Relapse Records recently suffered a great loss as their Director Of Retail Sales Pat Egan passed away on Monday, Feb. 18th due to complications stemming from pneumonia. To honor his memory, Relapse has put together a 20-track tribute album that features a collection of his favorite artists and songs. All bands included have waived their royalty fees so that 100% of the proceeds can go towards a college fund for Egan’s daughter Katie. The compilation is $5 and available via Bandcamp here. Those who wish to donate via PayPal can do so at [email protected].
Our deepest condolences go out to Pat, his family and friends, and the entire Relapse Record crew. You are in our thoughts. READ MORE
Greg Puciato, frontman of Dillinger Escape Plan, talked recently with Metal Injection about the new DEP album and the possibility of a collaboration project with Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy). Check out the interview below.
What do you guys think? Excited for such a collaboration?
One of metal’s most intriguing, ominous and immensely talented figures, the mighty Devin Townsend, has been holed up undergoing intense rehearsals as he prepares to embark on a headlining tour for the first time in his solo career. This will be a special evening exploring a 15 year musical journey with Townsend performing songs spanning his entire vast catalog. This tour kicks off on Oct. 8th and visit HERE to view the tour itinerary.
Special VIP Packages and Presale Tickets will be available for the tour. Please visit HERE for more information.
Progressive Metal act TesseracT, who are one of the most talked about bands among musicians and tech-heads, thanks to the quintet’s time signatures and musical complexity, will be supporting Devin on all shows. Periphery will be main support on the Springfield, VA, and West Chester, PA dates.
Jersey-based aggressive hard rock outfit Return To Earth, featuring the talents of Ron Scalzo, Brett Aveni, and Chris Pennie (Coheed & Cambria, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), are pleased to announce that their song Night Of The Exploding Razors will have its WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE premiere this weekend (Aug 6th – Aug 8th) on the acclaimed syndicated radio show, Full Metal Jackie. The show is syndicated on rock stations across the US. Find the station nearest you to tune in this weekend by heading to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.
Return To Earth’s sophomore album and Metal Blade Records debut, Automata, hits stores everywhere on August 17th. Mixing for Automata was handled by Guns N’ Roses’ Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal who also happened to mix RTE’s first album, Captains of Industry, and polished up what turned out to be quite an ambitious multi-track recording. Automata was self produced by Chris and Brett under their new production company, Fight Mannequins. Brett comments: “We wanted complete control over the proceedings, as we felt that only we knew what was best to get the songs across.” Vocalist Ron Scalzo adds: “After going about the recording process modestly for our first album, Captains of Industry, we decided to up the ante for Automata – better studios and mics, more tracks, more gear – we wanted to create a heavier, denser sound with more dynamics this time around. Heavier and denser can be a nightmare without the proper mix, and our old friend Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal once again made magic with more tracks than most sane people would dare to blend together to make everything sound cohesive. With file management not necessarily being our ‘strong suit’, Mr. Thal once again outdid himself trying to piece all the madness together.”
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.
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Jersey-based aggressive hard rock outfit RETURN TO EARTH featuring the talents of Ron Scalzo, Brett Aveni, and Chris Pennie (current drummer of Coheed & Cambria and former drummer of The Dillinger Escape Plan). RETURN TO EARTH has already finished writing and recording Automata, the follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut Captains of Industry, and is set to release the behemoth this summer. 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
America’s premiere, genre-defying metal band, SUICIDE SILENCE, will soon strike fear into the hearts of today’s impressionable youth as they take part in this summer’s highly anticipated Warped Tour. The group are excited to be one of the tour’s most extreme acts and to have the opportunity to annihilate thousands of new faces each day. They will join a very diverse, impressive list of artists ranging from Andrew W.K. and Sum 41 to Every Time I Die to The Dillinger Escape Plan, among many others. Be sure to either visit www.warpedtour.com or www.myspace.com/suicidesilence to view their complete touring itinerary. READ MORE