The Dillinger Escape Plan have been very busy, from the Revolver Golden Gods Awards performance, the new video for “When I Lost My Bet,” the new lyric video for “Prancer,” the stream of “Nothing’s Funny“…
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.
For those fans of THE SAFETY FIRE with serious withdrawal symptoms, the band has put together a special film documenting their time away. Rather appropriately it’s been dubbed the “Stache Tour Diary 2012,” and it can be viewed here:
At the end of January, THE SAFETY FIRE will kick-off an 11-date UK tour with tech-metal behemoths THE FACELESS, making sure that 2013 begins with an almighty bang. Guitarist Derya “Dez” Nagle had this to say about the tour and the past year:
“This has been an absolutely amazing year for TSF. Aside from releasing our debut album, touring the States and Europe and playing some amazing festivals, we have had the pleasure of playing with some awesome bands. We are glad to see the trend is continuing on into 2013, with what is set to be an amazing tour with THE FACELESS. Exciting times ahead. Hype.”
Dates can be found below:
THE SAFETY FIRE tour dates feat. THE FACELESS
February 9 – Leeds – The Cockpit
Read on for a few reviews of THE SAFETY FIRE’s Grind The Ocean:
“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
The Faceless tore into Pittsburgh on their ‘Deconsecrate the Nation’ Tour on Sunday December 9, 2012 to support their latest release, ‘Autotheism’. With a sound that has evolved over the years into a mature prog-metal awash with influences ranging from every genre, The Faceless have settled in to become a dominant force within their respective corner of the music world. The beatific sounds of ‘Autotheism’ are completely recreated live without the use of amplification and with the use of a MacBook, thus synthesizing the old world with the new world in a blend of fury and passion. Michael Keene’s vision has come full circle with this lineup and his clean vocals and guitar style juxtaposed with Geoffrey Ficco’s vox and brutal delivery produces a combination of perfect intelligent anger. Witnessing them live comes down to a religious experience and those who come to worship at their church nightly will praise their ability to bring it full force with uncanny acuity night after night. In an exclusive interview in the green room of the Ironworks in Pittsburgh, Michael “Machine” Keene sat down with Pittsburgh Music Magazine’s editor Kait Begley to discuss the new record and the influences that pushed their sound to it’s current state:
The HAARP Machine brought their eclectic style of prog-metal to the Ironworks in Pittsburgh last night and showed all in attendance what the future of metal holds. Founded in 2007 out of England, HAARP belongs to an elite set of new comers who feel and sound like they have been ruling stages for decades. Their debut ‘Disclosure’ is an amazing blend of styles masterminded by Al Mu’min guitar prowess that are highlighted by snippets of eastern instrumentation and the addition of Michael Semesky’s vocal range surrounded by masterful musicianship by Oliver Rooney’s bass and Alex Rudinger’s percussion in the math metal vein. Al Mu’min states: “Our debut album is an amalgamation of many influences across the spectrum and lyrically addresses many of the socioeconomic and political issues in our society today. We hope it will open doors for listeners and broaden their musical horizons as well as spark an interest in areas that dictate our lives, but are swept under the rug to maintain the status quo and keep the populace aloof to the sick capitalist venture of the big money cartels. We feel very fortunate to be in this position and wish to use this opportunity to spread the word on social change via the application of the scientific method for the betterment of humankind. There IS an alternative to the un-sane society we live in and it is our duty to this planet and all its inhabitants to awaken the sleepers. We can no longer ignore the writings on the wall. The time for change is now (Sumerian Records Website).”
The HAARP Machine derive their name from The HAARP Project or High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. HAARP is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories involving the project being blamed for triggering catastrophes such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and devastating earthquakes in Pakistan and the Philippines, major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. If one would go to The HAARP Machine’s Facebook page and look for more specific information on the band, one would find links to www.thezeitgeistmovement.com, www.anonnews.org, and www.thevenusproject.com. But these guys are not fanatics pouring it down the listeners or fans throats, rather they seem to present ideas to explore and awaken to. Regardless, ‘Disclosure’ is indefinitely one of the strongest debuts of the year and seems to be only the beginning for The HAARP Machine.
After witnessing their live set (opening for The Faceless) it became clear that the band is poised to set a strong stakehold in the metal community and more than likely will be headlining their own shows in no time at all. Songs such as ‘Esoteric Agenda’ and ‘Pleiadian Keys’ were absolutely flawless and awe-inspiring performances that sent chills. The entire band was outwardly gracious with their audience and the buzz after the show was what an experience everyone was lucky enough to have been a part of, the kind spoken of years later when the rest of the world catches up. Special thanks to Mike, Al, Oliver, and Alex for an awesome evening…we look forward to many more in the future. After concluding their first US run of dates, HAARP will take a few weeks off and then prep for a UK tour.
All photos property of AWeldingphoto, KBegelyphoto, and Pittsburgh Music Magazine
THE FOLLOWING IS A “VIDEO” INTERVIEW WITH THE HAARP MACHINE THAT IS MEANT FOR AUDIO PURPOSES ONLY!!! SORRY, THE LIGHTING WAS IMPOSSIBLE!!!
Massachusetts metallers REVOCATION will kick off their North America headline tour presented by Scion A/V tonight October 18th in Trenton, NJ. The tour runs through November 17th in Manchester, NH. Support on the tour will come from A Life Once Lost and KEN mode.
