Fear Factory’s Latest LP Is A Mostly Successful New Offering

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Fear Factory has been in the news quite a bit this year.  Early last month, it was announced that founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares had joined Soulfly for its latest tour in place of Marc Rizzo.  That announcement was followed up with the release of the new companion piece to the band’s latest album, Aggression Continuum.  The companion piece in question is the isolated instrumental tracks from that album. Why the band would go that route is a headscratcher when audiences can hear the instrumentals just as clearly in the original album.  Speaking of the album, the 10-song record was released June 18 through Nuclear Blast Records.  The 48-minute collection is an interesting addition to the band’s extensive catalog.  That is due in large part to the album’s featured lyrical content, which will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that feature alongside the album’s lyrical content make for more interest and will be discussed a little later.  The production that went into this record rounds out its most important elements.  When it is considered along with the album’s content, the collective items make the album maybe not the band’s best work, but still worth hearing at least once.

Fear Factory’s most recent album, Aggression Continuum, is a mostly successful offering from the band.  Not knowing whether the band will continue now that former front man Burton C. Bell (whose vocals are featured in the record) and founding member Dino Cazares was recently announced as part of Soulfly’s current lineup, it is a positive potential final offering from the band.  The album’s success comes in this record, primarily through its lyrical themes.  The lyrical content in this case is actually quite different from that featured in the band’s existing catalog.  While so much of the band’s catalog focuses largely on the issue of technology taking over the planet, this album seems less focused on that matter.  Right from the album’s opener, ‘Recode,’ the album seems more focused on general defiance and belief in self than on technology’s role in mankind’s fate.  Bell – again he recently parted ways with the band – goes so far as to sing in the song’s chorus, “Why deny life you dream about/Why deny your dream?”  Considering comments that Bell shared in recent interviews about his time with Fear Factory, audiences are left to wonder if these statements are somewhat autobiographical.  The mention of a generation being “left behind” and the encouragement to “open your eyes” serves even more, to bring about that sense of defiance.  It is a statement about taking control of one’s life.  That overarching theme continues through the album’s first few tracks just as clearly, too. 

On a separate note, ‘Manufactured Hope’ takes the band in another direction, though one that is still familiar within the hard rock and metal community.  In this case, Bell seems to take on the issue of religious hypocrisy.  This is inferred he Bell directly sings in the song’s chorus, “I am hypocrisy of faith/I will not believe/My mind will never be enslaved/I will not believe.”  His call of “ignore the facts in front of you/Deny the logic and the truth/Conform to mediocrity/You know it’s manufactured hope” in the song’s second verse serves just as much to infer the noted message.  He goes on to go so far as to note, “Faith is a weapon and a tool/Creating manufactured hope” makes the noted message seem even more the case.  Again, this is slightly new territory for Fear Factory, but not for the hard rock and metal communities.  That Bell and company would again, show that willingness to try something new at least for itself as a group, is welcome even in its larger familiarity.

‘End of Line’ meanwhile takes the band back to more familiar ground while also taking it in a slightly different direction again.  In this case, the song comes across lyrically as a sociopolitical statement about the state of the world today.  This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus as Bell sings, “Avoid the bloody streets/We’re living in domestic war/Gunmen in uniform/Murdering innocents at your door/This can’t be real/Assault on my senses/Depriving me of sanity/Fractured/Damned images/Praying for the final reckoning/End of life/End of time/End of line.”  The seeming message continues in the song’s second verse in which Bell sings, “Beaten to crush my soul/To silence me in shackled chains/Your lies like gasoline/Living every day in tragedy.”  All of this comes across as a commentary of sorts on police brutality.  That is just this critic’s interpretation.  It is inferred through the mention of armed gunmen at the door.  It conjures thoughts of what law enforcement officers did to Brianna Taylor.  The images being seen are in fact still damning.  It and so much more leaves many praying for the final reckoning.  The matter of being “beaten to crush my soul/To silence me in shackled chains” points even more toward the matter of police brutality, especially considering this year’s headlines.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.  If in fact that is the case, then it is another example of how Fear Factory on this album, really strayed from its own norm and opted instead for something more widely accessible, lyrically speaking.  When it is considered along with the other lyrical themes noted here and the rest of the album’s lyrical themes, the whole makes clear why the album’s lyrical themes are so important to its presentation.  They are just a part of what makes the album interesting.  The musical arrangements that accompany the record’s lyrical themes are more familiar from the band and add to the record’s success.

While the lyrical content featured throughout Fear Factory’s new album finds the band seemingly move into new territory, the record’s musical arrangements keep the band in familiar territory.  From beginning to end, audiences will find that the arrangements pull from various points in the band’s catalog.  Right from the record’s outset, the band take audiences back to the sounds crafted for its 1998 album, Obsolete.  As the album progresses, the arrangements are more akin to works from The Industrialist, Genexus, and Archetype.  Simply put, the arrangements that are featured throughout the album are everything that audiences have come to expect from Fear Factory from one song to the next.  To that end, they will appeal easily to the band’s established audience base, and to more casual fans of the industrial metal realm.  Keeping that appeal in mind along with the interest that the album’s lyrical themes are sure to generate, the collective content goes a long way toward making the album successful.  Even with that in mind, there is still one more item to examine, that last being the record’s production.

The production that went into Aggression Continuum is important to examine because of how much is going on in each song.  The guitars and bass, each of which were recorded by Cazares, are so heavy and rich.  Bell’s vocals are just as powerful here as ever, too, as are the drums, which were handled by current drummer Mike Heller.  Considering the energy in each composition and the richness of each line, it would have been so easy for the songs to get bogged down in themselves, but thankfully that did not happen.  Rather, each line complimented the others.  The result is a record whose presentation succeeds just as much for its aesthetic value as for its content.  To that end, all things considered here make the album overall that much more certain of a success.

Fear Factory’s latest album, Aggression Continuum is a record that is certain to appeal mostly to the band’s established audiences, and just as much to casual industrial metal fans.  That is proven in part through the record’s lyrical themes.  The themes in question find the band seeming to go in a different direction at least for itself, than that for which it has been known.  By contrast, the musical arrangements featured throughout the record are more familiar from one to the next.  That familiarity, paired with the new direction taken in the song’s lyrical content, makes for plenty of interest here.  When the record’s production is taken into consideration, it puts the finishing touch to the presentation, ensuring the noted engagement and entertainment for the mentioned audiences even more.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a work that regardless of the band’s fate from here, is mostly a success.

Aggression Continuum is available now. More information on Fear Factory’s new record is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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As I Lay Dying Debuts ‘Roots Below’ Video; Announces ‘Shaped By Fire’ Re-Issue Coming; Reveals New Live Dates

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As I Lay Dying is scheduled to re-issue its latest album later this year.

In anticipation of the record’s re-issue — a precise release date is under consideration — the band premiered one of the songs that will feature in the record Friday. It came in the form of the song, ‘Roots Below.’ The band also premiered a visualizer for the single Friday.

The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, intense mix of metalcore and thrash. It takes listeners back to the band’s infancy with its breakneck speed guitar work and machine gun fast drumming. Front man Tim Lambesis’ growls and clean vocals pair with the intense instrumentation to make the song fully immersive.

Guitarist Phil Sgrosso talked about the creation of the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“‘Roots Below’ was a track I initially wrote for the Shaped By Fire album, but at the time we collectively felt it needed more time and attention to develop to its fullest potential,” said Sgrosso. “We were finally able to piece it all together along with some other material taken from the Shaped By Fire touring cycle, bundling it all into a deluxe version of the album.”

