Technical Prog Metal Group PAINTED IN EXILE to Release Long-Awaited Album “The Ordeal”

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Pre-Order The Ordeal Here
On Tour with Scar Symmetry, Arsis and Shattered Sun Now
Artwork by Aaron Marsh
After unquestionably solidifying themselves as a band-to-watch in the technical progressive metal scene with 2008’s 3.14 demo and 2009’s Revitalized EP – the latter of called, “a creative fireball of attention-grabbing music,” touted as “mind-blowing” – fans have been eagerly awaiting a full-fledged comeback. After dropping a track here (specifically 2014’s “DM”) and a hint there for the last few years, PAINTED IN EXILE are officially back with their brand new, first full-length album, The Ordeal, set for release on October 28, 2016.
Pre-orders are available for The Ordeal now via the band’s signature progressive sound that further melds classic rock, jazz, classical and even hip-hop influences, The Ordeal transcends far beyond what PAINTED IN EXILE has released to date, fully showcasing the band’s gifted and refreshed line-up.
PAINTED IN EXILE followers and hungry, unsuspecting prog fans won’t have to wait long to hear new music – Metal Injection is currently hosting a music video for the new track “House of Cards”, cut from The Ordeal and directed by Tom Flynn. The cinematic video, which is reminiscent of an intense action film, can be viewed here:
The Ordeal was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jamie King, who is recognized for his work with bands such as Between the Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit and other modern progressive metal mainstays. The album was recorded at both Basement Recording Studios in Winston-Salem, NC and The Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC. Orchestral arrangements on the album were written by Alan Hankers. Additional production and engineering support was provided by PAINTED IN EXILE guitarist Ivan Chopik.
Producer Jamie King states, “This record is a truly great prog rock/metal record. And I’m not just saying that because I was hired to record it. I’m honored to have been a part of it. It will be revered as a classic!”
PAINTED IN EXILE guitarist Ivan Chopik adds, “The ingredients for The Ordeal had been brewing for several years, so we went into the recording process with a specific vision of what we wanted the record to sound like. When the opportunity came up to have Jamie King produce and engineer, it was a resounding ‘Yes’. He’d already worked on some of our favorite albums, so we knew the sonics would be on point. Beyond that, he gave us the environment to stay creative in the studio and pushed us to get our best, real performances. His vision and experience was integral to shaping The Ordeal.”
The Ordeal track listing:
  1.  House Of Cards
  2. Welcome (One And Come All)
  3. The Bazaar
  4.  Jupiter
  5. Transition Wow
  6. DM
  7. Not For Nothin’
  8. Like A Memory
  9. These People
  10.  My Keeper
The Ordeal was fully crowd-funded due to massive fan support via Indiegogo campaign (the band actually surpassed their goal of $15,000).
PAINTED IN EXILE are currently on their first U.S. tour with headliners Scar Symmetryand fellow special guests Arsis and Shattered Sun. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates featuring PAINTED IN EXILE.
Remaining PAINTED IN EXILE Tour Dates with Scar Symmetry, Arsis and Shattered Sun:
9/16/16 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
9/17/16 Valparaiso, IN – Big Shots
9/18/16 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
9/19/16 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
9/20/16 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
Robert Richards – Vocals
Ivan Chopik – Guitars
Marc Lambert – Guitars
Alan Hankers – Piano & Keyboard
Jacob Umansky – Bass & Backing Vocals
Eddie DeCesare – Drums & Percussion

The Contortionist is Coming to Pittsburgh OCT 3 @MrSmalls

The Contortionist have released a “Rediscovered” version of their most recent LP, Language. The new version contains four re-worked tracks recorded and engineered by John Douglass and mixed/mastered by Jamie King. The rediscovered tracks are accompanied by four all new music videos for the same tracks.
“Playing with that idea, throughout all the songs, there is also a story woven in that
               plays on a few different ideas,” Lessard explains. “Even beyond the actual lyrics and what
              they are literally saying, some of the vocal sounds themselves play a part.”It’s a crude summary of an ambitious project – one that has dense layers of
              sophistication listeners can delve into on their own, while others may be just as happy
to nod their head along to the expansive rhythms and accessible song motifs.The men of The Contortionist remain in awe of prog-titans like Yes, King Crimson and
              Rush. At the same time, the music they are creating will not only build bridges between
               different genres and different scenes; it can even send younger fans to dig through their
              parents’ LP collections look for albums by old legends. Language is more than capable of
              launching The Contortionist to the top of the progressive realm and into the creative



BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Releases Mini Video In Anticipation Of Upcoming Headlining Tour

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. In anticipation of the journey, the band recently released a short video recorded during their most recent North American excursion at the end of 2013. The video, as the band describes is, “The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a BTBAM show. Let’s switch off together.” The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson, with editing by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual effects by Wes Richardson.


Watch it now at THIS LOCATION.

VIP mega bundles for the tour are available now exclusively via! Additional limited VIP packages — 25 per city — are also available. General admission tickets can be obtained at your local box office and/or venue website. The tour will commence February 20th!

w/ Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred:

2/20/2014 Empire – West Springfield, VA

2/21/2014 Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
2/22/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
2/23/2014 Royale Nightclub – Boston, MA
2/24/2014 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
2/26/2014 Corona Theater – Montreal,QC
2/27/2014 Imperial De Quebec – Quebec City, QC
2/28/2014 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
3/01/2014 London Music Hall – London, ON
3/02/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
3/04/2014 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/05/2014 Durty Nellie’s – Palatine, IL
3/06/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/07/2014 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
3/08/2014 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
3/10/2014 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/11/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
3/12/2014 Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
3/14/2014 Jake’s Sports Café – Lubbock, TX
3/15/2014 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
3/16/2014 South By So What?! Festival  – Grand Prarie, TX
3/18/2014 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
3/20/2014 The Ritz Ybor – Ybor City, FL
3/21/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/22/2014 40 Watt – Athens, GA
3/23/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC


BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME‘s ambitious concept album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, earned the highest Billboard chart position (#22) since their inception in the early 2000’s. The album also landed the #3 spot on Billboard’s Hard Music Album chart, as well as #8 on the trade magazine’s Rock Album Chart, #5 on Billboard’s Indie Label Album chart and at #10 on the Billboard Indie Retail Album chart. Additionally, the album landed at #18 on Guitar World Magazine’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012 list.


“The Parallax II: Future Sequence offers more substance than most bands put forth in entire careers.” — Decibel Magazine

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME‘s music is a beautiful thing, an amazing thing, and a very complicated thing, nowhere more so than on the new album. You stand there dumbfounded at the technical wizardry of it all, wondering how in hell they manage to assemble these devilishly difficult puzzles.” — DRUM! Magazine

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME continue to dominate progressive metal with Parallax II: Future Sequence, expanding on every already-top-notch aspect of its conceptual predecessor.” — Alternative Press 

INTRONAUT release new video and announce TOUR

Post-metal prog group INTRONAUT has released their new video for “Harmonomicon” taken from their critically acclaimed album “Habitual Levitation.”


The video can be seen here:


The guys are currently in Europe and will be back stateside for a tour with

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, Deafhaven and The Kindred.  Here are the dates:


02/20   West Springfield, VA      Empire
02/21   Huntington, NY             Paramount Theater
02/22   Clifton Park, NY             Upstate Concert Hall
02/23   Boston, MA                   Royale Nightclub
02/24   Burlington, VT              Higher Ground
02/26   Montreal, QC                Corona Theater
02/27   Quebec City, QC           Imperial De Quebec
02/28   Toronto, ON                  Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01   London, ON                  London Music Hall
03/02   Syracuse, NY                Lost Horizon
03/04   Grand Rapids, MI          Intersection
03/05   Palatine, IL                   Durty Nellie’s
03/06   Milwaukee, WI              The Rave
03/07   Lawrence, KS                Granada Theatre
03/08   Omaha, NE                   The Waiting Room
03/10   Reno, NV                      The Knitting Factory
03/11   Oakland, CA                  Oakland Metro
03/12   Pomona, CA                  Glasshouse
03/14   Lubbock, TX                  Jake’s Sports Café
03/15   San Antonio, TX             White Rabbit
03/16   Grand Prairie, TX           South By So What?! Festival
03/18   Sauget, IL                     Pop’s
03/20   Ybor City, FL                 The Ritz Ybor
03/21   Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Revolution
03/22   Athens, GA                   40 Watt
03/23   Charlotte, NC                Tremont Music Hall


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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME announce spring headlining tour


Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be DeafheavenIntronaut, and TheKindred. VIP mega bundles are available now exclusively via! Additional limited (25 per city!) VIP packages will be available beginning December 10th and general admission tickets will be on sale via your local venue’s box office on December 17th. The tour begins February 20th!

Between The Buried And Me’s ambitious concept album, “The Parallax II: Future Sequence,” was the North Carolina-based band’s highest Billboard chart position (#22) since their inception in the early 2000’s. The album also landed the #3 spot on Billboard’s Hard Music Album chart, as well as #8 on the trade magazine’s Rock Album Chart, at #5 on Billboard’s Indie Label Album chart and at #10 on the Billboard Indie Retail Album chart. Additionally, the album landed at #18 on Guitar World Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2012 list.

“The Parallax II: Future Sequence” press accolades:

“The Parallax II: Future Sequence offers more substance than most bands put forth in entire careers.” Decibel Magazine

“Between The Buried And Me’s music is a beautiful thing, an amazing thing, and a very complicated thing, nowhere more so than on the new album. You stand there dumbfounded at the technical wizardry of it all, wondering how in hell they manage to assemble these devilishly difficult puzzles.” DRUM! Magazine

“Between the Buried and Me Continue to dominate progressive metal with Parallax II: Future Sequence, expanding on every already-top-notch aspect of its conceptual predecessor.”Alternative Press

Tour w/ Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred
02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie’s
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop’s
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall


Between the Buried and Me 10/21@Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh


After a massive trek with Coheed and Cambria earlier this year, Between the Buried and Me have unveiled a new batch of headlining tour dates for the fall where they will play the ‘The Parallax’ parts one and two in their entirety.

