August Burns Red To Tour With Underoath and Emery
Newly minted metalcore frontrunners AUGUST BURNS RED have just announced a remarkable North American tour with labelmates UNDEROATH and EMERY, extending from 11/22 to 12/17. The cross-country jaunt comes on the heels of the band’s #24 debut on the Billboard Top 200 with their equally artful and devastatingly heavy third album, Constellations. Upon the album’s release, Revolver praised the band as “one of the genre’s brightest hopes … as bone-crushingly heavy as it is catchy,” while Alternative Press called ABR “the rare metal band who can do something besides relentlessly kick ass. Though they do that well, too.” Until recently, AUGUST BURNS RED were known best as an anomaly in the underground metal scene. Clad in flip-flops and Phillies T-shirts, the unassuming Lancaster, PA boys broke every rule of modern metal posturing, along the way converting the metal populous, fan by fan. In July, with the release of Constellations, AUGUST BURNS RED set up permanent camp in the world of the Top 40. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at an impressive #24, selling more than 20,000 copies in its first week. Constellations also nabbed the #1 New Music Release spot on iTunes the day it was released, and entered the Top 100 at #6, nestled between a Michael Jackson best-of album and the movie soundtrack for a certain wizard named Harry. It’s all a bit bizarre for a band that hasn’t sung a note in its entire career. They’re brutal as hell; they’re super-young, they play like they own the genre. And with Constellations, AUGUST BURNS RED have proven that they’re ready to begin their reign. After spending seven weeks in the Billboard Top 200, Constellations is knocking on the 50,000 copies sold mark, a striking number that complements the fact that the band’s catalog has now sold in excess of 200,000 copies.
11/22 – Raleigh, NC
11/23 – Charleston, SC
11/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/25 – Tampa, FL
11/28 – Douglasville, GA
11/29 – Charlotte, SC
11/30 – Norfolk, VA
12/1 – Allentown, PA
12/2 – Albany, NY
12/3 – Cleveland, OH
12/4 – Grand Rapids, MI
12/5 – Milwaukee, WI
12/6 – Chicago, IL
12/8 – Omaha, NE
12/9 – Lawrence, KS
12/10 – Tulsa, OK
12/11 – Little Rock, AR
12/12 – Memphis, TN
12/13 – Dallas, TX
12/14 – Mission, TX
12/15 – Austin, TX
12/16 – Houston, TX
12/17 – New Orleans, LA
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New Megadeth Album And Tour
Megadeth are proud to announce that they will be embarking on a headline tour, their first in support of their latest album, ENDGAME. The ENDGAME tour will feature Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Arcanium in support slots from November 14 through December 3. Warbringer will replace Machine Head on the bill, beginning on December 5. Megadeth’s twelfth studio release, ENDGAME, will be released on September 15, to much fanfare, with early praise for the record flooding in, including a nod from the prestigious New York Magazine, which dubbed the record a “Want to Hear” pick, while the band had chats with RollingStone.com, Decibel, Revolver,Guitar World, AOL Noisecreep, Thrasher, among a host of others. Fans and critics alike are deeming this Megadeth’s best, most visceral record of the decade. Known for their ferocious, unforgettable and brain-scarring live shows, the band will co-headline another throng of dates with fellow metal icons Slayer in Canada, beginning on November 8 and running through November 13, and will subsequently lay waste to venues in the States. The band also capped off their incredibly anticipated release week with a live performance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on September 17.
Tour Dates:
11/14 – Grand Rapids, MI
11/15 – Peoria, IL
11/17 – Milwaukee, WI
11/18 – Columbus, OH
11/20 – Covington, KY
11/21 – Richmond, VA
11/22 – Knoxville, TN
11/23 – Charlotte, NC
11/25 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/27 – Orland, FL
11/28 – Myrtle Beach, SC
11/30 – Corpus Christi, TX
12/1 – San Antonio, TX
12/2 – Dallas, TX
12/3 – Oklahoma City, OK
12/5 – Kansas City, MO
12/6 – Sauget, IL
12/7 – Davenport, IA
12/8 – Fargo, ND
12/10 – Billings, MT
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Newsboys Announces “The Way We Roll” Tour
Internationally renowned rock band newsboys announces its 2009 “The Way We Roll” fall tour, kicking off in October. The legendary group will be joined by BEC Recordings’ Seventh Day Slumber, independent artist Bread of Stone, and recent Centricity Records signing Me In Motion. newsboys’ first dedicated tour in support of its May 2009 release, In The Hands of God, “The Way We Roll” is also the band’s first full-length tour featuring new frontman Michael Tait, who stepped into the role earlier this year. The four-act bill will visit nearly 30 cities though November, including major markets Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Dallas. A tentative tour itinerary follows this release. “My excitement is barely containable,” says newsboys frontman Michael Tait. “I’m so anticipating playing more markets, states and venues that I haven’t yet played as lead singer of newsboys. My curiosities are still very much alive as to the fans and people in general’s opinion about all that’s going on with the new newsboys!” With five gold albums, sales exceeding six million units, 25 No.1 radio hits, and a mantle of Dove Awards as well as Grammy nominations, newsboys has achieved phenomenal success in its two decades together. Known for its amazing live performances and groundbreaking tours, the band continues to sellout festivals and concerts worldwide, satisfying diehard fans and winning new ones in the process. The band’s fourteenth studio project, In The Hands of God, released May 5, 2009, is an autobiographical record and a tribute to God’s divine providence over newsboys’ long-running career. Its first week, In the Hands of God debuted at No. 1 on the SoundScan Christian Albums chart, Christian Adult Contemporary Albums chart, Christian Digital chart, No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian/Gospel Top Albums chart and No. 28 on the Billboard Top 200. The occasion marked Inpop Records’ biggest ever street week in its 10-year history and the first No.1 record for newsboys since releasing Adoration in 2003. Additionally, the album’s first single and title track claimed the No.1 spot on Radio & Records Christian AC chart.
For more information on the newsboys, visit:
Tour Dates:
10/1 – Greensboro, NC
10/2 – Marietta, GA
10/3 – Thomasville, GA
10/4 – Winter Park, FL
10/8 – St. John, NB CANADA
10/9 – Lowell, MA
10/10 – Augusta, ME
10/11 – Albany, NY
10/17 – Whitestown, IN
10/18 – Ft. Wayne, IN
10/23 – St. Charles, MO
10/24 – Salem, IL
10/25 – Little Rock, AR
10/28 – Farmington, NM
10/29 – Prescott Valley, AZ
10/30 – Yuma, AZ
10/31 – Tucson, AZ
11/1 – Las Cruces, NM
11/2 – Colorado Springs, CO
11/5 – Tulsa, OK
11/6 – Ft. Worth, TX
11/7 – Cypress, TX
11/13 – Bourbonnais, IL
11/14 – Grand Rapids, MI
11/15 – Wilmington, OH

