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Slipknot’s Confirm New Album ‘.5: the Gray Chapter,’ On ‘Prepare for Hell’ Tour Now with Korn, Taking Knotfest to California.

Slipknot5theGrayChapterThis are looking incredibly busy in the death metal world of Slipknot. Their ready to drop their latest musical assault, .5: the Gray Chapter, the follow up to 2008’s All Hope is Gone, on the ears of metal fans across the world on October 20th. But, first, they’re bringing it live to a town near you on tour.

The weekend after it’s released, they’ll bring new songs “Custer,” “XIX,” “Sarcastrophe,” and others to San Bernadino, California for their Knotfest.

Having taking place in since 2012, where it made it’s debut at their hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa and the nearby Somerset, Wisconsin, the Knotfest will once again play host all genres of hard and heavy metal (doom, thrash, death, and all their core varieties) in 2014.

This year, from October 24th to 26th at the San Manuel Amphitheater, Slipknot will take the stage for headlining sets on both Saturday, October 25th and Sunday the 26th. They’ll be joined by the likes of Danzig, Anthrax, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, and loads more.

Tickets are currently available starting at $25 for single-day lawn entrance. Full 2014 Knotfest line-up/tickets.

What’s the band is finished melting faces and bursting ear drums at the very own festival, they’ll hit the road on their Prepare for Hell tour across North America. They’re bringing numetallers Jonathan Davis and Korn along for the ride, along with Michigan nu metal act King 810, and will play arenas into early December.

All in all, the North American leg of their headlining tour spans from their October 29th show at the El Paso County Coliseum to their December 7th gig at Lowell, Mass’s Tsongas Center at UMass. Along the way they’ll play concerts in Dallas, San Antonio, Madison, Denver, Baltimore, Nashville, Lexington, KC, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, and East Rutherford, to name a few – oh yeah, and a quick little November 15th/16th stop in Tokyo for the Knotfest Japan!

Tickets are currently available:

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Korn, Slipknot in Fort WayneAllen County War Memorial Coliseum
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Korn, Slipknot in Fort WayneAllen County War Memorial Coliseum
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Korn, Slipknot in Molinei wireless Center
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Korn, Slipknot in Kansas CitySprint Center
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Korn, Slipknot in RosemontAllstate Arena
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Korn, Slipknot in Auburn HillsThe Palace of Auburn Hills
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Korn, Slipknot in TorontoAir Canada Centre
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Korn, Slipknot in ReadingSantander Arena & Santander Performing Arts Center
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Korn, Slipknot in CamdenSusquehanna Bank Center
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Slipknot in LowellTsongas Arena

As stated, .5: The Gray Chapter comes out a week from not, but the band is making sure you’ve heard it – as plenty of tracks are currently streaming on the internet (listen to new single “Custer” below).

Just today, they put “XIX” and “Sarcastrophe” up for streaming on a website of theirs, listen in here.

Listen to “Custer”:

Andrew W.K. to Bring the Party as Opening Act for Black Sabbath’s 2013 North American Reunion Tour.

It may seem like a clash of styles and maybe something the 70s metal/stoner rock fans might not be into (think Mix Master Mike opening up for Guns N’ Roses back on their 2001 Chinese Democracy tour), but we already know Andrew W.K. is up for just about anything, and, apparently, so are metal gods Black Sabbath!

It was just announced yesterday that the man who just set the Guinness World Record for consecutive hours drummed (having drummed for 24 hours straight at Times Square on June 19th) will set the tone for the legendary and pioneering metal band on the North American leg of their 2013 reunion tour.

Being a rocker himself, W.K. will cater to his audience, as he promised to spin a “rabble-rousing selection of classic riffs, heavy jams, and crowd pleasing favorites spanning every era of hard rock and metal .”

Complete Black Sabbath tour dates are as follows:

 

Obviously, Andrew W.K. was nothing but psyched about the opportunity, as he wrote about his reaction to the offer:

I’m just shocked. It’s just the most incredible dream come true! This is the greatest honor I could be given. I remember when the phone rang and I first heard that Black Sabbath wanted me to be their exclusive opening act. I was really in a state of disbelief – almost sick with amazement and excitement. It took about 3 days until I fully mastered the reality of this opportunity and realized it was really going to happen. Black Sabbath’s music changed my life from the first time I heard it, and this tour will change my life all over again. I couldn’t be more thankful or humbled by this one-in-a-billion miracle. Can this really be real!? What kind of adventure will this be!?

Our only question is why don’t the two just escalate things and let W.K. perform his DJ set and drum for Sabbath as well, we all know he has the stamina!

