It is being reported by Reuters that As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has been arrested by Oceanside, CA police after asking an undercover detective to murder his estranged wife. It is unclear if Lambesis has a lawyer and the band’s record label, Metal Blade Records, has not yet issued a comment.
We’ll update as more details come out. READ MORE
Israeli metal band Orphaned Land has released the album artwork and track listing for their upcoming album All Is One, which comes out June 25th in N. America via Century Media Records. The artwork, which was done by French artist Metastazis (Paradise Lost, As I Lay Dying) incorporates the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art (I foresee more than a few tattoos coming from this). All Is One is the followup to 2010′s The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR. You can see the artwork and track listing below. READ MORE
Metalcore band Killswitch Engage has announced a full string of US headlining tour dates. Support will come from As I Lay Dying, Miss May I, and Affiance. The tour kicks off in Oklahoma City and wraps up just over a month later in Joliet.
Vocalist Jesse Leach comments, “We look forward to sharing this tour with our old friends and brothers in metal As I Lay Dying. I personally have never had the chance to tour with them and I am looking forward to having such a quality band out with us to give this tour even more fire! We will also be joined by a talented and up-and-coming band Miss May I and a new band we’re all excited to see live called Affiance. Thanks to all the U.S. fans for your support! Our live show will be full-on energy with all of us ready to take this to a whole new level.”
Bassist Mike D. adds, “We are super excited to be back out with our good buds in As I Lay Dying! They are some of our favorite dudes to hang with on the road, so assumptions are high that utter chaos shall ensue. There will be so much metal riffage — you could build your own Carnival Cruse Ship. That’s right, ‘CHUGGA CHUGGA Paralysis’ is surely imminent.”
All tour dates can be found below. Also, make sure to check out our interview with drummer Justin Foley here. READ MORE
Metalcore band As I Lay Dying have released a lyric video for “No Lungs To Breathe”, which comes from their latest studio album Awakened. The video was made by the band’s guitarist Nick Hipa. You can watch it below.
AILD will embark on a N. American tour with The Devil Wears Prada, and For Today with The Color Morale joining through Mar. 7th at which point The Chariot will take over. All tour dates can be seen below. READ MORE
The Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying will be teaming up to co-headline the ‘Marathon Metalcore’ Tour, which will see support come from For Today, The Color Morale, and The Chariot. The tour runs from the end of February 2013 into the beginning of April. You can check out all tour dates below. READ MORE
British metalcore band Asking Alexandria are about to embark on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour alongside As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire, and Attila. Suicide Silence was supposed to also be on the bill but the passing of singer Mitch Lucker has obviously required that band to pull off of the tour. Now, Sumerian Records label mates I See Stars have been added to the bill. They will be playing between Attila and Memphis May Fire. Tour dates and ticket information can be found here.
Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce states, “First and foremost I would like to talk about a dear friend of mine who was prematurely taken from us this month. Mitch Lucker was one of the kindest and most passionate people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. My thoughts are not only with his family and friends, but also with the millions of people, worldwide, who Mitch helped to mould and inspire into the people they are today. A great man was lost who’s love and passion reached all corners of the globe. As many of you know, Suicide Silence were preparing to join us on our upcoming ‘Outbreak’ Tour. Due to the devastating circumstances they will no longer be joining us physically. They will however, Mitch included, be with us in spirit. We will go out on this tour with As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire & Attila to pay our tributes and respects to Mitch and his brothers in Suicide Silence. A portion of all tickets and official tour t-shirts sold will go to Mitch’s daughter for the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund.
“Suicide Silence could never be replaced on our tour as they are the only band in the world who could bring their element, intensity and power to the line-up. For the sake of giving the fans the best show we can under the circumstances, we have decided to add Sumerian family members I See Stars to the bill, NOT AS A REPLACEMENT BY ANY MEANS, but as another band who’s love and passion for music and their fans is as tried and true as ours. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to celebrate our collective love of music and to show compassion & solidarity in our scene. It’s time to put aside all petty differences and remember what it is that brings us all together, the music. Mitch- from myself and everyone else who will be taking part in this tour, you are forever in our hearts. This one’s for you. We love you. Cheers” READ MORE
A Veil, the latest project from Chad Ackerman (formerly of As I Lay Dying, Destroy The Runner, Austrian Death Machine, and Chapter 14), has released a fantastic video for “Tombs” with the makeup and effects done by Frank Ippolito and Ian Von Cromer (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Chronicles of Riddick, Syfy Face-Off). The video follows a zombie as it feasts upon animal/human hybrids until, at the end, its curiosity gets it to eat a carrot. That’s right, the lyrics and video are actually promoting vegan awareness.