Added Sgrosso, “Apart from the studio versions of ‘Roots Below’ and ‘Destruction or Strength,’ there will be an assortment of live songs captured on tour from 2019 in Europe, several ballad/electronic re-interpretations, a studio version of an instrumental track we wrote exclusively for the live show, an instrumental version of the entire album, as well as some other transitional pieces from our set that we wanted to share as part of this release. This has been a very productive first step towards getting back into the creative zone and beginning to focus on new material for next year.”

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song’s debut. The lyrics provided with the visualizer hint at a theme of overcoming personal adversity and the causes, both internal and extraneous.

While the release date for the deluxe re-issue of Shaped By Fire is under consideration, the re-issue’s track listing is known. It is noted below.

Below is the Shaped By Fire Deluxe Edition tracklist:

  1. Re-Separation (instrumental)
  2. Roots Below
  3. Destruction or Strength
  4. My Own Grave (re-interpretation)
  5. Redefined (re-interpretation)
  6. Pre-Shaped by Fire (live intro)
  7. Euphony From Ashes (live outro)
  8. Blinded (Live from Munich)
  9. My Own Grave (Live From Munich)
  10. Burn To Emerge (instrumental)
  11. Blinded (instrumental)
  12. Shaped by Fire (instrumental)
  13. Undertow (instrumental)
  14. Torn Between (instrumental)
  15. Gatekeeper (instrumental)
  16. The Wreckage (instrumental)
  17. My Own Grave (instrumental)
  18. Take What’s Left (instrumental)
  19. Redefined (instrumental)
  20. Only After We’ve Fallen (instrumental)
  21. The Toll It Takes (instrumental)

In other news, the band has announced a new slate of live dates. The band’s “Two Decades of Destruction” tour is scheduled to launch March 19, 200 in Saarbrucken, Germany and to run through April 24 in Oberhausen, Germany.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Dying Fetus, Emmure, and Fit For A King will share time as support for the tour.

19.03.2022 DE Saarbrücken – E-Werk
20.03.2022 FR  Paris Elysée – Montmartre
22.03.2022 FR Toulouse – Le Bikini
23.03.2022 EP Barcelona – Raz/ zmatazz 1
24.03.2022 EP Madrid – La Rivera
25.03.2022 PT Lisbon – Sala Tejo 
26.03.2022 SP Bilbao – Santana27
28.03.2022 FR Lyon – Transbordeur
29.03.2022 DE Würzburg – Posthalle
30.03.2022 NL Tilburg – 0 1 3
01.04.2022 DK Copenhagen – Vega
02.04.2022 SE Gothenburg – Trädgårn
03.04.2022 NO Oslo – Rockefeller
04.04.2022 SE Stockholm – Fållan
06.04.2022 FI Tampere – Pakkahuone
08.04.2022  FI Helsinki – House Of Couture
09.04.2022 EE Tallinn – Helitehas
10.04.2022 LA Riga – Palladium
12.04.2022 PL Warsaw – Progresja
13.04.2022 CZ Prague – Roum Karlin
14.04.2022 HU /Budapest – Barba Negra
15.04.2022 SK Bratislava – Rafinery Gallery
16.04.2022 AT Vienna – Arena Impericon Festival **
17.04.2022 CH Zürich – X-tra Impericon Festival **
19.04.2022 IT Milan – Alcatraz **
20.04.2022 IT Rome – Orion **
22.04.2022 DE Munich – Zenith Impericon Festival **
23.04.2022 DE Leipzig – Messe Impericon Festival **
24.04.2022 DE Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle Impericon Festival **
** W/ FIT FOR A KING (No DYING FETUS)

Shaped By Fire is available to stream and download here. The album’s track listing is noted below. It produced the singles, ‘Shaped By Fire,’ ‘Blinded,’ Redefined‘ and ‘My Own Grave.’ Most recently, the band released the non-album track, ‘Destruction or Strength.’ That song will feature in the forthcoming re-issue of Shaped By Fire.

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

More information on As U Lay Dying’s new single, album re-issue, and tour schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.asilaydying.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

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Exodus Addresses Media Sensationalist Tactics In Its New Single, Lyric Video

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Exodus debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for its new single, ‘Clickbait’ Friday.

