Kublai Khan Announce U.S. Tour With I AM & Chamber

Kublai Khan have announced a U.S. tour with I AM and Chamber. Here’s the dates:

08/06 Philadelphia, PA – Black Box @ Underground Arts
08/07 Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
08/08 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
08/10 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
08/11 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
08/12 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
08/13 Lakewood, OH – Foundry
08/14 Cincinnati, OH – Legends
08/15 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
08/17 Pittsburg, PA – Preserving Underground
08/18 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
08/19 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
08/20 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
08/21 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground

Crowbar Announce October Livestream Concert

Crowbar will be playing a livestream concert on October 3. The Obsessed and I Am will open and tickets can be found HERE.


Kublai Khan Announce European/UK Tour With Justice For The Damned, I AM, & Antagonist A.D.

Kublai Khan has announced a September European/UK tour. Justice For The Damned, I AM, and Antagonist A.D. will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/04 Bochum, GER – Matrix
09/05 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
09/06 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
09/07 Gothenburg, SWE – Fangelset
09/08 Sobord, GER – Richter
09/09 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
09/10 Hannover, GER – Mephisto
09/11 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
09/12 Prague, CZE – 007
09/13 Nurnberg, GER – Z-Bau
09/14 Vienna, AUT – Arena
09/15 Munich, GER – Backstage
09/17 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
09/18 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
09/19 Paris, FRA – Gibus
09/20 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
09/21 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
09/22 Glasgow, UK – G2
09/23 Leeds, UK – Key Club
09/24 London, UK – Underworld
09/25 Brighton, UK – Bash At The Beach
09/25 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker

I AM Sign With eOne Music

I AM have signed a new deal with eOne Music and are planning to release a new album through the label later this year. Vocalist Andrew Hileman commented:

“When we were approached by eOne we knew it’d be a perfect fit. After talking with them and sharing ideas we’re so excited to put out some badass records with them. We’re thrilled to be on our way to Europe right now for our upcoming tour with Thy Art Is Murder and we’re glad to be representing eOne and TEXAS DEATH.”

Spite Announce U.S. Tour

Spite have announced a headlining U.S. tour with Varials, Orthodox, and Dealer. I AM and UnityTX will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

With UnityTX:

02/13 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
02/14 Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewery
02/15 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
02/16 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
02/19 Oklahoma City, OK – 89ths Street
02/20 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats West
02/21 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
02/22 Houston, TX – Secret Group

With I AM:

02/25 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
02/26 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
02/27 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
02/28 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
02/29 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/01 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
03/03 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/04 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
03/06 Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
03/07 Amityville, NY – Revolution Music Hall
03/08 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
03/10 Cleveland, OH – Foundry
03/11 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room
03/12 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
03/13 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
03/14 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
03/15 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
03/17 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
03/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/20 Spokane, WA – The Pin
03/21 Seattle, WA – Vera Project
03/22 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

Rivers Of Nihil Added To Thy Art Is Murder’s European/UK Tour

Rivers Of Nihil have been added to Thy Art Is Murder’s upcoming European/UK tour. As previously reported that trek will also feature Carnifex, Fit For An Autopsy, and I AM.

Tour Dates:

01/25 Antwerp, BEL – Zappa
01/26 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
01/27 Glasgow, UK – Garage
01/28 Leeds, UK – Stylus
01/29 Bristol, UK – SWX
01/30 London, UK – Electric Brixton
01/31 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
02/01 Tilburg, NET – 013
02/02 Paris, FRA – Cabarey Sauvage
02/04 Madrid, SPA – Mon Live
02/05 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
02/06 Lyon, FRA – Transbordeur
02/07 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
02/08 Munich, GER – Backstage
02/09 Milan, ITA – Circolo Magnolia
02/10 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
02/11 Wien, AUT – Szene
02/12 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
02/13 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
02/14 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
02/15 Berlin, GER – Festsaal
02/16 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
02/17 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
02/18 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrksn
02/20 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
02/21 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller
02/22 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
02/23 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof

Toothgrinder Premiere New Song “The Silence Of A Sleeping WASP”

Toothgrinder have premiered a new song titled “The Silence Of A Sleeping WASP.” This track is from the band’s new album “I AM,” which will be released on October 11.

