NK (Featuring Members of Envy On The Coast, Dillinger Escape Plan) To Support Fall Out Boy on Spring Tour From 5/21-5/26

NK (Featuring Members of Envy On The Coast, Dillinger Escape Plan) To Support Fall Out Boy on Spring Tour From 5/21-5/26

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Check out Band’s Lyric Video For “Shoulder Gorilla”



Nothing To Be Gained Here LP on May 21 Via Triple Crown Records


Album Produced By Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, O’ Brother)


Pre-Orders Now Available



Long Island, NY’s NK (featuring members of  Envy On The Coast, Dillinger Escape Plan) will be supporting Fall Out Boy on their spring tour from 5/21-5/26. See dates below.


5/21 Pittsburgh, PA     The Stage AE


5/22 Detroit, MI          The Fillmore


5/24 Toronto, ON        Sound Academy


5/25 Montreal, OC     Metroplois


5/26  Boston, MA        House Of Blues



The band recently posted a lyric video for the song “Shoulder Gorilla”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHkKfbEDXks


The track appears on NK’s debut LP, Nothing To Be Gained Here, out May 21 via Triple Crown Records.


Alarm Magazine describes the song as, “Heavy-ass hip hop with a side of Patton?” and then goes on to say, “As music lovers, we await those rare projects that combine familiar and new elements in unique, indescribable ways. Comprised of singer/guitarist Ryan Hunter (Envy on the Coast), bassist Michael Sadis (The Rivalry), and drummer Billy Rymer (The Dillinger Escape Plan), NK is one of those projects…. a mash of Deftones-style groove riffs, heavy hip hop, shoegaze, post-punk, and soulful down-tempo jams, topped by Hunter’s alternate croons and half-raps. On “Shoulder Gorilla,” he channels his inner Mike Patton — specifically, Patton’s collaboration with The X-Ecutioners — as dirty synths and dirtier guitars bang heads across the land. And this all comes courtesy of one of the least-boring “lyric videos” that we’ve ever seen.”


Nothing To Be Gained Here takes the listener through the multiple personalities of the band, creating a powerful trip for the listener. The album’s peaks and valleys are strung together by the monstrous and soulful rhythm section, comprised of Michael Sadis on bass and Billy Rymer on drums (Dillinger Escape Plan), as well as Ryan Hunter’s (Envy on the Coast) visceral and uninhibited lyrics and vocal style. On “Confessional”, “Shoulder Gorilla”, “Kings” and “Set a Fire”, the band shows their affinity for heavy music, with Rymer giving the listener a bit of his signature drumming style he’s become known for, but also embracing a more open, deeper style of playing we haven’t heard on his prior work. Abrasive guitars and fuzzed out bass tones match Rymer’s style of playing, while Hunter’s vocal style is a fusion of rhythmic aggression and a unique approach to melody. On “Vacation Days” and “Memo”, the band turns down the gain and embraces a warmer, down-tempo, soulful side. With Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, O’ Brother) and Hunter taking on production duties, Nothing To Be Gained Here, is an extremely rhythmic, lyrically dense, and dynamic debut full length.


Pre-orders for the album have launched on the Triple Crown website. The LP will also be available in 3 limited edition vinyl color ways (orange, blue and clear) starting in mid-June.


To pre-order: http://www.merchdirect.com/TripleCrownRecords/NK/?artistid=2596.

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NK will play a hometown record release show on 6/15 at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville, NY with Shone, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves & Happy Body Slow Brain. Tickets for the show can be purchased through the band (http://www.merchdirect.com/NK/Tickets/OlliesPointTicketPosterBundle/?productid=16920) or the venue (http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail;jsessionid=qAnD66x2VdUzSpdbUDJqew**.node10?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3527934).


NK will be announcing additional tour dates shortly.


View the Nothing To Be Gained Here album teaser here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5D2qCbS1VVo.






Dillinger Escape Plan Pulverize Pittsburgh’s Altar Bar 4/25/13

I’ll just come right out and admit it.  I was a DEP virgin before last Thursday.  Hard to believe that even though I have been a fan for around a decade that I never did get a chance to see one of the most enigmatic bands on the prog/mathcore metal scene ever.  The band that I first became curious about after seeing a picture of Greg Puciato diving from an absurd height above the stage into the crowd.  The band that hit me to the core with their music, bruising my guts, and tripping my mind out lyrically at the same instant.  The band that totally stood me on my head when they released “Plagiarism”, an EP of four covers and two originals  that ranged from Soundgarden’s ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ (daring, ambitious, and ballsy) to Justin Timberlake’s ‘Like I Love You’ (holy shit…you can do that?).

