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THE ABSENCE To Support Deicide On May Tour; New Music In The Works


The melodic death metal group THE ABSENCE will continue to support their acclaimed 2018 comeback album “A Gift For The Obsessed” this spring, when the group will join forces with Deicide, Origin and Jungle Rot for a three-week North American tour.


Says THE ABSENCE vocalist Jamie Stewart, “We are incredibly excited to hit the road with our Floridian brothers in Deicide! This tour is going to be a scorcher. We're also incredibly pumped to be sharing the stage with Origin and Jungle Rot. Come to a show and bring your neck braces!”


The Deicide tour will mark THE ABSENCE's first live performances since the band embarked on a national tour last year with Exmortus and Hatchet. Since then, many of the group's members have continued to play alongside high-profile acts, with drummer Jeramie Kling manning the kit for Venom Inc., bassist Mike Leon gigging with Soulfly and Cavalera, guitarist Joey Concepcion filling in for Jeff Loomis in Arch Enemy and guitarist Taylor Nordberg playing bass on tour for Soilwork.


In conjunction with the tour, THE ABSENCE plans to release two new songs – one original and a cover. More information about the tracks will be revealed in the coming weeks.


THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.


Following a lengthy hiatus, the band regrouped in 2016 with a new lineup uniting founding members Stewart and Kling with longtime bassist Leon and guitarists Nordberg and Concepcion – first for the self-released digital single “Septic Testament,” and then for "A Gift for The Obsessed." The album – which was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry) – includes includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” featuring guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra).


THE ABSENCE live with Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot:
05/11   Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live!
05/12   Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
05/13   El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
05/14   Mesa, AZ – Club Red
05/15   Los Angeles, CA – 1720
05/16   Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
05/18   Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/20   Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
05/22   Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/23   Chicago, IL – Reggie's
05/24   Cleveland, OH – The Odeon Theater
05/27   Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05/28   Toronto, ON – Mod Club
05/29   Montreal, QC – L'Astral
05/30   Quebec City, QC – Le d'Auteuil
05/31   Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub

06/01   New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

Israeli Progressive Metal Group SCARDUST Signs With M-Theory Audio

Debut full-length 'Sands Of Time' featuring guest performances by members of Cyhra (ex-Amaranthe) and Orphaned Land to be released on May 24; group to perform at major European festivals this summer


M-Theory Audio is proud to announce the signing of Israel's leading progressive metal band, SCARDUST. The label will reissue the group's acclaimed full-length debut, “Sands of Time,” on May 24 on limited-edition double vinyl (the album's first-ever LP release), digital and compact disc.


The “Sands of Time” reissue precedes major summer festival performances by the band – the UK's Ramblin' Man Fair, where they will perform on the Prog In The Park stage alongside Riverside, Pain of Salvation and Anathema, and at Slovenia's week-long Metaldays, which also features the likes of Dream Theater, Arch Enemy and Demons & Wizards, as well as Taihu Midi Festival in Suzhou near Shanghai, China May 4th.

Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, BTBAM), featuring cover art by Drake Mefestta (Cradle of Filth, Michael Romeo, Devilment) and guest vocals from Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) and Jake E (Cyhra/ex-Amaranthe), “Sands of Time” was originally self-released. Check out the band’s lyric video for the title track to get an idea of the grandeur, melody and power.


The new CD reissue will include a bonus acoustic piano demo of the brand-new song “Mist,” while the new gatefold double-LP edition will include the group's 2015 debut EP “Shadow” in its entirety on Side D – the first time that release has been offered on vinyl as well. Both physical formats can be pre-ordered at our Webstore.


We are very excited to be working with M-Theory Audio, whose philosophy of co-operation between artists mirrors our own,” says SCARDUST vocalist Noa Gruman. “It's great to have the 'Sands of Time' CD released globally, and the pressing of a double vinyl LP which will include our EP 'Shadow' is something that would have been impossible for us to do as an independent band. Signing with M-Theory, as well as working on new material and preparing for summer festivals, makes us feel that the future looks very bright for us, and we can't wait to bring our epic experience to new crowds and new heights.”


SCARDUST – who have previously performed alongside the likes of Symphony X, Therion and Epica – will next perform live in Tel Aviv, Israel on April 11.

SWORN ENEMY Announces U.S. Tour Dates With Sacred Reich

New Robb Flynn-produced album 'Gamechanger' due April 5


With the release of their Robb Flynn-produced new album “Gamechanger” just one month away, the Queens, New York-based SWORN ENEMY have announced their first American tour in support of the record – a series of shows alongside thrash veterans Sacred Reich that begins May 4 in Denver. A complete list of the group's upcoming dates – which include four performances alongside Excel and a pair with Vio-Lence – appears below, with more to be added in the coming weeks.


“We're really looking forward to getting out on the road in support of our new album 'Gamechanger,'” says vocalist Sal Lococo. “Speaking of being out on the road, we will be touring with thrash legends Sacred Reich, Vio-Lence and Excel from May 4th until June 1st. Make sure you bring your surfboard, because we are all gonna Surf Nicaragua!”


“Step the fuck back before you get knocked out,” Lococo warns in the opening line of the SWORN ENEMY's recently-released single “Prepare For Payback.” It's a fitting mission statement for a hard-knuckled album that expertly fuses metal, thrash and New York hardcore. The single currently sits at #12 on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal’s Devil’s Dozen (most requested/most played songs of the week). Produced by Machine Head's Flynn and mixed/mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer), “Gamechanger” is currently for pre-order on CD and limited-edition blue splatter vinyl at our webstore. First 100 orders include a Sworn Enemy fanny pack plus 3 band buttons. Digital pre-orders via iTunes, Bandcamp and other platforms include “Prepare For Payback” as an “instant grat” track.


