Circa Survive Begin Work On Fourth Album

Circa Survive on a sunny day

Circa Survive checked in with their Facebook fans on April 16th, revealing that they are beginning work on a follow-up to their 2010 album ‘Blue Sky Noise’. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania rock band write:

Circa has entered the studio to record our fourth full length record. We have decided to produce this record ourselves and have been extremely excited, inspired and invigorated by the process. We can’t wait for you to hear it.

Matt Roberts Leaves 3 Doors Down Due To Health Issues

3 Doors Down 'Time Of My Life'

3 Doors Down founding member Matt Roberts announced that he’s decided to leave the band. Roberts grew up with lead singer Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell in Escatawpa, Mississippi, where they formed 3 Doors Down in 1996.

The group, which now consists of Arnold, Harrell, Chris Henderson on guitar and Greg Upchurch on drums considers this split is an amicable one. Roberts has been dealing with health and circulation problems, and those health issues have been exacerbated by performing nearly 300 dates each year with the band.

“3 Doors Down will always have a special place in my heart and it saddens me to take this time off,” said Roberts in his official statement. “But my health has to be my first priority.”

“Matt is our brother and he will always be a part of this band and he will always be welcomed back with open arms,” added lead singer and founding member Brad Arnold.

3 Doors Down’s current tour and schedule will go on as scheduled despite the lineup change. They are currently performing dates across the United States on the ‘Gang of Outlaws Tour’ with ZZ Top and Gretchen Wilson.

Black Tide Aim For Summer EP Release

Black Tide

Gabriel Garcia of Black Tide checked in with fans on the Miami, Florida heavy metal band’s Facebook on May 21st, talking about their shows wiht Trivium and Five Finger Death Punch the game plan for a new EP, which would follow-up their 3-song ‘Al Ciero EP’ last October. The frontman writes:

Big thank you to everyone who came out to our shows with TRIVIUM+5FDP and our show at R.O.T.R last week !!!! Your support means everything to us. It was so good to feel the love from our fans again. We are nothing without all of you. Thank you.

We’re getting in the studio first thing next month!! Aiming for a summer EP release so LOOK OUT !!!!

Mad love – GG

The Maccabees Shake “Landfill Indie” Tag

The Maccabees

The Maccabees spoke with The Guardian about their mayhem filled Brighton Concorde gig six years ago, feeling the “landfill indie” tag was undeserved, recording with the Dodworth Colliery Band, recording with Roots Manuva, and more.

“We wanted him to play with us at Brixton Academy,” guitarist Felix White said about the Roots Manuva collaboration, but the British hip hop artist wasn’t receptive. “He said, ‘Brixton? Last time I was there I saw the Police’. I said ‘That must have been a while back?’ He said, ‘No, the Metropolitan Police’.”

My Darkest Days Bassist Doesn’t Mind Nickelback Association

My Darkest Days

My Darkest Days bassist Brendan McMillan spoke with The Star Phoenix about catching heat online for being signed to Chad Kroeger’s 604 Records label and being compared to Chad’s band Nickelback, who have been dubbed one of the titans of butt-rock. “I’ll see it sometimes on social networks with snooty comments. It is what it is,” McMillan said. “If you listen to the record all the way through, it doesn’t really sound like Nickelback. The people who love to hate Nickelback are going to say anything they can, but I don’t mind being associated with them. They have legions, hundreds of thousands of fans. That’s not a bad thing, I don’t think.”

Andrew Stockdale: Wolfmother Lineup Changes “Not My Fault”

Wolfmother

Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale insisted to Classic Rock Magazine writer Dave Ling that the Australian band’s revolving lineup isn’t because he’s a tyrant. “Being in a band offers so many different challenges. I have a good relationship with most people that have been in this band – but there are things you just can’t change,” Stockdale explained. “Two guys quit on me. The next drummer couldn’t handle the touring and wanted to stay at home. That’s not my fault.”

Previous Wolfmother members:
Chris Ross – quit citing “irreconcilable personal and musical differences”
Myles Heskett – quit citing “irreconcilable personal and musical differences”
Dave Atkins – left the band “to spend much-needed time at home with his family”
Aidan Nemeth – quit February 2012
Will Rockwell-Scott – quit February 2012

Current lineup:
Andrew Stockdale – vocalist
Ian Peres – bassist
Vin Steele – guitarist
Elliott Hammond – keyboardist
Hamish Rosser – drummer

Evocation ‘Evoked From Demonic Depths – The Early Years’ Demo Compilation Out June 26th

Evocation

Swedish death metal band Evocation will be digitally releasing a new demo compilation, ‘Evoked From Demonic Depths – The Early Years’, on June 26th in North America, with imports of the CD available exclusively at CM Distro (in addition to a 32-page booklet, the CD version also includes three live bootleg video enhancements). In anticipation of this release, the band has now premiered a track from the compilation, ‘Through The Darkened Peril’, at Decibel Magazine.

‘Evoked From Demonic Depths – The Early Years’ Track Listing:
1. A Wind Has Risen
2. Through The Darkened Peril
3. The Ancient Gate
4. Desolated Spirits
5. On A Journey To Heaven
6. Where The Headstones Shine
7. Veils Were Blown
8. Spiritual Affinity
9. Outro
10. On A Journey To Heaven (rehearsal)
11. Where The Headstones Shine (rehearsal)
12. Spiritual Affinity (rehearsal)
13. Veils Were Blown (rehearsal)
14. Genesis

Video enhancements
15. The Ancient Gate (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)
16. Genesis (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)
17. Where The Headstones Shine (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)

Tracks 1 through 4 are taken from ‘The Ancient Gate’ demo, tracks 5 through 9 are from the ‘Promo 1992’ demo, tracks 10 through 13 are previously unreleased rehearsal tracks, the band has also recorded the previously unreleased track ‘Genesis’, which was written in 1992. ‘Genesis’ was recorded at IF Studios by producer Robert Laghi. All tracks were mastered at Fascination Street Studio and the re-mastering of the demo tracks was done using the original master tapes.

Monuments Sign With Century Media Records & Announce New Frontman

Monuments

Century Media Records announced the signing of the London quintet Monuments. “We’re looking forward to working with Century Media and getting our music to every corner of the world,” the band enthused. “Expect to have your ears and minds destroyed before the end of 2012. Get ready planet Earth, we’re coming to fu** you!”

Monuments also revealed that singer Matt Rose has joined as the new frontman after they went through a long, grinding, and global search. “We have found the perfect guy right here in our own back yard, we couldn’t be happier with the work Matt has done so far,” guitarist John Browne said.

For the past seven months, Rose has been working with the band to work on a new album. Rose will enter Fortress Studios for final vocal production and recording with Dan Weller (SikTh) later this month.

The Starting Line Releasing ‘Direction’ On Vinyl

The Starting Line 'Direction'

ShopRadioCast just launched the pre-order for the exclusive vinyl version of The Starting Line’s 2007 album ‘Direction’ ahead of its July 24th release date. The vinyl edition is limited to 1,500 copies – 500 on Yellow vinyl and 500 on Blue vinyl. Hot Topic will have an exclusive color available on July 24th which is limited to 500 copies as well.

Pressing Details:
Lacquers made at Lucky Lacquers
Pressed at Erika Records
Full color center labels, gatefold jacket and Euro Inner Sleeve

Track Listing:
1. Direction
2. 21
3. Are You Alone
4. Island
5. Hurry
6. Something Left To Give
7. Birds
8. Way With Words
9. I Could Be Wrong
10. Somebody’s Gonna Miss Us
11. Need To Love
12. What You Want
13. Pictures [Bonus track from Japanese CD Release]

Vattnet Viskar Signs Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records

Vattnet Viskar

Vattnet Viskar signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The Plaistow, New Hampshire black metal act formed in the fall of 2010 and is comprised of Chris Alfieri on guitar, Alan Sobodacha on bass, Matt St. Jean on drums and frontman Nicholas Thornbury. A full U.S. tour is already being planned for later this year, but the band has a few shows confirmed so far for 2012.

Vattnet Viskar Tour Dates:
June 10 – Worcester Death Fest at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
September 6-8 – Hopscotch Music Fest in Raleigh, NC

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