Monuments Postpone North American Tour

Monuments have postponed their North American tour with Skyharbor, Greyhaven, and Vespera due to visa issues. The new dates have yet to be announced, but the group did confirm that the trek will take place in April 2020.

The band issued the following statement:

“Hey everyone,

Unfortunately, we come with bad news.

We will be moving our North America tour to April 2020 due to complications with our US Visa’s.

All tickets bought will still be valid for the new dates.

We would of preferred to have said that this happened due to the US government with other bands having difficulty recently but ultimately this is not the case.

On August 17th, our visa’s still hadn’t been applied for, as information was missing from our label.
With an average wait time of 17 days for an embassy appointment in London, 10 days for visa approval and 7 days after the appointment to get passports back, we made the decision to move the tour rather than be any later than we already would have been.

In light of this news, we are no longer affiliated with Go Down Believing Management or Decibel touring.

Not only does this effect you all, by not being able to see us play for a further 8 months. Some of us took these 6 weeks off from work and gave away this work to other people, which most certainly isn’t ideal.

We apologise for this news, but we will be there, stronger than ever. The new dates will be announced very shortly.

Mx”

Interview: Nevada Rose‘s Justin DiMarco Talks New Project Life Right Now

I was recently given the opportunity to interview Nevada Rose‘s Justin DiMarco about his new project Life Right Now. That band, which also features Zachary Scott (It Lies Within), Bryan McClure (Attila), and Kyle Dameron (It Lies Within/ex-Deception Of A Ghost), officially released their debut album “Avant Garde“ earlier this month.

METAL ANARCHY: First Of all, how did Life Right Now come together?

DIMARCO: We had all met each other from previous tours and festivals from past projects. Nevada Rose and It Lies Within played a show together in Buffalo, NY and Zach, Kyle and I immediately hit it off. We stayed in contact over the years and were throwing ideas around about writing an album and creating something new. Zach and Kyle introduced themselves to Bryan at a festival in Michigan and found common interests as well, musically and creatively.

The time eventually came where we were too excited about our ideas and concepts to keep them bottled up and we had to bring them to life. After about a year of writing and recording, we knew we wanted to pursue this full time. Fast forward to now, we’ve just finished RAGEFEST 2 with Crown The Empire, Attila, Veil Of Maya, Gideon, and Hawk and we couldn’t be more excited as we’ve definitely hit the ground running.

METAL ANARCHY: How does this project compare to your other bands?

DIMARCO: I think there is a lot on this album that we all wanted to do in our previous projects but it just simply wouldn’t work or make sense. Each band is/was different (Attila, It Lies Within, Nevada Rose, Deception Of A Ghost) so what was cool is that we all came from projects where we individually wanted to experiment with new things, but at the same time pulled experience and influence from everyone’s past efforts. Whether it be the catchy choruses, groovy riffs or breakdowns, or edm beats, I think there’s a taste of everyones past band, each influenced from someone different.

At the end of the day we wanted to create an album that wants the listener to hit REPEAT after every song and that’s a philosophy each past project had.

METAL ANARCHY: What would you like to tell readers of this site about your new album “Avant Garde”?

DIMARCO: This album is a culmination of guys who have been through a lot in this industry. We’ve traveled the world, played in front of thousands on tour or at major music festivals.

We came together to form this band with the intention of hitting everyone hard and fast- musically and with our live performance. And that starts with the album. It speaks for itself.

METAL ANARCHY: Before you released the record, you released “Wolfpack” and “Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right (But Three Do)” as the first singles. How did people initially react to those tracks?

DIMARCO: When those two singles were released we were a bit overwhelmed at first. We’ve had success with our current and past projects, but never such an immediate “overload” of attention in a short period of time. It’s very humbling.

A re-occurring theme we are hearing, not only from the singles but the entire album overall, is that we’ve brought back a sound from years ago. MANY, many people are saying we sound like Attack Attack or that we’ve “Brought Back Crabcore”. We absolutely love it, we had no intention of creating a sound like that or bringing that sound back.

