Trappist Books First East Coast Tour Dates, New Album Out Now

Los Angeles grindcore/hardcore band Trappist have booked their first East Coast tour dates. The band which counts members of the bands Spazz, Infest, Despise You, -16-, Crom and will be supporting their debut album, Ancient Brewing Tactics, which saw released through Relapse Records. The shows see the band in Brooklyn, New York on November 16th, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on the 17th, and Washington, DC on November 18th. These shows are taking place at beer-based events and at breweries. The Brooklyn show at Saint Vitus Bar is The Six Most Metal Breweries presents No Corporate Beer NYC, which includes a solo doom set by Todd Haug, a 6MMB pilot screening, and a set by Trappist, with unlimited pours from 6-8pm by KCBC, Barrier, Transmitter, Bridge and Tunnel, Trappist x Wayfinder collaboration Steinbier poured by the band, and a cash bar featuring Burial, Trve, and the first keg of 3 Floyds Zombie Dust ever distributed to NYC! The Rehoboth Beach show takes place at Dogfish Head Brewing’s Analog A Go Go festival event, and the DC show takes place at Atlas Brew Works. The band is also playing at Decibel Magazine’s inaugural Beer & Metal Fest Los Angeles on December 1st and 2nd.Continue reading

Gift Giver Streaming “Cursed,” Revealed Cover Art

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Gift Giver is streaming “Cursed” off their Century Media Records debut Shitlife, out April 21, 2015 in North America here and below. They have also revealed the cover art for their album as well.

Official tracklisting

1. SHITLIFE
2. Trendkill
3. Cursed
4. Bastard
5. Loose Cannon (featuring Frankie Palmeri)
6. Hellhound
7. Grudge
8. Scumbag pt. 2
9. Death Wish (featuring Tyler Dennen)
10. Money $hot

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Gift Giver on tour
w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

Mar 03: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 04: Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
Mar 05: Inside Out Venue – Troutville, VA
Mar 06: Underwood Skatepark – Taylor, PA
Mar 07: The Wild Bull – Paterson, NJ
Mar 08: DV8 – Providence, RI
Mar 09: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Mar 10: TBA – New York, NY
Mar 11: Bogies – Albany, NY
Mar 12: Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
Mar 13: The Outpost – Kent, OH
Mar 14: The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Mar 15: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
Mar 16: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Mar 17: Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul, MN
Mar 18: Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
Mar 19: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar 20: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK

gift giver tour poster

Gift Giver on tour
w/Sworn In, The Plot In You

Mar 29: Eagle Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Mar 30: 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 01: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 02: Walters – Houston, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 03: The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 04: Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 07: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 08: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 10: Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 11: Rum Runners – London, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 12: Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 14: Ritual – Ottawa, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 15: Foufounes – Montreal, QC (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 16: Saint Claire Theater – Syracuse, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 17: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 18: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 19: New England Metal and Hardcore Fest – Worcester, MA
Apr 22: at Game Changer World – Howell, NJ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 23: Planet Trog – Whitehall, PA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 24: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)

sworn in the plot in you i declare war gift giver

Gift Giver are:
Vocals – Justin Johnson
Guitar – Nick Miller
Guitar – Eric Snapper
Bass – Troy Wilson
Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

Gift Giver Streaming “Cursed”

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Gift Giver is streaming “Cursed,” off their Century Media debut album Shitlife, out April 21, 2015 in North America, here.

Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through their self-released EP, Daddy Issues, and constant touring through the US with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan’s own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making them one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene.

They recently announced their next US run of shows with Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah. Now they have just confirmed plans for a tour in March and April with Sworn In and The Plot In You.

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Gift Giver on tour
w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

Feb 28: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
Mar 01: Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
Mar 02: BackBooth – Orlando, FL
Mar 03: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 04: Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
Mar 05: Inside Out Venue – Troutville, VA
Mar 06: Underwood Skatepark – Taylor, PA
Mar 07: The Wild Bull – Paterson, NJ
Mar 08: DV8 – Providence, RI
Mar 09: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Mar 10: TBA – New York, NY
Mar 11: Bogies – Albany, NY
Mar 12: Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
Mar 13: The Outpost – Kent, OH
Mar 14: The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Mar 15: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
Mar 16: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Mar 17: Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul, MN
Mar 18: Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
Mar 19: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar 20: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK

sworn in the plot in you i declare war gift giver

Gift Giver on tour
w/Sworn In, The Plot In You

Mar 29: Eagle Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Mar 30: 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 01: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 02: Walters – Houston, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 03: The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 04: Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 07: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 08: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 10: Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 11: Rum Runners – London, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 12: Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 14: Ritual – Ottawa, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 15: Foufounes – Montreal, QC (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 16: Saint Claire Theater – Syracuse, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 17: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 18: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 19: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – Worcester, MA
Apr 22: Game Changer World – Howell, NJ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 23: Planet Trog – Whitehall, PA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 24: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)

