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Between The Buried And Me Announce Co-Headlining Tour With August Burns Red; Good Tiger And The Faceless Supporting

Between the Buried and Me is proud to announce a co-headlining tour with friends August Burns Red ! After extensively touring for Coma Ecliptic [ review ] in 2015, the ride isn’t slowing down in 2016 as the North Carolina band will embark on a fourth North American leg in support of their most recent release. As support, we have the tumultuous The Faceless —who recently solidified a lineup Brandon Giffin on bass, Derek “Demon Carcass” Rydquist on vocals, and Justin McKinney on guitar to support Michael Keene—and the very strong-out-of-the-gate favorites Good Tiger ! If you’re not familiar with Good Tiger, make sure to check out our review of their debut, A Head Full of Moonlight , because it’s excellent and you should really be jamming it. Tour dates below! Between The Buried And Me | August Burns Red co-headline tour dates w/ The Faceless & Good Tiger Mar. 4 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom Mar. 5 – Richmond, VA @ The National Mar. 7 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Mar. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Landing Mar. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Mar. 10 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen Mar. 11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Theater Mar. 12 – St Louis, MO @ Pageant Mar. 14 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall Mar. 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex Mar. 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Mar. 17 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Mar. 18 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues Mar. 19 – San Bernardino, CA @ Self Help Festival | NOS Event Center Mar. 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Mar. 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Mar. 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Mar. 24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo Mar. 25 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Mar. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Mar. 28 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall Mar. 29 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Mar. 30 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre Apr. 1 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Apr. 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre Apr. 3 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s Apr. 5 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Apr. 6 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom Apr. 7 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex Apr. 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Apr. 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Apr. 10 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre Apr. 12 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Apr. 13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ Lupos Apr. 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore Apr. 16 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall Apr. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall Between The Buried And Me tour dates May 6 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion May 22 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range See you on the road!

Vice or Virtue – Enlightenment

Vice or Virtue Enlightenment 01. The Movement 02. Pariah State 03. Book Of Lies 04. Resource 05. Immokalee [2013] [Self Released] Vice or Virtue , hailing from Richmond, VA, are debuting their sound with the EP Enlightenment . Actually, that’s not quite right. A more accurate statement would be that they’re re-debuting other bands’ sounds with this first release. There’s a ton of influence involved with this EP, obvious nods to contemporary progressive metal behemoths like TesseracT , Periphery , and the all-too-often-imitated Meshuggah , combining thick picking patterns segmented by rests with obviously heavy palm mutes and dissonant interjections accompanied by unvarying drums in never-deviating rhythm, clever tom fills excluded. Lying underneath, you can hear the uninspired melodies of keyboards used simply as a an atmospheric device rather than a full instrument as is the norm, basically wasting an opportunity to do something different in a genre that’s become incestuous in sound. “Uninspired” and “generic” would be two words one could use to classify this EP, as it mostly draws from tropes found in other, already established bands with analogous overtones providing little more than a copycat listening experience. Further still, we find the needlessly enigmatically named “ Mr. Person ” on vocals singing uncomfortably out of his range and finding flat notes all too often. Similarly problematic, vocal sections with the intention of harmonizing sound terribly off-key, producing little more than a cringing effect instead of eliciting chills of well-constructed voicings. The genre staple screams aren’t anything special, simply being a stark contrast to the provided cleans and not necessarily noteworthy one way or another; throwaway at best. The music itself can simply be described as less than derivative, never going out of its way to construct a new listening experience in a world full of “me too” bands. If you’re in search of heavy palm mutes and dissonant notations to break the repetition, you will definitely not be left wanting, with David Yerly providing the rhythm guitars and Corey Williams taking the lead in this ordinary adventure. On drums, we have the resourceful Dan Gibbes , who seems a more than competent drummer, but is heavily underutilized. The real gem in all this, however, is bassist John Miklosovic , going out of his way to perform above and beyond a lot of others in the genre and actually being heard instead of readily being mixed out in favor of having the guitars and vocals be the stars of the show. There are moments of brilliance, however. For example, at about the 3-minute mark in ‘Resource’ , there’s a bit where everything comes together in a sort of symphonic homage with a beautiful wall of sound, quickly ruined by a misplaced “djent” section which feels shoehorned in for the sake of a transition, which is then quickly succeeded by pick scrape leading into a straight shot of chugs where everything comes together—the keyboards come to the forefront in a pleasing melody accompanying the vocals, the guitar drops out to offer a straight rhythm alongside the bass and drums, simply offering elegant straight sixteenths. This next part is the kicker, though, because the song forgoes its metal intention with a bluesy progressive solo to take us to the end of the track, allowing both the guitar and bass talents to shine. This bit is reminiscent of Opeth ‘s lead sections, but forgoes the surrounding twelve minutes of redundant riffs. Furthermore, at about the halfway mark of ‘Immokalee’ , the band takes a more subtle approach, dropping the entire idea of being a ridiculous “djent” band and defying the repetitive sound, allowing the bass to shine before the guitars swell in to tastefully take the proverbial stage. Rhythm guitar is nothing out of the ordinary with crunchy fifths as a groundwork, but the lead guitar takes an out-of-genre approach with a heavily-delayed, high voicing evocative of many tried-and-true post-rock techniques before fading into an unnecessarily long ending of over-produced keyboard wankery. This EP isn’t bad , but it’s just another example of over-saturation of a sound—progressive metal with heavy palm mutes, clean and harsh vocals singing about God-knows-what (feelings or space or something), both consistently trading traditionally in peaks and valleys of sonic aggression. And despite the oscillation, it’s simply too identical to other bands already doing the same thing. It’s perfect for fans of the type, though, so don’t be turned off to these fine djentlemen. Vice or Virtue succeeds when they’re exploring areas outside of their intended purpose. There’s a lot of material to work with and a great deal of talent involved, and none of it should be wasted trying to be another TesseracT or Periphery. 3/5 – KG

