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Singled Out (9/26 – 10/2): New Music From The Faceless, Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, and More!

Singled Out is our weekly column to round-up the singles and new tracks from the past week dropped by bands we cover. Consider this our weekly mix to help keep you all on top of the latest releases from across the metallic and progressive spectrums. Read past entries here , and go on ahead below to get Singled Out! Coheed and Cambria – “Eraser” Coheed’s use of a chunky, hyper-distorted guitar tone and their trademark enthusiasm are in full swing here. The “Gravity’s Union”-esque tone in the intro quickly gives way to Claudio Sanchez’s trademarked high-pitched croon and a chorus that shows off the band at their jangliest and most poppy. Despite the defiantly malign undertone, the upbeat drive of this track is incredibly hard to resist; it’s hard to resist a smile when listening to “Eraser”. The whole song reeks of the band’s typical sickly-sweet vibe, the tangy tones of modern alternative rock splashed with the emotive and lush sound of Mars Volta-style prog. It’s a potent combination, and it’s served the band well in the past. We’ll see how it serves them on The Color Before The Sun come October 16th, but seeing as this is Coheed, I can guarantee it’ll be somewhere between amazing and fucking godly. -Simon Handmaker Driftoff – “Dying Light” We’ve often been highly skeptical of supergroups on this blog. That’s why it’s refreshing to hear a collaboration between giants of a certain sub-genre sound so damn cohesive and self-aware. Driftoff combines talent from Junius , Rosetta and City of Ships , all names that are downright seminal in their own fields. The first taste of this heady brew is “Dying Light” and it’s a perfect introduction into the post-punk/hardcore that is Driftoff’s measure. Let us skip over the obviously delicious guitars and drums and focus on the vocals. Put briefly, they are outstanding. Merging the two different styles that are most often heard in this sort of music, they draw on both harsher, raspier sounds that hark to mother-band Rosetta while the more emotional vocals are firmly grounded in the history of the scene. Long story short, this is both new and traditional, fresh and yet wholly recognizable. Get excited for this release. -Eden Kupermintz The Faceless – “The Spiraling Void” After a period of silence and line-up shuffles, out of nowhere, The Faceless are back! As one of the more visible and accessible bands in technical death metal, them putting out new music is always worth watching. This time, they’re back with The Spiraling Void , and it’s such a warm, welcoming feeling to hear the trademark Michael Keene riffing again. Going back to elements of their older sounds and retooling them to create this new tune, the band sound reinvigorated. They’ve brought back the slight Cynic influence from Akeldama , and the more progressive leaning sound from Autotheism ; and the end result is something instantly recognizable as The Faceless. Original singer Derek Rydquist is back, and Justin McKinney of The Zenith Passage is now also on guitar duties. It makes a lot of sense to have Justin on board, as his band is also influenced in turn by The Faceless. Michael Keene’s vocoder cleans from Akeldama are back, the extended solo sections over arpeggios from Autotheism are back, and Planetary Duality ‘s riff style is all over. Basically, The Faceless are back in full force. While they haven’t officially announced a new album, they’re touring with new material so this can only mean one thing. We’ll get our faces shredded off. -Noyan Tokgozoglu Megadeth – “Fatal Illusion” When the years go by and the dust settles, there will be many questions asked about our times: why were there so many wars? Why did it take them so long to go to space? Space is freaking awesome! One of these questions will undoubtedly be: why did Megadeth make more than two or three albums? They clearly ran out of ideas years before they finally took a bow. Don’t believe me that this will be the case? All you need to be convinced is to listen to “Fatal Illusion”, given that the track name itself hasn’t put you to sleep already. If the soporific name wasn’t enough, one listen to the track should be. It has zero new ideas: the guitars are all where you expect them, the pointless shredding follows and above it all is crowned the voice of the man, the ego, the washed out, Dave Mustaine. That is, if you can find it below all the effects and layers they’ve put on it to hide the fact that the man just can’t sing any more. To be sure, he surrounds himself with talented musicians, he always has, but as always he completely under utilizes them. Whatever shine this man’s name once had has disappeared, the glamor is gone and all that’s left is a boring rivet in the already collapsing machine that is “old school thrash”. -Eden Kupermintz Mestis – “Pura Vida” Javier Reyes is rather underrated, but I guess that can happen when you’re the second guitarist in a band where the primary guitarist is one of the most famed one of recent years. This should only be a testament to Javier himself though, as it means he’s up to par. His solo project Mestis had an EP a few years ago, and it was just delightful. Combining Latin and jazz elements with the groovier aspects of the Animals As Leaders sound, the record left many wanting for more. Well, fret not (pun intended), as there’s new Mestis material! It’s still chock full of that relaxing-yet-engaging sound. For “Pura Vida,” Javier has recruited Mario and Erick from fellow guitar-and-chill band Chon , and the combination works well. The track is a bit more mellow and melancholic than the Mestis usual (though admittedly we have a very small sample size to discern the Mestis sound), but that is most likely due to the Chon influence. Either way, this makes us only more excited for Polysemy , the next Mestis outing, which is coming out on the 6th of November. -Noyan Tokgozoglu Revenge – “Wolf Slave Protocol” As I mentioned in my Starter Kit for Bestial Black Metal , Canadian-based Revenge are not only my personal favorite band in the subgenre, but the current poster-boys for anyone wishing to point out why the style is so viciously primal in the best way possible. As the band gears up for their latest, Hemingway-esque titled album Behold.Total.Rejection , they have released the savagely titled lead single “Wolf Slave Protocol (Choose Your Side),” and while claiming that a band is going through the motions may seem like a critique, in the case of Revenge, “going the motions” translates to eviscerating everyone in a one-inch radius. Every instrument blares in a flurry of sound and aggression that initially startles and then commands complete attention. People can may question the quality of this single and Revenge in general, and that is ok; we are all allowed to be wrong about some things. But not a single person can dispute the fact that Revenge is one of the most sonically violent band operating today, and this single both proves that assertion and should stoke anyone keen to truly abrasive metal. -Scott Murphy