The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album, Persona Non Grata, which is scheduled for release Nov. 19 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)‘ last month.

The video for ‘Clickbait’ uses newspapers to incorporate its lyrics. The lyrics in question openly go after the media’s practice of using certain style writing to get people’s attention and how that practice shows the media’s lack of any soul.

The musical arrangement featured alongside that fiery commentary adds to the song’s impact. The shrieking guitars and pounding drums pair with the equally heavy bass and powerhouse vocals to make the song even more impactful.

Persona Non Grata will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. Pre-saves and pre-orders are open now along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONA NON GRATA will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt
  • Cassette – Tinted Red
  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
  • Double LP
    • Black 
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
    • Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
    • Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
    • Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
    • Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
    • Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
    • Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
  • Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
    • Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • 20 page booklet
    • Slipmat
    • CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
    • Patch
    • Flag

Below is the PERSONA NON GRATA tracklist:

  1. Persona Non Grata
  2. R.E.M.F
  3. Slipping Into Madness
  4. Elitist
  5. Prescribing Horror
  6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
  7. The Years Of Death And Dying
  8. Clickbait
  9. Cosa Del Pantano
  10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
  11. The Fires Of Division
  12. Antiseed

In related news, Exodus is scheduled to join Testament and Death Angel on the road this fall for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour.” The 30-date tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, CA and to run through Nov. 27 in Oakland, CA. The tour also features scheduled performances in cities nationwide, such as Oklahoma City, OK; Baltimore, MD and New Orleans, LA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” with TESTAMENTEXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL are:
10/06/2021  Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/07/2021  Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA 
10/08/2021  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/10/2021  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA 
10/11/2021  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 
10/12/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM 
10/14/2021  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 
10/15/2021  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill  – Dallas, TX 
10/16/2021  Emo’s – Austin, TX 
10/17/2021  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX 
10/19/2021  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/20/2021  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
10/21/2021  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC 
10/22/2021  TLA – Philadelphia, PA 
10/23/2021  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 
10/24/2021  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
10/26/2021  The Paramount – Huntington, NY 
10/27/2021  House Of Blues – Boston, MA 
10/28/2021  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/29/2021  Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH 
10/30/2021  The Agora – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2021  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 
11/02/2021  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
11/04/2021  The Majestic – Detroit, MI 
11/05/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/06/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/07/2021  Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/09/2021  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 
11/10/2021  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT 
11/27/2021  The Fox – Oakland, CA 

In other news, Exodus recently partnered with comic book company Incendium to launch a new comic book series titled, Tales of the Damned. The four-issue limited series is scheduled to ship Oct. 31 and is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66 per copy. It is available to order here.

“The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 as part of the comic book series’ launch, and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

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Sabaton Debuts ‘Steel Commanders’ Lyric Video

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Sabaton premiered the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band kicked off the weekend by premiering the lyric for its single, ‘Steel Commanders.’ The video presents the song’s lyrics over a book in which there are images of the song’s original video.

Speaking of the original video, the band premiered that video last month. The video features the band in a tank, controlling it in what is supposed to be the World of Tanks game as the song plays over the visualization. Cellist Tina Guo joined the band for the video.

In other news, Sabaton is in the midst of a tour with Judas Priest on its 50th anniversary tour. The band’s current schedule is noted below.

2021 * North America, Judas Priest’s “50 Heavy Metal Years”

SEPTEMBER

17 Covelli Center, Youngstown, OH

19 Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

20 Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, IL

22 Miller High Life Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

23 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN

25 Saint Louis Music Park, St. Louis, MO

26 Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY (Sabaton festival date)

