Dysrhythmia Announce N. American Tour Dates With Cynic
May 30, 2010
will join legendary progressive-metal band Cynic
on their Decibel Hall of Fame
tour, 'Re-Traced / Re-Focused'
Live, starting in late July. This three-week North American tour will kick off in Los Angeles on July 22nd also include Intronaut
. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with advance ticket sales available here
Immediately prior to the Cynic
will be out on their first-ever European tour. This four-week run will travel across Europe and the UK starting on June 8th. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below. Dysrhythmia
are touring in support of their recent release, 'Psychic Maps'
. 'Psychic Maps'
was released last July and is currently streaming via the band's MySpace
. The band recorded the album at their own Menegroth studio in Queens, NY. Dysrhythmia
bassist Colin Marston
engineered the album, the band's fifth full-length.
6/08 - Nuemberg, Germany - K4
6/09 - Wuerzburg, Germany - JKH Cairo
6/10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - DB's
6/11 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Mukkes
6/12 - La Louviere, Belgium - La Taverne du Theatre
6/13 - Brighton, UK - Hectors House
6/14 - Leicester, UK - Criterion
6/15 - Newcastle, UK - Trillians
6/16 - Edinburgh, UK - Bannermans Bar
6/17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
6/18 - Tunbridge Wells, UK - The Forum (basement)
6/19 - London, UK - The Luminaire
6/20 - Le Havre, France - McDaids
6/21 - Poitiers, France - Le Confort Moderne (w/ Weedeater
, Black Cobra
6/22 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
6/23 - Lyon, France - Ground Zero
6/24 - Vicenza, Italy - Sabotage
6/25 - Muenchen, Germany - Sunny Red
6/26 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Channel Zero
6/27 - Budapest, Hungary - Duerer Kert
6/28 - Slavonice, Czech Rep. - Karvana
6/29 - Leipzig, Germany - Zorro
7/01 - Plzen, Czech Rep. - Pod Lampou (w/ Bleeding Through
, The Faceless
7/02 - Wroclaw, Poland - Wagon
7/03 - Berlin, Germany - Schokoladen
7/04 - Dresden, Germany - AZ Conni
7/22 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
7/23 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
7/24 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
7/26 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
7/28 - Denver, CO - Marquis
7/30 - Minneapolis, MN - Station 4
7/31 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
8/01 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
8/02 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
8/04 - Montreal, QC - Cafe Campus
8/05 - Boston, MA - Harpers Ferry
8/06 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
8/07 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
8/08 - Washington, DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
8/09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
8/10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
8/12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
8/13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Between the Buried And Me Annouce Global Tour Dates
December 22, 2009
Celebrated progressive rock / cutting-edge metal band Between The Buried And Me
) has announced multi-continental tour dates in support of its critically acclaimed new album, 'The Great Misdirect'
On January 8, 2010, Between The Buried And Me
will launch a full scale North American headlining tour. Produced by Live Nation
and presented by Killer Tours
, the BTBAM
winter whirl will run through February 6 in Charlotte, NC and features support from Cynic
, Devin Townsend Project
and Scale the Summit
. The tour's official admat can be viewed at this location
Immediately following the North American headlining trek, BTBAM
will kick off a European tour alongside Lamb of God
. The month long tour will begin on February 9 in Birmingham, UK and will criss-cross the continent, wrapping with a bang on March 12 in Lund, Sweden. Straight off the tour with LoG
, Between The Buried And Me
will embark upon a tour of Japan with The Red Chord
as support. At the conclusion of the Japan dates, BTBAM
will head to Australia for a string of major market live performances. A special one off show in Hawaii on April 1 will conclude the massive globe trot.
Additionally, Between The Buried And Me
has completed work on the first music video from 'The Great Misdirect'
. The gripping clip for the new BTBAM
" can be absorbed now below.
Merging unparalleled musical bravery, prodigious musicianship, flawless execution and an angular landscape of forward thinking ideas, Between The Buried And Me
reinvent the rock 'n roll idiom while pleasing their harshest critics: themselves. Joining metal's dexterity and progressive rock's forward-looking action, BTBAM
create spine-tingling sound that contains visceral power, labyrinthine arrangement, mind-boggling melody and majestic beauty. Since its inception, the band has proven itself as a progressive rock pacesetter whose modernist clang pegs it as a paradigm to be followed and a yardstick by which other bands are measured.