Former Death Members Unite For ‘Death to All’ 2013 Charity Tour

Death to All: Facebook On Dec. 13, 2001, the world of death metal lost its official MVP. In a recent tribute to Death frontman and late legend Chuck Schudiner, the charitable ‘ Death to All ‘ tour was put together in mid-2012 with an all-star lineup of metal heroes, and in 2013, Death to All hits the road once again. The 2012 Death to All dates were performed by Death guitarists Paul Masvidal (‘Human’), Shannon Hamm (‘The Sound of Perseverance’) and Bobby Koelble (‘Symbolic’), bassists Steve DiGiorgio (‘Human’ / ‘Individual Thought Patterns’) and Scott Clendenin (‘The Sound of Perseverance’). The original string of dates also included drummers Sean Reinert (‘Human’) and Gene Hoglan (‘Individual Thought Patterns’), along with various special guests. The 2013 Death to All dates will once again feature ‘Human’ musicians Masvidal, DiGiorgio and drummer Sean Reinert. Completing the lineup and filling the massive shoes of Chuck Schuldiner will be vocalist / guitarist Max Phelps of Cynic / Exist. Once again, proceeds from the Death to All shows will go towards Sweet Relief , an organization which helps provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to stay out of debt while facing illness, disability or age-related issues. Check out the full list of 2013 Death to All tour dates below! Death to All 2013 Tour Dates: 04/13 – W Hollywood, Calif. @ House of Blues 04/15 – Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theater 04/18 – Detroit, Mich. @ St Andrew’s Hall 04/19 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House Of Blues 04/20 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s 04/21 – Chicago, Ill. @ House Of Blues 04/23 – Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda 04/24 – New York, N.Y. @ Irving Plaza 04/25 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theater For Living Arts 04/26 – Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore 04/27 – Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium 04/28 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre 04/29 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador [button href=”” title=”Listen to Death’s ‘Leprosy’ (Live)” align=”center”]

