MOONSPELL’s Extinct, which was released last week via Napalm Records, has debuted on the Billboard Charts!
#20 Debut @ Billboard Top New Artist Albums
#86 Debut @ Billboard Top Hard Music Albums
#88 Debut @ Billboard Independent Current Albums
With Extinct, the band has erected yet another monument in the realm of gothic music. Extinct can be ordered from the Napalm Records Webstore, and Amazon.
In support of the album, MOONSPELL will be returning to North America at the end of April. The band is teaming up for a North American tour alongside Septicflesh and Deathstars. The tour starts April 24th in Mexico City, Mexico and runs through May 19th in Atlanta, GA. A complete list of dates can be found below.
The video for “Extinct” can be viewed HERE.
Check out the “Road to Extinction” teaser for the Bonus DVD that comes with the Mediabook and vinyl editions of the new album! Watch the brand new teaser here:
4/24: Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
4/25: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
4/26 Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
4/27: El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
4/28: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
4/30: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
5/1: Los Angeles, CA @ The Black Castle
5/2: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/3: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
5/4: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/5: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
5/6: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/9: Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
5/10: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
5/11: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
5/12: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
5/13: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
5/14: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
5/15: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/16: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
5/18: Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/19: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Friday March 20th – Los Angeles based Alt-rockers EVOLOVE, fronted by charismatic vocalist Lucy Levinsohn, have released the official video for “Warriors.” The band’s current album “We Are The Warriors” was released January 13th, on Spectra Music Group. The footage for the video was shot live, during the band’s Album Release show at the Troubadour, in West Hollywood, CA, and showcases the energy of the band and the love of the fans. This video is a follow-up to the fan-inspired Lyric Video, released last year, which showcased the band’s close relationship with their dedicated Fan Base.
Levinsohn describes “Warriors” as an “Anthem for our Generation” and stated this about the video, “We really wanted to capture the essense of a Live Show for the fans that can’t see us ‘in person’.” Evolove will be performing April 19th 8pm at Lucky Strike Live located at Hollywood & Highland as part of the #RadSundays Concert Series, with Varna and Cage 9. This will be a FREE concert, all attendees must be 21 years or older.
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SET FOR SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2
NORWEGIAN SKY WILL BECOME
‘THE LOUDEST BOAT IN THE WORLD’
WITH PERFORMANCES FROM
ANTHRAX, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, HATEBREED, EXODUS, CROBOT,
PHIL CAMPBELL’S ALL STARR BAND AND MORE
DURING CRUISE FROM MIAMI WITH STOPS IN NASSAU AND
GREAT STIRRUP CAY IN THE BAHAMAS
“…a metalhead’s dream. Think Hard Rock Hell-with-hot-tubs.
On the high seas. With a hard on.”
–Classic Rock, October 2, 2014
Motörhead’s Motörboat will embark on its second voyage September 28 through October 2, 2015 on Norwegian Sky, departing Port Miami, with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas. The Loudest Boat In The World will feature performances from some of the greatest heavy rock bands in the world, including Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, Motor Sister, Kyng, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, and more.
Motörhead’s Motörboat offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an experience with their favorite bands and to see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship and on the island of Great Stirrup Cay.
Staterooms go on sale Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM ET at www.MotorheadCruise.com.
Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister says, “And so the Motörboat sets sail one more time – better get your tickets now, or be left sobbing on the dock! Oh – and we promise not to run out of beer this time!”
Slayer’s Kerry King says, “Slayer is crashing the Motörboat party!! I, personally, will be keeping the bar in business. Hell will be coming with us. Light it up!!!”
Motörhead–the world’s biggest and baddest rock & roll band of all time–are celebrating their 40th anniversary and recently returned to the studio to begin work on their 22nd studio album. The band’s song “Heartbreaker”–from their mammoth Aftershock album, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200–was nominated in the “Best Metal Performance” category at this year’s Grammy Awards. In 2005, Motörhead won the Grammy in the same category for the song “Whiplash.” Through tenacity, hard work, and a deep-seated ability to produce an original, face-melting sound, Motörhead–Lemmy Kilmister (bass, vocals), Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums)–has become one of the most popular bands in the world with a fanbase that is second to none. www.imotorhead.com
The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer recently formed its own label imprint that will be distributed worldwide through Nuclear Blast, and plans to release a new album in 2015. Slayer–Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (bass/vocals), Paul Bostaph (drums) and Gary Holt (touring guitarist)–will tour extensively to support the new music. www.slayer.net
2015 marks the first excursion on Norwegian Sky for Motörhead’s Motörboat. The contemporary ship offers 13 complimentary and specialty dining options, 12 bars and lounges, a coffee bar, an outdoor pool, and five hot tubs. While onboard, guests can try their luck in the Sky Club Casino, relax in the onboard spa and get their heart pumping in the fitness center or full basketball court.
