Metal Blade Records Signs MONTE PITTMAN

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of MONTE PITTMAN, the guitarist known for his work with metal legends Prong and the illustrious pop-star Madonna. A release date for the new solo album will be announced shortly so be sure to stay tuned to MetalBlade.com and MONTE PITTMAN’s website or Facebook page for updates.

Metal Blade Records founder and CEO comments;

“We are so happy to welcome Monte Pittman to the Metal Blade Family. He is a tried and true metalhead and has recorded a crushing album! Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen produced a devastating metal record with Monte and we could not be happier that we are working together on this!”

Guitarist and mastermind of the band, MONTE PITTMAN adds;

“I’m beyond excited to be working with Brian Slagel and all of the wonderful team at Metal Blade.

I can’t think of anyone I can put my faith and trust in more with my new album and where my career is headed. Metal Blade’s track record has stood the test of time. Brian has been responsible for a majority of bands that have influenced me and gotten me to where I am now.

It’s been a dream come true making this album with Flemming Rasmussen. Flemming is a Master at recording a band playing together and capturing the sound in the room of everything musically working together. After we finished tracking, the first person I wanted to play it for was Brian Slagel. Here we go!”

Fans in California have a chance to catch MONTE PITTMAN live as the he brings his acoustic show to Hotel Café in Hollywood and two stops on the Vans Warped Tour 2013 including Mountain View and Ventura (performing on the Acoustic Basement Stage).

Upcoming solo acoustic shows:
06/21 Hollywood, CA Hotel Cafe (on @ 8pm)
06/22 Mountain View, CA Warped Tour – Acoustic Basement Stage
06/23 Ventura, CA Warped Tour – Acoustic Basement Stage

About Monte Pittman:
Born and raised in Longview, TX, Monte Pittman made the decision at 24 to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a professional musician, and unfortunately having to leave his family, friends, and band Myra Mains behind. Upon arrival in LA, he made ends meet by working at a local music store. Realizing he was better at teaching than selling, he left to start providing guitar lessons.

As fate would have it, his third student would end up being British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who had just received a guitar from his then girlfriend, Madonna. Soon after, Monte was introduced to the iconic performer, and became her guitar teacher as well. A month later, Monte was invited to join Madonna on stage at the David Letterman Show to promote her album, Music.

Monte has since played guitar on all of Madonna’s live tours and albums, starting with the 2001 Drowned World Tour, and shares writing credits on some of her songs. Monte has also played guitar for the band Prong. He is credited with co-writing songs on Scorpio Rising and Power of the Damager to which he also added backing vocals and bass. He also played guitar on Prong’s live album 100% Live.

In November 2009, Monte released his debut acoustic solo album, The Deepest Dark. Almost a year after its release, a special bonus version of The Deepest Dark was released and immediately reached the No. 1 spot on the Best-Selling Acoustic Albums list at CD-Baby.com. It was also No. 9 in the Top 10 Best-Selling CDs for the Fall of 2010. In 2011, Monte launched a Kickstarter campaign for his second album, Pain, Love & Destiny. It raised a staggering $65,500, making him the top rock musician to raise the most money on the crowd-funding platform at that time. Monte met his initial goal of $5,000 in under 24 hours. It was released later that year and within its first week made it to No. 1 Rock Album, No. 1 Pop Album, and made it onto the Top 10 Albums chart on CD Baby. In addition, it cracked the iTunes Top 200.

Monte performed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna and toured around the world on the MDNA Tour. He also performed at the 2012 Artists In Music Awards where he was given an award for Best Solo Artist in addition to being nominated in four other categories. Monte has also been honored with a Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. The Los Angeles Music Awards nominated him for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Modern Rock Album for Pain, Love, & Destiny.

In November of last year, M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1 was released. It’s a stripped down acoustic EP marking the beginning of Monte and Flemming Rasmussen’s working relationship.

In 2013, Pittman, along with band members Kane Ritchotte on drums and Max Whipple on bass, went to Copenhagen to record the upcoming album with producer Flemming Rasmussen. This marks Monte’s return to heavy music.

Keep up with Monte Pittman at the following locations:
http://www.montepittman.com
http://www.facebook.com/MontePittman
http://www.youtube.com/MontePittmanMusic
http://soundcloud.com/montepittman
http://twitter.com/montepittman
http://www.instagram.com/montepittman
http://montepittman.bandpage.com
http://myspace.com/montepittman

 

REVOCATION Premiere First Song From Upcoming Album

REVOCATION’s self-titled new album will be released in Europe on August 2, UK August 5 and August 6 in North America via Relapse Records. This is their 4th full-length release and the first featuring new bassist Brett Bamberger. The artwork was created by Orion Landau (Dying Fetus, Obscura, Nile).