Gift Giver are:
Vocals – Justin Johnson
Guitar – Nick Miller
Guitar – Eric Snapper
Bass – Troy Wilson
Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

 

Gift Giver Announce Upcoming Tour Dates

sworn in the plot in you i declare war gift giver

Gift Giver will be on tour with Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah in February and March, with a follow up with Sworn In and The Plot In You in March and April.

gift giver

Gift Giver on tour
w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

Feb 28: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
Mar 01: Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
Mar 02: BackBooth – Orlando, FL
Mar 03: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 04: Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
Mar 05: Inside Out Venue – Troutville, VA
Mar 06: Underwood Skatepark – Taylor, PA
Mar 07: The Wild Bull – Paterson, NJ
Mar 08: DV8 – Providence, RI
Mar 09: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Mar 10: TBA – New York, NY
Mar 11: Bogies – Albany, NY
Mar 12: Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
Mar 13: The Outpost – Kent, OH
Mar 14: The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Mar 15: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
Mar 16: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Mar 17: Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul, MN
Mar 18: Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
Mar 19: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar 20: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK

Gift Giver on tour
w/Sworn In, The Plot In You

Mar 29: Eagle Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Mar 30: 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 01: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 02: Walters – Houston, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 03: The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 04: Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 07: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 08: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 10: Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 11: Rum Runners – London, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 12: Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 14: Ritual – Ottawa, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 15: Foufounes – Montreal, QC (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 16: Saint Claire Theater – Syracuse, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 17: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 18: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 19: New England Metal and Hardcore Fest – Worcester, MA
Apr 22: at Game Changer World – Howell, NJ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 23: Planet Trog – Whitehall, PA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 24: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)

Gift Giver are:
Vocals – Justin Johnson
Guitar – Nick Miller
Guitar – Eric Snapper
Bass – Troy Wilson
Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

 

Gift Giver Signs With Century Media Records

gift giver

Detroit tech/nu metal outfit Gift Giver has signed with Century Media Records. . Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through their self-released EP, Daddy Issues, and constant touring through the US with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan’s own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making them one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene.

Vocalist Justin Johnson comments:

“We are very proud to announce that we have signed to Century Media Records! We’ve got a brand new full length ready and a couple new singles that will be coming out shortly. We busted our asses, dealt with member changes, and other endless amounts of bullshit to make this record happen- and it’s finally ready! It feels good to have a badass label believe in what we are doing and we hope to see all of your support as well! See you guys on the road.”

Gift Giver w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

Feb 28: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
Mar 01: Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
Mar 02: BackBooth – Orlando, FL
Mar 03: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 04: Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
Mar 05: Inside Out Venue – Troutville, VA
Mar 06: Underwood Skatepark – Taylor, PA
Mar 07: The Wild Bull – Paterson, NJ
Mar 08: DV8 – Providence, RI
Mar 09: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Mar 10: TBA – New York, NY
Mar 11: Bogies – Albany, NY
Mar 12: Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
Mar 13: The Outpost – Kent, OH
Mar 14: The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Mar 15: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
Mar 16: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Mar 17: Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul, MN
Mar 18: Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
Mar 19: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar 20: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK

gift giver tour poster

Gift Giver are:
Vocals – Justin Johnson
Guitar – Nick Miller
Guitar – Eric Snapper
Bass – Troy Wilson
Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

 

New England Metal And Hardcore Festival Day 3- Live at the Palladium

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Instead of a lazy Sunday filled with a coma like-haze, Day 3 of the festival this year ended on Saturday, giving us a much needed shot in the arm. It was however, next to impossible to get up and back out to Worcester by 12:30 PM for the first band after much partying was had on Friday following Behemoth’s killer performance. Still, I got to the venue in time to catch some of the early hardcore and deathcore bands like Harms Way, Obey The Brave, and Sylar. Loyal to the Grave was the real standout of the early day on the main stage, but oddly enough, the crowd wasn’t feeling them. I was totally bummed out because Japan’s best export with their high energy hardcore show. They were so compelling however, that some of their friends and tour-mates on the second stage upstairs moved their sets around so LTTG could play a second set upstairs to a more eager audience. Too bad I only had to hear about it and I missed it. Great band.

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After that I hung around the main stage for a while and checked out the sweaty doom rock of Kadavar. Totally out of place here at the metal fest as the only Sabbath worshiping band on the bill. The funny part is, they totally killed and there was a decent size crowd digging them. They talked little and jammed much. It was grand and they didn’t flinch in what could have been a weird spot for them. Next up on the main stage was Battlecross. Battlecross has played this area a bunch, but never the big stage downstairs at the palladium. The totally owned the day with their blistering performance. Look, they know they are not reinventing the wheel musically, but they play a balls out, thrash and groove style that pumps up the crowd. With new addition Shannon Lucas behind the kit, these guys are just a powerhouse and validate the “next Pantera” or “next Lamb of God” comparisons.