For the debut Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise in 2014, an international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise’s iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock ’n’ roll living with no holds barred. Highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves, Motörhead’s Motörboat 2014 featured more than 30 performances by 15 of rock and metal’s top artists, including heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Anthrax, Testament, Down, and Zakk Wylde.
Writing about last year’s experience, RollingStone.com proclaimed, “Anthrax, Lemmy Kilmister, hundreds of metalheads and a naked, inflatable doll make the Motörboat cruise completely unforgettable…Motörboat brought heavy metal to the high seas and featured a previously unseen combination of gambling, belly-flopping, shirtlessness, guitar soloing and even yoga [September 29, 2014].”
2014 Video Flashback: https://vimeo.com/channels/820089
About Motörhead’s Motörboat: In 2014, the first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat sailed from Miami and visited the port of Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. An international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise’s iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock ’n’ roll living with no holds barred, highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves. In 2014, “The Loudest Boat In The World” also featured performances from Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian.
About ASK4 Entertainment: ASK4 Entertainment is a premier rock music theme cruise and destination event producer. ASK4 Entertainment produces ShipRocked, Motörhead’s Motörboat, as well as a ShipRocked Summer Camp land event.
About Whet Travel Inc.: Whet Travel is an 11-year-old progressive travel company that was formed to meet the unique travel needs of music charters, large groups and young professionals. Whet Travel is the producer of The Groove Cruise–“The World’s Largest Floating Dance Music Festival,” the Aventura Dance Cruise–“The World’s Largest Latin Dance Cruise,” and the Zen Cruise–“A Transformational Journey at Sea.” Whet Travel sells cruises, vacation packages, and all inclusive resorts around the world with a focus on large affinity, theme, corporate and music groups.
NIGHTWISH: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SABATON
The kick-off show for this highly-anticipated 27-date headlining tour of North America by Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH is slated for Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Direct support for the tour will come from Sweden’s avid war historians SABATON; opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain.
A veritable showcase of two of Nuclear Blast’s most dynamic artists, each date on this tour promises to be an electrifying evening of symphonic anthems, soul-soaring energy, and extraordinary musical grandeur.
NIGHTWISH will be touring in support of their brand new eighth studio album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, due out in North America on March 31st. Watch the video for the NIGHTWISH single “Elán” – a loving tribute to the stars of Finnish entertainment who came before them – on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/tZhzlJ.
SABATON is touring in support of the 3-disc deluxe edition of Heroes, their Billboard-charting seventh studio album from 2014. Watch the video for the SABATON single, “To Hell And Back” – which tackles Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in war veterans – on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/YEg2Oj.
Please consider granting NIGHTWISH and SABATON regional coverage by way of an interview, a CD review, a show preview, a show review, or live photography for the date highlighted below. Music, photo passes, and guest list accommodations are all available on request.
Three shows have already sold out — don’t miss your chance to be guest listed!
Dates for the 2015 NIGHTWISH tour with SABATON and Delain are:
04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA ***SOLD OUT***
04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA ***SOLD OUT***
04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL ***SOLD OUT***
04/19/15 7 Flags Events Center – Clive, IA
04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD
Hugely influential, unique, and categorically unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, Finland-based symphonic master storytellers NIGHTWISH continue to expand the breadth and scope of their artistic vision with each successive release. Having received over sixty Gold and Platinum awards and selling more than seven million albums worldwide, theirs is an esteemed place among Finland’s most successfully exported rock bands.
An avid reader whose childhood aspiration was to become a biologist, NIGHTWISH band leader, song composer, founding member, and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen cites the works of American humanist, poet, and essayist Walt Whitman, English author & journalist Christopher Hitchens, and English evolutionary biologist & writer, Professor Richard Dawkins as inspirations to the themes explored in the new material that became the band’s forthcoming epic 78-minute album for 2015, Endless Forms Most Beautiful.
The goals for this collection of songs were threefold: 1) To reflect the bliss of existence and its temporary character; 2) To capture the poetic nature of science; and 3) To musically illustrate the capacity of science to be profoundly spiritual. To that end, NIGHTWISH befittingly took up residence in the wilderness of Hattula, Finland with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen to record their eighth studio release. The album title itself is an excerpt from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory via his 1859 book On the Origin of Species.
