ABYSMAL DAWN: Seek New Drummer; Begin Writing New Record

Los Angeles, CA’s blackened-death metal force ABYSMAL DAWN recently returned home after an insanely long North American tour with GOATWHORE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DAATH and SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY. Vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott gave a recap on the tour, talks about the writing process for the next record, and announce drummer search:

“We’re back after a crazy 9 weeks on the road with GOATWHORE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DAATH and SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY! It was the longest tour we ever had the pleasure of being a part of and we had fucking blast! We played a lot of places that we’d either never had the pleasure of playing or hadn’t played since 2006, and we had a great time bringing the metal to you fuckers. We want to thank all the people that came out to the shows a tore shit up, drank with us, smoked with us, hung out with us, let us crash at their houses, or were just plan down to earth metal maniacs. You guys made it worth while!

“Unfortunately we were sharing backline on the tour with the other bands and both SWWAATS and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS had to go home early. That meant that we were without a drum kit for the rest of the tour, and in turn the last 8 shows were cancelled because promoters weren’t interested in a 1 band tour package. We want to apologize to anyone that was planning on coming those shows to see us and we promise we’ll be back soon!

“We are currently back at home and we’ve been busy continuing to write material for the follow up to ‘Programmed to Consume.’ We can tell you already by some of the demos that this is some of the fastest, most
technical, and yet still atmospheric stuff we’ve ever done. We hope to have a new album for you guys by next Summer at the latest so stay tuned for updates!

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thanks Ken Bedene of BLOOD OF CAIN who’s been filling in on drums for us for our last two tours. Our former drummer Terry Barajas left last April due to not being able to financially keep up with the harsh touring life style. He’s still a good friend of ours and we wish him the best of luck and thank him for helping to get the band to where it is today. We love you brother!

“We are currently auditioning drummers looking to join the band full time who is either in the Los Angeles area or willing to relocate. If you’re interested in trying out please e-mail [email protected] or send footage of you playing the songs ‘Walk the Path of Fire,’ ‘Programmed to Consume‘ and ‘Compulsory Resurrection‘ to the same e-mail address. We have scratch guitar and click tracks upon request. Until a suitable replacement is found Ken has agreed to play all our upcoming shows and even play on our next record if need be so we shouldn’t miss a step. Please only contact us if you’re willing to tour, put your heart and soul into this band, and aren’t just looking for a band to add to your résumé until something bigger comes along. We WILL kill you!”

The video clip for the track “Programmed to Consume” can be viewed
here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv3DSr0bees

Show dates:

9/9/09 The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA (w/ 3 INCHES OF BLOOD)
9/19/09 The Sets – Tempe, AZ (w/ VEHEMENCE)
11/19/09 The Whiskey A Go Go – Hollywood, CA (w/ VEHEMENCE, RECIPROCAL)

IN FLAMES: Headlining Tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, and THE FACELESS

Swedish death metal graduates, IN FLAMES, have announced a North American headlining tour in support of its latest album, A Sense of Purpose. The band, which was hand-picked by MEGADETH for last year’s North American Gigantour dates, will be joined on this tour by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, and THE FACELESS.

Tour dates are as follows:
September 18 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
September 19 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
September 20 Sparks, NV New Oasis
September 21 San Francisco, CA Regency Center
September 22 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater
September 23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
September 25 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete St. Amphitheater
September 26 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
September 27 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
September 29 Knoxville, TN Valarium
September 30 Louisville, KY Club Oasis
October 1 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theater
October 2 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
October 3 Boston, MA House of Blues Boston
October 4 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
October 5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 6 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend

Visit www.inflames.com and www.myspace.com/inflames for more info.

EARLY MAN Working on Second Album

EARLY MAN is back in the studio, currently working on their long-awaited sophomore full-length with Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, ZEKE, VALIENT THORR, NIRVANA). The still-untitled album–the followup to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2005 debut Closing In (Matador)–will be released by The End Records in early 2009. EARLY MAN–guitarist/vocalist Mike Conte, drummer Adam Bennati, guitarist Pete Macy, and bassist Tim Ramage–are keeping fans updated on their progress in the studio at this location: http://earlyjourney.blogspot.com/

In anticipation of the release of the forthcoming album, EARLY MAN will be hitting the road for some dates out west with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD and TOXIC HOLOCAUST.

EARLY MAN on tour with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD and TOXIC HOLOCAUST:

01/10/09 Sat @ WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
01/12/09 Mon @ The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
01/13/09 Tue @ Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
01/14/09 Wed @ The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
01/15/09 Thu @ The Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
01/16/09 Fri @ Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
01/17/09 Sat @ Soma – San Diego, CA
01/18/09 Sun @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
01/20/09 Tue @ Whiskey Dicks Saloon – South Lake Tahoe, CA
01/22/09 Thu @ Riversdale Grange – Roseburg, OR
01/23/09 Fri @ Hawthorne – Portland, OR
01/24/09 Sat @ Wild Buffalo House of Music – Bellingham, WA