Chelsea Grin Exit Motionless In White, Etc. Tour Due To Alex Koehler’s “Declining Health”

Chelsea Grin have dropped off their upcoming tour with Motionless In White, Every Time I Die and Ice Nine Kills due to Alex Koehler’s “declining health.” With them gone, Like Moths To Flames have been added to the trek.

Chelsea Grin commented:

“To our fans,

We are entirely gutted to so suddenly inform you that we will need to drop off of the Motionless in White Graveyard Shift North American tour. In this situation, we feel the need to be entirely honest. It may or may not have been apparent, but for a while now Alex Koehler has been in declining health, and has been unable to surmount the rigors of being on the road.

He is currently under medical care, making good progress, and improving daily. Initially, the rest of us were determined to make this tour happen and deliver to you the best Chelsea Grin experience we could, even without Alex. We arrived home from tracking our upcoming record with only two full days to work, and as soon as we shifted our focus from the record and geared up for the run, we knew we were unprepared.

Beyond just a rushed rehearsal schedule, we’ve found ourselves very concerned with taking the stage in our current state. The duress of this album process and being so sick/conflicted for our brother has driven us each to a compromised and unsustainable mental and emotional position. When we consider the longevity of our band, this is the only choice.

We’ve waited so long to play for North America again, but cannot in good conscience return to deliver a performance that is not representative of the band at our best. Again, we are so deeply apologetic that we will not be able to accompany our brothers in Motionless in White, Every Time I Die and Ice Nine Kills, and even moreso that we will not be performing for or engaging with our fans. We are so grateful to our crew for their unending support and understanding, and to Davier Perez for working so hard stepping in for Pablo while he would have filled in for Alex.

It is very important for you to know that we are taking our situation head-on. We have a record that we are supremely confident and excited in (with the expert assistance of Drew Fulk and Joshua Travis), and are as committed as ever to furthering our music and the relationship we have with our supporters. Thank you all for your understanding, and we will be seeing you soon.”

Tour Dates:

02/20 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (no Like Moths To Flames)
02/21 San Diego, CA – House of Blues (no Like Moths To Flames)
02/22 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues (no Like Moths To Flames)
02/23 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater (no Like Moths To Flames)
02/24 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (no Like Moths To Flames)
02/25 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theater (no Like Moths To Flames)
02/27 Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center
02/28 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
03/02 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
03/03 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/04 Providence, RI – The Strand
03/06 Portland, ME – State Theater
03/07 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
03/08 London, ON – London Music Hall
03/09 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
03/10 Columbus, OH – Express LIVE
03/11 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
03/13 Columbia, MO – Blue Note
03/14 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
03/15 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon
03/17 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
03/19 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/20 Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
03/22 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
03/23 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/24 Boise, ID – Revolution
03/25 Reno, NV – Cargo

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Talib Kweli Cancels Kansas City Show Due To Taake Being Booked At The Venue

As previously reported, allegations of Nazism against Taake have led to the cancellation of the band’s March 24 show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY and have also caused opening act King Dude to drop off their North American tour. Now, Billboard are reporting that rapper Talib Kweli has cancelled his show at The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO due to the venue booking Taake.

Talib Kweli commented:

“My position is that the venue should not want to host that band whether the band cancelled or not, and should issue an apology for even booking the band. The response I received was that the venue did not want to choose sides between a band that sympathizes with racism and bigotry and me. I think it’s time to choose a side.

I find it appalling that The Riot Room refuses to apologize for booking this band. I wouldn’t feel safe bringing my team, family, and fans into a venue that is sympathetic to white nationalism, so I’ve cancelled the show. It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to performing in Kansas City.“

The allegations come as a result of a 2007 incident when Taake mastermind Hoest performed with a swastika painted on his chest. He has since apologized for that multiple times. Aside from that, the band have also faced accusations of anti-Islamic lyrics as well.

Rotten Sound Premiere New Song “Harvester Of Boredom”, Reveal Details For New EP “Suffer To Abuse”

Rotten Sound have premiered a new song titled “Harvester Of Boredom.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Suffer To Abuse,” which will be released on May 18 (April 13 in Europe). Keijo Niinimaa commented:

“Our new track ‘Harvester Of Boredom‘ is the first song created for this release: Sami‘s riffs and the lyrics are about a drug related harvesting in not-so-good conditions. This has nothing to do with Metallica – except for the nodding tribute in the title – just in case someone mistakenly thought that we wanted to comment on their efforts.”

“Suffer To Abuse” Track Listing:

01. “Privileged”
02. “The Misfit”
03. “Stressed Mess”
04. “Harvester of Boredom”
05. “One Hit Wonder”
06. “Nutrition”
07. “Slaves of Lust”

In other news, the group have also announced Southeast Asia and Japanese dates:

03/15 Bangkok, THA – Immortal Bar
03/16 Singapore, SIN – Decline
03/17 Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Rumah Api
03/18 Jakarta, IND – Bulungan Outdoor
03/20 Taipei, TAI – Revolver Bar
03/22 Yokohama, JAP – El Puente
03/23 Shinjuke, JAP – Dues Shinjuke
03/24 Asakusa, JAP – Asakusa Gold Sounds

Helmet Announce Summer 2018 European Tour

Helmet have announced a summer European tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/25 Sint-Niklaas, BEL – Concertzaal De Casino
07/26 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle
07/27 Trebur, GER – Trebur Open Air Festival
07/28 Viersen, GER – Eier Mit Speck Festival
07/29 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
07/30 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
07/31 Munich, GER – Free & Easy Festival
08/01 Nuremberg, GER – Der Hirsch
08/02 Leipzig, GER – Werk2
08/03 Berlin, GER – SO36
08/06 Bratislava, SLO – Randal Club
08/07 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert

badXchannels (Chiodos) Share Live In The Studio Video For “Blue Abyss” Feat. Fifty Grand

Craig Owens (Chiodos) has shared a live in the studio video for “Blue Abyss” featuring Fifty Grand. You can see that below:

Owens said the following:

“‘Blue Abyss’ was written with my friend Elliott (Fifty Grand). It’s an ethereal string / synth-driven track that moves at its own pace, coming and going when it pleases… a self-introspection of sorts centered around an inner battle of ultimate truth.”

He also added the following about recording on Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles:

“There were a few reasons Elliott and I decided to record write and record the track on Wonderland Avenue. Anywhere you choose to create, the things around you crawl into what you’re making and eventually show influence. The neighborhood’s famous for its hauntingly eclectic and darker leanings. From Zappa and the Houdini House to Joni Mitchell and Lookout Mountain, to the Four On The Floor murders. This was a common shared interest between Elliott and me that we discovered very quickly and decided to commit ourselves to seeing what so many brilliant trailblazers before us had seen.”