Between The Buried And Me
North American "The Great Misdirect
" headlining tour
, Devin Townsend Project
and Scale the Summit
1/08 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
1/09 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
1/10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
1/11 - Houston, TX - Meridian
1/12 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar (Big room)
1/13 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
1/15 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
1/16 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
1/17 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
1/18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
1/20 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
1/22 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
1/23 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
1/24 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
1/25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Downunder
1/26 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
1/27 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
1/28 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
1/29 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
1/30 - New York, NY - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
1/31 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
2/01 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
2/03 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
2/06 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
European tour w/ Lamb of God
, August Burns Red
, Job For A Cowboy
2/09 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
2/10 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
2/11 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
2/12 - Manchester, UK - Academy
2/13 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
2/15 - Paris, France - Batclan
2/16 - Brussels, BE - AB
2/17 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
2/18 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
2/19 - Stuttgart, Germany - Zapata
2/21 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
2/22 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
2/23 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
2/25 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
2/26 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkhaus
2/27 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
2/28 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
3/02 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
3/03 - Hamburg, Germany - Grunspan
3/04 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega |
3/05 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
3/06 - Umea, Sweden - House of Metal Festival
3/08 - Helsinki, Finland - House of Culture
3/10 - Olso, Norway - Sentrum Scene
3/11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tragarn
3/12 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeret
3/16 - Singapore - TBA
Japanese tour w/ guests The Red Chord
3/19 - Osaka, Japan - King Cobra
3/20 - Nagoya, Japan - Zion
3/21 - Yokohama, Japan - Club Lizard
3/22 - Tokyo, Japan - Club Seata
3/24 - Perth, Australia - Amplifier Bar (18+)
3/25 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers (All Ages)
3/26 - Melbourne, Australia - The Corner Hotel (18+)
3/27 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar (18+)
3/28 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hifi (18+)
One Off Headline Date:
4/1 - Honolulu, HI - Pipeline Cafe
Devin Townsend Makes Much Anticipated Return To Touring Life
November 6, 2009
triumphantly returns with a greatly ambitious new endeavor under the DTP
(Devin Townsend Project
) moniker. The new, mind-blowing disasterpiece takes the man’s genius to unprecedented levels as he embarks on a massive 4-part album series, which kicked off with 'Ki'
and is followed up with the 'Addicted'
album that is set for a Nov. 17th release throughout North America via Inside Out Music
, easily one of metal’s most intriguing, ominous and immensely talented figures is taking this project to the masses as he will join genre visionaries Between The Buried and Me
and Scale The Summit
for a massive North American trek which kicks off Jan 8th. The tour dates are below, and also be sure to head over to http://www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb
to crank the very interesting “Bend It Like Bender
further describes his excitement over getting back on the road, “Yo cats, so I'm starting to tour again, officially. I have a great team together, and we are performing selections from all my solo albums. However, I will not be playing Strapping
material. I love that band and everyone involved and respectfully leave the legacy. However, through all of my solo albums, (and the current Devin Townsend Project
with the next record 'Deconstruction'
) you can count on there being a ton of heavy material. From 'Ziltoid'
etc, mixed with 'Addicted'
, 'Ocean Machine'
“The first tour I'm doing to get my sea legs back is with Between The Buried And Me
, who I met on Ozzfest
and are a FANTASTIC band, Cynic
, who I have been a fan of for many, many years and are masters, And Scale The Summit
, a really cool new instrumental band. I am playing second, and it's a relatively short set, but for my first tour back it's a total honor. It will be a different style of performance for me, as there is no 'mask'. However, this incarnation is very different from the DTB
(Devin Townsend Band
) this is definitely heavier...somewhere between SYL
. And in truth, that’s pretty much where I feel I was meant to be all along. I'm honored to be invited on such a GREAT bill for the first tour back. Hopefully see you all then.
“The plans for the video for 'Bend It Like Bender'
are currently underway, the director is none other than the mighty Konrad Palkewicz
, who directed 'Almost Again'
by Strapping Young Lad
, and 'Coast'
off of 'Ki'
. It's an all animated affair that is not nearly as 'puffy' as the song, it's a mini movie with his incredible skills once again making my music seem much more poignant than it really is. I've seen some clips and it’s crazy good.”
is back and has crafted the offerings of his much heralded career. Fans of hard rock, metal and overall interesting music take note because this material is going to touch your soul on multiple levels.
