MASTODON Cancels Summer Tour Due to Illness

MASTODON have been forced to cancel the their summer tour, which was scheduled to take place between June 5th and July 3rd. Guitarist, Bill Kelliher, was diagnosed with pancreatitis and was advised by doctors to pursue further medication. A full recovery is expected.

The band’s fall tour, dubbed BlackDiamondSkye, with ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES), is still on for a September 16th kick off in Chicago. Tour dates and info here: http://www.blackdiamondskye.com/

Volcom Tour 2010: MASTODON, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BARONESS, VALIENT THORR

Atlanta’s MASTODON have announced another North American tour, but this time through cities they didn’t previously play. The tour, presented by Volcom, will feature support from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BARONESS, and VALIENT THORR.

Tickets go on sale Friday February 12. Dates are as follows:

4/16/2010 Charleston, SC Music Farm
4/17/2010 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
4/18/2010 Richmond, VA The National
4/20/2010 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
4/21/2010 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
4/22/2010 Hartford, CT Webster
4/23/2010 Worcester, MA Palladium – NEW ENGLAND METAL FEST
4/24/2010 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
4/26/2010 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theater
4/27/2010 Rochester, NY Water Street
4/29/2010 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
4/30/2010 Indianapolis, IN Vogue
5/1/2010 Columbia, MO Blue Note
5/3/2010 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
5/4/2010 Tucson, AZ Rialto
5/5/2010 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
5/7/2010 Pomona, CA Fox
5/8/2010 Oakland, CA TBA
5/9/2010 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
5/10/2010 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
5/11/2010 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
5/13/2010 Billings, MT The Shrine
5/14/2010 Fargo, ND The Venue
5/15/2010 Omaha, NE Sokol Hall
5/16/2010 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
5/18/2010 Madison, WI Orpheum
5/19/2010 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
5/20/2010 Memphis, TN Minglewood
5/21/2010 Knoxville, TN Valarium
5/22/2010 Lexington, KY Busters

On this tour, MASTODON will be offering a new Limited Tour Only color vinyl edition of their latest album, Crack the Skye. Additionally, the band will be celebrating Record Store Day, April 17, 2010, with vinyl reissues of Blood Mountain in both standard and deluxe editions. The later pressed on double 45 RPM discs on super heavy 180 gram vinyl housed in a grand gatefold sleeve that will feature new custom art from Paul Romano.

Visit volcomtour.com for more tour info.

CONVERGE: A Conversation with CONVERGE


In 2009, Boston’s CONVERGE unleashed, Axe to Fall, an album equalling, if not topping, their acclaimed Jane Doe album, managing to titillate those with even the highest of expectations. Staying true to their style, the band bare their souls in a most caustic mix of hardcore and metal that resonates with sheer heart and honesty.

CONVERGE recently whipped through North America on an unusually larger (sponsored) tour with DETHKLOK, MASTODON, and HIGH ON FIRE. This was a unique opportunity for the band to showcase their powerful and unceremoniously raw live performance to a younger and more diverse audience.

APESHIT caught up with vocalist Jake Bannon and guitarist Kurt Ballou during their Los Angeles stop to chat about the tour, the new album, and what makes CONVERGE, CONVERGE.
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MASTODON, DETHKLOK, CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE to Embark on North American Tour

MASTODON will be co-headlining a North American tour with animated metal band, DETHKLOK from the Adult Swim series, Metalocalypse. Support will come from CONVERGE and HIGH ON FIRE. The 40-city, coast-to-coast tour will begin October 2. Ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday Aug 4, at 10:00AM. General public ticket sales begin Friday, Aug 7, at 10:AM. For more info about the tour including prices ranges and how to order, go to: www.adultswimpresents.com