“AVANT GARDE” charted on the Billboards for the week of August 24th:

#6 Heatseekers
#10 Hard Rock Album Sales
#32 Rock Album Sales
#82 Top Current Album Sales

METAL ANARCHY: What are some of your personal favorite tracks from the album?

DIMARCO: My favorite track is “That Dress Don’t Lie.” It’s probably the closest thing to a “rock anthem” we have and I think it stands out. Everything flowed beautifully during the writing process. I remember it took us 2 nights to arrange it completely and after the first session I simply didn’t want it to end even though it was around 5 in the morning.
A close second is “Stuck”. I think it’s complete ear candy with just enough heavy to keep people’s heads moving. I’m a sucker for that stuff.

METAL ANARCHY: As you mentioned, you guys were recently out on tour with Crown The Empire, Attila, Veil Of Maya, Gideon, and Hawk. What was that trek like?

DIMARCO: The tour was everything we thought it would be and more. Being around bands at that level everyday, seeing how they work, setup, perform, was extremely inspiring. The shows themselves were absolutely nuts- it was a straight party every night. Weve established ourselves as a force in this genre and are incredibly grateful for all the bands and crew who took us out.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning any other tours in support of the new record?

DIMARCO: We have many things in the works, much that I can’t talk about quite yet. Yes there will be more tours announced soon and we can’t wait.

I can say we will be playing “The Horror On The Hudson” festival in Poughkeepsie, New York on October 27th with Slaves, Oceana, and bunch of other awesome bands.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, where do you see this project heading in five years?

DIMARCO: In five years we will all be driving Ferraris and Lamborghinis, sipping the finest champagne with women throwing themselves at us every day. Ya heard it here first.

Dance Gavin Dance Release Remixed/Remastered Version Of “Acceptance Speech”

Dance Gavin Dance have released a remixed/remastered version of their 2013 album “Acceptance Speech.“ The new version is titled “Acceptance Speech 2.0“ and it can be streamed below, along with an instrumental version:

HELLYEAH Cancel September Shows Due To Tom Maxwell’s Injured Finger

HELLYEAH have been forced to cancel their September dates due to Tom Maxwell’s worsening finger injury. The guitarist previously said he would be undergoing surgery after the shows, but his doctor has since advised him to stop performing until the procedure is done.

Maxwell commented:

“As previously announced, I was scheduled to have surgery following our last show at ‘Blue Ridge Rock Festival‘. My condition has worsened and my physician has advised me against performing again prior to surgery.

I was previously involved in a car accident and broke the middle finger on my left hand. I now suffer from trigger finger, a condition that causes my finger to lock. I received a series of cortisone shots to alleviate the problem, however, the cure rate is about 70%. Unfortunately, that procedure did not work in my case.

I am devastated that my finger has been very stiff and painful. We have been performing at our very best and the support of all those who have paid tribute to Vinnie Paul has really helped us recover from our loss. We will reschedule the headline shows. I’m really sorry we could not perform for you this time… But we will see you soon!

– Maxwell“

Here’s the cancelled dates:

09/06 Jacksonville, NC – The Tarheel
09/07 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
09/08 Concord, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival

This news comes as HELLYEAH are preparing to release their new album “Welcome Home” on September 27.

Ozzy Osbourne To Guest On New Post Malone Album

It looks like Ozzy Osbourne will be guesting on Post Malone’s new album “Hollywood’s Bleeding.“ That effort will be released on September 6 and it will also feature collaborations with artists like Halsey, SZA, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Future, etc.

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Attila Snort Human Ashes Onstage In Corpus Christi, TX

During Attila’s August 30 show in Corpus Christi, TX, members of the band snorted the ashes of their friend’s dead grandfather onstage, before throwing some in the crowd. You can see footage of that below. This is the second time Attila have been in a situation involving human remains this year, after previously spreading a fan’s ashes on their tour bus in March.

[via The PRP]