The band’s first installment ‘The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues,’ an EP, dropped in 2011 while ‘The Parallax II: Future Sequence,’ a full-length album, was released last year and saw some of the highest chart appearances for the band in their career.

In an exclusive interview with bassist Dan Briggs, he talked to us about the recording process of the latest album by stating, “It was really a focus on doing what was best for the song, and ultimately the record. There wasn’t really a feeling like there might have been in the past like, ‘I don’t think that’s best for the song,’ or tracking a bunch of stuff, going back to listen to it and being like, ‘This whole four minutes — I think we can do something better.’” Check out our full interview with Briggs here.

Support on the tour will include the Faceless, the Contortionist and the Safety Fire. The trek is scheduled to begin on Sept. 13 in North Carolina and will make it’s way across the U.S. and Western and Central Canada before wrapping up in Tennessee on October 25th. Check out a full list of dates below.

Between the Bueied and Me Tour w/ The Faceless, The Contortionist, The Safety Fire:

09/24 Salt Lake City, UT Murray Theater
09/26 Mesa, AZ The Nile
09/27 W. Hollywood, CA House of Blues
09/28 San Diego, CA House of Blues
09/29 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
09/30 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
10/01 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
10/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
10/04 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/05 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/07 Calgary, AB The Republik
10/08 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
10/09 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre
10/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10/12 Chicago, IL Metro
10/13 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
10/14 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
10/16 New York City, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
10/20 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
10/21 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
10/23 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
10/24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
10/25 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom

THE SAFETY FIRE announces details for upcoming new album, ‘Mouth Of Swords’



London progressive metallers THE SAFETY FIRE are excited to announce the release of their forthcoming second album, Mouth Of Swords, on September 3rd in North America via InsideOut Music. The band has been hard at work on the album for the past few months, and vocalist Sean McWeeney had this to say about the completion of the record: “Since our first album we’ve all concentrated more on having awesome haircuts and facial hair. Does that go some way to explaining why ‘Mouth of Swords’ is shit hot? Some may suggest so. But all I know is I’m on it and that’s enough for most people. This album is pure gold, and will be priced accordingly.”


Guitarist and producer Derya “Dez” Nagle had this to add about the release announcement and album recording: “I must have said ‘there is no topping WINGER’s 1988 classic ‘Winger” on a daily basis during the recording process. I’ve never been wrong about anything in my whole life, so it was a rather humbling experience to realise that what we were creating was in fact better than WINGER’s 1988 classic, ‘Winger’. I felt like a bozo deluxe. After awhile I came to accept that we had created the best album of all time, ever, in the history of known time. The burden of holding such musical gold was too much for us to handle and the band agreed to release it through InsideOut Music, on September 3rd. I’d like to think the music can speak for itself, but music can’t speak, so I’ll speak on its behalf. Hello. I hope you enjoy me.”


The band is also very pleased to announce the album’s full track-listing, and as you will see below, the brilliant Tommy Rogers from touring partners BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME has provided guest vocals on one track. Full details are below:


Mouth Of Swords track-listing

1. Mouth Of Swords

2. Glass Crush

3. Yellowism

4. Beware The Leopard (Jagwar) feat. Tommy Rogers

5. Red Hatchet

6. Wise Hands

7. The Ghosts That Wait For Spring

8. I Am Time, The Destroyer

9. Old Souls


THE SAFETY FIRE has been documenting the recording process for Mouth Of Swords, so be sure to check out the band’s four recent studio diaries below:

Vest Choir –

Vocal Tracking –

Guitar & Bass Tracking –

Drum Tracking –


Mouth Of Swords was once again produced by the band’s own Derya “Dez” Nagle (guitar), who previously worked with Frank Turner (MONGOL HORDE), RISE TO REMAIN, and THE HAARP MACHINE. It follows the release of last year’s acclaimed debut album,Grind The Ocean, which saw the band tour the world with the likes PERIPHERY, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, GOJIRA, PROTEST THE HERO, amongst others.


New music from Mouth Of Swords will be revealed next week, so stay tuned!



Coheed and Cambria and Between The Buried and Me fans sell out Stage AE, Pittsburgh

Russian Circles, Between the Buried and Me, and Coheed and Cambria certainly made their rounds at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE on Thursday, Feb. 8th

A mutual friend on Facebook shared an interesting article in relation to the sold out show at Stage AE, last Thursday.  I kept an open mind about reading the article, but there were a few things (mostly choices with language) presented themselves as red flags.  The author chose a colorful array of words to describe the “emotionally sterile” performance of Between the Buried and Me.

Maybe he couldn’t see the performance? The author describes the set as “Wanky.” In no way was this show, “contemptible” or “worthless,” which is the true definition of the British slang term “wanky.”  The quintet from North Carolina displayed nothing less than an energetic and passionate performance.  From bass player Dan Briggs running back and forth from stage left to right, to vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Giles standing on feedback amps, mirroring a symphony leader. Alternating from chilling vocals to playing keyboard, I think requires a little bit of effort and talent, no? All the photos included in the article were taken from way up on the balcony, as opposed to where Pittsburgh Music Magazine was located right in front of the gate. “Songs made no structural sense.” – Seeing as several members are classically trained, I’m not really sure where there’s validity in any of this? I almost don’t even know how to respond to that.  Is he referring to signature changes?