How to Destroy Angels Reveal Initial Stops for 2013 North American Tour

Facebook: How to Destroy Angels For those of you who didn’t get tickets before Coachella sold out, there will actually be more shows this spring where you can catch Trent Reznor ‘s band  How to Destroy Angels performing live for the first time. Coachella remains the band’s first scheduled performance, as the group will take the stage on April 12 and 19 at the Indio Polo Fields. However, the collective has just announced stops in Las Vegas, Monterey (Calif), San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Montclair (N.J.) and New York. In their posting about the new shows, How to Destroy Angels cautioned, “These are the only dates we have scheduled right now. To preemptively answer the ‘when you are coming to my city/country?’ questions: We just don’t know. Right now the dates above are the only dates. There are some other announcements coming soon that will impact this as well.” Reznor & co. will be offering direct pre-sales for the limited number of tickets to the shows, with pre-sales beginning Feb. 27. How to Destroy Angels’ ‘Welcome Oblivion’ album is currently streaming online ahead of its March 5 album release date. How to Destroy Angels 2013 North American Tour 4/12 — Indio, California — Coachella 4/13 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Pearl Theater 4/17 — Monterey, Calif. — Golden State Theater 4/18 — San Francisco, Calif. — Regency Ballroom 4/19 — Indio, Calif. — Coachella 4/21 — Denver, Colo. — Paramount Theater 4/23 — Chicago, Ill. — Vic Theater 4/25 — Toronto, Ontario — Sound Academy 4/27 — Boston, Mass. — House of Blues 4/28 — Montclair, N.J. — Wellmont Theatre 4/29 — New York, N.Y. — Apollo Theater [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch How to Destroy Angels’ ‘How Long?’ Video” align=”center”]

Black Veil Brides + Bring Me the Horizon Join 2013 Vans Warped Tour Lineup

Mary Ouellette, / Simone Joyner, Getty Images The 2013 Vans Warped Tour just added some harder edge to their lineup with the announcement that both Black Veil Brides and Bring Me the Horizon have signed on for this summer’s bill. The two bands are definitely among the bigger acts playing the festival, with Black Veil Brides already seeing positive turnout for their ‘ Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones ‘ album and Bring Me the Horizon receiving quite the buzz for their upcoming ‘ Sempiternal ‘ disc. Vans Warped officials have been revealing acts for the summer run with weekly announcements, and Black Veil Brides and Bring Me the Horizon were announced this week along with August Burns Red , Never Shout Never and Psycho White. Black Veil Brides are expected to play the entire run, while it’s been revealed that Bring Me the Horizon will be on board for shows between June 19-Aug. 4. The latest group of bands joining the Vans Warped Tour will share the spotlight this summer with Hawthorne Heights, Chiodos, I See Stars , Like Moths to Flames, letlive. , The Black Dahlia Murder , Tonight Alive, blessthefall , Memphis May Fire and more. The Vans Warped Tour launches June 15 at Seattle’s White River Amphitheatre and runs through Aug. 4 at Houston’s Reliant Center Parking Lot. Tickets are available for all of the shows here . To see the full lineup of Vans Warped bands and which dates they are playing, click here . 2013 Vans Warped Tour Dates: 6/15 — Auburn, Wash. — White River Amphitheatre 6/16 — Portland, Ore. — Expo Center Parking Lot 6/19 — Chula Vista, Calif. — Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 6/20-1 — Pomona, Calif. — Pomona Fairplex 6/22 — Mountain View, Calif. — Shoreline Amphitheatre 6/23 — Ventura, Calif. — Ventura County Fairground at Seaside Park 6/26 — Las Cruces, N.M. — NMSU Practice Field 6/27 — Mesa, Ariz. — Quail Run Park 6/28 — Las Vegas, Nev. — TBA 6/29 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Utah State Fairpark 6/30 — Denver, Colo. — Sports Authority Field at Mile High 7/3 — Noblesville, Ind. — Klipsch Music Center 7/5 — Toronto, Ontario — The Flats – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 7/6 — Darien Center, N.Y. — Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 7/7 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center 7/9 — Virginia Beach, VA — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 7/10 — Columbia, Md. — Merriweather Post Pavilion 7/11 — Mansfield, Mass. — Comcast Center 7/12 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center 7/13 — Uniondale, N.Y. — Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 7/14 — Hartford, Ct. — Comcast Theatre 7/16 — Scranton, Pa. — Toyota Pavilion 7/17 — Burgettstown, Pa. — First Niagara Pavilion 7/18 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — Blossom Music Center 7/19 — Auburn Hills, Mich. — The Palace 7/20 — Tinley Park, Ill. — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 7/21 — Shakopee, Minn. — Canterbury Park 7/23 — Kansas City, Kan. — Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 7/24 — Maryland Heights. Mo. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7/25 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 7/26 — St. Petersburg, Fla. — Vinoy Park 7/27 — West Palm Beach, Fla. — Cruzan Amphitheatre 7/28 — Orlando, Fla. — TBA 7/29 — Charlotte, N.C. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7/30 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center 7/31 — Milwaukee, Wis. — Marcus Amphitheatre 8/2 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion 8/3 — San Antonio, Texas — AT&T Center 8/4 — Houston, Texas — Reliant Center Parking Lot [button href=”” title=”Next: Check Out Other 2013 Must-See Rock Concerts” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead Announce New Run of 2013 North American Tour Dates

