Full Lineup Revealed For 2023 Furnace Fest

The full lineup has now been revealed for this year’s Furnace Fest. The event will take place at The Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 22-24 and it will feature the following daily lineups:

September 22: MXPX, Hatebreed, Anberlin, Relient K, Alcoa, Gideon, Holy Wars, Hopesfall, Kid Liberty, Knuckle Puck, Made Aware, Ninety Pound Wuss, No Cure, No Trigger, Norma Jean, Open Hand, Orthodox, Piebald, Project 86, Showbread, Slow Pulse, Sparta, Taylor Acorn, Walls Of Jericho, With Blood Comes Cleansing, Whitsett, With Honor, and Vein.fm.

September 23: Turnstile, Head Automatica, Thursday, Saosin, Enter Shikari, Anxious, Becoming The Archetype, The Bronx, Drain, Extol, Foreign Hands, Gorilla Biscuits, Grand Champ, High Vis, Holyname, Living Sacrifice, Loathe, Mindforce, Narrow Head, The Pink Spiders, Scowl, Teenage Wrist, Terror, Training For Utopia, Trash Talk, Wielded Steel, Will Haven, Youth Of Today, Zao, and Zulu.

February 24: Bane, Pennywise, Haste The Day, Between The Buried And Me, Bouncing Souls, A Plea For Purging, Armor For Sleep, As Cities Burn, Blessed By A Broken Heart, The Callous Daoboys, Casey, Chasing Victory, Defeater, Further Seems Forever, Ghotti Hook, Gutter, Inclination, The Insideryz, It Dies Today, Judge, Mae, Militarie Gun, One King Down, Prayer For Cleansing, Qualifier, Strife, Taking Meds, Trenches, and Valleyheart.

Norma Jean Premiere “1994” Music Video

Norma Jean have premiered a new video for their song “1994.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Deathrattle Sing for Me.” Cory Brandan commented:

“If you film your band for 20+ years and never do anything with it, you end up with a box full of VHS and hi-8 tapes like what happened to me. Instead of making that expensive documentary you were always hoping to make, just make a three- minute music video instead.”

Hatebreed, Norma Jean, Walls Of Jericho, Etc. Set For Furnace Fest’s “Shed Bash”

The lineup has been revealed for Furnace Fest’s “Shed Bash.” The event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 22 and it will feature: Hatebreed, Norma Jean, Walls Of Jericho, Gideon, Vein.fm, With Blood Comes Cleansing, With Honor, Orthodox, Slow Pulse, and No Cure.

Norma Jean Announce U.S Tour With Fire From The Gods & Greyhaven

Norma Jean have announced a headlining U.S. tour. Fire From The Gods and Greyhaven will open.

Tour Dates:

02/03 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House Of Blues
02/04 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
02/05 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
02/07 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/08 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
02/10 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
02/11 Sioux Falls, SD – Icon Event Hall
02/12 Iowa CIiy, IA – Wildwood
02/15 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
02/16 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
02/17 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
02/18 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
02/21 Brooklyn, NY – Monarch
02/22 Cambridge, MA – Middle East
02/23 Millersville, PA – Phantom Power
02/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
02/25 Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
02/26 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
02/28 Austin, TX – Come And Take It
03/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
03/02 El Paso, TX – Rock House
03/03 Mesa, AZ – Nile
03/04 Las Vegas, NV – 24 Oxford
03/05 Los Angeles, 1720

Norma Jean, ERRA, Silent Planet, Etc. Added To August Burns Red’s “Christmas Burns Red” Shows

August Burns Red have revealed the artists that will be joining them at this year’s “Christmas Burns Red” shows. Here’s the dates and lineups:

12/16 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall (feat. August Burns Red, Norma Jean, Silent Planet, Phinehas, Becoming The Archetype, and Earth Groans)
12/17 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall (feat. August Burns Red, ERRA, Shadow Of Intent, Brand Of Sacrifice, Invent Animate, and Convictions)

Left To Suffer, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Etc. Drop Off Kentucky Irate Fest

More bands have decided to pull out of the upcoming Kentucky Irate Fest. Among them are: Left To Suffer, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Kaonashi, Born A New, Downswing, Boundaries, Summoning The Lich, Kingz & Thieves, The Behest Of Serpents, The Delirium Effect, Inferious, Fight From Within, and more. This news comes after Isolator, Artica, Belushi Speed Ball, Wake Up In Tsunami, etc. previously dropped off the event.

The cancellations came about due to buy-on practices, ticket selling quotas, and more. On top of that, Until The Dead Walk were also dropped from the festival and their tour with Filth after vocalist Ren Young was accused of rape by Sero\\tonin vocalist Melissa George. Young was reportedly an investor in the festival, so the troubling allegations are playing a role in the departures as well.