Stryper Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Tour In Boston
Groundbreaking Christian rock band Stryper kicked off their 25th Anniversary Tour on Friday night, September 11th, at the House of Blues in Boston, MA. Making the occasion even more special, the band was joined on stage by Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl of the legendary band BOSTON for a performance of “Peace of Mind.” BOSTON founder, guitarist and songwriter Tom Scholz is featured on Stryper’s cover version of “Peace of Mind” on the recently released Murder by Pride (Big3 Records/SONY). This is not the first time that Stryper and BOSTON have crossed paths. In 2008, Scholz and Pihl also joined Stryper on stage to perform “Peace of Mind” for VH1 Classic’s After Math: The Station Fire Five Years Later. And last summer, Stryper’s lead vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet joined BOSTON on vocals and guitar for their 54-city headlining tour of North America. Stryper’s 25th Anniversary Tour is a family affair of sorts. That’s because opening act Flight Patterns is fronted by Michael Sweet Jr., the 22-year-old son of Michael Sweet. Also on the bill is Whiplash Records rock trio Manic Drive, who earned a record seven GMA Canada Covenant Award nominations this year, taking home two awards for Rock Album of the Year and Video of the Year. The tour will hit nearly 50 cities in North America this fall before heading out on a three month international run in early 2010. All four of Stryper’s original members – Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Tim Gaines (bass) – will take to the stage to perform their hits and fan favorites, as well as songs from Murder by Pride. Fans will also be pleased to find the band performing in all new yellow and black stage outfits from the original designer.
Tour Dates:
9/23 – Lancaster, PA
9/24 – Cleveland, OH
9/25 – Mt. Clemens, MI
9/27 – Toronto, ON
9/28 – Montreal, QB
10/1 – Greensburg, PA
10/2 – Knoxville, TN
10/3 – Dayton, OH
10/4 – Chicago, IL
10/7 – Minneapolis, MN
10/8 – Indianapolis, IN
10/9 – Kansas City, MO
10/12 – Sauget, IL
10/15 – Falls Church, VA
10/16 – Richmond, VA
10/17 – Cary, NC
10/18 – Myrtle Beach, SC
10/20 – Asheville, NC
10/21 – Atlanta, GA
10/22 – Jacksonville, FL
10/24 – New Port Richey, FL
10/25 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
10/28 – Orlando, FL
10/30 – Nashville, TN
11/4 – Dallas, TX
11/5 – Houston, TX
11/6 – San Antonio, TX
11/7 – Odessa, TX
11/10 – Denver, CO
11/11 – Albuquerque, NM
11/13 – Las Vegas, NV
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA
11/16 – Anaheim, CA
11/19 – Santa Clara, CA
11/21 – Vancouver, BC
11/22 – Seattle, WA
11/23 – Portland, OR
12/5 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
For more information on Stryper. visit:

Hawk Nelson Halt Pancake Abuse
Today the pop rock foursome, Hawk Nelson, premieres their debut single music video from forthcoming album LIVE LIFE LOUD on MySpace.com. The video can be viewed here. Hawk Nelson released LIVE LIFE LOUD this Tuesday, September 22nd on BEC Recordings / Tooth & Nail Records. The fun-filled sound that fans have come to know and love is perfectly evident on the debut single “Live Life Loud,” a sis-boom-bah opening anthem well suited to the band’s get-this-party-started attitude. The album, LIVE LIFE LOUD, strikes a wiser balance than ever between the group’s two core strengths: kicking out amped up jams and bringing social and spiritual depth to them. This fourth studio project features a wide range of co-writing colleagues–tobyMac, Matthew Gerrard, and Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch–also testifies to Hawk Nelson’s true artistic versatility.
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The Almost Posts New Song From Upcoming Album
The Almost has posted a new song from their upcoming album, Monster Monster, on their myspace page. Pre-orders for the new album begin on October 6th and the album drops November 3rd. Check them out on tour this fall.
Tour Dates:
9/23 – St. Petersburg, FL
9/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
9/25 – Gainesville, FL
9/26 – Columbia, SC
9/27 – Douglasville, GA
9/29 – Charlotte, NC
9/30 – Nashville, TN
10/1 – Memphis, TN
10/2 – Oklahoma City, OK
10/3 – San Antonio, TX
10/5 – Tuscon, AZ
10/6 – San Diego, CA
10/8 – Anaheim, CA
10/9 – Las Vegas, NV
10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT
10/11 – Denver, CO
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN
10/14 – Kansas City, MO
10/16 – Chicago, IL
10/17 – Detroit, MI
10/18 – St. Louis, MO
10/20 – Toronto, ON
10/21 – Montreal, QC
10/23 – Boston, MA
10/24 – Baltimore, MD
10/25 – Washington, DC
10/27 – New York, NY
10/28 – Philadelphia, PA
10/30 – Myrtle Beach, SC
10/31 – Orlando, FL
11/01 – Atlanta, GA
11/03 – New Orleans, LA
11/05 – Dallas, TX
11/06 – Houston, TX
11/07 – Austin, TX
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA
11/11 – San Francisco, CA
11/13 – Seattle, WA
11/14 – Portland, OR

Inhale Exhale Gives Fans First “Touch” of New Album
Cleveland, OH metal torchbearers INHALE EXHALE have begun the final three-week countdown to the release of their career-defining third album, BURY ME ALIVE, out October 6 on Solid State Records. As early acclaim for the record starts rolling in, the band is giving fans their first taste of what The Interlude calls its “new and improved sound” by streaming the first single from the album “Did You Ever Have a Touch To Lose?” for free on its MySpace page. With its ferocious riffage, pleading melodies, snarling screams and frantic guitar leads that nearly go careening off the rails, “Did You Ever Have a Touch To Lose?” illustrates in no uncertain terms the sea change that INHALE EXHALE’s songwriting has undergone since the release of 2008’s lauded I Swear…. “We chose ‘Did You Ever Have A Touch To Lose?’ as the track to debut first because we felt it was a good representation of where the band is heading,” explains guitarist and principle songwriter John LaRussa. “We also felt it would make for a good video, due to the things it deals with – hope, pain, accepting the mistakes people do around you or to you.” After releasing two rapid-fire albums in just over two years, the members of INHALE EXHALE enjoyed a brief but well-earned respite in early 2009, during which babies were born and marriages were performed. Now, armed with one of the year’s most vital, explosive, relentlessly creative metalcore offerings in BURY ME ALIVE, they’re ready to take their place in the modern metal pantheon. “We are the most excited we’ve been since the creation of INHALE EXHALE,” LaRussa says. “This is the first record that we all really sit and listen to and enjoy 100%. We love our other two albums, but this is the album we’ve always wanted to write.”

Showbread News
While on the road and still heavily entrenched in their headlining Nothing Matters Anymore Tour, Showbread have announced that they will be staying in the van! The band will continue to spin the odometer as direct support to Christian metal all-stars Project 86 on The Picket Fence Cartel Tour! joined by The Wedding, Yearling, and Children 18:3. Dates on the tour, which focuses on the Midwestern region of the US, range from October 14th to October 29th. Showbread, in support of their album The Fear of God which underthegunreview.net described as “heavy hardcore meets punk music with intricate vocal lines on a variety of topics that are each discussed with a fury only Josh Dies can deliver.”, have been on the road since August 13th with Goodnight Caulfield and The Gallery.
To find information about their tour dates or The Fear of God, please visit:
Tour Dates:
10/14 – Denver, CO
10/16 – Franklin, IN
10/17 – Chicago, IL
10/18 – Columbus, OH
10/19 – Cleveland, OH
10/21 – Wichita, KS
10/22 – Claremore, OK
10/23 – Burleson, TX
10/24 – Bentonville, AR
10/25 – Houston, TX
10/29 – Phoenix, AZ

Tooth & Nail Records Signs Queens Club
Tooth & Nail Records continues to find talent with a dash of attitude, and Queens Club is no exception. Hailing from Kansas City, Queens Club debuted last night on the DANCE! RAWR! DANCE! tour with Family Force 5, Breathe Carolina, Cash Cash & I Rival (tour dates below). Their “The Nightmarer EP” will be available on the road as well as Zambooie.com and released on iTunes in the coming weeks. Queens Club, formed in 2008 by ex-members of The Chariot, are unashamedly accessible. Their sound is in the vein of bands like Franz Ferdinand or Bloc Party. Queens Club brings plenty of originality and attitude to the table and claim they are destined heirs to the rock throne and are ready to rule the hearts of music lovers worldwide. Skeptical? Just wait until the full-length label debut will releases in 2010. Fans who have already had a chance to hear the band know exactly what defines Queens Club, and those who don’t will most assuredly join the Club.Queens Club is: Jake Ryan, Daniel Eaton, Andrew Nichols and Tyler Bottles.
For more info, visit their artist page here:

Ajalon Releases New Album
The new Ajalon CD, This Good Place, is now available from ProgRock Records. You can hear audio samples here. Ajalon will be performing a song from the new CD on October 17th at the Mix Lounge in Seattle as guests of the acclaimed Parallels the music of Yes tribute! This Good Place marks a huge step forward for Ajalon. This is a CD that will feature some great musical moments as well as stellar performances from both the band and some awesome guest players such as Paul Bielatowicz and Fred Schendal to name just a couple. Listeners will find this a much more allegorical album lyrically than the first two releases. The thematic concept on this CD addresses the depravity and selfishness of the human condition and how it has lead to the downfall of our character. But the story is undergirded with the concept that it is never too late to turn from those ways to find something greater within ourselves that ultimately leads us to This Good Place! The CD will feature 7 tracks with a running time of approximately 60 minutes. There is one instrumental track on the CD and one epic song about 20 minutes in length. Much of the album features brand new material developed over the last three years. There are also a few previously unreleased classic Ajalon songs that have been reworked and newly recorded, mixed in as well. This is a very different sounding album that finds its’ place in the current mainstream of Progressive Rock music while maintaining some of that trademark Ajalon sound.
Track Listing:
1) Love Is A Dream
2) Nickels and Dimes, Marbles and Stones
3) Not Man
4) Abstract Malady
5) Lullaby Of Bedlam
6) Redemption
7) This Good Place

Disciple Releases New Video
Disciple has released their new video for Lay My Burdens. You can view it here.

Razzbarry Records Signs The Great Transparency
Razzbarry Records (Jacksonville, FL) is announcing the signing of The Great Transparency (Columbus, Ohio). Razzbarry Records is the Management Company / Label of industry veteran Barry Blaze, which is currently home to his band Code of Ethics and his solo projects. “We are so excited To be working with The Great Transparency. These talented young men have a healthy work ethic to go with their heart to share Hope to people in what can be a very difficult world,” says Blaze. It is this work ethic that has already found them touring the country with national acts like Eleventyseven, Manic Drive, Hello Kelly, and Me in Motion, while also becoming very familiar faces at popular Summer festivals, such as Cornerstone, Ichthus, Prolife and Rockfest. The Great Transparency started as a side project for Jeremiah Wagner,and Tommy Clingan, soon adding other members Jameson Leasure, Kyle Bigham and Ray Bertka. Playing over a 100 shows a year, they have sold 2,000 copies of their self-released EP, If Worse Comes To Worst, featuring the single “Run For It,“ which was produced by Grammy and Dove award winning songwriter and producer Barry Blair (known for being a founding member of Audio Adrenaline). With almost 2,000 copies sold independently, it is no wonder they have already seen radio play on stations such as Yes FM, Remedy FM, Power FM, WBEL American family radio and even garnering three days as the winner on Radio U’s Battle of the Buzz. But it’s their love for people that keep them pushing ahead, “There has been no greater time than now, in these turbulent and uncertain times, to go out, encourage and reach people of all ages where they are with this message. It’s the Hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ,” says TGT front man Jeremiah Wagner. Their high energy live show has earned them opportunities to share the stage with the respected talents of such acts as John Reuben, House of Heroes, Last Tuesday, Code of Ethics, Sherwood, Kevin Max, Stellar Kart, Decyfer Down, Spoken, Staple, Day of Fire, Remedy Drive, Joy Electric and After Edmund. The Great Transparency’s “Hope Restored Tour“ starts September 23. The Great Transparency (Columbus, Ohio) is a Power Pop group that that is the latest signing of Razzbarry Records consist of band members Jeremiah Wagner, Tommy Clingan, Jameson Leasure, Kyle Bigham and Ray Bertka. They have toured the country playing over 100 shows a year while independently selling almost 2000 copies of their latest EP, If Worse Comes To Worst. Razzbarry Records (Jacksonville, Florida) is an independent label and management company founded by Barry Blaze in 2007. Their current roster includes The Great Transparency, Code of Ethics and Blaze’s solo worship venture as Barry Blaze.
For more information on The Great Transparency, go here:
Tour Dates:
9/23 – Coshocton, OH
9/24 – Elkins, WV
9/25 – Butler, PA
9/26 – Mansfield, OH
9/27 – Mansfield, OH
9/30 – Lexington, KY
10/1 – Acworth, GA
10/2 – Greenville, SC
10/3 – Kingsport, TN
10/7 – Lexington, SC
10/8 – Monroe, GA
10/9 – Columbus, GA
10/10 – Richmond, KY
10/11 – Dayton, OH
10/23 – Port Huron, MI
10/28 – Kenton, OH

Guitar Praise Releases Expansion Pack
Guitar Praise has just released the first Expansion Pack for the hit game. They listened to their customers and collected the list of bands that you wanted to hear on Guitar Praise, heard that you wanted the tracks to be even more difficult and went to work. The result -Guitar Praise Expansion Pack 1 with 25 new songs by great Christian artists. This blockbuster compilation of 25 Christian hits incorporates five songs from Grammy award-winning tobyMac and five songs from Newsboys including one from their just-released CD In the Hands of God. In addition, due to popular demand – Stryper, the pioneers in Christian metal music and Chris Tomlin, the Gospel Music Award-winning male vocalist of the year for the last three years add their style to Guitar Praise Expansion Pack 1. Other artists include Pillar, Audio Adrenaline, Casting Crowns, ZOEgirl, Jeremy Camp, Relient K, Hawk Nelson and more. These new tracks integrate seamlessly into your Guitar Praise game. The expansion pack is available for purchase here.

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