Watch Andrew W.K. break the drumming world record:

Black Sabbath are touring in support of recent release, 13. The album features the classic and original Sabbath lineup of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), plus Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame on drums, as problems quickly came about between original drummer Bill Ward shortly after the band’s reunion was announced in 2011.

13 has gone on to reach the number one spot on the U.K. and Billboard charts, which also prompted the Black Sabbath crew to go on and create this awesome poster:

 

Watch Black Sabbath’s “live” music video for single “End of the Beginning:”

Black Sabbath Schedule U.S. Dates. New Album ’13’ Out June 11th.

Having previously announced their first North American show for August 14th at Toronto‘s Air Canada Center, Black Sabbath have come out with a handful of additional tour dates.

This round of confirmations include shows South of the border, in the U.S., specifically in the lucky cities of Holmdel, NJ, George, WA, and LA.

Tickets for all currently announced North American shows go on sale this Friday, April 20th.

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Black Sabbath in LondonO2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
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Black Sabbath in BelfastOdyssey Arena
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Black Sabbath in SheffieldMotorpoint Arena Sheffield
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Black Sabbath in GlasgowHydro Arena
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Black Sabbath in ManchesterPhones 4u Arena Manchester
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Black Sabbath in BirminghamThe NEC Birmingham
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Black Sabbath in BirminghamLG Arena

 

The concerts are spread out geographically (East Coast to West Coast) and time wise (between August 4th and September 3rd), which leaves plenty of room for a proper tour to be announced in the coming days (something we fully expect).

Be sure to sign up for Black Sabbath Gig Alerts to be the first to find out if/when they announce gigs in your area.

Ozzy and the gang will be on tour in support of the forthcoming Rick Ruben-produced album, 13, which is slated to come out June 11th.

The album features the classic and original Sabbath lineup of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), plus Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame on drums, as problems quickly came about between original drummer Bill Ward shortly after the band’s reunion was announced in 2011.

Just last week, the album cover art was revealed, as well as a preview of a still-unknown song. In the 30-second snippet we find the world-renown Sabbath “sound” with Ozzy‘s ominous voice singing “Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” over some grinding guitars (listen below).

The official 13 tracklisting has been released and is as follows:

  1. End of the Beginning
  2. God is Dead?
  3. Loner
  4. Zeitgeist
  5. Age of Reason
  6. Live Forever
  7. Damaged Soul
  8. Dear Father

According to Consequence of Sound, “the album will be available in standard CD and vinyl formats, and as a deluxe double CD featuring bonus studio material. There will also be a limited-edition Super Deluxe Box Set, featuring the album on both CD and 12″ vinyl, bonus recordings, a documentary on DVD, and various art prints and photographs.”

They’ve also confirmed a Winter European tour that will include a UK leg during the month of December.

 

Initial Lineup + Dates Confirmed for Chaos in Tejas 2013!

It’s nearing the end of festival season in the United States, as Austin City Limits is closing in on us next month. However, we have much to look forward to, as many 2013 festival dates and initial lineups are being confirmed, including Austin’s own Chaos in Tejas.

That’s right, Chaos in Tejas 2013 has been confirmed for May 30th to June 2nd, in what has been proclaimed by the festival as the “Best Weekend of the Year.” As always, the festivities go down in Austin, aka “The G-Spot of Texas” (according to the promoters), a city with a plethora of musical heritage and movement. Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, the festival helps signify the official start of summer.

So far, the 2013 edition of Chaos in Tejas is set to include hardcore and punk acts such as Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Terveet Kadet, Integrity, Manilla Road, plus others. This is just the initial lineup, many more bands should be announced in the coming months.

Up-to-date Chaos in Tejas 2013 lineup.

Hatebreed to Head Out on ’10 Years of Perseverance’ Tour

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of their hit 2002 album, Perseverance, Connecticut hardcore metal band Hatebreed has scheduled a celebratory ’10 Years of Perseverance tour.’ The album has since sold over half a million copies and propelled the band into the mainstream with singles “I Will Be Heard” and “Perseverance,” as it was their first to place on the charts.

The tour takes off September 13th with their show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, New York and will take them on the road for an entire month. They’ll play 29 concerts, passing through the East Coast, Midwest, West Coast, South West and finishing things up with their October 12th show at Harpo‘s in Detroit, Michigan.

Joining Hatebreed on tour will be fellow hardcore rockets Whitechapel, All Shall Perish, and Deez Nuts.

