OBITUARY Announces North American Tour

Death metal legends OBITUARY have announced an early summer North American headline tour with support from PALLBEARER, SKELETONWITCH and DUST BOLT. The trek begins May 2 in Atlanta, Georgia and ends June 3 in Miami, Florida.

OBITUARY comments on the tour: “We are stoked about our North American tour and super excited to be back at the headlining spot.

“We have been very fortunate to be a part of some killer tours for our last few U.S./Canada runs as support to CARCASS, CANNIBAL CORPSE and KREATOR but that came with limits on time and production value. Now it’s time to bust out the Big Guns, dig deep into our musical pockets and pull out some oldies but goodies!!

“With 10 studio albums and over 100 songs in our catalog these days, it’s never easy choosing a set list and always causes some serious discussions and arguments amongst the band members, so we are turning to the fans on this one. We want to hear from YOU what songs we should play and since everyone has their favorites we are really looking forward to hearing what you guys think. This should be fun, entertaining and interesting, so make sure to comment on our social media pages with your top picks… Ready. Set. GO!!!!!!!!”

Prior to the North American tour, OBITUARY will embark on a month-long spring 2018 European headlining run in March. The trek begins March 3 in Cologne, Germany and ends April 1 in Schijndel, Netherlands at Paaspop festival.

North American tour dates:

May 02 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 03 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
May 04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 05 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
May 06 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
May 08 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 09 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
May 10 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
May 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 12 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic
May 13 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 15 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
May 16 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
May 18 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
May 21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 22 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
May 25 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
May 26 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
May 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
May 29 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
May 30 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
May 31 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Jun. 01 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Jun. 02 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven Lounge
Jun. 03 – Miami, FL @ The Ground

After parting ways with Roadrunner following the release of 2005’s “Frozen In Time”, OBITUARY released two albums via Candlelight Records — 2007’s “Xecutioner’s Return” and 2009’s “Darkest Day” — before signing with Relapse Records in 2014.

OBITUARY‘s second Relapse release — the group’s self-titled tenth studio album — came out in March 2017.

CLUTCH Announces Tour Dates

Maryland rockers CLUTCH have just announced a string of spring headline tour dates starting on April 27 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Support on the tour will come from THE BRONX, RED FANG and FIREBALL MINISTRY. Fan club pre-sale tickets will go on sale today, Tuesday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. and will be available through Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. at local outlets as well as at

Tour dates:

Apr. 27 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
Apr. 29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville*
Apr. 30 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
May 02 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 03 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
May 04 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Fest*
May 05 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
May 06 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*

* Festival date

CLUTCH has just completed recording its new album at Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Vance Powell (THE WHITE STRIPES, RED FANG).
Guitarist Tim Sult recently told The Advocate that he was excited about finally working on the follow-up to 2015’s “Psychic Warfare”.

“They’re my favorite songs,” he said of the new material. “At this point, we probably have more songs than we’ve ever had before going into the studio. The material is a little heavier. It has a more doomed-out vibe and feel. We’re going to record more live.

“It’s our first time recording in Nashville,” he added. “Who knows? We might end up with something that sounds like a Garth Brooks album.”

“Psychic Warfare” debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart after shifting 26,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. The disc was released via CLUTCH‘s own label, Weathermaker Music.

JONATHAN DAVIS Announces Solo Tour

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis will embark on a solo tour in early April. The trek, which will run through the end of June, will include a number of European festival appearances.

Davis will be promoting his new solo single, titled “What It Is”. The song is included on the soundtrack to a new film called “American Satan”, which came out on January 26. Davis has also been preparing a new solo album that is expected out this summer via Sumerian.

The new music represents a natural step for the Bakersfield, California singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Davis quietly compiled ideas for what would become this solo effort beginning back in 2007. Writing and recording on the road, he personally contributed guitar, keys, and anything else he could get his hands on to the record. Moreover, the music was primarily recorded live, a departure from KORN‘s heavily calculated, meticulous, studio approach to creation.

“It took 10 years, and I’m so glad this project is finally out. It is something that is very close to me and I’m excited for the world to finally hear it. This time, I’m pulling something out of the audience,” Davis reveals. “I’ve bared my soul for so fucking long, I thought it’d be really cool to pull listeners in a different direction for once.” The lead single “What It Is”, for example, reveals hints of ominous piano keys, which bleed into a slow-burning verse before thick guitars snap towards an expansive and engaging refrain punctuated by his dynamic vocals. “I’m taking them out of that dark place and into somewhere that’s spiritual, positive, and makes them really think,” he adds. “It’s just art. I’ve changed lives with KORN, but I wanted to open minds with this shit.”

“I remember exactly when and where I was the first time I heard Jonathan‘s vocals and KORN‘s seven string guitars behind him,” recalls Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen. “The world had never heard anything like it. His voice has been so culturally impactful that those same songs from two decades ago are still played countless times every day. As a true icon and pioneer artist, the influential significance of his music is unparalleled in the modern rock era. If it wasn’t for what he created, I would not have ended up where I am today, nor would have many Sumerian bands. It is truly an honor to be releasing the debut Jonathan Davis solo album. The record is absolutely brilliant, showing new depths to his songwriting and vocal performances that the world has yet to experience.”

