THE CONTORTIONIST HEADLINE TOUR

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METALSUCKS and THE CONTORTIONIST have announced a heavy hitting headline run with notable acts REVOCATION, FALLUJAH and TOOTHGRINDER in support. Dates will start on February 7th in their hometown of Indianapolis and wrap up in Newport, KY on February 28th after covering much of the eastern half of the U.S. “We’re excited to hit the road with all these amazing bands and play a ton of epic shows,” says vocalist Mike Lessard. “We couldn’t think of a better way to start our 2015!

 

The Contortionist recently debuted a brand new music video for their widely popular single “Primordial Sound,” exclusively through NOISEY MUSIC.

 

Click here to watch.

 

Primordial Sound was Corey Norman‘s second directorial effort for the band and depicts the band in an ultra minimalist, stripped down state. Norman also directed “Language I: Intuition” released earlier this year. Watch that here.

 

The Contortionist released Language in September to some high critical acclaims. Popular alternative weekly The Aquarian says the LP “keeps up with this idea of call and response between spacey ambient melodies and heavy-hitting metal tunes all the way through its 48-minute run.Outburn Magazine calls it “a richly layered, atmospheric, and evocative record” and Substream Magazine goes as far to say that “What The Contortionist has given us isn’t space travel but a journey through a dream state.” in their 5/5 review.

 

The band just wrapped up a highly successful run with PROTEST THE HERO in Europe. Click here for all tour dates.

 

2/7- Indianapolis, IN (Emerson Theater)
2/8- Joliet, IL (Mojoes)
2/10- Nashville, TN (The End)
2/11- Knoxville, TN (The Concourse)
2/13- Jacksonville, FL (1904 Music Hall)
2/14- Tampa, FL (The Orpheum)
2/15- Orlando, FL (Backbooth)
2/17- Greensboro, NC (Greene Street Club)
2/18- West Springfield, VA (Empire)
2/19- Amityville, NY (Revolution Bar & Music)
2/20- Hartford, CT (Webster Underground)
2/21- Brighton, MA (Brighton Music Hall)
2/22- Montreal, QC (Le Petit Campus)
2/23- Quebec City, QC (Le Cercle)
2/25- Ottawa, ON (Mavericks)
2/26- Toronto, ON (Tattoo Rock Parlour)
2/27- Grand Rapids, MI (The Intersection)
2/28- Newport, KY (Thompson House)

 

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Like Monroe Announce Tour Dates With Mushroomhead

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Houston rock act LIKE MONROE will support MUSHROOMHEAD early next year on a stretch of dates kicking off in Erie, PA on January 8th. “We are excited to take on the road with these talented guys,” says guitarist Wade Concienne. “We encourage everyone to try and make it out to one of these tour dates because each and every show will be full of energy and bands that will put on an awesome show!”

 

CLICK HERE FOR TOUR DATES

 

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The single comes from the band’s upcoming debut full length, Things We Think, But Never Speak, which came out via eOne Music / Good Fight Music a few months ago. Drew Fulk, known for his work with Motionless In White & Upon a Burning Body, was tapped to produce the effort. The video for “The Hills” came not long after the band released their last single from the new LP, “Roswell.” Click here to listen.

THE BANNER’S GREYING IN STORES TODAY!

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THE BANNER: Good Fight Music releases “Greying” today, CVLT Nation streams full album

 

With The Banner‘s third full-length, Greying, out today, December 9th, on Good Fight Music, CVLT Nation has launched a stream of the entire album.

 

Stream The Banner’s Greying, exclusively here.

 

Fans can now order the LP, CD, and various merch options, from Good Fight’s official store, and the digital tracks via iTunes and Bandcamp.

 

Greying, The Banner’s first new full-length in six years, sees the New Jersey band perfect its sound: churning, machine-like hardcore, soaked in darkness, at times veering fully into the goth/industrial realm. Early reviews of the album name-check bands from across the map, from Gaza to Type O Negative.

 

CVLT Nation reports: “Greying is a tortured work that layers on the anguish in heavy doses. Its spastic dance between the calculated and chaotic brands it as The Banner’s most unique collection to date, and I hope that they continue this route, carving a bloody, despairing path that only they dare walk.”