Fans should expect to hear plenty from the 2002 album Perseverance, but will be excited to know the band has stepped back into the studio for work on a new record. According to the band’s official press release, drum tracks have already been laid down, as drummer Matt Byrne claimed, “I got the biggest and best drum tone ever for this new album and Zeuss [Harris -- metal producer who has worked with the likes of Suicide Silence, All That Remains, Shadows Fall, etc.] really helped me dial in the sound. Having 25+ days of pre-production really helped make this an efficient and fun recording session.”

The yet-to-be-named album would be their first since 2009’s self-titled Hatebreed.

Tickets went on sale last Friday, June 8th and are available here.

Complete Hatebreed tour dates and tickets. Read more

Iron Maiden’s 2012 North American “Maiden England” Voyage

Iron Maiden is considered to be one of the pioneers of heavy metal music. Since forming as a band on Christmas Day of 1975, Iron Maiden has released 15 studio albums, including The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind and No Prayer for the Dying, and their music has won them a variety of music awards including a 2011 Grammy Award for best metal performance. Iron Maiden is a legendary band that is considered to be one of the best heavy metal bands of all time, and in 2012 they will be hitting the road for the 23rd tour of their decades-spanning career.

Tour dates for Iron Maiden‘s 2012 “Maiden England North American Tour” summer tour have been announced and tickets are available here. The tour, which begins on June 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina, will bring Iron Maiden to every major city in the U.S. and Canada to play a variety of concerts before ending on August 18 in Houston, Texas.

According to their official website, Iron Maiden‘s 2012 tour will closely resemble their 1988 “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” tour in both content and product. So, if you have never experienced a gig by one of the best metal bands in the history of music, now’s your chance!
Complete Iron Maiden tour dates and tickets (complete tour dates below). Read more

Motley Crue and KISS Team Up for “The Tour”

For over 30 years, the legendary heavy metal band Motley Crue has been the definition of a true rock and roll band. While well known for hits like “Kick Start My Heart”, “Dr. Feelgood” and “Girls, Girls, Girls”, members Nikki Six, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil are also quite well known for their notorious off stage antics, as well.

Since the 1981 release of their debut album Too Fast For Love, Motley Crue has released a total of 9 albums that have sold over 80 million copies worldwide, and currently they are working on new material and will soon embark on a summer tour along with fellow legendary heavy metal rockers KISS, marking the first time they’ve toured together since 1992.

Tour dates for “The Tour” featuring Motley Crue and KISS have officially been announced and are available here. “The Tour’ will include a show in 40 North American cities so if you want to catch a gig that combines 2 of the most legendary heavy metal bands in rock and roll history, get your tickets now.

With these two groups together you know you’re going to get one hell of a show. They promise to provide “the summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour,” which kicks off July 20th at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow before making its way across 40-plus cities. Read more

Guns N’ Roses Add More Club Shows, Plan L.A. Takeover

After taking over New York for a 3 day run of intimate club shows at the Roseland Ballroom, Webster Hall and Terminal 5 in New York City, as well as other shows in Chicago, Detroit, Silver Springs and Atlantic City, Guns N’ Roses is at it again! This time, they’re taking over Los Angeles.

Guns N’ Roses just announced a 3-day “L.A. takeover,” which also represents their return to the Sunset Strip, a place that made them famous during the mid-to-late 1980s.
They’ll play the Hollywood Palladium for the first time in 22 years, as well as playing The Wiltern and the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip for the first time ever. Leading up to the Los Angeles shows, GNR will be playing small venues in Atlanta, Orlando, and Miami.

Tickets go on sale today, March 2nd at 10 AM PST and are available here. Read more

Megadeath Ready for Gigantour 2012

Since 1983, the legendary heavy metal band Megadeth has been creating music that blends thrash, speed and heavy metal into one explosion of hard rocking sounds. Along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, Megadeth is considered to be one of the pioneering bands of the thrash metal movement and their musical contribution to thrash metal music has been a leading source of inspiration for many hard rockin’ bands of today. Megadeth created landmark albums like Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction and chart topping hits like “Symphony of Destruction”, “Hangar 18″ and “99 Ways to Die” and this summer Megadeth will celebrate the release of their newest album, Thirteen, with their first tour in 4 years. Read more

Take a Look Back at Metallica’s 30th Anniversary Show

2011 was a busy year for Metallica as they celebrated their 30th anniversary as a band, played along with Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer for the Big 4 of Heavy Metal show at Yankee stadium and went on to put out a collaboration album with Lou Reed which fell way short of most fans’ expectations.

We’d have to say the highlight of the year for Metallica was their 4-night stand at The Fillmore in San Francisco celebrating their 30 years as heavy metal gods (watch highlight video below). Read more

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