Festival Preview: Knotfest

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Slipknot’s Knotfest is taking over, and if you have doubts about this I feel sorry for you. Growing to new locations and opportunities, Slipknot continues to grow their brand and the legend of these concert events. Taking place this weekend at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in an Bernadino California, kicks off tonight with a private pre-party for campers ad VIP’s with performances from Sepultura and The Faceless among others. In addition to camping and vendors, this year’s Knotfest has crazy attractions like the Knotfest Museum, Street Drum Corps Blood Drums Experience, Thunderdome – Fire Area, Ring of Fire Carnival Ride, Flaming Carnival games and more.

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Music is the thing that makes Knotfest come alive and Saturday is headlined by the mighty Judas Priest prepared to put on their legendary stage show. Followed up by Korn, who is in the midst of their debut album, 20th anniversary. Next on the main stage is Mastodon, followed by Trivium, COC with Pepper Keenan and a surprise special guest TBD.

Dr. Michael Bishop as Blothar of GWAR, photo by Meg Loyal Photography

Dr. Michael Bishop as Blothar of GWAR, photo by Meg Loyal Photography

The #2 and #3 stages for Saturday boast the likes of GWAR, Earth Crisis, Body Count, Goatwhore, At The Gates, Red Fang, Born of Osiris and Battlecross. Meanwhile the extreme stage has Kataklysm, Inquisition, Her Name In Blood, Belphegor, Abysmal Dawn, and Khaotika. Plus there is a Headbang for the Highway Stage sponsored by Zippo.

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Sunday is no less impressive with Slipknot putting on their typical astounding show. They have out done them selves in every edition, and this should be no different. Bring Me The Horizon has possibly the biggest album of the year on their hands and are in the penultimate support slot appropriately. Rock giants Clutch follow closely along with Mobb Deep and Ghostface Killah.

The eclectic and star heavy second and third stages have bands such as Suicidal Tendencies, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Snot, Helmet and Devour The Day. On the extreme stage legends Dying Fetus with have a chance to show fans how real technical death metal is done. They are joined by Internal Bleeding, The Reaktion, Disgorge, Green Death and Kings of Carnage.

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Crowdfunding: Cryptopsy – The Book of Suffering: Tome 1

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Tech-death metallers Cryptopsy are streaming a 45-second teaser video for their forthcoming EP, The Book of Suffering: Tome 1, the first part in a planned series of EPs collectively titled The Book of Suffering. Stream it below.

Crowdfunding campaign information to help fund the recording and release of the EP is below. The band is currently on their “Back to the US 2015” tour with Disgorge, Erimha, Soreption and The Convalescence.

May 24: Korova – San Antonio, TX
May 25: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
May 26: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
May 27: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
May 28: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
May 29: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
May 30: Metal Bar – Cudahy, WI
May 31: Agora – Cleveland, OH

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Video: Soreption – A Speech To Survival Play Through

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Swedish technical death metallers Soreption is streaming their play through video for “A Speech To Survival,” off of their Engineering The Void album, out now via Unique Leader Records. Stream it below.

The band will be touring with Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha and The Convalescence on an upcoming tour.

SOREPTION w/ Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha, The Convalescence:
May 14: Ralph’s Rock Diner – Worcester, MA
May 15: Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
May 16: Nihil Gallery- Brooklyn, NY
May 17: Revolution – Amityville, NY
May 18: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
May 19: Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
May 20: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 21: West End Trading Co. – Sanford, FL
May 22: Churchill’s – Miami, FL
May 23: The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
May 24: Korova – San Antonio, TX
May 25: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
May 26: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
May 27: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
May 28: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
May 29: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
May 30: Metal Bar – Cudahy, WI
May 31: Agora – Cleveland, OH

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Soreption Supporting Cryptopsy, Disgorge and Erimha On Upcoming US Tour

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Swedish death metallers Soreption will be joining a three week tour run supporting Cryptopsy, Disgorge and Erimha. Tour dates are posted below. They are supporting their current album Engineering the Void out via Unique Leader Records.

SOREPTION w/ Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha:
May 14: Ralph’s Rock Diner – Worcester, MA
May 15: Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
May 16: Coco 66 – Brooklyn, NY
May 17: Revolution – Amityville, NY
May 18: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
May 19: Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
May 20: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 21: West End Trading Co. – Sanford, FL
May 22: Churchill’s – Miami, FL
May 23: The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
May 24: Korova – San Antonio, TX
May 25: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
May 26: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
May 27: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
May 28: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
May 29: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
May 30: Metal Bar – Cudahy, WI
May 31: Agora – Cleveland, OH

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Broken Hope Parts Ways With Bassist Shaun Glass and Guitarist Chuck Wepfer

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Bassist Shaun Glass and guitarist Chuck Wepfer have been Chicago death metallers Broken Hope to focus on their new band, The Bloodline. Glass said in a statement:

“We have been very focused and busy with our main band THE BLOODLINE so much that we haven’t had any time to be part of BROKEN HOPE for the last 4-5 months as we can’t commit to two bands 100 percent. That said, we aren’t a part of BROKEN HOPE anymore, but we wish them and their new members, Matt Szlachta (DIRGE WITHIN, CHIMAIRA) and Diego Soria (DISGORGE), the best with what they do. And to all the amazing BROKEN HOPE fans, we will see you on the road.”