IRON REAGAN’s Sophomore Album Hits September 2014

Crossover beasts IRON REAGAN have announced their sophomore album, The Tyranny of Will, will be released September 16th for North America, (Sept 15 (UK/World), Sept 12th (Germany/Benelux/World) via Relapse Records.

Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the new album:

“This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever worked on. It’s definitely the heaviest sounding. I’m really excited to get this record out to people. Everyone worked their asses off on this one and I think it shows”.

Drummer Ryan Parrish added:

“This record looks exactly how it sounds. Savage. Everyone involved with Tyranny Of Will, from the artwork to the recording, mixing, and mastering process, went above and beyond and hopefully all of you maniacs out there will crank it to 11!”

Crossover Kings IRON REAGAN Sign to Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Richmond, VA hardcore thrash supergroup, IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of MUNICIPAL WASTE, CANNABIS CORPSE, DARKEST HOUR, MAMMOTH GRINDER, SUPPRESION and more, IRON REAGAN formed in 2012 and consists of Tony Foresta – vocals, Phil Hall (AKA Landphil) – guitar, Mark Bronzino – guitar, Rob Skotis – bass, and Ryan Parrish – drums.

The group is currently in the midst of recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and will be self-producing the record before sending it off for mixing with CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballou.  A fall release is expected via Relapse Records.  Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the signing and the new material:

“I’ve always wanted to work with Relapse for years. Their reputaion of releasing so much great underground music speaks for itself. We are all extremely excited about signing with Relapse and putting out this rager of an upcoming record. Having Kurt Ballou on board mixing is just the icing on he cake. We are about 75% done tracking the record here with Phil in Richmond and between this and the rad tours we have coming up its looking to be a very exciting year. I couldnt think of a better label to put this record out on and am really looking forward to a long future with Relapse.”

Additionally, the band is currently on a seven week run that will take them to SXSW and back and includes dates with OCCULTIST and GHOUL.  A complete list of tour dates can be found here.

IRON REAGAN Post New Music Video; Fall Tour Starts Tomorrow

Iron Reagan

Crossover beasts, IRON REAGAN, have just posted their new music video for “Cycle of Violence.”  The song comes off their debut full-length, Worse Than Dead, on A389 and Magic Bullet Records released earlier this year.

The band has also announced a massive fall tour with GWAR, WHITECHAPEL and BAND OF ORCS that starts October 2nd and sees them playing throughout North America until November 17th.  Dates can be found here. Not a band to stay quiet, IRON REAGAN will hit the road again in December for a week of tour dates with POWER TRIP and MAMMOTH GRINDER.

IRON REAGAN Announce New Tour Dates and Line-Up

Richmond, VA’s hardcore/thrash hybrid IRON REAGAN have announced a slew of new tour dates starting June 27th on both the East and West Coast. Tourmates include DROP DEAD, WHIPLASH, WITCHHAVEN, GWAR, HATEBREED and MEAN JEANS among others.

Their debut full-length Worse Than Dead was released earlier this year on A389 and Magic Bullet Records.  Check out our review of one of the best albums of the year.

IRON REAGAN is also debuting a brand-new line-up for this tour with original members Tony Foresta and Phil “Landphil” Hall of MUNICIPAL WASTE and drummer Ryan Parrish (ex-DARKEST HOUR) joined by Mark Bronzino (ANS, BIG EYES, KICKING SPIT) on second guitar and Rob Skotis (HELLBEAR) on bass.

Tour dates:
6/27 – Richmond, VA @ Punk Hause
6/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
6/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Blow the Scene! Fest
7/02 – Tempe, AZ @ Cantina
7/03 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/04 – San Diego, CA @ The Yard
7/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
7/06 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
7/07 – Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile HIgh Club
9/11 – Lexington, KY @ Busters
9/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
9/13 – Baltimore, MD
9/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
9/15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

DARKEST HOUR: New Record and Tour Update

DARKEST HOUR, the Washington D.C. metal quintet, will be releasing their fifth full-length record, The Eternal Return, on June 23rd through Victory Records. The album was produced by Brian McTernan (SENSES FAIL, THRICE, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES) and recorded at his Baltimore, MD-based Salad Days Studio.

