Following a near month-long stretch of European live dates, currently underway, stoner metal icons Sleep will play four special U.S. shows next month in Florida, Washington and California.
Miniature Tigers continue their busy year with the announcement of a new batch of Summer tour dates. Kicking off at the end of July, the headline run will hit New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and more in support of the band's latest album, 'Mia Pharaoh' (Modern Art/ILG). Out earlier this year, the brilliant abstract-pop record has received overwhelming acclaim, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Nylon, and more. Likewise, Amazon recently proclaimed their song "Female Doctor" as the #2 Best Song of 2012 So Far.
While you await the arrival of Norwegian black metallists 1349 to storm the U.S. alongside Marduk, you can feast your eyes on the drawings that artist Kim Holm created of the band performing live. The Aural Hellfire Legion stated: "From time to time, we (1349) get approached by other artists that find inspiration in our work and want to pay tribute to us. It is a great honor and such an awarding payback for the hard work we put into our art. Every now and then there is an artist that comes along that presents us with something so special that we want to share it and promote their work, and Kim Holm is a perfect example of this. This guy drew the band while performing live and was able to transform the live energy we present on stage into his drawings. Check out his work!"
Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages.
Rock 'n roll metal punks Ramming Speed are the living, breathing, beer-swilling personification of the ol' chestnut "no rest for the wicked." Fresh off an East Coast trek with Revocation and Cannabis Corpse, this raging quartet have been added as direct support to Phobia on four of their upcoming dates with Strong Intention. They'll be tearing up a handful of Northeastern clubs with the grind gods, and plan to debut some new tunes off their brand-new just-recorded album 'Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die'.
Death thrashers Sacrificial Slaughter are confirmed to join death metal pioneers Master for the "North American Detonation Tour," set to take place in March of 2013. The tour is being put together by Precision Metal Booking. Confirmed dates and cities are as listed below.
Portland, OR metallers Stonecreep have added a handful of new dates to their recently announced "Storm of the Deathmarch" U.S. Tour 2012. The band is touring in support of the 2011 Old-School Metal Records re-release of their album, 'The Deathmarch Crushes On...' The tour is set to get underway on June 16th at Ash St. Saloon in Portland. Dates are below.
Southern California's Kyng will join Danzig on tour kicking off this weekend. The dates come on the heels of a sprawling 8-week tour with Clutch and Hellyeah. Following the dates with Danzig, Kyng will stop in Atlantic City for Metallica's Orionfest on June 23-24 prior to hitting the road with 10 years. Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently sung the band's praises after discovering them through Sirius XM program director Jose Mangin, who has championed Kyng since hearing early demos a few years ago. Details on the dates are below, but stay tuned for another big tour announcement for Kyng next month as well.
Since the release of the band's debut EP, 'Creator, Destroyer' in late 2011, Oklahoma City's rising star death metal act Dischordia has been virtually unstoppable. Critical acclaim and independent radio coverage for the EP has been strong, and word of the band's live presence is perking up the ears of metalheads across the international scene. This June, the band will be embarking on its first independent multi-state trek, dubbed "The Waystation Tour". Dates are below.
Music legend and original YES vocalist and songwriter Jon Anderson will be playing select concert dates this summer in support of his critically acclaimed new digital download release 'OPEN'. Jon Anderson, who has one of the most recognizable voices in music, and is best known for his work with YES, Vangelis and Kitaro, as well as his innovative solo efforts, recently completed several successful tours of the US and South America. The new summer tour promises to deliver an exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson's prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with songs from his latest CD 'Survival & Other Stories' and new compositions, highlighted by humorous and enlightening stories told by Jon.
The Villains are gearing up for the release of "Cadillac," the second single from their sophomore album, 'Velocity', which is out now via Toucan Cove Entertainment/Universal Republic. The song will be serviced to AAA stations nationwide on June 11. "Cadillac" is the follow-up to the first single, "Rainy Day Girl," which appeared on the BDS Triple A Indicator Most Added chart and was spinned on such stations as WJCU (Cleveland), WOCM (Ocean City), KSPN (Los Angeles), WCBE (Columbus), KBAC (Las Vegas), WFIV (Knoxville), KRVM (Denver) and many others. In touring news, the band will be heading out with Little Feat later this summer, mixed in with some headlining and festival dates of their own.
