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After dropping off a major tour without warning last year, The Faceless has once again cancelled a live trek at the 11th hour, this time dropping off an Australian / New Zealand bill with The Black Dahlia Murder.

The promoter of the tour – Soundworks Touring – clearly wasn’t happy with the situation, issuing this statement via Facebook:

“Due to complete incompetency by the band and their management, and with a total lack of respect for Soundworks Touring, and more importantly their fans, The Faceless have this morning officially cancelled their entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Over the past week we have been continuously lied to, misled and left in the dark as to the whereabouts of the band since their first scheduled appearance on May 9th.

“We at Soundworks Touring have done everything in our power to bring the band here for these shows, but The Faceless have been completely unprofessional in their behaviour and this cancellation is 100% solely their doing.

“To any disgruntled fans who wish to voice their opinion on this matter, we at Soundworks Touring are more than willing to put you in direct contact with the band and their management so they can address your questions. In the meantime feel free to express yourself on the bands official facebook page.

“We apologize to fans for the cancellation and wholeheartedly share your disappointment, but as mentioned previously, this has been 100% out of our control. The rest of the tour package will continue as is and we hope you still enjoy the amazing show The Black Dahlia Murder, Putrid Pile, Whoretopsy, and Unravel are displaying.”

Needless to say, The Faceless doesn’t agree with the above statement, and has since issued a rebuttal (which the fans don’t seem to be buying – see a screencap from Facebook below). Michael Keene of The Faceless posted this message:

Since Soundworks has decided to throw not only The Faceless, but our manager under the bus, let’s talk a bit about what really happened and why we’re not in Australia right now. Just days before we were to leave to our first date in Jakarta, Indonesia, I found out that all of our equipment had been stolen. This alone was a blow devastating enough to have to cancel, but we spent all the money we had on buying new equipment and putting our live rig back together so we could play these shows.

Everyone got into town with 2 days to rehearse because that’s when all the gear we needed had arrived and I could start assembling it. As soon as we set up, we realized that there were MASSIVE issues with the system and unfortunately because of the nature of our music, we can’t exactly just “wing it” on any old gear and make it work. We have saxophone solos and orchestral arrangements for Christ’s sake. Not to mention over 15 different guitar tones used in the set and we are currently touring without a bass player while he finishes his last semester of music school. We’re not a band that can hop on some Marshalls and make it work. It’s a lot more dynamic and involved than that.

At this point, we knew we were going to miss Jakarta, but I went to 3 specialists to get our system repaired and our rig running. Everything seemed to be fixed, so we boarded a flight to Perth and we were on our way to the first date in Australia after an unfortunate hiccup, but on our way nonetheless. After boarding the plane, we sat on the tarmac for over 5 hours before being told our flight was canceled due to a mechanical error and we’d be put on a flight the following night. At this point, Soundworks is now furious over something that we had literally absolutely no control over.

The next day, we get to the airport and try to explain to them that we no longer needed to be in Perth and rather needed to be in Adelaide since we’d now missed the Perth show, so they tried to work with us, but the only connecting flight they had for us, put us into Adelaide so late that we would have missed the Adelaide show as well. So again, we are screwed and out of options. At this point, our manager E.J. Shannon, who was FAR from “incompetent” or “unprofessional” in any of this called Brad Wesson of Soundworks to explain the situation. We were all ready to purchase new tickets, spend even more money and get to the following show, which at that point was putting us in a situation where we were losing money, but absolutely willing to do it to save face with our fans and not disappoint them.

This is where the REAL unprofessionalism begins. Brad Wesson of soundworks starts taking personal low blows at our manager, our band and me personally. Someone I’ve toured for 5 times and I thought was a friend. For instance, when our manager, EJ, explained to him that he would be buying us new tickets, EJ mentioned that this had tapped out the band financially and that the band, yes a bunch of full grown men, would have to ask to borrow the money from our parents, to which Brad mockingly replied something to the effect of “oh the big boys have to get a loan from mommy?” And that is not even CLOSE to the worst things he said or the lowest attacks he took. Again, someone I thought was my friend. At one point he also called our manager and yelled at him and then called him a cunt and hung up the phone.

Brad from Soundworks also accused us of lying to him and claimed that we were missing flights out of irresponsibility rather than the sequence of events I’ve outlined here, like flight cancellations (which I’d be more than happy to obtain proof from Qantas airlines that the events occurred the way I am saying they did), lost gear and technical problems in our system. At this point, after hearing the things he said, the personal attacks and accusations he was making and the way he was treating us and EJ, I was having a hard time even getting the rest of the band members to agree to do shows for a person who would utterly disrespect us and our manager to such a degree.