Testament’s Alex Skolnick + Eric Peterson Talk Thrash on Fox Station

Facebook: Testament Whenever a metal band gets some attention from the mainstream media without having to go on a drunken or drug-fueled rampage, we as fans definitely count it as a win for our beloved subculture. However, it’s even greater when a hilarious dichotomy is created between vanilla news anchors and metal musicians, which is what happened earlier this week (Feb. 21) when Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson of Testament stopped by a Fox news program in Michigan. Skolnick and Peterson are 2/5 of the current all-star Testament lineup, who are currently headlining the ‘ Dark Roots of Thrash ‘ tour. Shortly after filming a concert DVD in Long Island, N.Y., the duel shredders stopped by Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, Mich. to talk thrash with one of the most hilariously nerdy news anchors on the planet. The guitarists remained incredibly light-hearted during the interview, even when challenged with pressing questions such as, “What’s this thrash metal?” and “25 years you’ve been doing this. (Actually it’s 30, but who’s counting?) How do you maintain your music and not, you know, fall, you know, I guess, everything else, making you guys change the way you do your music? How do you keep it the same?” to which Skolnick replied, “It’s not the same,” while Peterson offered a more detailed answer about not allowing yourself to become too commercial. Skolnick offered some interesting insight on their live shows, noting that Testament are still bringing in young fans while keeping the old school thrashers as well. He explained, “Maybe the first time around with the band, it might have not been a show you would bring your family [to]. Now, you’ve got families coming. You’ve got kids who weren’t even born yet when our first album came out showing up with their parents who were fans back in the late ’80s or early ’90s.” Skolnick and Peterson even invited the Fox host to stage dive at tonight’s show, although the anchor politely declined. Check out Testament’s Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson’s appearance on the Fox 17 below! Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson Talk Thrash on Fox 17 [button href=”” title=”Next: Check Out Our Review and Photo Gallery From Testament’s NYC Show” align=”center”]

Joey Ramone Auction to Offer Singer’s Personal Record Collection, Passport + Other Rarities

RR Auction A massive auction is happening for any Ramones fan with some extra cash to burn. Possessions from late, legendary vocalist Joey Ramone  that include part of his record collection, some of his clothes, handwritten lyrics, his rolodex and even his long-expired passport are being auctioned off. According to Billboard , who have posted tons of pictures of the possessions set to be sold off, auctioneers will be selling 97 pieces of vinyl once owned by Joey Ramone. Some of the records up for sale include titles from Led Zeppelin , the Who, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop , KISS , the Doors, Elton John and more. RR Auction will be selling the albums, which are in “overall very good to fine condition” according to RR, only with some scattered creases and “small tears to sleeves, affixed price tags and labels and marks.” The albums come from the Joey Ramone Estate, and the collection has been verified by Joey’s brother Mickey via a letter of authenticity. Joey Ramone’s rolodex is full of business cards from heavy hitters such as ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School’ producer Allan Arkush along with individuals from Epitaph Records, EMI, Geffen and many others. The most interesting item for sale is arguably Joey Ramone’s personal passport, which was issued to him on Sept. 9, 1986. The passport is signed by Joey, whose birth name, Jeff Ross Hyman is printed legibly on the document. The punk rock legend, who passed away from cancer in 2001, put out a posthumous album, ‘…Ya Know?,’ full of previously unreleased rarities last year. [button href=”” title=”Joey Ramone, ‘What Did I Do to Deserve You?’ Song Review” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Randy Blythe, Volbeat + More

