Grind Supergroup LOCK UP Announces First U.S. Tour

LOCK UP, the grindcore supergroup featuring genre veterans, Tomas Lindberg, Shane Embury, Nicolas Barker and Anton Reisenegger, has announced its first ever North American tour, a headlining run with GOATWHORE and STRONG INTENTION.

Said drummer, Nick Barker, “After many attempts in the past, sadly to no avail, Lock Up finally gets to make it stateside for a string of shows with our good friends from Louisiana, GOATWHORE. For us in LOCK UP, to play with GOATWHORE in the US is like a dream tour, as they are one of our favorite bands – and being good friends with them too only makes this package even more special to us. Be prepared North America ‘cause we’re coming over to blast your minds into deathgrind oblivion!”

Tour dates:
2/08 – Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
2/09 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
2/10 – Boston, MA @ Club Lido
2/11 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
2/12 – Tortonto, ON @ Wreck Room
2/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
2/14 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
2/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
2/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa

GOATWHORE Confirmed for Ozzfest 2010

New Orleans, Louisiana’s GOATWHORE are confirmed to play the second stage of the Ozzfest summer tour alongside BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DROWNING POOL, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SKELETONWITCH, SAVIOURS, and KATAKLYSM. Ozzfest 2010 will kick off August 14 in San Bernardino, CA (the birthplace of the first Ozzfest in 1996).

The main stage will feature OZZY, MÖTLEY CRÜE, ROB HALFORD, DEVILDRIVER and NONPOINT.

The 2010 OZZFEST dates are as follows:

Sat, Aug 14 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue, Aug 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Thurs, Aug 19 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat, Aug 21 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
Sun, Aug 22 Camden, NJ Susquehanna
Tue, Aug 24 Boston, MA Comcast Center

GOATWHORE – Carving Out the Eyes of God

On album four from these masters of blackened death, GOATWHORE unleashes possibly their most focused, structured work to date with Carving Out the Eyes of God. Opening track “Apocalyptic Havoc” opens up the flood gates with a fist-pumping metal anthem replete with sing along hook, “Who needs a God when you’ve got Satan?” Relentless and energetic in its pace, the song sets the tone for the album, balancing hooks with aggression. “The All Destroying” keep the blasting on point, but the band tempers the speed with flowing angry riffs that eventually settle in to a CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER-worshipping groove that GOATWHORE has become known for. “In Legions I am Wars of Wrath” is the album’s centerpiece – delivering a relentless torrent of speed with a driving attack before changing it up with some clever half tempo sections, highlighted by a Schuldiner-inspired solo from guitarist Sammy Duet channeling the mighty late DEATH guitarist. The bottom heavy groove from Nathan Bergeron keeps things nice and punchy throughout, while drummer Zack Simmons pounds the snot out of his drums. In the thick of it all, vocalist Ben Falgoust snarls, growls, and shouts his way through the proceedings (with some backup help from guitarist Duet), weaving tales of death, darkness, woe, and decay throughout the album. Erik Rutan captures the band’s blasphemy with skill, offering greater clarity than on the album’s predecessor The Haunting Curse as well as the band’s earlier, muddier releases. But the standout is Sammy Duet who delivers his most melodic involved solos to date, and to his credit, offers guitar work that enhances the songs as oppossed to drowning them with flashy overly technical playing. Ominous closer “To Mourn & Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways” finishes the album on a strong note offering up one of the band’s better songs to date. All in all, a fine outing from America’s finest blackened metal troupe. (Metal Blade Records)

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OFF WITH THEIR HEADS Replace THE ACCÜSED on Upcoming MUNICIPAL WASTE Tour

MUNICIPAL WASTE have announced that THE ACCÜSED will not be taking part in the Waste the World Tour 2009 as their singer Brad Mowen has to have emergency surgery. Minneapolis’ OFF WITH THEIR HEADS will be stepping in on the tour on November 18th through December 2nd and will be providing direct support for MUNICIPAL WASTE.

Singer Tony Foresta had the following to say about the line-up change for the tour, “We’re pretty bummed about THE ACCÜSED canceling I really hope Brad gets better. But now THE WASTE is really excited to announce our newest addition to our North American tour, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS. These guys are one of my personal favorites and I feel are one of the best punk bands to come out of the states for a long while. We’ve been listening to these guys in THE WASTE van for some time and we are really glad they agreed to ‘stick out like a sore thumb’ on our metal tour. It should be a lot of fun! Check them out here… http://www.myspace.com/offwiththeirheads

Support on the North American leg of the tour will come from GOATWHORE (11/06-11/16), OFF WITH THEIR HEADS (11/18-12/02), BRUTAL TRUTH (12/4-12/11), and PHOBIA and CAULDRON on all dates.