Guitarist Mike Schleibaum comments: “To put it simply, this is a metal record made by dudes who have dedicated half of our lives to aggressive, unrelenting music.

“It’s been a long road, but we have finally completed work on our new record, The Eternal Return. I am very proud of the hard work and passion that both the band and producer Brian McTernan poured into this. After 14 years, we’ve decided there’s no reason to put out DARKEST HOUR records other then for ourselves and for the people that love this band. This record has no hidden agenda, no pop hit, or stylistic departure to broaden the fan base. Rather, it is a sick thrash, speed, melodic, metal record! It feels like it has all the aggression and speed of our Hidden Hands… record, the melody and songwriting of Undoing Ruin, and the technicality and musicianship of Deliver Us. We encourage anyone who has loved our records in the past or present to check it out. And if you’ve never found something that’s connected with you in a DARKEST HOUR record before, then take some time to listen to this one, because this is a defining DARKEST HOUR record… We look forward to playing new songs on our upcoming European tour with BLEEDING THROUGH and on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour! See ya in the pit!”

Prior to its release in the states, DARKEST HOUR will head over to Europe on the Thrash and Burn Tour, co-headlining a stint with BLEEDING THROUGH, with support from BENEATH THE MASSACRE, CARNIFEX and more.

Following their European jaunt, the band will head out in support of NECROPHAGIST and SUFFOCATION on the Summer Slaughter 2009 Tour. Check out www.Fangoria.com to win tickets for the Summer Slaughter 2009 Tour.

The Thrash and Burn Tour:
4/19 – Wiesbaden, GERMANY – Schlachthof
4/20 – Stuttgart, GERMANY – LKA
4/21 – Hamburg, GERMANY – Markthalle
4/22 – Berlin, GERMANY – Postbahnhof
4/23 – Amsterdam, HOLLAND – Melkweg
4/24 – Münster, GERMANY – Sputnikhalle
4/25 – Leipzig, GERMANY – Conne Island
4/26 – Katowice, POLAND – Mega Club
4/27 – Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC – Abaton
4/28 – Budapest, HUNGARY – Durer Kert
4/29 – Wien, AUSTRIA – Arena
4/30 – Salzburg, AUSTRIA – Rockhouse
5/1 – Milan, ITALY – Musicdrome
5/2 – Pinarella, ITALY – Rock Planet
5/3 – München, GERMANY – Backstage Werk
5/4 – Aarau, SWITZERLAND – Kiff
5/6 – Barcelona, SPAIN – Sala Razzmatazz
5/7 – Madrid, SPAIN – Sala Caracol
5/8 – Durango, SPAIN – Kafe Antzoky
5/9 – Paris, FRANCE – Trabendo
5/10 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
5/11 – London, UK – The Electric Ballroom
5/12 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
5/13 – Yeovil, UK – Westland
5/14 – Leeds, UK – Rios
5/15 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
5/16 – Köln, GERMANY – Essigfabrik
5/18 – Helsinki, FINLAND – Club Nosturi
5/19 – St Petersburg, RUSSIA – Orlandina
5/21 – Moscow, RUSSIA – XO Club
5/22 – Athens, GREECE – An Club

Summer Slaughter 2009 Tour:
6/5 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
6/6 Richmond, VA – The National
6/7 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
6/8 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
6/10 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
6/12 Louisville, KY – Headliners
6/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
6/14 St. Petersburg (Tampa), FL – Jannus Landing
6/15 Jacksonville, FL – Plush
6/16 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
6/18 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit (Night One)
6/19 Houston, TX – Java Jazz Outdoors
6/20 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit (Night Two)
6/21 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
6/23 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
6/24 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
6/26 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
6/27 San Diego, CA – Soma
6/28 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
6/29 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
6/30 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
7/1 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom
7/2 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
7/3 Seattle, WA – King Cat Theater

Guitarist Dallas Coyle Quits GOD FORBID

GOD FORBID has officially confirmed that longtime guitarist Dallas Coyle has left the band. Doc Coyle issued the following statement:

“There have been a barrage of rumors and questions on whether or not Dallas has left GOD FORBID. It’s true that Dallas has left the band. It’s taken us a few days to confirm this definitely, and figure out what we were going to do considering the fact that we are starting a very important tour with LAMB OF GOD this week.

