Anthrax Announces Co-Headlining Tour With Black Label Society; Hatebreed Tapped as Support

Courtesy: Herfitz PR/Atom Splitter PR

Anthrax, Black Label Society and Hatebreed will hit the road together this summer.

The bands will launch a five-week tour July 26 in Phoenix, AZ. The tour is scheduled to run through Aug. 28 in Philadelphia, PA and will feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH and Toronto, ON.

Anthrax’s upcoming tour is part of its ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration. For Hatebreed, the tour is a continued celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of the band’s album, Perseverance. The band is in the midst of a tour with Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Stick To Your Guns in support of the album’s release anniversary. The tour is scheduled to wrap June 5 in San Francisco, CA.

Black Label Society’s upcoming run with Anthrax and Hatebreed is in support of its latest album, Doom Crew, Inc., which was released last year through eOne. Front man Zakk Wylde spoke warmly of Anthrax and Hatebreed as he talked about the upcoming tour.

“ANTHRAX is one of The BESTEST LEGENDARY METAL/THRASH BANDS of ALL TIME – I have been buds with SCOTTY, CHARLIE, FRANKIE & JOEY for over 3O years & they are some of the BESTEST people you will meet,” he said. “JON is The BESTEST new addition ANTHRAX could ask for – HATEBREED are The BESTEST HARDCORE/EXTREME METAL band & BESTEST friends w/ANTHRAX & BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The ANTHRAX + BLACK LABEL SOCIETY & HATEBREED TOUR is going to be one of the BESTEST TOURS EVER!!”

Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta was also upbeat as he talked about the bands’ upcoming live run.

“Listen up! It’s gonna be a hot summer!” said Jasta.  “Anthrax, BLS & Hatebreed will be on your case, in your face & ready to kick you and your father back in place!  See you in the pit.”

Public ticket sale for the upcoming tour opens at 10 a.m. local time Friday. The tour’s schedule is noted below along with the full schedule for the various ticket sales open times.

Dates for the tour are as follows:

JULY

26  The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ

28  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV

29  The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

30  Heart Health Park, Sacramento, CA

AUGUST

  1  Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO

  2  Midland Theater, Kansas City, MO

  4  Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana, Gary, IN

  5  Oshkosh Arena, Oshkosh, WI

  6  The Fillmore, Minneapolis, MN

  8  Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX**

  9  Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX

11  The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

12  House of Blues, Orlando, FL

13  The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

15  The Andrew J Brady Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

16  Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

18  The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

19  Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY

20  The Fillmore, Detroit, MI**

22  StageAE Outside, Pittsburgh, PA

23  History, Toronto, ON  CANADA

24  Amphitheatre Cogeco, Trois Riviere/Montreal, QC

26  Coney Island Amphitheater, Brooklyn, NY

28  The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA**

** Hatebreed will not appear on these dates.

TICKET PRESALE DETAILS:

Citi Presale: Monday, April 18, 2022, 12:00 PM Eastern Time 

Live Nation Presale: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 10:00 AM Local Time 

Spotify Presale: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 2:00 PM EST 

Ticketmaster Presale: Wednesday, April 20, 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

Blabbermouth Presale: Wednesday, April 20, 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

Knotfest Presale: Wednesday, April 20, 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

Nederlander Presale:  Thursday, April 21, 2022, 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Venue Presales: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 10:00 AM Local Time

All Presale end: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 10:00 PM Local Time 

More information on the upcoming tour is available along with all of Anthrax’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://anthrax.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/anthrax

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/anthrax

More information on Black Label Society’s upcoming run with Anthrax and Hatebreed is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://blacklabelsociety.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

More information on Hatebreed’s run with Anthrax and Black Label Society is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.hatebreed.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/hatebreed

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Repentance Debuts ‘Down In The Water’ Video’; EP’s Vinyl Release Date Announced

Courtesy: Noble Demon

Independent hard rock/metal outfit Repentance opened the week by premiering a new music video.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Down In The Water’ Monday. The song is the third single from the band’s EP, Volume IReborn, which was released in 2021 through Noble Demon. The record also produced the singles, ‘No Innocence‘ and ‘Reborn’.

