MACHINE HEAD’s Robb Flynn to Lead All-Star BLACK SABBATH Tribute Band at Benefit Concert

Members of MACHINE HEAD, METALLICA, SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS, SUICIDE SILENCE, and RUBBLE will perform classic songs by BLACK SABBATH as part of an all-star tribute band that will headline the Robb Flynn & Friends Benefit Concert on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California.

FORBIDDEN and SPIRALARMS guitarist Craig Locicero, who organized and will also take part in the event, had the following to say about how the idea for the benefit concert came about: “A good friend of ours and all around great person, Nikki Davis, was in a motorcycle accident with her husband Jeff. Sadly, Jeffdied at the scene. Fortunately, Nikki survived but she was unconscious for a few days. She awoke to the daunting reality that her husband, soulmate and best friend had passed away.  It was heartbreaking to all of us in the Bay Area scene.

“Robb Flynn and I have known Nikki for at least 25 years and she is a huge supporter of the Bay Area’s metal and punk scene.

“I wanted to help Nikki out a year ago, but most every band was busy on tour and unavailable. A few weeks ago, I had approached Robb about doing a benefit for Nikki and he thought it was a great idea.

“Robb has gone above and beyond to help bring together something very special and memorable to helpNikki on January 17th. He’s been the catalyst for getting this thing off the ground so quickly and Nikki is very thankful.

“We hope to raise enough money to help Nikki continue to get back on her feet because the healing is not finished. She still has medical bills to pay and we want to do anything we can to help our old friend.”

For those who can’t attend the concert, donations can be made to Nikki‘s PayPal account at [email protected].

CARCASS Add Two Shows to Exhumed to Consume II Tour in March

Two additional U.S. shows have been added to CARCASS’s recently announced Exhumed to Consume II tour.  The tour, also featuring SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS, and PSYCROPTIC, will now be making stops at the following cities:

18 Mar 2009: Pop’s – St. Louis (Sauget IL)
20 Mar 2009: Flytrap – Tulsa (OK)

For all the other dates, go here or visit CARCASS‘ MySpace page.

CARCASS to Tour U.S. Again in March

CARCASS have announced that they will be returning to the United States this March for the Exhumed to Consume II tour. The follow up to last year’s highly successful reunion tour, Exhume to Consume, will feature SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS and PSYCROPTIC plus a few special guests on select dates. Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented:

“Well, I’m pleased to announce that CARCASS is gonna settle it’s unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn’t hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round – places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we’re coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business! We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That’s doesn’t mean we’re not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as SUFFOCATION, SAMAEL, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, EXODUS, SUICIDE SILENCE, etc. – check out locally as for who is on the bill where! And hey, I couldn’t think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!”

03/13/09 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/14/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH (w/ ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
03/15/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
03/16/09 Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
03/17/09 Headliner’s – Louisville, KY
03/21/09 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX (w/ SUFFOCATION)
03/22/09 Meridian – Houston, TX
03/24/09 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
03/25/09 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
03/26/09 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (THE FACELESS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST)
03/27/09 The Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ (w/ SUFFOCATION)
03/28/09 The Grove – Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest w/ SUFFOCATION, EXODUS etc.)

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

SEPULTURA Announce Fall Tour with SWORN ENEMY, DIECAST

SEPULTURA will be heading out for their first U.S. tour in support of their latest album, Dante XXI, this November. Direct support will come from SWORN ENEMY with DIECAST and SUICIDE SILENCE opening the tour.

Tour dates:
11/16 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/17 – Long Beach, CA – The Vault
11/18 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
11/21 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
11/22 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11/24 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
11/26 – Fargo, ND – Rivolie Theater
11/27 – Minneapolis, MN – The Rock
11/29 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
11/30 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
12/01 – Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
12/02 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
12/04 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/05 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
12/06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
12/08 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligan’s
12/09 – Fayetteville, NC – Jester’s Pub
12/11 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
12/12 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
12/14 – Houston, TX – The Meridian
12/15 – Dallas, TX – Galaxy Theatre
12/16 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
12/19 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
12/20 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
12/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A GoGo
12/22 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse