EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Bear Shares New Lyric Video – “Kuma”

Belgian Prog metallers Bear will release their new album Propaganda on May 8th via Pelagic Records. The long-running Antwerp-based crew draws influences from 1990s hardcore metal with their brutality, songcraft, and intellect. The new release will be their fourth in ten years, and the band has raised their international profile in that time touring throughout Europe and India and appearing at festivals such as Graspop, Roadburn, Rock Herk, Euroblast, UK Tech Fest, and Complextiy Fest, Check out the new lyric video for Bear’s new single ‘Kuma’ and pre-order the album at the links below! Continue reading

The Devil Wears Prada Talks Facing Metal Crowds

The Devil Wears Prada. Photo Credit: Kevin Estrada

The Devil Wears Prada. Photo Credit: Kevin Estrada

Being a band like The Devil Wears Prada and sounding the way they do can often be a challenge for those who are unfamiliar with their music. Over the past decade, the Ohio based act has built up a strong yet loyal following that live and breathe their style of metalcore.

They have once again appeared on the main stage of this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and are tackling larger audiences who are new to their style of music. Vocalist Mike Hranica talked about playing in front of vast crowds at these events, and how much that influenced how they approached their music.

When we got started and doing Vans Warped Tour back in 2008, it didn’t really influence us too much. We were really influenced by bands like Killswitch [Engage] and As I Lay Dying. They were always doing an Ozzfest and still doing Warped and playing with rockier bands, poppier bands, and all the way to proper metal, Slayer bands. We tried to do the same.

Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada. Photo Credit: Kevin Estrada

Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada. Photo Credit: Kevin Estrada

Ever since the band first appeared on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour’s main stage, longtime fans got their first experiences hearing their chaotic sounds and became addicted. While The Devil Wears Prada immediately became the pit kings at Warped Tour, things became a bit more of a challenge at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival supporting some of the heavyweights in the metal world.

We get put in our place when we come to Mayhem. It’s actually tough guys and metalheads rather than at Warped Tour it’s a bunch of young bands. We’re less cocky on Mayhem than on Warped Tour.

Doing Mayhem three years ago was really eye opening and we know what we’re getting in for. Also at the same time, that was the best summer tour we’ve ever done and already the past two days have been ‘oh my god…it’s so relaxing to come to Mayhem.’

Having such a fraction of the bands on Warped Tour makes it so much easier. We’re pumped. I think it will be a good summer with fans recognizing and doing shows like Graspop and Download Festival overseas. We know the fan dude there standing there like ‘what the hell is this?’ and by the end of the set will be like ‘I can vibe some of this stuff.’ We enjoy that challenge and trying to win people over. That’s a big part of the challenge.

While playing in front of a tough crowd and seeing a sea of “what the hell is this” looks, bassist Andy Trick had an interesting view on it. “You can see it if you watch the people come up and sit down and then after a few songs they get into it.

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Music Video + Tour: Texas In July – Nooses + Updated Tour Dates

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Texas In July is streaming their new music video for “Nooses” off their fourth and final full length album Bloodwork, out now via Equal Vision Records below. The band is currently in the midst of a US tour and dates are posted below.

TOUR DATES
Gideon w/Texas In July, Kublai Kahn, and Silent Planet
May 16: Brooklyn Asylum – Brooklyn, NY (Texas In July only)
May 17: Planet Trog – Allentown PA (Texas In July only)
May 19: Bogies – Albany, NY
May 20: Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC
May 21: Ritual – Ottawa, ON
May 22: Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON
May 23: Hartland Performing Arts – Howell, MI
May 30: The Champ – Lemoyne, PA (Texas In July only)