SWORN ENEMY was first signed by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who released the group's first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band's full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.” The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest.


In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including Anthrax, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard and Hatebreed. The band expects to spend much of 2019 touring in support of “Gamechanger” as off-dates are being filled so watch for updates.


SWORN ENEMY live (more dates TBA):
4/26     Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland

4/27     Falls Church, VA – VFW 9274

4/28     Brockton, MA – Dylan's

5/4       Denver, CO – Streets *

5/5       Kansas City, MO – Riot Room *

5/18     Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel *

5/20     Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *

5/22     New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *

5/23     Houston, TX – Scout Bar *

5/24     Dallas, TX – Trees *

5/25     San Antonio, TX – Rock Box *

5/28     San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^

5/29     Oakland, CA – Metro ^

5/31     Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #

6/1       Phoenix, AZ – Club Red #

* w/ Sacred Reich

^ w/ Sacred Reich, Excel

# w/ Sacred Reich, Vio-Lence, Excel, Yidhra

Swedish Rock Heroes BACKYARD BABIES Unveil '44 Undead' Music Video

New album 'Sliver & Gold' due out in North America on March 29; European tour kicks off Friday


One of Scandinavian hard rock's most influential and beloved acts, Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES – aptly described by Classic Rock as “a tattoo-heavy cross between Green Day and Generation X” – will deliver “Sliver & Gold,” their eighth full-length blast of Nordic noir, in North America on March 29.

In advance of Friday's kickoff of a two-month European tour, the band has unveiled a music video for a third preview track from the new album, “44 Undead”Shot on the streets of Manchester, Sheffield, London, Bristol and Stockholm by drummer Peder Carlsson, the video portrays an anthemic yet somewhat melancholic track that showcases a more introverted side of BACKYARD BABIES as compared to the two party-rock jams from the album (“Shovin' Rocks”and “Good Morning Midnight”) that were previously released.


Described by singer/guitarist Nicke Borg as BACKYARD BABIES' “most intense and furious album to date,” “Sliver & Gold” – which was produced by the legendary Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters, Graveyard, Michael Monroe) – follows the exact same recipe that made the group one of the most consistent rock bands of our time: a perfect balance between sleazy punk rock on one hand, and decidedly mature, thoroughly melancholic tunes on the other.


"Sliver & Gold" track listing:

1. Good Morning Midnight
2. Simple Being Sold
3. Shovin‘ Rocks
4. Ragged Flag

5. Yes To All No
6. Bad Seeds
7. 44 Undead
8. Sliver And Gold
9. A Day Late In My Dollar Shorts
10. Laugh Now Cry Later


Physical copies of “Sliver & Gold” will also include five bonus acoustic versions of songs from the group's storied past – "Th1rt3en or Nothing," "A Song For The Outcast," "Highlights, "Star War" and "Nomadic." The album can be pre-ordered on CD or limited-edition white vinyl at this location. T-shirt bundles are available at this location.


Over the past three decades, BACKYARD BABIES – who have won two Grammys in Sweden, where each of the group's past five records have reached the Top 3 of the country's album charts (including two #1's) – have toured the world with the likes of Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Motorhead, Social Distortion, Velvet Revolver and Alice Cooper. Classic releases such as “Total 13,” “Making Enemies Is Good” and “Stockholm Syndrome” made the group one of sleaze rock's most beloved acts around the globe, but “Sliver & Gold” shows that the band is still a raucous force to be reckoned with.


“After all these years touring and making music together, we still love what we do, and still we find new ways musically,” says guitarist Dregen. “'Sliver & Gold' sounds like classic BACKYARD BABIES, but with a total new set of spices. And they are damn hot!”



March 1           München, Germany – Backstage

March 2           Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof

March 3           Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage

March 4           Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage

March 5           Nürnberg, Germany – Hirsch

March 6           Hannover, Germany – Capitol

March 7           Berlin, Germany – SO 36

March 8           Leipzig, Germany – Conne Island

March 9           Düsseldorf, Germany – ZAKK

March 10         Hamburg, Germany – Grünspan

March 15         Enköping, Sweden – Cinema

March 16         Ronneby, Sweden – Klubb Ron

March 22         Norrköping, Sweden – Värmekyrkan

March 23         Eskilstuna, Sweden – Lokomotivet

March 27         Uppsala, Sweden – Katalin

March 28         Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik

March 29         Malmö, Sweden – KB

March 30         Örebro, Sweden – Frimis Salonger

April 5              Halmstad, Sweden – Halmstad Live

April 6             Helsingborg, Sweden – The Tivoli

April 11            Tampere, Finland – Klubi

April 12            Helsinki, Finland – The Circus

April 13            Kempele, Finland – Zemppi Areena

April 19            Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra

April 20            Vienna, Austria – Flex

April 21            Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chmelnice

April 23            Winterthur, Switzerland – Gaswerk

April 24            Milano, Italy – Live Club

April 25            Toulouse, France – Le Metronum

April 26            Marseilles, France – Full Metal Cruise

April 30            Madrid, Spain – Sala But

May 1              Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz

May 2              Lyon, France – Le Ninkasi

May 3              Paris, France – La Maroquinerie

May 4              Utrecht, Holland – De Helling

May 24            Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund

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