Devin Townsend Recruits Megadeth, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members For 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Performance

Devin Townsend has confirmed that guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Kyle Konkiel (Bad Wolves), and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth/ex-Soilwork) will be joining him for his performance aboard the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. That cruise will set sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7-11 and it will find Townsend playing a heavier set.

Bad Wolves (Ex-DevilDriver, Ex-Divine Heresey, Etc.) Premiere”Toast The Ghost” Lyric Video

Bad Wolves, the band featuring John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, ex-In This Moment), have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Toast To The Ghost.” The track will appear on the band’s debut album, which will be released this spring via Eleven Seven Music.

Bad Wolves (Ex-DevilDriver, Ex-Divine Heresey, Etc.) Sign With Eleven Seven Music, Plan To Release Debut Album In Spring 2018

Bad Wolves, the band featuring John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, ex-In This Moment), have signed a new deal with Eleven Seven Music. The group, who are managed by Five Finger Death Punch‘s Zoltan Bathory, will release their debut album through the label in spring 2018. The first single “Toast To The Ghost” hit SiriusXM‘s Liquid Metal today (November 3), and a lyric video will be released tomorrow.

Bad Wolves (Ex-DevilDriver, Ex-Divine Heresey, Etc.) Premiere “Learn To Live” Music Video

Bad Wolves, the band featuring John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, ex-In This Moment), have premiered a new video for their new track “Learn To Live.” This song will appear on the band’s upcoming debut album.

Bad Wolves (Ex-DevilDriver, Ex-Divine Heresey, Etc.) Tease New Song “Learn To Live”

It was previously announced that John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, ex-In This Moment) had joined forces in a new band called Bad Wolves, and now they have shared a teaser for their new track “Learn To Live.” A new video for the single is expected to be released on May 1.

Former Members Of DevilDriver, Divine Heresey, God Forbid, Etc. Join Forces In Bad Wolves

John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), Tommy Vext (Westfield Massacre, ex-Divine Heresy), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead), and Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, ex-In This Moment) have joined forces in a new band called Bad Wolves. The band are expected to release a new video on May 1.

The following bio was shared:

Unpredictability drives progression.

When art can’t be pigeonholed or pinned down, it elevates the very medium itself. Bad Wolves thrives on that sort of unpredictability, standing confidently at a crossroads between anthemic hard rock infectiousness and thought-provoking technically-charged heavy metal. Think a cross between the mind-numbing musical malevolence of Meshuggah and Sevendust’s timeless irresistibility, and you’re halfway there…The vision of ex-DevilDriver co-founder and previous driving force John Boecklin [drums, guitars] and vocalist Tommy Vext [Snot, Westfield Massacre] as well as Doc Coyle [guitar], Chris Cain [guitar], and Kyle Konkiel, the group’s full-length debut represents metallic evolution in its purest form.

The result of a musical journey he kicked off in 2014, Boecklin describes the style best.

“We sound like a heavy-slightly prog rock band that tunes low and cuts off most of the fat,” he explains. “Watching Faith No More on the reunion tour made my thought process change. I was standing there, and it hit me that I don’t want to be in a metal band with screaming all the time. We’re heavy, yet from track-to-track, things change quite a bit.”

“More was revealed, so more was required,” adds Vext. “The overall tonality and approach resonated with me as an opportunity to challenge myself and grow as a vocalist. I was given a platform to tap into some musical influences I hadn’t yet explored in previous bands. All in all, it was some of the most diverse, original material I’ve gotten to wrap my hands around.”

“In no rush to put together something reminiscent of [his] musical past,” Boecklin quietly wrote over the course of 2015. During summer ‘16, he entered Audio Hammer Studios with longtime collaborator Mark Lewis [Trivium, All That Remains] and tracked what would become the group’s debut album.

“Starting from scratch is never easy,” admits Boecklin. “Many musical roads were traveled before getting to what you hear today—it’s trial and error. I kept reminding myself not to do what I’ve done before. Eventually, we started to hear what we wanted.”

Now, the first single “Learn To Live” snaps from a chugging polyrhythmic riff into a hummable bridge before colliding with an undeniable refrain that’s impossible to shake and the final scream, “You’d better learn to fucking live.”

