The Power of the Riff Festival: Set Times Announced and Info

The set times for this Sunday’s The Power of the Riff Festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles have been announced…

Echo Stage:
SPIDER FEVER: 1:00pm-1:30pm
RATS EYES: 1:45pm-2:15pm
SEMEN SUNDAE: 2:30pm-3:00pm
THE FUCKING WRATH: 3:15pm-3:45pm
LECHEROUS GAZE: 4:00pm-4:45pm
NAILS: 5:00pm-5:45pm
EAGLE TWIN: 6:00pm-6:45pm
NIGHT HORSE: 7:00pm-7:45pm

Echoplex Stage:
RIGHTEOUS FOOL: 3:30pm-4:15pm
BLACK BREATH: 4:30pm-5:15pm
COLISEUM: 5:30pm-6:15pm
TRAP THEM: 6:30pm-7:15pm
FROM ASHES RISE: 8:00pm-8:45pm
REPULSION: 9pm-9:45pm
GOATSNAKE: 10:00pm-10:45pm
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III: 11:00pm-12:00am

Also, Converse, who are sponsoring the event, will be giving away a free pair of shoes to the first 30 people through the door. There will also be a treasure hunt for an additional 15 pairs of Converse shoes. Clues will be on the back of the event schedule, which will be handed out at the door.

Doors open at noon. Once capacity is reached, it will be one in, one out. Ins and outs will be allowed before 6pm only. And of course RSVP does not guarantee entry.

RSVP now if you haven’t already!

The Power of the Riff Festival Comes to Los Angeles on August 8th; Free with RSVP

On Sunday, August 8th, a host of loud, riff-heavy bands will descend upon Los Angeles for The Power of the Riff Festival. Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (NIGHT HORSE), The Power of the Riff Festival was assembled with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music.

Festival lineup:
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III
GOATSNAKE
FROM ASHES RISE
REPULSION
COLISEUM
TRAP THEM
BLACK BREATH
NIGHT HORSE
EAGLE TWIN
EARLY GRAVES
NAILS
RIGHTEOUS FOOL
SEMEN SUNDAE
THE FUCKING WRATH
RATS EYES
SPIDER FEVER
*DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (HARASSOR/Vacation Vinyl)

A record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature popup stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings, and more.

Lastly, the fest will feature food trucks including Sweet Vindication, Grill Em All, Canters Deli, and more.

The all day, all ages event will take place at neighboring venues in Echo Park, The Echo and Echoplex, from 12pm-12am. Admission is free with RSVP!

RSVP Now!

Fine print:

  • RSVP is strictly required
  • Entry is not guaranteed
  • Lineup subject to change
  • No ins and outs after 5pm
  • Set times announced day of the show at Echoplex

(via City of Devils)

Southern Lord to Release BORIS 7″ Vinyl Series of New Material

BORIS is set to release a new 7″ series called Japanese Heavy Rock Hits. The series features three vinyl 7″s to be released over the next three months exclusively through Southern Lord.

September:
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 1
Side A: “8
Side B: “Hey Everyone

October:
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 2
Side A: “H.M.A. – Heavy Metal Addict
Side B: “Black Original

November:
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 3
Side A: “16:47:52…
Side B: “..and Hear Nothing

The Japanese experimental outfit recently released a pair of split recordings and previously released another trio of 7″s called The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked.

Also, BORIS will be making their only U.S. performance of the year at this weekend’s All Tomorrows Party festival in New York. They will be performing on Sunday, September 13th and will perform Feedbacker in its entirety. Also performing at the festival are THE FLAMING LIPS, BORDEMS, MELVINS, CARIBOU, CRYSTAL CASTLES, and many more.

DREAMING DEAD to Perform at the 31st Annual Harmony Festival

Los Angeles’ DREAMING DEAD have announced that they participating in the 31st Annual Harmony Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA this summer, and will be the sole extreme metal act at the event.

The Harmony Festival is a diverse, three-day festival that helps promote music, art, ecology, healthy living & spirituality, and features such prominent acts as BAD BRAINS, DEAD KENNEDYS, CAKE, and much more.

DREAMING DEAD will be performing their album, Within One, in its entirety, plus some new material.  It will also be DREAMING DEAD‘s first hour-long, open air performance at a venue that holds 7000 people. The band will be performing on the third and final day of the fest, June 14th at Noon.

For ticket and complete festival information, please visit the official Harmony Festival website: http://www.harmonyfestival.com

Also, check out DREAMING DEAD‘s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/dreamingdead

Second Annual Metal Insider Summit Announced

The Second Annual Metal Insider Summit has been confirmed for this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 17, 2009. The Metal Insider Summit is an interactive, educational conference consisting of two panels where fans and the metal music industry can engage, share ideas and help further the scene. The Metal Insider Summit will give fans an opportunity to meet key members in the business and gain valuable insight on how to start their own careers. It will also give labels, managers, agents, endorsers, publishers, media promoters, bands and more the chance to interact with the people who buy their albums, tickets and merchandise.

