OBITUARY To Embark On East Coast Tour

Florida death metal legends OBITUARY will embark on a U.S. tour next month. The headlining East Coast run, with support from EXMORTUS, begins September 1 in Carrboro, North Carolina and ends September 16 in Ocala, Florida.

OBITUARY comments: “We are super excited to announce the U.S. ‘East Coast RedNeck Run II’ and are really looking forward to this. It would have been easy to set up shows in the typical cities and venues but we are not your typical band. We are looking for an adventure and something different so we have booked smaller towns and markets so the fans who don’t often have the chance to experience an OBITUARY show get their chance!! We have never been to some of these cities, so we are looking forward to invading them and throwing down with you guys!! More details to come on ALL LEVELS of the OB VIP experience, so hang tight and hang on to your ass because this could get crazy!!”

Tour dates:

Sep. 01 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Sep. 02 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Sep. 04 – Charleston, WV @ The Bakery
Sep. 05 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Sep. 06 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
Sep. 07 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
Sep. 08 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Sep. 09 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
Sep. 11 – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
Sep. 12 – Toledo, OH @ Civic Music Hall
Sep. 13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Sep. 14 – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s
Sep. 16 – Ocala, FL @ Grand Pointe

OBITUARY will head to Europe in November to perform with SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD and ANTHRAX on a 24-date tour.

OBITUARY recently announced a reissue of 2017’s self-titled full-length release, featuring two bonus tracks not included on the original pressing and alternate artwork. The band will also release the first official vinyl pressing of the “Ten Thousand Ways To Die” EP, featuring live recordings of 12 classics and fan favorites from the band’s storied catalog recorded on the 2015 world tour. The limited-edition OBITUARY vinyl is due out August 31 on Relapse Records.

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 aforementioned self-titled tenth studio album — came out in March 2017.

JONATHAN DAVIS Announces Fall 2018 Solo Tour

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has announced the fall 2018 leg of the U.S. tour in support of his recently released “Black Labyrinth” solo album. Special guests on the trek will be THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE and JULIEN-K

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 10 at 10:00 a.m. local.

Tour dates:

Oct. 06 – El Paso, TX – El Paso Downtown Street Festival *
Oct. 07 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Oct. 11 – Salt Lake CIty, UT – The Depot
Oct. 13 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival *

Oct. 15 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 17 – Billings, MT – Pub Station Ballroom
Oct. 19 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 20 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Peoria, IL – Monarch Music Hall
Oct. 23 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
Oct. 25 – Grand Prairie, TX – Freakers Ball *
Oct. 26 – Corpus Christi, TX – Brewster Street Icehouse
Oct. 29 – San Antonio, TX – The Vibes Event Center Showroom
Nov. 02 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
Nov. 03 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Nov. 04 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theater
Nov. 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Nov. 08 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Nov. 10 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

* No THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE and JULIEN-K / shows not included in BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale

Davis told Express & Star that he worked on “Black Labyrinth” for a long time before it finally saw the light of day. “I’ve been waiting 11 years for this to come out,” he said. “It’s really good to finish something which I started so long ago. It’s something I’m really proud of. I’ve been very patient with it. It’s been sat on my laptop for many years, so it feels really good to be able to finally release it, to talk about it and play it live.

“I’ve got so much music in my vault, but this was the first thing I started, though I do have other things in the pipeline.

“I wrote ‘Black Labyrinth’ while travelling all over the world. I’ve finally found a label and had some time off to do it.

“There are two tracks on the album, ‘Walk On By’ and the bonus track, which were written in 2010 and recorded in January this year. But most of them were done years ago. I’ve re-done some of the vocals and updated a few bits.

“I had to go through and take out the very best of the tracks. I wanted to use only the best of the best. It was hard to choose, but I’ll probably put some more out.

“I can’t do things I’ve done before. I always want to push myself and I want to do fun shit. It’s for the art, not the money.”

KORN will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its classic third album, “Follow The Leader”, with three shows this fall in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

HALESTORM Announces Fall 2018 Tour Dates With IN THIS MOMENT

Grammy-winning hard rock band HALESTORM and Atlantic/Roadrunner band IN THIS MOMENT announced today a third leg of their all-female fronted tour, with NEW YEARS DAY supporting.

The new dates begin November 16 in Norfolk, Virginia and run through December 16, wrapping in St. Petersburg, Florida

“You asked for it, and now you’re gonna get it,” said HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale. “I’m so excited to announce the third leg with my empowering, beautifully Vicious women! Three tours and we don’t show any signs of slowing! We are joined by our friends in IN THIS MOMENT and NEW YEARS DAY starting in November! Get your tickets now because you don’t want to miss this!”

“We are so beyond excited to be announcing the third leg of such an empowering and beautiful tour,” said Maria Brink of IN THIS MOMENT. “We knew after completing the first leg that this was something people were going to be paying attention to, and it felt strong, it felt powerful, and it felt liberating. I am so excited to see everybody at the upcoming shows!”

“Touring with Maria and Lzzy has been, by far, the best touring experience I’ve ever had,” said Ash Costello of NEW YEARS DAY. “I am lifted up and supported by the amazing women of this tour, and everyone feels as if they are family who are rooting for each other to kill it every single night. The positivity is incredible on a personal level. Not to mention, the shows are absolutely ferocious. I am honored to be on stage with these incredible women of metal and rock once again! And honestly, I hope there’s no end in sight!”

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. EST and end on Thursday, July 26 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “TRIPLETHREAT” to access tickets before the general public.

Tour dates:

Nov. 16 – Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center
Nov. 17 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Nov. 20 – Evansville, IN – Old National Events Plaza
Nov. 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County ExpoCenter

Nov. 23 – Syracuse, NY – Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center
Nov. 24 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Nov. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium
Dec. 01 – Broomfield, CO – 1stBank Center
Dec. 02 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
Dec. 04 – Springfield, MO – Shrine Mosque
Dec. 05 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Dec. 07 – Hammond, IN – Horseshoe Casino
Dec. 08 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
Dec. 11 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
Dec. 12 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Dec. 14 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
Dec. 16 – St. Petersburg, FL – MahaffeyTheater

HALESTORM‘s fourth album, “Vicious”, will be released on July 27 via Atlantic.

Recorded last year at Nashville, Tennesse’s Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz, “Vicious” is available for pre-order at all DSPs and streaming services.

Deluxe album packages are available for pre-order exclusively at the band’s official webstore, including the new album on standard vinyl, plus a limited-edition opaque purple colored double vinyl with enhanced cover art and bonus tracks, limited to 1500 units worldwide. Also exclusively available at the webstore are a limited edition t-shirt, dog tag necklace, autographed poster, and a free album cover magnet with physical album purchase while supplies last.

Raskulinecz is an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RUSH, KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES, in addition to having produced HALESTORM‘s third covers EP, “ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP”, which came out in January 2017.

IN THIS MOMENT‘s latest album, “Ritual”, was released in July 2017 via Atlantic/Roadrunner. The disc, which included the band’s eerie cover of Phil Collins‘s “In The Air Tonight”, was produced by IN THIS MOMENT‘s longtime collaborator — and multiple Grammy Award nominee — Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE).

IN THIS MOMENT is preparing to begin the songwriting process for its next studio album, tentatively due in 2019.

WEDNESDAY 13 Announces Fall 2018 U.S. Tour Dates

Wednesday 13, who mixes punk rock and metal with kitschy horror imagery and who is formerly one half of the MURDERDOLLS braintrust, will continue to support his highly successful “Condolences” release by embarking on a North American tour this fall. Several dates will include performances with legendary guitarist John 5 and shock-rocker DAVEY SUICIDE.