10/2/09 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
10/3/09 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
10/4/09 Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, BC
10/6/09 Big Four Building Calgary, AB
10/7/09 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, AB
10/9/09 Great Saltair Salt Lake City, UT
10/10/09 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/12/09 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
10/13/09 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
10/14/09 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
10/16/09 Myth St. Paul, MN
10/17/09 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
10/18/09 Eagle’s Auditorium Milwaukee, WI
10/20/09 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
10/21/09 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
10/23/09 Sound Academy Toronto
10/24/09 The Fairgrounds Buffalo, NY
10/25/09 Armory Albany, NY
10/27/09 House of Blues Boston, MA
10/30/09 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
10/31/09 Patriot Center Washington, DC
11/1/09 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/5/09 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
11/6/09 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC
11/7/09 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
11/8/09 Pompano Beach Amphit Pompano Beach, FL
11/11/09 House of Blues Dallas, TX
11/12/09 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX
11/13/09 Austin City Music Hall Austin, TX
11/14/09 Brady Theater Tulsa, OK
11/16/09 Pan American Center Las Cruces, NM
11/17/09 Mesa Amphitheater Mesa, AZ
11/18/09 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
11/19/09 Palladium Los Angeles, CA

MASTODON: Free MySpace Secret Show in New Mexico

MASTODON will be playing a free show this Wednesday, April 15th as a part of the MySpace Secret Shows series at The Launchpad in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The all-ages show is first come, first served.  Doors open at 7pm; show begins at 7:30pm. Support will come from KYLESA and INTRONAUT, both of who are currently on tour with MASTODON.

For more information on the show, visit www.myspace.com/secretshows.

MASTODON‘s forthcoming new album, Crack the Skye, officially hits stores May 5th.  Visit the Crack the Skye website for samples: http://cracktheskye.com/

Pre-Order MASTODON’s Crack the Skye and Get a Free T-Shirt!

The End Record‘s Omega Mailorder is featuring a pre-order special of MASTODON‘s new album, Crack the Skye.  All pre-orders include an exclusive MASTODON t-shirt for free! To further sweeten an already sweet deal, domestic shipping is free!

The album, which ships in late March is an epic masterpiece of modern metal.  Crack the Skye is available in four different formas: CD, CD/DVD, vinyl and double-vinyl w/7″ (vinyl versions ship mid-April). They are also taking pre-orders for the Divinations picture disc vinyl, which features two versions of the first single from Crack the Skye.

Pre-order MASTODON‘s Crack the Skye and visit the Crack the Skye microsite.

MASTODON North American Tour Dates; Support from KYLESA, INTRONAUT

MASTODON will embark on a North American tour next month in support of their new album, Crack the Skye. For this tour, MASTODON will perform said album in its entirety. Guitarist, Bill Kelliher, comments on that decision: “there’s something about [the album] where it would be weird to leave a song out. We’ll incorporate a whole stage show, which will hopefully make it even more exciting for kids to come see and more visually stimulating.”

Support will come from KYLESA and INTRONAUT. The two support acts have also scheduled a few off-tour shows without MASTODON.

4/10 Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
4/11 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
4/13 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/14 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
4/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Martini Ranch
4/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (KYLESA and INTRONAUT only)
4/19 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
4/21 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/22 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
4/23 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
4/24 Calgary, AB @ MacEwen Ballroo
4/25 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Ballroo
4/26 Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon
4/28 Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
4/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Hall
4/30 Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/1 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
5/2 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
5/4 Montreal, QC @ Le National
5/5 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/6 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt (KYLESA and INTRONAUT only)
5/7 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/8 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
5/9 New York, NY @ Fillmore – Irving Plaza
5/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/11 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head (KYLESA and INTRONAUT only)
5/12 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
5/13 Carbarro, NC @ Cat’s Cradl
5/14 Ashville, NC @ Orange Peel
5/15 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

SLIPKNOT’s New Album, All Hope is Gone, Drops August 26th

Grammy winning metal band, SLIPKNOT, are set to release their fourth album, All Hope is Gone, on August 26th via Roadrunner Records.  The album was recorded this spring in the band’s home state of Iowa and is co-produced by the band and Dave Fortman.

Singer Corey Taylor comments on the album: “Every album we have made is a statement about that space in time. I think this era is the most mature, most beautiful and the most powerful. We have made an album that will show the road behind, the road ahead, and where we are as men. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made. And I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.”

The first single “Psychosocial” will be delivered to radio on June 30 and will be available digitally on July 1st. A complete track listing will be announced shortly.

SLIPKNOT are set to partake in the first annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, alongside DISTURBED, DRAGONFORCE, and MASTODON. The tour kicks off July 9th in Seattle. For a complete list of tour dates and all up-to-date info, visit the official Mayhem Festival website: http://www.mayhemfest.com/