29 The Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO

30 Maverik Center, West Valley City, UT

OCTOBER

 2 Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett,WA

 3 Moda Center, Portland, OR

 5 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA

 6 Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA

 8 Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV

 9 Arizona Federal Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

12  Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX

13 HEB Center, Austin, TX

15 Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Dallas, TX

16 The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK

19 Cable Dahmer Arena, Independence, MO

21 Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

22 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA

24 Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, Charleston, SC

25 The Met, Philadelphia, PA

27 Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

28 MGM Casino, Washington, DC

30 Foxwoods Casino Arena, Mashantucket, CT

31 Tsongas Center at UMass, Lowell, MA

NOVEMBER

 2   Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NS  CANADA

 4   Place Bell, Montreal, QC  CANADA

 5   FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON  CANADA

In more other news, Sabaton premiered the trailer for its next album Aug. 15. The announcement was made through the band’s official Instagram page. The album will be a sequel of sorts to the band’s latest album, The Great War (2019). The record was released through Nuclear Blast Records.

More information on Sabaton’s new album announcement is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sabaton

More information on Judas Priest’s new tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.JudasPriest.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/judaspriest

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Fear Factory Releases Instrumental Tracks From Its Latest Album

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Approximately three months after the release of its latest album, Fear Factory has released a companion piece to that record.

The band released its new record, Aggression Continuum: The Instrumentals Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. The record follows the release of Aggression Continuum, which was released June 18 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares talked about the new record through a video posted Friday to Metal Injection. The record is available to stream and download here.

Aggression Continuum has produced the singles, ‘Disruptor,’ ‘Recode‘ and ‘Fuel Injected Suicide Machine.’

More information on Fear Factory’s new record is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.fearfactory.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fearfactory

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Sabaton Partners With Gaming Company To Debut New Single, Video

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Sabaton has officially entered the world of e-gaming.

The band has partnered with video game developer Wargaming Group Ltd. to debut the video for its new single, ‘Steel Commanders.’ The video, which features the band alongside famed cellist Tina Guo, performing the new single, is part of a marketing push for Wargaming Group Ltd.’s famous online game, “World of Tanks.” The video additionally features the band in a tank, controlling in what is supposed to be the game as the song plays over the visualization.

Front man Joakim Broden spoke positively of the new partnership as he talked about the new song and video.

“It’s been a great experience working with the World of Tanks and Wargaming guys on this huge project,” he said. “Together, we made epic music for ‘Steel Commanders,’ and it’s the perfect way to kick off our massive collaboration.  We’re proud to be part of this brand new, in-game event that features the first-ever Tier IX Premium tank as the ultimate prize, as well as us as crew members.”

The tank of which Broden spoke is the big prize in a new in-game event in which the band will take part. While the song’s video premiered Wednesday, the single will release by itself Sept. 17. Pre-saves are open.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Steel Commanders’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from Sabaton. Broden’s powerful, operatic vocals are just as present and full as ever. The semi-orchestral instrumentation is just as present, too. Audiences will be pleased to know that even with that in mind, the song still boasts its own unique identity separate from anything else that the band has crafted even with that familiar stylistic approach.

The lyrical them of this song is a perfect fit for the song, as it deals directly with tank combat. Considering that Sabaton has spent so much of its life crafting songs centered on combat and military history, this is right up the band’s proverbial alley.

In other news, Sabaton premiered the trailer for its next album Aug. 15. The announcement was made through the band’s official Instagram page. The album will be a sequel of sorts to the band’s latest album, The Great War (2019). The record was released through Nuclear Blast Records.

In other news, Sabaton is scheduled to join Judas Priest next month for its 50th anniversary tour. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 8 in Reading, PA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. Sabaton will serve as support for the tour.