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Hollywood Undead got a jump on 2013 by releasing their ‘ Notes From the Underground ‘ album early in the year. They followed that with a quickie tour around North American supporting the effort, but rest assured that the January run was not the only dates they’ll play stateside this year. The band just announced a new leg of dates launching March 4 in Reno and running through March 27 in Providence. The band will have Dance Gavin Dance and Abandon All Ships supporting on select dates. Dance Gavin Dance will play the first four stops of the trek in Reno, Boise, Spokane and Portland before giving way to Abandon All Ships, who will open on a majority of the remaining dates. Hollywood Undead are promoting their ‘Notes From the Underground’ album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in early January. The disc has already spawned the hit single, ‘ We Are .’ For ticket and VIP package offers, be sure to check their official website here . Hollywood Undead March 2013 North American Tour Dates: 3/4 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory Concert House 3/6 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory Concert House 3/7 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory Concert House 3/8 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland Theater 3/9 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Rickshaw Theater 3/11 — Calgary, Alberta — MacEwan Hall Ballroom 3/12 — Edmonton, Alberta — Starlite Room 3/13 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Odeon Events Centre 3/15 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — Garrick Event Center 3/16 — Fargo, N.D. — The Venue @ The Hub 3/19 — London, Ontario — London Concert Theatre 3/20 — Toronto, Ontario — The Phoenix Concert Theatre 3/21 — Guelph, Ontario — Guelph Concert Theatre 3/23 — Jonquiere, Quebec — Theatre Palace Arvida 3/24 — Quebec City, Quebec – Imperial de Quebec 3/25 — Laval, Quebec — Marcellin-Champagnat 3/27 — Providence, R.I. — Fete (Ballroom) [button href=”” title=”Next: Johnny 3 Tears on Hollywood Undead’s New Album” align=”center”]

Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm + More Reveal Dates for 2013 HardDrive Live Tour