The video is a relatively simple presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a specially lit soundtrack and crosses that with footage of a man sitting in a chair, holding a bottle of alcohol. Various editing and lighting effects are used throughout the presentation to enhance to viewing experience and the impact of the song’s arrangement.

The arrangement featured in the new single is a heavy, intense composition. The combination of the screams alongside the equally intense instrumentation immediately makes the song in whole comparable to works from the likes of Dy Kill Logic, Hatebreed, and Terror.

Guitarist/founder Shaun Glass talked about the song’s arrangement in a prepared statement.

“When writing the new material I really wanted to make sure each song had their own identity yet fit into the sound of the band,” Glass said. “With this track the main verse riff set the pace for a dark heavy groove that doesn’t let up and brings the listener in a twisted journey…[front man] Adam’s [Gilley] Adams King-Kong-sized vocals put the stamp on this song and also this is my first song that I actually also handled the guitar solo which is a nice tribute to Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) & Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) – RIP.”

The song’s lyrical theme centers on the battle to overcome addiction, according to GIlley.

“The song is about trying to overcome the struggles from within and ultimately succumbing to the demons of disease in the end,” Gilley said.

In other news, Repentance announced Monday, it will release its new EP on vinyl March 30. The record is available to order here. According to information provided, the delay in the EP’s release date was caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic not allowing pressings to be made at various factories.

Courtesy: Noble Demon/O’Donnell Media Group

In still more news, Repentance is scheduled to perform live April 2 at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago, IL. Consume The Divide, Crusadist, and Vicious Attack are scheduled to join the band for the concert. Tickets are available here.

More information on Repentance’s new concert, single, video, and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.repentanceband.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WeAreRepentance

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WeAreRepentance

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Hatebreed Debuts ‘Instinctive’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Hatebreed premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)‘ Wednesday. The single is taken from the band’s latest album, Weight of the False Self, which was released in 2020 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video for ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)’ features footage from Hatebreed’s time on last year’s “Metal Tour of the Year Tour.” The band joined Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium for the tour.

In related news, Hatebreed also announced new live dates Wednesday. The band is scheduled to launch its new tour alongside Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia, and Stick To Your Guns May 8 in Baltimore, MD. The tour is scheduled to run through June 5 in San Francisco, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH and Las Vegas, NV.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

HATEBREED ON TOUR:
WITH PARKWAY DRIVE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, + STICK TO YOUR GUNS:
5/8 — Baltimore, MD — UMBC Event Center
5/9 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall
5/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
5/11 — Columbus, OH — KEMBA Live!
5/13 — New York, NY — Hammerstein Ballroom
5/14 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
5/15 — Montreal, Quebec — TBA
5/17 — Toronto, Ontario — RBC Echo Beach
5/19 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy
5/20 — Daytona, FL — Welcome To Rockville
5/22 — Charlotte, NC — Metro Credit Union
5/23 — Cincinnati, OH — Ovation
5/24 — Ft Wayne, IN — Piere’s Outdoors
5/25 — Chicago, IL — Wintrust Arena
5/26 — St Louis, MO — The Factory
5/28 — Dallas, TX — So What Festival
5/29 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Outside
5/31 — Wichita, KS — Wave
6/1 — Denver, CO. — Mission Ballroom
6/3 — Las Vegas, NV — Theater at Virgin Hotels*
6/4 — So Cal  — TBA*
6/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield*
*No Stick To Your Guns

More information on Hatebreed’s new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.hatebreed.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/hatebreed

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Jamey Jasta Premieres ‘They Want Your Soul’ Lyric Video; Planning Vinyl Re-Issue Of His Latest Album

Courtesy: Breaking The Law PR

Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta will re-issue his latest solo album, The Lost Chapters Vol. 2 on vinyl next summer.

The announcement was made Thursday in a news release. The document states the vinyl re-issue is expected for release in July, with an exact release date under consideration.

In anticipation of the re-issue, Jasta premiered the lyric video for the album’s latest single, ‘They Want Your Soul’ Thursday. ‘They Want Your Soul’ features a guest appearance by Cannibal Corpse front man George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

Jasta talked about Fisher’s appearance on the track during a recent interview with Apple Music.