Tour dates:

Apr. 06 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Apr. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
Apr. 09 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
Apr. 10 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Apr. 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Apr. 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco
Apr. 16 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Apr. 18 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
Apr. 20 – Tempe, AZ – Ufest
Apr. 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Apr. 22 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
Apr. 24 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 25 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Apr. 26 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
May 01 – Kansas City, MO – Truman Theater
May 04 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 05 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic
May 06 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
May 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
May 09 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
May 11 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
May 15 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
May 17 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
May 18 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Jun. 01 – Nuremberg, DE – Rock Am Ring
Jun. 02 – Nurnberg, DE – Rock Im Park
Jun. 04 – Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan
Jun. 08 – Newbury, UK – Download Festival
Jun. 10 – Luxembourg, LU – Rockhal Club
Jun. 11 – Pratteln, CH – Z7
Jun. 13 – Prague, CZ – Prague Rocks
Jun. 14 – Nickelsdorf, AT – Nova Rock
Jun. 16 – Florence, IT – Firenze Rocks
Jun. 20 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
Jun. 21 – Dessel, BE – Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 23 – Clisson, FR – Hellfest

Davis composed the score for “American Satan” with Nicholas O’Toole. He listed some of his favorite scores for The Pulse Of Radio a while back. “I’m really into Vangelis, what he did with ‘Blade Runner’,” he said. “I just like trippy scores, like what Wendy Carlos did for ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and just cool stuff. I really am a big fan of the movie ‘Dune’, I love — TOTO did that score. That was a cool score. And then there’s the, you know, normal ones, the orchestral scores that are all good. Yeah, those are a few of my favorites.”

Davis has recorded and toured on his own intermittently over the years. He has composed music for soundtracks, most notably “Queen Of The Damned”, and has toured and DJed frequently over the years as his alter ego JDevil.

KORN‘s last album, “The Serenity Of Suffering”, came out in 2016.

This August marks the 20th anniversary of KORN‘s 1998 breakthrough album “Follow The Leader”. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch indicated in a recent interview that the band is mulling over plans to celebrate that milestone.

Reunited Classic Lineup Of MISFITS Announces New Jersey Concert

The classic-era lineup of the horror punk outfit MISFITSGlenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein — will play its first show in New Jersey in 35 years on Saturday, May 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Support at the show will come from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and MURPHY’S LAW.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the reunited MISFITS. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 30 at 10 a.m. EST until Thursday, February 1 at 10 p.m. EST through Citi‘s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit Ticket prices starting at $49.50 (not including applicable service charges or fees) go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 2 at 10 a.m. EST at

MISFITS played two historic reunion concerts in 2016 at Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago that drew rabid fans in droves from all over the world and shattered attendance records at the festivals. More recently, MISFITS played two reunion shows at the end of December in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas.

Jerry Only said: “The MISFITS were so far ahead of their time when we began back in 1977, that it took the world forty years to catch up. That time has come, and that time is NOW… We intend to take you on a ride back in time, and into the future to experience 100% authentic punk rock at its essence, and the origin of thrash in its purist form. History will be made — again. Prepare to be devastated…”

After years of bad blood, Glenn reunited with Only and Wolfgang Von Frankenstein for last year’s concerts at both incarnations of Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. Prior to those gigs, the trio last performed together on October 29, 1983.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about how the Riot Fest shows went, Danzig said: “I’d done it with Doyle before, but it was … interesting. [Laughs] I couldn’t hear myself, so it was exactly like the old days. So it is what it is. But everyone seemed to have a great time. I think it exceeded expectations, which is always good, and the write-ups were just insane.”

Joining Glenn, Jerry and Doyle at all the reunion shows so far were drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) and second guitarist Acey Slade.

Only told Rolling Stone in September 2016 that he wanted the MISFITS reunion to continue. “I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue,” he said. “We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that’s where we’re at. Whatever it takes. We’re going into our fortieth anniversary, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect.”

The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG‘s Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades.

DIMMU BORGIR To Release ‘Eonian’ Album In May

Norwegian symphonic metallers DIMMU BORGIR will release their new album, “Eonian”, on May 4 via Nuclear Blast.

The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: drummer Daray and keyboardist Gerlioz are still part of the team, and Gaute Storaas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir.

The cover artwork was designed in fascinating detail by Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, BEHEMOTH, MAYHEM).

“Eonian” will contain 10 new tracks, produced by the band itself and engineered by Jens Bogren. Emerging from the dark minds of the three songwriters, “Eonian” follows a philosophical concept, dealing with the illusion of time:

“Time, when not approaching it from the construct we’re used to can’t be defined and thus it is illusory,” explains guitarist Silenoz. “There’s only an ‘eternal now,’ which the album title is already hinting at. When we travel between the worlds seen and unseen, the perception of time ceases to exist, it has no function. Our energy is our torch and our compass when we make rifts and pierce through the veil — when we go beyond.”