Jo Hale, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, As announced last week, Bullet for My Valentine will be headlining the fifth annual ‘HardDrive Live’ tour this year, and now there are dates and a confirmation on all the support acts for the 2013 run. The trek launches April 12 in Denver at the Fillmore and continues through a May 22 finale at Milwaukee’s Eagles Ballroom. Bullet for My Valentine will be joined on the run by the previously revealed Halestorm and Young Guns , as well as newly announced upstarts Stars in Stereo. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday (Jan. 25). Bullet for My Valentine’s Matt Tuck says, “We’re super stoked to be touring America again. We’re going to be bringing the big hits and big guns. With the new album (‘ Temper Temper ‘), our fourth, we’ve got loads of songs to choose from. Thanks to HardDrive, sky’s the limit in the States!” Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale adds, “HardDrive has been such a huge part of us breaking in the last couple of years. The show has always supported us and what we do. We can’t wait to get back on the road in front of real rock fans with our friends in Bullet, Young Guns and Stars in Stereo. It’s going to be a great time.” Bullet for My Valentine are currently ramping up to the release of the ‘Temper Temper’ album on Feb. 12. Halestorm, meanwhile, are continuing promotion of the 2012 effort, ‘ The Strange Case Of… , ‘ while Young Guns are seeing their audience grow thanks to their 2012 disc, ‘Bones.’ Stars in Stereo are touring in support of their self-titled effort, which features their current single ‘The Broken.’ Bullet for My Valentine / Halestorm ‘HardDrive Live’ 2013 Tour Dates: 4/12 — Denver, Colo. — Fillmore 4/13 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Great Salt Air 4/14 — Boise, Idaho — Revolution Center 4/16 — Reno, Nev. — Grand Sierra Theater 4/17 — San Francisco, Calif. — Warfield 4/19 — Pomona, Calif. — The Fox 4/21 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee 4/23 — Dallas, Texas — House of Blues 4/24 — Houston, Texas — Warehouse Live 4/30 — New York, N.Y. – Roseland 5/1 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium 5/3 — Silver Spring, Md. — Fillmore 5/5 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Electric Factory Outdoors 5/7 — Toronto, Ontario — Sound Academy 5/8 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Expo Center 5/10 — Buffalo, N.Y. — Town Ballroom 5/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room 5/15 — Minneapolis, Minn. – Myth 5/17 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Stage AE 5/19 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater 5/21 — Chicago, Ill. — Riviera 5/22 — Milwaukee, Wis. — Eagles Ballroom [button href=”” title=”Check Out the Must-See Rock Concerts of 2013″ align=”center”]

Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation + More to Embark on 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour

Decibel Magazine Crushing! Absolutely crushing! Decibel Magazine brought an incredibly evil tour headlined by Behemoth last year and a massive celebration for their 100th issue with Converge and Pig Destroyer this past weekend, but the publication has outdone itself once again with a 2013 tour featuring Cannibal Corpse , Napalm Death and many more. If your skull just happens to be in one piece and you’d like to change that in the near future, we highly recommend these upcoming North American dates. Beginning on May 10 in Houston, Texas, Cannibal Corpse will headline the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour along with support from legendary grinders Napalm Death and death metal maniacs Immolation along with Beyond Creation, Cretin and Magrudergrind. These acts are all truly awesome, and are certain to keep North American crowds energized and entertained at each stop. Cannibal Corpse remains as one of death metal’s most legendary acts, having released their 2012 full-length, ‘Torture,’ to acclaim from both audiences and critics. “We’re psyched to be headlining this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour along with Immolation and Napalm Death,” remarks Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster in a press release. “This is a lineup of bands that have been a consistent part of the death/grind scene for decades, and we’re proud to be a part of it. It will be a legendary night for extreme music.” Napalm Death also experienced a career-defining year in 2012, releasing the masterful ‘Utilitarian,’ which landed at No. 2 on our Top 10 Metal Albums of 2012 list. Check out the full list of tour dates below! 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour Dates: 5/10 – Houston, Texas @ Fitzgerald’s 5/11 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees 5/12 – San Antonio, Texas @ Backstage Live 5/14 – Tucson, Ariz. @ The Rock 5/15 – Ramona, Calif. @ Ramona Mainstage 5/16 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory 5/17 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oakland Metro 5/18 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom 5/19 – Seattle, Wash. @ El Corazon 5/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom 5/22 – Calgary, Alberta @ MacEwan Ballroom 5/23 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Starlight Room 5/24 – Regina, Saskatchewan @ Riddell Centre 5/25 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ The Garrick 5/26 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Mill City Nights 5/28 – Chicago, Ill. @ Bottom Lounge 5/29 – Detroit, Mich. @ Harpos 5/30 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom 5/31 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Phoenix 6/01 – Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda 6/02 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale 6/04 – New Haven, Conn. @ Toad’s Place 6/05 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 6/06 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer 6/07 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Peabodys 6/09 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Pops 6/11 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade 6/12 – Orlando, Fla. @ Beacham [button href=”” title=”Check Out the Must-See Metal Concerts of 2013″ align=”center”]