ANTHRAX And KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Mount Epic Sequel With ‘KillThrax II’

What do you do when you’ve co-headlined one of the hottest metal touring packages of 2017? Well, like any rock band that cares about its fans, you do it again, but you take it to the places that missed out the first time. And that’s exactly what metalcore masterminds KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and legendary thrash/metal masters ANTHRAX are announcing today — “KillThrax II”, a twenty-nine-city tour of North America presented by SiriusXM that kicks off January 25 in Montreal, Canada and will zig-zag across the continent to wind up in Portland, Maine on March 4. HAVOK will serve as the opening act for the entire tour.

Said ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello: “After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, I’m psyched for round two of ‘KillThrax’, and we’re adding HAVOK to the heaviness!!” Drummre Charlie Benante added: “The shows were great, the audiences were great, and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?”

‘Evil Dead II’. ‘Dawn of the Dead’. ‘The Godfather: Part 2’. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. All sequels that are better than the original. Add ‘KillThrax II’ to that list. Back by popular demand, ‘KillThrax’ is coming at ya again my friends,” said ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.

“We are looking forward to the next leg of the ‘KillThrax’ tour,” said KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach. “We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends ANTHRAX! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no-brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It’s an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! ‘KillThrax’ is gearing up for round two, so let’s keep the party rolling!”

As with the inaugural “KillThrax” tour, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ANTHRAX will rotate the show’s closing slot on “KillThrax II”. Fans can also expect a night of high energy, musical ferocity and sheer intensity, and what one reviewer called “an incredible night of live music with heavy hitters that provided hours of escape into metal bliss.”

Confirmed dates for “KillThrax II” are below.

Jan. 25 – MTelus – Montreal, QC
Jan. 26 – London Music Hall – London, ON
Jan. 27 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
Jan. 28 – The National – Richmond, VA
Jan. 30 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
Jan. 31 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 02 – Eagles Ballroom Club Stage – Milwaukee, WI
Feb. 03 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 05 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Feb. 06 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
Feb. 08 – The Pavilion at Concrete Street – Corpus Christi, TX
Feb. 09 – Lonestar Pavilion – Lubbock, TX
Feb. 10 – The Criterion – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 11 – El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 13 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Feb. 14 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 16 – Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
Feb. 17 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
Feb. 19 – The Ranch – Edmonton, AB
Feb. 20 – Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place – Grande Prairie, AB
Feb. 21 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
Feb. 23 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
Feb. 24 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25 – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Sioux City, IA
Feb. 27 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
Mar. 01 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Mar. 02 – Dome Arena – Henrietta, NY
Mar. 03 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Mar. 04 – State Theatre – Portland, ME


PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Release ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, has set “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” as the title of its second album, due in December via Anselmo‘s Housecore Records.

“Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ debut, “Walk Through Exits Only”, which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews.

In a 2014 interview Yahoo! Music, Anselmo said that the second ILLEGALS album would be “very different” from the debut. “I feel like every solo effort should be different,” he explained. “That’s a rule in my house under this particular roof. I don’t want to regurgitate a damn thing I’ve done in the past.

“Maybe I might touch on certain things, and in a lot of ways, there’s no getting around the voice because my voice is my voice,” he continued. “But you can express different musical influences from generations of music. I can do anything I want with THE ILLEGALS. It’s my band.”

“Walk Through Exits Only” sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over a couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair.

Back in October 2015, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS parted ways with guitarist Marzi Montazeri and replaced him with Mike DeLeon. Anselmo told Metal Underground about the split with Montazeri: “What I wanted to do with Marzi was jumpstart his career, which I did. He’s the type of guy that needs to be the focal point of pretty much anything he does. So he’s got that now and I’m happy for him. More power to him.”

Regarding how the addition of DeLeon came about, Anselmo said:”Mostly from his association with my drummer, Blue [José Manuel Gonzalez], and my other guitar player/bass player from SUPERJOINT, Steve [Stephen Taylor]. Steve Taylor was constantly saying, ‘DeLeon is the guy. DeLeon is the guy. He wants it the most! He wants it the most!’ I trust them. I trust their judgment. I trust their intuition. So far, every time DeLeon has come to jam, it has been serious grinding. He takes a good beating, man. He’s great. He’s a pleasure to work with.”

SAMMY HAGAR’s 70th Birthday Film ‘Red Til I’m Dead’ Coming In December

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, famed partier and entrepreneur Sammy Hagar is bringing his epic multi-night birthday bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to movie theaters nationwide on December 5, 2017. Cameras will be on hand to capture all the action at the rock legend’s world-famous bar for this exclusive cinema event including performances by Toby Keith, Chad Kroeger (NICKELBACK), Darryl McDaniels (RUN-D.M.C.), Eddie Money, Vinnie Paul (PANTERA), THE CIRCLE‘s Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, Vic Johnson and more. Plus, a special appearance by Sammy‘s pal, famed chef and TV personality Guy Fieri.

