DIR EN GREY Returning to U.S. March 2012; Uroboros Reissue Planned

After recently wrapping up a U.S. headlining tour, DIR EN GREY are set to return to the U.S. supporting ASKING ALEXANDRIA and TRIVIUM on the Still Reckless Tour. Two headlining shows in Seattle, WA and St. Petersburg, FL are planned during the tour dates.

The band has plans for the U.S. release of Uroboros [Remastered & Expanded], a reissue of their 2008 album which brings fans 14 tracks, including the long version of “Sa Bir” that was only heard live before; the exclusive version of “Bugaboo” that was previously only available on the limited first press analog release; “Dozing Green” and “Glass Skin” with Japanese lyrics; and “Hydra -666-” the coupling track on single “Dozing Green.”

Tour dates:
Wed March 7 The Showbox at Market Seattle, WA – headlining show
Fri March 9 Senator Theatre Chico, CA
Sat March 10 SOMA San Diego, CA
Sun March 11 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Tue March 13 Las Palmas Race Track Mission, TX
Thu March 15 Red 7 Austin, TX
Fri March 16 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Sat March 17 Quiktrip Ballpark Grand Prairie, TX
Tue March 20 State Theatre St Petersburg, FL – headlining show
Fri March 23 Amos South End Charlotte, NC
Sat March 24 The Norva Norfolk, VA
Sun March 25 The National Richmond, VA
Tue March 27 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ

Release Date Set for MACHINE HEAD’s The Blackening; Tour with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM

MACHINE HEAD recently finished recording The Blackening at Sharkbite Studios in the band’s hometown of Oakland, California. Once again produced by singer/guitarist Robert Flynn and mixed by Colin Richardson, the album is set for a March 27, 2007 release.

With the upcoming release, MACHINE HEAD will head out on tour with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM, and GOJIRA.

Regarding The Blackening Flynn states, “This is the most ambitious thing we have ever attempted. We all challenged ourselves and each other to write a record that pushed the boundaries of complexity and technical structure.” Meanwhile, Flynn’s lyrics have gone from what has been, recently, a more introspective focus, back to the social commentary tackled on previous albums like Burn My Eyes. Flynn continues, “The nature of what is happening in the world led to a darker, bleaker album in every sense.” Pointed and timely, the lyrics in songs such as “Clenching the Fists of Dissent,” “A Farewell to Arms” and “Halo” touch upon politics, the war in Iraq and organized religion. The lyrics to the aforementioned songs spit anger and disdain at their topics in the true spirit of angst that fueled punk rock in the mid- 80’s.

Frontman Robert Flynn continues, “Got all of the mixes 2 days ago, WOW man, Colin Richardson nailed it!! SO massive sounding, it could be the heaviest guitar tone EVER!! We’re all really proud of the results, we worked our butt’s off on this one. It’s a crazy, complex, challenging, and fun record to listen too. It’s layered like hell, one of those albums where the more you listen, the more you hear. We can’t fuckin’ wait til’ people can listen to it!!!!!”

Aesthetics Of Hate” captures the bands anger towards an article that bashed Dimebag Darrell right after his death and slammed the metal community as a whole for mourning it. The band actually performed this new track during the special appearances they made along the Sounds of the Underground Tour this past summer. “Now I Lay Thee Down” has a Romeo and Juliet-esque love story slant to it, while “Slanderous” addresses the hate that still permeates throughout society and “Wolves,” tackles the bands competitive, ‘winner take all’ spirit.

MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain on the upcoming tour: “Looking forward to spreading the metal across the U.S. with our friends LAMB OF GOD, and TRIVIUM. Can’t wait to feel the energy from the fans at these shows! This tour and the venues we’re playing couldn’t be any better for an ‘in your face” metal show!!! “Super fuckin’ stoked to going out on this tour. LAMB OF GOD have been one of my favorite bands since As the Palaces Burn, this is gonna be FUN. Let the metal mania begin!!”

Tour dates:
2/16 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
2/17 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete St Amphitheatre
2/18 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
2/20 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
2/21 – Flagstaff, Az – Orpheum Theater
2/22 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
2/23 – Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
2/24 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
2/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
2/27 – Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
2/28 – Portland, OR – Roseland
3/01 – Spokane, WA – Big Easy
3/03 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
3/04 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Hall
3/06 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
3/07 – Fargo, ND – Playmakers Pavilion
3/08 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
3/09 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
3/10 – Kansas City, KS – Beaumont Club
3/11 – Sioux Falls, SD – Empire Expo Hall
3/13 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Hawkeye Downs
3/14 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
3/15 – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
3/16 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
3/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
3/18 – Guelph, ON – Cowboys Bar
3/20 – Montreal, QC – Medley
3/21 – Providence, RI – Lupos
3/22 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
3/23 – Philadelphia, Pa Electric Factory
3/24 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
3/25 – Rochester, NY – Harro East
3/26 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/28 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theatre
3/29 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
3/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Plush
3/31 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
4/01 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
4/03 – Nashville, TN – City Hall – No TRIVIUM
4/04 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre – No TRIVIUM
4/05 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts – No TRIVIUM

LAMB OF GOD February 2007 with MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, and GOJIRA

Returning to the U.S. after a sold-out tour of Europe, Australia and Japan, LAMB OF GOD is excited to announce a headlining American tour in 2007 with MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM and GOJIRA. Having spent the summer of 2006 on the Unholy Alliance Tour with SLAYER and joining MEGADETH for the Gigantour tour in September, LOG will kick-off this tour in Dallas on February 16 as they bring their live show across the U.S. and Canada.

