Armored Saint Fans Will Want To Get Their Hands On ‘Carpe Noctum’

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records had quite a year in 2016, putting out impressive new recordings from Amon Amarth, Wovenwar, Artillery and a number of others.  One of the leading labels in the metal community, Metal Blade has wasted little time in 2017 getting things going.  It will open the new year late next month with the release of Armored Saint’s new live recording Carpe Noctum.  The eight-song, 38-minute recording isn’t necessarily a career-defining collection of songs, but is still impressive in its own right.  It is just one of the elements to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note in examining the recording’s presentation as its set list.  Considering that the recording will seemingly only be released on CD, its audio mix rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, Carpe Noctum proves to be a recording that Armored Saint fans new and old alike will appreciate.

Armored Saint’s latest live recording Carpe Noctum is a collection of live performances that fans new and old alike will appreciate.  The eight-song, 38-minute recording will be released in stores and online Feb. 24 via Metal Blade Records.  The main element to be examined in this recording is its set list.  The set list takes audiences all the way back to the band’s 1984 debut full-length album March of the Saint and all the way up to the band’s most recent album Win Hands Down (2015).  Along the way, three more of the band’s nine total albums are represented here.  The albums in question are its 1985 sophomore record Delirious Nomad, its 1991 album Symbol of Salvation and its 2010 record La Raza.  According to Metal Blade Records’ summary description of the set list, it appears the set list was pulled from Armored Saint’s set at the 2015 Wacken Open Air Festival and its headlining show at Aschaffenburg, Germany.  In other words, the set list presented here is not one complete concert, but seemingly a collection of performances from two separate concerts.  That would likely account for why the recording features such a limited number of songs in its defense.  This is a good thing in its own right, too.  That is because it provides audiences a more diverse representation of the band’s live show.  Again, fans new and old alike will appreciate this aspect of the recording.

Carpe Noctum’s 8-song, 38-minute set list is an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation.  That is because while not necessarily career-defining, it does at least present some highlights from the band’s extensive span of records.  It also provides audiences a relatively diverse representation of the band’s live show.  That is because it allegedly pulls from not one but two of the band’s live shows.  While the recording’s set list is clearly an important piece of its whole, it is only one of the pieces of the recording that should be considered in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s performance of said songs is just as important to note as the songs themselves.  Audiences will note in taking in these performances that the band’s members largely let their performances do the talking for them.  Since this recording is only available on CD, it is difficult to know if the songs presented here were presented in the same order as in the original performances.  There could have been some interaction with the audience between songs at those performances.  Again, that can’t be determined here.  That aside, the band members’ performances do plenty to keep listeners’ engaged.  Front man John Bush commands the stage with each performance, his pipes in prime condition.  Drummer Gonzo Sandoval keeps the band moving in each song with his solid time keeping.  The dual guitar approach of Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan adds even more depth to the band’s stage presence.  Of course one would be remiss to ignore bassist Joey Vera’s work on the low end.  Each band member’s performance in itself plays its own critical part to the whole of the performances. They cut through solidly throughout the recording, too.  Altogether, the band members’ performances prove to be just as enjoyable here as the concert’s set list itself.  One can’t help but hope Metal Blade Records will release the concert on DVD and/or Blu-ray, though.  One would be safe assuming those performances would hold even more significance when able to be seen and heard, and not just heard.  Even with that in mind, the band’s overall performances throughout the recording still proves to be just as important to the recording’s presentation as the sets’ featured songs.  While the band members’ performances prove to be just as important to the recording’s presentation as the recording’s featured set list, neither element would be worth discussing without mention of the concert’s audio mix.

The set list at the center of Armored Saint’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key pieces of the recording’s overall presentation.  That has already been discussed.  They are only a pair of the recording’s most important elements.  Its audio mix forms the recording’s foundation, especially considering that the recording is currently available only on CD.  Those responsible for the recording’s audio mix are to be given their due credit here.  That is because they expertly handled the situation presented in each setting.  The Wacken performances were open, outdoor performances.  This critic can’t say for certain if the band’s other featured performance was outdoor, too.  That aside, those behind the recording’s audio engineering expertly balanced each musician’s part.  No one part overpowered the others at any point throughout the recording.  What’s more, inside or out, audiences aren’t left feeling like they’re listening to a bootleg recording, either.  Believe it or not, there are some “professional” live recordings out there that do in fact sound more like bootlegs than professional recordings.  This recording is not in that category.  To that end, the balance of that element and the balance of the musicians’ own parts in each song proves the importance of the recording’s audio mix to its whole, too.  When that element is set alongside the concert’s set list and the band members’ equally entertaining performances, the whole of the recording proves to be a collection of live performances that Armored Saint fans old and new alike will appreciate.

