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New York tech metal contortionists Car Bomb will take their instrumental acrobatics to the stages of Brooklyn this holiday weekend. The festivities commence with an unofficial CD release party at the Knitting Factory on November 24th. On the following night the band will ravage the stage of Saint Vitus alongside New York death metal titans Suffocation. Additionally, the band will appear at The Studio at Webster Hall in Manhattan for a pre-New Years blowout with Resolution15.

This weekend’s shows mark the first performances for the Long Island natives since Hurricane Sandy destroyed their studio located at The South Sound music complex new the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

Said the band in a collective statement: “We are deeply saddened not only by our own losses but the losses incurred by all of our friends at The South Sound. The total destruction that occurred at The South Sound was both devastating and incomprehensible. Gear that had taken a lifetime to acquire was destroyed in a matter of hours. As tragic as the events of Hurricane Sandy were, we were relieved to learn that no one affiliated with The South Sound was injured and that the losses were simply financial — along with some blood, sweat, and tears on the part of the guys running the place. We know how much time and effort those guys put into making The South Sound a great place for musicians to do their thing and we truly feel for their loss. This Thanksgiving, CAR BOMB is thankful that we all survived the events of Hurricane Sandy, as did our family and our friends. Everything else is replaceable.”

11/24/2012 The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY w/ Ashes Within
11/25/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Suffocation
12/29/2012 Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Resolution15

Car Bomb’s new album “w^w^^w^w” was self-released earlier this year and is currently streaming online via Bandcamp here.

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As was previously announced, the Texas-based occult rock act Ancient VVisdom has been confirmed for a tour alongside blackened-prog stalwarts Enslaved on the “Winter Rites 2013″ tour, which also features doom metallers Pallbearer.

The three-week tour, which starts on Jan. 30th in Philadelphia, will be Ancient VVisdom’s first performances in support of new album, “Deathlike,” which will be released on February 5th, 2013. More details about “Deathlike,” the follow-up to the 2011 debut release “A Godlike Inferno” (reviewed here), will be revealed in the near future.

Wed/Jan-30 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Thu/Jan-31 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Fri/Feb-01 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sat/Feb-02 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick
Sun/Feb-03 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Mon/Feb-04 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Wed/Feb-06 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Fri/Feb-08 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Sat/Feb-09 San Francisco, CA Slims
Sun/Feb-10 Portland, OR Branx
Mon/Feb-11 Seattle, WA Highline Bar
Tue/Feb-12 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Thu/Feb-14 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Fri/Feb-15 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
Sat/Feb-16 Regina, SK The Exchange
Sun/Feb-17 Winnipeg, MB The Osborne Village Inn
Tue/Feb-19 Toronto, ON Opera House
Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

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CHICKENFOOT, the supergroup featuring guitar hero Joe Satriani, former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar and drummer Kenny Aronoff (filling in for RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ Chad Smith) — has announced “The 2011 Road Test Tour”, the first performances in support of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, “III”, due on September 27 via eOne Music in North America and in the res

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Since 2003, my friends and I have frequented the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival without missing a year…until 2011. I have seen some amazing performances, comebacks, first performances at Metalfest, and as a result, it was the go to festival in the North East. However, for the last couple of years, I have noticed a gradual decline in the quality of the festival, with it being marked by heavy doses of scene-related standouts like Emmure, the entirety of the deathcore scene, Iwrestledabearonce, etc. The inclusion of mainstream metal and hardcore music isn’t surprising to me, as Scott Lee (one of the founders of Metalfest) and his cohorts, have always been leaders in promoting up and comers. I may not enjoy all the bands Scott has put together in the past, but what kept me and my friends going, was the knowledge that if we didn’t like one band, there would always be bands that we really wanted to hear, or some acts that sparked our curiosity. If there was some down time, no problem, we could make a run to grab a beer or go grab some lunch, this is the nature of the festival scene, you aren’t supposed to spend all 12 hours a day glued to each and every band. Last year should have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, but the headliners saved the show from being completely drowned out by a torrent of deathcore. This year, with the likes of Attack Attack! (as headliners nonetheless), A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Dr. Acula, *insert deathcore/slam band here* and Hatebreed, Job For A Cowboy and BTBAM headlining…again, amongst other bands that have played time and time again, I couldn’t bring myself to go. Where is the originality Scott? Why must the festival devote an entire day to scenester bullshit that legit metal and hardcore fans (you know, the ones that have frequented the festival for years?) could care less about?

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Friday’s line up was legit in terms of hardcore with the re-uniting of Blood For Blood and the original line-up of Bury Your Dead amongst other quality acts (Trapped Under Ice anyone?). It’s been awhile since Metalfest provided a real, quality helping of back to back hardcore, new and old, featured on the main stage. With that said though, this is the Metal AND Hardcore Festival, not the “Let’s Throw Scene BS on Thurs, Hardcore on Friday and Metal on Saturday” Festival. I respect Scott for pulling out all the stops for the hardcore community, but now me, primarily a metal fan, am reduced to attending Saturday only, whereas in previous years, I’d always buy weekend long passes for all days. Now though, there’s no diversity, I have nothing to look forward to. So Saturday would be my only option, but Saturday is loaded with bands that have played this festival so many damn times. Yeah, there are some stand outs that I would have liked to have seen like Lazarus A.D., Cephalic Carnage, Dying Fetus and Withered, but I am not going to attend a “festival” to see a handful of bands on one day. In a word, it’s a waste.

I actually had the opportunity last month to speak with Scott on the phone about this very festival after I told him about my displeasure with this year’s line up. I won’t get into what was discussed as it was a casual conversation and not an interview, but while I respected the man for facing up to his criticisms and wanting to hear me out, I just wasn’t satisfied with the answers I was given. Now, Scott doesn’t have to answer to me, clearly he knows the ins and outs of this festival far better than I do, as an attendee, but as a paying customer, I wanted to voice my dis-satisfaction then, as I am doing now, because what once was a fantastic yearly getaway, has turned into a tide of partisan musical tastes, with a complete ignorance to the rest of the wonderful local, national and international artists that are burgeoning, which may not fit into the tidy, convenient stereotypes of the mainstream aggressive music scene that Lee tends to covet.

I’ll be honest, I thought I’d be disappointed when this weekend rolled around that I wouldn’t be attending this year, but I’m really not. Maybe next year will hold some surprises, but unlike previous years, I won’t be waiting in anticipation.

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