Original Candlebox Lineup To Perform Debut Album In Full At Special Seattle, WA Show

Candlebox’s original lineup, featuring Peter Klett, Bardi Martin, Kevin Martin, and Scott Mercado, will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album by performing it in full at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA on July 21. The band will also be joined by special guests SweetWater and Green Apple Quick Step.

Kevin Martin said the following:

“I can’t believe its been 25 years, it seems like yesterday we were playing the 1st of 3 sold out shows at the Paramount and to be able to come back 25 years later to that same magical venue to play these songs for our fans is truly overwhelming and humbling. I don’t think any of us ever thought that we had made a record that would have such a profound affect on so many. I mean, we were proud of it of course and we loved what we had created but to think that it was going to reach so many people and that it was still going to be as impactful 25 years later, no way. I think we are all amazed that its 25 years old, very humbling for sure and I couldn’t be more grateful that our fans still love what we do all these years later.”

Klett also commented:

“I’m truly looking forward to getting back together with the guys where it started all those years ago. Playing the songs that literally changed our lives and continue to do so and to be able to play them in the The Paramount with our fans there is going to be amazing!”

Bardi Martin added:

“It is amazing, I mean, if you’d have asked me in 1993 if I thought we’d be playing this album for our fans in 25 years I dont know how i would have responded. I think i would probably have said “I hope so” but really I’m just amazed and cannot wait to celebrate these past 25 years with the guys and the fans!”

Mercado commented as well:

“I’m so stoked to be reuniting with the 3 guys that changed my life immeasurably and presented the most magical moments I’ll ever experience on this Earth. I love these guys and can’t wait to play the songs from the album that catapulted our musical careers.”

In other news, the band’s current lineup, Kevin Martin, Adam Kury, Brian Quinn, Island Styles, and Robin Diaz, also have the following dates booked:

01/25 Grand Rapids, MI – 2 Monroe Live
01/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
01/27 Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
02/28 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
03/01 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
03/02 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
03/03 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
04/06 Washington, DC – City Winery DC
04/07 Boston, MA – City Winery
04/08 New York, NY – City Winery
04/09 New York, NY – City Winery
04/13 Atlanta, GA – City Winery Atlanta
04/14 Nashville, TN – City Winery
04/15 Chicago, IL – City Winery
04/16 Chicago, IL – City Winery
05/25 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
05/26 Dallas, TX – KEGL Festival
05/27 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
06/01 Baton Rouge, LA – L’Auberage Casino & Hotel
06/02 Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
06/29 Youngstown, OH – Southern Park Mall
06/30 Washington, PA – The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
09/15 Kamus, UT – Dejoria Center

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Skinlab Rejoined By Former Guitarist Steve “Snake” Green

Skinlab have reunited with guitarist Steve “Snake” Green (The Devil In California). This news comes after the band previously reunited with guitarist Marcos Medina (Invidia) as well.

Steev Esquivel commented:

“We are very excited to announce that our brother Snake has returned home and has rejoined Skinlab for the Brothers in Blood Tour. Our boy has slithered right back into our lives, and we embrace him with open arms. Snake has always been a huge part of Skinlab, making his debut on the EYESORE EP back in 1998. That fan-favorite has become a collector’s item, and Snake’s blood and spirit has been a constant fixture through every release we’ve done since. We couldn’t be happier to have him back for this tour.”

“The last week has been an amazing experience that started off with handshakes, hugs and tears. The mood quickly turned into a massive wall of heaviness, however, when we began rehearsing a setlist of a dozen-plus songs, each met with smiles and nods of approval. To us it’s obvious that this machine is back in-action and ready for war! We are very excited to jump back on the road!”

Green added:

“It all comes down to LOVE… LOVE for these two dudes, Steev & Paul, with whom I have shared so much time with. LOVE for the powerful music we have made, LOVE for the fans of Skinlab, and ultimately, the LOVE for LIFE around every corner we turn. We’re older, wiser, and share a mutual passion for what we’ve created together. As for the future, we’ll enter the studio and take things day by day, waiting to see what fate the metal Gods will bring forth. Enjoy the moment!”

