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A True Rock Hero Passes Away
Michael Been, vocalist and guitarist of ’80s band The Call, and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Been, passed away today in Belgium, after suffering a heart attack backstage. Been was on tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, acting as their sound engineer. He was 60. The Call erupted on the scene with a passionate sound and a strong political message, and earned numerous hits, including “The Walls Came Down,” “I Still Believe (Great Design)” and “Let the Day Begin,” which climbed to #1 on the Rock chart. Their fans included Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Bono, all contributing to albums, and Gabriel deeming them “the future of American music.” Been was not only the father of Robert Been but a significant part of BRMC’s development. Often referenced as their fourth member, Been spent countless hours in the studio acting in many roles from mentor and guide, to helping the now internationally revered band capture their sound to tape. He acted as co-producer and engineer on numerous BRMC albums and was their loyal sound engineer for as many years.

A Plea For Purging Fall Tour
A Plea For Purging is heading out for a fall tour with The Bled, Oh Sleeper, and Let Live. Plea is touring in support of the summer release of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Tour Dates:
9/22 – Lancaster, CA
9/23 – Bakersfield, CA
9/24 – Fresno, CA
9/25 – Modesto, CA
9/26 – Portland, OR
9/27 – Seattle, WA
9/28 – Spokane, WA
9/30 – Ogden, UT
10/1 – Denver, CO
10/2 – Wichita, KS
10/3 – Little Rock, AR
10/6 – Wichita Falls, TX
10/7 – Lubbock, TX
10/8 – Fort Worth, TX
10/9 – Waco, TX

Adam Dutkiewiez and Jesse Leach Re-Team
Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former KsE vocalist Jesse Leach are re-teaming for Times of Grace, a brand new band that finds the duo taking a creative left turn, boldly exploring new musical terrain, while fearlessly digging deep into the recesses of their musical synergy. It has yielded a provocative, heavy-yet-melodic result, one that helped each of them overcome personal struggles and emerge from the darkness, more empowered than ever. The pair’s collaborative energy and chemistry obviously yields quality, long-lasting results, as they worked together on KsE’s benchmark album, 2002’s Alive or Just Breathing. That record has become definitive for an entire generation of American metal, with Leach’s voice and uplifting lyrics serving as one of the key elements that propelled the album to “modern classic” status. Leach, who went on to sing for the more classic-rock leaning Seemless and who currently sings for the metal band The Empire Shall Fall, was always remembered fondly by KsE fans, even though he left the band shortly after Alive or Just Breathing’s release. While fans will no doubt be thrilled at the concept of the duo reuniting, Times of Grace, however, are not interested in fashioning Alive or Just Breathing, Part II. It’s an entirely new project and represents a different musical path for both Adam D. and Leach! It is an album of cleansing and catharsis for each of them, where internal demons were exorcised and set to music that’s as aggressive as it is melodic. The pair are currently in the studio working on their debut, The Hymn of A Broken Man, which is due out November 9 through Roadrunner Records. “In all my life. I have yet to write a record that bares my soul as much as this record does,” Leach said. “Adam and I had a real spiritual connection while making this and I know that it comes through in the performances and lyrics. This record has our blood, sweat and tears flowing through it. It is painfully honest at times. In short this record is our catharsis.” Adam D. also commented on what Times of Grace means for him personally, saying, “Making this record was something completely new for me. It documents some of the most difficult, yet spirited times of my life in the past three-and-a-half years. A lot of the music and lyrics just came out of me while going through several internal struggles, and writing these songs were the only comfort I could find. I reached out to Jesse to help sing and write these songs with me because of my respect for his musical abilities, and because of our great friendship…one that seems to not change no matter what happens in our lives. “In the end, I am very proud of this record, and I feel it has helped me through some of my darkest days. I’m hoping that people will enjoy it, and also that it can maybe help others to keep the most positive mindset, even through the most trying of times.” The album begins with the percussive, almost militaristic “Strength in Numbers,” which pairs layered vocal melodies with thunderously roaring drumbeats; “Fight For Life” bites with ferocity, but is balanced out by Leach’s emotive vocals; while “Willing” boasts a more contemplative yet just as feral vibe. Times of Grace aren’t going back over ground that its members have already covered; they’re moving forward, incorporating stunning, eye-arresting visuals alongside their music, which features rich layers of instrumentation that invite the listener to sift through. The track listing for the album is as follows; the song titles reflect the sentiment of catharsis that is the common thread running through The Hymn of a Broken Man.
Track Listing:
Strength in Numbers
Fight For Life
Willing
Where The Spirit Leads Me
Until The End Of Days
Live In Love
In the Arms of Mercy
Hymn of a Broken Man
Hope Remains
The End of Eternity
Worlds Apart
Fall From Grace

