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Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan And Red Fang To Tour North America This Fall!

God damn you guys get some good tours. This was teased before the weekend, but it’s been made official today: Mastodon will be touring this October onwards in support of The Hunter, which is out September 27th on Reprise Records, and I literally cannot fucking wait for. Luckily I won’t have to wait as long

Intronaut Announce North American Headlining Tour With The Ocean As Support

A day for tours? A day for tours. In our second announcement for drool-worthy tours, we are proud to bring you another bomb with Intronaut taking North America by storm with Germany’s The Ocean as support. A long and progressive tale ties the two bands, as they have collective ly played nearly 100 shows together . This tour should push them over that landmark when the bands make their way across North America hitting major cities in the US and Canada. Tour dates below! 03/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy 03/16 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick 03/17 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground 03/18 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad 03/19 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre 03/20 Lawrence, KS – Aftershock 03/21 Ft Worth, TX – Tomcats 03/22 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog 03/23 Houston, TX – Walters 03/24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade 03/25 Tampa, FL – Orpheum 03/26 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall 03/27 Charlotte, NC – Rabbit Hole 03/28 Washington DC – Rock And Roll Hotel 03/29 New York, NY – Marlin Room at Webster Hall 03/30 Boston, MA – Middle East 03/31 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz 04/01 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace 04/02 Detroit, MI – Loving Touch 04/03 Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club 04/04 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre 04/05 Winnipeg, MB – Goodwill 04/06 Regina, SK – Exchange 04/07 Edmonton, AB – Skylite 04/08 Calgary, AB – Dickens 04/09 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre 04/11 Seattle, WA – Crocodile 04/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre 04/13 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill The Ocean will be playing songs from Pelagial , Transcendental , and Precambrian , while Intronaut will be playing The Direction of Last Things in its entirety, as well as some other tasty goodies. Don’t miss this tour. Do not.

Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.

Destrage Are You Kidding Me? No. 01. Destroy Create Transform Sublimate 02. Purania 03. My Green Neighbour 04. Hosts, Rifles & Coke 05. G.O.D. 06. Where the Things Have No Colour 07. Waterpark Bachelorette 08. Before, After and All Around 09. – (Obedience) 10. Are You Kidding Me? No. [03/04/14] [Metal Blade] It’s hard to describe the Italian insanity that is Destrage . While they have elements of Sikth , The Dillinger Escape Plan and alternative rock in their music, they have a very consistent sound somehow. They gained fame with their sophomore album  The King Is Fat’N’Old  in 2010 and now they’re faced with the critical moment in their career, can they follow it up with something equally good, if not better? Well, they’ve succeeded, Are You Kidding Me? No. is even crazier and catchier than their previous work. Am I kidding you? No. While The King is Fat’N’Old was a great album chock full of memorable songs, it was also a bit inconsistent in its tone. Some songs were very heavy, whereas others were drawn out ballads. While variety is always great in an album, tying the two ends together properly is also paramount. Destrage’s newest album (henceforth to be called AYKMN) has a sound that is spread out in a better way than their previous work. The songs flow much better, and as blast beats turn into acoustic sections the seamlessness of it all never ceases to amaze. AYKMN is easily their most progressive work. The guitar work is crazy, being reminiscent of Sikth, yet having its own flavor. There is so much groove in every song, and the technical riffs contrast very well with the groovy parts and big choruses. There are a bunch of other elements thrown in there as well, the occasional salsa section, 80s influences and even some electronica that is tastefully done. Vocalist Paolo Colavolpe deserves a lot of praise. He has high Sikth-esque screams, versatile clean vocals and even low growls. A lot of the songs have extremely memorable melodic sections that just beg to be sang along to, and his vocal delivery is what really sells them. The fact that he can also accompany breakdowns, Pantera -esque groovy riffs, straight-up Dillinger style insanity and everything else the band throws out there is a testament to how great he really is. While all of the riffing in the album is excellent and unforgettable, the vocals are just as important. Many bands often fall into the trap of emphasizing either the vocals or instruments, but Destrage offer a mix of the two that is just right. While the music is incredible, there is also an issue with the album. Just like its predecessor, AYKMN’s production is a bit… odd. While everything is audible and nothing is over-produced like many of their modern contemporaries, the album is very noisy. The overbearing snare sound from TKIFAO is still present, if not as extreme as it used to be. The guitars are also slightly too fuzzy like the previous album. While these issues aren’t a huge deal in a vacuum, they make listening to the album for extended lengths quite tiresome, and if the abrasiveness of the sound was curbed a bit, it would have sounded perfect. It’s definitely a minor issue and not a deal-breaker though. In the end, this album is great. It’s easily Destrage’s best work yet, full of simultaneously catchy and crazy tunes. Every song is extremely memorable and enjoyable to hum along to. The way Destrage blend the best elements from many genres to create accessible yet interesting songs is definitely something that needs to be heard to be believed. Are You Kidding Me? No. is a masterful mix of insanity and catchiness at their best. Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No. gets… 4.5/5 – NT

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