As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel & Shadow Of Intent Cancel North American Tour

As I Lay Dying have officially cancelled their tour with Whitechapel and Shadow Of Intent due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“AILD fans, This may not come as a surprise but due to the global pandemic and uncertain status of live entertainment, we’ve decided to cancel the Burn To Emerge Tour that was set to take place in February/March 2021 with Whitechapel and Shadow of Intent. We feel this is the best course of action given the circumstances and would prefer our fans to have their money back sooner than later. Please contact your point of purchase for refunds. We remain optimistic for a long term solution to the Covid-19 crisis and hope to re-connect with our fans in the near future. In the meantime, please take care of each other.”

Whitechapel Share More Footage From New Album Sessions

Whitechapel have shared some more footage from their new album sessions. You can check that out below. The band are currently working on the record with producer Mark Lewis.

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Whitechapel To Enter The Studio This Week To Work On New Album

It looks like Whitechapel will be entering the studio this week to work on their new album. Guitarist Alex Wade recently confirmed the news during an appearance on Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez.”

Wade said the following while discussing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

“I definitely feel like we got kind of cut short as far as the album cycle for ‘The Valley’ goes. But we’re trying to make the best of it that we can. We had a lot of killer tours and everything lined up this year. But it is what it is, and we just kind of have to roll with the punches.

We made the best of a bad situation, and we ended up writing another album. So we’re gonna be going into the studio this week, actually, and we’re gonna start production on that. I think, truly, if we would have ended up going on all those tours that we wouldn’t have had the time to dedicate to making the best album possible, but since we were all sitting at home on our ass, we were able to make a really killer record.”

Wade also added the following about Phil Bozeman’s increased use of clean vocals on the group’s latest album “The Valley” and how it will influence the new music:

“I definitely feel like ‘The Valley’ opened up kind of like a floodgate of options for us to be creative and new avenues that we can explore, so there’s definitely gonna be quite a bit of that on the new record. But no worries — there’s still gonna be tons of heavy material, classic kind of Whitechapel sounds.

I think that’s what’s great about the point that we’re at in our career, is that not only can we kind of recreate those old sounds to keep the die-hard fans happy, but we can also venture into newer sounds that can potentially put us in front of a newer audience.”

He continued:

“Whatever we do, we always to make sure that it comes from a genuine place. We never want to write something that feels forced. Like, if we write something and it’s just not really fitting the vibe of what we’re going for, we have no problem scratching it. We’re not the type of band to try to create a sound like that to just try to get bigger, or something like that. For us, it was a very natural progression.

Obviously, in the music that we’re creating, you can hear heavy influences of Tool and A Perfect Circle and stuff like that, which, those have been Phil’s favorite bands since he was 14 or probably even younger. It’s not like we’re just coming out of the woodwork with this sound, saying, like, ‘Oh, this is our new sound.’ This is definitely something that we’ve been interested in for quite a while, so it’s good to see us kind of bring it to fruition.”

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Lamb Of God To Perform New Self-Titled Album And “Ashes Of The Wake” In Full During Upcoming Livestream Concerts

Lamb Of God have announced two special virtual concerts. The first one will take place on September 18 and it will find the band performing their new self-titled album in full. The second one will take place on September 25 and it will find them performing “Ashes Of The Wake” in full. Both shows will stream live from Richmond, VA and they will also include fan-favorites and rarely performed tracks. Bleed From Within will open the first show with a stream of a new full-production set and Whitechapel will open the second show with a stream of a 2014 show from Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets can be found HERE.

Whitechapel Premiere Animated Video For “Doom Woods”

Whitechapel have premiered an animated video for their song “Doom Woods.” This track is from the band’s latest album “The Valley.” Alex Wade commented:

“We are excited to release the animated video for ‘Doom Woods‘ off our 2019 release ‘The Valley‘. While we have some time off from touring, we thought it would be a great time to give a visual representation to the closing track from the album. We were blown away with what the design team was able to create and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. It really gives the track a new depth.”

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel & Shadow Of Intent Tour Rescheduled For 2021

As I Lay Dying have postponed their spring tour with Whitechapel and Shadow Of Intent due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place early next year.

Tour Dates:

02/17 Tucson, AZ – Rialto
02/18 Flagstaff, AZ – The Orpheum Theater
02/19 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
02/20 Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos
02/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/23 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec
02/25 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
02/26 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
02/27 Destin, FL – Rock Destin
03/01 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
03/03 New York, NY – Gramercy
03/05 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/06 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/07 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
03/09 Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre
03/10 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
03/11 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
03/12 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
03/13 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
03/14 Wichita, KS – Wave
03/15 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
03/16 Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
03/17 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
03/19 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
03/20 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium

As I Lay Dying commented:

“To all of our US fans,

We want to officially inform you that all of the May and June tour dates from our Burn To Emerge US tour have been postponed and rescheduled. We suspect this comes as no surprise given all that’s been going on with the pandemic.

The new rescheduled dates will take place in February & March of next year, and we’re excited to be able to keep the same lineup with Whitechapel and Shadow Of Intent. All the new dates are listed below.

Your tickets will be honored for the postponed shows. However we understand if some of you are unable to attend the new dates. Anyone who wants a refund can begin the process at your point of purchase.

We are still working on a rescheduled date during our Feb/Mar tour for Richmond, VA, so unless you need an immediate refund please hold onto your tickets until further notice.

Thanks for your understanding and continued support. Please take good care of yourselves. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

with love and gratitude,
As I Lay Dying“

Whitechapel Share Acoustic Version Of “Hickory Creek”

Whitechapel have shared an acoustic version of their song “Hickory Creek.” The original version of the track is from the band’s latest album “The Valley.” Phil Bozeman commented:

“If any song could have an acoustic version, it would be ‘Hickory Creek‘. This was enjoyable on so many levels for us to make, and we hope you share that same joy during these hard times.”

Whitechapel Cancel European/UK Tour

Whitechapel have cancelled their European/UK tour with Dyscarnate and Vexed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“With the cancellation of many shows and tours due to measures imposed by governments to control the spread of Coronavirus, we regretfully inform our fans that our entire upcoming Europe/UK tour has been cancelled. We apologize for having to make this decision but the safety of our fans, the crews working the shows, and ourselves is what is most important at this time. These shows will not be rescheduled and refunds for tickets to our headliner are available at the point of purchase, stay safe and healthy and we will see you all soon!”