DANKO JONES Premieres Video For 'Fists Up High'; Tour With Volbeat Kicks Off Monday
With their European/UK arena tour with Volbeat just days away, acclaimed Canadian hard rockers DANKO JONES have unveiled a music video for their anthemic new single, “Fists Up High.”
The “Fists Up High” video was shot in Gothenburg, Sweden last month with noted director Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Arch Enemy) on an off-date during the band's recent European festival tour. The clip marks the first time in seven years that the group – whose namesake vocalist/guitarist was recently praised by Classic Rock (UK) as “the standard by which other intense modern front men are measured” – has filmed a true performance video.
“'Fists Up High' is my favorite song on our new album 'A Rock Supreme,'” Danko says. “We're very excited for everyone to see the new video and can't wait to play it when we hit the road with Volbeat.”
A two-track digital single for “Fists Up High” is now available on Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms. The B-side is a cover of “You Love It,” a song by Canadian electropunk singer Peaches. “We love Peaches, and watched her start up in Toronto and take over the world,” says Danko. “'You Love It' has the attitude and energy that makes you want to bang your head and dance the night away."
In other DANKO JONES news, the band – who just completed a successful Australian tour – recently announced two concerts in its home province of Ontario, including a hometown show at Toronto's Lee's Palace on Dec. 6. See below for the group's complete list of upcoming performances.
DANKO JONES has made a name for themselves over the years as a must-see live band during memorable tours with the likes of Guns N' Roses, Mororhead and Clutch. The group's best-known material includes “Had Enough,” which earned the group their first gold and platinum singles in Sweden and has racked up more than 14 million Spotify streams; “Gonna Be A Fight Tonight,” which WWE used as the official theme song of the 2015 Royal Rumble; and “Lovercall,” their first of seven singles to crack the U.S. Active Rock Top 40.
The group's latest album, “A Rock Supreme,” was produced by Garth “Gggarth” Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, Biffy Clyro).
DANKO JONES live:
9/23 Newcastle, UK – Academy O2*
9/24 Glasgow, UK – Academy*
9/26 London, UK – Brixton Academy*
9/28 Bristol, UK – Academy O2*
9/30 Birmingham, UK – Academy*
10/1 Manchester, UK – Apollo*
10/3 Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall*
10/4 Dublin, IRE – Olympia*
10/6 Paris, FR – Olympia*
10/7 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal*
10/9 Madrid, SP – La Riviera*
10/10 Lisbon, PT – Coliseu*
10/12 Barcelona, SP – Razzmatazz*
10/14 Milan, IT – Fabrique*
10/29 Warsaw, PO – Torwar*
10/31 Prague, CZ – O2 Universum*
11/1 Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena*
11/2 Erlangen, DE – E-Werk
11/3 Stuttgart, DE – Schleyerhalle*
11/4 Antwerpen, BE – Sportpaleis*
11/5 Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion*
11/6 Karlsruhe, DE – Substage
11/7 Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle*
11/8 Munich, DE – Olympiahalle*
11/10 Leipzig, DE – Arena*
11/11 Hamburg, DE – BarclayCard Arena*
11/12 Hamburg, DE – BarclayCard Arena*
11/13 Lingen, DE – Alterschlachtof
11/14 Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena*
11/15 Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena*
11/17 Vienna, AT – Stadthalle*
11/19 Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome*
11/20 Bremen, DE – Modernes
11/21 Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
11/22 Kiel, DE – Max
11/23 Herning, DK – Jyske Bank Boxen*
11/25 Trondheim, NO – Spektrum*
11/27 Helsinki, FI -Hartwall Arena*
11/29 Stockholm, SE – Tele2 Arena*
12/1 Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena*
12/6 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
12/13 Waterloo, ON – Maxwell's
* with Volbeat, Baroness
EXMORTUS Unveils Animated Video For 'Evil Dead'-Inspired New Song 'Swallow Your Soul'
Horror-themed EP 'Legions Of The Undead' available now for pre-order
In honor of Friday the 13th, the death/thrash/shred quartet EXMORTUS have unveiled an animated music video for their “Evil Dead”-inspired song “Swallow Your Soul,” one of two new original tracks on their forthcoming Halloween/horror-themed EP, “Legions Of The Undead.” The clip, which was designed by Wayne Joyner (Dream Theater, Devin Townsend), can be seen above. “Swallow Your Soul” is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms.
Recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Warbringer, Immolation) at Oakland's Sharkbite Studios, “Legions Of The Undead” will be released on Oct. 25 via the band's own Exmortus Music in cooperation with M-Theory Audio. The five-track release includes two originals (“Swallow Your Soul” and the title track, which nods to the Dead Men of Dunharrow in “Lord Of The Rings”), as well as covers of three well-known instrumentals performed in the band's inimitable neoclassical metal style – Danny Elfman's “Beetlejuice” theme, Bernard Hermann's iconic “Psycho Theme” and 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's haunting “Night On Bald Mountain.”
“Legions Of The Undead” – the cover art for which was designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi – is now available for pre-order on CD and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl at this location – www.smarturl.it/exmortusofficial . All digital pre-orders include an instant download of “Swallow Your Soul.”
“Legions Of The Undead” track listing:
- Legions Of The Undead
- Swallow Your Soul
- Psycho Theme
- Night On Bald Mountain
“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group's sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego's recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a five-week tour across the U.S. and Canada. See below for the complete itinerary.
"Although we had fun writing homages to 'Evil Dead' and 'Lord of the Rings,' we had an absolute blast giving these covers the EXMORTUS touch,” says Gonzalez. “We're extremely excited to perform these new tracks on Death Angel's North American Humanicide Tour this November and December. See you on the road, Legions!"
Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred's Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases (2014's “Slave To The Sword,” 2016's “Ride Forth” and 2018's “Sound Of Steel”), the band toured alongside some of metal's biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.
EXMORTUS on tour with Death Angel:
Nov 16 - Seattle, WA – Club Sur
Nov 17 - Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Nov 18 - Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theater
Nov 19 - Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Nov 20 - Calgary, AB – Dickens
Nov 21 - Regina, SK – The Exchange
Nov 22 - Winnipeg, MB – Pyramids
Nov 23 - St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam
Nov 25 - London, ON – London Music Hall
Nov 26 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Nov 27 - Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
Nov 28 - Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
Nov 29 - Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
Nov 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
Dec 1 - New Bedford, MA – Vault @ Greasy Luck
Dec 3 - Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
Dec 4 - Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
Dec 5 - Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Dec 6 - Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Dec 7 - Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
Dec 8 - Orlando, FL – The Haven
Dec 10 - Lafayette, LA – Grant Street
Dec 11 - Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Dec 12 - Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
Dec 13 - Dallas, TX – Trees
Dec 14 - Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
Dec 15 - Enid, OK – 1927 Event Center
Dec 17 - Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
Dec 18 - Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Dec 19 - West Hollywood, CA – Whisky
Canadian Thrashers HAZZERD Sign With M-Theory Audio;
New Album 'Delirium' Due In 2020
The Canadian thrash quartet HAZZERD has signed with M-Theory Audio, who will release the group's second album, “Delirium,” in early 2020. A short teaser can be seen HERE.
“HAZZERD came to my attention via Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who championed the young thrashers on his Gimme Radio show,” explains M-Theory’s Marco Barbieri. “I loved the energy and immediacy of the band’s music. I later saw that Dave even included them on his personal record collection picks, and aside from a plenitude of rock, metal and punk classics, HAZZERD was the only new band alongside Power Trip to make the list."
HAZZERD was initially formed by drummer/lead vocalist Dylan Westendorp and guitarist Brendan Malycky, two Calgary teens who were inspired by the early work of thrash legends such as Overkill, Metallica and Anthrax. The group self-released their debut EP, “Victimize The Innocent,” in 2014. The following year, the band recruited then-18-year-old lead guitarist Toryin Schadlich.
In 2017, soon after solidifying the group's lineup with the addition of bassist David Sprague, HAZZERD recorded their full-length debut, “Misleading Evil,” which was released via Canada's World War Now Records. Featuring cover art by Andrei Bouzikov (Skeletonwitch, Municipal Waste), the record was praised by Metal-Temple.com as “one of the strongest thrash releases of 2017,” while Dead Rhetoric called the album “an exhilarating aural ride” with a “Maiden/Priest-meets-early Metallica vibe.”
HAZZERD is currently putting the finishing touches on “Delirium,” which was recorded at Calgary's MCC Recording Studio and mixed and mastered by Johnny Gasparic (Into Eternity). Bouzikov will once again provide the cover artwork. Additional information on the album will be revealed in the near future.
“We are absolutely stoked to announce our signing with M-Theory,” says Westendorp. “The reason our second album has been taking so long to come to fruition is because we wanted to make sure we found the right team and label to help us bring this next record to you all, and we feel that with M-Theory behind us, we can reach even more people with our music. Look for more news regarding the new album within the next few weeks!”
In recent years, HAZZERD has performed alongside the likes of Striker, Vicious Rumors, Archspire, Spellcaster, and Grim Reaper in addition to playing noted Canadian festivals such as Loud As Hell and Armstrong MetalFest. The group's next shows will be in support of Combat recording artist Hatchet at four upcoming Canadian concerts. The dates are as follows:
9/29 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
10/1 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
10/2 Saskatoon, SK – Black Cat Tavern
10/3 Calgary, AB – Palamino Smokehouse
For more information on HAZZERD, visit www.facebook.com/HazzerdThrash.
EXMORTUS To Release Horror-Themed EP 'Legions Of The Undead' In October
Neoclassical shred/thrash/melodic death group to tour with Death Angel from Nov. 16 – Dec. 19
Building on the momentum established with their righteous recent releases “Slave To The Sword” (2014), “Ride Forth” (2016) and “Sound Of Steel” (2018), the Los Angeles-based EXMORTUS – hailed by MetalSucks for their “mix of thrash, death metal and shred that's absolutely irresistible” – will release a new EP, “Legions Of The Undead,” on Oct. 25 via the band's own Exmortus Music, in cooperation with M-Theory Audio.
The five-track release – which was recorded earlier this year with longtime producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Warbringer, Immolation) at Oakland's Sharkbite Studios – features a Halloween/horror theme, with two new original songs (the title track and “Swallow Your Soul,” the latter of which will premiere on Sept. 13th. The EP, which will be released on CD, digital and limited-edition green slime-colored vinyl, also includes covers of three well-known instrumentals performed in the band's inimitable neoclassical metal style – Danny Elfman's “Beetlejuice” theme, Bernard Hermann's iconic “Psycho Theme” and 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's haunting “Night On Bald Mountain.”
The cover artwork, designed by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi, can be seen above.
“Legions Of The Undead” marks the first EXMORTUS release featuring the lineup – founding guitarist/vocalist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez, guitarist Chase Becker (also of Warbringer), bassist Cody Nunez and drummer Adrian Aguilar – that has logged numerous miles on the road together over the past two years with the likes of Obituary, Venom Inc., Sabaton, Kreator, Allegaeon, Hatchet, Homewrecker and The Absence. The group – whose most recent performance was alongside Exodus at the legendary thrash group's sold-out “Bonded By Con” concert during San Diego's recent Comic-Con – will support another iconic Bay Area act this fall, when they team up with Death Angel for a month-long tour of North America.
"We are beyond excited to support Death Angel across North America this November & December,” explains Conan. “They've been nothing but great to us whenever we've played in their neck of the woods and now it's a great honor to be a part of their show. Can’t wait to play new tunes from our EP. See you on the road, Legions!"
Founded by Gonzalez when he was just 12 years old, EXMORTUS released their debut album, “In Hatred's Flame,” via Heavy Artillery in 2008. After gaining additional acclaim with their 2011 sophomore effort “Beyond The Fall Of Time,” the group signed a three-album deal with Prosthetic Records in 2013. In support of that acclaimed trilogy of releases, the band toured alongside some of metal's biggest names, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Abbath, Dark Tranquillity and Marty Friedman, earning extensive praise along the way for their live power, prowess and proficiency.