“Not many prog-metal frontmen would hit the stage with a ukulele, but Claudio Sanchez couldn’t care less about the rules.” – This serves as a totally contradictory statement to previous attack against BTBAM. Is this not exceeding the boundaries in creativity? I’m confused.  Oh and by the way, Coheed and Cambria are definitely not categorized as “prog-metal,” more melodic rock as you described earlier. 

“Jumping through genres (I swear there was jazz fusion and country in there, too)” …uhh dude, I think that’s kind of the point? This is what music is all about… especially “progressive” metal.  The title of the genre espouses the experimental nature of the agenda, overtly.  None of these accusations really have any fortification in any way.  BTBAM put on an incredible performance, just as they do always.  I’m not sure if the author had never heard them before, or was just trying to challenge the show in general, or really simply left unimpressed? I’m interested.

The author has since revised his review with a mild apology toward BTBAM’s fans, who jumped on this immediately.  Stating that he “Has probably seen King Crimson before many of you were born. And it wasn’t like it was my first rodeo.” Well, I definitely have my share of King Crimson floating around on my I-pod, and I certainly can’t compare the two.  Regardless of their talent, King Crimson is even weirder and more chaotic than Between the Buried and Me! Regardless of the intent behind the negative review of the performance, whether taste, personal preference, or unrealistic standards, verbally bashing an incredibly structured set and delivery is like standing in quicksand when it comes to a reaction from their loyal fan-base. Seven albums later, Between the Buried and Me are revered as one of the greatest to experience live, and constantly receiving loads of recognition from many productive musicians on the scene today.  I think I’m going to have to go ahead and politely disagree with the statement “an interminable hour of heavy music with a deadening effect.” Between the Buried and me arguably transcend the sound of progressive metal.  Everyone that I know personality, even down to friends in Periphery and other successful progressive bands to the scene list their 2012 The Parallax II: Future Sequence (released on October 9th), as the best album of the year.

These guys slayed, along, with Russian Circles and Coheed and Cambria to create an unforgettable experience for myself, and others who were lucky enough to be present to this sold out event. 

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PMM COO Alan with BTBAM bassist  and former Pittsburgher Dan Briggs
PMM COO Alan with BTBAM bassist and former Pittsburgher Dan Briggs

Coheed and Cambria’s Josh Previews Tour with Pittsburgh Music Mag

I don’t know about you, but the tour I am most psyched for right now comes into my town (Pittsburgh) on Feb. 7 at Stage AE and contains no less than Russian Circles, Between The Buried and Me, and headliners Coheed and Cambria. I have been fascinated with Coheed’s sound since their first record which my good friend and tattoo artist Ben Merrell turned me onto when it first came out. Here it is almost eleven years later and they have survived in a very tumultuous business with their integrity and vision intact. A feat not many can claim. Pittsburgh Music Magazine got a chance to talk with drummer Josh Eppard as the band prepared for the tour. Listen in on getting ready to appear on Conan (Monday Jan. 21), the thread between The Afterman Ascension and Descension and how it relates to Josh, the songwriting process, what to look forward to on the tour, “yelling at Travis”!, the importance of rehearsals, being back in the band and not taking things for granted, choosing Between the buried and Me and Russian Circles to tour with, and how Pittsburgh is their third favorite city: Josh of Coheed and Cambria


Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

PMM’s Top 5 Metal Releases of 2012

2012 has been a pretty amazing year for Pittsburgh Music Magazine, hell it was the year of our inception. Many of you may have noticed that although we cover all genres around here, two of our writers are pretty serious metalheads. To try to narrow down the top 5 metal moments of 2012 is a pretty hard task, it was a very good year for releases in the genre that very few are brave enough to adore outloud and even fewer truly understand. Metal has progressed and has so many classifications at this point that one needs Sam Dunne’s charts from VH1 and Wikipedia just to wade through it all. Trust this writer, it has been an amazing year in music, and just keeping up with all that is going on in the little niche of tunes I adore can be no small task. So with further adieu, here are PMM’s Top 5 Metal Masterpieces of 2012:

1. Hands down without a doubt, Between the Buried and Me’s: The Parallax 2 Future Sequence is the metal record of the year. With an unbelievable mix of prog metal mastery, this band refuses to slow down and seems to only get better. Many of their peers think the same, just check out some different band comments on Facebook (i.e. Mike Portney (Faith No More/ Ozzy) or Scott Cowan (Deception of a Ghost)). Brutal one second, soothing the next, piercing and thought provoking all the next…don’t miss this one whatever you do.


2. The “comeback” of the year was The Deftones. Many of you probably expected me to say Soundgarden, and that is definitely honorable mention, but Chino and crew have come back with a vengeance. Koi No Yokan is the best since White Pony and is ear bending from first note…like they never went away. Sickeningly talented and devastatingly brilliant.