Dillinger Escape Plan has been around since 1999 in various configurations, but it really was not until 2001 when Greg Puciato came on board when the ball started to truly roll.  By 2004 Greg was solidified and DEP were making music history.  Their performances are legendary.  So, it was with great expectations that I came to Pittsburgh’s Altar Bar last Thursday.  DEP did not disappoint   Neither did the Steel City crowd.  After being battered and bruised in the pit for the first three tunes, including the new ‘Prancer’, I took a step back to recover and also marvel in the participation that Greg took the crowd into and the wild swinging guitar antics that Ben Weinman flew into while the rest of the band held it down.  It was all I was hoping for and more.  I literally dropped my jaw in awe.  many moments when I should have been taking photos I had to just take it all in and let my mind wrap around the scene before me.  The beautiful, chaotic, carnal, harmonious yet disjointed attack of sound and sight that split and turned and folded back into itself like hell candy for your ears was priceless.

All Photos  ©2013 AWeldingPhoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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GLOOMBALL Release New Video and More Info on Debut Album

Available May 7th in North America on Steamhammer/SPV    

The automobile and energy industries prove it on a daily basis: they swear by hybrids, in other words a homogeneous mix of different components which blend past, present and future. German newcomer act Gloomball apply similar parameters in terms of their artistic orientation. Their debut album is called The Distance and documents an amazing diversity of styles, influences and ingredients. “We refer to our material simply as rock music, but you could also call it alternative metal or modern rock,” guitarist Björn Daigger, who composed the majority of the tracks together with vocalist Alen Ljubic, explains, adding: “At the end of the day, our range includes elements from pop to death metal. In addition, there are classic orchestra parts as well as ultra-deep seven-string guitars. There are no stylistic taboos in Gloomball.”

Since 2010, Gloomball have developed from a project which was initially limited to pure studio work to a hot live act and have long had their baptism of fire, continuing to impress growing numbers of fans with their dynamic style. They have played with top acts such as Dillinger Escape Plan, Ektomorf, Neaera, Ignite, Parkway Drive and Axxis without getting the short end of the stick. So it’s no surprise that it didn’t take long for renowned record companies to express their interest in this band.

Additional strong arguments for the justified public interest were Gloomball’s two demo releases which document beyond doubt just how talented and at the same time mature this young group is. Four songs from this creative era have made it onto The Distance: ‘Hand In Blood’, ‘Better Place’, ‘Long Time Gone’ and ‘We Do Belong’. All four numbers have of course been rerecorded to adapt them to the band’s current style. In addition,The Distance features seven brand-new tracks plus an impressive cover version of Robert M. Tepper’s ‘No Easy Way Out’ from the movie classic ‘Rocky IV’.

So fasten your seatbelts, make sure your seat is in an upright position and refrain from smoking when Gloomball move in for the kill with rock numbers such as ‘Overcome’ and ‘We Do Belong’. Driven by hard-as-nails guitar riffs courtesy of Daigger and fellow-stringsman Jossi Lenk, Basti Moser (bass) and Danny Joe’s (drums) uncompromising rhythm section and Alen Ljubic’s haunting, never pushy melodies, the twelve songs on The Distance drill themselves like barbs into your aural tract. All those who prefer their music really nastywill love ‘Blown Away And Gone’, while ‘Your Sorrow Inside’ sees Gloomball opt for a different style, producing progressive sounds for a change.

Talking of sounds: a lot of the music on The Distance has deep lyrics and a personal note. “Buried all my hopes, throw it overboard, I’ll go on without you, I’m better off alone, can’t stand your lies, hate the way you hide, I’ll kill you quick, you are no more on my mind,” sings Ljubic on ‘More And More’, delving deep into interpersonal themes and problematic relationships. The intensity of these lyrics suits the urgency of the overall sound, which is tough yet transparent and rich in detail.  To cut a long story short: The Distancepresents a holy alliance of music, lyrics and production which does the rock music genre proud.

What else can we say about these amazingly confident newcomers? Well, Gloomball have brought a fresh breeze and surprising complexity to the rock music scene, which you will be able to witness for yourself during their impending tour. As Daigger says: “This music belongs on the stage, and we can hardly wait to present The Distance live to our fans as often as possible in the coming months.” You won’t have to wait long for Gloomball to play a venue near you, so get ready for even more impressive feats by this brilliant band.

The debut album The Distance is out on SPV / Steamhammer:

Germany April 26th

Europe April 29th

USA / Canada June 4th


You can watch the video here:



Overcome * Burning Gasoline * The Distance * Blown Away And Gone * More And More * No Easy Way Out * Better Place * Long Time Gone * We Do Belong * Your Sorrow Inside * Hand In Blood * Living With My Tender Pain






EYES SET TO KILL Confirmed as Direct Support for North American Tour with H.I.M.

EYES SET TO KILL is thrilled to announce that they have been confirmed as direct support for H.I.M.’s upcoming North American tour.  Kicking off in May, the tour will be running through select major markets, with two shows in both New York City and Los Angeles.  EYES SET TO KILL will also play four headlining shows in Mexico prior to the H.I.M. dates, and are confirmed for the Rockin Roots KRAB Festival in June.   A full list of dates can be seen below.


