BATTLECROS​S Debuts on Billboard Top 200

BATTLECROSS’ latest album, War of Will, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! War of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

BATTLECROSS comments on the chart debut:

“This is just amazing! We are really grateful and honored that fans like our record enough to pick it up when there are so many great releases out this summer. We’re truly humbled by this outpouring of support and we are very proud that War of Will is getting such great reviews from around the world. We share this achievement with Co-Producers Eyal Levi and Mark Lewis from Audiohammer Studio, our management, and Metal Blade Records, as they’ve been a huge part of this record. Thank you to everyone!”

The band is on tour as part of the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Mastodon and more. BATTLECROSS made an undeniable impact on fans, both old and new, through insane walls of death and just plain shredding. If the fest has yet to hit your town, make sure to check rockstarmayhemfest.com for details and tickets!

BATTLECROSS triumphantly return as one of the true champions of American Heavy Metal with their devastating sophomore release, War of Will. Co-produced at Audio Hammer Studios by famed producers Mark Lewis and Eyal Levi, the sophomore effort from Detroit’s newest soldiers of steel will soon prove as one of the most impressive follow-up releases, destined to become a heavy metal classic for fans of all sub-genres.

War of Will triggers a strange Déjà Vu while feeling completely brand new” says Levi.

“another essential listen for thrash fans worldwide” – Big Cheese Magazine (UK)

“The level of musical and compositional progression here is startling, to be quite honest… The effect as a whole is energetic and fist-pumping to the extreme, ushering in a beacon of hope for American metal in 2013″ – Zero Tolerance Magazine (UK)

“Get ready for Battlecross to move up to headlining status by the conclusion of this album’s touring cycle. War Of Will is a rallying cry for American metal, synthesizing the best of all sides of the extreme, thrash, and modern genres to champion for the genre” – DeadRhetoric.com

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Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (remaining dates)
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/22 New York, NY Saint Vitus w/ Huntress
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY Expo Five w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Huntress
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/05 Oklahoma City, OK The Chameleon Room
End Tour
08/07 Sauget, IL Pop’s w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress
08/08 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress
08/09 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress
w/ Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain
09/26 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
09/30 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
10/02 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
10/03 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
10/04 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/09 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder

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AMON AMARTH: New Video, On Mayhem Fest Now

The release of Deceiver of the Gods, the latest studio album from Swedish melodic death metal titans, AMON AMARTH, has broken the band’s previous sales records around the world.  The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date.

In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2.

Set To Unleash Father Of The Wolf Video; Main Stage On Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest Now

Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200.

In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet.

Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary.

Comments the band of their latest triumph:

“The fan reaction to Deceiver of the Gods around the globe is both amazing and overwhelming. Our fans are strong and true and we are humbled by the support. We look forward to visiting everyone on the road.”

Deceiver of the Gods released in North America via Metal Blade Records on June 25, was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Opeth) and is reaping critical accolades internationally.

Deceiver of the Gods goes from rampaging to brooding to anthemic over a well-conceived trajectory… This is an album that begs to be consumed in its entirety at every listen, just to get the full experience” – Decibel Magazine

“No one delivers big, punch-in-the-face motifs better than AMON AMARTH, and the Swedish melodic-death-metal titans have excelled themselves on their ninth studio album… Not only does Johan Hegg deliver his fiercest growls ever, but he also duets mesmerizingly with operatic ex-Candlemass frontman Messiah Marcolin on Hel”Revolver Magazine

“easily one of the strongest and most diverse records the Swedes have ever made, gloriously extravagant, explosive blend of brutish riffing and unapologetic Maiden worship” – Metal Hammer

Literally invading U.S. shores, AMON AMARTH’s main stage slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest stuck awe into the hearts of media and fans alike when it opened last Saturday in San Bernardino, California. The band’s mammoth stage production, including a Viking Longboat and the amassing armies in the war between Odin and Loki, lit up the internet with excitement for the band’s set.