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES: 
 
9/8/2021 Reading  PA                      Santander Arena* 
9/9/2021 Virginia Beach VA             Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*+ 
9/11/2021 Orlando FL                      Central Florida Fairgrounds^# 
9/13/2021 Charlotte NC                   PNC Music Pavilion 
9/14/2021 Raleigh NC                      Red Hat Amphitheater* 
9/16/2021 Grand Rapids MI             Van Andel Arena* 
9/17/2021 Youngstown OH              Covelli Centre^ 
9/19/2021 Detroit MI                         Fox Theatre* 
9/20/2021 Rosemont IL                    Rosemont Theatre* 
9/22/2021 Milwaukee WI                  Miller High Life Theatre^ 
9/23/2021 Minneapolis MN              The Armory* 
9/25/2021 Maryland Heights MO     Saint Louis Music Park 
9/26/2021 Louisville KY                    Louder Than Life Festival^# 
9/29/2021 Denver CO                      The Mission Ballroom^ 
9/30/2021 West Valley City UT         Maverik Center* 
10/2/2021 Everett WA                       Angel Of The Winds Arena* 
10/3/2021 Portland OR                     Moda Center* 
10/5/2021 Oakland CA                      Fox Theater^ 
10/6/2021 Los Angeles CA                Microsoft Theater^ 
10/8/2021 Las Vegas NV                   Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood 
10/9/2021 Phoenix AZ                       Arizona Federal Theatre 
10/12/2021 San Antonio TX              Freeman Coliseum^ 
10/13/2021 Cedar Park TX                HEB Center Cedar Park^ 
10/15/2021 Irving TX                         The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 
10/16/2021 Oklahoma City OK          The Zoo Amphitheatre^ 
10/19/2021 Independence MO          Cable Dahmer Arena* 
10/21/2021 Nashville TN                    Nashville Municipal Auditorium* 
10/22/2021 Alpharetta GA                  Ameris Bank Amphitheatre* 
10/24/2021 Charleston WV                Charleston Civic Center Coliseum* 
10/25/2021 Philadelphia PA               The Met* 
10/27/2021 Newark NJ                       Prudential Center* 
10/28/2021 Oxon Hill MD                   The Theater at MGM National Harbor 
10/30/2021 Mashantucket CT            Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^ 
10/31/2021 Lowell MA                       Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell* 
11/2/2021 Halifax NS                         Scotiabank Centre* 
11/4/2021 Laval , QC                         Place Bell* 
11/5/2021 Hamilton ONT                   First Ontario Centre*

* new show
^ not a Live Nation event
# festival date
+ Sabaton not support on this date; support is TBD

More information on Sabaton’s new album announcement is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sabaton

More information on Judas Priest’s new tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.JudasPriest.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/judaspriest

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All Treat, No Tricks: Overkill Announces Details For New Box Set

Courtesy: BMG

Overkill fans will get an early Halloween treat this year.

The band announced Wednesday through a news release, that it will release a new comprehensive box set Oct. 29 through BMG. The box set, The Atlantic Years: 1986 – 1994 features all six albums that the band released during its time with the nationally- and internationally-known record label: Taking Over (1987), Under The Influence (1988), The Years of Decay (1989), Horroscope (1991), I Hear Black (1993), and W.F.O. (1994).

Pre-orders are open. The six-disc collection will release on vinyl and CD. The box’s vinyl presentation marks the first time in more than a decade that the albums have released on that platform. A trailer for the album’s release is streaming here.

The Atlantic Years: 1986 – 1994 will come more than two years after the release of Overkill’s then latest album, Wings of War, which was released in February 2019 through Nuclear Blast Records..

More information on Overkill’s new box set is available online now along with all of the band’s latest tour updates, news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.wreckingcrew.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OverkillBand

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Exodus Announces New Album Specs; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Things are picking up in the Exodus camp.

The band announced the first details for its next album Friday. The band’s new album is titled Persona Non Grata. The band is hoping to release the album in November, though the record’s official date is under consideration as drummer Tom Hunting recovers from squamous cell carcinoma.

