to the label below:

“September 12, 2012 – Solid State Records is excited to announce the latest addition to its already impressive roster of artists: Pennsylvania metallers MY HEART TO FEAR, who are wasting no time in announcing the November 20 release of their debut EP, Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity.

The EP follows up several DIY releases that showcased the band’s penchant for technical riffs, swaggering vocals and sky-high choruses, elements that helped them build the fervent fanbase that supports them today.

The Williamsport, PA-based act hails from the same geographic region and musical circles that spawned a number of metalcore successes in recent years – most notably genre giants AUGUST BURNS RED, in addition to the likes of TEXAS IN JULY (Equal Vision) and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE (eOne Entertainment). While a less confident band may look to steal a page or two out of those artists’ playbooks, MY HEART TO FEAR are intent on forging their own sound.

“When we write music we don’t stick to any one formula,” explains vocalist Trevor Pool. “We don’t write to please a certain group of people or to fit into specific genres. Nor do we sit down with a preconceived idea of what a song should or should not sound like. Instead we allow the music itself to reveal subconscious and spiritual paths. Rather than deriving inspiration solely from music, we find influence in the world around us and aim to transpose these non-musical entities into the musical aspects of a song.”

With the release of Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity, MY HEART TO FEAR stand as a sterling example of a band whose work ethic and persistence on an independent level has paid off.

“Signing with Solid State is a huge step for us,” says Pool. “It is almost surreal to look back at all of the literal blood, sweat, and tears of our journey and to wonder what we would have thought at each phase if we could have seen, just for a moment, where we are now. We love the family-centered mentality of the Solid State staff and artists and hope to strengthen the family in whatever way possible!”

For MY HEART TO FEAR, family is just one cornerstone of four pillars of support that have helped the band push on and persevere: Family. Faith. Pride. Brotherhood. It’s a saying that has become something of a mantra for the band and demonstrates their belief that, for as much as they believe in their own abilities, they wouldn’t be where they are without the support of others.

“We want to encourage everyone to not just shoot for their dreams, but to fight relentlessly for them,” says Pool. “We could not have made it this far in our journey without the endless support of those around us.””

While a day or two late, the dates for this years “Monster Energy Outbreak Tour” have officially been revealed. Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire and Attila comprise the bill for the trek, with the schedule set to run as follows:

11/16 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center
11/18 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
11/19 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
11/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
11/23 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
11/24 San Bernardino, CA – California MetalFest VI
11/26 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
11/27 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
11/29 St. Louis, – MO The Pageant
11/30 Covington, – KY Madison Theatre
12/01 Cleveland, – OH Agora Theatre
12/02 Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
12/03 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
12/05 Montreal, QC – Olympia
12/07 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/08 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
12/09 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
12/11 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
12/12 Raleigh, NC – Disco Derby
12/13 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
12/14 Nashville, – TN Warfield
12/15 Jacksonville, FL – Edge
12/16 Tampa, FL – Cuban Club

Thrice Confirm Track Listing For Live “Anthology” Release

Thrice have detailed their forthcoming live release, “Anthology“. Recorded during various stops of the bands farewell tour earlier this year, the outing will feature live renditions of 24 tracks.

It will arrive on October 30th in a variety of formats; including digitally, 2-CD and a 4xLP boxset—limited to 3000 copies. Below you can find the track listing for the set, while pre-orders and the cover art are now live at this location.

01 – “Yellow Belly
02 – “Image Of The Invisible
03 – “The Artist In The Ambulance
04 – “Kill Me Quickly
05 – “Under A Killing Moon
06 – “Silhouette
07 – “In Exile
08 – “The Weight
09 – “Promises
10 – “Daedalus
11 – “Words In The Water
12 – “Of Dust And Nations
13 – “Red Sky
14 – “The Earth Will Shake
15 – “The Messenger
16 – “Digital Sea
17 – “Stare At The Sun
18 – “Deadbolt
19 – “To Awake And Avenge The Dead
20 – “Beggars
21 – “Come All You Weary
22 – “Phoenix Ignition
23 – “T & C
24 – “Anthology

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta Says New Album Is “All Pit, No Shit”

Hatebreed are nearly done tracking their new album. Vocalist Jamey Jasta recently checked in from the studio with this picture, complete with a caption that states as much. He also asserted that the new album will be “all pit, no shit.”