“the stunning stage production was what really made this AMON AMARTH show stand out from their own past shows, and indeed from all other bands that played this festival” – MetalAssault.com

In related news, AMON AMARTH is currently putting the finishing touches on the official video for colossal track Father Of The Wolf. The video will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Until then, check out the trailer now playing at the band’s microsite: http://deceiver.amonamarth.com

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CLUTCH Earth Rocker North American Tour – Part 2 Begins

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In support of their critically acclaimed new album, Earth Rocker, Maryland rockers CLUTCH are set to kick off the second leg of the Earth Rocker North American Tour. Support on this run comes from The Sword and Lionize. An admat for the tour can be viewed HERE.

CLUTCH is featured on the cover of this week’s Aquarian Weekly – available for free in New York and across the Tri-State Area. Check out the cover HERE.

In addition to their headlining shows, CLUTCH will be appearing on select festivals in North America including Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, and the Bud Light River City Rockfest, during the second leg of the North American tour.

Following the North American dates, CLUTCH will head to Europe for a headlining run and festival appearances. A complete list of all dates can be found below.

Frontman Neil Fallon recently taped an appearance for VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show which will air sometime this June. More details can be found on the VH1 Classic Website.

Earth Rocker was released in March via the band’s label Weathermaker Music. It entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 achieving the band’s highest chart position to date. Then proceeded to hold its own on the Billboard Top 200 for a total of 5 weeks.

Earth Rocker also came in at #1 on the Hard Music Chart and #3 on the Independent Album Chart. The digital demand for this album continues to be very strong. In the week of release it shot to #4 on iTunes’ overall Top 100 album charts and was #1 in their rock chart.

Crucial Velocity has been received extremely well on The Welding Room. Earth Rocker continues to chart well at CMJ Loud Rock, including three weeks at #1 and seven weeks total and still holding strong with a position in the top 10.

Earth Rocker is available for purchase at the CLUTCH Merch Store.

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CLUTCH: Earth Rocker Enters Billboard Top 20

Last week saw the WEATHERMAKER MUSIC release of the highly anticipated new studio album Earth Rocker from CLUTCH. Earth Rocker entered the Billboard Top 200 Charts at #15 marking the highest Billboard Chart debut in the band’s storied career. The album came in at #1 on the Hard Music Chart and #3 on the Independent Album Chart.


In addition to the impressive chart positions stateside, the band continues their global domination entering the German Top 100 Media Control Chart at #71. In the UK
Earth Rocker charted at #50 on the Top 200 Album Chart, #3 on the Top Rock and Metal Albums Chart and #11 on the Top Independent album chart.

Earth Rocker is continuing to make an impact at radio. The album is #1 at CMJ Loud Rock, and their second single, Crucial Velocity - for which they also released a lyric video – was added to The Welding Room rotation. The video was done by animator James Appleton and can be viewed HERE. Send your Death Threats/Complaints to TheWeldingRoom@gmail.com to hear CLUTCH on the radio program.

“WEATHERMAKER MUSIC is thrilled with this result. The release campaign began 6 months ago. We executed on our worldwide plan by integrating touring, promotion, retail and digital marketing as well as Specialty/Metal and Active Rock radio campaigns in a perfect sequence. Our partners around the world backed us up. RED Music’s extraordinary support made much of this possible. But in the end none of it would have been the same without this great album. CLUTCH is the quintessential American rock band!”

- WEATHERMAKER MUSIC Label Manager Stefan Koster

Earth Rocker is available for purchase at the CLUTCH Merch Store.

CLUTCH is currently out on the first leg of the Earth Rocker North American Tour. The tour runs through April 20 ending in Baltimore, MD. Supporting acts on this run include Orange Goblin, Lionize and Scorpion Child

The second leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour kicks off May 1 in Richmond, VA with The Sword and Lionize opening.

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EARTH ROCKER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 
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4/3: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom – SOLD OUT!