Tour Dates:

01/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
01/26 Mesa, AZ – Club Red (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
01/27 Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
01/28 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
01/30 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
01/31 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
02/01 Houston, TX – Concert Pub North (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
02/02 Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
02/03 Harlingen, TX – The Hop Shop (with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun)
02/07 Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar (with Media Solution and Core 10)
02/10 Crockett, CA – Toot’s Tavern (with The Ghost Next Door, Monster God and The Devil In California)

Watch Footage From Chimaira’s Reunion Show

Chimaira, feturing Mark Hunter, Rob Arnold, Matt DeVries, Jim LaMarca, and Chris Spicuzza, reunited for a special show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH last night (December 30), and now some footage from the performance can be seen below. Andols Herrick was supposed to take part in the event as well, but due to his “debilitating digestive issues,” Austin D’Amond (DevilDriver, ex-Chimaira), filled in.

Setlist:

“Pictures In The Gold Room”
“Needle”
“Six”
“Power Trip”
“Nothing Remains”
“Save Ourselves”
“Down Again”
“The Flame”
“Army Of Me”
“Eyes Of A Criminal”
“The Venom Inside”
“Lazarus”
“Resurrection”
“Implements Of Destruction”
“The Dehumanizing Process”
“Salvation”
“Pure Hatred”
“Jade”

[via The PRP]

Andols Herrick Opens Up About “Debilitating Digestive Issues” & Missing Chimaira’s Upcoming Reunion Show

As previously announced Andols Herrick will miss Chimaira’s upcoming reunion show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH on December 30, due to health reasons. Now, the drummer has opened up about his “debilitating digestive issues” and his disappointment about not being able to play the concert.

Herrick said the following:

“I’ve been meaning to follow up on Chimaira Christmas and the world of yours truly. This is going to be lengthy, so here’s a tl:dr – debilitating digestive issues since July 2016 → MDs are blockheads → downstream issues pile up → catatonic depression → reunion show is confirmed and I find hope → physical decline continues with even more unusual and embarrassing symptoms → drive to CLE with incredible enthusiasm, but off of 2 all-nighters and in terrible shape on every level, play poorly, my Chimaira brothers showed incredible concern and love, and quickly determine I am a huge liability (100% correct) → continue physical degradation, bedridden almost all day → crying and typing out this post.

Last November when I was in free fall and just lost my job, my family had me come to stay with them in North Carolina from Las Vegas. They are my guardian angels and have been unwavering in their support. Somehow in the midst of this, I met a girl from 1000 miles away who is gorgeous, caring, patient, and warm. MegAnne saved my life, and I know we will spending ours together.

The more love and support they show me, the more I agonize over regressing further and further away from normal, the more I frantically research and try to make headway….because I don’t just want it for myself, I want them to see their son/brother/soulmate climb back from the basement of hell to a better version of myself. They’ve laid the foundation, they’ve helped me many times over, and every day I feel so ashamed of what I’ve become. Make no mistake, if not for the love and support from them, and the kind words and generous donations my Facebook family has given me I’d be dead in the backseat of a car in the middle of nowhere, first the vehicle and then myself out of gas.

When the talks of a Chimaira reunion became real, I was so incredibly excited. I’ve really missed performing, and its been a gap in my heart I tried to ignore. So my dream was becoming reality, and I would not have believed I’d be in the physical and emotional state I am now. I fully support Austin taking the reigns….that dude is re-fucking-diculous….and find solace in knowing the most special Chimaira show ever is guaranteed to be the best performance of its career. But fucking hell do I wish I was there rehearsing, instead of loathing what I will feel when my feet touch the ground and my 8-hour preparation to run a quick errand.

More and more I feel like this relentless discomfort, nausea, physical deterioration is my reality, and that I have to learn how to block the noise out of my mind, one that is like a bullhorn blaring in my face every waking second. I hope I’m wrong. I know there are things yet to be investigated. I’m taking as much of the healing process into my own hands, because MDs simply want to wash their own of me. I want to get behind a kit once more, honor the support of my family by regaining my autonomy, and be the best version of me for the girl who amazes me more daily.