“The aim of the song was to basically challenge listeners to ask themselves, ‘Am I willing to take personal responsibility for my own happiness?’,” says Vext. “It’s a concept I use in my day-to-day life as a sober life coach. It’s meant to address situational depression, anxiety, and the disconnect from interpersonal relationships as a byproduct of social media addiction.”

Album opener “A Toast To The Ghosts” delivers a searing gut-punch punctuated by sharp succinct fretwork, smart-bomb precise percussion, and another searing vocal performance. Everything culminates on the pensive and punishing “Blood and Bones.” Vext adds, “It’s like an open letter to an abusive relationship partner that no longer serves you or the opposing counterpart. It’s left open to interpretation.”

Defined by a push-and-pull between incalculable instrumentation and soaring melodies, Bad Wolves will keep listeners guessing and thinking on their path to hard rock and metal supremacy.
“This is something new for me,” Boecklin leaves off. “It’s the most unique drumming I’ve ever done. Tommy has never sounded so good. The songs are much more diverse than anything from our collective past. I’d love for people to take away some sort of connection emotionally. That’s what all of the bands who inspire me do. Everything else doesn’t really matter.” – Rick Florino, March 2017

Vimic (Ex-Slipknot, Etc.) Welcome New Guitarist/Announce 2017 European/UK Tour

Vimic, the band featuring Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot), Kalen Chase (ex-Korn touring member), Matt Tarach, and former Scar The Martyr members Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad), and Kyle Konkiel, have officially welcomed guitarist Steve Marshall to the band. He will be taking over for Kris Norris (ex-Darkest Hour/Scar The Martyr), who exited the group. In other news, the band have also announced a European/UK tour.

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Tour Dates:

03/07 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Strand
03/08 Oslo, NOR – John Dee
03/10 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
03/12 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden
03/13 Hamburg, GER – Headcrash
03/14 Tilburg, NET – 013
03/15 Cologne, GER – Luxor
03/17 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
03/19 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
03/20 Milan, ITA – Legend
03/23 Madrid, SPA – Sala Arena
03/24 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
03/26 Paris, FRA – Trabendo
03/28 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
03/29 Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
03/30 Manchester, UK – Academy 2

Vimic (Ex-Slipknot, Etc.) Perform “I Fear The Worst” & “Simple Skeletons” Live On Facebook

Vimic, the band featuring Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot), Kalen Chase (ex-Korn touring member), Matt Tarach, and former Scar The Martyr members Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad), and Kyle Konkiel, performed “I Fear The Worst” and “Simple Skeletons” live on Facebook earlier today. Check out the footage of that below:

Vimic (Ex-Slipknot, Etc.) Announce U.S. Shows

Vimic, the band featuring Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot), Kalen Chase (ex-Korn touring member), Matt Tarach, and former Scar The Martyr members Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad), and Kyle Konkiel, have announced some December U.S. dates. The band also revealed that they have a European/UK tour planned for February as well. A new song from the group will also premiere in December, and their debut album “Open Your Omen” will be released next year. Here’s the shows they have booked so far:

12/26 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
12/27 Janesville, WI – The Back Bar
12/28 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

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Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot) Launches New Band Vimic, Premieres New Song “Simple Skeletons”

Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has formed a new band called Vimic, with Kalen Chase (ex-Korn touring member), Matt Tarach, and former Scar The Martyr members Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad), and Kyle Konkiel. The band have premiered their first single, “Simple Skeletons,” via SiriusXM. This track is from the band’s debut album, “Open Your Omen,” which will be released later this year.

Click the LINK to go to the stream.

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Jordison said the following:

“I decided I wanted to start fresh. I did not want to keep rehashing old ideas. If I am going to keep going, I really just wanted to break loose and wipe the slate clean. So I renamed the band, and I got a new singer and a new keyboard player [plus] three other members from the Scar The Martyr lineup. We went down into the basement and started demoing material and everything started clicking.”

“We didn’t have too many big goals. There wasn’t too much pressure from the label. We just went in, like let’s just go back to getting into the studio, jamming as a band, getting together with our instruments and not having anything too formulated and just creating from the ground up. And that was one of the coolest things about creating this record was it was really old-school style. We’re totally proud of it, man.”