5/2: New York, NY @ Terminal 5  

5/3: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall 

5/4: Portland, ME @ State Theater
5/5: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/7: Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
5/9: Tampa, FL @ State Theater 

European Tour Dates:

6/8: Nurburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring*

6/10: Potsdam, Germany @ Waschhaus

6/11: Heidelberg, Germany @Karlstorbahnhof

6/13: Madrid, Spain @ Gloos Club

6/14: Barcelona, Spain @ Music Hall Barcelona

6/15: Bilbao, Spain @ Sala Santana*

6/17: Bordeaux, France @ Le Krakatoa

6/18: Lyon, France @ Transbo Club (at Le Transbordeur)

6/19: Milan, Italy @ Flame Festival*

6/20: Zurich, Switzerland @ Earshakerdays @ Volkhaus*

6/22: Cognac, France @ Les Anciens Abattoirs

6/23: Clisson, France @ Hellfest*

6/26: Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principal Club Theater

6/27: Athens, Greece @ VOX IERA Odos

6/29: Bremen, Germany @ Tower

6/30: Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting*

7/1: Deventer, Netherlands @ Burgerweeshuis

7/2: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Effenaar

7/4: Hisingen, Sweden @ Metaltown*

7/6: Munster, Germany @ Vainstream Rockfest*

7/13: Stavern, Norway @ Stavern Festival*

*Denotes Festival Date*

WITHIN THE RUINS Cracks Billboard Top 200

(NEW YORK, NY) – WITHIN THE RUINS entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart for the very first time at #133 with their newest LPElite. With 4,000 copies sold, the new album’s first week sales are double of those of Invade, the band’s 2010 release.

WITHIN THE RUINS: Tim Goergen (vocals), Joe Cocchi (guitar), Andrew Tate (bass), Kevin McGuill (drums)

Guitarist Joe Cocchi comments:

“Lots of hard work went into this release. Thanks to our management team and new label home (eOne/Goodfight) for making all this possible. Huge thanks to our fans for waiting so f*ucking long for a new album and for the support! See you all on the road!”

1. Terminal
2. Solace
3. Feeding Frenzy
4. New Holy War
5. The Charm
6. Ataxia II
7. Elite
8. I, Blashpheme
9. Absolute Hell
10. Weightless
11. Dreamland

The band recently announced a new batch of spring tour dates including their participation in THE SICK TOUR II, which begins in a few days.

The band will then be heading out with label-mates THE CONTORTIONIST in part of the GOOD FIGHT TOUR along with I DECLARE WAR, REFLECTIONS and CITY IN THE SEA. Soon after that, the ROAD TO METAL FEST tour kicks off with the band supporting AFTER THE BURIAL, dates can be accessed on the TOUR DATES page above.

Elite is by far the strongest record Massachusets maulers Within The Ruins have released”Alternative Press Magazine

“Will WTR grab you by the crotch and never let you go? Sure. But let’s just say the record offers more of a pleasant surprise”Decibel Magazine

Within The Ruins PARTY PACK – See all bundles here and here

A plethora of bundles are now available while supplies last. Most notably, the “Party Pack” which includes an autographed CD, shirt, snapback hat, 11″ x 17″ lithograph poster, glass mug, coozie, bottle opener keychain and ping pong balls!

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THE CONTORTIONIST To Support DEFTONES

(NEW YORK, NY) Fresh off a successful run with HATEBREED and DYING FETUS, THE CONTORTIONIST announced their participation in a handful of dates with DEFTONES.

Spring 2013 Tour Dates Announced, Intrinsic Out Now!

Frontman/Keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter weighs in on the news:

“We feel honored to be sharing the stage with the legendary Deftones! They have an incredible sound that has absolutely impacted us as musicians. Should be a surreal week”

The band then heads out on the road with label-mates WITHIN THE RUINS on a batch of dates trekking to the west coast and back. They’ll then kick off the THE ROAD TO METAL FEST supporting AFTER THE BURIAL. Dates on TOUR DATES page (click tab above).

THE CONTORTIONIST released Intrinsic to much critical acclaim. Landing at number #107 on the Billboard Top 200, #15 on the Hard Music Chart and #3 on the New Artist Chart, it was the most successful first week the band has had to date. It’s also on sale now for $6.66 here!