Despite the albums advanced stages, the group don’t plan to play any new material on their forthcoming tours. However, though who purchase meet and greet packages will be treated to new songs backstage.

Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler spoke with Billboard.com regarding the legal situation of Randy Blythe, the bands touring plans and more.

Speaking on Blythe‘s pending trial:

“They haven’t really played their hand out in the case and what they have on us. Obviously this tragedy happened, but how they’re going to go about prosecuting is a mystery to us. Not knowing how their justice system works and being repeatedly surprised by events from when we landed there, who knows what will happen? But we believe that we are innocent of it and justice will sort itself out.”

He also mentioned that the incident has changed the bands perspective:

“Overall, for me anyway, it really helped recapture what drives me to do this to begin with. After 10,000 shows and records that sell really well, you start to lose touch… So when you’re threatened with it being over in a blink of an eye, you realize how fragile and special it is. I’ve been really motivated to play harder and faster than I ever have, so I guess there’s a silver lining there.”

According Adler, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler have been working on new material, while Blythe has been writing lyrics. No plans are in place to track any new material in the immediate future however.

Six Feet Under are due out on the “Autumn Apocalypse Tour” this fall. Dates for the trek can be found below with Cattle Decapitation and Wretched set to serve as support:

10/30 Tampa, FL – Crowbar (Six Feet Under only) (feat. Abiotic)
11/01 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall (Six Feet Under only)
11/02 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
11/03 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
11/04 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
11/05 Boston, MA – Middle East
11/06 New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall
11/07 Buffalo, NY – Club Infinity
11/08 Reading, PA – Reverb
11/09 Amityville, NY – Ollie’s Point / Revolution
11/10 Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s
11/11 TBA – TBA
11/12 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
11/13 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
11/14 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
11/15 Peoria, IL – The Brass Rail
11/16 Valparaiso, IN – Roadies Music Venue
11/17 Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
11/18 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Winds Of Plague’s Johnny Plague Develops Haunted Theme Park

Winds Of Plague frontman Johnny Plague is involved in a new Halloween themed amusement park. The official press release for that can be found below:

“Los Angeles, CA (September 11, 2012) — This year, HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD SPORTS takes over the Hollywood Sports Park. Spread across 23 acres, the park consists of four themed mazes, two Killhouses, a full bar – Club Crimson, three scarezones and a number of additional activities. Located just outside Los Angeles, CA, the haunted concept was developed by Winds of Plague frontman, Johnny Plague. Most of the props, masks and costumes used in the haunted park have been hand crafted and designed by Johnny and his Monster Squad.

“After 8 years of working in the Haunt industry, I have assembled what I call The Monster Squad. This is a team made up talented individuals who all share a common passion for all things horror. The Monster Squad and I have taken over Hollywood Sports Park in Bellflower, CA and have been hard at work transforming it into Haunted Hollywood Sports. I’ve experienced many haunted attractions around the world and can honestly say this will be a one of a kind experience you will never forget.”

The park will be open Sept 28 and 29th from 8:00 PM to Midnight, and October 5th – 7th, 12-14th, 19th-21st, 25th-28th and 31st from 7:00 PM to Midnight. Offering much more than just a ‘haunted house,’ the general admission price of $29.00 grants you access to a number of activities, including the first main attraction of four themed mazes:

“THE ABDUCTION” brings you to the year 2146…the year of space colonization. While space travel has become an essential part of survival of the human race, a virus has broken out and you must trek across the hostile terrain to escape the disease, trusting no one.