“I’m doing this melodic sort of metal chorus on this song, so I wanted to get the dynamic of the most brutal vocal in the verses,” said Jasta. “I reached out to George and he hit me right back. When he sent me the tracks, I was freaking out. I felt like a kid; when I booked my first Cannibal Corpse show with George in the band, it was the first tour that he did with them. His voice is just so brutal and has held up – if not gotten better – throughout the years. I was so psyched that he wanted to do it.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘They Want Your Soul’ incorporates Jasta’s own influences from his work with Hatebreed alongside more melodic metal influences for a composition that is unique from the rest of the album’s entries. The addition of Fisher to the mix adds even more to that unique presentation.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the lyric video’s debut. Considering the lyrics provided, it would seem that the song’s lyrical theme centers on the people who would work to tear others down. That would explain the use of footage from the original 1968 take of Night of the Living Dead. Those people are much like zombies who just feast on others, albeit metaphorically in this case as opposed to the literal version in the movie.

The Lost Chapters Vol. 2 was originally released in 2019. The album is available to stream and download here. The album’s track listing is noted below.

The Lost Chapters, Vol. 2 track-listing

1. They Want Your Soul (feat. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher)

2. Return From War (feat. Max Cavalera)

3. Strength To Draw The Line (feat. Jesse Leach)

4. Cleansed By The Waves (feat. Zoli Teglas)

5. When The Contagion Is You (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)

6. Spilled Blood Never Dries (feat. Kirk Windstein)

7. Heaven Gets What It Wants (feat. Howard Jones)

8. Silence The Enemy Mind (feat. BillyBio)

9. Just Breathe (feat. Frankie Palmeri)

10. Our Guardian Angel (feat. Phil Rind)

11. 13 Appears (feat. Tommy Victor)

12. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due (feat. Joey Concepcion)

More information on Jamey Jasta’s new lyric video is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://www.jameyjasta.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JastaHQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jameyjasta

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Repentance Debuts New EP’s Second Single, ‘No Innocence’

Courtesy: Noble Demon

Repentance opened the weekend with another preview of its new record.

The band debuted its new single, ‘No Innocence‘ Friday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming EP, Volume 1Reborn, which is scheduled for release Nov. 26 through Noble Demon. The band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘Reborn’ and its companion lyric video Sept. 6.

Much as with ‘Reborn,’ the musical arrangement featured in ‘No Innocence’ is an intense composition that is pure on anger, fire, and frustration. The song’s instrumentation and intensity immediately lends itself to comparison to the best works of Dry Kill Logic, Unearth, and Hatebreed, just to name a few similar sounding acts.

According to front man Adam Gilley, the song’s lyrical theme matches the fire in the work’s musical arrangement.

“‘No Innocence’ is about being betrayed by someone you thought you can trust,” he said. “When enough is enough and you just can’t hold back anymore.”

The track listing for Volume 1Reborn is noted below.

Tracklist reads as follows:

01. All The Misery

02. Reborn (feat. Corey Beaulieu of TRIVIUM)

03. Down In The Water

04. No Innocence

05. This Is Hell

More information on Repentance’s new single and album is available along with the band’s latest news at:

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Lamb Of God Album To Get Re-Issue Treatment

Courtesy: Epic Records

Lamb of God’s 2006 album Sacrament will see the light of day again next week.

The band is scheduled to re-issue the album digitally Aug. 20. The band made the announcement through a press release distributed Thursday. The document adds that a vinyl pressing will come in 2022, with an exact release date under consideration. According to the press release, the re-issue is meant to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Sacrament‘s original release.

The re-issue will feature three previously unreleased live tracks along with the original album’s presentation. The songs were recorded at the band’s 2020 performance at the House of Vans Chicago, which was the band’s only live show from 2020. The re-issue’s full track listing is noted below.

Sacrament (15th Anniversary) track listing:

1.      Walk with Me in Hell

2.      Again We Rise

3.      Redneck

4.      Pathetic

5.      Foot to the Throat

6.      Descending

7.      Blacken the Cursed Sun

8.      Forgotten (Lost Angels)

9.      Requiem

10.  More Time to Kill

11.  Beating on Death’s Door

12.  Walk with Me in Hell (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

13.  Redneck (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

14.  Descending (Live from House of Vans Chicago)*

*Previously unavailable on DSPs

In related news, Lamb of God will premiere its documentary, Walk With Me in Hell alongside the album’s re-issue. The presentation is a documentary that follows the band as it made Sacrament. A trailer for the documentary is streaming here.

