Maryland rockers CLUTCH are currently in the midst of a North American tour which features headlining shows, co-headlining dates with HELLYEAH and a radio festival appearance. Today CLUTCH is excited to announce a headlining run for this summer with Prong and Lionize providing support. The tour is scheduled to kick off July 11th in Fayetteville, AR and currently scheduled to wrap up on July 22nd in Richmond, VA.
CLUTCH will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th. For those European fans that have been clamoring for the exclusive double LP vinyl reissues, you will be glad to know that they are being released in Europe. Blast Tyrant will be the first in the series of reissues and it will be released on May 25th.
CLUTCH will be releasing a 7″ picture disc single of the new track “Pigtown Blues” on June 19th. (The digital single will be released June 5th) This is the first new studio material from CLUTCH since 2009’s Strange Cousins From the West,and the first simultaneous worldwide release for Weathermaker Music. The track “Pigtown Blues” will be debuted on “The Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter” which airs weekly on BBC/Radio 1.
In other Weathermaker Music news, the label has lined up two special releases for this summer. The first release is a limited edition 7″ single from the Legendary New York Hardcore band THE MOB. The band recently entered the studio to record new material for their new single Back to Queens, which will be released July 17th. THE MOB will be playing their first show together in over five years as part of this year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl which will be held May 19th at Webster Hall in New York City. More info can be found HERE.
Additionally Weathermaker Music will release the new “Pros and Cons” EP from THE COMPANY BAND. The EP features five new tracks and will be released on July 31st. THE COMPANY BAND features Neil Fallon, James A. Rota (Fireball Ministry), Jess Margera (CKY), Brad Davis (Fu Manchu) and Dave Bone. Along with the CD Release, Weathermaker Music will release a 12″ vinyl limited edition/collectors version of the EP. The EP and the vinyl will be released on July 31st. More details on THE MOB and THE COMPANY BAND releases will be announced shortly.
Lastly in CLUTCH related news, the band has just inked a licensing deal with Fox Sports for the 2012 NASCAR and MLB seasons for the track “The Regulator”.
CLUTCH AND HELLYEAH CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
4/24 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater – TICKETS
4/25 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s – TICKETS
4/27 Fargo, ND @ The Venue – TICKETS
4/28 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre – TICKETS
4/29 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater – TICKETS
5/01 Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater – TICKETS
5/02 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion – TICKETS
5/03 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom* – TICKETS
5/04 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s – TICKETS
5/05 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 – TICKETS
5/06 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre* – TICKETS
5/08 Libertyville, IL @ The Fuel Room at Austin’s Saloon – TICKETS
5/10 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company* – TICKETS
5/11 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes – TICKETS
5/12 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall* – TICKETS
5/13 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop* – TICKETS
CLUTCH WITH PRONG AND LIONIZE
7/11: Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
7/13: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
7/14: Vienna, WV @ Fishbone Gill & Grill
7/15: Louisville, KY @ Waterfront Park (Forecastle Festival)**
7/17: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
7/18: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
7/19: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
7/20: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
7/22: Richmond, VA @ The National
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Introducing TRESPASS AMERICA, a newly-minted music festival set on revitalizing the metal scene with some of the most current and credible bands in hard rock/metal. A co-production with Trespass America and Metal Hammer, the biggest metal magazine in the U.K., the tour kicks off July 13 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and will cover 31 cities in two months between July and August with stops across the United States. Ticket on-sales begin this Friday, April 27; log onto www.trespassamerica.com for complete details.
Opening the show will be newcomers BATTLECROSS, the most-played new band on the SiriusXM channel, “Liquid Metal.” New Jersey monsters GOD FORBID, who just released a brand new album Equilibrium, will stir up the circle pits with new songs and hits spanning their long career. Deathcore masters EMMURE are coming out swinging in support of their new album, Slave to the Game. Michigan’s POP EVIL will carry the torch of grassroots hard rock to the crowd, while the melodic guitar thrash of TRIVIUM and the reunited lineup of metalcore legends KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will bring a crushing intensity to Trespass America.
Headlining the power-packed Trespass America Festival is FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH,the new heavy weight champs of the metal scene, with nine consecutive top ten radio hits, four Golden God awards, two certified Gold records (and a third in the making). Monstrous light shows and sold-out arenas have marked the path of 5FDP’s meteoric rise. In a few short years, the band knocked down the tightly shut gates of mainstream media and turned the non-believers into believers as they marched to bring a message from the underground.
As Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory, who helped spearhead the festival concept put it, “We will carry the flag into mainstream territory; we will trespass on their turf all across America. The combined power of Metal Hammer and all these bands enable us to make a statement, a really loud one. Heavy music wants its place back in the limelight, so get ready, because we are coming, and we are coming in numbers.”
“By bringing the Trespass Festival to North America,” said Metal Hammer’s editor Alexander Milas, “we’re not only promoting the music we believe in, we’re investing in it. We’re now doing in America what we’ve done for years in Europe and the UK.” Indeed, Metal Hammer has a long history of flying the flag for the bands it believes in, and over the course of 25 years, has been involved with a number of events, most recently the Defenders Of The Faith tour that covered the spectrum of metal and helped support the music U.K. scene. Metal Hammer is partners with Bloodstock Open Air and Download Festival and has its very own Hammerfest festivals in the U.K. “It has become increasingly apparent to us that supporters of Metal Hammer stretch well beyond the U.K. Thanks to the iPad, American metal fans can now get the magazine at the same time U.K. fans do, but by taking on this tour, we’re moving beyond our physical borders.”
The idea for Trespass America came about as a way to bring heavy music to big venues across the country. Bathory explained, “When you walk through the Trespass America gate, you will be in a different territory, a new environment. You’re not just coming to see a band. It’s going to be a traveling circus that has all the attraction and excitement that creates an experience. We wanted to build the biggest stage we could and make this festival as visually unforgettable as possible, really give fans their money’s worth, give them an experience where they will want to say, ‘I was there.’ We also wanted to play as many indoor venues as possible so all bands on the bill, no matter how early they play, would have a full light show with full production. We want to make Trespass America a theme-park-thrill-ride for metalheads.”
With Five Finger Death Punch leading the charge, up-and-comers Battlecross, Pop Evil, and Emmure, metal vets God Forbid, and heavyweights like Trivium and Killswitch Engage, all united under the Metal Hammer banner, the Trespass America Festival is definitely bound to set foot on the forbidden lawn of mainstream Rock-Culture.
With more to be announced, confirmed dates for the Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival are as follows:
13 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
15 Billings, MT – MetraPark Arena
16 Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
17 Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Arena
19 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
21 Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County Expo Center
24 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre
25 Belton, TX – Bell County Expo Center
27 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
28 Beaumont, TX – Ford Pavilion
30 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
31 Evansville, IN – Ford Center
3 Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena
7 Syracuse, NY – SRC Arena and Events Center/Onondaga Community Center
8 Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center
10 Scarborough, ME – Scarborough Downs
14 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
15 Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
17 Worchester, MA – DCU Center
18 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
19 Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
22 Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
25 Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
26 Phoenix, AZ – Comercia Theatre
28 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Remember Malice In Wonderland?
The Norwegian rock band burst onto the Scandinavian rock scene with their self titled debut album in 2005. Led by hit single Lucifer’s Town the band was quickly labelled as one of the most promising underground rock acts and their fan base grew quickly with fan clubs and supporters in every corner of the world.
The quartet, renowned as a great energetic live act, toured in Norway and Europe and even played some very successful shows in China. In 2008 and 2009 the band lived partly in Finland were lots of concerts and TV performances were held. In 2010 the band withdraw from the spotlight, built their own recording studio and concentrated on writing and recording their sophomore album entitled “The Royal Brigade”.
“We had to take a step back and figure out what direction we wanted with the new album and with the band as a whole” frontman Chris Wicked reveals. “It`s been a long time since our debut. We also have a new line up now so there were several things we had to sort out, but I’ll tell you we are extremely pleased with how things have been progressing lately.”
Malice In Wonderland recently finished recording their sophomore album entitled “The Royal Brigade” and the band will now start looking for a suitable label to release the CD. Chris is positive about the future: “There is a whole new energy within in the group now! New music, new line up and a new area for Malice In Wonderland in general. The new album is filled with catchy, killer tracks that we are positive will please both new and old fans. We can’t wait to show people what we have been up to lately!”
If rock n’ roll is dead, someone must have forgotten to tell these Norwegians. With a new record full of bombastic high energetic quality rock songs, these guys are eager to prove that they indeed are a force to reckon with.
Every now and then, bands from yesteryear release a new album trying to cash in on the hopes that their remaining fans will buy some of their new music. At the least, it provides a reason to go out on tour, or join in on the festival circuit. More often than not, these cash-in releases are sub-par and usually best left not purchased. So, you can imagine my expectation level when the new Trixter CD, New Audio Machine came across my desk for review.