11/6 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
11/7 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
11/8 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
11/9 Tampa, FL @ State Theater
11/11 Houston, TX @ Meridian
11/12 Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/13 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
11/14 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
11/16 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
11/18 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
11/20 Anaheim, CA @ Chian Reaction
11/21 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
11/23 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
11/24 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/25 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music
11/27 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
11/28 Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
11/29 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
12/1 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
12/2 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
12/4 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
12/5 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
12/6 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/7 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
12/8 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (Upstairs)
12/9 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
12/10 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
12/11 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz

MUNICIPAL WASTE Announce “Waste the World Tour 2009”

MUNICIPAL WASTE will be packing their beer bong and toting it across North America for their just announced “Waste the World Tour 2009.” The Virginia thrashers will be touring in support of their recently released Massive Aggressive album, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heat Seekers chart. Direct support on the tour will come from GOATWHORE (11/06-11/16), THE ACCUSED (11/18-12/03), and BRUTAL TRUTH (12/04-12/11). Appearing on all shows will be PHOBIA and CAULDRON.

Singer Tony Foresta, had the following to say about the upcoming tour. “I’m really excited to finally get back on the road and do a full headlining WASTE tour in the states. It’s been a really long time since we’ve done on our own headlining run and I think it has been long past due. People should expect a far more rowdier gig then the ones we’ve played while opening for bands. I’m looking forward to trashing venues all over the states. I’m also really pumped about the bands on this tour. It is going to be one to remember!”

Initial dates are as follows (more dates to be announced shortly):
11/6 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
11/7 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
11/8 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
11/9 Tampa, FL @ State Theater
11/11 Houston, TX @ Meridian
11/13 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
11/14 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
11/16 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
11/18 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
11/20 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
11/21 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
12/4 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
12/5 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
12/6 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/7 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
12/8 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (Upstairs)
12/9 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
12/10 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

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)

OBITUARY to Head Out on Tour with KRISIUN, GOATWHORE, THE BERZERKER, WARBRINGER

Death metal vets OBITUARY are readying to embark on a North American headlining tour in support of latest long player Darkest Day, released via Candlelight Records this past June. The tour will kick off on September 3rd at The Rock in Tucson, AZ and pillage its way through a month’s worth of shows before coming to a close on October 4th at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville, KY. The band will be joined by KRISIUN, GOATWHORE, THE BERZERKER, and WARBRINGER.

Tour dates:
9/3/2009 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
9/4/2009 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
9/5/2009 Gator’s – Farmington, NM
9/6/2009 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
9/8/2009 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
9/9/2009 Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
9/10/2009 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
9/11/2009 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
9/12/2009 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/14/2009 Sugar – Victoria, BC
9/15/2009 Plazza Club – Vancover, BC
9/17/2009 Warehouse – Calgary, AB
9/18/2009 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
9/19/2009 The Riddell at University of Regina – Regina, SK
9/20/2009 Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
9/22/2009 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
9/23/2009 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
9/25/2009 Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/26/2009 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
9/27/2009 FouFounes – Montreal, QC
9/28/2009 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
9/29/2009 The Blender Theatre at Gramercy – New York, NY
9/30/2009 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/2/2009 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
10/3/2009 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
10/4/2009 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY

GOATWHORE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS Join Forces for Tour; Also DAATH, ABYSMAL DAWN, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY

GOATWHORE and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will team up for the Conquer & Curse Tour 2009 this summer. Joining them will be DAATH, ABYSMAL DAWN and SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY.

The lineup is as follows:

* June 19 – June 23: ABILIGAIL WILLIAMS / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
* June 24 – Aug. 1: GOATWHORE / ABIGAIL WILLIAMS / DAATH / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
* Aug. 2 – Aug. 9: GOATWHORE / ABIGAIL WILLIAMS / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
* Aug. 10 – Aug. 12: ABIGAIL WILLIAMS / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.

