IN THIS MOMENT Announces Summer 2017 Tour

IN THIS MOMENT is currently criss-crossing North American on a mostly sold-out tour with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and AVATAR, bringing its one-of-kind, burlesque-like show and visually captivating theatrics to thrilled fans and holding their rapt attention from start to finish.

The band has revealed its summer tour plans, confirming that it will continue to tour with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, along with VIMIC and LITTLE MISS NASTY, in June, through July and into August. STARSET will appear on a handful of dates. Additionally, IN THIS MOMENT will support AVENGED SEVENFOLD on June 19 and PAPA ROACH on June 23.

IN THIS MOMENT summer 2017 tour:

Jun. 19 – Mt Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino *
Jun. 20 – Peoria, IL – Limelight %
Jun. 21 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall #
Jun. 23 – El Paso, TX – Streetfest &
Jun. 24 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavilion #
Jun. 25 – Abilene, TX – Abilene Civic Center #
Jun. 27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom %
Jun. 28 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Jul. 01 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
Jul. 02 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Jul. 03 – Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall %
Jul. 05 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Jul. 07 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Convention Hall
Jul. 11 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Theatre
Jul. 12 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheater
Jul. 14 – Mansfield, OH – Ink in the Clink
Jul. 15 – Inwood, WV – Shiley Acres Farm ^
Jul. 19 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex %
Jul. 21 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Jul. 23 – Midland, TX – La Hacienda Center
Jul. 25 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
Jul. 26 – Des Moines, IA – 7 Flags Event Center
Jul. 28 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
Jul. 29 – Rochester, MN – Mayo Civic Auditorium
Jul. 30 – Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Auditorium
Aug. 01 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Event Center
Aug. 03 – Billings, MT – Shrine Auditorium
Aug. 04 – Sturgis, SD – Ironhorse Saloon
Aug. 05 – Lincoln, NE – Centennial Mall & M Street

* Supporting AVENGED SEVENFOLD
# STARSET direct support, No MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
& Supporting PAPA ROACH
% With VIMIC, LITTLE MISS NASTY
^ No VIMIC, No LITTLE MISS NASTY
$ No VIMIC

IN THIS MOMENT has completed work on the follow-up to 2014’s “Black Widow” album and is planning a tentative summer release for the disc. Guitarist Chris Howorth told “The Cutting Edge Countdown” that a first single will likely arrive before the end of the month, adding that the album is “different and cool and I think it’s a different step for us but that I think our fans are really gonna like.”

Howorth said about the new CD’s direction: “Stylistically, I think we went a little bit more raw, you know — like, not so much campiness like ‘Sex Metal Barbie’. Not that there was anything wrong with that — we’re always trying to experiment and do something different — but it’s more serious, I guess, and a little more stripped down.”

IN THIS MOMENT kicked off a new North American tour, dubbed the “Half God Half Devil” trek, on April 7 in Milwaukee. The road trip continues until May 6, where it ends at the Carolina Rebellion festival.

The road trip marks IN THIS MOMENT‘s first full-scale tour since serving as special guests on last year’s “Return Of The Dreads” tour with KORN and ROB ZOMBIE.

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GODSMACK To Perform Entire 1st Album On ‘Big World Tour’ In 2018

GODSMACK To Perform Entire First Album On 'Big World Tour' In 2018

GODSMACK is continuing to write material for its seventh studio album. The new disc will follow up 2014’s “1000hp” and will commemorate the band making it to the two-decade mark. Its self-titled debut effort arrived in 1998.

Speaking to “The Rod Ryan Show”, frontman Sully Erna stated about the long gap between GODSMACK records: “We were going to drop a record this year — we didn’t want the records to be so spaced apart… But it kind of seems like a theme with us — it’s always three or four years before another record comes out. Part of that is because by the time it takes you to write and record and tour on an album, it’s eighteen months to two years. But this time, we wanted to do something this year, but we were just, like, ‘You know, let’s just wait another second,’ because if we release this at the top of 2018, it will be our twentieth-year anniversary of the first record, and we wanna do something special.”

According to Erna, GODSMACK will embark on “a big world tour” to celebrate the two-decade mark since the release of the band’s debut album. He said: “We’re gonna do a massive production. We’re gonna kind of base it around the theme of the first record. We’re even talking about coming out and doing the first record front to back to open the show — set up the staging a little bit more old school and stuff like that, and then kind of morph it into the back half of the set, which would be all the hits and the solo and some of the new stuff.”

He added: “I’m gonna be taking the rest of this whole year to kind of be working on production ideas, what the visuals are gonna be like, what the music’s gonna be like, but, obviously, it starts with the record. I have to write a really great record for us, and that’s the tough part.”