Drummer Chris Adler states, “When you are a kid, you dream of playing your music in an arena. Once you’ve done it, you realize how much you miss the power and energy of a kick ass club show. We’ve been fortunate to be playing some big places as of late, but when we started talking about a spring 2007 Sacrament tour, we agreed (and had heard it repeatedly over the past 2 years from the fans!!!) that it would be incredibly intense for everyone to bring the machine that is LAMB OF GOD back into the clubs. There is no comparing the connection and shared energy of a club show. The blood, sweat, and beer flying – that’s a proper metal show! This is intense music for intense people – we’re sick of the seats, the ushers and the lame security guards telling people to calm down!”

“We probably should have left it at that, but in true LAMB OF GOD form we pushed it further. With a little help from our friends, we put an arena show bill together and told our booking agent to put it into the clubs and theaters – and oh yeah, not just any clubs – lets make sure to hit a lot of cities that normally get overlooked. Let’s bring the best show we can to the people that have been left waiting for far too long. This is going to be completely out of hand and we can’t fucking wait! You have been warned!!!”

The following tour dates are confirmed:
Fri/Feb-16 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Sat/Feb-17 Corpus Cristi, TX Concrete St. Amphitheatre
Sun/Feb-18 Austin, TX Stubbs
Tue/Feb-20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Thu/Feb-22 Anaheim, CA The Grove
Fri/Feb-23 Fresno, CA Rainbow Ballroom
Sat/Feb-24 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
Sun/Feb-25 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern
Tue/Feb-27 Chico, CA The Senator Theatre
Wed/Feb-28 Portland, OR Roseland
Thu/Mar-01 Spokane, WA Big Easy
Sat/Mar-03 Edmonton, AB Ed’s – The Venue
Sun/Mar-04 Calgary, AB Macewan Hall
Tue/Mar-06 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Wed/Mar-07 Fargo, ND Playmakers Pavilion
Thu/Mar-08 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
Fri/Mar-09 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
Sat/Mar-10 Kansas City, KS Beaumont Club
Sun/Mar-11 Sioux Falls, SD Empire Expo Hall
Tue/Mar-13 Cedar Rapids, IA Hawkeye Downs
Wed/Mar-14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Thu/Mar-15 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierres
Fri/Mar-16 Toledo, OH Headliners
Sat/Mar-17 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Sun/Mar-18 Guelph, ON Cowboys Bar
Tue/Mar-20 Montreal, QC Medley
Wed/Mar-21 Providence, RI Lupos At The Strand
Thu/Mar-22 New York, NY Roseland
Fri/Mar-23 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
Sat/Mar-24 Albany, NY Northern Lights
Sun/Mar-25 Rochester, NY Harro East
Mon/Mar-26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Wed/Mar-28 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre
Thu/Mar-29 Myrtle Beach, SS House Of Blues
Fri/Mar-30 Jacksonville, FL Plush
Sat/Mar-31 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
Sun/Apr-01 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Tue/Apr-03 Nashville, TN City Hall
Wed/Apr-04 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
Thu/Apr-05 Cincinatti, OH Bogarts

CHIMAIRA: Ressurection Drops March 6th

CHIMAIRA‘s new album Ressurection has been scheduled for a March 6, 2007 release through Ferret Records in North America (other territories through Nuclear Blast Records).  Produced by Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID) and Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY), the follow-up to last year’s self-titled album will be the first since their departure from Roadrunner Records.

TRIVIUM – The Crusade

Eagerly anticipated by metal heads in junior highs everywhere, TRIVIUM‘s third album arrives with a vengeance, and is sure to impress all who get their metal education from shopping at malls worldwide. Perhaps inspired by the band’s appearance alongside METALLICA at the Download Festival this past summer, frontman/guitarist Matt Heafy has taken it upon himself to study and plagiarize every nuance of James Hetfield‘s voice. This is immediately made apparent by the first song “Ignition” and continues throughout the entire album. Lyrically, the album runs the gamut from current events as on “Ignition,” “Entrance of the Conflagration,” and “Contempt Breeds Contamination” to Japanese dragon mythology “Becoming the Dragon” to love with “This World Can’t Tear us Apart” (which is guaranteed to win brownie points with the sixteen year old girls it’s targeted torwards). However, it’s from a lyrical standpoint that The Crusade is at its most unintentionally entertaining. Check out “Unrepentant” with the chorus “For your honor, you will slaughter every one of your daughters!” Or how about “To the Rats” where Heafy promises to “Come to where you work and fucking tie you,” which might be believable if the chorus weren’t so happy and melodic: “Break every bone in your face.” It just doesn’t sound convincing when someone is sweetly crooning it to you as opposed to delivering the line with the fury it deserves. But if there are on any bright spots to be found on The Crusade then look no further than any guitar solo on the album. For all their shortcomings in the originality, lyrical, and songwriting departments, guitar-gods in the making Corey Beaulieu and Heafy can both rip technical, catchy and musically proficient guitar solos which makes you wonder why they fail to deliver in all other departments. Hell even bassist Paolo Gregoletto manages to chip in a few solos here and there, and drummer Travis Smith (not the artist) delivers tight, effective double-bass drumming throughout the album, so it comes as no suprise that the album closing instrumental title track is the band’s best moment. TRIVIUM has certainly worked hard to achieve their success thus far, but unfortunately their hard work is not up for review, their new album is. If only the band could harness their considerable talents into something truly original as opposed to the cookie cutter, cut and paste, paint by numbers approach chosen here, then we might actually have a worthy, classic album instead of yet another predictable journey in to the world of hero worship from the kings of safe mall metal. (Roadrunner Records)