 

Greying was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count) and Randy Leboeuf. The album is Good Fight Music’s final release of 2014 – a year that has also included releases by Old Wounds, The Contortionst, and more. The Good Fight team is the same team that released The Banner’s previous two albums, 2005′s Each Breath Haunted and 2008′s Frailty, via former label Ferret Music.

 

The Banner, live:

 

Feb 14 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder, Indecision, Suburban Scum
Feb 18 – Albany, NY @ Bogie’s w/ Xibalba
Feb 20 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ All Out War, Xibalba, Rude Awakening
Feb 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm Cty Art Space w/ All Out War, Xibalba, Rude Awakening
Feb 22 – Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13 w/ All Out War, Xibalba, Rude Awakening
Apr 17 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

 

 

“4/5. Blending their caustic hardcore with elements of icy black metal, post-metal and introspective shoegaze, this is a dynamic, emotionally wrenching collection that exists somewhere between fury and despair. A moving, multifaceted record, indeed.”
–Alternative Press

 

 

“Shadowy metallic hardcore antiheroes…”
–Decibel

 

“Jersey crushers… Every second is heavier than the one before it.”

–Metal Injection

 

“War-fed death chug and shit-pissed hardcore rant… Other songs hover in fritzed-out goth mode.”

–MetalSucks

 

“Their metallic hardcore gruffness is cloaked in goth leanings and frosted over by varying degrees of black metal. Although Greying might be a difficult listen, that’s not a weakness; in a sea of easy listening hardcore, it’s The Banner’s greatest strength.”

–Exclaim!

 

“Greying kicks major ass. Believe you me. You need to hear this monster.”

–Gun Shy Assassin

 

“Greying is a tortured work that layers on the anguish in heavy doses. Its spastic dance between the calculated and chaotic brands it as The Banner’s most unique collection to date, and I hope that they continue this route, carving a bloody, despairing path that only they dare walk.”

–CVLT Nation

THE CONTORTIONIST DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO

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The Contortionist have debuted a brand new music video for their widely popular single “Primordial Sound,” exclusively through NOISEY MUSIC today.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PRIMORDIAL SOUND VIDEO

 

 

Primordial Sound is Corey Norman‘s second directorial effort for the band and depicts the band in an ultra minimalist, stripped down state. “Primordial sound is one song that I am very proud of,” says guitarist Robby Baca. “I had so much fun writing that song! I can’t wait to share this video with everyone. The director did a fantastic job for us. The visual elements are extremely important to us and this is a video that we feel exemplifies the overall vibe that we are going for.” Norman also directed “Language I: Intuition” released earlier this year. Watch that here.

 

 

The Contortionist released The Language in September to some high critical acclaims. Popular alternative weekly The Aquarian says the LP “keeps up with this idea of call and response between spacey ambient melodies and heavy-hitting metal tunes all the way through its 48-minute run.” Outburn Magazine calls it “a richly layered, atmospheric, and evocative record” and Substream Magazine goes as far to say that “What The Contortionist has given us isn’t space travel but a journey through a dream state.” in their 5/5 review.

 

 

The band is gearing up to hit the road with PROTEST THE HERO in Europe starting this week. Click here for all tour dates.

 


 

BLACK FRIDAY SALE IN EFFECT!

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Visit our store at goodfightmusic.merchnow.com between Thursday night and Monday at midnight, use the code ‘BFS25′ at checkout and receive 25% off your entire order! We just added a bunch of new merch designs for ’68, Reflections, Assassins, Fit For An Autopsy, Old Wounds, and Dark Sermon!

 

 

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THE BANNER PREMIERES CIRCLE OF SALT

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As the countdown to Greying ticks on, The Banner unveil one more of the new album’s songs. Stream “Circle of Salt,” exclusively via Metal Injection, here.

 

 

Greying, The Banner’s third full-length (and first since 2008!), hits stores December 9th on Good Fight Music. Fans can pre-order the LP, CD, and various merch options, now from Good Fight’s official store, and the digital tracks via iTunes and Bandcamp.

