Exhorder Return, Announce February Shows

Exhorder have returned with a revamped lineup featuring founding members Vinnie LaBella and Kyle Thomas, along with Jason Viebrooks (Heathen), Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals), and Sasha Horn (Forbidden). The band will play “Slaughter In The Vatican” in full at St. Vitus Barbin Brooklyn, NY on February 9 and will then play “The Law” in full at the same venue the next night (February 10). They also have a February 12 show booked at Southport Hall in New Orleans, LA.

LaBella commented:

“Over our 30-year history, we have obviously had more than our fair share of struggles. Struggles that have broken us apart on several occasions. Whether those struggles were internal, external or both, no matter the situation, we always find are way back to one another. How? Why? It took me 30 years to realize it’s because the relationships run too deep, the songs are timeless, and the fans are ageless. It’s meant so much to us and so many others. And it’s for these reasons Exhorder can’t be broken, even by the hands that created it. Like it or not, love it or hate it, Exhorder is forever and it’s my duty, my honor and privilege to do it again!”

Thomas added:

“It would probably be best to never say never for the rest of my life, because I thought that this could not happen again. However, here we are one more time!

“I am extremely pumped to take the stage yet again with Exhorder to bring to life some of the most classic songs in thrash metal and hardcore history. We will put everything into it as always, doing our best to see to it that no one will ever walk away from an Exhorder show dissatisfied. We’re back!”


Old Wounds Reunite With Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni, Premiere New Song “Only Your Enemies Leave Roses”

Old Wounds have officially welcomed frontman Kevin Iavaroni back to the band. With this news, the group have also premiered a new song titled “Only Your Enemies Leave Roses,” via Alternative Press.

Iavaroni said the following about the song:

“We wrote the song right before I decided to leave the band. There was some arguing amongst the bandmates over whether or not it should be released. There’s a sung chorus in there—something we had never done before—but I like to sing and it’s something I’d like to do in some of our newer songs. When I told the band that I wanted to start playing shows with them again, I jokingly told them we’d have to use “the song that has that singing part in it.” [Laughs.] I’m really pleased with the video, too. Before that, all of our videos were just of us playing live. I am incredibly grateful that [the directors] were willing to fly in from California to work on it with us.”

He also added the following about his original departure:

“I was purposely vague in my post and there was a lot of stuff going on in my life that I didn’t feel the need to make a public announcement about. We did a tour with Aiden, we did Warped, we did the Every Time I Die/Beartooth tour. We did four or five consecutive tours where we didn’t take a break, ever.

I’m not trying to hit you with a sad story here, but I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 5. I’ve been in and out of hospitals since that age. [On tour], I felt myself getting sick. I hadn’t taken my meds for quite some time. I wasn’t in a good place physically or mentally.

As soon as I made the announcement that I wanted to step down from the band, I was hospitalized: I made the announcement in late December and on Feb. 1, I was hospitalized. I had so much inflammation, my colon actually turned on its side and I had to get emergency surgery. I had my second surgery this past August.

Me and the guys in Old Wounds come from a long-term friendship. They were telling me, “This isn’t the same without you. Can we find a way to make this work, with both your health and going to hair school?” I was thinking about this. I grew up listening to punk rock music and going to shows. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to play in a band.

I’m 25 years old, and I felt that I don’t want to be in the biggest band in the world, I just want to see the world and have fun with my friends, you know? I don’t want to be some huge successful dude [in music]; I want to write music that’s important to me and hopefully helpful to other people and others. It’s very therapeutic for me to let out my aggression. I don’t do drugs: Going onstage and performing is my release.”

Head to Alternative Press to read the full interview in which he talks about ex-drummer/vocalist Brandon Gallagher, ex-guitarist Zak Kessler, and more. Speaking of those former members, it is worth noting that band have recruited Exalt guitarist Ben Waugh. Sanction guitarist Lumpy will also join them on live dates.

Helloween Add North American Dates To “Pumpkins United” Tour

Helloween have added some North American shows to their “Pumpkins United” world tour, which features the band performing with former members Michael Kiskse and Kai Hansen along with the current lineup, Michael Weikath, Markus Grosskopf, Andi Deris, Sascha Gerstner, and Dani Löble. Here’s the dates:

09/07 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
09/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
09/10 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
09/12 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
09/14 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
09/15 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Light This City Officially Reunite, Planning To Release New Album Next Year

Light This City have officially reunited, and are planning to record a new album at Castle Ultimate Studios in December. The effort is expected to be released in March, via Creator-Destructor Records.

Laura Nichol commented:

“Performing and writing with Light This City has never stopped being fun. Now that I have the perspective from a guitarist/vocalist standpoint, I love to be able to switch it up and engage an audience with the freedom of only my voice, words, and a microphone in my hand.