3. Witchcraft, the little doom/stoner rock band from Sweden, swept me off my feet this year with Legend. A bit Queens of the Stone Age meets Sabbath and Deep Purple thrown in with some Soundgarden grungy mix. It’s 70’s metal with a new twist.

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4. French metallers Gojira provided the soundtrack for our trip from Pittsburgh to Cleveland to catch this years Mayhem Festival. Un-freakin-believable. I still can’t get enough of this record and everytime I listen to it, I feel as though I discover more. Best thing they have ever put out to date, solid from end to end.

5. So many could sit at this spot. And I am going to totally cheat…a four way tie. Periphery, Battlecross, The HAARP Machine, and Deception of a Ghost are all “newer” bands that have infected me this year and made me a loyal fan. Please check these guys out and tell them we sent you when you go see them…for they all bring it big time live. Go buy ALL their CD’s now- you won’t regret it!

Coheed and Cambria’s “The Hard Sell”

I don’t know about you guys, but we are seriously pumped here at PMM for the Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me, and Russian Circles show at Stage AE in Pittsburgh Feb. 7th. To celebrate our excitement we offer to you Coheed and Cambria’s newest lyric video for “The Hard Sell” from The Afterman: Descension out February 5.:

Coheed and Cambria Tour Dates w/Between the Buried and Me, Russian Circles

Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

Interview with Bob Meadows of A Life Once Lost (In Pittsburgh at Garfield Art Works 12/14)

A LIFE ONCE LOST roars into Pittsburgh at the Garfield Art Works next Friday, December 14 with Revocation and Ken Mode. Bob Meadows, lead vocals, took some time to speak to Pittsburgh Music Magazine about the frustrations of the music business, playing Pittsburgh, taking and giving vocal lessons, their new release “Ecstatic Trance”, and the inspiration for the lyrics behind “Madness is God”, check it out by listening here…

A LIFE ONCE LOST has existed on the forward edge of modern metal, where progression and innovation collide with tradition, since its inception. From day one, the path the ALOL have blazed has not only been defiant but also their own.
A LIFE ONCE LOST was formed in ’99 in the Philadelphia suburbs by Doug Sabolick (guitars) and Bob Meadows (vocals). The nascent band immediately forged a noisy, high-impact wall of sound combining dissonant, modern aggression with the hallmarks of traditional metal. Almost as soon as ALOL had songs, the band started cutting their teeth in the Philly-area DIY circuit playing alongside their peers in Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lamb of God, God Forbid, and more.
Early releases followed on Deathwish, Inc. and Robotic Empire, and ramped up to 03’s punishing ‘A Great Artist’, their first proper full-length. ‘A Great Artist’ saw them take hold of their dark, rhythmic sound and took A LIFE ONCE LOST from a Northeast favorite to a true national band. It was the catalyst that enabled them to get signed to Ferret Records and to then embark on their first national tour(s) alongside Between the Buried & Me among others.
Then ALOL released its’ sophomore album, the more refined ‘Hunter’, in ‘05 and moved to the forefront of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. The band conquered America for the next 2 years touring as part of Ozzfest 2006, as well as direct support tours alongside Lamb of God, Clutch, Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, As I Lay Dying, Every Time I Die, High on Fire and more.
Their 3rd album ‘Iron Gag’, released in ’07, saw significant critical acclaim. That album had ALOL introducing traditional rock grooves and a more confident swagger into their already-explosive sound. The ensuing ‘Iron Gag’ tour saw the band crisscross North America and Europe, from Alaska to Mexico and London to Moscow respectively, once again alongside High on Fire; The Dillinger Escape Plan + new tour mates, Suicide Silence, and Job for a Cowboy.

At the end of the ‘Iron Gag’ World Tour in ‘09, they begin practicing again only to find fractures in the band. After a year plus of writing, Sabolick and Meadows were faced with their most difficult decisions yet. In order to realize their vision for the next evolution of A LIFE ONCE LOST, they needed to scrap almost all of the new material; cut ties with the other members, and start again on their own.

ALOL’s process was arduous, and required Bob Meadows and Doug Sabolick to rebuild everything from the ground back up. The writing process was intense while the two tried to meld a diverse range of influences – Killing Joke to Can, King Crimson to Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti and more – while respecting and remaining true to the sonic art that they had always traveled.

Three years in the making, A LIFE ONCE LOST’s new album ‘Ecstatic Trance’ (Season of Mist), is the product of that unwavering determination and raises their patented rhythmic attack to hypnotic new levels of precision and expression. Huge, jagged riffs and churning, syncopated rhythms are the blueprint for the emotive guitar-playing and explosive vocals of Sabolick and Meadows respectively. Dark washes of melody and ominous Hammond Organ tones color epic tracks such as “Madness Is God, “Something Awful”, and “The Blues”, giving their material a bold, raw sense of expression unlike any they’ve shown before. ‘Ecstatic Trance’ is one of 2012’s best metal albums, and proves that the path of A LIFE ONCE LOST is always moving forward.

