Avenged Sevenfold Set to Tour with Deftones, Ghost B.C.

Avenged Sevenfold Set to Tour with Deftones, Ghost B.C.

Big news for Avenged Sevenfold fans: the band has put out the first single from its upcoming album and released October tour dates. Deftones and Ghost B.C. will join the group on the road.

The new album, Hail to the King, is set to drop August 27, and the title track is the aforementioned lead single. On August 26, the band will perform a free show at the Hollywood Palladium to celebrate the album’s release. However, the tour won’t kick off in earnest until about a month later when the groups play Chicago on October 3. The bands will then continue to play through an October 26 show in Las Vegas. Other stops include Cincinnati, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Orlando and Omaha.

Fans can pre-order a limited-edition box set of the new album starting today, which includes an instant download of the new single. The box set itself is described as a “treasure box” and includes exclusive artwork, a deluxe CD, download card and a 20-page photo book of the band.

Already the new single is getting pretty divided reviews from those on their first listen. Much of it stems from a revised sound of the band that singer M. Shadows promised would veer more toward classic metal.

“I look around now and I see a lot of heavy rock bands and metal bands getting into dubstep and electronics and incorporating this new fashionable shit into their sound,” Shadows told Kerrang! last November. “That’s not us. We’re not interested in that. If anything, we’re going almost in the opposite direction by going even more old school. I mean, we’re going way back on this, to an album Black Sabbath-esque bluesy type thing, with some of the heaviest sounds we’ve ever made.”

Time will tell how fans and critics accept the new sound on the album as a whole.

Review: Alice in Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones at Carolina Rebellion

Review: Alice in Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones at Carolina Rebellion

What a difference a year makes. This weekend last year, I was sweating my balls off in Memphis, taking in the bevy of acts at Beale Street Music Festival. Last night, I was freezing my nips off at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I wasn’t watching the stock cars endlessly circle the Nascar track. I was here for Charlotte’s preeminent rock festival, Carolina Rebellion.

In talking to festival goers who were frequent Rebelers, last year the temps boiled over much like they did 620 miles away. Yesterday, the cloud cover rolled in and threatened rain throughout the day. The wind kicked up and pushed those “feel like” temperatures down into the low-50s. The masses, outfitted out in shorts and t-shirts, didn’t quite have this in mind when they penciled Carolina Rebellion on their calendar to start the summer festival season.

Carolina Rebellion is being held not exactly at the Speedway, but rather across the street behind the parking area. They’ve cordoned off the festival grounds and setup two massive stages on each end of the L as well as a smaller Jagermeister side stage. There was an embarrassment of riches packed within this line-up. We started off our day with rising talents of Halestorm, took in some of the last decades favorites with Three Days Grace and Papa Roach and we even got to see Disturbed frontman David Draiman with his side project Device on the lowly side stage. If you love rock music, Carolina Rebellion made this weekend a ‘sell the savings bonds you’re grandma gave you when you were eight’- type event.

While I’d greatly enjoy chronicling the unique stylings of Welch group Bullet for My Valentine or count the ways I loved Halestorm’s frontwoman Lizzy Hale, there is only so much time before we have to get back over to the Speedway for day two of our coverage. That means today we’ll focus our festival review on the three main acts – Alice in Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones – and dovetail back around to these other highly deserving bands in our Carolina Rebellion wrap-up review set to publish mid-week.

When I heard Deftones was playing second fiddle to Limp Bizkit, I was a bit baffled. I mean what has Fred Durst and crew done since their 90s heyday besides Durst being a douchebag. We’ll get to Fred and feminine hygiene in a minute. The Deftones were an institution at the festival. Papa Roach’s lead singer Jacoby Shaddix said that when he first started listening to the band as a teen, he knew they were making the kind of music that would become his life. Metal heads Bullet for My Valentine couldn’t believe the Deftones were here, and the Deftones were still three timeslots away. It’s not hard to spot the tattoo the Sacramento group has burned onto all the groups that came after them. Chino Moreno and the boys were quite the elder statesmen as they took the stage.

There was only an hour for the music so they sunk their teeth into the set. Moreno hit the stage with his patented soul patch and leather jacket shortly before unzipping it to revel his Joy Division t-shirt below. No worries. No mopy music followed him onstage. Instead, he brandished his trademarked intensity, mounting the riser and racing about the stage. The wrinkles of age have started to set into his face, but the band’s music sounds as fresh as it did when they put the world on notice of music’s coming change in 1988.

Stephen Carpenter and Sergio Vega anchored each end of the stage. Carpenter’s long mane of hair swirled about his face as he tamed the wild guitar. Vega bounced about the stage with crazy abandon. The best word to define the Deftones set is intensity. You can tell they take this shit seriously. They are channeling the music and through Moreno’s tortured facial expressions the notes are squeezed out into the open air. These boys put on a damn impressive live set.

On to perennial whipping boy Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit. It’s been ten years since he professed to dating Britney Spears and did the unthinkable MTV duet with Christina Aguilera. Talk about wiping your ass with your street cred and flushing down the commode. Soon after, Limp Bizkit went on a welcomed hiatus, and Durst devoted himself to indie films. The Bizkit rounded up the boys in 2009, and here we are.

Well you can’t say Limp Bizkit doesn’t put on an interesting show. Guitarist Wes Borland was covered in black body paint from head to toe with a mask straight out of Eyes Wide Shut (check him out under the photo tab above). The man is the mastermind behind the band’s sonic experimentation so if he wanted to hit the stage in a tutu, I don’t think his mates would exactly put up too much of a protest. Fred and Sam Rivers wore hoodie sweatshirts that looked like they were some kind of workout, Christmas sweaters. Curious attire aside, Limp Bizkit was here to show you why they’ve sold 40 million record around the globe.

Durst launched right into “Rollin’,” and the audience was instantly flung into the beat. Durst’s goal seemed to be to get Carolina Rebellion off. There would be no ebb and flow here. The set was locked in to full throttle to the final note. The band rolled through hits like “Nookie,” “Break Stuff” and “My Generation.” They leaned on the catalogs of their musical heroes serving up The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes,” Ministry’s “Thieves” as well as Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.”

The set was definitely a high energy affair. Durst came down off the stage to mingle with the masses for a while. The audience loved him, and there should be no question that Limp Bizkit is back.

Alice in Chains closed our evening. I have to admit that I haven’t kept up with AIC since they brought on new vocalist William DuVall when the band reformed in 2005. I was a child of grunge so Layne Staley and Alice in Chains was a rotational staple in my formative years. Much to my surprise, DuVall hauntingly similar to Staley. The inflection of his voice definitely betrays your ears, and he more than capable of performing the old staples.

The rest of your AIC favorites were here from Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez to Sean Kinney. Cantrell’s signature long locks are a thing of the past, and they all look older, but they still rocked Carolina Rebellion like it was a dark, dank club in Seattle during the early-90s. The band is touring behind their upcoming release The Devil Put the Dinosaurs Here that releases May 28. They gave us an advanced taste of the new work, performing tracks “Hollow” and “Stone” for the audience’s enjoyment. From this advanced look, I think the Alice in Chains faithful will be very happy with the direction the band is taking.

The band clearly recognized that a good chunk of the crowd was packing the stage to hear their 90s hits. They didn’t disappoint, performing a trio of favorites – “No Excuses,” “Rooster” and “Man in the Box” – to end the evening. The band sounds sharp, and they are doing the Alice in Chains legacy proud. They’ll never top the legend they were with Layne Staley, but that’s ok. They’re comfortable with who they are, and their place in rock’s landscape.

So that wraps our coverage of Saturday’s music from Carolina Rebellion. Today, we take on rock heavyweights of Bush, Rise Against and Soundgarden assuming the rain doesn’t completely wash us away. Mud here we come. Check back with us tomorrow as we continue our Carolina Rebellion coverage from Charlotte.

Limp Bizkit Carolina Rebellion Setlist
Charlotte, NC : May 4, 2013

1) Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)
2) The Truth
3) Hot Dog
4) My Generation
5) Livin’ It Up
6) My Way
7) Re-Arranged
8) Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine)
9) Thieves (Ministry)
10) Nookie
11) Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
12) Break Stuff

Alice in Chains Carolina Rebellion Setlist
Charlotte, NC : May 4, 2013

1) Them Bones
2) Dam That River
3) We Die Young
4) Hollow
5) Check My Brain
6) Again
7) Down in a Hole
8) Got Me Wrong
9) Stone
10) No Excuses
11) Rooster
12) Man in the Box
13) Would?

Deftones Reschedule Hurricane Sandy Dates, Add New Stops

Deftones have rescheduled their concerts that were postponed due to Hurricane Sandy for next spring, and have added nearly a months worth of additional dates, as well.

The new trek will kick off March 4 at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, N.Y.; and the band will stay on the road through a March 30 show at the Bayou Music Center in Houston. In between those dates, the group also will play Norfolk, Va.; Atlanta; Miami Beach; Saint Petersburg, Fla.; Orlando and Corpus Christi, Texas, among others.

The makeup dates will take place March 5 at the House of Blues in Boston and March 9 at Terminal 5 in New York. No word yet on support acts for the tour. When the band hits U.S. roads in March, they will just have finished up a European tour that finds them visiting England, France and Germany during the last half of February. Following the U.S. dates, the band will head across the Pacific to perform at Ozzfest Japan (May 11) and will then go down to Australia for a handful of dates.

The group is supporting their most recent album, Koi No Yokan, which was released last month. The album, which is Japanese for “Premonition of Love,” is the group’s seventh studio album and the first since 2010’s Diamond Eyes. The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and made its way to number two on the Billboard Hard Rock albums chart.

Frontman Chino Moreno told Billboard before the album was released that he feels like the new record features the band at its most dynamic.

“Some of my favorite things about Deftones are the dynamics. Yes, we’re a heavy band, but we’re not just in-your-face agro the whole time, punching you in the face,” he said. “I really feel like we reached a peak on our dynamics on this record with those two qualities – the beauty of something and just straight, ruthless aggression.”