Admission is free with an RSVP at MetalInsider.net and a ticket to New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, or appropriate proof of purchase. Those unable to attend will be able to partake and contribute with exclusive coverage at MetalInsider.net, MetalSucks.net and MetalInjection.net in the days following the event.

“I am very excited to moderate again this year at the Metal Insiders Summit at New England Metal Fest,” says Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel. “Last year was a lot of fun and I felt we had a great panel and discussion. I look forward to another great year, see you there!”

Mass ConcertsScott Lee, participating in the Summit for the second year in a row, encourages casual fans and aspiring professionals alike to join. “If you are a fan or are interested in getting into the music business this is the place to be. Mass Concerts is proud to have The Metal Summit as part of the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest,” adds Lee.

Details for the Metal Insider Summit are as follows:

METAL INSIDER SUMMIT LOCATION:
Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd
Worcester, MA 01608

Session One: Metal During a Recession (1:00 – 1:45)
Panelists:
Brian Slagel, Chairman/CEO of Metal Blade Records
Ash Avildsen, TKO Booking/Sumerian Records/Summer Slaughter Tour
Blasko, Artist Manager for Mercenary Management/Bassist, Ozzy Osbourne
Scott Lee, Mass Concerts
Jason Rudolph, Artist Manager for Heavy Hitter (DAATH, THE CHARIOT, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE)
Amy Sciarretto, Director of Publicity for Roadrunner Records

Session Two: Breaking Into the Industry (2:00 – 2:45)
Panelists:
Bram Teitelman, Radio Promotion for The Syndicate/Editor for MetalInsider.net
Jason Bittner, Drummer for SHADOWS FALL/BURNING HUMAN
Jody Dankburg, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations for Washburn/Randall/Eden/Parker
Scott Givens, Vice President of Metal for E1 Entertainment
Will Putney, Producer/Engineer at The Machine Shop

Visit to MetalInsider.net to RSVP: http://www.metalinsider.net

CONVERGE Schedule East Coast Shows; to Hit Studio in May

CONVERGE have scheduled a handful of east coast tour dates, beginning with the Scion Rock Festival in Atlanta:

02/28: Atlanta, GA @ Scion Rock Festival w/ MASTODON, NEUROSIS, HIGH ON FIRE, BORIS, and more [info]
03/23: Allston, MA @ ICC Church w/ CEREMONY, COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH
03/24: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ CEREMONY, COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH
03/25: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ CEREMONY, COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH
03/26: Lemoyne, PA @ Championship w/ CEREMONY, COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH
03/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Europa w/ CEREMONY, COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH
03/28: Richmond, VA @ United Blood Fest w/ CEREMONY, COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH, etc. [info]
03/29: Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian Church w/ GENGHIS TRON, CEREMONY, COLISEUM, PULLING TEETH

These shows will be their last round before heading into the studio in May to record their new album.  The new album will be out sometime this year through Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.

CONVERGE are also in the process of editing a DVD called Thousands of Miles Between Us for Deathwish Inc.  No release date has been set yet.

More info on the festival shows:
Scion Rock Fest
United Blood Fest

CARCASS, EXODUS, SAMAEL, More to Play 3rd Annual California Metalfest

The third annual California Metalfest, presented by Nederlander Concerts and Headbang For The Highway, is confirmed for March 28th at The Grove of Anaheim.  Confirmed talent thus far includes CARCASS, EXODUS, SUFFOCATION, THE FACELESS, WHITECHAPEL, SAMAEL, ARSIS, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, PSYCROPTIC, and others to be announced in the coming weeks.

The first California Metalfest in 2006 featured headliner NECROPHAGIST in their first Southern California appearance. 2007’s edition was headlined by TESTAMENT.

Visit the official MySpace page for all the latest show info: http://www.myspace.com/californiametalfest

CARCASS to Reunite for Wacken 2008

Legendary British death metal band, CARCASS, will reunite for next year’s Wacken Open Air festival. Bassist/vocalist, Jeff Walker, issued the following statement on behalf of the band:

“Well, they said it would never happen. In fact I said it would never happen. Then I noticed no one pays attention to what I say anyway and I sounded like an idiot…

“Summer 2008 will be the twentieth anniversary since the release of CARCASS‘ first studio album. It will be fourteen years since we last played live. We’ve decided to exhume the old corpse next Summer at Wacken. The timing is purely coincidental – it’s been a long journey to get to this point where myself, Bill Steer and Mike Amott (ARCH ENEMY) have enough common desire again to make it possible. We’re finally conceding to the demand that seems to be at an all time high and doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. Any past reasons we may have had for not wanting to do it, or thinking it was impossible, have simply dissipated in the face of overwhelming interest in us performing THOSE riffs for a generation of believers who never had the opportunity back in the day. We could say we’re doing it for ‘the kids’ – but fuck that! We’re doing it ‘cos it will be fun again to play the classic CARCASS tunes!! Of course it would seem inappropriate for us to contemplate to do this without Ken Owen, but I assure you he’ll be there, and we’ll push some sticks in his hands and make him play, plus we’ll have a killer drummer to sit in and play HIS parts.