“The band’s ability to balance chaos and solemnity have never been better. Breaking from soft, ethereal passages into grueling, mosh-ready grooves at the drop of a hat”Altpress.com

“This is certainly one of the most exciting metal albums of the year, and it shows that The Contortionist is definitely going places in the very near future”Metal Injection

“The Contortionist are, without a doubt, one of the most exciting young prog-metal bands on the scene today”MetalSucks

“It is not a record to put on while studying or in the car, but on a good stereo or set of headphones and really kick back and get immersed. It truly deserves your full attention, and so does this band” - About.com

THE CONTORTIONIST: Robby Baca (Guitar), Jonathan Carpenter (Vocals, Keyboards), Joey Baca (Percussion), Cameron Maynard (Guitar), Christopher Tilley (Bass Guitar)

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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING Announce Tour

Ferret Music recording group The Devil Wears Prada and Metal Blade RecordsAs I Lay Dying have announced details of their upcoming North American co-headline tour. The hugely anticipated trek gets underway February 22 and continues through early April (see attached itinerary). Tickets for all dates will be on sale Friday, December 21.

The Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying will be accompanied on the epic tour by For Today (on all dates except March 7-March 8), The Color Morale (February 22 – March 7), and The Chariot (March 8 – April 4).

For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.tdwpband.com/tour and www.asilaydying.com/events.

The tour follows The Devil Wears Prada’s 2011 breakthrough, DEAD THRONE, which confirmed the band as one of the most potent and powerful in modern American metal. The album’s latest video, Mammoth, premiered to great acclaim earlier this year and is streaming now at the band’s official YouTube channelwww.youtube.com/TDWP.

The Devil Wears Prada followed the release of DEAD THRONE with the hugely successful Dead Throne Tour: North America, captured for posterity on the recently released CD/DVD, DEAD&ALIVE. The collection includes performances of songs spanning TDWP‘s career, including such fan favorites as Danger: Wildman, Born To Lose, Kansas, Assistant To The Regional Manager and Outnumbered.

In addition, DEAD&ALIVE features an array of behind-the-scenes footage shot and edited by the band’s own Jeremy DePoyster.

Long hailed as a genuinely electrifying live act, The Devil Wears Prada have also proven indefatigable road warriors. In addition to countless headline dates and festival sets, recent highlights include spending summer 2012 alongside Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and the one and only Motörhead as one of the main stage headliners on the all-star Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

As I Lay Dying preceded the release of their 6th full-length studio album, AWAKENED, with a highly successful run on 2012′s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where the band rotated between the side and main stages. Just before AWAKENED dropped via Metal Blade Records on September 25, the band released their first production video for the album for the track A Greater Foundation. Fans instantly took to the Internet to express their love of the new song – and to discuss the relevance of the lyrics. Check out the video and comments HERE.

The five-piece San Diego, Calif. based metal act, As I Lay Dying, recently concluded their run on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour where they toured alongside Asking Alexandria, Memphis May Fire, and Attila, including a stop at the hugely successful California Metal Fest where the band electrified the stage and decimated metal fans with their powerful and blistering live set that the band is known for.

AWAKENED, which Rick Florino from Artist Direct called “…their best album yet,” noting “it’s a high water mark for modern metal, and it’s going to wake up the entire genre” giving the release 5 out of 5 stars, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11, selling over 28,000 copies in its first week in the US alone.

For their latest release, As I Lay Dying –NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass) holed up in the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with renowned rock producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and mixer Colin Richardson. The group’s last LP, 2010s THE POWERLESS RISE, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #10, at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Music Albums Chart.

Keep up to date with As I Lay Dying at the following locations: http://www.asilaydying.com
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FEBRUARY
22 Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theater Half House
23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
24 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
26 Reno, NV Knitting Factory Concert House
27 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
28 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
MARCH
01 San Diego, CA Soma
02 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
03 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
05 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
06 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
07 Dallas, TX House of Blues – Dallas
08 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Events Center
09 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
10 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
12 Nashville, TN Rocketown
13 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
14 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
15 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
16 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
17 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
19 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
20 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
21 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
22 Williamsville, NY Club Infinity
23 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
24, 25 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theater
27 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
28 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
29 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
APRIL
2 Lawrence, KS The Granada Theatre
3, 4 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep