California Metalfest IV Expanded to Two Days; Headlined by FEAR FACTORY, BLEEDING THROUGH

FEAR FACTORY and BLEEDING THROUGH will headline this year’s California Metalfest IV. The fest has been expanded to two days; the fest will take place May 15 and 16 at The Fox Theatre and The Glass House, both in Pomona, California.

The lineup is currently as follows:

Saturday, May 15:
FEAR FACTORY
JOB FOR A COWBOY
WHITECHAPEL
DYING FETUS
ARSIS
DECREPIT BIRTH
CATTLE DECAPITATION
MISERY INDEX
ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY
GAZA

Sunday, May 16:
BLEEDING THROUGH
THE FACELESS
BORN OF OSIRIS
SLEEPING GIANT
EARTH CRISIS
OCEANO
AGATG
THICK AS BLOOD
ENFOLD DARKNESS
UPON A BURNING BODY

More national acts are expected to be announced soon. Tickets will go on sale next week. Visit the official website for all the lastet info: http://www.myspace.com/californiametalfest

BEHEMOTH Posts First Single Off Evangelion

BEHEMOTH, who have set Evangelion as the title of the band’s ninth hell-breaking opus, have just posted a brand new track and the first single off the band’s August release on their official MySpace page. Head over to www.myspace.com/behemoth now to listen to the track “Ov Fire and the Void” off Evangelion and while you’re there be sure to check out video footage of the band during the recording process as well as upcoming tour dates.

Evangelion was recorded in the band’s hometown at Radio Gdansk studio with longtime sound engineer Malta, the Wieslawscy Brothers, and Daniel Bergstrand (drum engineering) in the producers’ chairs. Evangelion was mixed in Miloco Studios by Colin Richardson and will be unleashed in the US on August 11th via Metal Blade Records and in Europe on August 9th via Nuclear Blast.

In support of the band’s 9th full-length studio album Evangelion, BEHEMOTH will be touring on what is sure to be this summer’s largest and most bone crushing metal festival; The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with mighty SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON as co-headliners. BEHEMOTH will be conquering the Hot Topic stage alongside label mates CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER, JOB FOR A COWBOY and WHITECHAPEL, on over 25 dates this summer so make sure to catch the masters of blackened death metal live when they come to a city near you.

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Listen to a Track from JOB FOR A COWBOY’s Forthcoming New Album

The track “Unfurling a Darkened Gospel,” from JOB FOR A COWBOY‘s forthcoming new album, Ruination, has been posted for listening. Click on “New Track Here” in the widget below to listen.

Ruination, drops July 7th in North America via Metal Blade Records. You can pre-order the album from the Metal Blade store. Special CD + T-shirt bundles are also available: http://www.metalblade.com/jobforacowboy/index.html

JOB FOR A COWBOY Complete New Album, Ruination

Arizona’s JOB FOR A COWBOY have completed work on their forthcoming new album, Ruination. The album is scheduled for a worldwide release in July through Metal Blade Records.

Ruination, the follow-up to their successful debut Genesis, was recorded at Audio Hammer Productions in Sanford, FL with producer Jason Suecof (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) and will be mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom (AT THE GATES, OPETH). Ruination marks the JOB FOR A COWBOY recording debut of drumming prodigy Jon “The Charn” Rice, who has toured with the band since the release of Genesis and features ten tracks of their guttural brand of deathcore.

Frontman Jonny Davy commented on the new album: “JOB FOR A COWBOY has toured the world and faced a ton of challenges over the course of the last year and a half. All of the hard work that we’ve put in and everything that we’ve experienced is directly reflected in our new songs, which we know are our best yet. Stay tuned.”

Upon the release of Ruination, JOB FOR A COWBOY will hit the road as one of the featured acts of the 2009 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON and more. The 27-date North American march is slated to launch on July 10 in Sacramento, CA.  More info here: http://www.mayhemfest.com/

BEHEMOTH Frontman Reflects on Successful Year, Future Plans

BEHEMOTH frontman, Nergal, issued an announcement reflecting upon the band’s successful year and upcoming plans:

“It feels great to finally be back in Poland especially after spending the last eight months intensely touring across almost every corner of the globe. I’m very proud and satisfied at the same time: our live activities have never been so splendorous and prestigious. Now we’re going to enjoy a well deserved two week vacation before we hit the shores of Australia and New Zealand.

“We just completed our first co-headlining tour in the U.S. The Radio Rebellion tour was nothing but massive success. It was a real honor to share the stage with one of the best extreme metal acts in the scene now. Canada’s BENEATH THE MASSACRE, France’s GOJIRA and America’s JOB FOR A COWBOY were not just awesome bands but also the nicest people to hang out and work with. It made this tour so much better. I’d never guessed this bill could pull so many people pretty much everywhere. It’s a great reward for all these crazy years of working our asses off and pushing so hard. I’m so happy we finally managed to bring bigger production, all the new stage gear, lights, backdrops so finally people could get a taste of what the definitive BEHEMOTH performance should look like. Seeing big smiles on those people’s faces every night they were leaving the venue assured me we did a good fuckin’ job. I’ve also noticed that a big part of the crowd coming to the shows have been younger. Seems like there’s whole new generation of people discovering extreme metal and it feels very refreshing. We wanna thank everyone who came down to the show. You made this tour one of the brightest moments of both, our career and life.