Armored Saint’s upcoming live recording Carpe Noctum is a collection of live performances that fans new and old alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to its 8-song, 38-minute set list.  The set list isn’t necessarily a career-defining collection of performances.  It only pulls from five of the band’s nine total full-length studio recordings.  However, it does go all the way back to the band’s 1984 debut record and up to the band’s most recent album, 2015’s Win Hands Down.  The set list also allegedly pulls from not one but two of the band’s recent live shows.  The band’s performance of the featured songs is just as enjoyable as the songs themselves.  The audio engineering presented in the recording forms its foundation.  It balances each of the band members’ parts and handles the settings in which the performances were held just as expertly.  Each element is important to note in its own right, as has been noted.  All things considered, they show, once again, that this latest live recording from Armored Saint is a collection of live performances that Armed Saint fans old and new alike will appreciate.  It will be released Feb. 24 in stores and online via Metal Blade Records.  More information on Carpe Noctum is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Wovenwar’s Second Album Is A Solid Sophomore Effort

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The end of the old year and the start of the New Year are traditionally the slowest times of the year in terms of new music releases.  While some new albums are released over the holiday season and the early part of the New Year, the real first push for new albums generally doesn’t start until early March.  Even as slow as the end of the old year and start of the New Year are, new albums are released.  However, they are few.  That gives audiences time to catch up on some of the previous year’s big albums.  It goes without saying that 2016 saw more than its share of big albums.  Wovenwar’s sophomore album Honor Is Dead is one of those big albums released this year.  The album, released Oct. 21, is a big step up for the band. The band took the melodic hard rock and metalcore elements presented in its 2014 self-titled debut here and stepped them up in a big way on this record.  The stepped up arrangements are sure to keep listeners fully engaged from beginning to end.  The same can be said of the lyrical themes presented throughout the record, and when those themes are set alongside the songs’ musical arrangements, the end result is a record that as this critic already noted, is one of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Wovenwar’s sophomore album Honor Is Dead is only the band’s second full-length studio album, but it can be said that it is the band’s best work so far.  It is a big step up from the band’s 2014 self-titled debut.  The record’s powerhouse opener ‘Confession’ serves clearly to support that statement. The song’s guitar-driven arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire, All That Remains and others of that ilk.  That is the case even in the song’s more flowing chorus.  The power in that arrangement is a good fit for the song’s equally powerful lyrical content, which seems to center on someone fighting alcoholism.  It can be inferred that the song’s lyrical theme focuses on said subject as front man Shane Blay sings in the song’s lead verse, “I call it a phase, I call it a phase/But bottoms of bottles are killing the pain/I call it a phase, I call it a phase/When no one’s looking I take in all I can/I kiss the bottle until I can’t stand/And wake up grieving/And by noon I won’t care/I’ll count the minutes til’ I start again.”  The song’s subject asks himself in pained fashion in the song’s chorus, “What have I become/Have I come undone?”  This illustrates even more that the song seems to be addressing someone battle addiction.

If the song’s simple but powerful chorus and lead verse aren’t enough to convince one of the song’s subject, one line in particular in the song’s second verse will most certainly convince listeners.  Blay sings in said verse, “You cannot hurt when you cannot feel a thing/The past has taught me I won’t remember a thing/I’ll trade a night cap for some apathy/And wake up grieving, and by noon I won’t care/I count the minutes til’ I start again.”  This is a powerful statement; one that is just as powerful as that in the song’s lead verse.  When the two are coupled with the song’s equally impacting musical arrangement, the end result is a work that is a solid opener for the record and a song that shows clearly what makes this album so impressive.  It is just one of the songs included in this record that is so powerful, too.  ‘Lines in the Sand’ is another of the album’s most standout songs.

