MASTODON, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, and RED FANG are teaming up for a U.S. tour that kicks off on November 1st, 2011 and runs til December 1st, 2011.

Tour dates:
Nov. 1 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern Theater
Nov. 2 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Nov. 3 San Francisco, CA The Warfield Theater
Nov. 5 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Nov. 6 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
Nov. 7 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Nov. 8 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Nov. 9 Denver, CO The Ogden Theatre
Nov. 11 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theatre
Nov. 12 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Ballroom
Nov. 13 St. Louis, MO Pop’s
Nov. 14 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont
Nov. 16 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
Nov. 17 Indianapolis,IN Egyptian Room
Nov. 19 New York, NY Terminal 5
Nov. 20 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Nov. 21 Boston, MA House of Blues
Nov. 23 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Nov. 25 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
Nov. 26 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Nov. 27 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Nov. 28 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
Nov. 29 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Dec. 1 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Sign with Season of Mist

Season of Mist have announced the signing of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, who will be releasing their fourth studio album in early 2010 in collaboration with the band’s brand new label Phonogetic Records.

Guitarist Ben Weinmen comments: “It is becoming clear that as the music industry standard continues to morph and change on a daily basis, artistic and operational freedom has become a band’s most valuable asset. 100% free of all previous contractual ties, DILLINGER is in an amazing position to collaborate with some interesting partners which will continue to nurture the ethic that we have been doing our best to stay true to for over 10 years now. While touring Europe in support of our record, Ire Works, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Berberian, distributor and owner of the independent record label Season of Mist. It quickly became clear that we had very similar ideas about DILLINGER‘s music and its place in the underground. Season of Mist has always been a leader in releasing some of the most extreme and interesting metal and experimental music. We look forward to releasing our next full length effort in association with Season of Mist as the very first chapter of this new journey. Also, Michael‘s last name almost spells out Barbarian which Greg was really excited about.”

Ben recently spoke to U.K.’s Rock Sound magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions:

“The new songs sound dark and evil. Very early ’90s thrash-influenced.

“Lately I have been realizing the purpose of why I started DILLINGER all those years ago. It was to make people truly uncomfortable and to make them not feel accepting of what is happening in their surroundings. When I was growing up, I discovered metal and it interested me, I liked that it was dark and talked about the fact that the world is not all puppy dogs and ice cream cones. But then it just got ridiculous, humourous. I look at black metal bands and they are supposed to be so evil. But it’s not real. It’s about fiction. About goblins and the gates of hell; pretty much a bad horror movie.

“The music we are writing is influenced by the feelings I get when I hear and see the real evils of this world. Horrible things that make me really question if there is a God or not. This shit is not comfortable, the world is not comfortable, babies are getting raped in your town for God’s sake. Young girls are being sold as sex slaves, but most people sitting at their computers downloading music don’t want to know. They want to sit on a message board or play fantasy football while their mommy makes them a sandwich.”

To tide over fans until the album release, a free remix EP (limited to 500 hand-numbered CD’s) will be included with the next limited edition DILLINGER shirt. It will include remixes and interpretations of DILLINGER songs from artists such as THE FLASHBULB, IGOR CAVALERA, ATTICUS ROSS, NANOS OPERETTA, and THE CASSETTES. Check out for info on the T-shirt/EP package.

Meanwhile, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have a slew of summer gigs and festival appearances lined up:

06/09/2009 Farmingdale, NY US Crazy Donkey
06/10/2009 Philadelphia, PA US First Unitarian Church
06/11/2009 Washington DC, WA US Rock & Roll Hotel
06/12/2009 Raleigh, NC US The Brewery
06/14/2009 Manchester, TN US Bonnaroo
06/16/2009 Pontiac, MI US The Pike Room
06/17/2009 Chicago, IL US Reggie’s Rock Club
06/18/2009 Columbus, OH US The Basement
06/19/2009 St Catharines, ON CA L3 Nightclub
06/21/2009 Toronto, ON CA Mod Club
07/01/2009 Kristiansand NO Quart Festival
07/02/2009 Malmö SE Debaser
07/03/2009 Münster DE Vainstream Festival
07/04/2009 Wiesbaden DE Vainstream Festival
07/05/2009 Cergy FR Furia Sound Festival
07/07/2009 Vienna AT Arena
07/08/2009 Riminia IT Velvet
07/09/2009 Basel CH Sommar Casino
07/10/2009 Nijmegen NL Doornroosje
07/11/2009 Nijmegen NL Fortarock
07/12/2009 Krakow PL Knock Out Festival
07/14/2009 Esch sur Alzette LU Rockhal
07/15/2009 Stuttgart DE LKA Longhorn
07/16/2009 Nürnberg DE Hirsch
07/17/2009 Dour BE Festival
07/18/2009 Joensuu FI Ilosaarirock

EPHEL DUATH Reveal Guest Musicians on New Album

Italian avant-garde metallers EPHEL DUATH have revealed that Ben Weinman, founding member and guitarist of DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, will be appearing as a special guest musican on EPHEL DUATH‘s highly anticipated upcoming new album, Through My Dog’s Eyes.

Sepcificaly, Ben Weinman will be composing the electronic parts of the song “Bark Loud“.

Weinman comments on his experience working with EPHEL DUATH: “EPHEL DUATH is one of those bands that truly understands the essence of what experimental and fusion music should be about. Touring with them was an amazing experience and it is great to finally be collaborating in this way!”

EPHEL DUATH are set to enter Outer Sound Studios in Rome on July 14th to complete the recording of Through My Dog’s Eyes with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE, KLIMT 1918). The drums for the album have already been recorded by Marco Minnemann (who recently played drums for NECROPHAGIST on their Summer Slaughter tour) at Seacoast Studio in Imperial Beach, California. Mastering for Through My Dog’s Eyes will take place at Finnvox Studios (HIM, NIGHTWISH) in Helsinki, Finland, while the artwork for the album is being done by Seldon Hunt (NEUROSIS, ISIS, SUNNO)))).

Due to be released this October by Earache Records, Through My Dog’s Eyes will have the following track listing:

01. “Gift
02. “Promenade
03. “Breed
04. “Silent Door
05. “Bella Morte
06. “Nina
07. “Guardian
08. “Spider Shaped Leaves
09. “Bark Loud

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Announce Headlining U.S. Tour

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY have announced their first ever headlining U.S. tour featuring support from DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THROWDOWN, BURY YOUR DEAD, and INCITE. Tour dates are as follows:

July 17 – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
July 18 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA
July 19 – The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, New York, NY
July 20 – The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, New York, NY
July 21 – Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
July 23 – Vic Theater, Chicago, IL
July 24 – Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
July 25 – Wake Stock, Toronto, ONT Canada
July 26 – McMahon Stadium, Calgary, ALB Canada (Monsters of Rock fest)
July 27 – Myth, St. Paul, MN
July 29 – Gothic Theater, Englewood, CO
July 31 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Aug 2 – House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
Aug 5 – House of Blues, Hollywood, CA

STOLEN BABIES: And the Circus Leaves Town

Los Angeles’ STOLEN BABIES are as twisted and imaginative as they come, both musically and visually. But the eclectic band’s natural talent shines in their ability to incorporate such creativity into crafting great songs. Each and every song is like a ride through a twisted carnival madhouse wonderland. STOLEN BABIES are not a band to be categorized, but their influences from the spectrum of rock are very apparent. Drummer Gil Sharone, who’s lent his talents to various musical entities including DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and PUSCIFIER, provided some insight into the band that somehow manages to make an accordion part of a kick ass band.

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