Ackerman explains the writing/directing of the video, saying, “I wrote two other different treatments for the video before deciding to make it into a horror-themed video. I have a love/hate relationship with zombies. They really terrify me, but I have always loved them since I was a kid. It reflects the lyrics of the song, which starts from an animal’s point of view, and then it shifts to a vegan’s point of view. The main character (played by brother, Christian Ackerman, a professional mime and actor) goes from place to place eating humanized versions of animals (played by Ackerman, his wife and musical comrades). The video shows that there is nowhere safe for the animals to go until the main character’s curiosity brings awareness. You can say the zombie in this case is me, I’ve been vegan for two years and I did it out of curiosity and to improve my health. I think that as time moves forward, and as our education grows, that more and more people will lean towards or fully change to a plant based diet.”
While I’m still going to enjoy my baked trout tonight, I will say that the video is extremely well done and I loved watching every second of it. Check it out below! READ MORE
The lineup for California Metalfest 6 has been released and it is packed full of heavy bands. Included is headliner Killswitch Engage who will be performing their 2002 album Alive Or Just Breathing in its entirety for the first time ever in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The event will be held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday, November 24th. WWE superstar “Mankind” Mick Foley will be hosting the event along with several other TBA special guests. Tickets for the event can be found here.
The line-up also includes Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Black Veil Brides, Pierce The Veil, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Chiodos w/Craig Owens, For Today, Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall, Unearth, Bleeding Through, The Faceless, Born Of Osiris, Winds Of Plague, Shadows Fall, Veil of Maya, Acacia Strain, Attila, Sleeping Giant, Upon A Burning Body, and more. READ MORE
The official line up for the 2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has been released and it is confirmed that Slipknot will be headlining. Direct support to them will be thrash metal titans Slayer. Headlining the Jagermeister stage will be another thrash metal titan: Anthrax. Rounding out the bill is Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, High On Fire, Whitechapel, As I Lay Dying, and a special guest (rumored to be Motörhead), who will be announced March 5th. The full touring schedule is below.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, “You knew we’d be back. Now, you know we’re coming. This will be a tour people will scarcely want to miss. It will definitely be a show to remember. Can’t wait to see the states again from behind a mask.”
Slipknot’s Clown states, “Slipknot is headlining this summer’s Mayhem festival and it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever felt, sensed, or seen. You miss this, you miss everything. Everyone seems to think that there’s a chance we’re gonna go away. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Stay sic and don’t ever judge us.”
“Mayhem 2012 might just be the last and greatest metal festival before the world ends!! So wreak havoc and go out in style!!” adds Tom Araya of Slayer.
Slayer’s Kerry King comments, “We can’t wait to get rolling on Mayhem 2012! Been 3 years since we played it last, and it’s gonna be brutal!!! You can’t go wrong with Slayer and Slipknot, pure fucking mayhem!!!!
The ever sexy yet always terrifying Kittie have released a video for Empires (Part Two), which comes off their upcoming new album I’ve Failed You. The video is one of two videos that were shot with David Brodsky (Whitechapel, As I Lay Dying, In This Moment, The Red Chord), so I’ll be keeping an eye out for the second one to post when it comes out!
As I Lay Dying have released a video for ‘Anodyne Sea’
off their latest album, ‘The Powerless Rise’ exclusively on CraveOnline.com. Apparently, a new form of video technology was created specifically for this video in which a Nikon D7000 HD-SLR camera and a Teradek
Cube were attached to a helmet to create the “first-person” illusion. Funny, haven’t I seen that before in Smack My Bitch Up
(careful, that link is NSFW)?