PGH Music Mag’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

We hear it all the time, “I just have no idea what to get them…”. Everybody and their mother has an opinion on what to get and every publication has products that they are pushing this year. Pittsburgh Music Magazine is no exception, but we would like to take a somewhat different approach. We will try to pigeonhole some of your loved ones into categories and maybe you will find something that is unique and just happens to fit that special someone on your list:

The Classic Rocker:
Being into music ourselves, we always appreciate music oriented gifts. If you have a collector on your list, a real cool place to head to is PopMarket. 28c24a3b0804a3dbfbfc3eea11567279 Popmarket is “the ultimate shopping club for music fans offering its members limited-time private sales on the world’s coolest music”. Membership is free. Wolfgang’s Vault always has some very unique stuff on the memorabilia end (although it can be quite pricey). 2006-05-01-Hemispheres-02 They typically carry a lot of items from the classic rock genre. Pete Townsend and Peter Criss and Jimmy Page came out with very interesting books recently that will keep any music lover glued to the pagespage book.

The Metal Maniac:
We would be remiss in pointing out that a permanent gift is always a great choice, and while we don’t reccommend any names on the skin, ink in the skin has a special meaning for many of us metalheads. If you are in the Pittsburgh tri-state area we have to point you to the best Human Production. tumblr_lwkymgK7SS1qzm60ro1_500 The award winning artists Ben, Mark, and Jesse do nothing but custom tattoo work to ensure that your loved one has something truly unique blended with a safe and super clean environment. For the metal historian, a great read is Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Metal Masterpieces. music_string6Precious Metal gathers pieces from Decibel’s most popular feature, the monthly “Hall of Fame” which documents the making of landmark metal albums via candid, hilarious, and fascinating interviews with every participating band member. Of course if you have a budding metalaller at home, a great intro to learning about where the genre came from is Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian CristieIan_Christe_-_Sound_of_the_Beast. Some other cool spots to hit up some bundles that include a t-shirt, cd, and sometimes poster, or DVDs would be from some of the coolest labels like metal-blade-records-logo_09Metal Blade or 250px-VictoryRecordsVictory Records which have great stores and awesome deals. One of the coolest tours to look forward to will be Between the Buried and Me with Coheed and Cambria and Russian Circlesbetween-the-buried-and-me-coheed-and-cambria-tour-2013. They will be hitting Pittsburgh February 7 at Stage AE and a pair of tickets to see them would provide memeories for a lifetime.

The Pittsburgh Fanatic:
It’s easy to pick up a Steeler shirt almost anywhere, but how abou something more uniquely Pittsburgh? Check out 3 Rivers Clothing that has quite a few great pieces including sweatshirts, tees, and our very own Pittsburgh Music Magazine teebads. They also run Brand 216 ClothingLine_GJfor those family members in Cleveland you don’t talk about while in SouthSide. LiveNow Streetwear has come out with their Pixburgh Realers Crewneck Image 1that is super cool (check out their new video here). And while we are on the clothing kick, we love Brandon’s stuff over at Pittsburgh based company Dead Bury Dead. The feel of a lived in tee with great designs, Dead Bury Dead deadburyhas a great story and awesome products.

The Style Conscious:
The hottest trend today seems to be the monthly sample box from various companies. One of the coolest and also most economical to come out is BirchBox for Men, Women, and now Home. birchbox-man-home-600x358-3You can get 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions and they will receive a box filled with samples of all sorts of goodies according to the types of products that most interest them. To really indulge someone check out Pittsburgh based Fluhme. TiffanyFluhme-aFluhme is a premiere cosmetics company dedicated to skin care.

The Impossible:
We all have that person on our list who is just impossible. Gift certificates seem to always please these unpleasable creatures, but to where? We would highly reccommend the Amazon gift certificate, Etsy Gift cards, and EBay has gift certificates. These sites seem to have something to please even those who have everything. For those a bit more adventurous try Design Tuscano The-Contortionist-Skeleton-Side-Tablefor the home, Uncommon Goods has some very unique and unusual stuffuncommon-goods, and last but not least you can always get them a gift to just mess with their fickleness such as the jellyfish_moodlamp (1)LED Jellyfish Mood Lamp!

The Activist:

For some people a gift for them is just not appropriate, they would much rather you consider their activism for others. If you are not exactly sure, and not comfortable enough to ask, here are some suggestions:
The Human Rights Campaign, HumanRightsCampaignseeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans. They have some awesome giftwear as well as memberships that will show someones support for equality for all people. For the animal lover The ASPCA 5882378does so much for all animals that a contribution really does make a difference. They also have giftwear and collectibles besides membership. For those concerned with the environment, check out Conservation International 1195729_300who partners with governments on local, regional, and national levels around the world to deal with high priority areas of concern. From Brazil to China, from the U.S. to Liberia, they engage nations in a common goal — to preserve natural resources for the benefit of all life on Earth.

The Dog or Cat Lover:

For the dog lover in your life there is a membership box that they can receive holding goodies and toys according to the size of their fur babies. Bark Box bboxis a welcome addition to the monthly box competition for your furry friends or your friends with dog kids. For those with cats in the mix Bestfriendboxbox has something for both dogs and cats.