“I don’t want to go into the hairy details, but all I can say is that there was a mutual disagreement between Dallas and I, and the disagreement became angry on both sides, and he decided to sit out the tour the day we were supposed to leave. We later learned he did not want to tour anymore at all. Everyone in the band, including myself was upset and shocked. For me, it’s a lot tougher because he’s my brother and I have a very close bond with him. We’ve done everything together our whole lives, so it’s difficult to deal with emotionally but I understand he has bigger responsibilities at home to care for. I wish he would’ve handled it in a different way, but I am not angry at him for leaving if he is unhappy with our situation. I really hope he finds success and happiness in his future pursuits.

“In the meantime, we’ve recruited ex-DARKEST HOUR shredder, Kris Norris, to fill in for the tour. We are currently doing a few warm up shows as a 4 piece to meet the LOG tour in Phoenix, AZ on April 2nd. Kris will be there for the start of the LOG tour though. I’ve been friends with Kris for years, and have an immense amount of respect for his playing. I look forward to playing with him, and I’m sure he will knock it out the park! Byron and I will pick up the slack with the vocals as much as we can. Thanks for everyone’s continued support, and we’ll see you on the road!”

GOD FORBID‘s tour with LAMB OF GOD (also featuring AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and MUNICIPAL WASTE) kicks off tomorrow (April 2nd).  Visit www.myspace.com/godforbid to view the tour’s complete routing and off-dates.

AT THE GATES Confirm US Tour with MUNICIPAL WASTE, DARKEST HOUR

After announcing plans to reunite for select shows late last year, Swedish death metal legends, AT THE GATES, have confirmed that they will indeed play the US this summer.

The band will head out with support from MUNICIPAL WASTE and DARKEST HOUR, on all dates.

Tour dates are as follows:

July 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
July 11 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
July 12 – Montreal, QC – Le Medley
July 13 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
July 14 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
July 15 – Sauget, IL Pop’s
July 17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
July 18 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
July 21 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
July 23 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
July 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
July 25 – San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore
July 26 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
July 27 – Hollywood, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre

DESPISED ICON Prepares for Major North American Tours

DESPISED ICON continues their non-stop touring in support of their highly acclaimed new album, The Ills of Modern Man, on August 12th alongside DARKEST HOUR, JOB FOR A COWBOY, A LIFE ONCE LOST and THE FACELESS.

This trek leads them directly into another U.S. tour with labelmates SUICIDE SILENCE and WINDS OF PLAGUE, which kicks off on Sept. 2nd and runs through Sept. 26th. Check below for the complete tour routing.

Alex Erian (vocals) states: “Our last U.S. run with THE RED CHORD, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, ALL SMALL PENIS and SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY was probably our favourite tour ever. Cheers again to all the bands and to everyone that showed up, hung out and made that tour so memorable for us. We released our new record during that tour so I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who picked it up and showed interest in our new shit. Looks like we won’t be spending much time at home over the next few months because we have two amazing tours lined up. We’ll be hitting mostly cities we haven’t played this year. See you on the road.”

DESPISED ICON w/DARKEST HOUR, DAMNATION AD, JOB FOR A COWBOY, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE FACELESS
08/12 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

With JOB FOR A COWBOY, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE FACELESS
08/13 Revolution Hall – Troy, NY
08/14 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
08/15 The Monkey Bar – Huntington, WV
08/16 The Soundvent – Thomasville, NC
08/17 Rocket Town – Nashville, TN
08/18 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
08/19 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
08/20 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
08/22 Skatepark of Memphis – Cordova, TN
08/23 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
08/25 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
08/26 Lonestar Event Center – Lubbock, TX
08/27 Chic’s – El Paso, TX
08/28 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