Vocalist Shagrath adds: “‘Eonian’ represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of DIMMU BORGIR and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history.”

On February 23, DIMMU BORGIR will unveil the album’s first single, “Interdimensional Summit”, which will be released as a seven-inch vinyl EP, providing a first taste of the upcoming album.

Silenoz told Metal Shock Finland about DIMMU BORGIR‘s long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Abrahadabra”: “We feel that we’re sitting on the best album that we could possibly do at this time, and personally, I think it’s definitely our best album to date. Obviously, that’s something that everybody says, but if I didn’t believe that we would do our best album, there wouldn’t really be any point doing a new one. So, yeah, I’m really excited about it, and I know that quite a few fans will probably be positively surprised. And, yeah, we can’t wait to get this stuff off the ground and get going.”

Silenoz told Rock ‘N’ Roll Journalist last summer that all the writing on the new DIMMU BORGIR album was done by the core trio of Silenoz, vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Galder. “We had a little bit of assistance from the keyboard player, but it was less on this album than it was on the previous one,” Silenoz said. “That seems to be working best and it means there’s less cooks in the kitchen. [Laughs]”

As for the musical direction of DIMMU BORGIR‘s next effort, Silenoz, said: “I think it’s safe to say that [the parts that are] more epic and majestic are more epic and majestic, and the same goes for the brutal sound of DIMMU and also the primitive and more black metal sound of DIMMU is more black metal this time around. So you will have the more extremes of each part that we are known for.”

DIMMU BORGIR‘s latest release was the “Forces Of The Northern Night” DVD, which was made available in April 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The set contains two of the band’s live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage.

SATYRICON Announces ‘Final’ U.S. Headlining Tour

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will return to U.S. shores for the final time this spring. The tour starts May 13 in Los Angeles, California and runs through May 30 in Austin, Texas, with two stops in Canada. INQUISITION will provide support on the tour. A complete list of dates can be found below. The run also includes a headline appearance at the Maryland Deathfest.

SATYRICON frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven said: “As our U.S fans will have noticed, we haven’t toured there in nine years. There are many reasons for that. I like America and I like Americans, but unfortunately touring there has been a difficult chapter in the history of SATYRICON. I can’t guarantee what the future holds, but we did not go on the last record, so I am hoping that one final headlining tour can be a good way of sharing some electric musical moments with our U.S fans, whom we love just as much as all our other fans across the world.”

Tour dates:

May 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
May 14 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
May 15 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
May 16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 18 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
May 19 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
May 20 – Joliet, IL @The Forge
May 21 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
May 23 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House*^
May 24 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre*^
May 25 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
May 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
May 28 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
May 29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
May 30 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live

^ PANZERFAUST to support

SATYRICON‘s latest album, “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”, was released last September via Napalm Records. The disc was recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON‘s 2006 album, “Now, Diabolical”).

The “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” front cover is an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.

SATYRICON drummer Kjetil-Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad told “The Jasta Show” that “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” “is an album that we have been really working a lot with for a long time. It’s all about getting the right expression for each and every song,” he explained.

“It has never been anything that we’ve discussed in the band, but at least I personally feel that every song has a life of its own, a very strong and unique identity,” he continued. “This album is really about giving life to those eight songs that constitute it.

“Like with every SATYRICON album, I guess it’s very, very diverse, and this is more true than ever with the new one,” he said. “In particular, when it comes to this identity bit, I feel the songs, even if they fit extremely well together in a compilation of songs, each and every one, it’s very, very different from the others — almost like human beings are different from each other.”

FOO FIGHTERS’ ‘Concrete And Gold’ North American Tour 2018 Expanded By Popular Demand

FOO FIGHTERS' 'Concrete And Gold' North American Tour 2018 Expanded By Popular Demand

FOO FIGHTERS“Concrete And Gold” tour has added seven new headline dates to its North American itinerary.

The North American leg of the tour supporting the band’s “Concrete And Gold” album (Roswell/RCA) has further expanded its 2018 itinerary with a run of new arena headlines beginning October 8 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona and running through October 18 at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tickets for the new dates are on sale to the public as of Friday, January 26 at 9 a.m. local time (with the exception of Detroit, which goes on sale Thursday, January 25 at 11 a.m. local time).

Capital One cardholder and FOO FIGHTERS fan pre-sale tickets will be available as of Tuesday, January 23 at 10 a.m. local market time. Pre-sale tickets will be available until Thursday, January 25 at 10 a.m. local market time or until they are sold out. Pre-sale tickets are limited to (4) tickets per card. While supplies last.

The tireless FOO FIGHTERS have just begun 2018 in style, with their just-underway stadium tour of Australia and New Zealand. The first U.S. leg of the “Concrete And Gold” tour wound down 2017 by storming through sold-out arenas in Richmond, Greensboro, Cincinnati, Sioux Falls and more.

Newly added FOO FIGHTERS shows:

Oct. 08 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct. 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct. 12 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Oct. 13 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Oct. 15 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Oct. 18 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center