‘Confession,’ Honor Is Dead’s opening composition is a solid opener for Wovenwar’s new album.  It is also a solid example of what makes this record so impressive. That is due both to its musical and lyrical content.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in this record’s overall body.  ‘Lines in the Sand’ stands out just as much as ‘Confession.’  That is due to its musical arrangement and lyrical theme, too.  The song’s musical arrangement is powerful in its own right thanks to the work of guitarist Nick Hipa, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer Jordan Mancino.  Instead of the full on shredding assault presented in ‘Confession,’ the musicians have crafted here an arrangement that is more akin to arrangements crafted by the members of Sevendust, Shinedown, and others of that ilk.  Such a contrast shows the musicians’ reach even more and is just one part of what makes this song – and record – stand out.  The song’s lyrical content stands out just as much as its musical arrangement.

In the case of the song’s lyrical content, front man Shane Blay comes across as presenting commentary on the nation’s division and the damage that said division is doing to the country.  The song’s first two verses are proof of that. Blay sings in the song’s lead verse, “Some men are born to reap the harvest/Some men are born to sow the seed/the lines between them are all drawn in/The lie between them is belief.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Does anyone know why we’re fighting/Does anyone know the other side/the lines between us are all drawn by/the lies that we choose to believe.”  These verses make a powerful statement; a statement of how easily people allow themselves to be divided because they don’t question. In the song’s chorus, Blay strengthens that statement even more as he sings, “If only we had eyes to see the lines blurring/Fall in line if you’re willing/Defend these shores to the bitter end/Everyone’s got a reason/to name the victims and the villains/But who drew the lines in the sand?”  He is saying people need to think for themselves rather than just let themselves be divided.  Again, it is a powerful message, and one that is as relevant today as in any era.  When that powerful message is joined with the song’s musical arrangement, the pair’s partnering exhibits fully why this song stands out in the bigger picture of HID.  They also serve to show even more why the album in whole is so impressive, too.  While the song serves to show in its own right what makes HID so impressive, it is just one more example of what makes this record work so well.  The record’s closer, ‘130’ stands out just as much as ‘Confession’ and ‘Lines in the Sand.’

‘Confession’ and ‘Lines in the Sand’ are both powerhouse pieces included in HID that show what makes this record so impressive.  That is due to the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  The songs’ arrangements and lyrical themes stand out clearly from one another and from the album’s other compositions, too.  As important as those two songs are to the album’s overall presentation, they are only two of the songs that show what makes HID so impressive.  ‘130,’ the record’s closer, is one more example of what makes the album so impressive.  The song’s arrangement is a full-throttle work that conjures thoughts of Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and other similar acts thanks to the combination of Blay’s vocals, Hipa’s guitar work, Mancino’s work on the drums and Gilbert’s low end.  The arrangement’s furious energy expertly catches the terror and fear that must have been felt at the November 2015 Paris attacks.  What’s more the guitar-driven composition captures just as well the anger that was felt by people around the world following those horrific acts.  The song’s lyrical content captures those emotions just as well as Blay sings, “Explosions shake the city/I thought it was part of the show/A craven is screaming prayers/In a tongue that I don’t know/Paris lights are winking out/I can hear the city scream/While the faithful are rejoicing in the sound of tragedy.”  The fire in Blay’s vocal delivery captures just as well the mix of emotions that must have been felt by those who were there.  That emotion is just as powerfully evident as Blay sings in the song’s chorus, “Find me one reason worth this hate/One reason worth this endless violence/Find me one more reason worth this hate/Because I have 130 reasons to change.”  The 130 reasons in question are the 130 people who were killed in the November 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris.  Blay goes on to directly address the attack at the Bataclan Theatre as he mentions the stage should be a safe place that brings everyone together “yet we one divided/Waging war over beliefs.” He is not making any indictment of the people there, but the people who committed the attacks at the club because of their beliefs.  It is a hard-hitting statement that when joined with the song’s musical arrangement, shows once more why ‘130’ stands out just as much as ‘Confession,’ ‘Lines in the Sand’ and the rest of the songs featured in this album.  Each song, with its arrangement and lyrical theme is important in its own right to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Wovenwar’s sophomore effort a solid second effort.  They give great hope for another album from the band in the not too distant future.

