Metal Musicians Blast Mattie Montgomery (Ex-For Today) For Controversial Comments On Abortion

Prior to their breakup in 2016, members of the Christian metalcore group For Today generated controversy on numerous occasions and now former frontman Mattie Montgomery is back in the headlines for his controversial opinions on abortion. He tweeted the following:

Unsurprisingly, a number of metal musicians have taken issue with Montgomery’s comments including Attila’s Chris Fronzak, Cane Hill’s Elijah Witt, Emarosa’s Matthew Marcellus, and Hundredth’s Chadwick Johnson:

Upon A Burning Body Announce December Dates With Cane Hill

Upon A Burning Body have announced a December tour with Cane Hill. Here’s the dates:

12/13 Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks
12/14 Greer, SC – The Spinning Jenny
12/15 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12/17 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
12/18 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
12/20 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club Live (no Cane Hill)
12/21 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger (no Cane Hill)

HELLYEAH, Maria Brink (In This Moment), Etc. Added To 2020 Shiprocked Cruise

HELLYEAH, In This Moment’s Maria Brink (solo piano lounge set), Ra, and Aeges have all been added to the 2020 Shiprocked Cruise. The event will take place from February 1-6, with The Carnival Valor set to depart from New Orleans, with stops in Key West and Cozumel.

Previously announced bands include:

Halestorm
Alter Bridge
Asking Alexandria
Badflower
Beartooth
Black Stone Cherry
Cane Hill
Dead Posey
Dead Sara
DED
Goodbye June
Hands Like Houses
Hyro The Hero
Ice Nine Kills
Living Colour
Of Mice & Men
Royal Tusk
SHVPES
Vein
We Are Band Nerds

Furthermore, the following artists will also be performing as part of an all-star jam band called The Stowaways:

Aaron Spiers (RavenEye)
Andy Vargas (Santana)
Alessandro “AP” Paveri (Gemini Syndrome)
Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory)
Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen)
Chris Traynor (Bush)
Chris Volz (Flaw)
CJ Pierce & Jasen Moreno (Drowning Pool)
Clint Lowery & Morgan Rose (Sevendust)
Dameon & Gabe Aranda (Aranda)
Geno Lenardo (formerly of Filter)
Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin)
Jason Womack & Phil Buckman (Fuel)
Jeff Fabb & John DeServio (Black Label Society)
Joey Duenas (Ünloco)
John Tempesta (The Cult)
J.R. Bareis (Love and Death)
Leo Moracchioli
Lukas Rossi
Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More)
Todd Morse (The Offspring touring member)
Uliana Preotu (Cilver)
Will Hunt (Evanescence)

Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Asking Alexandria, Etc. Set For 2020 Shiprocked Cruise

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Shiprocked cruise, which is set take place from February 1-6. The Carnival Valor will depart from New Orleans, with stops in Key West and Cozumel, and the following artists will perform: Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Asking Alexandria, Badflower, Beartooth, Black Stone Cherry, Cane Hill, Dead Posey, Dead Sara, DED, Goodbye June, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Ice Nine Kills, Living Colour, Of Mice & Men, Royal Tusk, SHVPES, Vein, We Are Band Nerds, Clint Lowery, Chad Nicefield (djing), Andy Woods, and the all-star jam band The Stowaways.

Underoath Announce June European Tour

Underoath have announced a June European tour. Here’s the dates:

06/05 London, UK – Electric Ballroom (feat. Parting Gift)
06/06 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo (feat. Black Peaks)
06/07 Nuremburg, GER – Rock im Park
06/08 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/10 Madrid, SPA – Sala But (feat. Against The Waves)
06/11 Barcelona, SPA – La 2 (feat. Against The Waves)
06/13 Reggio Emilia, ITA – Fuori Orario (feat. Fever 333)
06/14 Interlaken, SWI – Greenfield
06/15 Antwerp, BEL – Zappa (feat. Cane Hill)
06/16 Castle Donington, UK – Download

The Amity Affliction Announce Summer European Tour

The Amity Affliction have announced a summer European tour. These shows will take place around various festivals.

Tour Dates:

06/13 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/14 Interlaken, SWE – Greenfield
06/16 Donington, UK – Download
06/17 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge (feat. Crystal Lake)
06/20 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/21 St. Petersburg, RUS – Zal
06/22 Moscow, RUS – Red
06/24 Milano, ITA – Magazzini Generali (feat. Crystal Lake & Cane Hill)
06/25 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse (feat. Crystal Lake & Cane Hill)
06/26 Bratislava, SLO – Randal (feat. Cane Hill)
06/27 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla (feat. Crystal Lake & Cane Hill)
06/28 Gräfenhainichen, GER – With Full Force
06/29 Ysselsteyn, NET – Jera On Air
07/01 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik (feat. Polaris & Venues)
07/02 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage (feat. Polaris & Venues)
07/03 Lindau, GER – Vaudeville (feat. Venues)
07/04 Hradec Kravlove, CZE – Rock For People

Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Clutch, Etc. Added To 2019 UK Download Festival

More bands have been added to the 2019 UK Download Festival. The event will take place on June 14-16 at Donington Park in Derby, UK and the newly announced acts include: Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Clutch, Beartooth, Fever 333, Palaye Royale, Black Peaks, Coldrain, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, Skid Row, Deadland Ritual, Brothers Osbourne, Last In Line, Behemoth, At The Gates, Conjurer, Batushka, Ne Obliviscaris, Trash Boat, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Bad Wolves, Animals As Leaders, Heart Of A Coward, Intervals, Toska, GroundCulture, Cane Hill, Municipal Waste, Alcest, Sumo Cyco, Love Bites, Crystal Lake, Redhook, Twelve Foot Ninja, Like A Storm, SKYND, Those Damn Crows, Icon For Hire, Lost In Stereo, Parting Gift, and Vega. Previously announced acts include: Def Leppard (performing “Hysteria” in full & more), Slipknot, Tool, Slayer (final UK show), Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater, Lamb Of God, Eagles Of Death Metal, Anthrax, Alien Weaponry, Bad Flower, Black Futures, Blackberry Smoke, I Prevail, The Interrupters, Jinjer, Man With A Mission, nothing, nowhere., Our Last Night, Riding The Low, Royal Republic, State Champs, Underside, Whitechapel, Yours Truly, Zebrahead, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Delain, Die Antwoord, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies, Opeth, Power Trip, Reel Big Fish, Skindred, Starset, Tesla, The Amity Affliction, and Underoath.

Cane Hill Premiere “86d — No Escort” Music Video

Cane Hill have premiered a new video for their new song “86d — No Escort.” This track is from the band’s new “semi-acoustic” EP “Kill The Sun,” which will be released on January 18.

The group commented:

“‘86d — No Escort; was actually the first song with predominant electronic influence. We wrote it with Drew Fulk and he brought that out of us and helped us shape the rest of the EP. Originally, there weren’t any real drums at all but [drummer] Devin [Clark] really came through, adding the dynamics that he did.

“We wanted to go with a really early 2000s vibe on this song and drew inspiration from artists like Everlast and Cypress Hill to get what we got out of it. Overall, it became a catchy as fuck tune that anyone who’s ever been shitty can relate to.”

Cane Hill To Release “Semi-Acoustic” EP “Kill The Sun” In January

Cane Hill have announced that they will be releasing a new “semi-acoustic” EP titled “Kill The Sun” on January 18. A video for the title track can be seen below:

The band said of the following about the EP:

“We spent the summer working on new Cane Hill music. We’ve embraced the weirder and mellower side of what we do, as it’s something we think is important to our band. With that in mind, we’ve been in the studio with the incredibly talented Kris Crummett, working on music that embellishes those elements. It’s six songs of dark, twisted, and semi-acoustic beauty. We’re incredibly proud of it and can’t wait for you to hear it.

We wanted to embrace some leftover emotions we’ve been dealing with since getting our shit together while exploring our own musical limitations. We made this semi-acoustic record because we needed to for ourselves — and because honestly, why the fuck not?”

Frontman Elijah Witt also added the following about the title track:

“We wanted our first single from this album to be as big of a curveball as possible. ‘Kill The Sun‘ is as far of a departure from our usual ‘heavy metal anthem’ leadoff as we could get. Like, who knew Devin [Clark] could play the saxophone?! This track is about my constant self-sabotage; my tendency to find happiness and just as quickly finding a way to ruin it. There’s a very loud voice in my head that feeds me to the wolves I created, effectively killing any light in my life. And deep down, there’s a part of me that relishes in the misery.”

“Kill The Sun” Track Listing:

01. “86d – No Escort”
02. “Empty”
03. “Save Me”
04. “Kill The Sun”
05. “Acid Rain”
06. “Smoking Man”