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Coalesce Announce May Tour Dates With Converge
April 30, 2010
Coalesce will join Converge on select dates of their 'Axe To Fall 2010 US Tour'. Coalesce will be on the tour May 8th through the 22nd along with Lewd Acts and Black Breath. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

Coalesce are touring in support of their 2009 releases, 'Ox' and the subsequent 'OXEP'. The critically acclaimed 'Ox', the band's first album in 10 years, can be streamed in its entirety at www.coalesceox.info. 'OXEP', the EP follow-up, is currently streaming at www.oxep.info.

Updated Coalesce news / album information will be made available via www.relapse.com, the Coalesce website at www.CrashAndBang.com and the band's Official MySpace page at www.myspace.com/coalesce.

Coalesce
Tour Dates:
w/ Converge, Lewd Acts, Black Breath:
May 08 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
May 09 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
May 10 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
May 11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
May 13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's
May 14 - Portland, OR - Satyricon
May 15 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
May 17 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction (w/ Gaza)
May 18 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre (w/ Gaza)
May 19 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse (w/ Gaza)
May 21 - Austin, TX - Emo's (w/ Gaza)
May 22 - Dallas, TX - Trees (w/ Gaza)
 
 
 
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Dethklok Enter Billboard Top 200 At #15
October 13, 2009
Animated Heavy metal juggernauts Dethklok have exploded onto the Billboard Top 200 again with the release of 'Dethalbum II', selling nearly 45,000 copies in its first week. The ferocious new record from the stars of the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 six spots higher then their debut album 'Dethalbum' back in 2007.

Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small had this to say about the chart debut of Dethklok's 'Dethalbum II': "I'm both happy and humiliated that 'Dethalbum 2' reached number 15. Happy because we beat the first 'Dethalbum' numbers and humiliated to have been beaten by our second album numbers by ourselves. Either way we're still not as good as the Archies and I never want to forget that. Having said all of that, dear god I am fantastic and talented."

The September 27 release of Metalocalypse: Dethklok’s 'Dethalbum II' coincides with the start of Season 3 of Metalocalypse on Adult Swim in November. The third season of Metalocalypse will pick up right where Season 2 left off, and this season the episodes will be thirty minutes long.

Be sure to pick up the record-breaking new CD, Metalocalypse: Dethklok's 'The Dethalbum II', and be sure to catch Dethklok live on tour.

Dethklok Tour Dates
w/ Mastodon, Converge, High On Fire:
10/13 - St Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/14 - Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
10/16 - Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10/17 - Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
10/18 - Milwaukee, WI – Eagle’s Auditorium
10/20 - Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
10/21 - Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
10/23 - Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
10/24 - Hamburg, NY – Agri-Center on the Fairgrounds
10/25 - Albany, NY – Armory
10/27 - Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/28 - Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/29 - New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/30 - New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/31 - Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
11/01 - Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/03 - Norfolk, VA – The Norva
11/04 - Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/05 - Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
11/06 - Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
11/07 - Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
11/08 - Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater
11/11 - Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/12 - Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
11/13 - Austin, TX – Austin City Music Hall
11/14 - Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
11/16 - Las Cruces, NM - Pan American Center
11/17 - Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
11/18 - Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
11/19 - Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
11/20 - Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
11/21 - San Jose, CA – EventCenter
 
 
 
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Brutal Truth Announce Tour Dates
September 24, 2009
Legendary hyperblasters, Brutal Truth, have announced a run of US, Japanese and Australian tour dates in support of their brand new full-length album 'Evolution Through Revolution'. Starting in early December, Brutal Truth will team up with Municipal Waste, Phobia and more for a string of shows in the eastern US. Immediately following, the band will join Converge and Venomous Concept for a three-city tour of Japan before heading to Australia for a handful of headlining shows. A listing of confirmed Brutal Truth tour dates can be found below with more details to be announced soon.

'Evolution Through Revolution', the band’s first album in ten years, is currently streaming in its entirety at www.EvolutionThroughRevolution.info. Brutal Truth has also recently premiered the first video from the record, for the track “Sugardaddy”, online now at this location.

Brutal Truth
Tour Dates:

w/ Municipal Waste, Phobia, Cauldron:
12/4 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
12/5 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
12/6 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
12/7 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes
12/8 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
12/9 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
12/10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

w/ Converge, Venomous Concept:
12/15 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
12/16 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
12/17 - Osaka, Japan - Big Cat

w/ Blood Duster, Captain Cleanoff:
12/19 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
12/20 - Melbourne, Australia - The Hifi Bar
12/21 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar
 
 
 
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Dethklok, Mastodon To Co-Headline Fall Tour
August 5, 2009
This fall, two of the most popular bands in metal will co-headline a 34-city North American tour as the Grammy® Award-winning Mastodon hits the road with Dethklok, the world’s most brutal animated death metal band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse.

