Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Lineup:

Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
TesseracT
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Allegaeon
Entheos
Der Weg einer Freiheit
O’Brother
Khemmis
Silvertomb
Mantar
Astronoid
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Spotlights
Cadaver
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Panamama
Moon Destroys
Nitesoil
Contracult Collective
Spylacopa
Del Judas
Myrone
Chronus
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
GlerAkur
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Gost
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Zein
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.

Devin Townsend Shares New Track “Heavy Factions”

Devin Townsend has shared a new track called “Heavy Factions” as part of his “Quarantine Project.” This latest song features Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless, etc.), Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth). Townsend commented

“Heres a heavier demo idea. I recorded the drums with Samus during the Empath sessions. Liam plays bass and Wes does a ripping solo. Its all about balance I guess, sometimes chill, sometimes frantic. This would be ‘frantic’ =) I hope you have a good weekend. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Dont let the stress get you down, try to write some music or make some art maybe this weekend? …or cookies? They’re good too…“

Azusa Premiere New Song “Kill / Destroy”

Azusa (Extol, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Kill / Destroy.” This track is from the band’s new album “Loop Of Yesterdays,” which will be released on April 10. The group said the following:

“‘Kill/Destroy‘ was the last song to be composed in the Loop of Yesterdays. We felt like the album needed some more ‘kick in the teeth’ punk/hardcore energy to round things out. The song was an obvious curtain-raiser, so we opened our live set with it on tour last summer as a sneak peek of the new album. Easily digestible yet appropriately unpredictable, ‘Kill/Destroy‘ balances raw, thrash-inspired riffing with straight-forward lyrics about transgression and our inner demons being forced to awaken. Confrontational and blunt, ‘Kill/Destroy‘ is peak Azusa.”

Azusa Premiere New Song “Detach” Feat. Testament’s Alex Skolnick

Azusa (Extol, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Detach.” This track features Testament’s Alex Skolnick and it will appear on the band’s new album “Loop Of Yesterdays,” which is set to be released on April 10. The group said the following:

“Like a smokeless fire ripping through dry grass, ‘Detach‘ moves in and out of the heaviest groove Azusa has concocted thus far. The lyrics are a deep dive into how we accept and respond to the downward spirals life inevitably throws us all into. The track builds like a runway cleared for the maniacal solo of Testament‘s Alex Skolnick to launch the listener into the stratosphere.”

[via Metal Injection]

Devin Townsend Recruits Former Members Of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Decapitated, Etc. For Summer Tour

During a recent interview with MetalSucks, Devin Townsend revealed the artists that will be joining him during his summer touring. They include: guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated).

Townsend said the following:

“The next [touring] thing is Volume 2, which I’m starting with all these festivals — we’re doing Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Bloodstock, Tuska, Wacken, and Hellfest. And that is a different group of people, which is an amazing group of people. I basically did a poll online and said, ‘What do you want to hear?’ from the entire catalogue, Strapping included. For the Volume 2 thing, which I will then bring to North America later, it’s those songs, which is a shit load of Strapping, a shit load of DTP, all of the stuff that people want to hear.

For the summer, I’ve got a band — but it’s a four person band — and at this point it looks like it’ll have Wes Hauch, who played with me on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. He was in The Faceless and Glass Casket. Such a fuckin’ good guitar player, holy shit. And Krimh playing drums, who was with Septicflesh, Decapitated, and Behemoth.

Super strong player and he can blast with the same volume as he does with the groovy stuff. It looks like it’s gonna be Liam who used to be in Dillinger Escape Plan playing bass. Really great guys, super confident players. Good vibes.

I want that tour — the Volume 2 thing — to be completely different. I want it to be open to the audience and to say, ‘What do you want to hear?’ There’s 25 records full of shit. There’s Strapping, there’s Terria, there’s Ziltoid, there’s DTP, there’s DTB, there’s all this shit. Tell me what you want me to play, and I’ll play that. So, that’s the tour after this one that’s coming up.”

Azusa Premiere “Monument” Music Video

Azusa (Extol, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Monument.” This track is from the band’s new album “Loop Of Yesterdays,” which will be released on April 10. The group said the following:

“‘Monument’ is a mid-tempo banger about false idols, hypocrisy, and the shortcomings of faith systems as a one-size-fits-all recipe for the ‘correct’ ways of living.”

[via Revolver]

Azusa (Extol, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Memories Of An Old Emotion”

Azusa (Extol, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Memories Of An Old Emotion.” This track is from the band’s new album “Loop Of Yesterdays,” which will be released on April 10.

“Loop Of Yesterdays” Track Listing:

01. “Memories Of An Old Emotion”
02. “One Too Many Times”
03. “Detach”
04. “Seven Demons Mary”
05. “Support Becomes Resistance”
06. “Momentum”
07. “Loop Of Yesterdays”
08. “Rapture Boy”
09. “Skull Chamber”
10. “Kill / Destroy”
11. “Golden Words”
12. “Aching Ritual”

The Contortionist Announce European/UK Tour With Azusa

The Controtionist have announced a summer European/UK tour. Azusa will open on most dates.

Tour Dates:

08/03 Venice, ITA – Argo 16 (no Azusa)
08/04 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta (no Azusa)
08/06 Wiesbaden, GER – Kesselhaus
08/07 Dresden, GER – Beatpol
08/08 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka (no Azusa)
08/09 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault Festival
08/10 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden
08/11 Hamburg, GER – Knust
08/13 Nijmegen, NET – Merelyn
08/14 Cologne, GER – Club Volta
08/15 Dinkelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze Festival
08/17 Bristol, UK – ArcTanGent Festival
08/19 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge (no Azusa)
08/20 Belfast, IRE – Speakeasy (no Azusa)
08/22 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

Azusa (Extol, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) Stream Debut Album “Heavy Yoke”

Azusa, the band featuring Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Christer Espevoll (Extol), David Husvik (Extol), and Eleni Zafiriadou (Sea + Air), are streaming their debut album “Heavy Yoke” in full via NPR. You can check that out HERE. The effort will officially be released on November 16.

Azusa (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Extol, Etc.) Premiere “Fine Lines” Video

Azusa, the band featuring Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Christer Espevoll (Extol), David Husvik (Extol), and Eleni Zafiriadou (Sea + Air), have premiered a new video for their new song “Fine Lines.” This track is from the group’s debut album “Heavy Yoke,” which will be released on November 16. The band commented:

“Fine Lines is a quiet storm in the shape of a song; an odd-time metal ballad wearing a pop disguise. Lyrically this song explores self-destructive tendencies and the fine line between dream and reality.”