The personality that Light This City‘s music and influences draw out of me is something that I really enjoy exploring and embodying. While Heartsounds feels like an exhilarating challenge every time I step onstage, when I’m in front of an audience with Light This City, I always feel at home. I don’t know if I could have both of those feelings with one band, but luckily, I have two to round it out!”

Ben Murray added:

“I think I can speak for all five of us when I say that we couldn’t me more excited to resurrect Light This City, finish this upcoming fifth album of ours, and get back out there to shred some new and old songs for all ya’ headbangers out there! We are eight tracks into this record and it tops anything we’ve ever released, by far. Thank you for waiting ten years; we’ll see you all soon!”

Traitors Return, Premiere New Single & Announce Tour

Traitors are back after a initially planning to call it quits earlier this year. You can listen to their new single “Lashing Out” below:

Vocalist Tyler Shelton commented:

“Nothing has me more excited than to be making music for all of our incredible fans again. ‘Lashing Out’ represents the emotion of reclusion. It’s about the person that you become if you give yourself too much time to think, and you bottle up all of your hate because you’ve got too much pride.

These past six months have been nothing but thinking for me. Thinking of you guys was a bittersweet feeling. We will continue to create music and as always, it’s coming from the heart. I am eager to show you all what’s been stuck so deeply inside of my mind on our upcoming record. We will travel to very dark depths, unraveling what happens to the human mind when you do nothing with yourself every day. I hope to see you all at our upcoming tour dates.”

Tour Dates (with Sabella):

10/26 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
10/27 Ocean Springs, MS – The Juke Point
10/29 Dallas, TX – The Rail Club
10/30 Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix
11/01 Las Vegas, NV – Eagle Aeries Hall
11/03 Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewery
11/04 Cupertino, CA – X Bar
11/05 Portland, OR – Analog Theater
11/07 Spokane, WA – The Pin
11/08 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock
11/10 Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
11/11 Omaha, NE – Bourbon Saloon
11/12 Berwyn, IL – The Wire
11/13 Detroit, MI – Tangent Gallery
11/14 Rochester, NY – Photo City
11/15 Hartford, CT – The Webster Underground
11/16 Brooklyn, NY – Sunnyvale
11/17 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
11/19 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
11/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/21 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero

[via Alternative Press]

Watch Nachtmystium Play First Show In Nearly Five Years

Nachtmystium returned to the stage for the first time in close to five years at the 5 Star Bar in Los Angeles, CA on July 7. You can see footage from that show below. The band, which now features Blake Judd along with Jacob Dye, Øystein Albrektsson, and Jean-Michel Graffio, also performed at ‘Festum Carnis‘  in Wisleyville, CA the following day. 

In other news, the group were also handing out refunds to fans scammed by Judd between 2012 and 2014. They​ said the following about that:

“Its happening….now. Nachtmystium‘s first show in nearly five years. The band goes on at midnight. Nice big crowd here….we are thrilled to be back and to see all of you that are here tonight. Merchandise is available AND we are issuing cash refunds / merchandise for anyone whom may have ordered between 2012 – 2014 and didn’t receive an order. Just come see us at the merch table, we will get you sorted out and also refund you for the fee you were charged at the door…the show tonight is on us of you were victimized in the past. 1 hour, 37 minutes ’til stage time…. \m/”

Upcoming Dates:

07/25 San Diego, CA – Til-Two Club (performing “Reign Of The Malicious“)
09/29 Louisville, KY – Louisville Deathfest

[via The PRP]

Rex Brown Says Pantera Once Came “Close” To Reuniting

Pantera’s Rex Brown was recently interviewed by Loudwire, and was asked about how close Pantera have come to reuniting. He simply responded by saying “close”.

Brown further added:

“Well, I just speak for myself. I mean, I’d love to get out there and play those songs again. And if everybody else was willing to do it… You know, I think the whole thing would be get us all in a room, throw some water on it and get that water underneath the bridge all settled and make some music again. But it would be different. We’d be missing something. And that’s the big ugh. I’m just being as honest as I can. It would be different.”

“I’d do anything to have that back—family and all that kind of stuff. I never say ‘never’ on that kind of thing, and I’m tired of saying, you know, ‘hell freezes over,’ or whatever, but at the same time, life is getting too short and you never know… But I’m not saying there’s been any talks at all.

Would I do it? Phillip, I just saw Phil not long ago. We’re all doing our own things… I’d get up there and do it for fucking nothing.”

Fans have been wanting a reunion for a long time, but with Dimebag’s tragic death and the conflict between Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul it is hard to imagine it will ever happen. However, if it does happen, Zakk Wylde is expected to fill in on guitar.