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Ihsahn, Exodus, Etc. Added To 2013 “Maryland Deathfest”

The lineup for the 2013 “Maryland Deathfest” continues to grow. Five more artists have been confirmed for the annual festival, including:

Glorior Belli

This puts the current lineup for the festival at:

Venom (headlining)
Manilla Road
Righteous Pigs
(reunion show)
Pagan Altar
Broken Hope
Pig Destroyer
Glorior Belli
Ahumado Granjuo

The festival will take place at an as-yet undecided venue in Baltimore, MD on May 23rd-26th. According to the festival’s organizers, more headliners and acts will be revealed in September.

Coheed And Cambria Book October U.S. Dates With The Dear Hunter

Coheed And Cambria have rolled out more shows in support of their forthcoming album “The Afterman: Ascension“, which is due out October 09th. The latest round of dates will see the band supported by The Dear Hunter and include:

10/16 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10/17 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/18 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/20 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/21 Sauget, IL – Pops Nightclub
10/23 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/26 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
10/27 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

He Is Legend Confirm August & September Shows

He Is Legend have confirmed their upcoming itinerary, here’s where the band will be playing:

08/24 Asheville, NC – The Garage
08/25 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
09/28 Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House Of Rock
09/29 Nashville, TN – Hard Rock Cafe

A new album from the group is said to be in the works.

Woe, Is Me, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Etc. Tour Set For Late This Year

Woe, Is Me will headline the “Talk Your [S]#?! We’ll Give You A Reason Tour” later this year. Support will come from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Our Last Night, Secrets, Capture The Crown and The Seeking with dates to run as follows:

11/02 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/03 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/04 Orlando, FL – the Social
11/05 Lake Worth, FL – Propaganda
11/07 Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge
11/08 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/09 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
11/10 Dallas, TX – The Door
11/11 Tulsa, OK – The Eclipse
11/12 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
11/14 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
11/15 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theater
11/16 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
11/17 San Diego, CA – Soma
11/19 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
11/20 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11/21 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
11/24 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
11/25 Wichita, KS – The Scene-Ary
11/27 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
11/28 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
11/29 Detroit, MI – Shelter
11/30 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
12/01 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
12/02 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
12/04 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
12/05 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater
12/06 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
12/07 Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
12/08 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
12/09 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club

Baroness Members Check In From The Hospital

Baroness have checked in from the hospital where members of the outfit are recuperating follow a bus crash while on tour in the UK. On that they offered:

“Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way. We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power. Every single one of you is making our days and nights easier and our recovery quicker. Thank you all so much, we are truly lucky to have such incredible people on our side. A sincere and heartfelt thank you from each of us to each of you.

- Baroness

The bands John Baizley suffered a broken left arm and left leg, while Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae in the crash. Various other members of their road crew were treated and released for injuries suffered in the accident.

In particular, the driver was previously listed as being in critical condition. No update was made as to his current status. You can find a picture of the three remaining hospitalized band members below:

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Trivium’s Matt Heafy Discusses New Side Project Mrityu

Trivium‘s Matt Heafy has chosen Mrityu as the moniker for his new extreme metal side project. He recently spoke at length with about the project. When asked about how long he has been working on it, he stated:

“It’s been… I mean, I was in a black metal band when I was 16. I was in a tech death metal band as well, a band called Capharnaum with the bass player from Monstrosity [Mike Poggione], and the guitarist from Martyr [Daniel Mongrain] and Jason Suecof [who produced the first three Trivium albums]. And I was in a black metal band called Mindscar for about six months where I was just the lead guitar player/back up vocalist.

But that singer [Richie Brown] got me into black metal at the time, and a lot of those bands I was really into. So it’s something that I’ve conceptualized of doing, but never had the motivation to sit down and make it happen. It was intended to be the “true” style and was going to be completely under an alias. No one was ever going to know who was in the band, what country they were from, or anything like that.

I really wanted to give it its true chance because I knew with that genre people are very elitist, and I knew that if I wanted to get to the “true” people who love that genre, if they saw my name attached they’d never listen.

So it was going to be that, but then I briefly started chatting back and forth with Ihsahn [Emperor] and I got into his solo record, started to get into the stuff he’s musically been influenced by, and it just expanded my palate. Through that record, and when I started revisiting how much I’m into [Opeth’s] Blackwater Park, it made me realize that I can take the ingredients of a genre that I love and further it as if I had done albums with that and turn it into something else.

It’s hard because I was looking online and something said “extreme black metal,” but that’s not the term. It’s derived from genres of extreme metal. But yeah, it’s going to be really hard to name a genre, I tried myself when I listen to it and it’s… What’s nice is that with Trivium there’s a set thing of what we can and can’t do, not saying I feel limited by the band, but there are things that I know that are and aren’t our sound through experimenting.

And with this [Mrityu] I can do anything. The songs can go into any direction, any tangent, anything that I feel, and I can be very selfish about the project, which is very nice.”

He later revealed that he has three songs written for the project thus far and hopes to have Ihsahn produce the offering. For more on that and the Trivium‘s plans, which include recording their next full-length in February, head over to the full interview.

Queens Of The Stone Age In The Studio

While they didn’t provide any details, the Queens Of The Stone posted on their Facebook today, August 20th, that they are in the studio recording. Presumably the sessions are for the groups long-awaited follow-up to their 2007 offering, “Era Vulgaris“.

Band guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen recently spoke with Fender about the album, in which the following exchange took place:

FN: So what is the latest with the Queens of the Stone Age? New album is apparently in the works?

Troy Van Leeuwen: Yes, we went out to the desert to get started on it before the holidays. We have this little place called Rancho de la Luna. We’ve actually turned a few people on to it. It’s basically just a house with some gear in it. It’s got a great vibe to it so we went out there for a few weeks and got things really rolling out there. It’s always a journey doing a Queens record because you never know how it’s going to be done. It’s always different.

FN: How is this one most different to you thus far?

Troy Van Leeuwen: It’s shaping up differently because we have some new band members that are really key. My role in the band in the past has been multi-instrumentalist: guitar, lap steel, keys. But we added a keyboard/guitar player [Dean Fertida] and so now we have three guitar players and can get any kind of keyboard playing. We are just kind of evolving.

Between me and Dean, our side of the stage is going to have a lot of gear. We both play guitar and both play keys. He’s way more of a pianist than I am, so that will be interesting too. We’re thinking somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and James Brown. All the guitar parts on James Brown records are so rhythmically set in stone and juxtapose each other. It’s like taking what one guitar player would do and splitting it up. It’s multi-layered.

And our new bass player [Michael Shuman] is also really gifted and really talented. So just adding those characters to the mix changes things. It’s more fun to track live like that.

FN: After kicking things off out in the desert, you guys took a break from recording for a bit. How has that affected the way this album is being put together?

Troy Van Leeuwen: Well, we wrote a bunch of stuff during the first sessions and then took a break, and now we’re back to the ghetto-blaster demo stage.

The last record we did, it was all from the studio. That worked for that record. This time, we’re all microscopically looking at the parts and the arrangements of the songs so we can go in and perform them while the digital tape is rolling.”

As I Lay Dying Detail New Album, Film New Music Video

As I Lay Dying have confirmed that their song “A Greater Foundation” will serve as the first single from their upcoming album “Awakened“. A music video for the track was recently filmed (yes, with 100 athletic men) in Los Angeles, CA with director Drew Russ (A Day To Remember).

The bands Josh Gilbert spoke on the shoot:

“We were all impressed with Drew‘s ability to capture the intensity of live band performances in his videos, and ‘A Greater Foundation‘ is no exception. Drew‘s technique, along with the all-day participation of some of our diehard fans in Los Angeles, definitely accentuated the energy of the song and makes for an exciting and dynamic video. We can’t wait to unveil it!”

Furthermore, the band have unveiled the track listing for “Awakened“. The outing is due for a September 25th release on Metal Blade Records and will run as follows:

01 – “Cauterize
02 – “A Greater Foundation
03 – “Resilience
04 – “Wasted Words
05 – “Whispering Silence
06 – “Overcome
07 – “No Lungs to Breathe
08 – “Defender
09 – “Washed Away
10 – “My Only Home
11 – “Tear Out My Eyes

Pre-orders for the album have been launched via

Municipal Waste, Napalm Death & Exhumed Fall Tour Announced

Dates are in for Municipal Waste‘s forthcoming North American co-headlining tour with Napalm Death. Exhumed will also appear on nearly all stops of the trek. Meanwhile, Vektor, Dayglo Abortions, Attitude Adjustment, Speedwolf, Repulsion and Dwarves will all be playing select dates.