Honor Is Dead is a solid new offering from Wovenwar.  The band’s sophomore record presents arrangements throughout its eleven songs that present sounds similar to so many of its current counterparts including Shinedown, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, and so many others.  In other words, the record’s musical arrangements don’t stick to just one style of hard rock and metal or another.  They clearly cross those lines from beginning to end, giving listeners plenty of diversity.  That in turn ensures listeners’ engagement in itself.  The lyrical themes presented in each of the album’s songs are just as diverse as the musical arrangements presented in each song.  From a subject battling addiction to an equally powerful statement of people’s blind divisions to an emotional composition about the 2015 attacks on Paris and so much more, the lyrical themes presented in this record give listeners just as much reason to take in this record as its musical arrangements.  Each element is clearly important in its own way to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, the album’s combined musical and lyrical content makes this record, once more, a solid new effort from Wovenwar.  They also give hope that it won’t be the band’s last album, either.  Honor Is Dead is available now in stores and online.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Wovenwar’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.wovenwar.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wovenwar

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WOVENWAR

 

 

 

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Amon Amarth Conquers Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums List

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The hard rock and metal community have collectively become a rather crowded field this year in terms of new albums.  It has made extremely difficult naming the year’s top new hard rock and metal records.  There have been that many outstanding records.  Metallica’s first album in eight years, HardwiredTo SelfDestruct is just one of the albums that has more than proven deserving of being on that list.  The same can be said of Amon Amarth’s latest offering, Jomsviking.  It is a rarity for the band, being a concept record.  The concept behind the record more than works.  And its musical arrangements work just as well.  On another note Prong, with its latest offering X No Absolutes has proven through its overall content (and sales) that it is another success for the band—and more specifically founder Tommy Victor, the band’s only original member.  So no doubt it belongs on the list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums, too as do so many others.  It was not easy for this critic to assemble this year’s list of new hard rock and metal albums considering how many outstanding albums were released in that collective field.  But a decision had to be made.  That decision is presented below.

As a reminder, the list, as with each of Phil’s Picks year-ender lists, presents Phil’s Picks Top 10 picks for the year’s best plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Honorable mention is not mean in a negative fashion by any means.  They were each deserving of being named to the year’s best.  It was just that tough assembling a list of the year’s best, so the final list ended as presented here.  Without any further ado, here is the Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK/METAL ALBUMS

 

  1. Amon AmarthJomsviking

 

  1. MetallicaHardwiredTo SelfDestruct

 

  1. All Hail The YetiScreams From A Black Wilderness

 

  1. NonpointThe Poison Red

 

  1. SpellcasterNight Hides The World

 

  1. WovenwarHonor is Dead

 

  1. ArtilleryPunishment By Perception

 

  1. ProngXNo Absolutes

 

  1. AnthraxFor All Kings

 

  1. DestrageA Means To No End

 

  1. WhitechapelMark of the Blade

 

  1. DevildriverTrust No One

 

  1. Oni – Ironshore

 

  1. Primal FearRulebreaker

 

  1. HatebreedThe Concrete Confesional

 

 

 

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Metal Blade Records Re-Issues Two Classic Amon Amarth Albums

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Amon Amarth has re-issued two of its classic albums.

The veteran Swedish metal outfit has re-issued its 1998 sophomore album Once Sent From The Golden Hall and its follow-up, 1999’s The Avenger.  Both albums have been made available on special separate European and American vinyl packages.

The American vinyl re-issue of Once Sent From the Golden Hall is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and is presented on Orange, transparent, and “Fire-splattered” pressing.  The orange and transparent pressings are limited to only 200 copies each.  The “Fire-splattered” pressing is limited to only 300 copies.

The album’s orange pressing is available as a Metal Blade USA exclusive while the transparent pressing is available via mail order and retail exclusive.  The “Fire-splattered” pressing is available exclusively through Euro ebay and Metal Blade USA.

The Avenger is available on 180-gram black, red, transparent and “Fire-splattered” pressing.  The red pressing is limited to only 200 copies and is available exclusively via Metal Blade USA while the transparent pressing is limited available via retail/mail order and is also limited to only 200 copies.  The album’s “Fire-splattered” pressing is limited to just 300 copies and is available via Euro ebay and Metal Blade USA.

The full details on each album’s U.S. re-issue is noted below.