As I Lay Dying will be hitting the road in February with Winds of Plague and After The Burial. Check out the tour dates after the jump.
As I Lay Dying have announced their first 2011 headlining tour with direct support coming from Winds Of Plague and After The Burial (interview here
). The tour, which lasts over a month, will include many cities that As I Lay Dying hasn’t been to in several years. The band’s latest album, ‘The Powerless Rise’, came out Nov. 9th. If you’re planning on hitting up one of these shows, let us know which one and how long it’s been since you’ve seen AILD.
Tour dates after the jump.
It seems lately that the big craze now is 7 or 8 string guitars: The lower the tuning, the more brutal the music. At least, that’s what bands think. More often than not, poor tones and generic songwriting plague what could otherwise be an interesting use of extended range instruments. After The Burial (interview here) tout their dual wielding 8 string guitarists as a huge part of their appeal. So does it help them or hinder them on their latest endeavor, ‘In Dreams’? Check out after the jump.
IN THIS MOMENT’s highly acclaimed new full-length album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, is making waves everywhere and now most notably on the Active Rock charts as the group’s new commercial single, “The Promise,” officially goes for adds next week. The track is definitely something truly genuine and unique for the band as it’s their first track to feature male vocals. The eye-popping new video for “The Promise” (featuring male vocalist Adrian Patrick) can now be viewed below. The clip was shot by renowned director David Brodsky (All That Remains, As I Lay Dying).
A Star-Crossed Wasteland marked the band’s highest Billboard Top 200 charting entry debuting at #40. The band are currently preparing for a North American run this fall to further support the single, so be sure to either see below or visit www.myspace.com/inthismoment
to view their touring itinerary.
In conjunction with the upcoming debut full-length release from SYSTEM DIVIDE
, The Conscious Sedation, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with BlankTV to premier the extreme modern metal act’s single Hollow. Be sure to head over to BlankTV
, the net’s biggest punk and indie music channel, to check out the single Hollow and while you’re there check out the music video for the song The Apex Doctrine
, which was shot by Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament, Dope, Dying Fetus, Suffocation).
If you like what you hear and see head over to the band’s landing page
and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. The Conscious Sedation is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.
CHECK AFTER THE JUMP FOR NEWS ABOUT ALL THAT REMAINS AND DEATH ANGEL!!!
Nashville’s veteran heavy metal act, The Showdown, has posted a short video trailer in anticipation of their fourth full-length record, Blood In The Gears, which is due out on August 24th on Solid State Records.
Four new tracks from Blood In The Gears – “Take Me Home”, “Bring It Down”, “Heavy Lies The Crown”, and “Blood In The Gears” – are currently available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page
Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions, in Nashville. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.
All That Remains will release For We Are Many, one of the most anticipated metal album on the year, on October 12th through Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie. The album was recorded this spring at Zing Studios in Massachusetts and produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who also handled This Darkened Heart and The Fall of Ideals. Vocalist Phil Labonte told Revolver Magazine in their August issue, “Fans of Overcome won’t be disappointed, but the disc will also offer new twists and turns.” 2008′s Overcome, All That Remains’ last studio album, has sold nearly 240,000 copies to date, debuting at #16 on the Billboard 200, and yielding the Top 10 active rock smash “Two Weeks.”
While fans wait for the new album, they fan find several of their favorite songs from the band’s latest album Overcome on the Rock Band Network for the Xbox Marketplace. The songs that are now available for download are “Days Without,” “Undone,” and “Forever In Your Hands.”
After spending the past month igniting stages across Europe with Bullet For My Valentine and Atreyu, the CANCER BATS return home this summer to bring their mountainous grooves and explosive blend of punk and metal to venues across Canada.
Before heading to the west coast to begin their tour across Canada, the CANCER BATS will perform at the 2010 S.C.E.N.E Music Festival in St. Catharines and will be part of the brand new “COOL TOUR” which will be hitting cities across the US in July. In association with Metal Blade Records, Atticus Black by Atticus Clothing, and Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music, the “COOL TOUR” features As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Architects, and many more. The tour has one Canadian stop in Toronto.
