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Byzantine Set to Announce New Drummer

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West Virginia’s kings of metal Byzantine have been without a drummer for a short period of time now. The band released their latest album ‘To Release Is to Resolve’ in February. The single “The Agonies” received major air play on Sirius XM and was on their top 10 list for a substantial amount of time. The band has always been the metal underdog and this album helped show how truly great they are and helped give them the respect they deserve. Chris “OJ” Ojeda (guitar, vocals) is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. Not long after they toured in support of the new album it was announced in December that the band had parted ways with drummer Matt Wolfe. They were quick to announce try outs for a new drummer. The following was posted on the Byzantine facebook page: Continue reading

Lord Almighty Announce April Tour!

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The backwoods metal band Lord Almighty is about to take their show on the road. Departing their home in Boston and bringing the unique sound they create to a venue near you. If you haven’t had the chance to hear the band you are doing yourself a great injustice. The style they play is truly their own as I previously described in the review of their album “Paths” (Read review here). The band doesn’t try to imitate anyone and have some of the most original music I’ve heard in recent years. If you want something that isn’t generic and stands out from all the other metal flooding the scene make sure to check these guys out on tour. They are spending the whole month of April on the road, so if you have an opportunity to see them don’t let it pass you by. You won’t be disappointed. Continue reading

Stonecutters to Embark on Headlining Tour!!!

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One of Kentucky’s best metal bands is about to showcase their talents all over the East Coast. Stonecutters are touring in support of their recent album “Blood Moon” which made our Top 25 albums of 2015. If you are anywhere near any of their stops on tour you will want to make sure to get your ass out there and see them live. Buy a shirt, get the album and raise hell in the pit. Coming to a town near you…

Blood Moon Rising Tour March 2016

3/11-Indianapolis, IN~Fifth Quarter
3/12-Lansing, MI~Macs
3/13-Detroit,MI~Painted Lady
3/14-Ft. Wayne, IN~Skeletunes
3/15-Cincinnati, OH~Northside Yacht Club
3/16-Charleston, WV~Empty Glass
3/17-Winston-Salem, NC~The Garage
3/18-Asheville, NC~Odditorium
3/19-Richmond, VA~Wonderland
3/20-Raleigh, NC~Slim’s
3/21-Jacksonville, FL~Shantytown Pub
3/23-Orlando, FL~Uncle Lou’s
3/24-Cape Coral, FL~Rackem Billiards
3/25-Tampa, FL~Brass Mug
3/26-Knoxville, TN~The Concourse

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Whitechapel Announces Headlining US Tour…

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Tennessee natives Whitechapel are currently finishing up work on their upcoming sixth full-length, (Yes, 6th.) They will head back out on the road next month for their final headlining tour in support of their latest album, Our Endless War. The seventeen-date journey will kick off May 4th in Fayetteville, Arkansas and wrap up on May 22nd in Wilmington, North Carolina. Support will be provided Fit For A King, The Plot In You, and Enterprise Earth.

WHITECHAPEL w/ Fit For A King, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth:

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Welcome To Rockville: Meet The Bands Day 1!

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Jacksonville’s premiere music festival is slowly approaching. A mere 70 days or so away. Once again the promoters have amassed a slew of amazing bands from varying genres. Rockvillans like myself anxiously wait all year long for the gates to open and the first note to be struck. If you haven’t made plans to attend you are doing yourself a great injustice. Be there. Continue reading

Sourvein Reveals Details For New Album, ‘Aquatic Occult’. [Streaming First Single]

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Sourvein reveals details for new album, ‘Aquatic Occult’; launches first single “Ocypuss”, featuring Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Corrosion of Conformity’s Mike Dean and Reed Mullin.  Continue reading

Chicago Open Air Festival. July 15th-17th!

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Chicago Open Air has announced Rammstein as one of the headlining acts for the 3-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival held July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. This marks Rammstein’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012. Additional festival headliners will be announced on February 16. Continue reading

Colucci Releases Lyric Video for “Pushing”

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The one man project Colucci has released a new lyric video for the song “Pushing”. Colucci is the solo project of Gino Colucci founder of Converse Records and also a member of the killer Chicago band Domestic Godzilla. The new song is a lyrically driven hard rock song with some nu-metal elements. Gino mentioned this when releasing the video “I recently finished this song. It’s about dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression and PTSD. Being a paramedic for over 15 years and firefighter for 8, that shit takes it’s toll mentally. It’s time for change and to get control of my health. This has been very personal and therapeutic for me. You can download it free. Looking forward to better days! I wrote, performed, recorded, mixed all instruments vocals etc., the first of many to come.” The lyrics are heartfelt and touching. Gino has risked his life and saved many throughout his career as a fire fighter and paramedic in the Chicago, Illinois area. Check out the song, download it, share it, and follow Converse Records here on Facebook for more to come.