“ALL AMERICAN ARMAGEDDON” takes you into the not-too-distant future where panic and decay has swept the earth and survival is a part of everyday existence. You’ve managed to survive up until now, when your safe haven has been discovered. Welcome to the end of life as you know it.

In “CANNIBAL CAVERNS”, a search and rescue mission team has mysteriously disappeared. You explore the caverns and fallout shelters as a secondary team of volunteers attempting to find answers, while trying to survive the unknown terror that lurks within the dark.

From urban myths, bedtime stories, biblical scriptures, mysterious prophecies….our deepest nightmares have become a reality. The ancient battle between good and evil has unfolded in “CITY OF ANGELS” where it’s quite literally, hell on earth.
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Nonpoint Reveal Bonus Tracks For iTunes Edition Of New Album

The iTunes edition of Nonpoint‘s forthcoming self-titled album will sport two additional bonus tracks. The extra cuts include an advance mix of the single “I Said It” and the b-side “Reborn“.

The aforementioned digital edition of the effort also features an exclusive studio featurette and is now available for pre-order at this location. Razor & Tie will release the album on October 09th.

Glassjaw’s “Coloring Book” CD/DVD Combo To Be Released This Week

Glassjaw will be releasing their “Coloring Book” CD/DVD combo this weekend. The effort is available now at Merchdirect and is scheduled to ship this coming Saturday, September 15th. The DVD included in the set boasts pro-shot footage of live performances of the songs featured on “Coloring Book“—all of which is taken from the groups long-awaited live in London DVD.

This particular “Coloring Book” CD/DVD combo release was previously given out to those in attendance at the bands recent live DVD screenings.

Hydra Head Records To Close Its Doors

Hydra Head Records will soon be closing up shop. Label founder Aaron Turner (ex-Isis) took the to the web to offer the following statement on the labels “imminent demise”:

Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We’ve spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos.

Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time – the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we’ve worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself.

Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn’t an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn’t think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.

The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we’ve been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue.

It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances.

For the short term we will continue to operate as we have been, effecting our first step into shutdown this December, at which point we are cutting off new releases from the label. Thereafter, we will be remain operational only in the interest of maintaining our back catalog, with the ultimate aim of repaying our rather sizable debts.

Grim though this prospect is, in the midst of it all I still feel an extreme gratitude for everything that has happened and for all the wonderful people with which we’ve been involved over the years. We’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most unique and provocative artists of the last two decades, many of which have made indelible impressions in the underground, and by extension the larger world of music in general.

We’ve also been fortunate to have had the support of a small but loyal following, who’ve constituted the very essence of our life force. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and love to each and every person who contributed to making this label what it is – all the artists who entrusted us as the custodians of their work, all the people that bought or listened to our releases, and all the people who performed the various label duties at various offices (and houses) across the continent.

…and this brings us to the present moment, where in all honesty we are in need of financial assistance from anyone and everyone who’s willing to throw us a rope. Though it is highly unlikely we’ll be able to resuscitate the label, we do wish to follow through on the final round of releases to which we’re committed and pay off our debts to our artists and manufacturers.

In order to do this we are initiating a massive sell-off of everything we can dig up and produce for the next 6-12 months. This will include discounted bundles of CDs/LPs/posters/etc, represses of certain titles for which we still have parts, test pressings, and whatever worthwhile items we can pull together.

For anyone that is able and willing to fund our funereal arrangements please visit our direct mailorder or webstore and pick up whatever you can. Any and all support is greatly appreciated by our remaining team, and will be put to the best use possible.

There is no way to sum up nearly 20 years of incredibly important music, experiences, and evolution other than to say a big heart felt “thank you”, and that we hope this closing will provide an opening into other even more positive and rewarding experiences for all of us and all of you who have been a part of our shared experience. For now we bid you all a very fond farewell….

-Aaron Turner
09/10/12″