Comments WEDNESDAY 13: “We’re really excited to be hitting the road this fall. Doing the first week with John 5 should be nothing short of a monster show, and we’re super stoked. We’re also really excited to be touring Canada, as this will be our first time with this many dates. Looking forward to playing some new places and performing for all of our Canadian fans. We will be wrapping up the tour on the West Coast at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go right before we head to the studio to record the follow-up to ‘Condolences’. Looking forward to seeing everyone on tour!”

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Oct. 31 – Harrison, OH – Blue Note (supporting JOHN 5)
Nov. 01 – Joliet, IL – The Forge (supporting JOHN 5)
Nov. 02 – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero (supporting JOHN 5)
Nov. 03 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop (supporting JOHN 5)

Nov. 04 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s (supporting JOHN 5)
Nov. 06 – Quebec City, QC – La Source De Le Martiniere
Nov. 07 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov. 08 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
Nov. 09 – Toronto, ON – The Rockpile
Nov. 10 – Niagra Falls, ON – The Seneca Theatre
Nov. 11 – London, ON – Rum Runners
Nov. 13 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum
Nov. 15 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
Nov. 16 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Nov. 17 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Nov. 18 – Edmonton, AB – Buckingham
Nov. 19 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Nov. 20 – Seattle, WA – Club Sur (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)
Nov. 21 – Portland, OR – Dante’s (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)
Nov. 23 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)
Nov. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)

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“Condolences” was released in June 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2015’s “Monsters Of The Universe” was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who previously worked with Wednesday 13 and guitarist Roman Surman on the 2010 MURDERDOLLS album “Women & Children Last”. The artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE).


WHIPLASH Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS; New Album Due In Early 2019

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of East Coast thrash metal veterans WHIPLASH.

Comments WHIPLASH‘s Tony Portaro: “My main influences were the West Coast thrash bands that Brian Slagel brought into the limelight in the early ’80s. Without them attracting my attention in the first place, I never would have written ‘Power And Pain’. And the fact that Metal Blade is still promoting old-school thrash and believing in me gives me the inspiration to continue creating my East Coast style of metal.”

Known for his lightning speed riffs and leads, Portaro heads a power-trio lineup delivering metal, old-school style.

WHIPLASH exploded on to the USA metal scene in 1984, branding the East Coast with its original thrash sound. Debuting their Roadrunner release “Power And Pain” at Ruthie’s Inn in Berkeley, California, they followed it with two additional releases: “Ticket To Mayhem” and “Insult To Injury”. From its East Coast thrash beginnings, WHIPLASH claimed its place in the metal archives.

As a New Jersey native, Portaro made his chops at New York clubs, including CBGB and L’Amour. Always attracting talent, Portaro led bandmembers through various incarnations of WHIPLASH, trying to realize the musical vision he heard in his head. Producing four more WHIPLASH records through 2009, WHIPLASH stamped their way around the globe, gaining thrash followers whose ranks still grow to this day.

WHIPLASH has recorded a new album, and in order to get a more old-school sound, Portaro opted to record to two-inch tape. Also, with the advice of renowned mastering engineer, Maor Appelbaum (FAITH NO MORE, HALFORD, ARMORED SAINT, SEPULTURA, CANDLEMASS, ANVIL, GOATWHORE), he chose to have the mix done by Phil Anderson, a longtime collaborator of Maor. Phil mixes on an analog board which should further benefit the project and push it in the direction Portaro is looking to reach.

Besides Portaro, WHIPLASH consists of bassist Dank Delong, who had been recruited by Portaro in 2010, and drummer Ron Lipnicki, whose thrash injection to WHIPLASH in 2018 would begin a new era for the band on Metal Blade. Hailing from New Jersey, Ron‘s drum skills need no introduction, coming off a 12-year run with OVERKILL, and before that, hitting it with HADES. With his precision guns firing, Lipnicki obliterates the kit while setting rapid-fire pace.

WHIPLASH‘s new album will drop in early 2019.