Deftones Introduces New Album on October Tour with Scars on Broadway

Deftones fans have a lot to get excited about: they will be getting a new album and tour from the band before the end of the year.

The group announced that their seventh studio album will be titled Koi No Yokan and will be released November 13. The band also will spend the majority of October on the road getting fans ready for a new album, following a couple of festival appearances at the end of September.

The festival dates will begin with the band’s performance at Epicenter on September 22 in Irvine, Calif., followed by a set at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento the following day.

The group’s headlining tour will then kick off at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif. on October 9 and is scheduled to run through October 30 with a show at Terminal 5 in New York. In between, the band will hit cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. All of these shows will see support from Scars on Broadway – the group formed by System of a Down members Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan.

Koi No Yokan will be the group’s first album since 2010’s Diamond Eyes. Deftones frontman Chino Moreno told Billboard recently that the record relies very heavily on dynamics.

“Some of my favorite things about Deftones are the dynamics,” he said. “Yes, we’re a heavy band, but we’re not just in-your-face agro the whole time, punching you in the face. There’s a lot of aggression in some of the music, but there’s also this very soothing element where there’s a lot of soundscapes rather than attack, attack, attack the whole time. I understand that’s a big part of our sound, but I really feel like we reached a peak on our dynamics on this record with those two qualities – the beauty of something and just straight, ruthless aggression.”

Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones Headline Sacramento’s Monster Energy Aftershock Festival

Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones Headline Sacramento’s Monster Energy Aftershock Festival

Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones and Bush are set to headline the first annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento later this year, it was announced recently.

The all-day festival is scheduled take place September 23 in Discovery Park, which is located in the heart of California’s capital city. In addition to the headliners, the lineup also includes Chevelle, Hollywood Undead, Theory of a Deadman, Oleander, Escape the Fate, Otherwise and Gemini Syndrome.

The festival will be presented by the Sacramento radio station 98 Rock in conjunction with Arms Division Concerts/DWP/Right Arm Entertainment. The latter group also is responsible for other rock festivals around the country including Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome to Rockville and Rock Allegiance.

“When you’re bringing a new rock festival to any city, it’s important to have a great local radio partner, and a strong feeder system of stations to support the show,” says festival creator Danny Wimmer. “Sacramento has this and more. Its deep foundation in rock – including bands like Deftones and Oleander, music executives coming out of the area, and vital stations like KDOT, KBRE, and our partner station 98 Rock – proves that rock is a mainstay in Northern California.”

General admission tickets for the show are priced at $49.50, but fans can also purchase special VIP tickets for $99.50. The VIP tickets include a special VIP entrance to the park, access to a VIP lounge with a dedicated bar, beverage and food service, a seated area in the shade with dining and restroom facilities as well as a special VIP guest laminate.

The event is scheduled to open its gates at 11:00 a.m. the day of the show, and the music will get underway at noon. Discovery park is a 302-acre park that is located just outside of Downtown Sacramento.

System of a Down Joins with Deftones for August Tour

Just a few days after it was announced that System of a Down and the Deftones both would appear at Toronto’s TO Festival, now the two bands have revealed they will team up for a summer tour.

The two alt-metal bands will begin the tour at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Philadelphia on August 2, and will remain on the road until August 15 when they play the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The trek also will visit Holmdel, N.J.; Wantagh, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Detroit. The band will appear at the aforementioned TO festival on August 12, and the day before that they will play the Parc Jean-Drapeau Festival in Montreal, which features the same lineup.

The tour represents the first extended U.S. run of shows since System of a Down reunited last year after a five year hiatus. The band hasn’t released an album since 2005’s Hypnotize record. That record debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Though members of System of a Down have discussed the possibility of a new record, no official plans have yet been released. Frontman Serj Tankian, however, will release a solo album on June 10.

Harakiri will be Tankian’s third solo album. He released two previous solo albums during System of a Down’s hiatus. Elect the Dead was released in 2007, and Imperfect Harmonies followed in 2010.

The Deftones most recent record is Diamond Eyes, which was released in 2010. The record peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has since sold around 228,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Billboard reports that the band is currently working on their seventh album in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz. The band has stated they hope to release the album later this year. Raskulinecz has worked with the Deftones previously as a producer, and also has worked with bands including Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson and Rush.

The Strokes, Muse Headline Reading & Leeds Festival Lineups

The Strokes, Muse Headline Reading & Leeds Festival Lineups

The bands headlining this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival have been set and the standouts are The Strokes, Muse, Pup, and My Chemical Romance.

My Chemical Romance is scheduled to play at the Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue on Friday, August 26. The band will move to Leeds on Saturday, August 27. Opening for the band are 30 Seconds to Mars, The Offspring, and Deftones.

On Saturday night, The Strokes and the Pulp will be on the main stage in addition to Madness, Jimmy Eat World, and The National. They will move to Bramham Park in Leeds on Sunday.
Muse is set to be the headliner in Leeds on Friday and will move to Reading on Sunday. The bands that will be opening for Muse are Interpol, Elbow, and Friendly Fires.

In addition to these major acts, the schedule lists several other bands, such as The Streets, Beady Eye, and Noah & The Whale.