EYES SET TO KILL will be going into the studio with producer Steve Evetts [Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence] to work on their next album and debut for Century Media Records.  The band has graced the covers of USA Today, and Outburn Magazine, and has been prominently featured in a number of other publications, with inclusions on numerous ‘bands to know’ lists and is a favorite in Revolver Magazine‘s annual “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock and Metal” issue.  With critical acclaim and three previous releases landing on the Billboard Charts, listeners will undoubtedly have lofty expectations for the upcoming EYES SET TO KILL album.




4/18 – Aguascalientes, MX @ Seven Sins

4/19 – Mexico City, MX @ Multiforo Alicia

4/20 – Guadalajara, MX @ Rock N Live

4/21 – Puerto Vallarta, MX @ Senor Frogs

w/ H.I.M.

5/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

5/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

5/5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore

5/8 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

5/9 – Toronto, ON, CA @ Danforth Music Hall

5/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

5/11 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

5/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts


6/8 – Bakersfield, CA @ Stramler Park



For more information on EYES SET TO KILL, please visit:





THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will release One of Us is the Killer in May

The trailblazing band, whose creative energy and unwavering artistic commitment has reverberated through underground subculture and in tastemaker circles alike since the late 1990s, return with renewed passion and unrivaled skill with their fifth full-length album.

One of Us is the Killer is set to be released through the band’s own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records (Animals As Leaders, The Faceless, Periphery) in North America. Party Smasher’s partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House (Helmet, Cancer Bats, Funeral For A Friend) for Japan and Remote Control (Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, MIA) in Australia.

The new Dillinger Escape Plan album was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, The Cure, Suicide Silence), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman’s studio. Mastering will be handled by Tom Baker (Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys).

The album represents a new holistic pinnacle of the band’s constantly evolving and engaging dynamics. The band will launch worldwide tours in 2013, beginning with a handful of headlining dates that have just been released.

Dillinger’s mind-bending meld of metal, rock, experimental ambience and melody first reared its head with a 6 track EP on hardcore indie Now Or Never Records, quickly followed by Under the Running Board on Relapse. The band earned a reputation as a fearless act on the live stage, committing their minds, bodies and spirits to the exhibition and visceral release of performance and often brutalizing stages, gear and themselves along the way. Calculating Infinity became the gold standard for the emerging “math-core”/”math-metal” movement, earning a place in author Martin Popoff’s “Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.” Kerrang! included the album in the “100 Best Rock Albums of All Time” and presented the band with their Spirit of Independence Award.

Mike Patton invited the band out on tour with Mr. Bungle, which eventually resulted in the collaborative EP on Epitaph Records, Irony is a Dead Scene. Miss Machine blew the doors open further, cementing the band’s legacy around the world with jaw-dropping performances at festivals and all over the road. It also began the creative partnership between Weinman (one of Spin Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, AP’s 10 Best Guitar Slingers and Guitar World’s Top 25 Cult Guitarists) and vocalist Greg Puciato, whose uncompromising stage presence and versatile vocal ability knows no boundaries. Revolver Magazine included him on their list of the Greatest Metal Frontmen Of All Time.

Ire Works saw the band making their national television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, as well as multiple international tours, which included a stop at the Soundwave Festival where Nine Inch Nails invited them on-stage to perform “Wish.” The band’s collaborative nature persists, with members of Dillinger collaborating both on-stage and off with members of System Of A Down, Mastodon, Jane’s Addiction, Deftones, Kimbra, Wyclef Jean, Puscifer, Mars Volta and Devin Townsend, among others, in addition to Weinman’s work scoring films and more.

Option Paralysis was the first official release through Party Smasher Inc., with distribution through Season Of Mist. Revolver Magazine awarded them a Golden Gods award as “Best Underground Band,” even as VH1’s Metal Evolution declared them “the world’s most dangerous band.”

One of Us is the Killer finds Weinman, Puciato, longtime bassist Liam Wilson and drummer Billy Rymer in top form, emphasizing Dillinger Escape Plan’s fierce independence, staunch individualism and loyalty to their unique vision which has long followed them on-stage and off.

This new era in The Dillinger Escape Plan begins now. In the coming weeks, look for more information surrounding the album and tours. Party Smasher Inc. will be home to innovative releases from Dillinger, associated projects and other band curated work in the coming years.

Upcoming The Dillinger Escape Plan Live Appearances:

April 20 Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal & Hardcore Festival w/ Opeth, etc.
April 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
April 27 Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
May 2 Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Live – Golden Gods Awards w/ Metallica, Anthrax, etc.
May 8 Chicago @ Reggies
May 19 San Francisco @ DNA Lounge
May 20 Anaheim @ Chain Reaction
July 5 Roskilde (Denmark) w/ Sigor Ros, Animal Collective, etc.
July 6 Metaltown (Sweden) w/ Slipknot, Motorhead, Clutch, etc.

Official Dillinger Escape Plan Merch