Anberlin And Flyleaf Appear On New Guitar Hero
Bringing the ultimate set list to furious finger-fretting rockaholics around the world this September, Activision Publishing, Inc. revealed today the entire Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock on-disc lineup. With more than 90 tracks focusing on guitar shredding hits, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is headlined by some of the largests bands in rock and features original tracks written and composed by AAA talent, special re-records by famous artists, and bands that are making their Guitar Hero® debut. “We engaged our fans to find out what they really wanted and then hand-picked over 90 tracks that deliver the ultimate rock experience,” said Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Guitar Hero. “From the new guitar controller to the gameplay to the on-disc set list, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is truly a return to rock.” When Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock ships on September 28, gamers will join the quest to save rock and strive to keep up with the blistering solo’s and intense rifts as they shred their way through the largest Guitar Hero set list to date.
Track Listing:
A Perfect Circle – “The Outsider”
Aerosmith – “Cryin’”
AFI – “Dancing Through Sunday”
Alice Cooper – “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
Alter Bridge – “Ties That Bind”
Anberlin – “The Feel Good Drag”
Anthrax – “Indians”
Arch Enemy – “Nemesis”
Atreyu – “Ravenous”
Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
Bad Brains – “Re-Ignition (Live)”
Band Of Skulls – “I Know What I Am”
Black Sabbath – “Children Of The Grave”
Blind Melon – “Tones Of Home”
Blue Öyster Cult – “Burnin’ For You”
Bush – “Machinehead”
Buzzcocks – “What Do I Get?”
Children Of Bodom – “If You Want Peace… Prepare For War”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”
The Cure – “Fascination Street”
Deep Purple – “Burn”
Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me (Live)”
Dethklok – “Bloodlines”
The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants”
Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”
DragonForce – “Fury of the Storm”
Drowning Pool – “Bodies”
Edgar Winter– “Free Ride”
Fall Out Boy – “Dance, Dance”
Five Finger Death Punch – “Hard To See”
Flyleaf – “Again”
Foo Fighters – “No Way Back”
Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
George Thorogood and The Destroyers – “Move It On Over (Live)”
The Hives – “Tick Tick Boom”
Interpol – “Slow Hands”
Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
John 5 – “Black Widow Of La Porte”
KISS – “Love Gun”
Linkin Park – “Bleed It Out”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Call Me The Breeze (Live)”
Megadeth – “Sudden Death”
Megadeth – “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”
Megadeth – “This Day We Fight!”
Metallica & Ozzy Osbourne – “Paranoid (Live)”
Muse – “Uprising”
My Chemical Romance – “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
Neil Young – “Rockin’ In The Free World”
Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”
Night Ranger – “(You Can Still) Rock In America”
Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
The Offspring – “Self Esteem”
Orianthi – “Suffocated”
Pantera – “I’m Broken”
Phoenix – “Lasso”
Poison – “Unskinny Bop”
Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Queensrÿche – “Jet City Woman”
Rammstein – “Waidmanns Heil”
The Ramones – “Theme From Spiderman”
Red Rider – “Lunatic Fringe”
R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
Rise Against – “Savior”
The Rolling Stones – “Stray Cat Blues”
The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
Rush – “2112 Pt. 1 – Overture”
Rush – “2112 Pt. 2 – The Temples Of Syrinx”
Rush – “2112 Pt. 3 – Discovery”
Rush – “2112 Pt. 4 – Presentation”
Rush – “2112 Pt. 5 – Oracle: The Dream”
Rush – “2112 Pt. 6 – Soliloquy”
Rush – “2112 Pt. 7 – Grand Finale”
RX Bandits – “It’s Only Another Parsec…”
Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year”
Slash featuring Ian Astbury – “Ghost”
Slayer – “Chemical Warfare”
Slipknot – “Psychosocial”
Snot – “Deadfall”
Soundgarden – “Black Rain”
Steve Vai – “Speeding” (Vault Version)
Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
Strung Out – “Calling”
Styx – “Renegade”
Sum 41 – “Motivation”
Tesla – “Modern Day Cowboy”
Them Crooked Vultures – “Scumbag Blues”
Third Eye Blind – “Graduate”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Listen To Her Heart”
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
The Vines – “Get Free”
The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man (Live)”