Erna also talked about his songwriting process and how he decides which ideas end up being used by GODSMACK and which songs go to his solo project. “I have folders, and I just write music every day,” he explained. “I don’t know what I’m gonna write. I don’t wake up to try to write a GODSMACK song today or a solo song, I just write music. Sometimes I write and it immediately identifies itself with which category it goes in, because there’s just some things that our audience is okay with, because we’ve always had [songs like] ‘Voodoo’ and ‘Serenity’ and those kind of textures in our music, but for the most part, they want us to be [hard] and right in your face. And so that’s kind of what GODSMACK is. In a sense, it’s like how AC/DC is — they just have a formula that works for them, and they’re a hard rock band, and that’s what we are. But because of those textures and because of those songs that have done well, it’s always allowed us, in the viewers’ eyes, to be able to go and explore that world a little bit. The solo stuff is taking that and going even deeper down the rabbit hole with it, because it really is an opportunity for me to experiment and take some chances and be a little more risky and experiment with some of the music that I grew up listening to, which is jazz and blues and a little bit more cleaner in that sense. So the song really dictates on which folder it goes in. And then there’s times when a beautiful song will come out and it’s not for me or GODSMACK. It could be for another artist; it could be for a Rihanna or something like that. And I have a little folder of that stuff, because, for me, it’s just about playing music. I don’t like to categorize myself, I don’t like to categorize music, I don’t like genres. To me, it’s either a good song or it’s a bad song.”

The new GODSMACK CD will also be its first effort for BMG, following a split with the band’s label home since 1998, Republic/Universal. GODSMACK signed the new contract with BMG last fall.

The first release through the new deal was Erna‘s second solo album, “Hometown Life”, which arrived last September.

Guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin also released a debut album last year from their recently launched side project, THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE.

EPICA To Tour North America With LACUNA COIL

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will return to North America this August and September for “The Ultimate Principle Tour” with LACUNA COIL, INSOMNIUM and ELANTRIS.

EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons and EPICA guitar player Isaac Delahaye comment: “You asked for more, you’ll get more! After all the great reactions we got on our latest album, ‘The Holographic Principle’, and the amazing North American tour we’ve done end of last year, we’re really stoked to come back to your side of the planet so soon again. Bigger venues, bigger production, we’re ready to give you all we’ve got. Not to mention the absolutely killer bands we’re bringing over with us! I’m genuinely looking forward to play for you and to see you all rocking out with us. See you all soon!”

“The Ultimate Principle Tour” dates:

Aug. 31 – Royale Boston, MA
Sep. 01 – Metropolis Montreal, QC
Sep. 02 – Imperial Theater Quebec City, QC
Sep. 03 – Opera House Toronto, ON
Sep. 05 – The Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH
Sep. 06 – The Forge Joliet, IL
Sep. 08 – Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Sep. 09 – The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Sep. 11 – The Showbox Seattle, WA
Sep. 12 – The Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
Sep. 14 – The UC Theater Berkeley, CA
Sep. 15 – The NOVO Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 16 – The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
Sep. 17 – Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 19 – Alamo Music Hall San Antonio, TX
Sep. 20 – Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX
Sep. 21 – Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Sep. 23 – Revolution Live Ft Lauderdale, FL
Sep. 24 – The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
Sep. 25 – Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Sep. 27 – Ram’s Head Live! Baltimore, MD
Sep. 28 – Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Sep. 29 – Playstation Theater New York, NY

VIP tickets for this tour, including a meet-and-greet, photo opportunity with the band, exclusive merchandise and more, are on sale now through www.epica.vip. General admission tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

“The Holographic Principle” was released on September 30, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Asked how the heavier-sounding tracks on “The Holographic Principle” have been going over live on the band’s current tour, Simone told A Music Blog, Yea!: “Amazing. There are some songs, like ‘Beyond The Matrix’ and ‘Ascension’, that just are really made to be live songs. And that’s also a little bit how we kind of went about when we were writing the songs and finalizing them together with our producer, Joost [Van Den Broek], that we wanted these songs to become live songs. But then when we’re on the stages, songs like ‘Ascension’ and ‘Beyond The Matrix’ [and] ‘Divide And Conquer’ are amazing live songs. The fans also really welcome those and go crazy. Yesterday, we had so many brutal-looking metalheads jumping up and down during ‘Beyond The Matrix’. I’m, like, ‘That’s a pretty gay song, but okay.’ [Laughs]”

EPICA recently finished touring Europe with POWERWOLF and BEYOND THE BLACK.

