SLIPKNOT – All Hope is Gone

Where has SLIPKNOT been hiding this album? On the band’s fifth (that’s right, fifth regardless of what their label or the band themselves tell you) album, the band pulls out all the stops, resulting in their most metal album to date. Anchored by lead drummer Joey Jordison‘s flurries of double-bass and blast beats, the first three proper songs “Gematria,” “Sulfur,” and “Psychosocial” charge forth full-throttle with stomping rhythms and crunchy, catchy riffs. Further elevating the material at hand are guitarists Mick Thomson and Jim Root, who comfortably deliver a series of shredding yet melodic leads throughout the aforementioned songs as well as most of All Hope is Gone. While the band loses some momentum on the experimental, plodding “Butcher’s Hook” (which comes across as an unfinished idea) and the somewhat goofy, ill-advised chorus to “Gehenna,” the band is back in business with “This Cold Black” and the aggression and energy level is kept up throughout the remainder of the album. The exception being the STONE SOUR-influenced tear jerking ballad “Snuff,” which can be avoided with the skip button. Although most have already made up their mind about SLIPKNOT, and it’s easy to dismiss the band for their image, the masks, the seemingly hokey mythology created for “the nine” and their “maggots,” what can’t easily be dismissed is the high level of quality musicianship, powerful performances delivered on All Hope is Gone. Maybe producer Dave Fortman (SUPERJOINT RITUAL) breathed new life in to the band, perhaps Colin Richardson‘s (NAPALM DEATH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MACHINE HEAD, etc.) mix brought out the beast or maybe five albums in, the band’s vision has finally gelled in a way that even naysayers can’t deny. Whatever the case, All Hope is Gone is the band’s most effective, powerful statement to date, and is easily the band’s finest hour. (Roadrunner Records)

LACUNA COIL Announce Headlining Tour Following Jägermeister Tour

LACUNA COIL have announced a headlining tour to immediately follow their Jägermeister Music Tour (with STONE SOUR and SHADOWS FALL) run, which starts March 23rd and ends May 4th.  The follow-up tour will focus on markets they are not able to hit on the Jägermeister tour.  Direct support for this trek will feature either WITHIN TEMPTATION or THE GATHERING, depending on the market (see below for the current listing). STOLEN BABIES and IN THIS MOMENT will occupy the other support slots.

The group has prepared different setlists for each tour, so die-hard fans should not miss out on either event. The Jägermeister Music Tour also coincides with the launch of their new single for the track “Within Me,” their fourth single from Karmacode.  A new video for the track will be shot in Italy this week.

All tour dates (including the Jägermeister Music Tour dates) are as follows:

LACUNA COIL w/ STONE SOUR, SHADOWS FALL (* denotes shows with LACUNA COIL as direct support)
03/23   Myth Nightclub – St. Paul, MN* (also w/ BRAND NEW SIN)
03/24   The Rave – Milwaukee, WI (also w/ BRAND NEW SIN)
03/25   Lifestyles Pavilion – Columbus, OH*
03/27   House of Blues – Chicago, IL
03/28   Murat Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN*
03/29   Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN (no STONE SOUR)
03/30   State Theatre – Detroit, MI
03/31   The Dome – Niagara Falls, NY*
04/01   House of Blues – Cleveland, OH*
04/02   Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY (no STONE SOUR)
04/03   Chevrolet Theatre – Wallingford, CT
04/04   Avalon – Boston, MA
04/06   Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
04/07   Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/09   Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH*
04/10   Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/11   Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC (no STONE SOUR)
04/12   The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA*
04/13   House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC*
04/14   House of Blues – Orlando, FL
04/16   Verizon Wireless Theater – Houston, TX*
04/17   Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX*
04/18   Lonestar Pavilion @ Sunset Station – San Antonio, TX
04/20   House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV*
04/21   Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
04/22   House of Blues – San Diego, CA*
04/24   House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
04/25   Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*
04/26   Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ (no STONE SOUR)
04/27   Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM (no STONE SOUR)
04/28   Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
04/30   Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
05/01   The Pageant – St. Louis, MO*
05/02   Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
05/04   Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA*

LACUNA COIL w/ WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN THIS MOMENT, STOLEN BABIES
05/07   Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
05/09   Blue Cats – Knoxville, TN

LACUNA COIL w/ THE GATHERING, IN THIS MOMENT, STOLEN BABIES
05/16   The Opera House – Toronto, ON
05/18   Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
05/19   The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
05/22   The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
05/25   Winwoodie Lounge – Edmonton, AB
05/26   MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB

Additional dates for the post-Jägermeister tour will likely be added.

LACUNA COIL to Embark on Jägermeister Music Tour with STONE SOUR, SHADOWS FALL

LACUNA COIL will embark on the latest installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour this spring alongside STONE SOUR and SHADOWS FALL. The trek, which kicks off on March 23rd and runs through early May, is the group’s fourth U.S. run in support of their Karmacode album. They will be swapping out the direct support slot with SHADOWS FALL in certain markets, so please see the itinerary below for the full breakdown.

“It’s about time!” says Cristina Scabbia about being part of the Jäger Tour. “It’ll be a blast, and you guys can’t miss it cause it’s going to be the tour of the year! See you all there… spread the word…and horns up, my friends.”

The tour also coincides with the launch of their new single for the track “Within Me.” This is the fourth single from Karmacode, and a new video for the track will be shot in Italy early next month.

LACUNA COIL w/STONE SOUR, SHADOWS FALL (* denotes shows with LACUNA COIL as direct support)
03/23 Myth Nightclub – St. Paul, MN*
03/24 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
03/25 Lifestyles Pavilion – Columbus, OH*
03/27 Congress Theatre – Chicago, IL
03/28 Murat Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN*
03/30 State Theatre – Detroit, MI
03/31 The Dome – Niagara Falls, NY*
04/01 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH*
04/03 Chevrolet Theatre – Wallingford, CT
04/04 Avalon – Boston, MA
04/06 Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
04/07 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/09 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH*
04/10 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/12 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
04/13 House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC*
04/14 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
04/16 Verizon Wireless Theater – Houston, TX*
04/17 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX*
04/18 Lonestar Pavilion @ Sunset Station – San Antonio, TX
04/20 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV*
04/21 Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
04/22 House of Blues – San Diego, CA*
04/24 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
04/25 Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*
04/28 Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
04/30 Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
05/01 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO*
05/02 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
05/04 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA*