August Burns Red News
Fresh out of the studio where they finished up their yet-to-titled third full-length with producer Jason Suecof – the man behind the curtain of heralded albums by bands like SEVENDUST, ALL THAT REMAINS, GOD FORBID and TRIVIUM – AUGUST BURNS RED is ready to reclaim their road-warrior mantle as the group prepares for dates in support of ALL THAT REMAINS, as well as a European Festival appearances and headlining dates. Throughout 2007-2008, AUGUST BURNS RED’s unrelenting tour schedule and explosive live shows built the band up to metal-powerhouse status. While stints on the Warped Tour, Take Action Tour, and headlining tours of North America and Europe cemented that status, with the band selling 78,000+ copies of their 2007 release Messengers. Now, with a new album in the can, AUGUST BURNS RED are charging headlong out of the studio with a full schedule of early 2009 dates. Fresh off a huge appearance at early March’s Desert Rock Festival in Dubia, UAE, ABR are primed to strafe the US and Europe for the first time in ’09, all leading up to the release of what promises to be one of the year’s most anticipated metal albums.
Tour Dates:
4/14 Burlington VT
4/15 Syracuse NY
4/17 Worcester MA
4/18 Wilmington DE
4/20 Knoxville TN
4/21 Asheville NC
4/22 Jacksonville NC
4/24 Charlotte NC
4/28 Austin TX
4/29 Odessa TX
5/1 Farmington NM
5/4 Spokane WA
5/5 Boise ID
5/6 Murray UT
6/12 Seinajoki, Finland
6/14 Interlaken, Switzerland
6/16 Hamburg, Germany
6/17 Cologne, Germany
6/18 Strasbourg, France
6/19 Clisson, France
6/20 Trier, Germany
6/21 Austria
6/22 Hungary, Budapest
6/24 Bratislava, Slovakia
6/25 Prague, Czech Republic
6/26 Borlange, Sweden
6/27 Gothenburg, Sweden
6/28 Dessel, Belgium
6/30 Aschaffenburg, Germany
7/1 Amsterdam, Holland
7/3 Munster, Germany
7/4 Mannheim, Germany
7/5 Leipzig, Germany
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Check Out War Of Ages New Video
Head on over to Headbanger’s Blog and check out the brand new War Of Ages video for All Consuming Fire. Headbanger’s Ball premiered the video this past weekend on MTV2 and now you can see it online. This video was filmed live in Erie, PA at Forward Hall by Andy Reale.
Tour Dates:
4/1 Mesa, AZ
4/2 Scottsdale, AZ
4/3 Pomona, CA
4/4 Pomona, CA
4/7 Orangevale, CA
4/9 Klamath Falls, OR
4/10 Camas, WA
4/11 Twin Falls, ID
4/12 Wheatland, WY
4/13 Bismarck, ND
4/14 Fargo, ND
4/15 Burnsville, MN
4/16 Metamora, IL
4/17 Terre Haute, IN

The Devil Wears Prada Headlining Tour Is Selling Out
The Devil Wears Prada has begun their national headlining tour to resounding success. Several shows so far have been sold out with capacity of rooms as large as 1,500 and only one room smaller than 800 people. Each date on the remainder of the tour is approaching sold out as well, so get your tickets now or be sorry. Accompanying the band is A Day To Remember, Sky Eats Airplane and Emarosa and the culmination of the tour is the release of the band’s new album With Roots Above And Branches Below on May 5th. On the tour the band is offering an exclusive pre-order incentive that can only be purchased at their shows. Upon purchase of the new record the buyer will receive a download card at the show which allows them to download two songs off the forthcoming album.
Tour Dates:
4/2 New York, NY
4/3 Worchester, MA
4/4 Montreal, QC
4/5 Toronto, ON
4/7 Buffalo, NY
4/8 Cleveland, OH
4/9 Pontiac, MI
4/10 Chicago, IL
4/11 St. Paul, MN
4/12 Des Moines, IA
4/14 Englewood, CO
4/15 Salt Lake City, UT
4/16 Spokane, WA
4/17 Seattle, WA
4/18 Portland, OR
4/19 Orangevale, CA
4/21 San Francisco, CA
4/22 Los Angeles, CA
4/23 Pomona, CA
4/24 San Diego, CA
4/25 Tempe, AZ
4/26 Albuquerque, NM
4/27 Tulsa, OK
4/28 Oklahoma City, OK
4/30 Nashville, TN
5/1 Cincinnati, OH
6/19 North Lawrence, OH

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Bombworks Records Signs Darkness Before Dawn
Southwestern extreme metallers Darkness Before Dawn is the latest signing to Bombworks Records. Hailing from Glendale, Arizona, Darkness Before Dawn has been a force in the Southwest scene for a number of years now, blending epic death and black metal with a modern edge for a powerful brutal sound that is both melodic and heavy. The band self-released a 5-song self-titled EP in
2007 that featured more of an epic metalcore sound that borrowed many elements from death metal and symphonic black metal. The band continued to refine their sound and later recorded a 3-song demo in 2008 that boldly supplanted itself in the realm of extreme metal, taking cues from symphonic black metal, death metal and prog while retaining a modern edge, incorporating death growls and black shrieks, blazing guitar leads, bombastic drumming and bass work, and keyboards to provide atmosphere throughout. Darkness Before Dawn is a 6-piece, with Logan on vocals, Gabe and Trey on guitars, DJ on bass, TJ on keys, and Matt on drums, resulting in a sound that is very full and providing the ability to reproduce the recorded sound live. Influences include bands such as Dethklok, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band will be heading into legendary Lambesis Studios for the month of April to record their debut full length, tentatively titled “King’s to You”, which will feature 11 brand new tracks. The CD will drop in June and will be available from the band for their tour up to Cornerstone, which includes an opening night slot on Bombworks Records’ sponsored Day of Metal stage.
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X-Sinner News
X-Sinner’s new album, World Covered In Blood, is on sale now at Best Buy and FYE retail outlets. X-Sinner is requesting that all their fans call local stores and request their new album there. This action will help speed up the process of getting World Covered In Blood everywhere. This is their first album of completely new material under the name “X-Sinner” since their 1991 album, Peace Treaty.
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Faceless International Nominated For MySpace Award
Faceless International, an organization that gives first hand knowledge of Human Trafficking through education and interaction, has been nominated for a MySpace Impact Award. Currently Faceless is leading spring break trips in Los Angeles, and has summer projects heading to Ukraine, Guatemala and New York. These trips gives participants a hands-on experience in ways to impact the world and end human trafficking. Started by Stephen Christian of the band Anberlin; Seth Cain former road manager of Anberlin; and their abolitionist friend Sarah Freeman, Faceless International hopes to use the funds that they would received from the Impact Awards to build a school in Southern India. Voting ends tonight at midnight.
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Jason Eaton Holds ‘Nothing Back’ On Debut EP
JEM Records recording artist Jason Eaton has released his debut EP, Nothing Back, as a digital exclusive, available through iTunes and other major online outlets, including The title track is going for adds now at Christian radio stations nationwide, while the singer/songwriter/worship leader puts the finishing touches on the full-length project that will be released to retail later this year. The journey to Jason Eaton’s full time pursuit of faith-based artistry began with a degree in Music Education at Olivet Nazarene University. From there, Eaton found himself on stage as a soloist with the Thurlow Spur productions of Concert Ministries International, playing the lead role in the musical “David, A Man After God’s Own Heart” (written by Cam Floria, head of the Continental Singers) and subsequently appearing on “The 700 Club” with Pat Robertson. Before long, Eaton was touring full time with the vocal band Liberty. While Eaton plans to tour in support of Nothing Back, his wife of 13 years Wendy Jo and their three sons will be along for the ride. “Family comes first and they come with me as well,” explains Eaton. “Everything I do in my musical calling is for Christ. It’s not about Jason Eaton as the artist. It’s about His purpose and plan, plus sharing His love to those who are Christians, those who’ve fallen away from Christ or those who’ve never known Christ as their savior.” It’s no wonder that the material found within Nothing Back is so vertically centered, starting with the title track as the project’s lead single. The contagious cut was arranged by Eaton and penned by Beat Street Records/Provident recording artist/songwriter John Waller (Casting Crowns, According To John). Eaton also turns to Waller’s esteemed songbook for a fresh rendering of “God Thing,” which talks about God lifting a believer out of a valley after fully surrendering the situation. From there, he re-interprets the Vineyard Music song “Free,” and offers a new rock ballad arrangement of the old time gospel hymn “I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy.” The EP’s finale “Holding Out Hope To You” has become a concert favorite. “I consider it an honor to do Christian music because my faith defines who I am,” Eaton says. “If I were to sing secular music, that would be very empty to me. I’m not saying some of those songs don’t have meaning, it’s just that Christian music has a much higher meaning because of my faith. Before I sing, I always pray ‘let me step aside and let me be the vessel for you. Help the spotlight shine right though me onto you.’ When you do that and realize it has nothing to do with you, but rather it’s all about Christ, then that’s when the Holy Spirit can really move.”

House Of Heroes Releases New EP
Fresh of the heels of their acclaimed The End Is Not The End CD Columbus, OH rock outfit House of Heroes gear up for the release of The Acoustic End on Itunes April 7. Release includes new acoustic bonus tracks, “New Moon” and “Ghost” as well as a reworked version of “If”. Refusing to slow down the band is also in the mist of recording their ode to the Beatles tribute; House of Heroes Meets The Beatles EP to hit summer 09 including covers of Can’t Buy Me Love, It Won’t Be Long and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. With The End Is Not The End out now on Gotee Records, House of Heroes has found a sound that is both creatively inspiring and commercially viable. Look no further for enigmatic songwriting, bold epics and clever chorus lines. Hear The End Is Not The End here.

Kalejdoskop Roundtable News
Key Ministry leaders from around the planet are being invited to the 2nd Global Roundtable of Emerging, Underground Ministries at the SLOT Art Festival, which will happen on July 8-11 when 6000 young people turn up with tents and sleeping bags at a huge Cistercian Abbey in Lubiaz, Poland. The Polish word “Kalejdoskop (Kaleidoscope – in English) means “to look at a beautiful shape” So, the hope for this Roundtable, is to gather leaders from many nations and allow them to look at the shape of the body of Christ – to see it’s current beauty and how it is taking shape and pointing to a beautiful future. They will meet for discussion, resourcing, prayer, encouragement, networking, indoctrinating, friendly insults, late nights, bad coffee and a good time. Although, the Kalejdoskop Roundtable is an invitation-only event for Christian Ministry leaders, we are hoping to expand the network to more than the 60 leaders from the 26 nations that came to the 2006 Roundtable, held at the Freakstock Festival in Germany. For more information, get in touch with Trevor Macpherson or Andrew Jones at

Facedown Records Presents Through Solace
Through Solace knows that the antidote to long roads and sleepless nights is a solid soundtrack of classic records that define modern hard music. On their tours across the UK, Europe and North America, records such as Shai Hulud’s “Hearts Once Nourished…” and Poison the Well’s “Opposite of December” became more than entertainment as five guys from Wales sped along the world’s highways. “We learned lessons from early metalcore that our sound-alike peers in the genre have been quick to forget. We wanted to do something that had a history and would last, rather than just being pat of a trend.” The band employs a mix of melodic and metallic hardcore that is nostalgic to fans of Beloved and Blindside. combined influences from South Wales neighbors Funeral For a Friend and early Poison the Well lend their effect while denizens of intellectual hardcore will find comfort in the atmospheric layers and melodic passages a la Misery Signals and Satellite Years-era Hopesfall. Through Solace has been climbing the DIY ladder in their native South Wales since 2005, and doing it the old fashioned way has paid off for the 5 piece from Newport & Barry. After self-releasing their first EP “An Innocent Confession” and booking tours and festivals throughout UK and Europe to promote it, they caught the eyes of labels and zines alike. Establishing their potential early on and benefitting from a steadfast integrity, Through Solace’s sound has since matured into a more intelligent, melodic and technical brand of hardcore. Their sound has been described as “powerful and effortlessly crushing…absolutely colossal.”
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Zao Releases New Album On May 5th
Legendary heavy music shapeshifters ZAO have announced the release of their new full-length Awake? Produced at Lambesis Studios by Zao’s own guitarist Scott Mellinger (with As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman), Awake? is slated for release May 5th on Ferret Music and will be a digital release with a limited and numbered physical pressing. Almost three years removed from the release of last album The Fear is What Keeps Us Here, ZAO members Dan, Scott, Marty and Jeff reconvened for Awake? Longtime friend and Grammy nominated graphic designer Ryan Clark returned to handle the packaging, with some artwork from Dan’s close friend, Gabe Felice. Check out their new single, What Will You Find?, here.
1. 1,000,000 Outstretched Arms Of Nothing
2. Entropica
3. The Eyes Behind the Throne
4. Human Cattle Masses Marching Forward
5. Romance of the Southern Spirit
6. What Will You Find?
7. Awake?
8. Quiet Passenger Pt. 1
9. Reveal
10. Quiet Passenger Pt. 2 / The World Caved


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