They posted the first full-length track from their upcoming release, The Hive is available for streaming on YouTube HERE and SoundCloud HERE.

Frontman Dave Davidson commented on The Hive:

“The Hive is a great introduction to our upcoming full length, it’s fast and FUCKING PISSED. We can’t wait to play this one live, but for now just invite your friends over and circle pit in your room.”

REVOCATION On Tour This Summer

The album is now available for pre-order in exclusive bundle packages at the Relapse Records Online Store. The album will be available in a deluxe CD, standard CD, 2xLP and Digital Formats. The Deluxe CD and LP contain an exclusive bonus track, a cover of the Metallica classic Dyer’s Eve.

Throughout the recording process the band had cameras rolling capturing everything. From this footage REVOCATION put together a series of videos detailing different aspects of the recording process. The first in-studio video focuses on the drums and bass and can be viewed HERE. The second video in the series focusing on the guitar and bass tracking, check it out HERE. The third video, which focuses on the recording of the vocals can be viewed HERE.

A trailer for the album can be viewed HERE.

REVOCATION will be taking part in this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cattle Decapitation and others. The tour starts July 19 in San Francisco, CA and runs through August 20 in Portland, OR. In addition to the Summer Slaughter dates, the band announced a handful of headline shows leading up to the Summer Slaughter and immediately following the tour. All dates are listed below.

REVOCATION Headline Dates:
7/14 Reading, PA @ Reverb
7/15 Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail
7/18 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

***THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR. All Dates from July 19 – Aug 16 with/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder***

7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/25-Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (NO CATTLE DECAPITATION)
7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard
8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NO NORMA JEAN)
8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre (NO DEP)
8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/17-Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8/18 – Caldwell, ID @ The Venue *Headline Show*
8/19-Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/20-Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom

REVOCATION Headline Dates
8/21 Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion
8/22 Spokane, WA @ The Center
8/23 Billings, MT @ Railyard
8/24 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November Record Store
8/25 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
8/26 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

 

BATTLECROSS Recruit Kevin Talley For Summer Dates

(Detroit, MI) Battlecross made a HUGE impact at Orion Music and More on June 8, with appearances at the event’s press conference with Metallica, and receiving praise from local and national press at the event. Joining the band for the show was revered metal drummer, Kevin Talley, who previously performed with Six Feet Under, Chimaira, The Red Chord, Dying Fetus, and more. With less than two weeks to go before the beginning of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, Battlecross is excited to announce that Kevin Talley will also be performing with them all summer long! Check out a video of Kevin Talley performing War Ensemble live at Orion Music and More on youtube HERE.

Yesterday, Battlecross unveiled a brand new track, Flesh and Bone, at metalsucks.net. Additionally, the band posted their second studio video with exclusive, candid footage from their recording sessions at Audio Hammer Studios. The band-filmed clips include guitar tacking, as well as an extended jam by virtuoso bassist, Don Slater. Watch clip #2 at metalblade.com/battlecross. At that page, fans can also stream Force Fed Lies and pre-order the album.

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” – Eyal Levi

War of Will releases July 9, 2013 just after the band heads out on 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. For tickets and details, head to rockstarmayhemfest.com.

BATTLECROSS
06/27 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
w/ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/01 Lake Tahoe, CA Whiskey Dick’s w/ Huntress
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, Huntress
07/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
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 TBA
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
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

http://www.battlecrossmetal.com
http://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal
http://twitter.com/battlecross
http://www.youtube.com/battlecrossmetal

 

PSYCHOSTICK Announce Blow Your Fingers Off Tour

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Comedy rockers Psychostick announced they will be hitting the road this summer for their Blow Your Fingers Off Tour that will include performances at this year’s Rockapalooza, A2 Fest, Breast Fest Biker Bash and Dirtfest.

Blow Your Fingers Off Tour *please note don’t actually blow your fingers off

June 21 – Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall – Show Details – Buy Tickets
June 22 – Jackson, MI @ Rockapalooza – Jackson County Fair Grounds – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 5 – Providence, RI @ McNeil’s Tavern
July 6 – Brookfield, CT @ The Room – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 12 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 13 – Ann Arbor, MI @ A2 Fest – WFC Fairgrounds and Event Center – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 14 – St. Joseph, MI @ Czar’s 505 – Show Details
July 16 – La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse – Show Details
July 18 – St. Cloud, MN @ Bubba’s
July 19 – Spring Lake Park (Minneapolis area), MN @ POV’s 65 – Show Details – Buy Tickets
July 20 – Pecatonica, IL @ Breast Fest – Winnebago County Fairgrounds – Show Details – Buy Tickets
August 9 – Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage
August 10 – Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest – Show Details – Buy Tickets