In conjunction with the tour, Scion A/V is released a new EP from REVOCATION earlier this month. The EP is titled Teratogenesis and features the first recordings with the band’s new bass player Brett Bamberger. The EP is available for free download HERE.
REVOCATION have also announced that they will be touring with The Faceless and The HAARP Machine this November and December. The tour is slated to begin November 27th in Ogden, UT and will wind up December 14th in Tucson, AZ. A complete list of all dates can be found below.
Drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne commented on the upcoming tours:
“Whats up RevoNation! We’re very excited to kick off our US headliner with A Life Once Lost and KEN Mode, and then jump right into our winter tour with The Faceless and The HAARP Machine! Its gonna be a ripping time, with beers, boobs, and blast beats aplenty. So come hang out with us, and be a part of the many good times ahead. See you there!”
Frontman Dave Davidson added:
“Fellow metalheads! We are about to embark on our headliner starting tomorrow with A Life Once Lost and KEN Mode and we couldn’t be more excited to hit the road! We’ll be playing material spanning all our releases including a few choice cuts from our new EP Teratogenesis. As soon as our headliner ends we’ll be heading back out with the Faceless and The HAARP Machine for further shredtastic adventures. See you fuckers soon!!!”
REVOCATION is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact the relevant publicity contact listed below. Updated REVOCATION news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website, the REVOCATION Facebook page.
REVOCATION w/ A Life Once Lost and KEN Mode
* = No KenMode
10/18: Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage at Champs*
10/19: Quebec City, QC @ L’Union Commercial
10/20: Toronto, ON @ WreckRoom
10/21: Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
10/22:Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
10/23: St Paul, MN @ Station-4
10/24: Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
10/26: Calgary, AB @ Vern’s
10/27 : Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/29: Tacoma, WA @ The Lochs
10/30: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
10/31: Portland, OR @ Rotture
11/1: San Francisco, CA @ The Sub Mission
11/2: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
11/3: Tempe, AZ @ Chaser’s
11/4: El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock
11/5: San Antonio, TX @ Korova
11/6: Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/9: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung-Fu Necktie
11/11: Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
11/12: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
11/13: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11/14: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
11/17: Manchester, NH @ The Paper House
REVOCATION With The Faceless and The Haarp Machine
11/27: Ogden, UT @ Mojoes
11/28: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
11/29: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
11/30: Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
12/1: La Porte, IN @ Game Emporium
12/2: Toledo, OH @ Frankies
12/3: St. Catharines, ON @ Barracuda Pretty
12/4: Windsor, ON @ KOC
12/5: London, ON @ Rum Runners
12/6: Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
12/7: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
12/9: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks
12/11: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon
12/12: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
12/14: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
BATTLECROSS ON TOUR WITH FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, POP EVIL, EMMURE AND GOD FORBID
With the mindset to create a sonic metal assault unlike any other, childhood friends, Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala, set forth on the path to shred and abandoned the idea of following any trends. The guitar slinging duo brought an infused style of old school metal with dark elements of thrash and death metal and destined to find the right members.
Struggling for years to find reliable and dedicated members, the true formation of BATTLECROSS was born in 2007 when Drummer Mike Kreger responded a want ad, and added a machine-like, brutal precision on the drums, and proved to be just the right match for Tony and Hiran’s mature and technical style of thrash. Bringing a whole new level of musicianship and intensity with his quick finger picking and tasty solos, Bassist Don Slater joined the group, bringing a skill and technique that impresses even the most prolific bassists. The thrash metal band was finally complete when popular area vocalist, Kyle “Gumby” Gunther joined the band. Known for his command of the stage and alternating deep growls with high pitched screams, Gumby punishes the audience and inspires pits of rage.
Together, the five-piece create an unforgettable and energetic live show that decimates their audience with raw energy and persistence, that has earned a style of their own: “Blue Collar Thrash Metal”, in reference to the hard-working, ‘never give up’ attitude of those who hail from the Motor City.
This reputation for technical talent, humility and kick ass live shows resonated throughout the regional metal scene and BATTLECROSS soon became a fan and band favorite. Sharing the stage with the likes of Dying Fetus, GWAR, Devil Driver, The Absence, Vital Remains, The Faceless and Metal Fests throughout the Midwest, BATTLECROSS began to bang heads nationally with a nod from MySpace-A Place for Metal’s 2008 ‘Best Unsigned Metal Band’ contest, for being ‘Metal Sucks’ worthy, Mike Kreger’s crowning as Sickdrummer.com & Zildjian’s ‘Sickest Dirt Fest Drummer’ and featured on local, national and global metal radio.
…and after years of persistence and dedication, BATTLECROSS is celebrating their hard work and prolific future by signing with Metal Blade Records.
“We are extremely honored to join such a respected label and humbled by their belief in our music. We’re stoked to be part of a label that has a great roster of bands we all admire and respect!” says Tony. Hiran adds, “We understand the hard work and pavement pounding that is required of a Metal Blade band and we are going to work our asses’ off to show the world what we’re about”
Incorporating many elements of extreme thrash, death and tech metal, creating a precise blend of fist pumping brutality, intensity, and drive, BATTLECROSS satisfies both the tech-metal guru and the old-school die hard alike.
The band’s Metal Blade debut is set to release August 2nd, 2011, followed by a tour that will bring a face melting thrash metal assault. The band’s Metal Blade debut was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Random Awesome Recording Studio in Bay City, MI and produced by BATTLECROSS and Josh Schroeder.
Metal Blade debut, full-length album out August 2, 2011 (North America)