Confirmed dates so far:
Jun. 19 – Owensboro, KY – The Brothers
Jun. 20 – Fredricksburg, VA – The Refuge
Jun. 21 – Charlotte , NC – Casbah
Jun. 22 – Wilmington, NC – Soapbox
Jun. 23 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick
Jun. 24 – Atlanta , GA – Masquerade
Jun. 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Jun. 26 – St Petersburg, FL – The Garage
Jun. 27 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Jun. 28 – Virginia Beach , VA – Peppermint Beach Club
Jun. 29 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Jun. 30 – Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
Jul. 01 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Bar and Grill
Jul. 02 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
Jul. 03 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirate Pub
Jul. 04 – Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert Arms
Jul. 05 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Jul. 06 – Saskatoon, SK – Walkers
Jul. 07 – Edmonton, AL – Starlite Room
Jul. 08 – Calgary, AL – The Underground
Jul. 10 – Victoria, BC – Sugar
Jul. 11 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore
Jul. 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Jul. 13 – Portland, OR – Satyricon
Jul. 14 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
Jul. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
Jul. 16 – San Marcos , CA – Jumping Turtle
Jul. 17 – Las Vegas , NV – Cheyenne Saloon
Jul. 18 – Farmington, NM – Gators
Jul. 19 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Jul. 20 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Jul. 21 – Nashville, TN – The Muse
Jul. 22 – Danville, VA – Plan B
Jul. 23 – New York, NY – The Blender Theatre at Gramercy
Jul. 24 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Jul. 25 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
Jul. 26 – Montreal, QC – FouFounes Electriques
Jul. 27 – Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
Jul. 28 – Rochester , NY – Penny Arcade
Jul. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Peabodys
Jul. 30 – Mokena , IL – Pearl Room
Jul. 31 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
Aug. 01 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Aug. 02 – Edelstein, IL – The Hub
Aug. 03 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee
Aug. 04 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conversatory
Aug. 05 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Aug. 06 – San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar
Aug. 07 – Ft Worth, TX – Lola’s
Aug. 08 – Austin, TX – Red 7
Aug. 09 – Amarillo, TX – The War Legion Underground
Aug. 10 – Albuquerque, NM – The Compound
Aug. 11 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Aug. 12 – Phoenix, AZ – U.B.’s

More dates are expected to be added in the beginning and at the end of the tour.

Tickets are on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 25 at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing services.

CREMATORIUM: West Coast Shows and New Material

Long running death metal/hardcore stalwarts CREMATORIUM have just confirmed a handful of west coast dates, including appearances alongside BRUTAL TRUTH and at Murderfest 5.0. Here are the dates:

4/4 – The Sets – Tempe, AZ w/ BRUTAL TRUTH
4/5 – Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA w/ BRUTAL TRUTH
4/6 – TBA – CA w/ BRUTAL TRUTH
4/8 – Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA w/ GOATWHORE
4/9 – Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA (LA Murderfest 5.0)

The band are currently writing and demoing new material for an album that should surface by year’s end. Vocalist Daniel Dismal had this to say about the shows and the new material:

“I am excited to be sharing the stage with longtime friends BRUTAL TRUTH and GOATWHORE, as well as showcase some of the new material we have been working on. I never thought I would see the day where the death metal/hardcore hybrid scene would become so big. We decided now was the time for us to become more active, playing more shows and writing new material. I feel that this is CREMATORIUM’s most volatile and concise music to date. We can’t wait for people to hear our next step in the evolution of the band.”

Daniel Dismal has always been a strong supporter of underground music, through his upstart promotion company Church of the 8th Day, which besides booking shows all year long, is responsible for organizing the Los Angeles Murderfest. CREMATORIUM’s last album, The Process of Endtime was released in 2005 on Prosthetic Records.

SOILENT GREEN – Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction

Unlike the vast majority of extreme metal acts that sing about death, murder, suicide, disaster, pain and suffering, few have actually lived through these situations as the mighty SOILENT GREEN has. Soldiering on with more conviction and perseverance than most of the allegedly tough hardcore bands in existence, these sons of NOLA have emerged from the swamps with possibly their finest album since the classic, Sewn Mouth Secrets. Despite the band’s long-running trademark of cramming in as many riffs as humanly possible in the span of one song (witness the amount of changes that go down in the mere two-minute “Blessed in the Arms of Servitude“) the songs seem to flow almost effortlessly. Inevitable Collapse also displays a new found maturity as the band grooves more often, helping to make the album’s seemingly never ending roller coaster-like changes blend smoother than in past efforts. Dynamics also play a more prominent role on songs such as “In the Same Breath,” “Lovesick,” and “For Lack of Perfect Words.” They also sparingly feature guitarist Brian Patton‘s effective usage of a banjo-mandolin styled instrument known as the Mcnally strumstick, which provides a welcome breather from the otherwise relentless onslaught. In what must have been an emotional creative process, “All this Good Intention Wasted in the Wake of Apathy” pieces together older SOILENT GREEN material that former singer Glenn Rambo was involved in as a tribute to their friend who died in Hurricane Katrina. Although the chaotic structure of the band’s songs may make it difficult for listener’s to find a riff to grasp on to, Sewn Mouth Secrets is a triumph in every sense of the word. A true album, best experienced from beginning to end, SOILENT GREEN has delivered the strongest and most deserving comeback of the year. (Metal Blade Records)