A milestone in their 20-year career, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is resplendent in a sophisticated beauty and proudly features the participation of London’s The Metro Voices choir group, London’s Young Musicians Children‘s Choir, and the Orchestre De Grandeur led by the esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, who teaches Music and Music Technology at the London College of Music.
In the album’s opening track, “Shudder Before The Beautiful,” we hear the regal voice of narrator Richard Dawkins, who also recites the Charles Darwin passage that gave the album its name in the album’s grandiose 24-minute closing track, “The Greatest Show On Earth.” An endeavour demanding that attention be paid to the rich detail in its spoken words, lyrics, and background noises, Endless Forms Most Beautiful includes the sounds of animal life on Earth as did the Voyager Golden Records on the two space probes launched into interstellar space in 1977. The digital single for “Elán” appropriately includes a bonus track entitled “Sagan,” a musical tribute to American cosmologist, astronomer, and astrophysicist Carl Sagan who hosted the award-winning television series Cosmos back in the 1980s. This program – whose impact continues to radiate around the world – was re-launched in 2014 with new host American cosmologist and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The compositions on Endless Forms Most Beautiful are on-par with an emotionally engaging film score and brilliantly showcase the talented voice of NIGHTWISH’s electrifying Dutch frontwoman Floor Jansen, who was announced as an official member of the band – along with British multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley – in October of 2014.
Ripe for touring the North American territory after playing 104 shows in 34 countries to a total audience of over 1.5 million fans around the globe in 2013, the soaring melodies, momentous choruses, and grand orchestrations in the music of NIGHTWISH are essential components of their endearing and enduring magic. Endless Forms Most Beautiful urges us to remember that our time on Earth is fleeting, to embrace the opportunities to gaze at the Milky Way on a cold winter’s night, to ponder the unfathomable vastness of space… and most importantly, to share such moments with the people we love in this limited time we’re granted on this “pale blue dot” we call home.
“At the back of our brains, there is a forgotten blaze
or burst of astonishment at our own existence.
The object of the artistic and the spiritual life
is to dig for this submerged sunrise of wonder.”
- K. Chesterton
NIGHTWISH members include:
Floor Jansen – Vocals
- Tuomas Holopainen – Keyboards
- Marco Hietala – Bass & Vocals
- Jukka Nevalainen – Drums
- Emppu Vuorinen – Guitar
- Troy Donockley – Pipes, Flutes, Whistles
Visit NIGHTWISH online at www.NIGHTWISH.com.
Formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999, the band is best known for singing almost exclusively about historical wars & battles, a direction SABATON members decided to take on after watching the 1999 Academy Award-winning film Saving Private Ryan. The band thoroughly researches their topics to ensure the songs paint accurate & objective portraits of the historical event they’re singing about, which are narrated from an omniscient point-of-view or in first-person as a soldier caught in the line of fire. Like their home country of Sweden, SABATON aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians.
SABATON introduced themselves to North American audiences via special performances at Austin’s annual South By Southwest Festival in 2008 and Atlanta’s annual ProgPower Festival in 2009. The band’s maiden tour of the U.S. and Canada was as main support for German heavy metal legends ACCEPT in 2011. Fan response to their live show was so great that they returned five months later to headline their own tour & perform on the annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. Overseas, they shared stages with heavy metal heritage bands JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, and SCORPIONS, then returned to North America once again to headline two tours supporting their 2012 Billboard-charting album Carolus Rex.
In 2013, SABATON toured Europe with IRON MAIDEN then opened for them again in California at 2013’s Battle of San Bernardino. To respond to their rapidly growing fan base in the U.S. and Canada, SABATON returned to North America twice in 2014 with ICED EARTH and AMON AMARTH.
In June 2014, SABATON tripled their first-week U.S. sales numbers with the release of their seventh studio album, Heroes, catapulting them to their first appearance on the American Billboard Top 100 chart with a debut at #99. Heroes also held the #7 position on the Billboard Hard Rock/Metal chart and debuted at #105 on the Canadian Billboard Top 200 album chart and #11 on the Canadian Hard Rock/Metal chart.
Made honorary citizens of Poland for their role in preserving the history of Polish resistance during World War II, elevating the human spirit has long been SABATON’s specialty and the masses have responded in-kind. Like the triumph of humanity they so frequently sing about, SABATON’s star is rapidly on the rise.
The men of SABATON are:
- Joakim Brodén – Lead Vocals
• Pär Sundström – Bass
• Thobbe Englund – Lead Guitar
• Chris Rörland – Lead Guitar
• Hannes Van Dahl – Drums
Visit SABATON’s official online headquarters at: www.SABATON.net.