Mary Ouellette, Here’s a look at the top stories of the day on Loudwire and around the Web: – Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe has begun to stand trial in the Czech Republic for a controversial manslaughter charge. Find out what’s going on and Randy said in court here. [ Loudwire ] – Guitarist Rob Caggiano has joined Danish rock band Volbeat only one month after leaving thrash legends Anthrax. [ Loudwire ] – Despite expectations of Tool releasing a new album in 2013, vocalist Maynard James Keenan has stated that there will be no Tool record released this year. [ Loudwire ] – Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will be hosting E! television show ‘Chelsea Lately’ for an entire week. [ Loudwire ] – Pantera beat out Metallica to win the 2013 Loudwire Rock Bowl! [ Loudwire ] – Beatles record player sells for over $12,000. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – The ‘Sound City’ film finally premiered, which was created by Dave Grohl and features Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor + many more. So how was it? Check out this review! [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Check out’s list of the 10 Best Hardcore Bands. [ ]

Jason Newsted on New Band Dynamics, Besting Justin Bieber on iTunes + Tour Plans In the first part of our exclusive interview with Jason Newsted , he discussed his new EP ‘Metal,’ as well as the influence of his former Metallica bandmate James Hetfield, among other topics. In Part 2 of our interview, Newsted delves into the relationships he has with the members of his new band (which aptly goes by the name Newsted), the satisfaction of beating pop star Justin Bieber on an iTunes chart and plans for future releases from his new group. Read Part 2 of our Jason Newsted interview below: How much of the sound of this new material came down to the fact that you did this as a three-piece. There are certain points where I hear almost jazz-like drumming and then it just turns around and kills. And interaction and response like that sometimes seems to come more easily when you have three guys that are focused on each other and locked in. Right and these three people, you know, the one thing that’s the most valuable in any [grouping of] players is the years that they’ve spent together and how they’ve learned to become one and how they learned to become that gelling thing, like any great band that finds that place. So we’ve been together for long enough and we all have enough chops under our belts from previous [bands] and other things that we’re able to do that. Now that we have five years together as a trio, we know what’s going on and [guitarist] Jessie [Farnsworth] and Jesse [drummer Jesus Mendez] have 10 years together playing, so you can’t deny that stuff. And that’s why it does sound the way it does, the way it syncs up like that. You can’t replace that. It’s the very most invaluable thing to have in a band. I could have put together a supergroup — and I had it all drawn out and everything and I still might [do that] someday — but that’s not what’s going on here for these songs. These cats are hard workers — they’re disciplined and they’re not drugged and they’re ready to go at it with me. They’ve paid their dues and it’s time for some credit for them. Being able to live vicariously through them as they [experience things for the first time], like when we finished the video and they saw the first clip the other day, they were just freaking out. And I remember that feeling, you know? And I’m really happy for them in that way. If I got supergroup guys — people bring in their baggage and they also bring in the stuff that we were just talking about. How could we get in all of those years with the guys you want to put in the supergroup if you already spent all of your years with another group? You wouldn’t have that [same feeling]. There’d be great music and everybody’s like a virtuoso and great players and all of that kind of thing, but in order to get that real, real long sink your teeth into it kind of riffs, it takes a while to gel it. It seems like it’s very important for you to make music with friends these days. It’s definitely important to get along with everybody. That’s really the thing, now that so much time has passed and I’ve played with lots of people. If I’m going to get serious about something, it has to be people that I really dig that are strong in their own right — go-getters and all of that. Jessie Farnsworth — the guitar guy — he’s done his own records, writing all of the songs, lead guitar guy, frontman — all of that stuff on his own. [He’s] very accomplished. Jesus has been in all kinds of different bands, for a long, long time. They’re already accomplished in their own way, to step up and support me and believe in my vision and all of that kind of thing. It’s very helpful to have people that are that in tune with it and still are that hungry. I don’t really have to be hungry, but I am and that’s kind of cool. What were the lyrical drivers for these songs? Looking at the lyrics, there’s a lot of different things going on, topically. I’ve been writing lyrics for a long, long time. You look around you and see what you’re taking in from all of the data that’s in front of our faces all of the time. And that’s kind of from different stories and different things that mean something to me personally. ‘King of the Underdogs,’ there’s a little personal story vibe in there. ‘Skyscraper’ is about terrorists and you’ve gotta read in between the lines there. ‘Soldierhead’ is for all of our military service personnel guys and girls … you hear such crazy stories about all of that and I met so many thousands of soldiers in my life traveling around the world and they’ve always been so supportive of the metal, so that’s my tip of the hat to them. I’m glad that everybody loves the song for what it is, because it can represent something for all of us as they represent us. ‘Godsnake’ is a little bit deeper and it has to do with judging people. I’ve made the mistake in my travels of judging people and then getting really slapped in the face with it. I think [that’s a problem] in our society with modern day [society] anyway, at least in North America, with reality shows and all of these things where people are almost encouraged to judge others. You know, ‘The Biggest Loser’ and this guy and this addict and this person [let’s] judge these girls for being too skinny and these girls for being too beautiful and blah blah blah. We’re really more than ever, encouraged to judge and I think that this one is about: don’t judge – be careful. If God came down as a snake, how would you judge him? I have my notebooks and stuff and I’ve been writing poems for a long, long time. So I just pull stuff out that makes sense to me and adheres to the music. It has to tell the story. I don’t want to do any wasted words anymore. These aren’t Flotsam lyrics anymore, you know? [Laughs.] This is the first of a three-pronged release plan. How representative is the material on this EP in comparison to the next two EPs and ultimately, the full album that’s going to come out? That’s a good question — I can’t give up too much! [Laughs] I’ve got a little plan. It’s all heavy music – like we started our conversation – it’s all heavy music. The logo says “Newsted Heavy Metal Music” and that’s what all of the 11 songs are. Some are more musical than others — some are heavier than others, some are more metal than others, but they’re all