 

USA versions:
Once Sent From The Golden Hall “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (USA)
–180 g black vinyl
–Orange vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metal Blade USA exclusive)
–Transparent vinyl (limited to 200 copies – retail/mailorder exclusive)
–“Fire”-splattered vinyl (limited to 300 copies – Euro ebay and Metal Blade USA exclusive)

The Avenger “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (USA)
–180 g black vinyl
–Red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metal Blade USA exclusive)
–Transparent vinyl (limited to 200 copies – retail/mailorder exclusive)
–“Fire”-splattered vinyl (limited to 300 copies – Euro ebay and Metal Blade USA exclusive)

 

The details for the albums’ European vinyl re-issues is slightly different from their domestic re-issues.  Once Sent From The Golden Hall will be available in Europe on separate 180-gram black, Opaque-Orange-marbled, Khaki-marbled, and “Fire-splattered” pressings.

The Avenger will be available in Europe on separate 180-gram black, Opaque-blood red-marbled vinyl, steel-grey-marbled and “Fire-splattered” pressings.  The complete details on availability of each record’s re-issue are noted below.

 

European versions:
Once Sent From The Golden Hall “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (EU)
–180 g black vinyl
–Opague-orange-marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
–Khaki-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EMP exclusive)
–“Fire”-splattered vinyl (limited to 300 copies – Euro ebay and Metal Blade USA exclusive)

The Avenger “Originals-Series” LP re-issue (EU)
–180 g black vinyl
–Opague-bloodred-marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
–Steel-grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EMP exclusive)
–“Fire”-splattered vinyl (limited to 300 copies – Euro ebay and Metal Blade USA exclusive)

 

Metal Blade Records officials announced this week the company will re-issue all of the band’s albums chronologically in the near future.  A specially designed slipcase-box for the albums is available via EMP.  The box fits the band’s complete catalogue.

More information on Amon Amarth’s upcoming re-issues is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.amonamarth.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth

Twitter: http://twitter.com/amonamarthband

 

 

 

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Wovenwar Announces New Album Title, Release Date; Tour To Launch Next Month

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Wovenwar will release its sophomore album this fall.

The band today announced the details for its upcoming sophomore album Honor is Dead.  The album will be released Friday October 21st via Metal Blade Records.  In anticipation of the album’s release the band is currently streaming a video for the album’s lead single ‘Censorship’ online here.

The album is currently available now for pre-order in a number of bundle packs including: CD, Limited Edition CD/DVD (only 5000 copies available in Europe), Box set (limited to only 600 copies), 180 gram black vinyl, steel-grey marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies), clear/black marble vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to only 200 copies), exclusive t-shirt bundle and digital pre-order bundles.  The full track listing for Honor is Dead is noted below.

Honor Is Dead track-listing
1. Confession
2. Censorship
3. Honor Is Dead
4. Lines in the Sand
5. World on Fire
6. Compass
7. Stones Thrown
8. Cascade
9. Silhouette
10. Bloodletter
11. 130

Along with the new video, the band has announced a tour in support of Honor Is Dead that will launch October 14th in Providence, Rhode Island. The tour currently runs through November 16th and includes performances in Denver, Colorado, Carrboro, North Carolina and a number of other cities.  The current schedule for the tour is noted below.

Wovenwar tour dates
w/ Soilwork, Unearth, Battlecross, Darkness Divided

Oct. 14 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
Oct. 15 – Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
Oct. 16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shakes
Oct. 17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Oct. 20 – Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club
Oct. 21 – San Leon, TX – 18th Street
Oct. 22 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
Oct. 24 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Oct. 26 – Pomona, CA – Glass House
Oct. 27 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 30 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Nov. 1 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Nov. 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
Nov. 3 – Denver, CO – The Summit
Nov. 5 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Nov. 6 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Nov. 8 – Cudday, WI – The Metal Grill
Nov. 9 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z
Nov. 10 – Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
Nov. 11 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Nov. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
Nov. 13 – New York City, NY – Gramercy
Nov. 15 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
Nov. 16 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile

Honor Is Dead was recorded by each of the band’s members in separate different locations across the country–including California, Alabama, and Texas—instead of coming together in one studio together.  Guitarist Nick Hipa said recording the record in this fashion wasn’t easy but it ended up working for the band in the end.

