TWR Radio Favorites AVATAR Release New Song, Tour Dates

(NEW YORK, NY) – Swedish visual masterminds AVATAR unveiled their latest video for Smells Like A Freakshow today. Click HERE or the image above to watch.

Frontman Johannes Eckerström adds his own words about the new video:

“The video illustrates inner conflict in an explicit manner, using abuse of unjust power in different contexts. The lyrical themes of downfall, embracing of decadence and failed attempts to escape are pointed out by the fact that ultimately the bad guys win.”

The band kicks off their very first U.S. tour supporting LACUNA COIL and SEVENDUST with an intimate performance at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on Wednesday, January 30.

1. Let Us Die
2. Torn Apart
3. Ready For The Ride
4. In Napalm
5. Black Waltz
6. Blod
7. Let It Burn
8. One Touch
9. Paint Me Red
10. Smells Like A Freakshow
11. Use Your Tongue

The band released their newest record, Black Waltz earlier this year to much critical acclaim.

“No song sounds the same from start to end, each one is a stylistic roller coaster ride!”Metal Hammer

“Black Walt’s comparative musical style and spare production, which in turn brings a fresh, raw immediacy to these 10 stellar songs”Outburn Magazine

AVATAR is: Johannes Eckerström (vocals), Jonas Jarlsby (guitars), Tim Öhrström (guitars), Henrik Sandelin (bass), John Alfredsson – (drums)

* AVATAR headline dates

1/30 New York, NY*
Webster Hall (The Studio)

2/1 Greenville, SC

2/2 Winston-Salem, NC

2/3 Jacksonville, NC

2/5 Lancaster, PA
Chameleon Club

2/6 Clifton Park, NY
Upstate Concert Hall

2/7 Portland, ME
The Asylum

2/8 Allentown, PA
Crocodile Rock

2/9 Lynchburg, VA
Phase 2

2/10 Nashville, TN
Marathon Music Works

2/12 Fayetteville, AR
George’s Majestic Lounge

2/14 Biloxi, MS
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

2/15 Broussard, LA
The Station

2/16 Beaumont, TX
Dixie Dance Hall

2/17 Little Rock, AR
Revolution! Music Room

2/19 Springfield, IL

2/21 Bloomington, IL
The Castle Theatre

2/22 South Bend, IN
Club Fever

2/23 Flint, MI*
Machine Shop

2/27 Green Bay, WI*
Phatheadz Bar

3/1 Denver, CO*
Moon Room

3/2 Colorado Springs, CO*
The Black Sheep

3/5 SLC, UT*
Burt’s Tiki Lounge

3/7 Boise, ID*
Knitting Factory

3/8 Spokane, WA*
Knitting Factory

3/9 Seattle, WA*
El Corazon






SCALE THE SUMMIT Signature Guitar, Finish New Album

Texas progressive instrumentalists SCALE THE SUMMIT are proud to reveal guitarist Chris Letchford‘s Signature Strandberg BODEN CL7 guitar.

The production-series guitar was designed to Letchford’s exact specifications and is currently available for sale through Letchford will promote the guitar by making several appearances at the upcoming NAMM festival, including signings at the Strandberg, Jackson and EMG Pickups booths – the latter of which will also feature bassist Mark Michell, who will be promoting the release of his new instructional book for right-hand bass techniques.

In other SCALE THE SUMMIT news, the group recently finished recording their upcoming release, The Migration, with producer Jamie King (BTBAM, He Is Legend, For Today) at Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, N.C. The album, tentatively set for a late spring/early summer release, will be their third album through PROSTHETIC and the follow-up to their highly successful 2011 release, The Collective, named “essential prog” by Guitar World and “a perfect example of the pinnacle of musical excellence” by Hails and Horns.

Over the past four years, SCALE THE SUMMIT toured alongside some of progressive metal’s top acts, including Dream Theater, Periphery, The Contortionist, Protest The Hero, Cynic, Devin Townsend and Between The Buried And Me. Look for spring/summer tour information announced in the coming weeks.

Catch SCALE THE SUMMIT at NAMM on one of the dates below:
1/25 EMG Booth @ 2pm (Chris Letchford)
1/25 EMG Booth @ 4pm (Mark Michell)
1/25 Jackson Artist Booth @ 4pm (Chris Letchford)
1/26 Strandberg Artist Booth @ 2pm (Chris Letchford



From our friend on the other side of the East Coast puddle, Nico Davidson…

Valkyrian Music

Once again, Shades Nightclub in Bridlington will play host to Valkyrian Festival on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December. The event, organised by Valkyrian Music editor Nick Taylor – who is better known by his pen name Nico Davidson, aims to raise money, this year, for RapeCrisis.

Confirmed already for the three day event are British melodic metallers Nya who have been making a lot of noise down south. With two EPs already under their belt, as well as a headline performance on the Doghouse Stage at Download 2011 and an appearance coming up at this year’s Metal Days Festival in Slovenia, the band are ready to raise hell for charity. Nya frontwoman Anezka commented, saying: “It’s a privilege to be playing this years Valk-Fest, joining a line-up of great bands to support RapeCrisis, a truly great cause. So prepare yourself for a hard…

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