We hope that you got at least one or two ideas from our list, or at least some entertainment. Good luck with your holiday shopping and when you are not burning through your credit and debit cards Pittsburgh Music Magazine will be here to keep you up on the latest and greatest in music.

Coheed and Cambria Premiere “The Afterman” Music Video

Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me 2013 Tour Dates

Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

Black Dahlia Murder: A Pittsburgh Pictorial

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The Black Dahlia Murder derived their name from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, and in Pittsburgh the absolutely killed. With influences ranging from Carcass, At the Gates, Darkane, Dissection, Darkthrone, Morbid Angel, The Haunted, In Flames, Dimension Zero, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Pantera and Megadeth- the band has an interesting mix of very hardcore genres.

Mainly sticking to the genres of melodic death metal, metalcore, and deathcore, when asked to describe what kind of music the band plays, Strnad commented: “I’ve always said that we’re melodic death metal. We are mostly influenced by Swedish bands and Carcass. The heavy end of our sound is the American style creeping in, with some Floridian influences like Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation and that kind of stuff. We’ve been labeled more often because of our look than our sound, which is dumb, and speaks volumes about what kind of geniuses are out there!”. In an interview with Uranium Magazine, Strnad also stated, “Some bands that get labeled as metalcore are actually good, like Between the Buried and Me or The Red Chord. Metal is what I grew up with, and then I learned about punk and hardcore. But a lot of our ethics, the way we carry ourselves, is more punk…I like that hardcore has a sense of community without the competition you see in metal.”

The only disappointment for many of the Pittsburgh fans was the “early” start of BDM. Most shows at Stage AE start about an hour after doors open, but BDM went on pretty early (6:30) causing many to miss part or all of their set.

-all photos property of AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

Between The Buried and Me and Coheed and Cambria Tour (Pittsburgh 2/7)

Coheed and Cambria + Between the Buried and Me 2013 North American Tour Dates:
Feb. 04 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb. 05 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb. 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb. 08 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Feb. 09 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Feb. 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb. 12 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb. 14 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb. 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
Feb. 17 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb. 19 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb. 21 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 25 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb. 26 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Mar. 01 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
Mar. 02 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Mar. 03 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Mar. 05 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar. 06 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Mar. 07 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Mar. 08 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Mar. 10 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar. 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Mar. 14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar. 16 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

Between the Buried and Me: The Parallax 2: Future Sequence Could Be The Metal Release of the Year

If you have spoken music to our COO, Alan, lately you have probably heard him raving over Between The Buried and Me’s latest release, The Parralax 2: Future Sequence. “Killer, crushing, mind blowing, Thelonious Monk meets Maiden/Rush/Prong’s love child meets melting your face, THEE release of 2012…”- the guy won’t stop talking about it. And for good reason, this effort is five star plus with no reservations.

Unfortunately for BTBAM, the day their latest came out we got this tough touring news update- “Between The Buried And Me’s bus caught fire this morning in England. There are no injuries and no equipment was damaged. There is no effect on the band’s tour. Tour manager Courtney Warner adds: “As of now, we are at a service area awaiting transportation to a hotel. A new bus is on its way. We shouldn’t miss any shows because of this. All gear, luggage, personal items and most importantly, people, are all good. We just stink like smoke.”

Paul Waggoner elaborates: “Fuel line done broke. Dadgum flame come shootin out. Peeewwww eeehhhhh sometin’ stank. Crazy British feller come hollerin, “Bus on fire, ya’ll git.” Climb up the ol’ hill barefoot and look back at them flames shootin sky high. Firemen folk come rushin up real quick like and squirt that fire plum out. It was lucky nobody was hurt, not even a stubbed toe. Luggage stank like a Mississippi cow pie on a mid-July heat.

Hopefull, come tomorra, a new horse n’ buggy come. We’ll giddy on up to Belgium town for a good ol’ fashioned hootnanny.


The 12-track album was described by Tommy Rogers (vocals, keyboards) as: “A conceptual journey that takes the listener to worlds that seem familiar and worlds that make you scratch your head.” The band’s 2011 predecessor, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues EP, laid the groundwork for the story behind the Parallax releases, Prospect I and Prospect II.

Listen to what others are saying:

Loudwire described The Parallax II as “quintessentially brilliant,” while awarding the release a perfect score. Alternative Press said the band “continue to dominate progressive metal” and are musically “expanding on every already-top-notch aspect.” Outburn called the album “otherworldly,” while Decibel added that BTBAM are “one of progressive metal’s most singular, unique and genuinely progressive bands.”

Do us a favor here at PMM- check them out, get Parallax 2, and get our boss to stop already- he had us at Between The Buried and Me.

A number of aural and visual clips have been released leading up to the release with the most recent addition audio clips from the entire release, which can be found here: The band has also released a stunning, effects laden video for “Astral Body” and a series of instructional videos (guitar, bass and drums) for “Telos”:

North American tour dates for 2013 are forthcoming.