Sacrament debuted at #8 upon its original release Aug. 22, 2006. It sold approximately 65,000 copies in its first week. The album’s single, ‘Redneck‘ earned the band a Grammy nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category. It was the band’s first-ever Grammy nomination. Additionally, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in September 2019.

In other news, Lamb of God is scheduled to tour with Megadeth, Hatebreed, and Trivium. The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

Megadeth and Lamb of God 2021 North American Tour Dates:

Fri Aug 20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Sat Aug 21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Sun Aug 22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

Tue Aug 24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center

Wed Aug 25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Aug 27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Sun Aug 29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

Tue Aug 31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

Wed Sep 01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

Thu Sep 02  Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion***

Sat Sep 04   Portland, OR – Moda Center

Sun Sep 05  Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre***

Thu Sep 09  Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago***

Sat Sep 11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival*

Sun Sep 12  Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Mon Sep 13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

Wed Sep 15 Camden, NJ – B&T Pavilion***

Thu Sep 16  Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center***

Sat Sep 18   Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center***

Sun Sep 19  Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre***

Mon Sep 20  Cincinnati, ON – PNC Pavilion

Wed Sep 22   Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP***

Fri Sep 24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre

Sat Sep 25 Indianola, IA – Knotfest Iowa**

Sun Sep 26  St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis***

Tue Sep 28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory

Thu Sep 30  Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Fri Oct 01 Laval, QC – Place Bell

Sat Oct 02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

*Festival Date featuring all 4 bands.

**Festival Date, Knotfest Iowa does not include Hatebreed

More information on Lamb of God’s Sacrament re-issue, upcoming live dates, and news and more is available online now at:

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Trivium Announces New Album Details; Debuts New Single’s Video

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Fans of Trivium will not have to wait long for the band’s next album.

The band is scheduled to release its next album (its 10th), In The Court of the Dragon Oct. 8 through its longtime label, Roadrunner Records. The band made the announcement Thursday through a news release. The album will come approximately a year and a half after the release of its most recent album, What the Dead Men Say.

In The Court of the Dragon has already produced one single — its title track — and a companion video to that song. The band premiered the video for the album’s second single, ‘Feast of Fire’ Thursday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Feast of Fire’ is an interesting presentation. That is because of the juxtaposition of styles and sounds in the song’s verses and choruses. The verses is a stark contrast to what audiences have come to expect from Trivium with its melodic hard rock style complete with clean powerful vocals. It lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Alter Bridge, Sevendust, and Tremonti. The choruses meanwhile present more of the band’s familiar metalcore leanings. The two styles and sounds are drastically different, but are so well-balanced throughout the song.

The video is interesting in its own right. Shot and directed by John Deeb at the band’s “headquarters,” “The Hangar” in Orlando, FL, it features the band performing its new single together. That footage is paired with footage of the cover art for the band’s new album being loaded onto a plane and delivered to the band as the song plays over the whole.

Bassist Paolo Gregoletto talked about the band’s new single in an extensive prepared statement.

“There’s always that one song you aren’t expecting when you begin writing a new album,” he said.  “It could be a riff written on the spot in the rehearsal space, a lyric that pairs just right with a melody, or in the case of ‘Feast Of Fire,’ sitting right there in front of us in the middle of a demo that [guitarist] Corey [Beaulieu] brought in. We were well into pre-production at Full Sail when we all decided that something about the demo we had tracked was good but could be even better. Our producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Soulfly, Papa Roach) even had in his notes: ‘Bridge is special, maybe so special it needs its own song.’ We tore the song apart and began again on the spot.”

Gregoletto added, “We went into this album knowing we had time to consider everything and anything that came about during this period, and if need be, we could start again if it didn’t feel right given that no touring was on the horizon.”

He continued, “I had the words ‘Feast Of Fire’ written in my running list of notes for lyric ideas that I try to amass before we record. Something about the phrase stuck out to me. It felt like the missing piece of the story we were trying to tell with this album, a climactic moment and a real centerpiece for the narrative.”