“Recording separately across multiple states at different times with a mixing engineer bouncing between multiple countries made things very tricky,” Hipa said. “Luckily we’ve all made records before an everything ended up working out.”

More information on Wovenwar’s upcoming album, tour, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.wovenwar.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/WOVENWAR

 

 

 

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Dance Gavin Dance Announces Dates For “Mothership Tour”

Courtesy: Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Dance Gavin Dance has announced the dates for its upcoming North American Tour.

The band’s “Mothership Tour” will launch September 22nd in Los Angeles, California and run through October 27th in Mesa, Arizona.  The tour, which is in support of the band’s upcoming 7th full-length studio recording Mothership also includes dates in New York, Michigan, North Carolina, and a number of other cities.  The Contortionist, Hail The Sun, and Good Tiger will share time on stage as support acts for the tour.  Good Tiger joins the tour in support of its own new album A Head Full of Moonlight, its debut record.  The complete schedule for the upcoming “Mothership Tour” is noted below.

 

MOTHERSHIP TOUR DATES

Sept. 22 – El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 23 – Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA
Sept. 24 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Sept. 25 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Sept. 27 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Sept. 28 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Sept. 29 – Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
Sept. 30 – Portage Theater – Chicago, IL
Oct. 1 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 2 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Oct. 3 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
Oct. 4 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Oct. 5 – La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
Oct. 6 – The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
Oct. 7 – Middle East Club – Cambridge, MA
Oct. 8 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 9 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Oct. 11 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Oct. 12 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA
Oct. 13 – Cats Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC
Oct. 14 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 15 – Orpheum Theatre – Tampa, FL
Oct. 16 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oct. 17 – The Social – Orlando, FL
Oct. 19 – Rocketown – Nashville, TN
Oct. 20 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
Oct. 21 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct. 23 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Oct. 24 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
Oct. 26 – Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 27 – Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ

 

More information on the “Mothership Tour” is available online now along with all of Dance Gavin Dance’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/DanceGavinDance.

 

More information on Good Tiger’s debut album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at http://www.facebook.com/GoodTigerOfficial

 

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Whitechapel Premieres ‘Elitist Ones’ Video

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Red 13 Media

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Red 13 Media

Whitechapel has released a new music video.

The Tennessee-based metal outfit has released the video for its latest single ‘Elitist Ones.’  The song is taken from the band’s brand new album Mark of the Blade.  That album is available now in stores and online.  The video, which was produced and directed by Jim Foster (http://red13media.com), is streaming online now via Metal Blade Records’ official YouTube channel.  It features the band performing its new song in what looks to be a warehouse setting.  Along with the footage of the band performing there is footage of a woman with some rather reptilian style skin holding a snake (likely meant to be the snake on the album’s cover) also lip synching to the band’s new song.  Foster was upbeat in discussing being tapped to helm the new video, noting his own fandom and that of his crew in working with Whitchapel on the new video.  “As fans of Whitechapel, my entire team and I were stoked when Mike Faley (Metal Blade Records) asked me to write a treatment and direct for the band, he said.  “As a director, my job is always easier when the band is rippin’…and holy s***, are these guys RIPPIN’!”   The new video is the third from the band in support of its new album.  It most recently released the lyric video for the album’s title track.  It can be viewed here.  Also streaming online is the official video for ‘The Void.’  It is also streaming online via Metal Blade Records’ YouTube channel.

Beginning today, June 24th, Whitechapel is hitting the road on the annual Vans Warped Tour in support of its new album.  The tour launches today in Dallas, Texas and currently runs through Saturday, August 13th in Portland, Oregon.  It also includes a stop-off in North Carolina’s “Queen City” on Tuesday, July 5th.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

 

Whitechapel Warped Tour dates
June 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
June 26 – Houston, TX – NRG Park Main Street Lot
June 27 – New Orleans, LA – Port of New Orleans (Mardi Gras World)
June 29 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville
June 30 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
July 2 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
July 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
July 7 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
July 8 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 9 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 10 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 11 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 13 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 14 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
July 27 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 – Bonners Spring, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
July 31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Salt River Fields
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium Lot
Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
Aug. 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug. 11 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug. 12 – Auburn, WA – White River
Aug. 13 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center

 

 

More information on Whitechapel’s new video, album, tour, news, and more is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.whitechapelband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

 

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