three, every one of them, [made up of “heavy music”], so that’s all I can really say about that. The plan is to do three batches and depending on how the fans respond to it — how long the legs are on each one — I’ll release them accordingly. But we’ve got them already recorded. They’re already done. Anthony Focx came in and helped us record. We just went in for a couple of weeks and did 11 songs. He’s the guy that worked on Aerosmith and the Metallica stuff for ‘Guitar Hero,’ so that was a big deal that he came in and helped us out and captured our thing, because he pretty much put the mics on, turned the light on and we just went for it. We were able to capture the moment, so we were lucky in that way for sure. So, will the final album going to lay out in the sequence that we’re hearing it on the EPs? Yeah. The full plan is that like today, being the initial release day for the iTunes download….which is No. 1 today on iTunes by the way. I’m pretty psyched up about that. Actually right now, I have three albums that I played on in the Top 10 in iTunes. We’re No. 1 and ‘Justice’ is three and ‘Black Album’ is seven or something like that, so that’s kind of crazy. I did something right there along the way. So anyway, we do the iTunes release first and [now you can visit] [to order] the actual CD package with lyrics, and that will happen each time. So it will be available to start shipping physical copies, two weeks after each iTunes release. And then at the end of that when the final one comes and it’s the culmination of all three EPs in one thing, it will be out on vinyl with some of my artwork and all of that stuff. So it’s kind of a grand plan and I want to have it out in all forms eventually, however each individual likes to take their music on. That’s my ultimate goal is to have it out on CD, vinyl and for iTunes. And it seems like all of this material is coming out conveniently with the last round arriving just in time for you to hit the road for summer touring. Yeah, that’s kind of the plan. I’m getting a lot of offers now and some pretty cool ones. People are coming with respect and that’s what has to happen. It doesn’t have to be big money, because that’s definitely not what it’s about this time. As long as we’ve got good gigs and we’re at a good place on the bill and my band is safe with decent accommodations and the venues are reputable, we’ll take it wherever we possibly can. With the current state of the industry, it seems like everytime you make music, you’re forced to adjust to all of the things that have changed since the last time you put something out. Putting this new material out in stages, was it difficult to break it up into pieces instead of just putting it out as a full traditional album? It was actually easier and better this way and seemingly more comfortable. I think there’s about 30 or 40 percent of the old avenues left that I knew when I stepped out on the top of the metal mountain. It was different then. Things had just started coming with piracy and all of that stuff and it was just a different world when we went out with ‘Black Album’ and ‘Load’ and all of those things, it was a very, very different world. So now there’s 30 or 40 percent of the same old ones, where you’ve got to take it to the people, no two ways about that and then the 60 or 70 percent that’s all new avenues that I need to maybe unlearn some of the old ones and relearn the new ones. And I’m trying to embrace it, like we were talking about with the social media stuff and all of that, getting it out to the people and reconnecting with the fans is the main thing first. As long as they know that it’s there and that I’m going to be playing somewhere, they’re going to show up – I’m confident of that. There’s a lot for me to learn … a lot of unknown territory for me as far as the marketing stuff and the live stuff, so I’ve got some good people in my corner. We have a team of four people right now, including myself, and we got the EP to number one [on iTunes] the first day with just the four of us coming out of the Chophouse. We just passed up [Justin] Bieber an hour ago and the freakin’ overall charts went up to 15, ahead of the Beatles and Bieber and all this other stuff and that’s pretty crazy considering our little metal show [that’s happening] out of my garage, you know? So we’ve been able to harness it pretty good. I’ve actually been quite enlightened by all of this. I repelled the technology for years and years. I will always keep one big black boot in the analog — you’re not going to get that out of there — but the other one, I am reaching it out and stepping on new ground and there’s a whole lotta new stuff going on for me with this thing, man. [There’s] new roles to be played. I’m going to be the frontman. Sometimes I’m going to be playing guitar and fronting — most of the time I will be playing bass and fronting — but we will switch instruments onstage and all of that crazy stuff to keep it interesting. So, playing guitar in front of people when I’ve just got a very much Roky Erickson approach to guitar — I know two chords and I rock it up and down the neck as hard as I can instead of [stressing about] placing it in the right places and the other guys put the color on it. I don’t pretend to be a great guitar player, I just know how I can do it and I just do it that way. The bass player [position] is a different thing because I feel very comfortable that way and when I get up to scream with it on, I’m feeling strong. But it’s some new roles that I’m assuming here, for sure. The ability for you to announce something like this and have music out only a couple of months later probably hearkens back a little bit to your DIY beginnings as an artist. The only difference is that you’ve got the social media to help spread it now instead of having to take a tape to everybody that you want to hear about your band. You are insightful. You think about this for a second, man, if we go for a 60 year ride back right now. ‘53, B.B. King [is] driving around the B.B. King Review in a nine door Checker cab station wagon thing, with “B.B. King Review” painted down the side. He drove that thing around with his people and they had their record [or] 45 selling out of the trunk or whatever [and they were getting] a nickel per song or a quarter per show and [building up fans] one person at a time [with] a juke joint here and this place there, back of somebody’s place … all of that — and you have to do that today again, except that you’ve got the Internet and social media to let people know that you’re going to be there. That’s the difference. It’s hard to sell any music or anything [like that], you get out and get as many copies sold as you can, but mostly, it’s going to be stolen and spread around the world and you just have to accept that. The new way and always way to do it, is to take it out to the people. You have to be determined to work hard, take it to the people and just let them know that you’re coming. That’s the only difference. But it’s gotta be your CD sold at your show, your t-shirt sold at your show, your trinket [with] your emblem, your Newsted Heavy Metal pendant [is] sold at the show and I know that. That’s just going to make sure that we cover the gas and stuff. Stay tuned for Part 3 of our exclusive Jason Newsted interview, in which he talks about his current relationship with the guys in Metallica and more. [button href=”” title=”Read Part 1 of our Jason Newsted Interview Here” align=”center”] ?