Make sure enter the Exclusive Bloody-Disgusting Cool Tour contest HERE
Since their formation in late 2004, Brighton, England quintet Architects UK have been on a continual ascendancy from the depths of the UK’s metal and hardcore underground to leaders of the scene. The band makes their much anticipated return to North America as part of the “Cool Tour,” which features As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Bless the Fall, The Acacia Strain, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. This massive, must see touring package kicks off on July 12th and runs through August 1st so be sure to visit www.myspace.com/architectsuk
to view their complete touring itinerary.
Sam Carter (vocals) further states, “The ‘Cool Tour’ is going to be fucking awesome! I can’t remember the last time I saw a touring package with a line up this crazy so it’s an honor to be a part of it. All the bands are awesome and are totally doing their own thing. So many packages these days put together four or five bands that all sound exactly the same. To find eight bands that all have their own sound and put them together is amazing. Every day is going to be a party for sure so we hope to see you all soon.”
Architects UK just wrapped up the recording process for their new effort with renowned producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan) and look for that to be released early next year. In the meantime, a special reissue of the group’s past two albums, Ruin and Hollow Crown, are going to be made available together on one low priced disc for their upcoming tour, so be sure to pick it up while they are available as these are sure to go fast.
San Diego’s Grammy®-nominated group As I Lay Dying are pleased to release their first production video from the band’s latest release The Powerless Rise, which just hit streets on May 11. As I Lay Dying chose the song “Parallels” for the band’s first music video off their new album, which was shot in Pittsburgh, PA on May 18 with director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye
with animation handled by Mike Milyavsky & David Brodsky. Fans can view the video HERE
In other news: As I Lay Dying’s The Powerless Rise, which debuted at #10, has now spent the last 4 weeks in Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Charts coming in at #67! This achievement marks yet another major feat for the metal band that refuses to compromise their sound to conform to the mainstream as they continue to deliver heavy and melodic music to their fans around the world.
On July 12, As I Lay Dying will launch the “Cool Tour” with Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages. The nationwide trek will launch this summer on July 12 in Orlando and wrap up in San Francisco on August 1. For pre-sale tickets and more information, visit: www.cooltour10.com
Tennessee’s riff-tastic southern metal outfit, The Showdown, has announced an August 24th street date for their Solid State Records sophomore release, Blood in the Gears. The forthcoming full-length was recorded at Anthem Productions in Nashville, and produced by The Showdown’s own, Jeremiah Scott. The album’s title track, and first single off the record, is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page
. Blood in the Gears is The Showdown’s fourth studio album, and the follow up to 2008’s, Back Breaker.
“Blood in the Gears is true to what The Showdown has always been about in the past,” explains vocalist David Bunton, “…heavy, thrashy, southern, groovy. Jeremiah Scott (Bass) recorded and produced the record, all in house and on our own terms. We are sounding like we want to and saying exactly what we want to. That’s what heavy metal is all about.”
Wisconsin’s champions of thrash, Lazarus A.D., are unleashing their new video for the track ‘Absolute Power’ off the critically acclaimed debut album, The Onslaught, this Monday when the band hosts Headbangers Ball*. The video, like their other two, was directed by Jason Meudt and Emmet Austin of Vision 4 Films
and features a brutal underground street fight; if you’re a fan of metal and/or the movie Kickboxer, you’ll dig this video!
The band comments: “Hey make sure to check out HBB this Monday, when the Laz will host and undoubtedly make fools of ourselves (I believe beverages were consumed).
Also just a quick update, we enter the studio in three weeks, we have been hard at work writing, things are sounding absolutely crushing, and we can’t wait for you to hear it. Check back soon for upcoming studio updates.”
*NOTE: HEADBANGERS BALL IS NOW ON MONDAY NIGHTS AT 3AM ET/PT.
So, SuperRadMike and I have decided to take a cue from BurnTheBlueSky and AdamDodd and do a co-op review of the new As I Lay Dying album, ‘The Powerless Rise’. Inside you’ll find TWO reviews where we each state our opinion about the band’s 5th studio release. Leave us some comments to let us know what you think.