Fleshgod Apocalypse Postpone North American Tour Due To Coronavirus

Fleshgod Apocalypse have postponed their North American tour with The Agonist due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus. The band are currently working on rescheduling the dates for later this year.

Fleshgod Apocalypse commented:

“Hello everyone,

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the postponement of our upcoming tour in North America with the Veleno String Quartet and The Agonist. This has been decided upon due to current entry restrictions in the United States, following recent cases of coronavirus in Italy.

We’re absolutely devastated about the delay, but we’re already working to reschedule the tour for late Summer/early Fall (exact dates coming soon).

We know that there are so many people waiting for us in the US and Canada and we can’t wait to see you. We’ll keep you updated as shows are being rebooked, after which the show tickets and VIP tickets will be honored. So please stay tuned for further developments.

To the many of you asking how you can help support during this time, merch purchases always help and will be used to get us back up to speed and on the road. You can check out our store here: shop.fleshgodapocalypse.com

Thank you guys so much for the immense support. We’ll see you on the road, sooner than you think!”

The Agonist, Kobra And The Lotus, Sum 41, Etc. Nominated For 2020 JUNO Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2020 JUNO Awards. The ceremony will take place in Saskatoon, SK on March 15 and the nominees for the rock/metal categories can be found below:

Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year:

  • Kobra And The Lotus – “Evolution“
  • Lindsay Schoolcraft – “Martyr“
  • Single Mothers – “Through A Wall“
  • Striker – “Play To Win“
  • The Agonist – “Orphans“

Rock Album Of The Year:

  • Big Wreck – “…but for the sun“
  • Headstones – “PEOPLESKILLS“
  • Sum 41 – “Order In Decline“
  • The Dirty Nil – “Master Volume“
  • The Glorious Sons – “A War On Everything“

The Agonist Bassist Chris Kells To Miss Upcoming Tour After Being Banned From Entering The U.S.

The Agonist’s Chris Kells has revealed that he has been banned from entering the U.S. As a result, the bassist has been forced to sit out the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise and the band’s tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse.

Kells commented:

“Friends, it comes with great disappointment and frustration to announce that I will not be on the 70k of metal cruise, or the upcoming Fleshgod Apocalypse tour this March with The Agonist.

This comes as a result not of choice but because of US border regulations.

As some of you already know I work in video production while being home from tour. The corporate video company I work for here in Montreal had me go to the states a couple of times to perform interviews and get video footage of the clients who we were working with.

Unfortunately, the last time I went to cross into the USA, a CBP (border control) officer deemed me inadmissible and banned me from entering America for 5 years. This was a result of misguided information given to me, and the CBP, by my EMPLOYER, at the time of entry. This essentially led to me being cornered by officers, and forced to sign documents acknowledging my apparent misconduct. (This evidently has nothing to do with playing awesome music for people in our beautiful neighbour country)

Sadly I have applied for a waiver from these ridiculous charges but have still been denied entry regardless.

It has been an extremely aggravating year trying to get all this figured out with Immigration lawyers and has caused me great mental distress, as playing shows with my friends in The Agonist is one of my most cherished experiences of life. I am left at a loss and have no further options but to seek a temporary replacement for all US related shows!

That being said, I would like to take the time to introduce you all to a great friend of mine, Pavlo Haikalis, who will be filling in for me. Pavlo has always been there on the sidelines for The Agonist. Helping out with gear, pre production process, building my custom PHG basses for me, and just all around being the great dude that he is. Please welcome him with open arms and horns up! I can’t imagine anybody else to better kick ass for me in this trying time.”

Once Human, Possessed, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aeternam, Aether Realm, The Agonist, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Brujeria, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Dark Matter, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Ereb Altor, Exodus, Finntroll, FirstBourne, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves’ Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, No Raza, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Once Human, Origin, Orphaned Land, Possessed, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Spoil Engine, Stam1na, Striker, Suffocation, The Faceless, Devin Townsend, Toxik, Trollfest, Venom, Vio-lence, Whiplash, Wilderun, Wintersun, Without Waves, and Zero Theorem.

Vio-lence, Brujeria, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aeternam, Aether Realm, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Brujeria, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Exodus, Finntroll, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Origin, Orphaned Land, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Stam1na, Suffocation, The Agonist, The Faceless, Toxik, Trollfest, Venom, Vio-lence, Whiplash, and Wintersun.

Exodus, The Faceless, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aether Realm, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Exodus, Finntroll, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Origin, Orphaned Land, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Stam1na, Suffocation, The Agonist, The Faceless, Trollfest, Venom, Whiplash, and Wintersun.

Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2019

I have put together a list of my top 15 albums of 2019. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

15. Abigail Williams – “Walk Beyond The Dark”:

Abigail Williams’ latest album is a solid display of atmospheric black metal. The band were able to capture the various elements from their past work and fuse them together to create a record that showcases their most dynamic music to date. Some highlights from this one include “Black Waves,” “The Final Failure,” and “I Will Depart.”

