Decoder Change Name And Change Lineup


Decoder checked in with their Facebook fans on March 1st to announce that the band is changing their name for legal and lineup reasons. The St. Petersburg, Florida post Hardcore band later announced a mini farewell tour that kicks off Friday in Orlando. Guitarist Jack Burns writes:

Alright everyone here it is. As of today our band is now under the name Lead Hands. Due to member changes and a lawsuit over our name we were forced to change it. Aside the name change we would like to introduce your to our new guitarist Vinny Capitani and our good friend Liam Thomas on bass and will be taking over the position of clean vocals. In the next few days we will be posting an introduction video and go a little more in depth with what has been happening. Thank you all for your continued support and we love you all more then you know.

Farewell Shows:
May 18th Orlando @ Bombshells Tavern
May 19th Tampa @ Transitions Skatepark
May 25th St. Petersburg @ Local 662
May 27th Gainesville @ Double Down Live

Flatfoot 56 To Release New Album ‘Toil’ July 24th

Flatfoot 56

Flatfoot 56 has announced the details behind its fourth label-backed studio album. The band will release ‘Toil’ on July 24th via Paper + Plastick Records. Worldwide distribution will come from Stomp Records in Canada, and People Like You Records in Europe.

The Chicago-based Celtic punk-rockers recorded ‘Toil’ in Matt Allison’s Atlas Studios, working with producer Johnny Rioux of the Street Dogs in January and February. They emerged from recording sessions with 13 new songs for the album, and the tracklisting can be seen below. “[Johnny] knows how to challenge us and push us to the next level, which is what any band hopes for,” frontman Tobin Bawinkel said about the band’s decision to work with Rioux again.

‘Toil’ is the band’s follow-up to 2010’s ‘Black Thorn’, which notched the band a spot on nine Billboard charts.

Flatfoot 56 'Toil'

‘Toil’ Tracklisting:
1. Brother, Brother
2. The Rich, The Strong and The Poor
3. I Believe It
4. Take Hold Again
5. Toil
6. Live Or Die Trying
7. Work For Them
8. Terrorizing Truth
9. Strongman
10. 6’10”
11. This Time
12. Winter In Chicago
13. I’ll Fly Away

Happy Mother’s Day From Atom Smash’s Serg Sanchez

Serg Sanchez and his Atom Smash bandmates

Serg Sanchez of Atom Smash checked in with fans on the Miami, Florida rock group’s Facebook page on Sunday (May 13), wishing all the mothers a happy Mother’s Day. Serge and his bandmates released their latest album ‘Beautiful Alien’ in March. The vocalist writes:

Happy mothers day. My mom is the reason I picked up a guitar. Some days I’m sure she regrets it lol but I can speak for everyone in the band in saying we have the best moms ever. We’d be nowhere without them.

Happy Mothers Day From Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead checked in with their Facebook fans on May 13th to with their female fans with children a Happy Mothers Day while the Los Angeles rap rock group continues work on a follow-up to their 2011 album ‘American Tragedy’. They write:

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms and moms of moms out there. Especially the moms that try to bang us at our shows. Get it together you crazy ladies!!!! Have a great day!

Chad Gilbert To Release New 7″ ‘The Nashville Session’ June 19th

Chad Gilbert / What's Eating Gilbert

New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert will release a new 7″ under his What’s Eating Gilbert project on June 19th via Paper + Plastick Records. The two-song 7″, entitled ‘The Nashville Session’, is the fourth release from What’s Eating Gilbert.

‘The Nashville Session’, which will be released in digital and vinyl formats, was produced by Chad Gilbert and Jon Howard at The Anchor Room in Nashville, Tennessee. It follows up three What’s Eating Gilbert releases, the ‘Thinking ‘Bout Her’, ‘Dear God’ and ‘What I’d Do’ EPs on Epitaph Records. The Nashville Session is the first What’s Eating Gilbert release since late 2010.

‘The Nashville Session’ features the characteristic ’50s-style pop sounds of the What’s Eating Gilbert discography and infusing a pop-punk tilt from Gilbert’s career with New Found Glory. The more uptempo ‘The One’ complements the swingy vibe of ‘Lonely Road’. The latter of the two songs is an introspective look into Gilbert’s thoughts about tour life, following his pattern of introducing personal experience into What’s Eating Gilbert songs.

Chad Gilbert 'What's Eating Gilbert - The Nashville Session'

Miasmal Sign With Century Media Records


Miasmal have signed with Century Media, capitalizing on the growing fan base the Gothenburg-based band garnered with their previously released EP and studio album. Philipp Schulte, A&R at Century Media Records, commented:

We are very happy about the signing of Miasmal. The current death metal underground scene is offering many excellent new and promising bands, but only a few have that certain edge that makes you feel there is much more to come. It’s the combination of their music, style and attitude that makes Miasmal simply outstanding. When I listened to tracks like ‘Kallocain’, ‘Toxic Breed’ or the epic ‘Chronicles’ for the first time, I felt this band has a spirit most other bands are lacking.

Miasmal frontman Pontus Redig added:

We are happy to announce that we just signed a deal with Century Media! As fans of many of the label’s releases and bands, we feel that we are in good company. The new cooperation offers lots of opportunities for the making of our next record which is something we are very excited about. We’ve just begun the writing process and plan to head to the studio during the winter to immortalize our 2nd album and Century Media debut.

Miasmal is currently on tour in Europe to promote their latest studio album. Tour dates are as follows:
May 13 – Germany, Berlin at Koma F
May 15 – Germany, Göttingen at Juzi
May 16 – Germany, Koblenz at SK 2
May 17 – Germany, Bielefeld at AJZ
May 18 – Holland, Venlo at Slow End Fest
May 19 – Belgium, Liège
May 20 – France, Bordeaux at Heretic Club
May 21 – France, Toulouse at La Dernière Chance Bar
May 22 – Spain, San Sebastian
May 23 – Spain, Zaragoza at Mogambo
May 24 – Spain, Barcelona at Los Bloques
July 19-21 – Hell’s Pleaseure Fest

The Agonist New Album ‘Prisoners’ Out June 5th

The Agonist 'Prisoners'

Extreme metallers The Agonist will be unleashing their third studio album ‘Prisoners’ on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. In regards to the album artwork, frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz commented:

We wanted to really include a chaotic visual to reflect the chaotic sound of the band, but we also wanted to show that the lyrics on this album are a lot more introverted…The human face was left non-descript on purpose– it doesn’t belong to any particular person, but we could call him the Lonely Solipsist.

Prisoners Tracklisting:
1. You’re Coming With Me
2. The Escape
3. Predator & Prayer
4. Anxious Darwinians
5. Panophobia
6. Ideomotor
7. Lonely Solipsist
8. Dead Ocean
9. The Mass Of The Earth
10. Everybody Wants You (dead)
11. Revenge Of The Dadaists

Throughout their North American tour with Kittie, The Agonist will be selling digital download cards that feature two tracks from Prisoners: ‘Ideomotor’ and the previously limited edition EP-only track ‘The Escape’. These tracks will be available for immediate download, with the remainder of the album available on release day. Dates for this trek are below.

The Agonist Tour Dates:
May 12 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
May 13 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
May 14 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
May 15 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
May 16 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 17 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s Pub
May 18 – Worcester, MA – Tammany Hall
May 19 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
May 20 – Auburn, ME – Club Texas
May 21 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes
May 22 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
May 23 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
May 24 – Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill
May 25 – Providence, RI – The Ruins at Coliseum

Lifehouse Twitter Chat


Lifehouse answered several fan questions posed from their Twitter followers (@lifehousemusic) on May 4th. The Los Angeles alternative rock band, who are working on a follow-up to their 2010 album ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, fielded questions from favorite venues to the meaning of life. Among the questions and answers:

patba81: What is your dream stadium to play on?
Lifehouse: O2 Stadium

Scr3amLOUD3RNOW: What is the meaning of life?
Lifehouse: A monty python movie

Molly_Monarch: Favorite recent movie?
Lifehouse: Recently…. Blade Runner, 8 1/2, Shoot The Piano Player, A Clockwork Orange, Crimes and Misdemeanors

TeamLifehouse: Would any of the band members consider acting?
Lifehouse: Some of us have dabbled, but music is our thing.

mandypoynter: Who’s your favorite band at the moment?
Lifehouse: Too many. Just saw Coldplay again n they blew our mindholes. Honor to open for them last year.

Lostprophets Releasing ‘Weapons’ In North America On June 19th

Lostprophets 2012

Lostprophets are set to release their fifth studio album ‘Weapons’ on June 19th via Fearless Records. The CD is a follow-up to the Welsh rock band’s four previous releases – 2000’s ‘fakesoundofprogress’, 2004’s ‘Start Something’, 2006’s ‘Liberation Transmission’, and 2010’s ‘The Betrayed’.

Frontman Ian Watkins said about the new album on the label:
“With the business being as it is, and America being such a huge market to be absent from, we couldn’t be more flattered and excited that Fearless are giving us another crack at it – Another shot, if you will. Warped Tour will remind everyone – old fans and new – how good it is having Lostprophets on these shores. It’s been a long time since a UK rock band has made a real impact in America and we’re ready to carry that torch.”

‘Weapons’ will be the band’s first North American release since ‘Liberation Transmission’. The album was recorded in North Hollywood, California at NRG Studios with producer Ken Andrews (A Perfect Circle, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club).

Lostprophets 'Weapons' album artwork

Tracklist for ‘Weapons’:
1. Bring ‘Em Down
2. We Bring An Arsenal
3. Another Shot
4. Jesus Walks
5. A Song for Where I’m From
6. A Little Reminder That I’ll Never Forget
7. Better Off Dead
8. Heart on Loan
9. Somedays
10. Can’t Get Enough

In support of the new album, Lostprophets is currently on a European headline tour, with support from Young Guns, and will continue their Stateside takeover throughout the summer on the Vans Warped Tour 2012 from July 12th through August 5th.

Lostprophets with Young Guns dates:
May 6 – Koin, Germany at Live Music Hall
May 7 – Bruxelles, Belgium at Ancienne Belgique
May 8 – Paris, France at Le Bataclan
May 10 – Hamburg, Germany at Docks Hamburg
May 11 – Berlin, Germany at Columbiahalle
May 13 – Munchen, Germany at Backstage Werk
May 14 – Zurich, Switzerland at Komplex457
May 15 – Bologna, Italy atEstragon
May 17 – Ysseltsteyn, Netherlands atJera On Air Festival
Jun 23 – London, UK at BBC Radio 1 Hackey Weekend
Jun 24 – Roeser Luxembourg, Luxembourg at Herchesfeld- Roeser Luxembourg
Jun 26 – Trms Fylke, Norway at Hove Festival
Jun 27 – Sopron, Hungary at Volt Festival
Jun 29 – Prague, Czech Republic at Prague City Festival
Jul 2 – Dresden, Germany at Schlachthof
Jul 3 – Schoppenstedt, Germany at Eventhalle
Jul 4 – Dortmund, Germany at FZW
Jul 6 – Milan, Italy at Heineken Jammin’ Festival
Jul 8 – Amneville, France at Sonisphere

Vans Warped Tour 2012 Dates:
July 12 – Burgettstown, PA at First Niagra Pavillion
July 13 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center
July 14 – Toronto, ON at Molson Canadian Ampitheater
July 15 – Montreal, QC at Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 17 – Darien Center, NY at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 19 – Mansfield, MA at Comcast Center
July 20 – Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center
July 21 – Uniondale, NY at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 22 – Hartford, CT at The Comcast Theatre
July 24 – Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 25 – Virginia Beach, VA at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 26 – Atlanta, GA at Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood
July 27 – Orlando, FL at Cenral FL Fairgrounds
July 28 – Miami, FL at Cruzan Ampitheater
July 29 – St. Petersburg, FL at Vinoy Park
July 30 – Charlotte, NC at Charlotte Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
July 31 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center
Aug 1 – Milwaukee, WI at Marcus Ampitheater
Aug 4 – Redmond, WA at Marymoor Ampitheater
Aug 5 – Portland, OR at Rose Quarter Riverfront

Dark Tranquillity Re-Signs With Century Media Records

Dark Tranquillity band

Century Media Records has renewed their deal for the third time with Swedish melodic death metal group Dark Tranquillity. The band from Gothenburg released their first album on Century Media Records in 1999, and since then has released 6 albums, plus 2 DVDs and a handful of special releases.

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Europe commented:

I start to believe in Numerology. 13 years ago, Dark Tranquillity signed their first contract with Century Media Records. Friday the 13th of April, I met Mikael Stanne and Niklas Sundin for the Roadburn festival at the lovely 013 venue in Tilburg to receive the signed copies of their 3rd Century Media contract for 3 more albums. The 3 of us had about 13 beers to celebrate it. It’s amazing how Dark Tranquillity are able to express their legacy as one of the original godfathers of the melodic death metal/Gothenburg sound without sounding outdated today. They always managed to stick to their roots and develop to new heights at the same time. Looking forward to the next album in 2013. Cheers!

The band commented:

After such a long history together, we’re more confident than ever that Century media is the perfect working partner for Dark Tranquillity. In a climate where a lot of record labels are weighed down by cynicism or have just plain given up in the face of the rapidly changing industry climate, Century media are still enthusiastic and forward thinking and take huge pride in releasing great music that matters. Here’s to another 13 years!

Dark Tranquillity live dates:
May 5 – Tel Aviv, Israel
May 6 – Istanbul, Turkey
June 1 – Metalfest, Austria
June 2 – Metalfest Dessau, Germany
June 3 – Metalfest, Poland
June 5 – Metalfest, Croatia
June 7 – Metalfest, Italy
June 8 – Metalfest, Switzerland
June 9 – Loreley, Germany
June 15 – Metal Gate, Czech
June 16 – Metaltown, Sweden
July 28 – Faceplant Metalfest, Sweden
August 17 – Summerbreeze, Germany
August 18 – Motocultor Festival, France
October 13 – Metal Invasion Festival, Germany