He concluded, “After all these years, I’m still blown away at how a song can really appear out of thin air and take the album to a place you weren’t expecting. Those are the moments we are always looking for when making a record.”

The track listing for In The Court of the Dragon is noted below.

IN THE COURT OF THE DRAGON TRACK LISTING:
“X”  
“In The Court Of The Dragon” 
“Like A Sword Over Damocles”  
“Feast Of Fire”   
“A Crisis Of Revelation”  
“The Shadow Of The Abattoir”   
“No Way Back Just Through”   
“Fall Into Your Hands”   
“From Dawn To Decadence”   
“The Phalanx”   

In other news, Trivium is scheduled to tour alongside Hatebreed, Megadeth, and Lamb of God this summer. The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
8/20 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
8/21 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
8/22 — Woodlands, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
8/24 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
8/25 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
8/26 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom (headline)
8/27 — Denver, CO — Ball Arena
8/29 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
8/31 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center
9/1 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/2 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion
9/4 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
9/5 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
9/6 – Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House (headline)
9/9 — Tinley Park, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
9/10 – Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE w/ Black Label Society
9/11 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Festival*
9/12 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/13 — Boston, MA — Leader Bank Pavilion
9/15 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
9/16 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
9/18 — Noblesville, IN — Ruoff Music Center
9/19 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/20 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC Pavilion
9/22 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
9/24 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
9/25 – Des Moines, IA – Knotfest Iowa*
9/26 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
9/28 — Minneapolis, MN — Armory
9/30 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
10/1 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/2 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
*Festival Date featuring all 4 bands.

More information about Trivium’s new single, video and tour schedule is available along with all of Trivium’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.trivium.org

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Trivium

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

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Megadeth Names Bassist For Upcoming Tour

Courtesy: Cosa Nostra PR

James LoMenzo is rejoining Megedeth for its upcoming tour with Lamb of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed.

The band made the announcement Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media. LoMenzo, who parted ways with Megadeth in 2010, will replace Dave Ellefson, who actually replaced him after four years with the band between 2006-2010.

Mustaine spoke warmly of LoMenzo in a prepared statement in the announcement of LoMenzo rejoining the band for the tour.

“I’m happy to announce that former bassist and Megadeth alumni James LoMenzo has graciously stepped in on the Metal Tour of The Year, said Mustaine. Tour rehearsals just began, and we cannot wait to start crushing North America.”

LoMenzo also offered positive comments about the temporary reunion.

“I’m super stoked to be rejoining Megadeth for the upcoming Metal Tour of the Year, he said. “There are no better fans than Megadeth fans, I can’t wait to get out there and shred some Megadeth music with you all.”

LoMenzo’s reunion with his band mates comes on the heels of Ellefson’s firing following accusations of sexual misconduct with one of the band’s fans in May. According to the accusations, the fan in question was alleged to have been underage. That has yet to be fully proven in a court of law.

Megadeth’s tour with Trivium, Lamb of God and Hatebreed is scheduled to run from Aug. 20 – Oct. 2. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

Megadeth and Lamb of God 2021 North American Tour Dates:

Fri Aug 20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Sat Aug 21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Sun Aug 22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

Tue Aug 24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center

Wed Aug 25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Aug 27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Sun Aug 29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

Tue Aug 31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

Wed Sep 01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

Thu Sep 02  Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion***

Sat Sep 04   Portland, OR – Moda Center

Sun Sep 05  Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre***

Thu Sep 09  Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago***

Sat Sep 11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival*

Sun Sep 12  Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Mon Sep 13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

Wed Sep 15 Camden, NJ – B&T Pavilion***

Thu Sep 16  Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center***

Sat Sep 18   Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center***

Sun Sep 19  Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre***

Mon Sep 20  Cincinnati, ON – PNC Pavilion

Wed Sep 22   Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP***

Fri Sep 24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre

Sat Sep 25 Indianola, IA – Knotfest Iowa**

Sun Sep 26  St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis***

Tue Sep 28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory

Thu Sep 30  Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Fri Oct 01 Laval, QC – Place Bell

Sat Oct 02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

*Festival Date featuring all 4 bands.

