With the new album release date just around corner and inching closer as days roll by, EXMORTUS have come up with yet another killer announcement. The neo-classical thrash metal outfit will celebrate the release of their upcoming record, ‘The Sound Of Steel‘ by following it up with a massive headlining tour of North America. This would also be the group’s maiden voyage as headliners, after having released three albums already in their short but illustrative career. So, EXMORTUS will hit the road this summer headlining ‘The Summer of Steel Tour!’ Featuring support from THE ABSENCE and HATCHET alongside IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, BLACK FAST and label mates MICAWBER on select shows; EXMORTUS will embark on tour dates beginning June 28th in San Diego. Take a look at the dates below and see if you’re in the lucky draw.
Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN recently announced the release of their upcoming 4th studio album ‘Gateways‘ (August 31st, 2018 through Nuclear Blast). The included tracks need to be presented live on the world’s stages, of course. That’s why the band is pleased to announce their supporting ‘2018 Gateways Tour’ today. Leading THE VINTAGE CARAVAN through 25 cities in 10 European countries, the run stretches from mid October to early December. Get ready to go full retro with the new tunes on the upcoming tour. The full itinerary can be found below.
GATECREEPER will kick off their North American co-headlining tour with recent Relapse signees FULL OF HELL this week. GATECREEPER will join ‘The Sweltering Ecstasy Tour’ on May 28th in Phoenix, Arizona following their appearance at the Modified Ghost Festival III in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 24th. From there, the pair will crush skulls together for three weeks, the tour concluding on June 17th in San Antonio, Texas. See all confirmed dates below.
GATECREEPER released a split LP with Iron Reagan in March. Mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios, the split is currently available on CD, LP, and digital formats. For physical packages and to sample tracks, visit Relapse.com HERE. Digital orders are available via GATECREEPER‘s Bandcamp HERE.
French death-grinders BENIGHTED have announced a fall European tour that sees the band joining ABORTED and CRYPTOPSY. The tour kicks off on November 1 and concludes on November 25. A full list of confirmed full dates can be found below.
BENIGHTED are touring in support of ‘Necrobreed‘, which was released last year on February 27. It has been a little over a year now and the sickness of the new and latest record has not ceased spreading yet. The new album was pretty well received by fans and critics all over the world and cemented the band’s impact on the death metal/grind scene even more. Released under French label Season Of Mist, this is their eighth studio effort, and if you ask me, it is the most strongest record in their entire two decade long catalogue.
Death metal overlords DYING FETUS announce the European Annihilation Summer headlining tour. The tour begins August 2 at Wacken Open Air in Germany and endsAugust 25at Death Feast in Andernach, DE. Direct support will be provided by CARNIFEX, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, GOATWHORE and VENOM PRISON on select dates. The tour includes additional festival appearances at Brutal Assault, Rockstadt Extreme, Party San and more! All confirmed tour dates are listed below.
Additionally, DYING FETUS will also perform at Las Vegas Deathfest and at 3 Floyds Brewing’s Dark Lord Day in May. Las Vegas Deathfest features additional Relapse artists INCANTATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and DEVOURMENT. Dark Lord Day in Munster, IN features support from label mates PIG DESTROYER and BRAIN TENTACLES plus REVOCATION,ALL HELL and CANYON OF THE SKULL.
LIFE OF AGONY is a band you won’t get a lot of opportunities to see live outside of New York and New Jersey. Formed in 1989 the New York hardcore band dominated the genre for 10 years with hit songs like “Through And Through” from their classic album ‘River Runs Red’ that released in 1993. If you are a fan of The Office you may have even heard one of their songs. The title track of their debut album “River Runs Red” was used in “Initiation”, a 2006 episode of The Office. Singer Keith Caputo has now transitioned and is living her life as Mina Caputo. The vocals or the aggression in their music hasn’t changed and the songwriting has only got better. The band was in a hiatus from 1999 until 2002 when the band reformed. The current lineup of the band includes Mina Caputo (vocals), Joey Z (Guitars), Alan Robet (Bass) and Veronica Bellino (drums). Life Of Agony’s 2017 album ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ release via Napalm Records was heralded as one of the best releases of 2017. Also note that Joey Z’s guitar playing is one of the most majestic things you can hear or see. The majority of their shows are sold out and the fan base is dedicated to the band and the sound that they have perfected since their formation more than 25 years ago. The title track from their new album “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” and “World Gone Mad” are stand out tracks you need to hear. Listen to them and you will be shoving people out of your way to get against the rail. This is a band you will not want to miss. Their stage presence and the emotion they put into their songs is something you won’t see from many bands, and it’s not often they play festivals so getting to see this band at such an iconic venue will be an unbelievable moment in live performances.
French death-grinders BENIGHTED are embarking on a string of European festival dates, in support of ‘Necrobreed‘ this week that see the band performing throughout the summer at Hellfest, Obscene Extreme, Sylak Open Air, Party San, and more. Fresh off the hills of their 2017 hit album ‘Necrobreed‘, the band will continue to spread the plague and sickness in Europe. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
Following their European trek, BENIGHTED will embark on the “Necrobreed US Minitour“. The tour begins on July 26 in Kansas City and sees the band performing to-and-from Chicago Domination Fest. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
There is a lot going on for Welsh metal/hard rock outfit BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE this year. Your teenage gateway to metal band already has an album, some video releases lined up its sleeve. And now, as if it wasn’t enough to keep us on the edge of our seats, the band will be touring the U.S. this fall, to promote their new album ‘Gravity‘, that comes out June 29th via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records. The tour rightly named ‘Gravity‘ for obvious reasons will be commencing on the September 13th in Kansas City, and wraps up on October 16 in Las Vegas. Yes, I know you must be amazed, since the current U.S. tour isn’t over yet and an another tour? Right? That is correct, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will come back to the States in a matter of a few months to quench your insatiable thirst. While support bands for them on the tour haven’t been unveiled yet, but is promises to have excellent and talented support acts. Who knows your favorite band might steal the spotlight? So stay tuned on this.
Last year, Bay Area thrash vetsTRAUMAannounced their long-awaited comeback and new member additions. In advance of finishing their upcoming third album,TRAUMAare set to hit the road on a brief headline tour beginningApril 13in Cool, CA. Additional east coast and mid-western dates have also been added.
TRAUMAwas born in California’s Bay Area in 1980, a crucial year for metal music. It was within that fertile musical climate thatTRAUMAdeveloped a sound evoking the electric energy in the air around them. Donny Hillier consumed a steady diet ofLED ZEPPELINandBLACK SABBATHand shared a love ofJUDAS PRIESTandIRON MAIDENwith original guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there wasTRAUMA’slegendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.
New York’sLIFE OF AGONYhas announced dates for a headlining trek called “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018” spanning the USA and Europe. The shows will begin with two sold-out, hometown warm-up gigs April 18th& 19that Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and conclude November 2ndas headliners ofThe Sound of Revolution Festivalin Eindhoven, Netherlands. Full list of dates are below.