THE CRAZY DAVE’S MUSIC EXPERIENCE POWERED BY MUSICIANS INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES INITIAL 2015 MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP
DEDICATED TO INSPIRING THE ROCK STARS OF TOMORROW!
The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience will kick off their 2015 music festival season April 25 & 26 at Florida’s biggest rock festival–Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville–in Jacksonville. Additional festivals confirmed for 2015 so far include: Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (May 2 & 3 in Concord, NC) and Rock On The Range (May 15, 16 & 17 in Columbus, OH). All three festivals are part of the World’s Loudest Month.
The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience powered by Musicians Institute is a free, traveling interactive exhibit where fans are treated like rock stars and get hands-on interaction with tons of musical equipment–much of which is used by their favorite artists–participate in Meet and Greets with some of their favorite band members, attend clinics, check out acoustic sets, win prizes, and more. The exhibit is designed to tell the iconic stories of the music brands that helped build the industry. Thousands of festival attendees visit The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience each year.
An important element of The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience that will be expanded at each festival this year is The Student Experience (www.thestudentexp.com). The Student Experience is a community outreach program for aspiring young musicians created by The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience and supported by their partner, Musicians Institute. It’s is a special opportunity for students enrolled in music-related academic programs–and their educators–to receive access to The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience before the festival gates open, and receive behind-the-scenes access throughout the day. Participating students will gain a valuable perspective on the wide array of opportunities within the music industry. Participants will meet with band members, sound and lighting engineers, guitar techs, production staff, and representatives from instrument manufacturers.
Check out video highlights of The Student Experience here: https://vimeo.com/97263513.
The Student Experience is open to musicians in second grade through college. To apply for free admission to The Student Experience in Jacksonville, FL (April 25 & 26), Concord, NC (May 2 & 3) or Columbus, OH (May 15, 16 & 17), please visit:
Event producer and founder Mark “Squiggy” DiGiacomo is dedicated to inspiring the rock stars of tomorrow. He explains, “We aim to provide an awe inspiring and memorable encounter for students, and create meaningful awareness of the components of the music industry often lost in the shadows of rock-stardom. With funding constantly being cut for music education, it’s the responsibility of the people who benefit from the arts, related businesses and lifestyle to step in and help. It’s the job of the concert promoters, instrument manufacturers, retail stores and famous artists to keep the tools of the trade accessible to children and future generations, which is why we are so honored to have Musicians Institute as a partner. It’s exciting to see the instant connection they have with each student and educator that walks into The Experience.”
“The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience is an amazing organization, and Musicians Institute is proud to be their partner,” says Jessica Sullivan, Director of Marketing for Musicians Institute. “We share the goal of supporting music education and creating the next generation of musicians. I’ve seen the excited faces of young students who feel that The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience was created just for them. Inspiring kids today isn’t always easy, but the staff at The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience do it at every event–and that impresses me.”
Clay Busch, Head of Marketing for Danny Wimmer Presents (preeminent festival producers and co-executive producers of the World’s Loudest Month festival series) agrees, noting: “We’re excited to keep growing the festival experience with everyone over at Crazy Dave’s Music. With public education and music programs losing government funding annually, it’s our responsibility to support creative artists and give them an outlet to learn, create and discover music with their favorite brands, rock stars and festivals.”
Everyone is welcome to visit The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience. At each festival, visitors to The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience will have the chance to test the latest music equipment from companies such as: Ashdown, Blackstar, Charvel, Chauvet Lighting, Cynosure Custom Guitars, Epiphone, ESP Guitars (celebrating their 40th anniversary), EVH, Fender, Gibson Pro Audio, Hercules DJ, Jackson, Jim Dunlop (celebrating their 50th anniversary), Korg, Kramer, Lace Pickups, Marshall Amps, Moog, MXR, Paul Reed Smith, SKB Cases, Takamine, Vox, and Yamaha, as well as check out items from Affliction Clothing. Inside The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience Tent, festival attendees can participate in Meet and Greets with some of their favorite band members, participate in a “30 Seconds to Shred” competition for a chance to win great prizes, attend clinics, and check out acoustic sets on the ESP/Affliction “Live Fast Stage.” In addition, the “Dime Icon” presented by Dean Guitars display will feature a few of Dimebag Darrell’s own guitars along with re-issues of his famous guitars.
At Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience will donate Cynosure Custom Guitars to The Navy Seal Foundation and Birdies for the Brave.