Orlando’s You Blew It! have announced a summer run of dates that kick off June 23 in Atlanta, GA and runs through July 28 in Gainesville, FL. For a band that half-jokingly calls their sound, "two big middle fingers to punk rock", You Blew It! has been racking up some serious acclaim for their recently released Topshelf Records LP, 'Grow Up, Dude'. Alternative Press goes so far as to call them, "the band to see this summer when they play that smelly community hall on the other side of town."
Extreme metallers The Agonist will finally be unleashing their long-awaited third studio album, 'Prisoners', on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. For fans that can't wait for Prisoners' release, an album sampler video that features clips of all of the tracks can now be viewed below. After spending almost 5 weeks on the road, The Agonist is currently wrapping-up their North American tour with Kittie - but if you missed the band on their last string of dates, don't fret! They'll be back on the road in the US with label-mates Spineshank in June.
In addition to their already scheduled North American tour dates for this summer, Portland, Oregon's Red Fang have confirmed a tour of Europe including numerous festival appearances. The tour starts on July 5th in Gävle, Sweden at the "Getaway Rock Fest" and runs through August 4th at the "Porifestival" in Pori, Finland. A complete list of dates can be found below. Red Fang will be headlining "A Benefit For Grant High Art Department" scheduled to take place Friday May 25th at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR. Support will come from Lopez, Nether Regions and Grant High's own Hell's Parrish. Doors for the show at are 7:00 pm with the first band hitting the stage at 7:30 pm.
Long Island, NY’s Blameshift are excited to be joining forces with Straight Line Stitch, on their upcoming Never Sleep Again Tour. Blameshift will kick off their full US stretch this Thursday May 24th in their home town at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, NY. The band will be headlining a select run of shows down the east coast on their way to meet up with Straight Line Stitch in Austin, TX on June 5.
Atlanta, Georgia’s MonstrO will be rolling into Bonnaroo in a few weeks with a handful of impressive warm up dates under their belts. The four-piece will be headlining the fabled Whisky in Los Angeles this Friday before opening for Danzig starting May 26 and making their way eastward to wind up in Manchester, Tennessee for the Bonaroo Music Festival on Thursday, June 7. MonstrO has previously toured with Kyuss Lives! and recently wrapped up a national tour with Clutch and HellYeah. See all current dates below.
Nearly two years ago, Rise Against joined The Sound Strike, a coalition of Artists that have been committed to supporting the International Boycott of Arizona in the wake of the passage of the anti-immigration law SB 1070 and to raise awareness and opposition to the predatory and punitive treatment of immigrants in Arizona. With the Sound Strike’s recent announcement of shifting strategies Rise Against will return to the state they last played with a show at Mesa Amphitheatre on July 14, 2009 with performances in Flagstaff and Tempe during their North American fall tour (see below for all fall tour dates).
Following a crushing West Coast tour in February, Pacific Northwestern death unit Theories are preparing to get back out on road next week on another brutal endeavor. Kicking off with a hometown show in Seattle next Saturday, Theories will run through the western half of the country for three weeks crushing local audiences alongside many killer local and international acts along the way, as they tour their way down to this year's Chaos In Tejas action and back.
Welsh rabble-rousers Future Of The Left have confirmed an appearance at Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY on June 17th. Billed as NYC's largest and most accessible discovery festival, Northside boasts a draw of over 80,000 fans over its week long schedule and Future Of The Left will join such notable artists this year such as Beach Fossils, GZA, Of Montreal, Wise Blood and Screaming Females.
Fast-rising Northern California pop punks The Story So Far have announced a short west coast headline run of summer dates featuring support from Seahaven, Stickup Kid, Troubled Coast and Stateside. Dates kick off July 11 in Bakersfield and end July 15 in Berkeley. The Story So Far will also be performing on all three days of the Bamboozle Festival this weekend in Asbury Park, NJ after which they will head over to the UK for Slam Dunk Festival. This fall, the band is confirmed to play the UK Vans Warped Tour event on November 10. The Story So Far’s acclaimed debut LP Under Soil and Dirt is out now on Pure Noise Records.