**Festival Date, Knotfest Iowa does not include Hatebreed

More information on Megedeth’s statement and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.megadeth.com

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Dee Snider Unveils New Album’s Latest Single, Video; Announces New Streaming, Signing Events

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Dee Snider debuted the latest single from his new album and its video this week.

Snider premiered his new single, ‘Down But Never Out’ and its video Friday. The song is the third single from Snider’s brand new album, Leave a Scar. Its premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘I Gotta Rock (Again)‘ and ‘Time To Choose.’ ‘Time To Choose’ features a guest appearance by Cannibal Corpse front man George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

The musical arrangement featred in ‘Down But Never Out’ immediately lends itself to comparison to the best works of Judas Priest and at the same time, some of today’s top new hard rock acts.  That all around heaviness can likely be credited at least in part to Snider working with Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta on this record.  As a matter of fact, a close listen to the shouts in the chorus and the heavy “chunk” of the guitars at points does in fact point to Hatebreed as one of those noted current hard rock bands for comparison.  The intensity in the song’s arrangement works well to help translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical content.

The lyrical content presented in ‘Down But Not Out’ is a proudly defiant statement about perseverance, which again is a central theme to most of Hatebreed’s songs.

Snider talked about the song’s lyrical theme during a recent interview.

“I pride myself on the fact that throughout the decades, my music has always tried to not only push back against all oppressors (in this case Covid-19), but also lift people up and encourage them to fight back,” he said. “‘Down But Never Out’ is a perfect example of this ethos.”

The video for ‘Down But Not Out’ tells the story of a man who clearly is down on his luck. He has past due bills, his woman has thrown him out, and so he ends up trying his luck at the lottery. The result is left to wonder about, as it ends “To Be Continued.” Added to the mix is footage of Snider and his band mates performing live.

In other news, Snider recently announced a streaming event for audiences. Tickets for the event are available here. Tickets provide access to the event and related content for approximately one month. That extra content includes a streaming concert that Snider recorded June 12 in New York.

Additionally, Snider announced Friday, that he will take part in a special in-store signing event at 7 p.m. ET Aug. 17 at Looney Tunes Record Store in West Babylon. Tickets for the event are available here.

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Dee Snider’s New Album Will Leave Its Own Mark On This Year’s Field Of New Hard Rock/Metal Albums

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Dee Snider has, for decades, made a place for himself in the rock community with his outspoken nature and his music.  That combination has made him one of the industry’s most talked about figures in the rock community.  With the release of his new album, Leave a Scar Friday through Napalm Records, he is sure to continue cementing that reputation, too.  The album’s lyrical themes and its musical arrangements each support the noted statements in their own way.  ‘Down But Not Out’ is just one of the songs featured in this record that serves to help support the noted statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  The same can be said of the late entry, ‘Open Season.’ It will be examined a little later.  ‘Stand,’ the album’s finale, is yet another way in which the album’s musical and lyrical content proves to make Leave a Scar another sure way for Dee Snider to remain one of the rock community’s most talked about figures.  It will be discussed later, too.  All three songs are obviously important in their own way to the whole of the album.  When they are considered with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Leave a Scar a record that will leave a definite impact on audiences.

Dee Snider’s latest album, Leave a Scar is a strong new offering from the veteran rocker.  That is because its musical and lyrical content combined continue to exhibit his strong opinions and creativity.  Case in point is the early entry, ‘Down But Not Out.’  This song’s musical arrangement immediately lends itself to comparison to the best works of Judas Priest and at the same time, some of today’s top new hard rock acts.  That all around heaviness can likely be credited at least in part to Snider working with Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta on this record.  As a matter of fact, a close listen to the shouts in the chorus and the heavy “chunk” of the guitars at points does in fact point to Hatebreed as one of those noted current hard rock bands for comparison.  The intensity in the song’s arrangement works well to help translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical content.