Several bands issued statements:

Left To Suffer:

“In light of recent events we feel like it’s in our best interest to back out of Kentucky Irate Fest. We are sorry to anyone who planned on coming out to see us. We promise we will be back and can’t wait to be back on the road this coming fall. Love you all ❤️”

The Last Ten Seconds Of Life:

“We will not be performing at Kentucky Irate Festival on 8/26 We will still be announcing the new line up next weekend”

Born A New:

“it’s time. we hate to do it, but unfortunately due to recent events and how it’s all unfolded over this past week, we’ve made the decision to also respectfully back out of Kentucky Irate Fest. we did everything within our control to try and make a born a new set happen, but this is for our best interest. we are deeply sorry to all who planned on hanging with us and catching our set. we promise to make it up to y’all, we will be back Louisville. we love y’all 💙”


“We will no longer be performing at Kentucky Irate Fest. Unfortunately this means we will have to cancel our surrounding tour dates as well due to logistical issues. We are so incredibly sorry to anyone that was looking forward to seeing us and to all of the bands/promoters playing or putting on the shows we had booked around this festival. We’re extremely disappointed and angered by the events we have learned about this past week. It’s a shame that something like a heavy music fest meant to unite a scene has done the complete opposite”

The Kentucky Irate Fest is currently scheduled to go on as planned at The MG Prime Entertainment Complex in Louisville, KY on August 26-28. Organizers issued the following statement:

“A lot of misinformation is out there about our festival. Below is a list of CONFIRMED bands to still be performing at Irate Festival (the agents and managers have confirmed their involvement still with our festival). Yes, our venue is behind a Marathon gas station, it is a 2 acre lot that has plenty of room for stages. Yes, we have stages and a full sound team. Yes, we have a high end backline being provided. Yes, we have the same food trucks. YES, our festival is still happening. New set times will be released in the coming days. Sorry for all the drama and issues surrounding our festival, but we promise you it will still be an amazing event!


Slaughter to Prevail
Impending Doom
The Browning
Jason Paige
Snake Father
Yosemite in Black
Detest the Throne


Rivers of Nihil
Bury your dead
Rose Funeral
Visceral Disgorge
In Dying Arms


Norma Jean
Cane Hill
Evergreen Terrace
The Convalescence
Weeping Wound
Yung Mosh
Actus Reus”

[via The PRP]

Norma Jean Premiere “A Killing Word” Video

Norma Jean have premiered a new video for their new song “A Killing Word.” This track is from the band’s new album “Deathrattle Sing For Me,” which will officially be released tomorrow (August 12).

Vocalist Cory Brandan commented:

“Failure can lead to being done. Old school vibes. The ending of this song is a riff I wrote in 2009. Nothing about it is different from when it was written. I tried to use it on many songs since then but it never seemed to work. The main thing I found was that It was less about the riff and more about the double kick part under it. We felt like it was time to pull it out of the vault along with some other ideas. This song has a fairly basic song structure at its core and the bridge was left open until we hit the studio. We just let Jeremy go nuts. He added modular synths and other sounds. – There might be 20 different versions of various parts throughout this track and they’re all completely different songs dating back to 2008-09. So, to me this one is meant for fans of NJ, new and old. We weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel or anything. Just wanted to write a rad song.”

Norma Jean Announce September Shows With Islander

Norma Jean have announced some September shows with Islander. Here’s the dates:

09/09 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
09/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Scandals Live
09/11 Columbia, SC – Brookland Tavern
09/13 Memphis, TN – Growlers
09/21 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Room
09/22 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall

Norma Jean Premiere “Sleep Explosion” Video

Norma Jean have premiered a new video for their new song “Sleep Explosion.” This track will appear on the band’s new album “Deathrattle Sing For Me,” which is set to be released on August 12.

Vocalist Cory Brandan commented:

“Destruction is a variant of completion. We were nearing the end of a tour in January 2022, after a series of house shows. It was a couple of months before we started writing ‘Deathrattle Sing For Me‘ when I first heard the demo for this song. [Guitarist] Grayson [Stewart] texted it to me.

I looked at my phone and saw the mock title ‘Valentine’s Day Ass Beater.’ Immediately, I put on headphones and listened. Why hadn’t I heard this yet? It just got me so excited to start writing.

We were staying with a friend that night and I opted to sleep in the van so I could listen to this song over and over. I pretty much wrote all the vocals for it that night and not much of it changed.

I think sometimes we might think that we’ve spent so much time on something that we have to continue on the same path. Behind the music, I believe that changing your mind is freeing and we should be prepared and excited to do it anytime we want.

Changing my mind is one of my favorite super powers. 24 hours and a new beginning!”

More Bands Added To 2022 Kentucky Irate Fest

More bands have been added to this year’s Kentucky Irate Fest. The event will take place at the MG Prime Entertainment Complex in Louisville, KY on August 26-28 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

August 26: Slaughter To Prevail, Impending Doom, The Browning, Jason Paige/Belushi Speed Ball, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Sea Of Treachery, Entheos, Earth Caller feat. Misstiq, Dead/Awake, Summoning The Lich, Alukah, Savage Existence, In Gloom, Snake Father, Tactosa, Yosemite In Black, Gallifrey Falls, Reminitions, The Behest Of Serpents, Sero//tonin, WhatDrivesTheWeak, Wretched Idol, Fathom, Kings And Thieves, Eulogy In Blood, and Grave Friends.

August 27: Rivers Of Nihil, Oceano, Traitors, Bury Your Dead, Rose Funeral, Kaonashi, In Dying Arms, VCTMS, Convictions, Worm Shepherd, Filth, Scumfuck, Falsifier, Born A New, Until The Dead Walk, Autumn Lies Buried, Peelingflesh, Snuffed On Sight, Waste, My Own Will, Mutilation Barbecue, Cell, Divisive, Of The Fallen, Hollow Valley, Wake Up In Tsunami, and Cohen.

August 28: Norma Jean, Madball, Cane Hill, Palisdades, Evergreen Terrace, Boundaries, Tallah, Enox, Rvnt, Weeping Wound, The Convalescence, Guerrila Warfare, Bodybox, Downswing, Somewhere To Call Home, Yung Mosh, Inferious, Pieced Up, Foxbat, Isolator, Fight From Within, Actus Reus, A Rumor Of War, The Delirium Effect, The Earth Laid Bare, Artica, Wave Painter, and 3DR.