With Vektor:

10/26 Springfield, VA – Empire
10/27 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
10/28 New London, CT – El N Gee
10/29 Boston, MA – Middle East
10/31 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
11/01 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
11/02 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest (Municipal Waste and Napalm Death only)
11/03 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s (no Municipal Waste)
11/03 St. Paul, MN – Station 4

With Dayglo Abortions:

11/05 Winnipeg, MB – Osborne Village Inn
11/06 Regina, SK – Riddell Center
11/07 Edmonton, AB – The Pawn Shop
11/09 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater

With Atittude Adjustment:

11/10 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
11/11 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
11/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
11/14 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory (feat. Repulsion)
11/15 Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues (feat. Dwarves)
11/16 Tempe, AZ – Rocky Point

Municipal Waste, Napalm Death & Exhumed:

11/17 El Paso, TX – House Of Rock

With Speedwolf:

11/18 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
11/20 Nashville, TN – Exit In
11/23 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
11/24 Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
11/25 Knoxville, TN – The Valarium
11/26 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
11/27 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
11/30 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
12/01 Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theater

Municipal Waste & Napalm Death only:

12/02 Miami, FL – Grand Central

Converge‘s new album “All We Love We Leave Behind” has now officially been set for an October 09th release date on Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.. Meanwhile, the rumors have proven true as the band will hit the road this fall in support of the outing for a full U.S. tour with Torche and Kvelertak. Nails and Whips/Chains will support at select stops with the schedule available below:

09/01 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest

With Torche and Kvelertak:

10/12 New Britain, CT – Club INT
10/13 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hal
10/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10/15 Columbus, OH – Skully’s
10/16 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
10/18 Chicago, IL – Metro
10/19 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
10/20 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre (feat. Coalesce)
10/21 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
10/22 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
10/24 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (feat. Nails)
10/25 Portland, OR – Branx (feat. Nails)
10/26 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (feat. Nails)
10/27 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse (feat. Nails)
10/28 Los Angeles, CA – EchoPlex (feat. Nails)
10/30 Mesa, AZ – The Nile (feat. Nails)
11/01 Dallas, TX – Sons of Herman Hall
11/02 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival
11/03 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
11/04 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
11/05 Birmingham, AL – Zydece
11/06 Nashville, TN – Exit/In (feat. Whips/Chains)
11/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (feat. Whips/Chains)
11/08 Durham, NC – Motoroco Music Hall (feat. Whips/Chains)
11/09 Philly, PA – Union Transfer (feat. Whips/Chains)
11/10 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony (feat. Whips/Chains)
11/11 New York City, NY – Highline Ballroom (feat. Whips/Chains)
11/12 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (feat. Whips/Chains)

The group will follow up that run with the following European headlining tour with support from Touche Amore, A Storm Of Light and The Secret:

11/23 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik
11/24 Brussels, BEL – Magasin 4
11/25 London, UK – Koko
11/26 Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy 2
11/27 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre
11/28 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
11/29 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
11/30 Dublin, IRE – The Button Factory
12/01 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
12/02 Orleans, FRA – L’Astrolabe
12/03 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
12/04 Hamburg, GER – Fabrik
12/05 Gothenburg, SWE – Brew House
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
12/07 Stockholm, SWE – Strand
12/09 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
12/11 Copenhagen, DEN – Loppen
12/12 Berlin, GER – SO36
12/13 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
12/14 Prague, CZE – Futurm
12/15 Augsburg, GER – Kantine
12/16 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
12/17 Zagreb, CRO – Mochvara
12/18 Wien, AUT – Arena
12/19 Milan, ITA – Factory
12/20 Rome, ITA – Traffic Club
12/21 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
12/22 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage

Devin Townsend is offering a stream of his new Devin Townsend Project album “Epicloud“, complete with his own commentary, below. September 18th will see the release of the effort. Townsend has since made the video private, offering the following explanation:

“Sorry about the vid gone private folks, miscommunication between me and everyone else in my world and I’ll gladly take the heat for it.”