Photo credit: DM Jones

RED DRAGON CARTEL ‘Patina’ Album Due In November

RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, will release its sophomore album, “Patina”, on November 9 via Frontiers Music Srl.

The track listing for the disc is as follows:

01. Speedbag
02. Havana
03. Crooked Man
04. The Luxury Of Breathing

05. Bitter
06. Chasing Ghosts
07. A Painted Heart
08. Punchclown (bonus track)
09. My Beautiful Mess
10. Ink & Water

The follow-up to RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s eponymous 2014 debut, “Patina” will mark the group’s first release with drummer Phil Varone (SAIGON KICK, SKID ROW) and bassist Anthony Esposito. The band’s current lineup is rounded out by singer Darren James Smith.

RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s new album was recorded at Esposito‘s Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and was reportedly mixed by legendary producer Max Norman, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, MEGADETH, SAVATAGE and LOUDNESS, among others.

Jake told That Just Happened last August that RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s upcoming album would contain “a wide variety of sounds and songs,” including some surprises.

“I’ve said this in interviews before and I really look like an asshole. [Laughs] But my end goal isn’t to please people,” he said. “And I suppose that is what an entertainer is supposed to do — give people what they want. That’s not why I do it, that’s not why I’ve ever done it. I do it for me. And it sounds selfish, but I think that’s… You have to be true to yourself.

“I make music that I wanna hear,” he continued. “I just hope other people like it also. If they don’t… [sighs] Oh, well. [Laughs] If they don’t, they don’t; they don’t have to buy it. But I do think that they should give it a listen. ‘Cause it’s interesting. We’re trying to stir things up a little bit. We’re not playing it safe and just doing exactly what people expect.”

Back in September 2015, RED DRAGON CARTEL was rejoined by Darren James Smith after a period of several months during which the band played shows with a number of other vocalists, including former JONES STREET frontman Shawn Crosby, Canadian singer Paul D’Eath (CITIZENS UNITE, MUSHROOM TRAIL), Chas West (Jason Bonham, LYNCH MOB, 3 LEGGED DOGG) and Michael Beck.

Issued in January 2014, RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s debut CD sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart.

GWAR And HATEBREED Join Forces For ‘Gore, Core, Metal And More’ Tour

GWAR and HATEBREED will join forces for the “Gore, Core, Metal And More” co-headlining tour this fall. Support will come from MISS MAY I, RINGWORM and AMERICAN SHARKS. These shows begin October 17 in Buffalo, New York and run through October 28 in Peoria, Iowa.

On October 29, GWAR will then kick off a headline run, that sees them stopping in New York City on Halloween and continuing their aural (not oral) devastation of the nation through November 19.

“This is the tour you can’t afford to miss,” says GWAR guitarist Pustulus Maximus. “We are bringing you the heaviest in hardcore and the most brutal of gore! We are thrilled to be slaying the nation alongside our brothers in HATEBREED.”

“Humans, come, witness the eviscerating, ear splitting majesty and power of GWAR and HATEBREED! Yes, demonstrate your ceaseless dedication to heavy fucking metal in the Pit of Death. There is a very good chance you won’t survive!” adds vocalist The Berserker Blothar.

“Autumn is a lovely time of year to team up with GWAR and crush every city in our path. There will be moshpits, blood, carnage, and chaos,” says HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 20.

Tour dates:

Oct. 07 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct. 09 – Lawrence, KS @ Granda Theater
Oct. 10 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Oct. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Oct. 12 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Oct. 13 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory (HATEBREED Headlines)
Oct. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Oct. 16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Oct. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
Oct. 19 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Oct. 20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct. 22 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct. 23 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Oct. 24 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 25 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
Oct. 26 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Oct. 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
Oct. 28 – Peoria, IL @ Monarch Music Hall

GWAR‘s latest album, “The Blood Of Gods”, was released last October via Metal Blade. The disc was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ronan Chris “Lord God” Murphy and was made available in standard CD, 2LP colored vinyl and digital formats.

“The Blood of Gods” is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry.