The Summer Slaughter 2013 Tour lineup has been announced and it’s full of some amazing acts! Headlining the tour will be The Dillinger Escape Plan with prog-metal masters Animals As Leaders and Periphery also on the bill. You’ll also get a chance to see Norma Jean, The Ocean, Cattle Decapitation, and more.
YouTube user Mashuggah Halcyon, who hails from Russia, is a multi-instrumentalist who has uploaded videos of her covering various songs, both video game related and from the metal genre. They’re rather incredible as she plays these pieces with near effortless grace (while wearing a metal shirt). Particularly, her cover of Animals As Leaders‘ “On Impulse” gives the song a completely different feel, almost as though it belongs in a Legend Of Zelda game. Also, her covers of Silent Hill 1′s “Not Tomorrow” and Silent Hill 2′s “Promise (Reprise)” are fantastic.
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Meshuggah vocalist Jens Kidman was forced to sit out last night’s performance in Atlanta due to coming down with the flu. However, the band did not cancel their performance, instead creating a post on Facebook stating, “[Kidman]‘s mute for now. WE WILL PLAY ANYWAY. So memorize the lyrics and bring your very best growl Atlanta. You will all be Jens tonight!! Lets make this happen!”
During a performance of “Bleed”, a cardboard cutout of Kidman was put on stage and pre-recorded vocals were broadcasted.
However, during their performance of “New Millennium Cyanide Christ”, singer Sacha Dunable of Intronaut (who is touring with the band) came out to sing the vocals. Check it all out below. READ MORE
The Animals As Leaders song “Cafo” is already ridiculously impressive and complex. Now Leonhard Roczek of Genuine Aspect has decided to take things a step further and played a great deal of the song on his cello. He admits that a few parts of the song are sped up and that MIDI was used at a few points. However, it’s still technically amazing and well worth a watch. If nothing else, it creates a new dimension and feel to the track, adding in an extra element of beauty. Check it out below. READ MORE
Progressive metal band Intronaut has announced six headline tour dates through the South before embarking as support on the Meshuggah/Animals As Leaders tour. The full touring schedule can be seen below.
The band has also announced a March 19th, 2013 release date for their upcoming album Habitual Levitations. The first single, “Milk Leg”, will be released Feb. 5th, 2013 on all digital platforms as well as a single-sided, etched 7″ vinyl (release date for that TBD). READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with Javier Reyes (TRAM, Animals As Leaders) regarding his Mestis project and the Basal Ganglia EP, which was released Nov. 27th via Sumerian Records (order here or on iTunes). Check out this exclusive interview below.
The EP features Reyes on guitar, bass, production and mixing duties, Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders) handling drum programming, Hector Barez (Calle 13, Bio Ritmo) on percussion and David Stout (Marvin Gaye, Juan Gabriel, Smokey Robinson) on the trombone. READ MORE
Tech metal masterminds Meshuggah have announced a string of 2013 N. American headlining tour dates that begin in February and end in the beginning of March. Support will come from Animals As Leaders as well as Intronaut.
Guitarist Mårten Hagström states, “Finally we’re getting our asses back over the pond to deliver a second helping of the Ophidian trek across North America. We are excited. We WILL see you there!”
Below are the tour dates as well as the login and password for advance ticket opportunities. READ MORE
Post-metal prog band Intronaut are set to release Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), their fourth studio album, on March 19th, 2013. Drums were recorded by producer John Haddad [Exhumed, Phobia] and Derek Donley [Bereft] handled recording for all other elements on the record. It was mixed by Josh Newell and artwork and layout will be done by David D’Andrea who has worked with the band on previous albums. You can watch rehearsal footage of a new song below.
Intronaut’s supported their last album, Valley Of Smoke, by touring extensively with such bands as Animals As Leaders, Cynic, Helmet, and more. They were also tapped as direct support for Tool. READ MORE
Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes (pictured above) appears to have been unlawfully arrested in Boston after leaving a venue where they had just performed. It seems that Reyes, along with a group of friends and his band members, were walking along the street when a police officer shoved one of Reyes’ friends, turned him around and proceeded to handcuff him. Reyes pulled out his cell phone and stated that he was recording this event. This set off a chain of events that you can read below in an eyewitness description.
Not only have fans gathered in an online petition to have all charges dropped but the music world has joined in as well. Bands such as Cephalic Carnage, Job For A Cowboy, Born Of Osiris, Whitechapel, and more have posted the link to the online petition, urging their fans to sign and let their voices be heard. If you wish to sign, here is the link. READ MORE
In what might end up becoming the wet dream tour for prog metal fans, Between The Buried And Me have announced a full North American tour with support coming from Animals As Leaders (interview here) and TesseracT (interview here).
If you read my review of This Is The Warning then you know how I feel about Dead Letter Circus. This Australian band came to my attention when I heard that they’d be signed to Sumerian Records, a label that has a lot of amazing talent signed on. So, after hearing the album (mind blown) and seeing that they were doing a US tour with Animals As Leaders (interview here), I knew that I had to meet up with the guys and have a little chat.
I recently got the chance to sit down and chat with Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi during their first US headlining tour. If you haven’t heard of Animals As Leaders, just imagine shred metal, jazz, and prog getting all hot and steamy in a wanton musical orgy. If you can handle that, chances are pretty likely that you’ll enjoy the hell out of these guys. Check after the jump for our exclusive video interview!
Okay, so most of you got pretty sick of me covering TesseracT, but what can I say? I love the guys! And you have to admit, they put out one hell of a release with One. Well, I’m back with another band that I’m prepared to plug nonstop: Dead Letter Circus. Seriously, these guys are amazing and I’m stoked to hear that they are going to be hitting the road in the US for the first time! They’ll be touring with Animals as Leaders, Intronaut, Last Chance To Reason, and Evan Brewer (bassist of Faceless). This is a tour that I will DEFINITELY be attending and so should you! The tour is in support of their upcoming album, This Is The Warning, which comes out in the US on July 26th. Check out the tour dates after the jump! READ MORE
So, a new music supergroup is about to emerge on the music scene and I’m cautiously optimistic about their sound: T.R.A.M.. Featuring Adrian Terrazas (The Mars Volta) on sax, flute, bass clarinet and percussion, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) on guitars, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) on guitars, and Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies) on drums, T.R.A.M. will be performing their first live show at SXSW, March 17th at Venue 222. Keep an eye out on the Official Facebook for info as well a song debut in the next few weeks.
Now, here’s why I’m cautious in my optimism: each of these members is absurdly talented and now their instrument inside and out. However, just because you know your instrument and can play technically amazing things doesn’t mean that you can make relatable music. Here’s hoping I’m wrong because if done right, this band could be something truly special and amazing. READ MORE
The pride and joy of Shreveport, Louisiana, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE (IWABO), kick off their first North American tour of 2010 today with The Dillinger Escape Plan tonight in NYC. Darkest Hour and Animals As Leaders round out the bill and will lead the group directly into a massive European tour with The Chariot that sees them hitting everywhere from Russia to Ireland. IWABO then makes their grand return to the U.S. this summer as part of the Warped Tour package. Head over to www.myspace.com/iwrestledabearonce to view their complete touring itinerary. READ MORE