The album will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. Pre-saves and pre-orders are open now along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONA NON GRATA will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt
  • Cassette – Tinted Red
  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
  • Double LP
    • Black 
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
    • Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
    • Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
    • Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
    • Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
    • Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
    • Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
  • Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
    • Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • 20 page booklet
    • Slipmat
    • CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
    • Patch
    • Flag

Below is the PERSONA NON GRATA tracklist:

  1. Persona Non Grata
  2. R.E.M.F
  3. Slipping Into Madness
  4. Elitist
  5. Prescribing Horror
  6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
  7. The Years Of Death And Dying
  8. Clickbait
  9. Cosa Del Pantano
  10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
  11. The Fires Of Division
  12. Antiseed

In anticipation of the album’s pending release, the band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)’ and its video Friday. The video is extremely violent, featuring a man detained and beaten by armed officers before also being tortured mentally and physically.

The extreme imagery is considered so intense that YouTube requires viewers to sign in to the streaming service in order to confirm their age and view the video. While the imagery used in the video is extreme, it works with the song’s lyrical theme. That theme works with the album’s overall themes of what a press states are those of “societal disgust and degradation.”

Persona Non Grata was produced by Steve Lagudi (Testament, God Forbid, Machine Head) and mixed by Andy Sneap (Fozzy, Skinlab, Arch Enemy). The album’s cover art was crafted by Par Olafsson.

In related news, Exodus is scheduled to join Testament and Death Angel on the road this fall for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour.” The 30-date tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, CA and to run through Nov. 27 in Oakland, CA. The tour also features scheduled performances in cities nationwide, such as Oklahoma City, OK; Baltimore, MD and New Orleans, LA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” with TESTAMENT, EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL are:
10/06/2021  Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/07/2021  Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA 
10/08/2021  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/10/2021  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA 
10/11/2021  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 
10/12/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM 
10/14/2021  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 
10/15/2021  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill  – Dallas, TX 
10/16/2021  Emo’s – Austin, TX 
10/17/2021  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX 
10/19/2021  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/20/2021  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
10/21/2021  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC 
10/22/2021  TLA – Philadelphia, PA 
10/23/2021  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 
10/24/2021  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
10/26/2021  The Paramount – Huntington, NY 
10/27/2021  House Of Blues – Boston, MA 
10/28/2021  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/29/2021  Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH 
10/30/2021  The Agora – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2021  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 
11/02/2021  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
11/04/2021  The Majestic – Detroit, MI 
11/05/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/06/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/07/2021  Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/09/2021  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 
11/10/2021  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT 
11/27/2021  The Fox – Oakland, CA 

In other news, Exodus recently partnered with comic book company Incendium to launch a new comic book series titled, Tales of the Damned. The four-issue limited series is scheduled to ship Oct. 31 and is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66 per copy. It is available to order here.

“The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 as part of the comic book series’ launch, and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

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Sabaton Makes Announcement About Its Next Album

Sabaton presented a tease about its next album over the weekend.

A press release distributed Sunday revealed the teaser video posted to the band’s official Instagram page.

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, Sabaton is scheduled to join Judas Priest next month for its 50th anniversary tour. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 8 in Reading, PA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. Sabaton will serve as support for the tour.

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES: 
 
