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Coal Chamber To Reform For Australian Soundwave Shows
September 26, 2011

Dez Fafara, co-founder and vocalist of 90’s alt-metal (or “spooky-core” as coined by devout fans) band COAL CHAMBER and current vocalist for DevilDriver, is announcing an upcoming reformation of the band specifically for SOUNDWAVE shows. COAL CHAMBER is highly-regarded for their countless high-energy performances with several of today’s biggest names and selling millions of albums worldwide.


Dez affirms, “COAL CHAMBER is playing SOUNDWAVE Down Under! These reunion shows are for the fans that want to see us again as well as all the people that never got to see COAL CHAMBER. It is and always will be a very special part of my life, so these few shows are for those people and for us. If you’re not from Australia, better get a ticket now to come see this event!”


“Australia has never seen us, nor have we seen them,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón. “It will be an extraordinary exchange of energy and adrenaline. Hello Aussies, nice to meet you!”


Formed in 1993 by Dez and Meegs, COAL CHAMBER was busy selling out venues like The Roxy in West Hollywood, bringing out bands like System of a Down and Static X, and launching a new genre of metal in Los Angeles before they were even signed to Roadrunner Records in 1995. After what seemed like endless touring, the band recorded and released their debut self-titled album in February 1997. The album went RIAA Certified Gold in the United States. The band went on to tour several times with Pantera, Black Sabbath, and soon broke out in the UK while on tour with Machine Head and Napalm Death. During the first album cycle, Sharon Osbourne began managing the band.


Following the band’s headline run with Machine Head as direct support and Slipknot as opener (whom the band also helped bring to the masses), COAL CHAMBER released their next album, Chamber Music, in 1999. The album charted at #28 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and yielded a hit track, ‘Shock The Monkey’, featuring Ozzy Osbourne.


In 2002, the band followed-up with their third and final album, Dark Days, which landed at #34 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. COAL CHAMBER released a compilation of several demo tracks and alternate studio recordings in 2003, entitled Giving The Devil His Due, and shortly after broke up due to personal reasons. Vocalist Dez Fafara went on to form his current band, DevilDriver.


“This reunion will mark a decade since we last played together, so staring at my brothers on stage face to face will be an emotional rollercoaster for me,” says Meegs. “Tears of joy would be an understatement to say the least. You know, all of us have gone through our separate journeys in life, but we’re coming back to rekindle this and throw the past in the past and put the future in our hands.”


Drummer Mike Cox adds, “Of all the great achievements COAL CHAMBER made in the past, getting back together after all we’ve been through will be the greatest achievement to date.”


“We've all grown up and put the personal past behind us now and are moving forward with these few shows in a spirit of friendship through music,” states Dez. “You must remember where you came from in order to know where you are going.”

 
 
 
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Straight Line Stitch Guitarists Home Broken Into, Guitars Stolen
September 14, 2011
Knoxville, TN metallers, Straight Line Stitch are asking for help from their fans and friends. Guitarist Seth Thacker's home was broken into and all his guitars were stolen. The band posted the following update on their Official Facebook Page:

"We need your help!!! Especially if you live in the Knoxville area. Seth's house was robbed and the thieves stole all of his guitars. Please help us monitor Craigslist. The guitars taken were two ESP MH-400, both flat black. And another ESP MH-200 olive green. --- Please keep an eye out for these and if you hear or see anything please let the band know."


Too many bands have been getting robbed and/or having their gear stolen lately. What gives?? Here's to hoping Seth's guitars are recovered and the thief/thieves get what they deserve!
 
 
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Decapitated 'Carnival Is Forever' Tour Dates
September 4, 2011

We're quite certain everyone is well aware of the upcoming Decapitated North American Tour... and if you're not, where the hell have you been?? Anyhow, dates are listed below, and tickets are now on sale for most if not all the dates.

**Northern California peeps, check the link next to the San Francisco date below and get your tickets early to avoid the fees we all hate, and pay less than you would at the door too!**

09/30 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY 10/01 - Kingdom - Richmond, VA
10/02 - The Acheron - Atlanta, GA
10/03 - State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
10/05 - White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
10/07 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
10/08 - SOMA - San Diego, CA
10/09 - Foro Alicia - Mexico City, Mexico
10/10 - The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
10/11 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA (Get your Tickets here)
10/12 - Branx - Portland, OR
10/14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
10/15 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
10/16 - Republik - Calgary, AB
10/17 - The Exchange - Regina, SK
10/18 - Park Theater - Winnipeg, MB
10/20 - Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
10/21 - Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
10/22 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
10/23 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
10/24 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
10/26 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC
10/27 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
10/28 - The Reverb - Reading, PA
10/29 - Saints & Sinners Fest - Asbury Park, NJ
10/30 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA







 
 
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My Bitter End Asking For Some Help
August 7, 2011
The following 'Note' has been posted to My Bitter End's Official Facebook page:

"whats up guys...i got some bad news. while at gathering of the vibes in bridgeport CT, my brother and MBE guitarist todd ranne was arrested due to possession of marijuana and money. he's facing some serious charges and we could use some help getting him out. his bail is currently 100,000 which is largely excessive(quoted from the lawyer i've been speaking to). he has court on august 8th and i'm hoping the bail gets reduced. i am doing my best to gather funds for a lawyer, bail, etc. but it is def taking it's toll on me financially and i doubt i can do it on my own. he's been denied legal aid and locked up for about 2 weeks now, the money they found w/ him was his life savings. my brother has never done any drugs besides smoke some blunts and have some drinks. he doesn't deserve to be where he is. if you want to help us out please donate to the paypal linked w/ this email...pearlmasters79@gmail.com. thanks again. BTW...this does not mean MBE will be slowing down, hank, bob, jessie, and i are still writing the new material and it's coming along fantastically, as well as todd and i having some songs already written too. we may need to utilize a fillin while todd is away, but we will cross that bridge when we get there. thanks again."

-mike ranne

Anyone interested in donating via paypal can use the above mentioned email 'pearlmasters79@gmail.com'.

 
 
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Revocation Post New Song Online
August 5, 2011

REVOCATION has posted the title track from their forthcoming album Chaos of Forms online now at JacksonGuitars.com. The band has previously posted “No Funeral” at GuitarWorld.com, “Dissolution Ritual” at MetalSucks.net, and “Cradle Robber” via the REVOCATION Facebook and MySpace pages. Chaos of Forms will see its North American release on August 16th (September 5th internationally) and is available for pre-order at iTunes.

REVOCATION has also posted footage filmed during the Chaos of Forms recording sessions online now, which can be viewed below. The band recorded Chaos of Forms earlier this year with engineer Pete Rutcho at Damage Studios.

REVOCATION has a handful of Northeast shows lined up for August in support of Chaos of Forms release. The band will be heading out a full U.S. tour this fall with further details to be announced soon.


Aug. 14 Lowell, MA Holy Ghost Park (w/ THY WILL BE DONE)

Aug. 18 Allston, MA Great Scotts (w/ TOXIC HOLOCAUST, HOLY GRAIL, KRUM BUMS)

Aug. 20 New York, NY The Studio @ Webster Hall

 
 
 
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