Many of you contributed to the GoFundMe campaign my family set up in April. I’m going to share that link right here: https://www.gofundme.com/andols-herrick-medical-fund/donate

Share it if you feel so inclined, and I would be grateful. I have a lot of testing and treatments to do and I am limited in what I’m capable to explore. That’s the extent my pride will allow me to say. Just know that you guys have already lifted me up in a way that overwhelms me.

I’m trying to find light in the pitch black darkness, waiting for “rock bottom” to happen. I’m terrified, embarrassed, and my mind all to often falls into a dark place. But I’m also grateful, blessed, loved, and constantly marvel about the amount of support I’ve been given.

From the bottom of my heart: I’m sorry I let the fans and my Chimaira brethren down. As Rocky Balboa said: “It ain’t how hard you can hit, its how you can get hit and keep moving forward!” I love you all, and look forward to redeeming myself in every aspect.

With respect and humility,
Andols”

Drummer Andols Herrick To Miss Chimaira’s Upcoming Reunion Show

Chimaira’s original lineup, including Mark Hunter, Rob Arnold, Matt DeVries, Jim LaMarca, Andols Herrick, and Chris Spicuzza, were supposed to reunite for a show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH on December 30, but now it appears Herrick will be missing the performance due to his “debilitating health.” Austin D’Amond (DevilDriver), who has served as the band’s drummer before, will be filling in. Chimaira commented:

“We are extremely disappointed to report that as a result of debilitating health, Andols Herrick is unable to perform at this year’s Christmas show. We are fortunate and grateful, however, that Chimaira veteran Austin D’Amond will step up to command the absent throne. Our sincerest apologies are in order for the disruption, but we are confident the night will absolutely crush.”

Behemoth Post Footage From Recent Rehearsals With Former Members For Upcoming “Merry Christless” Shows

Behemoth have posted some rehearsal footage of them preparing for their upcoming “Merry Christless” shows. Those will take place at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland on December 14-15 and they will see the band rejoined by former members Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko, Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski, Adam “Desecrator” Malinowski, and Mateusz “Havoc” Śmierzchalski.

Behemoth’s Original Lineup Plan To Perform The First Song They Ever Wrote At Upcoming “Merry Christless” Shows

Behemoth previously announced that ex-drummer Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko and ex-guitarist/bassist Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski would rejoin them onstage at their “Merry Christless” shows at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland on December 14-15. Now, Nergal has also confirmed that the band’s original lineup, featuring him along with Adam “Desecrator” Malinowski and Muraszko, will reunite for a performance of “Cursed Angel Of Doom,” which was their first ever song. Nergal shared the following about that on Instagram:

I honestly don't remember anymore who was the first one I had asked to join Behemoth, Desecrator or Baal. In fact I had worked with Baal from the very first years of my musical adventure and he was part of most of pre-Behemoth incarnations named Hypnos Death and Centaur and more. But then I GUESS Malinowski aka Desecrator was the trigger point here. We met for the first time in the… kindergarden and became buddies ever since. We met years later. He was the ONLY guy in the neighbourhood wearing long hair (mine was growing but I was still looking like some emo shithead) and Morbid Angel shirt. I asked him if he wants to be in my band but the problem was he didn't know how to handle ANY instrument. I suggested it's not a problem coz you can always play bass or be a vocalist coz of your presence. And to be entirely honest here, I was NO shredder either. What did matter to be was the passion we shared. But he was one hell of ambitious dude and decided to buy guitar and LEARN how to play this bitch. In the very first weeks of the existence of the band I brought the first song ever written: "Cursed Angel Of Doom". Strongly inspired by my all time heroes Blasphemy it kinda lit the torch of what kind of music we were all worshipped. Black and Death Metal with no fuckin' compromises. And we were planning to bring it even further… sadly he left the band before we started working on the second demo. Anyways, we've stayed friends thruout the years. He moved out to US and graduated Harvard University and is a science worker now… yet still a metalhead supporting Behemoth in every way possible. When I mentioned him about this Merry Christless reunion show he was ALL ABOUT joining the party! This very first Behemoth line up has NEVER played live. And during these two sold out shows on 14th and 15th we will be performing "Cursed Angel of Doom" in this ancient trio! I'm immenesely thrilled about the possibility of sharing the stage with these gentlemen and bringing some history back! @behemothofficial @behemothwebstore

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