Justin Payne Matthews commented:

“‘The Silence of a Sleeping WASP‘ is a lyrical sequel to our song ‘The Shadow‘ from our last album Phantom Amour. There is so much that surrounds Carl Jung‘s concept of the shadow that has to deal with addiction and alcoholism. I absolutely knew that I had to write another song to commemorate the concept for the new album. I believe that humans, over time through evolution, have developed an area of the brain that connects all of us. A hive mind or a ‘spiritual’ gland, if you will. I believe it hums and radiates a frequency, but when we shut it down and keep it silent, the darkness can escape the shadow self.

I do not want to go into another long-winded rant, but those who have heard the last two songs we have released from ‘I AM‘ and have read my passages know what this whole record is about. I want to keep this about us — those suffering and willing to change for the better. If anyone is in the throes of alcoholism, addiction and/or co-dependency, please get in contact with me at justinpaynerecovery@gmail.com. I love you all!”

Toothgrinder Premiere “My Favorite Hurt” Music Video

Toothgrinder have premiered a new video for their new song “My Favorite Hurt.” This track is from the band’s new album “I AM,” which will be released on October 11.

Justin Payne Matthews commented:

“‘My Favorite Hurt‘ digs deeper into the relationships I have destroyed while in the throws of alcoholism and addiction. There is this dark place I have found myself many times throughout my life where I am always reaching for that next high and that next adrenaline rush. I am looking for anything to keep the wall between fantasy and reality hidden.”

“The problem is while I selfishly seek out pleasure in all forms, there is an endless amount of destruction I leave in my path. People I love more than anything turn to nothing more than a means to an end. It’s a crippling mind fuck that overtime manipulates itself into a psychosis.

I am addicted to people, affection of all kinds, newness, the ego and most of all the ebb and flow of pleasure and pain. I think I can trace back these thought patterns to age 5 or 6, little things that make so much sense now, but could not be brought to the surface for so long.”

“I have found solitude in true love and meaningful connection. I never want to intentionally hurt anyone again, and for those I have, I am deeply sorry. ‘My Favorite Hurt‘ is the light born from the death of the shadow. I expose myself to help others, because if I continue to live a lie and hide the truth, I can never be my true self.”

[via Alternative Press]

Toothgrinder Premiere New Song “I AM”

Toothgrinder have premiered a new song titled “I AM.” This is the title track of the band’s new album, which will be released on October 11.

“I AM” Track Listing:

01. “The Silence Of A Sleeping WASP”
02. “ohmymy”
03. “My Favorite Hurt”
04. “No Tribe”
05. “no surrender in The House Of Leaves”
06. “shiVer”
07. “The New Punk Rock”
08. “too soft for the scene, TOO MEAN FOR THE GREEN”
09. “Can Ü Live Today?”
10. “The Fire Of June”
11. “I AM”

Justin Matthews said the following about the new record:

“‘I AM‘… a mantra, a prayer, a mediation, a belief, a value, an all encompassing way of life. The title speaks of unity and presence. Becoming comfortable in one’s own skin. To endure whatever life throws at you with grace and gratitude. To love the ones who surround you and accept the things you can’t control. “I AM…” two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shape your reality.

All of my life I have felt out of place, left out, a ghost, a phantom, a whisper in a sea of noise. I covered those deafening screams with abuse. Abusing others, friends, family, strangers, and most of all myself. I hurt the ones I love while still loving the one’s I hurt. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t dream, I couldn’t bleed, I couldn’t breathe. I have yet to right my wrongs, but I hope to start with a song.

The anger, the tension, the narcissism, the callousness, the ego were nothing but amplified in my previous words. The despair was covered up in anger and ego, the void was filled with things, all types of things. Bright things, dark things, shiny things, needless things, but never the right thing, never the real thing.

I do my best to traverse through the negative and reach out a loving hand to those in need. This record’s words give hope rather than facade. This record’s words speak truth rather than perceived truth. This record exposes myself and the lies I have told myself and other’s. If I could accomplish one thing with this record, it would be to help one person in need. One person struggling with alcoholism, addiction, depression, anxiety, loss, guilt, shame, delusion, denial, perfectionism, co-dependency, suicidal thoughts and the list goes on. I am an open book, reach out to me with whatever you are struggling with, I have most likely been there.

We traverse the dark, we traverse the light, but by the end of the record we breathe. This is who “I AM.” This is who we are. I speak my mind, sometimes the shadow, sometimes my plight. If there is one word that can describe this record it is love. Not the facade, but the kind that cuts wood and carries water.

Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. “I AM” haunted by waters. — Norman MacLean

My name is Justin and “I AM” an alcoholic, addict, and co-dependent. We are Toothgrinder and this is “I AM.”

Please reach out if in need. My email is: justinpaynerecovery@gmail.com

I love you all.”