“This past year was probably the craziest year in my life. All the things would be happening at the same time: making of the record, all the technical and logistic problems, moving in to the new apartment, politicians trying to ban us in Poland and all the touring that started before the record was even finished. We’ve been working so fuckin’ hard, there was more stress and nerves involved that ever. But at the same time I can’t say we didn’t have fun. We did. Sometimes maybe even too much, ha ha…in the end of the day, it was all worth it.

“It’s also extremely satisfying to see The Apostasy outselling Demigod only a few months after its release. I’m still so fuckin’ stoked that people loved the record that was even more extreme, diverse and technical than anything we’ve done before. Seems like everyone (fans, media, critics) really took notice and appreciate all the giant work we invested. All I can say is that it only encourages us to work even harder in the future. We have a very demanding schedule for next year and I advice you to sit tight and wait for some very exciting news coming early next year. There are some major plans in the works to create a perfect set up for our future activities.

“There’s definitely going to be more touring next year. We’ll be doing second European leg with KATAKLYSM and we’ll visit all the markets we didn’t make last time. We are also coming back to U.S. for another big tour around March. We’ll be touring South America and possibly Japan (cross fingers!) in the spring. From there on we should take a long break, doing only off shows and occasional festivals. Next year we’re going to focus on the next DVD, EP and new album. We already have some sick ideas but its way to early to reveal any details yet. You just have to wait and be surprised!”

The band recently posted a video documenting their recent touring mayhem here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD_I4kzsN_g

Additionally, BEHEMOTH, recently completed a new video for the track “Prometherion” from The Apostasy, which was directed by Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH).  Watch the clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGsP2E8N2CQ

JOB FOR A COWBOY – Genesis

Deathcore villains, JOB FOR A COWBOY, have arrived from almost nowhere to sprinkle the metal world with a delightful full-length debut in Genesis. JOB FOR A COWBOY set out to destroy from the get-go and destroy they do. From the brootal vokills of Jonny Davy to the endless double-kick beat-down of Elliot Sellers (who has since been replaced by drummer Jon Rice), JOB FOR A COWBOY impress with destructive conviction and flawless execution. Jonny Davy‘s roaring voice recalls that of CREMATORIUM‘s Dan Dismal‘s–beefy and ferocious but not too guttural. Meanwhile, the guitar work of Ravi Bahdriraju and Bobby Thompson falls a little low in the mix (primarily due to Sellers‘ deliciously loud drumming). Fortunately, the abundance of accented palm-muting, diads, and jumpy fretwork cut through enough to flavor the songs with death metal flair. Still, you can’t escape the “core” with Davy‘s bark and the, at times, near-groovy but totally moshable passages. Genesis is however, nothing near cutting-edge. It is a one-dimensional album of in-your-face deathcore/death metal, save for the one comparatively slower track, “The Divine Falsehood.” But the Arizonian outfit still manage to breath fresh air into a genre that can be stubbornly stale. Let’s hope JOB FOR A COWBOY can take advantage of their step on the scene and continue to rock out with destruction in mind. (Metal Blade Records)

JOB FOR A COWBOY, BEHEMOTH to Co-Headline “Radio Rebellion” Tour

Glendale, AZ’s extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY and Polish death metal troupe BEHEMOTH will be co-headlining this year’s “Radio Rebellion” tour, presented by Hurley and Converse. The twenty-eight city North American trek will also feature highly regarded French band GOJIRA and Canadian technical death metal quartet BENEATH THE MASSACRE.

Ozzfest breakthrough artists BEHEMOTH are extremely proud to be a part of the “Radio Rebellion” tour, which is the perfect follow up to their highly successful summer run. The tour affords the band the opportunity to perform a longer set in more intimate settings, ultimately providing fans with “the definitive BEHEMOTH experience”. This is also a chance for the band to perform an array of songs from their highly acclaimed new offering, The Apostasy, which debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

“We’ve toured U.S. ten times during last few years but we almost never had a chance to headline our own shows,” BEHEMOTH main man Nergal states. “These last few years have been about working our asses off in order to establish our name and build a solid foundation, and now it will finally pay off. It’s high time for us to come back to North America and show our fans what a BEHEMOTH set with full production can be. I love all the bands that are joining us as there is a lot of quality and variety on the bill. I’m thrilled to tour with GOJIRA and JOB FOR A COWBOY is phenomenal! Extremely talented band. I can’t think of a better company for us. We’re bringing all our lights, a full stage production, and will be delivering at least an hour long set. We’ll be playing old stuff as well as songs from The Apostasy. The Radio Rebellion tour is going to be massive! See you there my friends!”