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Next I had a real choice to make. Hang by the main stage and catch ReVamp and Sabaton or miss my chance to see Nails. It was a real pickle, but ultimately I felt I had no choice but to stake out my spot to see Nails. Fortunately for me the second stage was running behind schedule, from the a fore mentioned set shuffling. I watched All Out War and the violent pit dancers and was transported back to my home of NYC in the They put on a good show and warmed up the crowd for what Nails was about to bring.

 

I know Todd Jones was in Terror, has a lot of fans from that association and a lot of hardcore fans like Nails. Musically, to me, there is not a lot in common with Terror and Nails, besides being heavy. “Entombed-core” gets tossed around to describe what is basically black-metal influenced crust-punk. Well the room was packed and Nails destroyed the place with their fierce, short bursts of angry musical missives. Todd is kind of a twisted genius and he feeds off the energy of the crowd. I don’t really get the extreme acts of violence caused by people in the pit punching people randomly in the face and stage diving a bunch of times feet first into the faces of fans. It was terrifying. A few people got tossed out for working their way back into the crowd in hurting unsuspecting onlookers far back from the stage. I think ultimately these incidents bum me out and take a away from the music. Still, Nails destroyed the place and they were among the best acts of the weekend.

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Back downstairs for the rest of the night… it was time for Unearth. Like The Acacia Strain and All That Remains, Unearth benefits greatly from being local heroes in this venue. A true Boston band that cut its teeth in that scene, their show was like a headline event. They played well and included a new song that was very cool sounding. As usual they were very active all over the stage, jumping around and having a blast. Matt DeVries (Fear Factory, ex-Chimaira, ex-Six Feet Under) filled in on bass. With the upcoming 10 year anniversary tour for The Oncoming Storm and a new album on the horizon due out from eOne this fall, things are looking bright for the band.

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Sam Black Church was another highly anticipated name on this bill. With a resurgent interest in the band due to the upcoming documentary being made by Duncan Wilder Johnson and several high profile shows of late, SBC fans locally and elsewhere have been rejuvenated. They showed what real hardcore is all about: fun, unity, strength, and respect; the band was terrific. It was inspiring to see most of the people downstairs either singing along to every word with singer Jet Crandall. He was as great to see today, as he was many years ago when I first witnessed the band. No one had more fun than that guy all weekend. When you hear songs like ‘Captain of The World’ and ‘We Got The Youth’, you can’t help but smile. It was huge for them to be a part of metal fest this year. Huge.


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Coming up to the last few bands of the night, it was time for Nile. Nile has owned the upstairs and the downstairs of this venue in the past and the death metal fans still in attendance were in for a treat. Nile is preparing a new album, but before they get off the road to finish it, they are still supporting At The Gate of Sethu (Nuclear Blast) which was excellent. Nile gives you their best every show and if you love technical death metal, it gets no better. It was cool to see drummers from other bands watching the legend that is George Kolias do his insane stick and pedal work during their set. They played a thorough headline set with tracks from every album, so there could be no complaints. Of course Nile begins and ends with Karl Sanders and Dallas Toller-Wade and their guitars and vocals. It was great to hear a lot of voices in the crowd pipe up for the Nile hits such as ‘Lashed To the Slave Stick’ and ‘Black Seeds of Vengeance’, since I worried their fans skipped out or left early. They didn’t.

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Last and never least it was time to see Iced Earth with my pals Marrek and Andy, who caught the last IE show in this building with me. They literally came just for the final band of the weekend. That is the kind of dedication this band inspires. Iced Earth has been riding high and touring the world since Plagues of Babylon (Century Media) was released earlier this year. The band definitely seem like they were in high spirits, seeming a bit tipsy, especially singer Stu Block. It was after all, drummer Jon Dette’s (Slayer, Anthrax) birthday so perhaps they were celebrating. Drunk or not, they put on a fun and phenomenal show. A few years back when Stu joined the band he was capable and yeoman-like, if not a bit tentative live. Now he holds nothing back and puts on a dramatic, explosive show with his amazing vocal range. Of course as goes Jon Schaffer, so goes his band, so it was of note that Jon was all smiles tonight. The line up sounded tight and the set list was cherry. After the opening title track of their latest album, the burned through ‘Democide’ and the ever epic classic ‘Burning Times’. The best song of the night was the surprising ‘Cthulu’ and the final eponymous track. A great set and a fine way to close out the weekend of metal and hardcore hijinks. Thanks go to Meg Loyal Photography for kicking ass, Scott Lee and Massconcerts for throwing down, and Earsplit PR for all the love and support. And to metal fest… we will see you next year for #17!

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Iced Earth Set List:

 

Plagues of Babylon

Democide

Burning Times

V

If I Could See You

Red Baron/Blue Max

Cthulhu

My Own Savior

Dystopia

 

Encore:

Iced Earth

 

 

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WORDS: KEITH CHACHKES

PHOTOS: MEG LOYAL PHOTOGRAPHY