14. Fever 333 – “Strength In Numb333rs”:

Fever 333’s debut album seeks to highlight the injustices within modern society through a powerful mix of rock, metal, and hip-hop. The band are on a mission to make a difference in the world and this record serves as their call to action. Some highlights from this one include “Burn It,” “Animal,” and “One Of Us.”

13. Bring Me The Horizon – “Amo”:

Bring Me The Horizon’s latest album is a pop leaning record that left many fans divided. That being said, if you listen to it with an open mind you will find a record full of great tracks from a band that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what is seen as acceptable in the rock/metal world. Some highlights from this one include: “Wonderful Life” (feat. Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth), “Sugar Honey Ice & Tea,” and “Heavy Metal” (feat. Rahzel).

12. Awake At Last – “The Change”:

Awake At Last’s latest album takes hard rock and mixes it with catchy pop-like elements. It also contains positive lyrics that inspire feelings of hope and encouragement. Some higlights from this one include the title track, which features Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills), “Dead Generation,” and “Fallen Stars.”

11. Venom Prison – “Samsara”

Venom Prison’s latest album only further proves the fact that the band are a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. It is uncompromising, relentless death metal that deals with heavy subjects such as social injustice, depression, and corruption. Some highlights from this one include “Uterine Industrialisation,” “Self Inflicted Violence,” and “Asura’s Realm.”

10. The Agonist – “Orphans”

The Agonist pulled no punches with their latest album. The effort combines heavy and melodic music with powerful vocals to create the band’s finest material to date. Some highlights from this one include “In Vertigo,” “Blood As My Guide,” and “The Gift Of Silence.”

09. Killswitch Engage – “Atonement”:

Killswitch Engage’s latest album contains some of the band’s strongest material since Jesse Leach returned in 2012. The effort is brutal, melodic, and filled with a sense of passion from a band that is firing on all cylinders. Some highlights from this one include “The Signal Fire” (feat. Howard Jones), “I Am Broken Too,” and “The Crownless King” (feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy).

08. Papa Roach -“Who Do You Trust?”:

Papa Roach have been killing it with their last few releases and “Who Do You Trust?” is no exception. The eclectic album combines elements of rock, pop, and alternative to create catchy songs that you can’t help but listening to over and over again. Some highlights from this one include “Not The Only One,” “Elevate,” and the title track.

07. Korn – “The Nothing”:

Korn’s latest album is one of the band’s best. It is a heavy record brimming with raw emotion that takes fans through the grieving process as Jonathan Davis mourns the death of his wife. The effort lives in darkness and pain, but this openness provides the listener with an authentic experience. Some highlights from this one include “Cold,” “Idiosyncrasy,” and “H@rd3r.”

06. Motionless In White – “Disguise”

Motionless In White’s latest album is another banger that you can’t help but blast through your speakers. The effort combines elements of goth, industrial, metalcore, and electronic music to create anthemic tracks that will probably stay in the band’s live set for years to come. Some highlights from this one include “Brand New Numb,” “Thoughts & Prayers” and “Broadcasting From Beyond the Grave: Death Inc.”

05. Jinjer – “Macro”:

Jinjer followed up their excellent “Micro” EP with a full-length record that continued to showcase the band’s brilliance. “Macro” is a diverse, djenty record full of hard-hitting tracks with incredible vocals and lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Judgement (& Punishment),” “Pit Of Consciousness,” and “The Prophecy.”

04. New Years Day – “Unbreakable”:

New Years Day’s latest release is one of the band’s best. It is an infectious, pop infused, hard rock album that seeks to empower fans through deeply personal lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Come For Me,” “Done With You,” and “I Survived.”

03. Volbeat – “Rewind, Replay, Rebound”:

Volbeat have a knack for creating extremely catchy rock tracks and this record is no exception. It is a fun album full of hooky riffing that just makes you want to boogie. Some highlights from this one include “Pelvis On Fire,” “Die To Live” (feat. Clutch’s Neil Fallon), and “Cheapside Sloggers” (feat. Exodus’ Gary Holt).

02. Tool – “Fear Inoculum”:

It took 13 years to get a new album from Tool, but it was worth the wait if you are willing to spend time with it. Those that listen to it from beginning to end with no interruptions are taken on what can only be described as a transcendental journey through a passage of mesmerizing music. Some highlights from this one include “7empest,” “Pneuma,” and “Descending.”

01. Slipknot – “We Are Not Your Kind”:

Slipknot’s latest album only further cements the fact that they are one of the strongest acts within the metal genre. The effort has everything, aggression, melody, and experimentation all through a deeply emotional lens that offers a sense of catharsis. Some highlights from this one include “Unsainted,” “Solway Firth,” and “Orphan.”