Presented by Fathom Events and AXS, “Red Til I’m Dead: Sammy Hagar’s Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party” will feature the best of the performances and party action from the four-day rock spectacular when it hits cinemas nationwide for one night on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Moviegoers will also enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the music that spans the career of the one and only Red Rocker, plus birthday wishes from famous friends.

“I’ve been celebrating my birthday in Cabo for almost 30 years and I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite year,” said Sammy Hagar. “I’ve had hundreds of friends who’ve come down to perform and party. Each year is packed with so many insane collaborations and moments that I’m just happy that the rest of the world can finally get in — and celebrate alongside us as it unfolds on the big screen.”

Tickets for “Red Til I’m Dead: Sammy Hagar’s Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party” can be purchased online beginning Friday, October 27 by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Sammy Hagar is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter who has sold more than 80 million albums during his four decades as a solo artist and frontman for bands including MONTROSE, VAN HALEN, CHICKENFOOT and THE CIRCLE. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with VAN HALEN in 2007, is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author, host of the TV series “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar”, restaurateur and spirits entrepreneur. He turned his love for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and hand-crafted tequila into an empire with the Cabo Wabo Cantinas and Tequila and has since added nine restaurants throughout the United States, the award-winning Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, and in 2017 launched a new Santo Mezquila with Adam Levine.

Sammy‘s parties in Cabo have become legendary, with a lottery system determining which fans receive the incredibly-limited tickets,” said Fathom events VP of programming Kymberli Frueh. “We are pleased to partner with AXS to give ‘Redheads’ nationwide the opportunity to join the party from their local movie theater.”

FIELDY To Release ‘Bassically’ Solo Album In November

KORN's FIELDY To Release 'Bassically' Solo Album In November

KORN bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu will release his long-awaited jazz fusion album titled “Bassically” on November 17. The seventeen-track disc was produced by Fieldy’s writing partner Anthony “Q” Quiles” and mixed by Chris Collier. The record features guest appearances by three of Fieldy‘s bandmates: drummer Ray Luzier plays drums, bongos, shaker, tambourine and djembe on the songs “Bass O Rama”, “Step Right Up”, “Basque K Cinco”, “Zibba Zibop” and “Mr. Bassmen”; guitarist Brian “Head” Welch plays on “I Wuv Bass Mon”; and singer Jonathan Davis does some beatboxing on “JD Fresh”.

“This is a bass album that encompasses the last nine years of my life on the road recording with a variety of special and unique basses,” Fieldy said. “This project features recordings of mine from dressing rooms, tour buses, hotel rooms and other unique locations playing on basses just as obscure as the locations. It’s a blend of funk, fusion, and rock. I can’t wait to share it with you.”

Asked what his inspirations were when writing “Bassically”, Fieldy told Weld For Birmingham in a 2016 interview: “To write it, my inspiration was probably my wife Dena. She was, like, ‘You should put a bass album out.’ And then I really thought about it. And if you go back in time to my inspiration in my early days, I listened to a lot of Stanley Clarke. And then from there on, I got into a lot of Flea. And I started really listening to some of these great bands — if you’re not listening for it, you don’t really know how great a lot of those bass players are unless you listen. For example, a lot of classic rock bands I listened to as a kid — now, I was like, ‘Wait, I just found the EAGLES on the bass, rippin’! Or LED ZEPPELIN! LED ZEPPELIN gets to rippin’ on bass! You hear these great tones that as a kid, I’d never really listened to. And now, I’m like starting to listen and trip out on it.”

Luzier told ABC News Radio back in 2013 that he found some inventive ways to create drum tracks for “Basically”. “I did some made-up percussion stuff, like we’d literally have a cup full of, like, change and seashells and I’d shake it,” he said. “And then… backstage [at a KORN show], we recorded a drum track, I pulled a floor tom off my kit and a snare and a hi-hat and it’s come out way better than we thought.”

“Bassically” track listing:

01. Bass O Rama
02. Charlie Brown
03. Step Right Up
04. Buck of Funk
05. Basque K Cinco
06. 15 String Exodus
07. JD Fresh
08. Zibba Zibop
09. Check This Out
10. Bass Invaders
11. I Wuv Bass Mon
12. 5 String Graffiti
13. Dance Your Bass Off
14. Give Me 5
15. You Can Do It
16. Mr. Bassmen
17. Bass Age

“Bassically” is available for preorder via PledgeMusic, where you can sample the songs “Bucket Of Funk”, “Bass O Rama” and “Zibba Zibop”.

BELPHEGOR, CRYPTOPSY & HATE Announce North American Tour

11/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
11/07 Manchester, NH – Jewel Music
11/08 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
11/09 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
11/10 Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
11/11 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
11/12 Orlando, FL – The Haven
11/14 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
11/15 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
11/16 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
11/18 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
11/19 Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
11/20 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/22 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
11/24 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
11/25 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
11/26 Portland, OR – Rock Hard PDX
11/27 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
11/28 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
11/29 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
12/01 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
12/03 Joliet, IL – The Forge
12/04 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
12/05 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
12/06 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
12/07 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
12/08 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
12/09 Rouyn, QC – Scène Évolu-Son