It’s so nice to report that this album was more than a pleasant surprise. I don’t know what Trixter has been up to for the last few years, but I do know that I wish they had more great music like what is contained on New Audio Machine. This is the best 80s band release since Whitesnake’s Forevermore.
I’ll admit that I haven’t paid any attention to Trixter since purchasing their debut album over 20 years ago. Their self titled debut was one of the greatest records of 1990, and the follow up, Hear, was decent, but was also a victim of bad timing. Nirvana and Soundgarden had emerged as the new sound of hard rock, knocking most 80s rock bands to the side. Trixter disappeared shortly thereafter and wouldn’t resurface until 2007. Now back with their first album of new material since 1992, Trixter is ready to rock with New Audio Machine.
New Audio Machine kicks off with the very catchy tune, “Drag Me Down.” An acoustic guitar romp opens the track reminiscent of Blue Murder’s “Jelly Roll,” before the song kicks into high gear, pounding the senses with some serious hard rock sounds. This song works very well as the lead track and reintroduction to Trixter It’s been 20 years since fans have heard new, original material from this band, and “Drag Me Down” is a great reminder of the superb music they can make.
“Live For Today” is one of two ballads on the record. While not the classic power ballad that hair metal is known for, “Live For Today” is a pretty song with meaning. Trixter has grown both emotionally and musically as a band, and this shows on “Live For Today.” With 20 years of history in their rearview mirror, Trixter is taking a moment to reflect on how fast life rips by us. The message in the music is to slow down and enjoy today for what it is. Tomorrow may not come, but if it does, let’s worry about it tomorrow. For all of us aging rockers, that is a poignant message.
“Tattoos & Misery,” the record’s first single, is the best song on the album and recalls the glory days of the 80s, being lived in the current decade. Blending the classic sound of Trixter’s debut with a touch of modern rock, “Tattoos & Misery” harkens back to the bad relationships of high school days while staying rooted in the modern template of today’s relationship struggles. Pete Loran’s voice is strong on this single and the harmony vocals by P.J. Farley and Steve Brown are exceptional. If you’re looking for a summer song to blast out of the stereo while cruising the highway with the windows down, this would be a solid choice.
It’s nice to see Trixter return to recording new material after a long absence. If New Audio Machine is any indication of the creativity that the band has left in them, then I can only hope that Trixter continues to record new material. New Audio Machine is the perfect blend of old and new, a worthy disc to reconnect fans with a long lost, often forgotten, solid rock and roll band. New Audio Machine is definitely worth checking out.
Rating: Out of 10
New Audio Machine is available in stores now! Get yours here!
- Drag Me Down
- Get On It
- Dirty Love
- Live For The Day
- Physical Attraction
- Tattoos & Misery
- The Coolest Thing
- Save Your Soul
- Walk With A Stranger
Pete Loran – Vocals
Steve Brown – Guitar
P.J. Farley – Bass
Mark “Gus” Scott – Drums
Baltimore rockers Charm City Devils invaded The Basement in Columbus, Ohio Sunday night. I wish I could tell you the band played to a packed house on this chilly Sunday evening, but unfortunately, they did not. This little promoted show had a small turn out, but to the guys in Charm City Devils rocked out as if there were 1,000 people in the building.
Singer John Allen mentioned to me prior to the show that he was getting over a bout with laryngitis. You would have never known this, as his vocals were stronger than ever. The band performed several songs off of their debut record Lets Rock-N-Roll and their recently released CD Sins. It was awesome to hear the new songs from Sins played live. The band played their new cover, and hit single “Man of Constant Sorrow”, “Love & War”, “Devil Is A Woman”, and “Unstoppable”. I thought their cover of The Black Keys tune “I Got Mine” was pretty cool too.
It has been nearly three years since I have last seen Charm City Devils play. The first and only time I seen them prior to this show was at Cruefest in 2009. I loved their brief set opening for Motley Crue back then, but they were much better this evening. They rocked the house, and I am hope they will return in “Spite” of the small turnout.
After the show, the band hung around and signed autographs, took pictures and hung out with the fans. They are easily some of the coolest and nicest musicians I have ever met. It was a great night of rock in Columbus, Ohio, and I am quite glad I went.
Don’t miss Charm City Devils when they come to your town. You can check out the band’s tour dates at the Charm City Devils website. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Sins while you are there!
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