Time To Bleed Tour Featuring Mychildren Mybride
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE is pleased to announce their direct supporting position on the upcoming “Time to Bleed Tour” featuring headliners SUICIDE SILENCE, and also including TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA, MOLOTOV SOLUTION, and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE. This series of dates is sure to be one of the fall’s most popular touring packages, so make sure to stay tuned to the MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE MySpace for more information! MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE’S most recent release Lost Boy hit stores on June 8th, 2010! Lost Boy debuted at #156 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and also charted at #1 in its first week on CMJ’s Most Added chart in the Loud Rock category!
Tour Dates:
10/2 – Las Vegas, NV
10/3 – Phoenix, AZ
10/4 – Albuquerque, NM
10/7 – San Antonio, TX
10/8 – Oklahoma City, OK
10/9 – Memphis, TN
10/10 – Nashville, TN
10/11 – Cleveland, OH
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA
10/14 – Buffalo, NY
10/15 – Worcester, MA
10/16 – Hartford, CT
10/17 – Sayreville, NJ
10/19 – Grand Rapids, MI
10/20 – Detroit, MI
10/21 – Cincinnati, OH
10/22 – St. Louis, MO
10/23 – Iowa City, IA
10/25 – Denver, CO
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT
10/28 – San Diego, CA
10/29 – Pomona, CA

I Am Alpha And Omega Update
After weeks of seeming silence, the IAAAO guys speak up: These last couple months have been a confusing and difficult time of learning. We will do our very best to keep this short, while doing our best of explaining why things have taken so long. When we initially delayed the release of the record, it was because a label had showed tremendous interest in working with us and releasing “The Roar And The Whisper”. We were given a contract, but the contract didn’t have enough substance for us to be able to move forward. We began negotiating, meanwhile a second label approached us. At this point the talks went back and forth for a time, while you all sat and waited. During this time, because of the nature of contracts and negotiating, we were unable to say virtually anything, hoping it would be resolve quickly. Last week, one of those labels mistakenly released the record digitally to a few outlets, without any contract in place. We are currently working the issue out with them. After these setbacks, we prayed and discussed the situation. It’s come to a point where we do not want to continue this process, with this record. We are told it could take much longer, and you would have to continue to wait. You’ve waited long enough. This was new for us, and we didn’t expect for it all to take so much time, nor did we expect so much… uncertainty. We sincerely apologize to all of you. To anyone who is reading this, thank you. Thank you for sticking this out with us. Thank you for pre-ordering, coming to a show, sending us a message. You all have met us with a tremendous amount of grace and patience that can only be explained by a loving Father above.
Now on to the positive:
1. We will be sending out pre-order packages on September 3rd.
2. The official national release date for the album is September 5th 2010. We are proud and blessed to be releasing this on Come and Live, who have been our family for over 18 months now. We will be offering two songs from the record for free on comeandlive.com in the next few days, stay tuned to C&L for more info. We will also have physical copies of the new record at our show at the Revelation Generation Festival in Frenchtown,NJ on the 5th.
3. The drawings for the prizes will be taking place on Wednesday, August 25th 7pm EST live on Stickam, we can’t wait to give away the prizes and hang out with all of you!
4. There will be more information and news regarding the record, please keep tuned for more stuff coming!
In Christ,
The IAAAO Boys.