 

 

“Circle of Salt” is a rugged slab of absolute despair, exemplifying the key elements of The Banner’s trademarked sound: crushing hardcore, blackened horror, and dark ambience. Over a decade after their formation, and with hundreds of bands influenced by their melding of hardcore, metal, and goth vibes, The Banner continue to push the game forward.

 

 

Greying was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (Body Count, The Acacia Strain) and Randy Leboeuf.

 

 

Other new tracks off Greying were recently premiered via Revolver and Alternative Press.

 

 

The Banner, live:
Feb 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder

 


 

ALTERNATIVE PRESS PREMIERES NEW ’68 VIDEO

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After teasing the news over the weekend, sound maestros ’68 have debuted another brand new music video today for the song “Track 5,” exclusively via Alternative Press Magazine. Few bands can tout the kind of touring history ’68 can over the course of their year long tenure. Adding to that, the band just announced an all new set of tour dates supporting STICK TO YOUR GUNS. Click here for all dates.

 

 

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’68 debuted at #1 on the Billboard New Artist Chart with the release of In Humor and Sadness last month selling more than 3,000 copies in its first week of release. Puregrain Audio offers, “If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if The Black Keys and Every Time I Die made a love child in the washroom of a Wax Fang concert, ’68 is your answer.” in their 8/10 review. Alternative Press states “What’s ironic about Humor is that despite Scogin’s infatuation with 21st century rock ’n’ roots music, the album is closer in style, decibels and straight-up attitude to Nirvana’s legendary Bleach.

ALTERNATIVE PRESS STREAMS NEW BANNER SONG “UNBAPTIZED”

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THE BANNER: Alternative Press streams new track, “Unbaptized,” off Good Fight Music debut

 

The Banner have offered up another track off their forthcoming new album, Greying. Stream “Unbaptized” today, exclusively via Alternative Press.

 

The Banner’s third full-length album (and first in six years), Greying hits stores December 9th on Good Fight Music. The album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (Body Count, The Acacia Strain) and Randy Leboeuf.

 

 

Pre-order Greying on CD and LP, along with various merch options, here.

 

 

Pre-order Greying digitally on iTunes, here, and on Bandcamp, here.

 

 

“Unbaptized” rips through speakers like a rabid dog, showcasing The Banner’s metal side, as contrasted with the band’s goth/industrial-leaning songs like the recently debuted “Send Me Down.” Leaders in their field since their inception in the early ’00s, The Banner’s combo of venomous, metallic hardcore and dark atmospheres has helped pave the way for countless bands of today.

 

 

The Banner frontman JSS says this about “Unbaptized”: “‘Unbaptized’ just barely didn’t make it onto our previous album, 2008′s Frailty. After simmering for a long time I chopped off the second half and tried to crank in as legit a thrash part as I could muster, to counterbalance the ignorance of the beginning. The lyrics are a fairly common theme for me, more or less about my growing feeling of disconnection with the places that I once felt most at ease.”

 

 

The Banner, live:
Nov 14 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder

THE BANNER PREMIERES NEW SONG ‘SEND ME DOWN’ ON REVOLVER

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The Banner have teamed with Revolver Magazine to present their newest single and video, “Send Me Down,” off the upcoming third album, Greying, out December 9th on Good Fight Music.

 

Just in time for Halloween, the industrial-powered lament of “Send Me Down” shows off the New Jersey band’s full range, from somber to venomous. Hear “Send Me Down” via a video clip created by The Banner frontman JSS and Old Wounds drummer Brandon Gallagher, now streaming exclusively at Revolver, here.

 

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The Banner arrived with a bang in the early ’00s, forcing dark theatrics into metallic hardcore. Ahead of their time, The Banner helped pave the way for the massive resurgence of goth influence within the scene, witnessed today all over the map, from Warped Tour kings like Motionless in White, to critics’ darlings like Iceage.

 

The Banner’s third full-length, and first in over six years, Greying was engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count) and Randy Leboeuf. Out December 9th on Good Fight Music (the same team behind Ferret Music, the label that released the band’s first two albums), Greying shows The Banner to be feral, hungry, and pushing the genre forward yet again.

 

The Banner, live:

 

Nov 14 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder, Indecision, Suburban Scum

Shadowy metallic hardcore antiheroes

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