“Myself, Jeff Walker, on bass and vocals, ‘the semi-legendary’ Bill Steer and Mike Amott on lead guitar and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), filling in for Ken on drums, look forwards to mutilating your hearing.

“And if we don’t do it? Who else will overshadow the LED ZEPPELIN reunion?

“Ha!

“Prepare to rot and roll.”

Next year’s Wacken Open Air (official website) is set to take place July 31 through August 2, 2008.

Ozzfest 2007 F.A.Q.: Some Very Preliminary Details

While specific details of this week’s Ozzfest announcement are still being worked out, a brief list of details were posted on the official Ozzfest forums:

Q: Will Ozzy be at my show?
A: As of now, Ozzy is scheduled to headline ALL OZZFEST DATES

Q: Will there be a limit to the number of tickets I can buy?
A: Again, yes, there will be. The amount has not yet been determined, but there will be.

Q: How will I gain entrance?
A: You will print out or recieve the tickets that you have secured and you will bring those with you to the event, where you will exchange them for entrance.

Q: How will the seating be decided?
A: As in previous years, the second stage will still be general admission for everyone without seats. However, as far as main stage, it will be first come, first serve basis for both general admission AND the seats. Of course, you do not stake claim to seats, meaning that if you stand up and leave the seats, others are entitled to sit there.

Q: Will merchandise and concession prices be raised to make up for the lack of ticket price?
A: No. The prices will remain up to the individual artists to decide, however, there will be no expected raise in prices.

Q: How will the artists make money off of this?
A: They are free to book themselves at local shows on days before, after, and days OF the fest. Also, they are, as always, welcome to bring and sell merchandise.

Q: How different will the bill be from date to date?
A: Some second stage acts may change, however, the main stage acts will be comitted and appear throughout the tour, unless otherwise stated.

Q: Is there any truth to rumors that Ozzfest will be moved inside?
A: No, the shows will be at amphitheaters as they traditionally have been.

Lastly, there will be a ticket limit (per person) but that number has not yet been determined.  To make sure you receive the latest information on securing tickets, subscribe to ozzfest.com or forums.ozzfest.com.

The original press conference has been posted online for viewing here: http://windowsmedia.onthescene.com/OzzFest_07a.wmv.

Ozzfest 2007: Tickets will be Free!

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and Ozzfest tour producer Live Nation broke the news today at the Concert Industry Consortium in Los Angeles that their 12th annual hard rock spectacular–a 25-date extravaganza launching July 7 in Los Angeles–is pulling the plug on ticket prices and giving the power back to the fans calling this summer’s Ozzfest “FreeFest.”  The other Ozzfest cities as of now are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Nashville. Note: a final confirmed list of cities and dates is forthcoming.

“This will change everybody’s impression of the way touring in the summer in America should be,” said Sharon Osbourne.  “For the last few years, ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money, however we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year.

“We’re reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs. As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about.”

Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts added the following: “For the past 11 years, music fans have made Ozzfest the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States. What better way to say ‘Thank You’ to the music fans who have made this possible than inviting them to attend Ozzfest for free.”

To gain entry into the event, fans will go to www.ozzfest.com or www.livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.

For this summer’s edition, OZZY will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year’s mainstage after surprising fans last year by performing on the down-and-dirty second stage at a handful of dates. Audiences can expect the Prince of Darkness to unveil new songs from his forthcoming studio album, OZZY‘s first disc of new material since 2001. While the rest of the in-progress bill is under wraps, Sharon points out, “we have bands committed, but we’re hoping that after today’s announcement we’ll have a whole influx of artists who want to be a part of something this ground breaking. We know there aren’t any major headlining acts that would tour all summer for nothing, but we’re confident we can turn some of the genre’s biggest bands on to what we’re doing and have them come out to play a date or two. If they’re in town and want the rush of performing in front of 20,000 frenzied kids, they’re more than welcome to join us. They can sell their t-shirts, CDs and whatever else they’ve got. They’re also welcome to book their own shows in local venues on the day of Ozzfest. I’m not stopping them. People have to be creative and think of alternatives.”

Ozzfest was created to keep this genre of music alive by showcasing new talent,” states Sharon. “You better believe we’re going to keep perpetuating that by hand-picking compelling new bands that are hungry for Ozzfest‘s career-making exposure.”