In one of the most highly-anticipated tours of the year, the Adult Swim Presents Dethklok and Mastodon tour will kick off on October 2 in Portland, Ore. and bring mayhem and destruction to local venues throughout the nation. Adding even more layers to this fall’s top metal tour, Oakland’s High On Fire and Converge will open each show. Ticket pre-sales began yesterday (Tuesday, August 4) at 10:00 AM EST, while the full allotment of tickets will go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, August 7. For more information about the tour including the pre-sale ticket password, price ranges and how to order, please visit www.adultswimpresents.com.

As sponsor for the entire tour, Adult Swim will feature ”Brütal Legend” gaming stations for fans to experience the videogame first-hand, while a two-minute animated content piece, created by Titmouse, will air during each show. Print ads, AdultSwim.com and on-site materials will also feature the videogame as the tour’s key sponsor. “Brütal Legend” is an epic action game from visionary developer Tim Schafer. Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie summoned to a world of Heavy Metal where mountains are made of amplifiers, killer spiders spin guitar strings and Rock Legends roam the landscape. As Eddie, crush skulls with a battle axe, ravage the road in a super-charged Hot Rod and unleash the power of Rock to reign down fire from the sky – all to save humanity and become a Brütal Legend.

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, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Swigelf, Toki Wartooth and Pickles – better known as Dethklok – will take to the road in support of the band’s latest CD release from Williams Street Records, 'Dethklok: The Dethalbum II', which will be released as both a standard and deluxe edition on September 29 from Williams Street Records. A limited-edition vinyl of the album will also be released at local record shops starting November 24. Bringing the animated band to life on stage each night will be series co-creator and composer Brendon Small along with an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. These real life-musicians will perform live while dark-lit and playing underneath a giant projection screen featuring all-new animation and music videos from Dethklok to create a truly unique concert experience.

Sharing the bill with Dethklok on this seven-week tour is Grammy® Award-winning hard icons Mastodon, who are currently touring Europe and the UK with Metallica. The band’s groundbreaking new album, 'Crack The Skye', was released on March 24, debuting on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11 to overwhelming international critical praise. Rolling Stone Magazine applauded Mastodon by declaring them as: “The greatest metal band of their generation – no one comes close.” Go to www.mastodonrocks.com or www.cracktheskye.com for more info and updates.

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, High On Fire creates “bad-ass” modern metal that merges primal fury and aggression, skyscraping riff explosions and hesher bombast with a monolithic heaviness. Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness,” High On Fire has burned the hard rock rulebook since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both unique and absolutely crushing. The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike, a founding member of the famed underground band Sleep and one of heavy music’s most charismatic figures. Pike was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of its “New Guitar Gods.”

Considered one of the most intense, important, and influential metal/hardcore bands ever, Converge will release their anticipated new album, 'Axe To Fall', on Epitaph on October 20th. The release is the follow up to their highly-acclaimed 'No Heroes' album, released on Epitaph in 2006. Though Converge has remained tight lipped about all aspects of 'Axe To Fall', the buzz surrounding the upcoming release already has the rumblings of potential aggressive album of the year.

The tour schedule for Adult Swim Presents Metalocalypse’s Dethklok and Mastodon with High On Fire and Converge is as follows:
10/02 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
10/03 - WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA
10/04 - Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver, BC
10/06 - Big Four Building - Calgary, AB
10/07 - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, AB
10/09 - Great Saltair - Salt Lake City, UT
10/10 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
10/12 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
10/13 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
10/14 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA
10/16 - Myth - St. Paul, MN
10/17 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
10/18 - Eagle’s Auditorium - Milwaukee, WI
10/20 - LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH
10/21 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
10/23 - Sound Academy - Toronto
10/24 - The Fairgrounds - Buffalo, NY
10/25 - Armory - Albany, NY
10/27 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
10/30 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY
10/31 - Patriot Center - Washington, DC
11/01 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
11/05 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
11/06 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
11/07 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
11/08 - Pompano Beach Amphitheater - Pompano Beach, FL
11/11 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
11/12 - Verizon Wireless Theater - Houston, TX
11/13 - Austin City Music Hall - Austin, TX
11/14 - Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK
11/16 - Pan American Center - Las Cruces, NM
11/17 - Mesa Amphitheater - Mesa, AZ
11/18 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
11/19 - Palladium - Los Angeles, CA

*Schedule is subject to change

"Seeing this lineup makes me jealous for the audience,” said Metalocalypse’s Small. “Both myself and my band that doesn't exist are incredibly excited and honored to be a part of it. Furthermore, I see this tour jump-starting the economy and completely reversing the recession. I've said this a thousand times: There is no recession for metal."
 
 
 
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The Funeral Pyre Debuts New Music Online
April 4, 2008
Los Angeles black metallers The Funeral Pyre has posted a track from the band’s forthcoming record, ‘Wounds,’ online at the band’s MySpace page, entitled “Black Earth.” Scheduled for a May 27 release through Prosthetic Records, ‘Wounds’ is the follow-up to 2006’s ‘The Nature of Betrayal,’ which saw an early 2007 re-release through a distribution deal with Creator Destructor Records.

Recorded in February and March with producer John Haddad (Intronaut, Eyes of Fire, Abysmal Dawn), ‘Wounds’ was mixed by metal legend Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Through The Eyes of the Dead) and mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Converge, Municipal Waste). Having most recently completed a West Coast tour with Book of Black Earth, The Funeral Pyre is slated to be part of Los Angeles Murderfest alongside Converge, Baroness, The Red Chord, Genghis Tron and more on April 18 and will be embarking on a CD release-based tour in May and June throughout the United States.

The Funeral Pyre On Tour:
4/18 - Hollywood, CA – The Knitting Factory (Murderfest day one with Converge, The Red Chord, Baroness, Genghis Tron, more)

'Wounds' US tour:
5/23 - Los Angeles, CA – Relax Bar
5/24 - Phoenix, AZ – TBA
5/25 - Albuquerque, NM – TBA
5/26 - Denver, CO – The Kingdom of Doom
5/27 - Omaha, NE – TBA
5/28 - Salina, KS – The Blue Goat
5/29 - Tulsa, OK – Under The Mooch
5/30 - Dallas, TX – TBA
5/31 - Houston, TX – TBA
6/01 - Beaumont, TX – TBA
6/02 - Austin, TX – Red 7
6/03 - San Antonio, TX – TBA
6/04 - Corpus Christi, TX – The Compound
6/05 - El Paso, TX – Corona
6/06 - Tucson, AZ – TBA
6/07 - Yuma, AZ – Bucklin Park
6/08 - Las Vegas, NV – TBA
6/09 - Stateline, NV – Tahoe Underground
6/10 - Portland, OR – Rotture (Joe Preston’s Mancampus)
6/11 - Eugene, OR – TBA
6/12 - San Francisco, CA – Annie’s Social Club
6/13 - Fresno, CA – The Exit

*Booking inquiries for TBA dates can be directed to the band’s MySpace page.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1990
HOME TOWN: Boston, MA
MEMBERS:
Jacob Bannon (vocals)
Kurt Ballou (guitar)
Nate Newton (bass)
Ben Koller (drums)

In life, there are those who follow and those who boldly forge their own path. Bostons Converge have defined themselves over the past 15 years as one of the few bands who truly fits into the latter categoryand their latest full-length No Heroes is quite possibly their most cerebral and ferocious album to date.

While their Epitaph debut You Fail Me helped the bandvocalist Jacob Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Kollerexpand their audience outside the Converge Cult, No Heroes shows the group revisiting the sound of classic records like Petitioning An Empty Sky and Forever Comes Crashing. We dont try to outdo ourselves each time in terms of making a heavy, ridiculous record, but this time we feel like we kind of did, explains Bannon. Weve never been a band whos just going through the motions and I think that shows on this record.

Produced by Ballou at the bands longtime studio/practice spot Godcity, No Heroes shows the band exploring new sonic textures while still retaining the palpable energy theyve become known for. While the album blazes out of the gate with the aptly titled To The Lions, songs like Orphaned the instrumental Plagues prove that breakneck speed and heaviness arent necessarily interrelatedand when Converge lower the tempo, theyre able to effortlessly transcend traditional notions of heaviness.

Devotees of Jane Doe will also be blown away by epic tracks like the nine-minute Grim Heart/Black Rose, a doom masterpiece which features guest vocals from Only Living Witness Jonah Jenkins. What we do is very different than whats happening in the mainstream, Bannon explains. I think were a weird amalgamation of stuff that doesnt really exist anymore thats somewhere between the thrash world, the hardcore world, the punk world and the alt-rock world, he continues. We just went and did our thing on this record rather than try to make a name for ourselves or dilute our approach.

From Bannons captivating artwork and introspective lyrics to Ballous masterful production techniques, Converges artistic vision has always separated the band from their peers, and No Heroes is no exception. A lot of the bands that people consider to be our contemporaries dont share that attention to detail, Ballou admits, fresh off the Sounds Of The Underground amphitheatre tour. With us, everything is carefully crafted and intentional, which is kind of ironic considering to a lot of people our music is just a wall of noise, he continues. I think a lot of what exists now is just decorationand were simply not decoration.

All of this ties into the albums central theme: No Heroes. Theres people who choose to stand up and do something and be relevant in life and theres other people who choose to be part of a herd, Bannon explains. But, like any other Converge album, these songs are outwardly personal and we dont really make any excuses for that. Thats just kind of what we are and what we dig.