Devin Townsend Project
, Scale The Summit
01/08 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
01/09 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
01/10 - New Orleans, LA - The Masquerade
01/11 - Houston, TX - The Meridian
01/12 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
01/13 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
01/15 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
01/16 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
01/17 - Hollywood, CA - Sunset Strip
01/18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
01/20 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
01/22 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
01/23 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
01/24 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
01/25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Downunder
01/26 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
01/27 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
01/28 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
01/29 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
01/30 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
01/31 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
02/01 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
02/03 - St. Peterburg, FL - State Theatre
02/06 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Cynic Announce U.S. Tour Dates
April 11, 2009
Celebrated legendary progressive metal unit, Cynic
, has announced U.S. tour dates in support of its critically acclaimed new album, 'Traced in Air'
. Fresh off of a North American tour with Meshuggah
, the forward thinking band will team up with fellow guitar heroes Dragonforce
for a twenty city U.S. trek that is set to kick off on April 15 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.
Back by popular demand nearly fifteen years after the release of the band’s seminal debut 'Focus'
has again proven why it has always been regarded as one of both metal and progressive rock’s go-to touchstones for creativity, vision and unparalleled musicianship. 'Traced in Air'
has met to rousing applause in the time since its November, 2008 release, being called “beautiful” by The New York Times
and “one of the best albums of the decade” by Guitar World
. The album reunites the prodigious Cynic
team of guitarist Paul Masvidal
- respected worldwide as one of progressive rock’s most innovative players - and major-league drummer Sean Reinert
. Produced by Grammy
-winner Warren Riker
, The Fugees
), 'Traced in Air'
not only stands up to Cynic's
masterful debut, it pushes the band’s unequaled style and sound - a seamless meshing of traditional metal structure with both jazz and fusion - into altogether new realms.
With the upcoming tour, Cynic
will continue to prove to music fans that there is little to none of its recorded output that the band cannot re-create in a live setting. A taste of what to expect can be experienced now as new songs from 'Traced in Air'
have been posted online at this location
U.S. tour dates:
4/15 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
4/17 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
4/18 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
4/19 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
4/21 - Fargo, ND @ The Venue at Playmakers
4/22 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
4/24 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
4/25 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
4/26 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
4/27 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
4/28 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
4/30 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
5/01 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
5/02 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
5/04 - Providence, RI @ Lupos at the Strand
5/05 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
5/07 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
5/08 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
5/09 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
5/10 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
5/12 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Daath Shoot Video For 'Day Of Endless Light'
March 26, 2009
The Atlanta based quintet, DÅÅTH
, is about to unleash a straight shot of pure, unfiltered American metal upon the masses with their new full-length album, 'The Concealers'
, which is set for an April 21st release. The group filmed a video for the scathing new track, “Day Of Endless Light
,” with director Robin Fuller
(Ghost of a Thousand
, Shaped By Fate
) in Atlanta this past weekend and click here
to check out some photos from the shoot.
(guitars) further states: “I hate music videos. Always have. There's been a few exceptions over the years like the old Tool
videos or White Stripes
videos, but for the most part they suck. Especially metal videos. How many times can we watch a group of burly dudes throwing down in a warehouse or abandoned building? With this video that was the LAST thing I wanted for us. I set out to find a team that would give us an actual work of art which could be watched and enjoyed regardless of the music. We ended up with Robin Fuller
directing. We chose him because of his amazing animation skills and overall enthusiasm for the vision. The vision was to have a video shot in the style of a Frank Miller
film (Sin City
) and have those shots interwoven with the art and design that Jorden Haley
has created for us with 'The Concealers'
. This will not be your typical metal video.”
A specially priced album pre-order is now available exclusively at this location
, that features a limited edition CD/t-shirt bundle for only $18 ($20 for XXL shirt). Fans also have the option to buy just the CD for only $10 and the first 250 people to purchase either the bundle or single disc will receive an autographed booklet.