Texas In July: European Farewell tour
Jun 19: Jera On Air – Ysselsteyn (NL)
Jun 20: Morecore Fest – Köln (DE)
Jun 21: Graspop – Dessel (BE)
Jun 22: Amadeus – Oldenburg (DE) (Texas In July w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers)
Jun 24: Musikzentrum – Hannover (DE) (Texas In July w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers)
Jun 25: Barrak – Ostrava (CZ) (Texas In July w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers)
Jun 26: Topfest – Piestany (SK)
Jun 27: KVLT – Budapest (HU) (Texas In July w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jun 28: Circolo Svolta (Dissonance Fest) – Milan (IT) (Texas In July w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jun 29: Dynamo Werk 21 – Zurich (CH) (Texas In July w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jun 30: Backstage – München (DE) (Texas In July w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jul 01: Arena – Wien (AT) (Texas In July w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jul 02: Reading 3 Club – Tel Aviv (IL) (Texas In July w/Chelsea Grin only)
Jul 03: Schlachthof – Wiesbaden (DE) (Texas In July w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers)
Jul 04: With Full Force Festival – Roitzschjora (DE)

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Slash Partners With International Fund For Animal Welfare

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Iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer Slash has partnered with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter of elephants which is leading to their early extinction. To watch the video and get the song “Beneath The Savage Sun” for free, donate (HERE) and take action (HERE).  The U.S.-based charity IFAW works around the world on every aspect of the elephant crisis-on the front lines to stop the killing of elephants, in transit countries to stop the trafficking of ivory and in consumer countries to stop the demand for ivory products. For more information, go here.

While on tour in South Africa, Slash and the lead singer of his band Myles Kennedy witnessed the devastation of the elephants first-hand and knew they had to act. Together, they wrote the song “Beneath The Savage Sun” from the perspective of an elephant whose family has been wiped out. The hypnotic rock song is a highlight on the group’s critically acclaimed current album World On Fire.

“An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory and the result is the elephant population has declined 95% in the past century,” explains Slash. “Seeing that these majestic animals are on the path to extinction, possibly within the next decade, we wrote ‘Beneath The Savage Sun’ and partnered with IFAW. Donate to IFAW’s work to take action and protect elephants.”

May 08: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
May 09: Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, ME (Rise Above Fest 2015)
May 12: Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
May 13: Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
May 15: Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, OH (Rock on the Range)
May 18: Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
May 19: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Sioux City, IA
May 21: Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor – Austin, TX
May 23: House of Blues – Houston, TX
May 24: Southside Ballroom – Dallas, TX

European Tour Dates;
Jun 01: Sentrum Scene – Oslo (NO)
Jun 03: Sweden Rock Festival 2015 – Solvesborg (SE)
Jun 05: Rock Im Park 2015 – Nuremberg (DE)
Jun 09: Sportshalle – Hamburg (DE)
Jun 10: Zitadelle – Berlin (DE)
Jun 12: Pinkpop – Landgraf (NL)
Jun 14: Download Festival – Donington Park (UK)
Jun 17: The Rockhal – Luxembourg (LX)
Jun 19: Graspop – Dessel (BE)
Jun 20: Hellfest – Clisson (FR)
Jun 23: Rock In Roma 2015 – Rome (IT)
Jun 24: Fiera Arena – Milan (IT)
Jun 28: Arnele Romane – Bucharest (RO)
Jun 29: Hristo Bostev Hall – Sofia (BG)
Jul 01: Volt Festival – Sopron (HU)
Jul 02: Castle Clam – Vienna (AT)
Jul 04: Arena Geneve – Geneva (SI)
Jul 05: Theatre de Verdure – Nice (FR)
Jul 07: Barclaycard Arena – Madrid (ES)
Jul 08: St Jordi – Barcelona (ES)
Jul 10: Musilac Festival – Aixs-les-Bains (FR)

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Texas In July Announces Upcoming Farewell Tour Dates

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Texas In July has announced their final shows as a band, with an upcoming European tour as well as select shows with Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers, as well as a brief run with Gideon. The Ephrata, PA-based band originally formed in 2007 and signed to Equal Vision Records in 2010. Texas In July is currently comprised of JT Cavey (vocals), Adam Gray (drums), Chris Davis (lead guitar), and Benjamin Witkowski (bass).