All dates below w/Periphery and The Safety Fire opening:
Oct. 10 Antwerp, Belgium Trix
Oct. 11 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
Oct. 12 Cologne, Germany Luxor
Oct. 13 Munster, Germany Sputnikhalle
Oct. 14 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
Oct. 16 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen
Oct. 17 Gothenberg, Sweden Sticky Fingers
Oct. 18 Hamburg, Germany Logo
Oct. 19 Berlin, Germany Lido
Oct. 20 Prague, Czech Republic Rock Café
Oct. 22 Bratislava, Slovakia Randall Club
Oct. 23 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kert
Oct. 24 Vienna, Austria Szene
Oct. 25 Munich, Germany Backstage
Oct. 27 Novara, Italy Rock’n’Roll Arena
Oct. 28 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo
Oct. 29 Stuttgart, Germany Universum
Oct. 30 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
Oct. 31 Paris, France La Maroquinerie
Nov. 2 London, UK Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 4 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest

All dates below w/Animal as Leaders opening:
Nov. 8 Osaka, Japan Avenue A
Nov. 9 Nagoya, Japan 3Star
Nov. 10 Tokyo, Japan Aube
Nov. 11 Tokyo, Kichijoji Club Seata
Nov. 13 Perth, Australia Amplifier
Nov. 14 Adelaide, Australia Fowlers
Nov. 15 Brisbane, Australia The Zoo
Nov. 16 Melbourne, Australia Corner Hotel
Nov. 17 Sydney, Australia The Metro
Nov. 19 Wellington, NZ Bodega
Nov. 20 Auckland, NZ The Kings Arms

THE SAFETY FIRE Premieres New Track by Track Video

After an extremely busy summer playing Download Festival, Brutal Assault, Hevy Festival and supporting heavyweights GOJIRA overseas, THE SAFETY FIRE is excited to be joining PERIPHERY and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME for a month-long tour of Europe. In regards to the tour, guitarist Derya ‘Dez’ Nagle comments: “It has been a while since we last toured Europe and the UK and quite frankly, we can’t wait for it. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME are one of our favourite bands and to share a stage with them every night for over a month is just awesome. Then to be reunited with our brüs in PERIPHERY after our US stint with them will no doubt be a fun time for all. We shall see you at the shows, come by the merch stand and get involved in the jokes!”

THE SAFETY FIRE will be touring in support of their debut album, Grind The Ocean, which was released to critical acclaim at the beginning of April this year through InsideOut Music. To watch a new track by track video commentary for Grind The Ocean (featuring guitarist Dez and vocalist Sean McWeeney), please head over to Metal for the exclusive premiere:

6th October // Leeds – Cockpit – UK
7th October // Bristol – O2 Academy – UK
8th October // Southampton – The Brook – UK
10th October // Antwerp – Trix – Belgium
11th October // Amsterdam – Melkweg – Netherlands
12th October // Cologne – Luxor – Germany
13th October // Muenster – Sputnikhalle – Germany
14th October // Copenhagen – Lille Vega – Denmark
16th October // Stockholm – Debaser Slussen – Sweden
17th October // Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers – Sweden
18th October // Hamburg – Logo – Germany
19th October // Berlin – Lido – Germany
20th October // Prague – Rock Café – Czech Republic
22nd October // Bratislava – Randall Club – Slovakia
23rd October // Budepest – Durer Kert – Hungary
24th October // Vienna – Szene – Austria
25th October // Munich – Backstage Halle – Germany
27th October // Novara – Rock N Roll Arena – Italy
28th October // Zuerich – Dynamo – Switzerland
29th October // Stuttgart – Universum – Germany
30th October // Frankfurt – Batschkapp – Germany
31st October // Paris – La Maroquinerie – France
2nd November // London – Shepherds Bush Empire – UK

THE SAFETY FIRE has always pushed the boundaries of technical, progressive metal since their inception. With their expansive atmospheres and soaring melodies, it’s easy to see why vocalist Sean McWeeney, bassist Lori Peri, drummer Calvin Smith and guitarists Derya “Dez” Nagle & Joaquin “Jo” Ardiles are now at the forefront of their ever growing genre.

“Right now the UK progressive metal scene is extremely healthy, and the emergence of THE SAFETY FIRE is about to provide another boost.” — METAL HAMMER

“Complex forwarding thinking metal… You have to be pretty damned good to stand out from the crowd these days. London crowd THE SAFETY FIRE do so by using the oldest trick in the book – by writing proper, solid songs.” — ROCKSOUND

“If you’re on the lookout for great progressive metal in 2012, these guys come highly recommended.” — GUITAR WORLD

“Imagine a startling mix of AT THE DRIVE IN and KARNIVOOL , melded to the fluid harmonics of THE MARS VOLTA,the distracting glories of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and the sonic flows of CIRCLES…The album is a tempestuous maelstrom of consuming emotions and atmospheres layered upon polyrhythmic disinterested structures and expansive and attention grabbing melodies and vocal harmonies.” — THIS IS NOT A SCENE

“‘Grind The Ocean’ is soothing yet fierce, familiar yet unexpected, and a great debut.” — HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY

“THE SAFETY FIRE’s music is dynamic and diverse throughout each song, able to capture and maintain a listener’s attention across their multiple 6-minute epics.” — METAL SUCKS

To purchase Grind The Ocean, please head over to CM Distro or iTunes.