The group kicks off the worldwide touring cycle for this effort on April 15th with a month-long North American trek alongside Dragonforce
. Visit http://www.myspace.com/daath
or see below to view their complete touring itinerary.
was produced and mixed by Jason Suecof
and Mark Lewis
, All That Remains
) and features unparalleled musicianship along with the extraordinary vocals of Sean Z
4/15 – House of Blues, Anaheim, CA (No Daath
4/17 – Knitting Factory, Boise, IA
4/18 – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
4/19 – Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
4/21 – The Venue at Playmakers, Fargo, ND
4/22 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
4/24 – Pop's, Sauget, IL
4/25 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
4/26 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
4/27 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
4/28 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
4/30 – Mr. Smalls, Millvale, PA
5/1 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
5/2 – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
5/4 – Lupos at the Strand, Providence, RI
5/5 – Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
5/7 – Higher Ground, So. Burlington, VT
5/8 – Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
5/9 – Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
5/10 – The Norva, Norfolk, VA
(16 news stories listed.)
YEAR FORMED: 1990
HOME TOWN: Miami, FL
Paul Masvidal - Vocals
Sean Reinert - Drums
Sean Malone - Bass
Tymon - Guitars
Robin Zielhorst - Bass (Live)
Though the words are thrown about too freely nowadays, the Floridian quartet Cynic fully lived up to descriptive words such as “anomaly”, “unique” and “inimitable” – and all of this within the course of eight songs. Few would ever have suspected that the four musicians from the Miami area would ever leave a lasting mark, especially in the dawn of the 1990s. The band’s history is a long and storied one, but telling it here would simply take up space on dry information that can easily be found online.
Picking up the story in 1991, the band had already grabbed a fair amount of attention after a pair of well-received demos, but this was a different era altogether, though, where several deserving, technical, death metal-rooted acts unsigned and seeking label deals – a few of these bands within Cynic’s homestate of Florida alone. The underground was a living, breathing entity in this era, full of hand-copied demos that could only be obtained via tape trading or mail-order from the bands themselves and read about within fanzines and import-only magazines. The Internet and changing musical attitudes would see a wholly different climate emerge a scant decade later, but at the time, few were certain that such a band might ever find a record label. Then again, the Cynic of this time was quite a different band to the one they would become on this debut record.
Should you come across the band’s earlier material, you’ll hear a band who were skilled upstarts but who were still grasping the art of songwriting. As Monte Conner, the A&R man who would eventually sign the band, recalls: “I remember [those early demos] being heavy but impossible to follow in that the songs didn’t have the standard verse/chorus structure and nothing from them stuck in your head.” Although their eponymous 1990 demo featured their most dramatic musical growth to date, there are few real choruses to speak of, let alone riffs that were brought back to reinforce their memorable qualities. It wasn’t until the band recorded a three-song demo for Roadrunner Records in 1992 that the material began to bolster their superb musicality with a number of traditional song elements, blending both together in a way that was daring, although not entirely unique. However, the results were good enough for Conner to offer Cynic a deal, and before the year was out, the band set about recording the Focus album with famed death metal producer Scott Burns.
Even proponents of the band’s previous output were somewhat shocked upon initial listenings to Focus in early 1993. Who could possibly have predicted the incredible strides the band would make in the year’s time since the band had demoed a handful of songs for their new label? Two which they wound up re-recording (“Uroboric Forms” and “The Eagle Nature”) had been considerably re-worked, allowing for additional accoutrements. Their musical merits had already been well-documented by this time, not only in the earlier Cynic material which showcased their instrumental prowess (you would be hard-pressed to find one band with a pair of better lead players than Paul Masvidal or Jason Gobel, while drummer Sean Reinert and bassist Tony Choy already held their own rapt audience within legions of drummers and bass players, respectively), but also within their contributions to bands such as Monstrosity and Master. It was particularly on the breakthrough fourth album from Death – Human - where the greater world learned of Reinert and Masvidal in particular, as their participation allowed late bandleader Chuck Schuldiner to finally realize a new technical benchmark in extreme music, something which only helped to fuel the demand for a full-length Cynic album.