*ROCKAPALOOZA: Festival with CANDLEBOX, SALIVA, TAPROOT, MUSHROOMHEAD, HEDPE, OBIE TRICE, HURT, 12 STONES, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, BOY HITS CAR, ADAM GONTIER (FORMER SINGER OF THREE DAYS GRACE), PSYCHOSTICK, SURRENDER THE FALL, ROTATION, ANOTHER LOST YEAR, DIECAST, TRACK FIGHTER, IT LIES WITHIN, THROUGH THE ASHES, HYDROVIBE

*A2 Fest: HedPE, Taproot, Psychostick, Green Jelly, Chris Webby, The Agonist, It Lies Within, Slaves On Dope, Blue Felix, Motown Rage, Losing September, Almost Kings, SIKLID, XFactor1, Wayland, Prospect Hill, Dead Horse Trauma

*5th Annual Breast Fest Biker Bash: benefitting the Save The TaTa’s Foundation: Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Pop Evil, Soil, Primer 55, Psychostick, Straight Line Stitch

*DIRTFEST: Adam Gontier (of 3 Days Grace), Asking Alexandria, Trapt, Pop Evil, Parabelle, Devour The Day, 10 Years, Psychostick, Escape The Fate, Wilson, It Lies Within, Blue Felix, Saint Ridley

Psychostick released their latest music video Dogs Like Socks earlier this year. It can be viewed below.

Psychostick’s fifth and latest release Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D is now available at the following location here.

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

http://www.psychostick.com

http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick

http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

Music Videos

Political Bum – http://youtu.be/DNZj2RrrkfI

Boobs – http://youtu.be/dcYlytyuKsc

Do You Want A Taco? – http://youtu.be/k3tcQI5EEiA

Beer – http://youtu.be/O-jOEAufDQ4 – over 4 million views

Girl Directions – http://youtu.be/U5_HhqcbF_0

BIO:

Most high school friends can’t even stand to look at each other once school’s out, but in the case of vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey and guitarist Josh “The J” Key, they decided to spend even more time together after graduation.

Harnessing their crazy sense of humor and love of all things metal, they joined forces with drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and bassist Matty J “Moose” to create Pyschostick, a band they’ve coined as humorcore. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances, the band has caused millions of laughs around the world and hundreds of mosh pits across the US, often simultaneously, since its birth in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.

Almost 100 percent do-it-yourself, Psychostick never strays from its signature sound, a combination of heavy music Chimaira, Machine Head and Hatebreed would be proud of and wit and humor that would make Tenacious D and Weird Al Yankovic holler with laughter.

(L- R) – Alex “Shmalex” Dontre – Drums | Josh “The J” Key – Guitar | Rob “Rawrb” Kersey – Vocals | Matty J “Moose” – Bass

With two full-length albums behind them – We Couldn’t Think of a Title and Sandwich, the band released their latest record, Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D, in 2011, following it up with a tour with Mushroomhead to add to their total count of 21 nationwide tours that have hit 47 states.

 

LOCRIAN Streaming New Album

Esoteric, experimental artisan’s Locrian are currently streaming their forthcoming full-length Return To Annihilation via Spin.com at this location. Spin describes the album as a “an eclectic float down murky, noxious, sludgy waters” and compares the group to everyone from Boards of Canada to Sunn0))) to Neurosis.

Return To Annihilation was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The album will be released as CD, 2xLP, and digital formats on June 25 in North America, June 21 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24 in the UK and rest of the world.

A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, Return To Annihilation is easily the group’s most ambitious recordings to date, dubbed by Pitchfork as both “excellent” and “risky”, by Stereogum as “a corona of dream-pop and visceral shoegaze” and Outburn Magazine as “an excellent effort from one of the world’s most creative, interesting, and uncompromising bands.”

Physical CD and 2xLP pre-orders are available via Relapse at this location with digital pre-orders available via Bandcamp here.

Locrian, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD, released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career.

Additionally, the group announced a short run of dates this June plus an appearance at Kentucky’s Boomslang Festival in September. The shows kick off on June 27 in Montreal. A complete list of dates is included below.

Locrian Tour Dates:

June 27 Montreal, QC Casa Del Popolo
June 28 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
June 29 Providence, RI Machines With Magnets
June 30 Baltimore MD Metro Gallery

Sep 20-22 Lexington, KY Boomslang Fest

“This is an excellent effort from one of the world’s most creative, interesting, and uncompromising bands” – Outburn

“If the wrath of heaven sounds anything like Locrian , then archangel Michael has been digging into the prog-rock bin lately” – NPR

“A corona of dream-pop and visceral shoegaze… goddamn is it good” – Stereogum

“Sliding some malicious black metal menace into the gaps created by their dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish, ambient drones… few albums prove to be quite so unsettling” – The Digital Fix

www.relapse.com
www.locrianband.com
www.facebook.com/locrianofficial
www.locrian.bandcamp.com