However, we were ready and willing to buy new tickets and make it to the next show, but Soundworks closed the door on that opportunity and essentially kicked us off the tour. Let me just reiterate that we would be in Australia right now playing shows for you if it weren’t for Brad Wesson’s unprofessionalism and ultimately not only removing us from the remaining shows for things completely beyond our control, but also sabotaging our New Zealand dates which he had some hand in setting up, but is not the promoter of.

I am still trying to contact the New Zealand promoter directly because we’d like to fulfill our agreement to perform on our New Zealand dates. Last night I had also gone as far as to try to find a bar that would have us for a free afterparty show in Melbourne after the TBDM show just to prove to our fans that we were not only ready and willing to fulfill the remaining dates, but that we will go as far as to buy 4 more tickets to Australia and play for free for you if Soundworks wants to be this childish and disrespect us like this.

Furthermore, we’d like to apologize to our fans in the cities in which either the technical difficulties and theft or airline issues made us miss shows that we frantically did everything in our power to try to make happen for you. We’d also like to apologize to our long time friends in The Black Dahlia Murder. Believe me when I say that we wish we could be there for you. I would feel inclined to apologize to Soundworks for the extenuating circumstances which prohibited us from making the first few shows, but after the way they’ve treated us, I can’t say I feel inclined. As for the remaining shows, you can thank Soundworks for us not being there at this point and as I’ve already stated I’m still trying to work around them and get The Faceless in whatever remaining cities are possible. We’ll see what can be worked out.

And to our fans in Spain, we will see you very soon and look forward to playing, just as we looked forward to playing Australia.

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Equipped with a crushing sound that will implode both your soul and skull, Richmond Virginia’s Municipal Waste barrels back onto the scene with latest piece of toxic detritus, “Slime And Punishment.”

Watch Ryan Waste and Tony Foresta share how the album title materialized in the video clip available below.

New album “Slime And Punishment” will be released on June 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records. Order your copy of the album digitally on iTunes or over at Amazon Music and receive a download for “Amateur Sketch” instantly. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Breathe Grease
2. Enjoy The Night
3. Dingy Situations
4. Shrednecks
5. Poison The Preacher
6. Bourbon Discipline
7. Parole Violators
8. Slime And Punishment
9. Amateur Sketch
10. Excessive Celebration
11. Low Tolerance
12. Under The Waste Command
13. Death Proof
14. Think Fast

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Equipped with a crushing sound that will implode both your soul and skull, Richmond Virginia’s Municipal Waste barrels back onto the scene with latest piece of toxic detritus, “Slime And Punishment.”

Watch Ryan Waste and Tony Foresta share how the album title materialized in the video clip available below.

New album “Slime And Punishment” will be released on June 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records. Order your copy of the album digitally on iTunes or over at Amazon Music and receive a download for “Amateur Sketch” instantly. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Breathe Grease
2. Enjoy The Night
3. Dingy Situations
4. Shrednecks
5. Poison The Preacher
6. Bourbon Discipline
7. Parole Violators
8. Slime And Punishment
9. Amateur Sketch
10. Excessive Celebration
11. Low Tolerance
12. Under The Waste Command
13. Death Proof
14. Think Fast

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Lion Music is proud to announce the June 15th release for Finnish prog metal act Anthriel’s second album “Transcendence,” arriving seven years after previous album “The Pathway.” Guitarist Timo Niemistö explains the long wait time:

“To make a long story short, life happened to us with highs and lows. We started to record a new material soon after releasing ‘The Pathway’ but some time after we had to let go of our prolonged rehearsal studio. It was a huge setback for the band as a lot of Anthriel history was written within those walls. As a result of frustration the bands ways departed with Jari and Klaus.

“We were kind of drifting some time to find and build a new environment and fresh start to continue recording of ‘Transcendence.’ Henrikki Markkula is a long time friend of us and was a whole band choice number one as a new drummer. Finding a bass player took a while but gladly Mr.Horttana contacted us and turned out to be a multi-talented studio musician and a great personality as well.

“Since the debut album ‘The Pathway,’ the Anthriel family has seen couple marriages and some kids born. I’m busy of repairing house and building a home studio for our needs. The band is stronger than ever and we are really looking forward to prove our strength at live.

He goes on to describe “Transcendence” by saying the release is “musically and lyrically a concept album. Each song has a lot of different layers as we like to keep our songs as a musical adventure for the fans; the more you dig the more you find. New album is solid album with lyrical and musical theme but it also keeps a hidden themes from our previous album. Compared to ‘The Pathway,’ new release ‘Transcendence’ is a darker and heavier album.”

1. The Calling
2. Under Burning Skies
3. Oath Of Darkness
4. Siren’s Song
5. Painted Shadows
6. Rhapsody Of Fire
7. My Dark Morning Star
8. Fallen Souls

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Metalocalypstick Fest, the Western Canadian outdoor festival that embraces the power of women in metal, is offering a free digital sampler titled “Metal Queens Vol. 1” in promotion of the impending 2017 event.

The festival features bands from across Canada and beyond with Cabrakaan (Toluca, Mexico), Sovereign Council (Kingston, ON), Violent Betty (Saskatoon, SK), Atmora (Windsor, ON), Scythia (Calgary, AB), Massive Scar Era (Vancouver, BC / Cairo, Egypt) and many more on the roster.

Stream the sampler below or grab your own copy at Bandcamp here. This year’s festival is being held during Canada Day weekend July 1st and 2nd on the outdoor grounds of the Interlakes Community Center in Lone Butte, BC.

Metalocalypstick – Metal Queens Vol. 1 by Metalocalypstick Fest

Festival organizer Kaija Kinney comments: “This year’s lineup is yet again a wide range of metal, everything from punk to folk metal. There really is something for everyone here and a chance to broaden your taste in music. We are super excited for all the bands playing. There will be some bands that blew us away last year returning and some amazing new talent from across the globe. You think listening to music on vinyl is heavenly? Listen to music surrounded by mountains!”

Saturday, July 1st:
1pm – Sins Of Sorrow (Edmonton, AB)
2pm – Breaking The Silent (Edmonton, AB)
3pm – Kymatica (Vancouver, BC)
4pm – Forsaken Rite (Edmonton, AB)
5pm – Remnants (Edmonton, AB)
6pm – Tessitura (Edmonton, AB)
7pm – Massive Scar Era (Vancouver, BC / Cairo, Egypt)
8pm – Scythia (Calgary, AB)
9pm – Cabrakaan (Toluca, Mexico)

Sunday, July 2nd:
1pm – Life Like Fire (Calgary, AB)
2pm – Meteor Tree (Kelowna, BC)
3pm – HEDKS (Vancouver, BC)
4pm – Korperlose Stimme (Edmonton, AB)
5pm – Juliet Ruin (Edmonton, AB)
6pm – Violent Betty (Saskatoon, SK)
7pm – Anarcheon (Vancouver, BC)
8pm – Atmora (Windsor, ON)
9pm – Sovereign Council (Kingston, ON)

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Metalocalypstick Fest, the Western Canadian outdoor festival that embraces the power of women in metal, is offering a free digital sampler titled “Metal Queens Vol. 1” in promotion of the impending 2017 event.

The festival features bands from across Canada and beyond with Cabrakaan (Toluca, Mexico), Sovereign Council (Kingston, ON), Violent Betty (Saskatoon, SK), Atmora (Windsor, ON), Scythia (Calgary, AB), Massive Scar Era (Vancouver, BC / Cairo, Egypt) and many more on the roster.

Stream the sampler below or grab your own copy at Bandcamp here. This year’s festival is being held during Canada Day weekend July 1st and 2nd on the outdoor grounds of the Interlakes Community Center in Lone Butte, BC.

Metalocalypstick – Metal Queens Vol. 1 by Metalocalypstick Fest

Festival organizer Kaija Kinney comments: “This year’s lineup is yet again a wide range of metal, everything from punk to folk metal. There really is something for everyone here and a chance to broaden your taste in music. We are super excited for all the bands playing. There will be some bands that blew us away last year returning and some amazing new talent from across the globe. You think listening to music on vinyl is heavenly? Listen to music surrounded by mountains!”

Saturday, July 1st:
1pm – Sins Of Sorrow (Edmonton, AB)
2pm – Breaking The Silent (Edmonton, AB)
3pm – Kymatica (Vancouver, BC)
4pm – Forsaken Rite (Edmonton, AB)
5pm – Remnants (Edmonton, AB)
6pm – Tessitura (Edmonton, AB)
7pm – Massive Scar Era (Vancouver, BC / Cairo, Egypt)
8pm – Scythia (Calgary, AB)
9pm – Cabrakaan (Toluca, Mexico)

Sunday, July 2nd:
1pm – Life Like Fire (Calgary, AB)
2pm – Meteor Tree (Kelowna, BC)
3pm – HEDKS (Vancouver, BC)
4pm – Korperlose Stimme (Edmonton, AB)
5pm – Juliet Ruin (Edmonton, AB)
6pm – Violent Betty (Saskatoon, SK)
7pm – Anarcheon (Vancouver, BC)
8pm – Atmora (Windsor, ON)
9pm – Sovereign Council (Kingston, ON)

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SharpTone Records is incredibly pleased to announce the signing of Huntsville, Alabama’s own Widowmaker. In celebration of the news, the deathcore five piece just released a new video for “The Nihilist.”

Widowmaker stated on the signing: “We have worked very hard and have tried tirelessly to build the best team we could around us throughout our career. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the SharpTone family. They work very hard for us and we look forward to our future with SharpTone!“

To kick everything off, the band will be heading out on two nationwide tours. The first tour will support Slaughter To Prevail later this month, and then the band hits the road with Born Of Osiris one month later.

USA dates with Slaughter To Prevail
24th May – Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
26th May – Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
28th May – Mclean, VA @ Post 82411
30th May – Corning, NY @ Landos
31st May – Webster, NY @ Harmony House
1st June – London, ON @ London Music Hall
2nd June – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
4th June – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
5th June – Quebec City, QC @ LA Source DE LA Martiniere

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Los Angeles’ thriving industrial band 3Teeth today premieres a video for brand-new single, “Away From Me.” The track is found on the band’s upcoming album, “shutdown.exe,” which is due out on May 19th via OMF Records.

Alexis Mincolla (vocals) comments: “I believe we live in very regressive times despite our huge advances in technology and communication. We’re still territorially pissing like cavemen, and the tragedy of the commons has become an accepted way of life.

“The song is really about how strong willed minds can still stay autonomous and empowered even in the face of all this. I wanted the video to represent this from a human story rather than a political one as it’s becoming more and more apparent that geopolitics outweigh the human experience in terms of what is navigating our world.”

3Teeth will be mounting a spring/summer tour in May in support of the album, which kicks off with a performance at Blackest of the Black Festival in Silverado, CA and includes dates with Rammstein and headlining shows across the country.

May 26 – Silverado, CA – Blackest of the Black Festival
May 27 – Kansas City, MO – KC Quarantine Festival @ Prohibition Hall
May 28 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
May 29 – Austin, TX – Elysium
May 30 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 2 – Hamtramck, MI – Industrial Is Not Dead @ Small’s
June 3 – Milwaukee, WI – Sanctuary Festival @ Club Anything
June 25 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater (w/Rammstein)
June 27 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (W/Rammstein)
July 28 – Calgary, AB – Terminus Festival

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Los Angeles’ thriving industrial band 3Teeth today premieres a video for brand-new single, “Away From Me.” The track is found on the band’s upcoming album, “shutdown.exe,” which is due out on May 19th via OMF Records.

Alexis Mincolla (vocals) comments: “I believe we live in very regressive times despite our huge advances in technology and communication. We’re still territorially pissing like cavemen, and the tragedy of the commons has become an accepted way of life.

“The song is really about how strong willed minds can still stay autonomous and empowered even in the face of all this. I wanted the video to represent this from a human story rather than a political one as it’s becoming more and more apparent that geopolitics outweigh the human experience in terms of what is navigating our world.”

3Teeth will be mounting a spring/summer tour in May in support of the album, which kicks off with a performance at Blackest of the Black Festival in Silverado, CA and includes dates with Rammstein and headlining shows across the country.

May 26 – Silverado, CA – Blackest of the Black Festival
May 27 – Kansas City, MO – KC Quarantine Festival @ Prohibition Hall
May 28 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
May 29 – Austin, TX – Elysium
May 30 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 2 – Hamtramck, MI – Industrial Is Not Dead @ Small’s
June 3 – Milwaukee, WI – Sanctuary Festival @ Club Anything
June 25 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater (w/Rammstein)
June 27 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (W/Rammstein)
July 28 – Calgary, AB – Terminus Festival

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Circle’s latest album “Terminal,” confirmed for release on June 23rd through Southern Lord, is pure hedonistic pleasure. Check out advance track “Kill City” below. Southern Lord also issued this statement:

“Never content on staying the same, Circle has created an idiosyncratic cocktail of sonic fusions, conjuring an impulsive, dizzying energy that stirs a spirit of curiosity within the listener, and possesses all who encounter the band.

“Whilst many would run out of creative steam after more than thirty albums, Circle continues to boldly explore sonic soundscapes, venturing curiously into terrains of Stooges-esque swagger, trance-inducing kraut rock mantras, beautiful electronic ambience, psychedelic rock noodling, arena storming AOR weirdness, ’70s prog rock extravagance, glam pop pomp, and of course their core sound, heavy metal, not to mention other peculiar and daring sounds that simply cannot be pigeonholed.”

1. Rakkautta Al Dente
2. Terminal
3. Saxo
4. Imperiumi
5. Kill City
6. Sick Child

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