Chuck Shaffer Picture Show Win 2012 Uproar Festival Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands

Facebook: Chuck Shaffer Picture Show Remember the name Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, because the group just emerged as the winner of the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. As a result of besting acts from 28 other markets, the group just earned a slot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. In addition, the band will have the opportunity to record an EP with acclaimed producer Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Seether, Drowning Pool, P.O.D.) at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood and are walking away with $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes. Music lovers can check out the up-and-comers in the latest episode of UPROAR TV, where the band performs at the Bristow, Va stop of the UPROAR festival. Watch the episode below. “The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is the ultimate summer rock tour and we are so honored to be a part of the 2013 experience,” says Chuck Shaffer Picture Show’s Ryan Johnson. “We’d like to thank Ernie Ball, Imagen Records, Rockstar Energy Drink and all of the judges for believing in us and welcoming us into the family.” In addition to the aforementioned festival slot, music gear and EP, the band’s grand prize package includes coverage right here on Loudwire as well as a feature in Revolver, a professional photo shot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson, a music video created by director Strait Hovartos, a one year supply of Ernie Ball strings, a one-year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink, free website design and two years of free hosting from Lunarpages. Chuck Shaffer Picture Show Win 2012 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands [button href=”” title=”Next: Check out a 2012 Uproar Festival Review + Gallery” align=”center”]

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