9/8/2021 Reading  PA                      Santander Arena* 
9/9/2021 Virginia Beach VA             Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*+ 
9/11/2021 Orlando FL                      Central Florida Fairgrounds^# 
9/13/2021 Charlotte NC                   PNC Music Pavilion 
9/14/2021 Raleigh NC                      Red Hat Amphitheater* 
9/16/2021 Grand Rapids MI             Van Andel Arena* 
9/17/2021 Youngstown OH              Covelli Centre^ 
9/19/2021 Detroit MI                         Fox Theatre* 
9/20/2021 Rosemont IL                    Rosemont Theatre* 
9/22/2021 Milwaukee WI                  Miller High Life Theatre^ 
9/23/2021 Minneapolis MN              The Armory* 
9/25/2021 Maryland Heights MO     Saint Louis Music Park 
9/26/2021 Louisville KY                    Louder Than Life Festival^# 
9/29/2021 Denver CO                      The Mission Ballroom^ 
9/30/2021 West Valley City UT         Maverik Center* 
10/2/2021 Everett WA                       Angel Of The Winds Arena* 
10/3/2021 Portland OR                     Moda Center* 
10/5/2021 Oakland CA                      Fox Theater^ 
10/6/2021 Los Angeles CA                Microsoft Theater^ 
10/8/2021 Las Vegas NV                   Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood 
10/9/2021 Phoenix AZ                       Arizona Federal Theatre 
10/12/2021 San Antonio TX              Freeman Coliseum^ 
10/13/2021 Cedar Park TX                HEB Center Cedar Park^ 
10/15/2021 Irving TX                         The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 
10/16/2021 Oklahoma City OK          The Zoo Amphitheatre^ 
10/19/2021 Independence MO          Cable Dahmer Arena* 
10/21/2021 Nashville TN                    Nashville Municipal Auditorium* 
10/22/2021 Alpharetta GA                  Ameris Bank Amphitheatre* 
10/24/2021 Charleston WV                Charleston Civic Center Coliseum* 
10/25/2021 Philadelphia PA               The Met* 
10/27/2021 Newark NJ                       Prudential Center* 
10/28/2021 Oxon Hill MD                   The Theater at MGM National Harbor 
10/30/2021 Mashantucket CT            Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^ 
10/31/2021 Lowell MA                       Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell* 
11/2/2021 Halifax NS                         Scotiabank Centre* 
11/4/2021 Laval , QC                         Place Bell* 
11/5/2021 Hamilton ONT                   First Ontario Centre*

* new show
^ not a Live Nation event
# festival date
+ Sabaton not support on this date; support is TBD

More information on Sabaton’s new album announcement is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sabaton

More information on Judas Priest’s new tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.JudasPriest.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/judaspriest

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Exodus Launches New Limited Comic Book, Action Figure Series

Courtesy: Incendium

Exodus is joining a growing number of bands that have delved into the comic book realm.

The band made the announcement Friday in a news release. The document states that the band has partnered with entertainment company Incendium to launch its four-issue limited series, Tales of the Damned under Incendium’s Opus imprint.

The band is just the latest to delve into the comic book realm. Bands, such as Disturbed and Alter Bridge, as well as guitarist Joe Satriani have all journeyed into the comic book world.

Each issue of Tales of the Damned focuses on a specific song from Exodus’ catalog beginning with the title track from the band’s 2004 album, Tempo of the Damned. The lead issue was written by Ian Edgington (Aliens, Predator, 2000AD) with art by Luis Guaragna (John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night), letters by Jacob Bascle, and cover art by Ryan Christensen.

Front man Gary Holt spoke highly of the band’s new comic book and related action figure line.

“I’m super excited to see this project come to life,” he said. “Exodus and comics go hand in hand, and to see the ‘Organist’ come to life in book form and as an action figure? Totally awesome! I’m looking forward to reading Tales Of The Damned!”

Incendium CEO Llexi Leon shared Holt’s enthusiasm.

“Exodus’Tales Of The Damned is our bloody tribute to the Bay Area legends,” said Leon. “We’re all about Myths, Monsters, and Metal here at Incendium, so this unholy alliance has been a blast!”

Courtesy: Incendium

The story featured in issue #1 centers on a young woman’s search for her missing sister. The younger sister goes missing after hearing “The Wavelength” a mysterious signal coming from an unidentified radio station. The older sister’s search leads her to an uninhabited town where she figures out the mystery of her sister’s disappearance and the music behind the disappearance…The Tempo of the Damned. An action figure of “The Organist” will release alongside the lead issue.

Issue #1 is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66. It is available to order here. It will ship Oct. 31. “The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

In other news, the launch of Exodus’ new comic book and action figure line coincides with the forthcoming release of its latest album, Persona Non Grata, which is scheduled for release in November through its own label, Exodus Records and Nuclear Blast Records. An exact release date for the album is under consideration as the band’s drummer, Tom Hunting recovers from squamous cell carcinoma.

More information on Exodus’ new comic book, action figure, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://exodusattack.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/exodusattack

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