Impending Doom On Tour With Whitechapel
Impending Doom will be direct support for the upcoming Whitechapel tour this October with others Miss May I, Oceano, and I Declare War. Impending Doom is on the road supporting the recent release of their third Facedown album, There Will Be Violence.
Tour Dates:
10/1 – Macon, GA
10/2 – Ft Lauderdale, FL
10/3 – St Petersburg, FL
10/4 – Jacksonville, FL
10/5 – Spartanburg, SC
10/6 – Charlotte, NC
10/7 – Raleigh, NC
10/8 – Norfolk, VA
10/9 – Jermyn, PA
10/10 – Hartford, CT
10/12 – Boston, MA
10/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY
10/14 – Syracuse, NY
10/15 – Toledo, OH
10/16 – Grand Rapids, MI
10/17 – Elgin, IL
10/19 – Milwaukee, WI
10/20 – Sauget, IL
10/21 – Louisville, KY
10/22 – Birmingham, AL
10/23 – Nashville, TN
10/31 – Frisco, TX

The Showdown Posts News Song
Tennessee’s unforgettable heavy metal outfit has posted another hook-laden track, “No Escape”, on their official MySpace page. “No Escape” joins The Showdown’s riff-tastic arsenal of new tracks taken from their forthcoming Solid State Records release, Blood In The Gears, to be uploaded to MySpace. Blood In The Gears will hit stores on August 24th. It is The Showdown’s fourth full-length record, and their second on Solid State. A video trailer for the new album can be viewed here. Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions, in Nashville. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.

The Almost Fall Headlining Tour
Tooth & Nail/Virgin Records (EMI) rock band, The Almost, is gearing up for the Monster Monster tour beginning September 14th in Montgomery, AL through September 26th in Indianapolis, IN. With the tour namesake from the band’s highly successful sophomore album, The Almost will bring along special guests: Chasen, House of Heroes and Between the Trees for the Compassion International sponsored tour. “We are so excited and happy to go out and be a part of local communities,” shared Aaron Gillespie. “I believe that the heart of our community as Christians lies in the local church, and we as The Almost are excited to get out and meet everyone in their home town/homechurch setting. Let’s get excited!!” In addition to their headline tour this fall, The Almost will be appearing in October on Switchfoot’s tour (dates and locations TBA). The Almost will also be performing at two high-profile festivals over the Labor Day weekend: Revelation Generation Festival (Sept. 4th) and Lifelight Festival (Sept. 5th). For the complete Monster Monster tour schedule along with additional dates in your local area, check out their MySpace for updates.

AILD Announce US And Euro Tours
Grammy®-nominated metal group AS I LAY DYING has recently announced their fall U.S. tour for North America and Europe. The group will kick off the tour September 14 in El Paso, TX in support of their latest release THE POWERLESS RISE (Metal Blade) which debuted this spring on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #10. The tour—with support acts All That Remains, Unearth, and Carnifex–will take AS I LAY DYING down south and throughout the northeast, before making its way west through Canada and wrapping up October 11 in Chico, CA. AS I LAY DYING will then end 2010 with shows throughout Europe. “This is one of the best tour line-ups we’ve ever been a part of as a headliner,” explains lead vocalist TIM LAMBESIS. “I’m proud of the mark that all of our bands have made on the modern metal scene and we’re finally touring together in one package. I especially can’t wait to spend time with our good friends in Unearth since they are long time friends, label mates, and great personalities that never leave a dull moment!” AS I LAY DYING–NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass)–just completed the “Cool Tour” with Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages on August 1. In a live review from the 7/31 Los Angeles date, Louie Bones of BigWheelMagazine.com said, “As I Lay Dying hit the stage to an intro song that reminded me of an epic war scene from a movie, it set the tone for what was to come. The 4000 maximum capacity crowd howled in excitement as the 5 members of As I Lay Dying broke into the set opener ‘94 Hours.’ The bone shattering bass drum was felt by all across the floor and up into the Palladium’s balconies. It was similar to an earthquake set to musical rhythm and growled along to…Fans had waited all day for this and they were not let down by any means as As I Lay Dying tore through the Palladium relentlessly late into the night.”
Tour Dates:
9/14 – El Paso, TX
9/15 – Odessa, TX
9/16 – Abilene, TX
9/17 – Little Rock, AR
9/18 – Memphis, TN
9/19 – Knoxville, TN
9/20 – Cincinnati, OH
9/21 – Grand Rapids, MI
9/22 – Cleveland, OH
9/23 – Buffalo, NY
9/24 – Albany, NY
9/25 – Hartford, CT
9/26 – Quebec City, QC
9/27 – Montreal, QC
9/28 – Ottawa, ON
9/29 – London, ON
10/1 – Winnipeg, MB
10/3 – Saskatoon, SK
10/4 – Calgary, AB
10/5 – Edmonton, AB
10/7 – Vancouver, BC
10/8 – Seattle, WA
10/10 – Portland, OR
10/11 – Chico, CA
11/4 – Switzerland
11/5 – Viale Tritone, Italy
11/6 – Vienna, Austria
11/7 – Nuremburg, Germany
11/8 – Strasbourgh, France
11/9 – Paris, France
11/10 – Luxembourg
11/11 – Munich, Germany
11/12 – Cologne, Germany
11/13 – Stuttgart, Germany
11/14 – Munster, Germany
11/15 – Berlin, Germany
11/16 – Gotenburg, Sweden
11/17 – Stockholmd, Sweden
11/19 – Helsinki, Finland
11/21 – Malmo, Sweden
11/22 – Hamburg, Germany
11/23 – Leipzig, Germany
11/24 – Antwerp, Belgium
11/25 – Norwich
11/26 – London, UK
11/27 – Wolverhampton, UK
11/28 – Manchester, UK
11/29 – Glasgow
11/30 – Sheffield

Facedown Summer Sampler Now Available
The Facedown Summer Sampler is now available for free download exclusively from AltPress.com. Facedown Records’ newest sampler includes a dozen tracks from your favorite Facedown bands, and don’t miss the as-yet unreleased track from For Today’s upcoming album Breaker.

The Best Of John Reuben
Gotee Records is pleased to announce the release of ZAPPIN (The Best Of), online and in stores September 14, 2010. Spanning John Reuben’s career, the project (a digital and Christian retail exclusive) gives a snapshot of John’s last decade, spanning 6 albums and over 300,000 units sold. ZAPPIN (The Best Of) will be an essential for old and new fans alike, containing 18 songs in one collection. The project also includes a link in the packaging where fans can download all twelve of John’s acclaimed music videos. Since his start as an ice cream vendor in his debut album’s “Do Not” video, Reuben has made his name over the years as not only a compelling musical artist, but as a creative visual artist. Continuing with his male cheerleader in “Move”, and most recently, the traveling circus inspired “Town Folk” video, Reuben has developed a dozen iconic characters throughout his career. Gotee felt no greatest hits collection could be complete without adding in these classic videos that respond so well to the music. When asked about the project, Reuben quickly replied, “Really a decade already?! Well, alright then. Enjoy!” Today, Gotee has launched a pre-order so fans can guarantee receiving the project on release day. Fans are urged to visit gotee.com/store to pre-order.
ZAPPIN (The Best Of) Track Listing:
1. Him Her He She
2. Do Not
3. Doin’
4. Make Money Money
5. Nuisance (Featuring Matthew Thiessen of Relient K)
6. Move
7. No Be Nah
8. Gather In
9. Hindsight
10. All I Have
11. Word Of Mouth
12. Town Folk
13. Divine Inspiration
14. Life Is Short (With tobyMac)
15. Out Of Control
16. Jamboree
17. Thank You (featuring Manchild & Othello)
18. Good Evening

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