American Metal Giants TESTAMENT Add More Dates to “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour Routing
Support from Thrash Leaders EXODUS + Texas Metal Assailants SHATTERED SUN
TICKETS & VIP PACKS ON SALE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th
Get Your TESTAMENT and EXODUS Combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience via www.SLOTIX.com
TESTAMENT to Perform an Exclusive New Set List, Including The Legacy and The New Order in Their Entirety + Select Practice What You Preach Album Cuts
Bay Area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT recently announced what will surely be the greatest heavy metal tour of 2015, the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour! The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour will include support from fellow Bay Area-thrashers EXODUS and Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN. As of today, several new dates have been added to the run, including dates in Philadelphia, PA, Cincinnati, OH and more. See below for all new dates, listed in red.
All tickets go on sale on Friday, February 27th – visit venue web locations for more ticketing information.
TESTAMENT, EXODUS and SHATTERED SUN “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Dates:
04/01/15 Regency Center Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/02/15 House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/03/15 Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
04/04/15 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
04/06/15 Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
04/07/15 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
04/08/15 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
04/10/15 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
04/11/15 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
04/12/15 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
04/13/15 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
04/15/15 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
04/17/15 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/18/15 The Palladium – Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
04/19/15 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/21/15 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
04/22/15 Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
04/23/15 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/24/15 The International – Knoxville, TN
04/25/15 – Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville Festival (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
04/26/15 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/28/15 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
04/29/15 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/30/15 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
05/01/15 – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA, Lunatic Luau 15 (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
05/02/15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
05/03/15 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, NC, Carolina Rebellion 2015 (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour is your chance to meet TESTAMENT and EXODUS via a combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience package – available for the first time during this tour via www.slotix.com. VIP packages for all dates will be available on Friday, February 27th. The combined VIP experience includes:
- One Premium Reserved ticket or One General Admission ticket
- A Meet & Greet with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
- Individual & Group Photo opportunities with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
- Exclusive TESTAMENT/EXODUS poster
- Collectible TESTAMENT/EXODUS commemorative laminate
- On-site check-in staff
In addition to its monumental line-up, the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour sees TESTAMENT serving up another surprise for die-hard fans of their early tenure. Each night, TESTAMENT will perform an epic headlining set that digs deep into the early discography that launched their worldwide career spanning two-and-a-half decades. TESTAMENT’s exclusive set will feature full-album performances of 1987’s classic body of work The Legacy and 1988’s unrelenting The New Order, in addition to select tracks from 1989’s mainstream crossover Practice What You Preach.
The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour marks the live re-introduction of TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio. This isn’t DiGiorgio’s first time playing with TESTAMENT, as he is credited for recording bass on 1999’s The Gathering and 2001’s First Strike Still Deadly. Additionally, the tour will mark the live debut of Alex Skolnick’s anticipated brand new signature ESP guitars and Budda amps. Learn more about the guitars and amps at these links.
In 2012, TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Earth debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #1 on the Independent Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart with the band’s highest first week sales since the inception of Soundscan. The album roared into the #9 position on the World Sales chart – a huge accomplishment for a metal band on a chart that included pop artists such as ADELE, JUSTIN BIEBER, LINKIN PARK, JENNIFER LOPEZ and MAROON 5. In 2013, TESTAMENT released their Dark Roots Of Thrash live DVD/CD, recorded via multi-camera angles at their sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. Order both titles from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.
“Native Blood” is TESTAMENT’s award-winning video.
Visit TESTAMENT online at www.TESTAMENTLEGIONS.com.
This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever – #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada’s Hard Music chart. Order the dual-disc Blood In, Blood Out digi-pak from http://smarturl.it/EXODUS-Blood. EXODUS recently finished up a highly-successful tour with heavy music titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.
“Blood In, Blood Out” is the latest video by EXODUS.
Visit EXODUS online at www.EXODUSATTACK.com.
ABOUT SHATTERED SUN:
Victory Records’ SHATTERED SUN are poised to dominate the metal scene. The six-piece is a remarkable example of hard work and determination, coming a long way from their industrious origins. SHATTERED SUN reflect the roots of their influences amidst their vigorous Southern backdrop, slamming together into a sound that is Hope Within Hatred, their debut album to be released April 21, 2015 via Victory Records. What sets SHATTERED SUN apart from the crowd is their lyrical content in a time where it seems most heavy music is about negativity and angst. SHATTERED SUN empower with their message of hope and positivity.
“Hope Within Hatred” lyric video by SHATTERED SUN.
Visit SHATTERED SUN online at www.victoryrecords.com/shatteredsun.