August Burns Red To Be Rejoined By Former Vocalist & Bassist At 15th Anniversary Show

August Burns Red have announced that former vocalist Josh McManness and former bassist Jordan Tuscan will be rejoining them onstage during their 15th anniversary show at the Freedom Hall in Lancaster, PA on April 14. Together they will perform some tracks off their debut album “Thrill Seeker,” as well as other songs.

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Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes Apologizes For Controversial March For Our Lives Comments

Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes previously made headlines after he shockingly said the youth led March For Our Lives gun control movement was “pathetic and disgusting” in a series of deleted social media posts. Now, he has shared a new Instagram video to apologize for his comments. You can watch that below:

Hughes said the following [transcribed by Loudwire]:

“Recently I made some posts on Instagram that did not communicate how I feel about a variety of topics. What I’d intended to be a statement about the highjacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of the movement of our nation’s youth came off seeming like a mean-spirited attack and slight of the youth themselves and even a personal attack of its leadership. I wanted to be clear, I never wanted that to happen. I never intended to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing they accomplished.”

“I am truly sorry. I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm. As someone who has watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they loved, I should’ve handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly and I did not do that and I messed up. And I hope that you are able to forgive me, but please know that I did not mean to do what it seems like it was I was doing.”

Hughes became a mass shooting survivor himself, after terrorists killed 89 people during Eagles Of Death Metal’s November 2015 concert in Paris.

Underoath Tease Four New Songs, Announce “Secret” Album Release Show

Underoath have shared teasers for four new songs titled “It Has To Start Somewhere,“ “Wake Me,” “Bloodlust,“ and “Sink With You.” These tracks will appear on the band’s new album “Erase Me,“ which is set to be released on April 6. Furthermore, the group will be playing a “secret” album release show in Chicago, IL on April 6 as well. Fans can RSVP now to get the location.

Ghost Tease New Papa Emeritus With “Chapter One: New Blood” Video

Ghost are teasing the next incarnation of Papa Emeritus with a new three-minute video called “Chapter One: New Blood.” You can check that out below, along with a short Easter clip. The band are expected to announce their new album in the near future.

Mastodon Release “Emperor Of Sand” Mask

To commemorate the one year anniversary of “Emperor Of Sand,” Mastodon have released a limited edition mask inspired by the album’s cover art. You can purchase that HERE.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Echo Black

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Echo Black.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ECHO BLACK: We are Echo Black from New York City and we make “dance rock.” We formed in early 2015 after having performed under the moniker “Danny Blu” for a number of years. As we started working more as a band as opposed to a solo act, we decided it was time to rebrand the project and move forward as a unit. We worked tirelessly to make sure we brought all the existing fans with us on our new venture. We’ve successfully made ourselves into a nationally touring act with some of the best fans we could ever ask for! And we’ve stayed completely independent thus far.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ECHO BLACK: The cool thing about our band is that we all come from severely different music backgrounds; we think it serves to make our music multi-faceted and lets us mix and match genres to create our sound. For example, our singer, Danny, comes from the lands of Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Orgy, Lady Gaga, Psyclon Nine, etc. Our drummer/pianist, Billy, comes mainly from the lands of Bruce Springsteen, Meatloaf, P!nk, etc. Our bassist, Rob, hails from the basement shows of New Brunswick and our guitarist, Felix, could be a sleaze rocker from ’87. It all melts and melds together to create the sound we call Echo Black.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

ECHO BLACK: We put out our debut album DAWN a little while ago and we are extremely proud of the product we were able to create with our team. It truly represents our multi-genred sound and it’s meant to take you on a proper album journey. From track 1 to track 12 (13, if you buy the physical copy), the listeners are meant to immerse themselves in this theatrical experience we call DAWN. Listeners should check it out because it’s probably something they aren’t expecting to be featured on a mainly “metal” site. Sure, we draw some inspiration from the metal scene and some of us are very much a part of it, but are we a metal band? No. BUT that doesn’t mean it won’t catch your earbuds off guard!

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

ECHO BLACK: FUCKING ENERGY. If there is one thing we do right, it’s the live show. The live show is what drives us forward. We love touring; we love meeting people of a million different backgrounds, from a million different places. Our show is high octane. We’ve really taken the time and made the investments to make our shows feel like stadiums inside (sometimes) seedy bars. We bring a full light show whenever possible and feed off the energy in the room to create a lightning storm in each venue.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

ECHO BLACK: Who the fuck knows, but we certainly don’t plan on resting anytime soon… so come along for the ride with us! Maybe we’ll be playing Madison Square Garden; maybe we’ll still be coming to a small town near you. Whatever the case may be, we will be as dedicated then as we are now. See you at a show!!!

You can check out the band’s music video for “Dawn” below, and catch them on tour with City Of The Weak.

Tour Dates:

04/07 @ The Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
04/09 @ The Blue Note – Tampa, FL
04/10 @ The Haven Lounge – Winter Park, FL
04/11 @ Rack’Em Spirits & Times – Cape Coral, FL
04/13 @ Carts, Bikers, & Babes Rally – Houston, TX
04/14 @ The Zone – Abilene, TX
04/15 @ Boozers Rockbar – Corpus Christie, TX
04/16 @ The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
04/17 @ Red Brick Bar – Norman, OK
04/18 @ Hero’s – Fort Smith, AR
04/19 @ Aftershock Live – Merriam, KS
04/20 @ The Phoenix Lounge – Sioux Falls, SD
04/21 @ Lifers – Algona, IA
04/24 @ Bayso’s – Grayson, KY
04/26 @ Hijynx – Fort Atkinson, WI
04/27 @ The Music Factory w/ Super Bob – Battle Creek, MI
04/28 @ Ground Floor 2.0 – Williamsport, PA
04/29 @ Therapy Cafe – Dayton, OH
04/30 @ Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
05/02 @ Asbury Park Music Foundation – Asbury Park, New Jersey
05/03 @ Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
05/04 @ The Knitting Factory – New York, NY
05/05 @ 37th and Zen – Norfolk, VA