Blessed with perhaps one of Scott Burns’ finest production works to date, with a well-rounded warmth that allowed listeners to focus upon any particular facet of their sound, Focus exceeded any and all expectations. Faced with a work of such density, even those familiar with the group were forced to dedicate repeated listens to the album, so dense was its framework and so rich its sonic tapestry. Although Choy did not participate in the recordings (having accepted work with Pestilence and then later Atheist), he was capably replaced by Morrisound friend and Chapman Stick enthusiast Sean Malone, who would forever after be linked to Cynic as their bassist – much to his credit. What struck both fans and newcomers alike was the daring, experimental dual vocal approach the band employed, bolstering the traditional growling death metal vocals of their past with Masvidal’s ethereal, flanged and otherworldly yet not inhuman clean vocal approach, alongside his own regular clean voice. At first, it made you question the band’s motives, but upon listening back to it years later, you really couldn’t imagine the album having been made any other way. Meanwhile, their seamless meshing of traditional metal structure with both jazz and fusion gave them a truly unique angle, something even further blurred beyond distinction by Reinert’s willingness to incorporate electronic drums into their sound.
Innovation, however, was to make up a large amount of the Cynic namesake. While you can pick out some of the key influences on the Focus album musically, there isn’t a single track where you can cite a main influence or reference point of blatant plagiarism, unlike nearly every single debut album in your record collection, perhaps with the scant exception of a few truly groundbreaking bands such as Black Sabbath or Frank Zappa. And scarier still, no matter how many hundreds of bands have cited the influence (or more accurately, inspiration) from this solitary album, not a single one has been able to match Cynic’s own precision or genre-bending impact. While rampant unnecessary tribute albums abound, how many bands have ever been able – or even dared -- to pull off a convincing Cynic cover version? Meanwhile, the album remain steeped in its own mysticism, aided by Masvidal’s own theosophical lyrics, touching upon humanistic aspects rarely seen by their peer group, with the singer even shown pictured within water – the everchanging river, perhaps – in the album’s interior.
With tours in both Europe and the USA to support the Focus album, the band also showed that there was little on the album which they could not re-create in a live setting. It was during the writing process for the band’s second album, sometime in 1995, that things started to fracture between the four members, and thus Cynic was disbanded quietly, with several of the musicians going on to pursue post-Cynic projects such as Portal and Aeon Spoke, before each headed their individual musical ways. It’s truly amazing in a sense the legacy that has been left behind with only eight properly recorded songs to their history, but in another sense it wouldn’t seem right any other way. Perhaps future albums would have taken them to cross even new boundaries and reinvent the way metal was to be perceived, but the world is both excited yet maddened by an artist who enters, delivers one bravura performance, and retires to greener pastures. Normally it’s the fans who determine when an artist’s services are no longer required (normally through a steady decline of abilities, gradual lack of interest, or – most often – both). In the decade-plus since the release of Focus, the album has aged far better than some of its contemporary competition, and few bands have ever managed to unify its followers so tangibly.
Fortunately, Focus was not to be the last chapter in the Cynic story. Although Masvidal and Reinert spent the next dozen years in various facets of music, performing with a number of widely varied musicians (and performing together in the indie-rock band Aeon Spoke), in 2007 the pair decided to reform the band for a series of Cynic reunion shows. Even though these dates were performed short-handed, the overwhelming enthusiasm they saw on those shows led them to discuss whether they had the creative fire within them to perhaps revisit Cynic as a creative entity. After sitting together a few times creatively, Masvidal and Reinert felt the old magic renewed, and thus decided to try to write enough material for a second full-length. The band finished a three-song demo, which was shopped to labels. Interest ran high and the band found a very good fit in the form of Season Of Mist Records, who signed the band to a worldwide deal in April of 2008.
In the meantime, the band continued to write additional material, and were buoyed by the return of Focus bassist Sean Malone. Malone had heard the demo material and was excited by it, and although he had been busy as a teacher in another state, he renewed his ties with Masvidal and Reinert and it was decided that Malone would join them for the recording of the second album. Rounding out the line-up would be Tymon Kruidenier, a talented guitarist out of the Netherlands who would also handle the aggressive vocals. In addition, former Blue Man Group musician / bass player Robin Zielhorst has now joined the group for live performances.
The band entered the studio this summer with Grammy-award winning Warren Riker (Down, Santana, etc.) to write the long-awaited follow-up to Focus. The new album – Traced in Air – consists of eight songs and just over 35 minutes in length. For the artwork, the band once again work with renowned artist Venosa (who created the unmistakable cover and visuals for Focus). - Ula Gehret
(Photo Credit: Chapter9 Photography)