Simons told Metal-Rules.com about the lyrical themes covered on “The Holographic Principle”: “It isn’t a concept CD as the story is not in a chronological order of events from beginning to the end. Some songs deviate from the idea. ‘The Holographic Principle’ is, basically, that we are living in a hologram. With the new technology and virtual reality glasses we realize reality is generated so perfectly that you can no longer tell the difference, so can reality also be a hologram?”

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METALLICA’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ Album Certified Platinum In U.S.

METALLICA‘s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America).

The platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.

The recent gain in “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” sales is owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album.

“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart last November, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band’s previous outings, 2008’s “Death Magnetic” and 2003’s “St. Anger”, sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. “Death Magnetic” moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while “St. Anger” shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame.

“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.

The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.

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Former DEVILDRIVER, GOD FORBID, DIVINE HERESY Members Join Forces In BAD WOLVES

Former DEVILDRIVER, GOD FORBID, DIVINE HERESY Members Join Forces In BAD WOLVES

 

When art can’t be pigeonholed or pinned down, it elevates the very medium itself. BAD WOLVES thrives on that sort of unpredictability, standing confidently at a crossroads between anthemic hard rock infectiousness and thought-provoking technically-charged heavy metal. Think a cross between the mind-numbing musical malevolence of MESHUGGAH and SEVENDUST‘s timeless irresistibility, and you’re halfway there… The vision of ex-DEVILDRIVER co-founder and previous driving force John Boecklin (drums, guitars) and vocalist Tommy Vext (SNOT, DIVINE HERESY, WESTFIELD MASSACRE) as well as Doc Coyle (guitar; GOD FORBID), Chris Cain (guitar; BURY YOUR DEAD), and Kyle Konkiel (bass; VIMIC, IN THIS MOMENT), the group’s full-length debut represents metallic evolution in its purest form.

The result of a musical journey he kicked off in 2014, Boecklin describes the style best.

“We sound like a heavy-slightly prog rock band that tunes low and cuts off most of the fat,” he explains. “Watching FAITH NO MORE on the reunion tour made my thought process change. I was standing there, and it hit me that I don’t want to be in a metal band with screaming all the time. We’re heavy, yet from track-to-track, things change quite a bit.”

“More was revealed, so more was required,” adds Vext. “The overall tonality and approach resonated with me as an opportunity to challenge myself and grow as a vocalist. I was given a platform to tap into some musical influences I hadn’t yet explored in previous bands. All in all, it was some of the most diverse, original material I’ve gotten to wrap my hands around.”

“In no rush to put together something reminiscent of [his] musical past,” Boecklin quietly wrote over the course of 2015. During summer ’16, he entered AudioHammer Studios with longtime collaborator Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS) and tracked what would become the group’s debut album.

“Starting from scratch is never easy,” admits Boecklin. “Many musical roads were traveled before getting to what you hear today — it’s trial and error. I kept reminding myself not to do what I’ve done before. Eventually, we started to hear what we wanted.”

Now, the first single, “Learn To Live”, snaps from a chugging polyrhythmic riff into a hummable bridge before colliding with an undeniable refrain that’s impossible to shake and the final scream, “You’d better learn to fucking live.”

“The aim of the song was to basically challenge listeners to ask themselves, ‘Am I willing to take personal responsibility for my own happiness?’,” says Vext. “It’s a concept I use in my day-to-day life as a sober life coach. It’s meant to address situational depression, anxiety, and the disconnect from interpersonal relationships as a byproduct of social media addiction.”

Album opener “A Toast To The Ghosts” delivers a searing gut-punch punctuated by sharp succinct fretwork, smart-bomb precise percussion, and another searing vocal performance. Everything culminates on the pensive and punishing “Blood And Bones”. Vext adds, “It’s like an open letter to an abusive relationship partner that no longer serves you or the opposing counterpart. It’s left open to interpretation.”

Defined by a push-and-pull between incalculable instrumentation and soaring melodies, BAD WOLVES will keep listeners guessing and thinking on their path to hard rock and metal supremacy.

“This is something new for me,” Boecklin leaves off. “It’s the most unique drumming I’ve ever done. Tommy has never sounded so good. The songs are much more diverse than anything from our collective past. I’d love for people to take away some sort of connection emotionally. That’s what all of the bands who inspire me do. Everything else doesn’t really matter.”

REVOLUTION SAINTS 2nd Album Due In October

REVOLUTION SAINTS Feat. DEEN CASTRONOVO, DOUG ALDRICH, JACK BLADES: Second Album Due In October

REVOLUTION SAINTS heads into the studio next week in Italy to start recording its second album with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who also helmed the band’s debut album.

Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH), Doug Aldrich (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE, DIO), and Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER, DAMN YANKEES) will record a scorching set of songs written by Doug and Alessandro between the end of 2016 and early 2017.

In between recording sessions, REVOLUTION SAINTS will make its official live debut at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milan, Italy) where it will perform songs from its first album plus a few surprises. The band hopes to do more shows to promote the forthcoming album, which is currently set for a release in early October.

REVOLUTION SAINTS was initially the vision of Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, getting Deen, Jack and Doug together was a dream come true for the president of the label. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man Del Vecchio, the recording process for REVOLUTION SAINTS‘ debut happened in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.

Aldrich told CrypticRock.com about REVOLUTION SAINTS: “We definitely have a chemistry together. When we got together to do some videos as well as recording together up in Portland, it was undeniable that we had a chemistry, and it sounds like that on the record. Spending time with those guys is super fun and we all fell into our own zone. For example, Deen is a frontman and the drummer with Jack, but he is like the young kid that has way too much energy, bouncing off the walls. I am kind of the quiet guy; I really do not have much to say. I just want to play. Jack is kind of the general; he took over, and in a good way, because you need somebody to be the boss. You need somebody to organize stuff or else you are wasting time or going down long paths. Jack keeps you focused. Then we all have our creative side, but the energy that Deen has is just infectious. I hope to be able to put it together where we will be able to do some shows.”

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Announce Fall 2017 European Tour

Just weeks after announcing a 26-date summer tour of North America, QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT have revealed further live plans for 2017, which will now see the band return to Europe later this year for a series of 24 dates, including 12 arena concerts in the U.K. and Ireland. The tour will showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises.

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT‘s 11-city U.K. and Ireland tour will kick off in Dublin on November 25. They perform in Belfast in Northern Ireland the following day, then reach mainland Britain on November 28 to play Liverpool’s Echo Arena. More dates follow in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, climaxing with two huge London shows at the O2 Arena on December 12 and The SSE Arena, Wembley, on December 15. Tickets will be on general sale from Friday, April 21, with pre-sales starting two days earlier, Wednesday, April 19. The tour is presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainments.

These shows will mark the band’s first full British tour in almost three years, having last performed across the U.K. in January 2015 when they played 10 sold-out shows. Their only U.K. appearance in 2016 was a one-off headlining set at the closing night of the Isle Of Wight festival on Sunday, June 12, part of a 15-date European summer festival tour. Isle Of Wight festival organizer John Giddings credited the band with “the greatest show we have ever had.”

For their 2017 tour, the band will unveil a brand new show including a specially designed state-of-the-art production. The choice of performance material will no doubt acknowledge this year’s 40th anniversary of QUEEN‘s biggest-selling studio album to date, “News Of The World” from 1977, which yielded the immortal anthems “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.

QUEEN drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor insists the 2017 tour “will look entirely different to the show we took around before. Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along. But we don’t use it all. We don’t play to click track. It’s 100% live. We’re planning on doing stuff we either haven’t done before or haven’t done for a long time. We started as an albums band, that’s what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct.”

Guitarist Brian May confirms QUEEN‘s 2017 shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda. “The general public knows the hits, so you’ve got to cater for that,” he says, “but we can chuck in a few things that people really don’t expect. We’ll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which, of course, fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more.”

Adam Lambert welcomes the challenge of digging deeper into the band’s canon of classics. “What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from QUEEN, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit,” he explains. “Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree. We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the QUEEN catalogue which we haven’t done before, which I am very excited about.

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT European tour dates 2017:

Nov. 01 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Nov. 02 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Nov. 04 – Budapest, Hungary – Sportarena
Nov. 06 – Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena
Nov. 08 – Vienna, Austria – Stadhalle
Nov. 10 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Nov. 12 – Luxembourg, Amneville – Galaxie
Nov. 13 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Nov. 17 – Kaunas, Lithuania – Zalgiris Arena
Nov. 25 – Dublin, Ireland – 3 Arena
Nov. 26 – Belfast, Ireland – SSE Arena
Nov. 28 – Liverpool, UK – Echo Arena
Nov. 30 – Birmingham, UK – Barclaycard Arena
Dec. 01 – Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
Dec. 03 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
Dec. 05 – Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 06 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
Dec. 08 – Sheffield, UK – Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 09 – Manchester, UK – Arena
Dec. 12 – London, UK – 02 Arena
Dec. 15 – London, UK – The SSE Arena, Wembley

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