Devin Townsend Shares New Track “Heavy Factions”

Devin Townsend has shared a new track called “Heavy Factions” as part of his “Quarantine Project.” This latest song features Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless, etc.), Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth). Townsend commented

“Heres a heavier demo idea. I recorded the drums with Samus during the Empath sessions. Liam plays bass and Wes does a ripping solo. Its all about balance I guess, sometimes chill, sometimes frantic. This would be ‘frantic’ =) I hope you have a good weekend. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Dont let the stress get you down, try to write some music or make some art maybe this weekend? …or cookies? They’re good too…“

Devin Townsend Recruits Former Members Of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Decapitated, Etc. For Summer Tour

During a recent interview with MetalSucks, Devin Townsend revealed the artists that will be joining him during his summer touring. They include: guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated).

Townsend said the following:

“The next [touring] thing is Volume 2, which I’m starting with all these festivals — we’re doing Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Bloodstock, Tuska, Wacken, and Hellfest. And that is a different group of people, which is an amazing group of people. I basically did a poll online and said, ‘What do you want to hear?’ from the entire catalogue, Strapping included. For the Volume 2 thing, which I will then bring to North America later, it’s those songs, which is a shit load of Strapping, a shit load of DTP, all of the stuff that people want to hear.

For the summer, I’ve got a band — but it’s a four person band — and at this point it looks like it’ll have Wes Hauch, who played with me on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. He was in The Faceless and Glass Casket. Such a fuckin’ good guitar player, holy shit. And Krimh playing drums, who was with Septicflesh, Decapitated, and Behemoth.

Super strong player and he can blast with the same volume as he does with the groovy stuff. It looks like it’s gonna be Liam who used to be in Dillinger Escape Plan playing bass. Really great guys, super confident players. Good vibes.

I want that tour — the Volume 2 thing — to be completely different. I want it to be open to the audience and to say, ‘What do you want to hear?’ There’s 25 records full of shit. There’s Strapping, there’s Terria, there’s Ziltoid, there’s DTP, there’s DTB, there’s all this shit. Tell me what you want me to play, and I’ll play that. So, that’s the tour after this one that’s coming up.”

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.

Watch Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Etc. Members Perform At 2019 Dimebash

Last night (January 24), a number of artists took the stage at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul at the 2019 Dimebash. The event was hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it featured the following: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). You can see some footage from the show below:

Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members To Perform At 2019 Dimebash

The 2019 Dimebash is set to take place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 24. The event will be hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it will include performances by Kill Devil Hill, Fireball Ministry, and an all-star band featuring: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). A private afterparty will be held after the event and it will include jams from Kyng, food from Grohl’s BackBeat BBQ, and raffle prizes. Proceeds will go towards MusicCares and Guitars For Vets.

Black Crown Initiate Announce New Guitarist & Drummer

Black Crown Initiate have announced the addition of guitarist Ethan McKenna and drummer Samuel Santiago (ex-Gorod/Melechesh) to their lineup. The two have been recruited as replacements for guitarist Wes Hauch (Alluvial, etc.) and drummer Jesse Beahler (Nightfire, etc.). The band posted the following:

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Hey y’all! If any of you have seen our recent shows, you may have noticed some lineup changes. It is true that Jesse and Wes are no longer in the band, but there is zero bad blood. They are both still are dear buddies, and with the ridiculous amount of talent they both possess, we have no doubt that you’ll be hearing from them real soon! That being said, we are extremely excited to welcome Sam Santiago and Ethan Mckenna to Black Crown Initiate. You might know Sam from his work with Gorod, Beyond Creation, Arkhon Infaustus, and others, and he is doing an amazing job beating the tubs for us. Ethan Mckenna is a Reading, Pa based guitar wizard, and he was actually the first guitarist ever asked to join the band when Andy, Nick, and James put Black Crown together in 2012. Things change, grow, and come full circle, and we intend to deliver a killer new album and get back into your beautiful faces as soon as possible. Stay tuned and thanks! -The Böys 📸 @__photi__ #blackcrowninitiate

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Black Crown Initiate Premiere New Song “Selves We Cannot Forgive”/Officially Welcome New Guitarist Wes Hauch (Ex-The Faceless)

Black Crown Initiate have premiered a new song titled, “Selves We Cannot Forgive,” via Metal Injection. This song is the title track of their new album, which will be released on July 22.

Click the LINK to go to the stream.

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In other news, the band haved officially added guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless) to their lineup. Hauch, said the following:

“It’s a really rare and awesome thing if you’re able to find a group of dudes that you can genuinely get along with. It’s even more rare if your musical tastes and goals are congruent. I can definitely say that’s the case right now in Black Crown Initiate and I’m very grateful. Things are great and I’m looking forward to the the future.”