The lyrical content presented in ‘Down But Not Out’ is a proudly defiant statement about perseverance, which again is a central theme to most of Hatebreed’s songs.  Right from the song’s outset, Snider sings, “We cannot/We can never stop/We’ve got to fight/This is our life/Your’e never lost when you can see the top.”  So right from that, this is that proudly defiant statement.  It continues in the rest of the song’s lead verse, “You think the world’s against you/You never had a chance/The bastards/They won’t let you through/We’d rather make a stand/Reach beyond/You’re not done…You may be down/But never out.”  Now some of the lyrics here are a little difficult to decipher sans lyrics sheet, but enough is understandable that the noted theme is clear.  The rest of the song continues in similar fashion, with Snider and whomever provides the backing vocals here re-enforce the message in the song’s chorus, singing, “Down, down, down/But never out.”  This positive, uplifting message is so firm and concrete in its presentation, and when it is paired with the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes the song a clear example of how the album’s lyrical and musical content joins to make it so engaging and entertaining.  It is just one of the songs here that serves that end, too.  ‘Open Season’ is another way in which Snider’s open commentary works with the album’s musical arrangements to ensure the album’s engagement and entertainment.

‘Open Season’ presents a musical arrangement that brings its guitar, vocals, bass, and drums fully together.  They combine to make the song’s musical arrangements one of those hard rock songs that bridges the cheesy over the top hard rock of the 80s and more assured sounds of the early-mid 90s.  The power in Snider’s vocal delivery here presents such a fire and anger.  It is an emotion to which so many listeners will relate. 

The fire in Snider’s delivery is enhanced when one takes in the song’s lyrical content.  Snider at one point comes right out and says to whomever, the he doesn’t “give a s***” about their self-love.  This comes across as being a response to the self-glorification that today’s generation has become obsesses with as a result of social media.  What’s more, he sings right from the song’s outset, “Hey, motherf*****/Are you kidding me?/You’d better/Get ready/This is a lesson that I give for free/Your lesson/Is coming/Your lamest words/They fall on deaf ears/It’s time like these/I live for all your salty tears/I live for times like these/You’ve given me a rason/To tell it like it is/Now it’s open season/I aim and never miss/No hidden meanings/My words are meant to burn/It’s open season…You’re gonna learn.”  This, as Snider says, is no nonsense.  People whining about x, y, or z and those items are likely so minor, he says they give him reason to rip into them.  People don’t like such response, but so be it.  This is how Snider has always been and he is declaring here that this is how he remains.  It is also how so many others are in this nation.  Those audiences will welcome this statement as they take in the song.  He continues in the song’s second verse, “You must have thought that I was someone else/You better get ready/I don’t give a s*** about your love of self/Your lesson/Is coming.”  This re-enforces the message presented in the song’s lead verse.  It is him reiterating that he does not care, he is going to speak his mind.  Again, there are plenty of people out there like him who refuse to just be outright overly diplomatic about everything in life and tiptoe around every topic.  It makes this song another clear example of Snider incorporating his often controversial personality into this record and making it work so well.  It is just one more way in which the album shows its strength, too.  ‘Stand,’ the album’s finale, also plays its own important role in the album’s presentation.

‘Stand’ takes listeners back to Snider’s classic rock roots in its musical arrangement.  The previously noted Judas Priest comparison is just as prevalent here as in other songs in this song, what with its brooding sound and approach.  It makes for an interesting contrast to the song’s firm message encouraging audiences to “Stand up for something/Never fall/No one trusting….Stand for something/Stand up/Don’t leave a mark/Leave a scar.”  He is saying here to do something that will leave a permanent mark on the world.  Usually, such a strong message would be accompanied by a much more fiery musical arrangement.  In this case, the heaviness is there, but the whole is so contemplative rather than assured and firm.  It really makes for an interesting presentation that still does echo Snider’s straight forward views and his ability to make music that people will remember.  When this unique whole is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole proves itself another way in which Snider is sure to continue cementing his place in the rock and hard rock communities.

Dee Snider’s new, forthcoming album Leave a Scar is a record that is sure to leave its own mark on audiences.  For that matter it will definitely leave its mark on this year’s field of new rock and hard rock albums.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content.  All three of the songs examined here serve well to prove that.  Their lyrical themes echo well, Snider’s openness with his thoughts while their musical arrangements do well to bridge his classic rock and metal influences with more modern leanings.  When these songs and the rest of the record’s works are considered together, they make Leave a Scar a work that will leave itself a memorable addition to this year’s field of new hard rock albums.  Leave a Scar is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.

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