On the topic of the tour, JOB FOR A COWBOY founding member Ravi Bhadriraju comments, “To be a part of a tour along side some of the best acts from around the world is awesome. BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and BENEATH THE MASSACRE are all from different countries and are all amazing bands. This will be the heaviest tour of the fall! We’re excited and ready to hit the road yet again. All of you JOB FOR A COWBOY fans can expect a show that will be worth your while. Look out!”

In addition to Hurley and Converse, “Radio Rebellion” 2007 tour sponsors include Revolver Magazine, Smartpunk, Metal Blade Records, Ferret Music and Prosthetic Records. “Radio Rebellion” Co-Founder Stewart Teggart comments, “We are very excited to launch this year’s ‘Rebellion Tour‘. It will be ‘Radio Rebellion‘ in the truest sense as we’ve assembled four of the most extreme bands in heavy metal. Each band on the tour this year hail from a different country and all of them have their own unique way of delivering brutally heavy music. If you are a fan of Metal, this tour is not to be missed! Radio Rebellion will be the microphone for the youth by delivering what the fans want to see and hear which is why sponsors with a similar frame of mind have been chosen to help support the tour.”

For additional information on “Radio Rebellion“, please visit the tour’s online domain: www.myspace.com/radiorebellion.

The 2007 “Radio Rebellion” tour featuring JOB FOR A COWBOY and BEHEMOTH:
(all dates include GOJIRA and BENEATH THE MASSACRE)
10/18 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
10/19 Norfolk, VA NorVa
10/20 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
10/21 Orlando, FL House of Blues
10/22 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
10/23 Houston, TX Meridian
10/24 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
10/26 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
10/27 San Diego, CA SOMA
10/28 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
10/29 San Francisco, CA Slims
10/30 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/31 Seattle, WA El Corazon
11/02 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
11/03 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
11/04 St. Louis, MO Pops
11/06 Minneapolis, MN Station Four
11/07 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/08 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
11/09 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
11/10 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
11/11 Buffalo, NY Infinity
11/12 Toronto, ON Opera House
11/13 Montreal, QC Club Soda
11/15 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
11/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
11/17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
11/18 New York, NY Irving Plaza

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

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

DESPISED ICON Recording Update; Tour with JOB FOR A COWBOY

The Montreal-based deathcore six-piece DESPISED ICON are currently in the midst of recording their highly anticipated sophomore Century Media release with acclaimed producer/former guitarist Yannick St-Amand. The new effort will be mixed by the renowned Andy Sneap starting on Feb. 10th and is currently scheduled for a May release. The group will also kick off a three-week Canadian/U.S. tour as direct support to JOB FOR A COWBOY on Feb. 28th before heading to Europe in March with UNEARTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY and DAATH.

Alex Erian (vocals) checks in with the following report: “We’ve been in the studio for about two weeks now. The drums were recorded with a click track/metronome and the result is tight as fuck. Some of the parts on this record are faster then anything we’ve done in the past. Alex‘s drumkit sounds amazing. Expect more blastbeats and gravity blasts! We’ve drilled holes in our heads and came up with loads of inventive breakdowns for you mosh enthusiasts. I know this is the type of stuff that all bands say, but trust me, it’s true and you won’t be disappointed.

“The guitars are about halfway done, and we can’t wait to see how killer things will sound once Andy Sneap starts mixing. He made some of the best sounding recordings out there, so we’re definitely stoked to be working with him. Don Clark from Invisible Creature is currently working on our album layout. He handled the art direction on NORMA JEAN‘s last two albums, so you know it’s going to look sick. We’ve worked twice as hard on this record and are very pleased with how it’s coming along.

“Also, a thanks goes out to all of those who have tried out/shown interest for the guitarist spot. We’ve just picked the top three candidates and will invite them over to Montreal to jam and hang out with us as soon as we come back from the studio. Future plans include the shooting of our new video with DBM Films in February, with a Canadian/U.S. and European tour in March/April. We’re stoked to finally tour Europe and can’t wait to play in our country again!”

Tour dates w/JOB FOR A COWBOY:
02/28 The Outlander – Springfield, MO
03/01 Knights of Columbus – Cedar Lake, IN
03/02 Lawrenceville Moose Lodge – Pittsburgh, PA
03/03 Call the Office – London, ON
03/04 The Underground – Hamilton, ON
03/05 El Mocambo – Toronto, ON
03/06 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
03/07 Club Lambi – Montreal, QC
03/08 Le Tremplin – Sherbrooke, QC
03/09 Café Rock Le Stage – Trois-Rivieres, QC
03/10 L’anti – Quebec City, QC
03/11 Petit Pavilion – Rimouski, QC
03/14 The Arts Guild – Charlottetown, PEI
03/15 The Attic – Halifax, NS
03/15 The Pavilion – Halifax, NS