TOUR DATES
Gideon w/Texas In July, Kublai Kahn, and Silent Planet
May 08: The End – Nashville, TN
May 09: Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
May 10: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 12: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
May 13: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH
May 14: Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
May 15: Empire – West Springfield, VA
May 16: Brooklyn Asylum – Brooklyn, NY (Texas In July only)
May 17: Planet Trog – Allentown PA (Texas In July only)
May 19: Bogies – Albany, NY
May 20: Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC
May 21: Ritual – Ottawa, ON
May 22: Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON
May 23: Hartland Performing Arts – Howell, MI

Texas In July: European Farewell tour
Jun 19: Jera On Air – Ysselsteyn (NL)
Jun 20: Morecore Fest – Köln (DE)
Jun 21: Graspop – Dessel (BE)
Jun 22: Amadeus – Oldenburg (DE) (w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers)
Jun 24: Musikzentrum – Hannover (DE) (w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers
Jun 25: Barrak – Ostrava (CZ) (w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers)
Jun 26: Topfest – Piestany (SK)
Jun 27: KVLT – Budapest (HU) (w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jun 28: Circolo Svolta – Milan (IT) (Dissonance Fest)(w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jun 29: Dynamo Werk 21 – Zurich (CH) (w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jun 30: Backstage – München (DE) (w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jul 01: Bach – Wien (AT) (w/Walking With Strangers only)
Jul 02: Reading 3 Club – Tel Aviv (IL) (w/Chelsea Grin only)
Jul 03: Schlachthof – Wiesbaden (DE) (w/Chelsea Grin and Walking With Strangers)
Jul 04: With Full Force Festival – Roitzschjora (DE)

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Chelsea Grin Announce Upcoming Tour Dates

Chelsea Grin have released an extensive schedule of upcoming tour dates.

Apr 28: Amsterdam – Saint Paul, MN
Apr 29: The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Apr 30: The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
May 01: Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
May 02: The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
May 03: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
May 04: Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 06: London Music Hall – London, ON
May 07: Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
May 08: Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
May 09: The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
May 10: Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
May 12: The International – Knoxville, TN
May 13: Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
May 14: Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
May 15: Backbooth – Orlando, FL
May 16: Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
May 18: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 19: House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
May 20: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
May 21: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
May 22: The Rock – Tucson, AZ
May 23: Sala – Cuauhtemoc (MX)(Chelsea Grin and The Word Alive only)

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Jun 13: Greenfield – Interlaken (SI)
Jun 14: Download Festival 2015 – Leicestershire (UK)
Jun 16: Fibber Magees – Dublin (IR)
Jun 17: Belfast Sub Bar Queens – Belfast (IR)
Jun 19: Jera On Air – Ysselsteyn (NL)
Jun 20: Graspop – Dessel (BE)
Jun 22: Amadeus – Oldenburg (DE)(with Texas In July)
Jun 23: Vixhall – Aarhus (DK)(with Parkway Drive)
Jun 24: Musikzentrum – Hanover (DE)(with Texas In July)
Jun 25: Barrak – Ostrava (CZ)(with Texas I July)
Jun 26: Topfest – Piestany (SLO)
Jun 28: Club Tapper – Tallinn (ES)(with Parkway Drive)
Jun 29: Melna Piekdiena – Riga (LAT)(with Parkway Drive)
Jun 30: Re: Public – Minsk (BEL)
Jul 02: Reading 3 Club – Tel Aviv (IS)
Jul 03: Schlachtlof – Wiesbaden (DE)(with Texas In July)
Jul 04: Vainstream – Munster (DE)
Jul 05: With Full Force 2015 – Leipzig (DE)

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Aug 13: The Rosemount – North Perth (AUS)
Aug 14: The Corner Hotel – Melbourne (AUS)
Aug 15: Wrangler Studios – Melbourne (AUS)
Aug 16: Fowlers Live – Adelaide (AUS)
Aug 19: The Small Ballroom – Islington (AUS)
Aug 21: The Factory Theatre – Sydney (AUS)
Aug 22: The Brightside – Brisbane (AUS)
Aug 23: The Lab – Brisbane (AUS)

The Graspop Experience – An Interview With The Monolith Deathcult

Monolith 2Since their inception back in 2002 Dutch death metal outfit The Monolith Deathcult (TMDC) stunned the extreme metal community with their highly original musical approach and their off-beat sense of humor. With Tetragrammaton, the band’s latest album, they pushed the envelope once again. Enough reason for Kaat van Doremalen to have a little chat with the gents at Graspop Metal Meeting.. Continue reading