With SUICIDE SILENCE, WINDS OF PLAGUE, SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY
09/02 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
09/03 Chic’s Bar – El Paso, TX
09/04 Cell Block – Phoenix, AZ
09/05 SOMA – San Diego, CA
09/06 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
09/07 Open Ground Skatepark – Reno, NV
09/08 The Venue – Boise, ID
09/09 Club NVO – Logan, UT
09/10 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
09/11 The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
09/12 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
09/13 Vinos – Little Rock, AR
09/14 Skatepark – Memphis, TN
09/15 The Rave – Sheffield, AL
09/16 Sector 7G – Augusta, GA
09/17 The Muse – Nashville, TN
09/18 Creepy Crawl – St. Louis, MO
09/19 KOC – Arlington Heights, IL
09/20 Orchard Inn – Milwaukee, WI
09/21 Myspace Caf̩ РDetroit, MI
09/22 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
09/23 KCs – Fredericksburg, VA
09/24 The Mainstage – Pompton Lakes, NJ
09/26 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

SHADOWS FALL to Co-Headline Sounds of the Underground

SHADOWS FALL have been added to the third-annual Sounds of the Underground tour as alternatinv co-headliners with CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, and alongside main headliners GWAR.

SHADOWS FALL vocalist, Brian Fair comments, “It is going to be another summer of insanity for the boys in SHADOWS FALL and we couldn’t be more stoked. Not only are we looking forward to partying with our friends in DARKEST HOUR, EVERY TIME I DIE, CHIMAIRA and GWAR, but also to check out some killer music at one of the summers most diverse festival tours. We are planning on playing a set that will include songs from the early days of SHADOWS FALL up to our new album, Threads of Life, and leaving a wake of devastation behind. So bust out the sunscreen, put the beers on ice and get ready to rock cuz the SHADS are coming back to town”.

Other groups on this year’s Sounds of the Underground include: JOB FOR A COWBOY, NECRO, DARKEST HOUR, AMON AMARTH, THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW, THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, GOATWHORE, THIS IS HELL, and 2 CENTS.

There will also be a handful of special area appearances. TESTAMENT will play before GWAR at the Starland Ballroom on July 14 in New Jersey. MUSHROOMHEAD will close the show in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 21 and will also perform as special guests in Columbus on July 22, Chicago on July 23, and Minneapolis on July 24. The legendary SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will close shows in San Jose, California on August 3, Irvine, California on August 4, and Mesa, Arizona on August 5. LAMB OF GOD will headline a recently added date on August 11 in Louisville, Kentucky and will be joined by special guests HATEBREED and BEHEMOTH.

More info and updates are available at http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com, http://www.livenation.com, and http://www.purevolume.com/SOTU07Tour.

Sounds of the Underground 2007: GWAR, CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, More

The third annual Sounds of the Underground tour has been announced and will feature main acts GWAR, CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, JOB FOR A COWBOY, and more. GWAR will close most nights, while CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, and a third to-be-announced band will rotate in the headlining position prior to GWAR.

Other acts confirmed to appear on the tour are NECRO, DARKEST HOUR, AMON AMARTH, THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW, THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, GOATWHORE, THIS IS HELL, and 2 CENTS. Additional special guest headliners will join the bill on select dates.

Mark Hunter, CHIMAIRA vocalist boasts, “We are happy to announce that we will be taking part in this years Sounds Of The Underground. We played the first year and we had a fucking blast. This year we are going to up the production level and bring something special to our fans. Then we will get wasted every night with EVERY TIME I DIE and GWAR. See you this summer!”

There will also be a 2CD + 1 DVD Sounds Of The Underground exclusive compilation which will go on sale in stores and online in late June.

Presale tickets for the tour will go on sale April 25th.  Tickets for the general public will go on sale May 11th.  You can find constant updates on the tour at http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com/.

The complete tour itinerary is as follows:

July 06 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
July 07 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete St. Amphitheatre
July 08 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre
July 10 – Orlando, FL – UCf Arena
July 11 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
July 13 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
July 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom Outside
July 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
July 16 – Winston-salem, NC – Millennium Center
July 18 – Toronto, ON – Koolhaus Complex
July 19 – Detroit, MI – State Theatre
July 20 – Milwuakee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
July 21 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater At Tower City
July 22 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
July 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth
July 27 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Hall
July 28 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
July 30 – Portland, OR – Expo Hall
Aug. 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Air Pavilion
Aug. 03 – San Jose, CA – Events Center AT San Jose Univ.
Aug. 04 – Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Side Stage
Aug. 05 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Aug. 08 – Denver, CO – Fillmore