29.75 to 89.75
Avenged Sevenfold played a pivotal role in waking metal from its slumber at the beginning of the new millennium. The band was also one of the few groups that was largely influential in shaping the sound of nu metal, and is also one of the only bands to go from metalcore to a more classic metal sound, instead of the other way around. Despite the death of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, his legacy will live on in the songs he wrote for his final album, Nightmare. After playing 2011 tour dates on the Welcome to the Family tour, Avenged Sevenfold is taking their concert dates overseas to Europe and Australia.
Avenged Sevenfold was formed in 1999 by high school friends Matthew Sanders (M. Shadows), Zachary Baker (Zacky Vengeance), The Rev (Jimmy Sullivan), and Matt Wendt. The group recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000 before releasing their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, in early 2001. Lead guitarist Brian Haner, Jr. (Synyster Gates) joined shortly after the album's release and John Seward (Johnny Christ) replaced Matt Wendt in 2003. The band soon released their second album, Waking the Fallen, in the same year. Higher production values better showcased Avenged Sevenfold's musical talents and gained attention on Warped Tour dates, as well as the reincarnation of Headbanger's Ball.
The group's major label debut, City of Evil, in 2005, marked a shift from metalcore to a more contemporary metal sound. Avenged Sevenfold spent sixteen continuous months playing concert dates in promotion of the album, eventually canceling tour dates in 2006 so that they could head back into the studio. After a year of tireless recording, the band's self-titled album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 in late 2007. "Dear God" has country music undertones, while "A Little Piece of Heaven" is essentially a metal show tune; these experimental songs received mixed reviews from critics, but fans ate them up.
After numerous tour dates in promotion of the album, Avenged Sevenfold again became eager to get back into the studio. The songs were written and recording set to commence in late December, just days before James "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead in his Huntington Beach home at the age of 28. While drum tracks on the album, Nightmare, were recorded by The Rev's favorite drummer, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, he did record vocals for a few tracks as well as turning in the music for the track "Fiction" just three days before his death. The Rev must have been smiling down on the band because the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and become a huge success with fans and critics.
Fresh off 2011 tour dates for their Welcome to the Family tour, Avenged Sevenfold has more concert dates lined up in Europe and Australia. Avenged Sevenfold will spend June playing tour dates in Western Europe, including stops at Rock Im Park and Rock am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop festival in the Netherlands, and Graspop in Belgium. July 15 and 16 will see Avenged Sevenfold playing concert dates in Wisconsin before heading out on 2011 tour dates in Australia beginning July 28. Australian tour dates will end in Perth on August 6, so European and Australian fans should check Eventful for tickets soon.
The band Asking Alexandria might not be the same band that some fans remember. Guitarist Ben Bruce started a band with the same name in Dubai under a completely different lineup and a different style. It was only when Bruce moved back to England and reused the name for the popular metalcore band that the name truly gained recognition. Asking Alexandria stands apart from other metalcore bands with their speed, their intensely physical concert dates, and surprisingly melodic clean vocals. Metal fans can check out the incredible speed and power of Asking Alexandria on their upcoming tour dates in 2011 as they promote their new album, Reckless & Relentless.
Asking Alexandria has only been around since 2008, but they have paid their dues in England and the US. Before recording their first album, the band played extensive concert dates in the UK and the US in 2008. After gaining a decent following, Asking Alexandria recorded their debut album, Stand Up and Scream, in 2009 right before being signed to Sumerian Records. Despite the previous year full of tour dates, the album was such a success that the band spent most of 2009 playing concert dates with bands like Alesana and Evergreen Terrace.
2010 was an even busier year for Asking Alexandria; the band worked on a reissue of Stand Up and Scream called Stepped Up and Scratched, which has a more dustup vibe than the original. The band also worked extremely hard on their newest album Reckless & Relentless while playing numerous tour dates on a number of separate tours with Attack Attack!, Dance Gavin Dance, We Came as Romans, and the Thrash and Burn Tour with Born of Osiris.
With Reckless & Relentless released on April 5, 2011, Asking Alexandria is scheduling even more concert dates to promote the album. Tour dates for 2011 will include plenty of popular metal bands, including Evergreen Terrace, Emmure, Chiodos, Miss May I, and Lower Than Atlantis. The Reckless and Relentless Tour is currently on the US leg of its tour dates, making their way up the West Coast and weaving back and forth over the Canadian border. The European leg of 2011 tour dates will begin with a sold out show in London on April 22 and will continue throughout Western Europe and South Asia until late May, returning to Europe for the final few concert dates.
Texas Hippie Coalition:
Once every generation the rules that define rock and roll are tossed aside and a band of epic proportion appears to bludgeon the masses with its undefined style of music and social commentary.Texas Hippie Coalition aka: “The Band of Outlaws” emerged from The Red River Valley that borders Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma and ripped their way into the metal scene. The Pride of Texas Tour of 2009 embedded THC on the stages of Rocklahoma, Sky Metal Fest , Rock the Bayou, House of Blues, Hard Rock and Hollywood’s Key Club just to name a few. Having been honorably crowned The Kings of Red Dirt Metal, THC’s music enabled them to grace stages with the likes of Mudvayne, Saliva, Queensryche, Static X, Ratt, Pop Evil, Nazareth, Steel Panther, David Allen Coe, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Gary Allen and many more. In 2009 THC caught the eye of the producers of the Jerry Springer show, and takes great pride in being one of a small hand full of artists to perform on the Jerry Springer Show viewed by over 30,000,000 Households. Through their relentless touring and determination to put themselves in front of music fanatics from coast to coast, they have earned the respect of fans and peers with their hard hitting style of metal dubbed by the Hippies as "Red Dirt Metal". With great vision and attention to detail, the union of Texas Hippie Coalition and Carved Records was sealed at the end of 2009 instantly landing the band in the studio. Enlisting the efforts of Multi-Platinum producer, David Prater, best known for his work in the rock world with Dream Theater’s "Images & Words" and Fire House’s "Fire House" and "Hold Your Fire". Texas Hippie Coalition’s soon to be released album will merge Big Dad Ritch's over-the-top vocals with twin guitars being throttled by Randy Cooper and Alden Nequent a.k.a. “Craw Fish”, topped off with The skull crushing bass lines of John Exall and rapid fire drums of Cody “the hit man” Baily. This release promises to be one of the most electrifying albums of 2010. The World needs to get ready for what can only be described as a new dynasty in rock and the birth of “RED DIRT METAL”!!!
Formed in 1988, Buffalo born/Tampa raised Cannibal Corpse helped found, manipulate and transcend the very boundaries of death metal beginning with the scandalously controversial debut, Eaten Back To Life. Raising the eyebrows of inquisitive metalheads and incensed parents and politicians, the record — produced by Scott Burns at the now renowned Morrisound Studios — was more extreme and confrontational than anything the metal genre had ever known. As a result of the band’s brilliantly gruesome cover art, grisly lyrics and song titles like “Hammer Smashed Face,” “Meat Hook Sodomy” and “Addicted To Vaginal Skin,” follow-up records Butchered At Birth (1991) and Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992) were met with further contempt by the likes of such organized censorship leagues as the PMRC. In just three years, the sale of Cannibal Corpse merchandise was (temporarily) prohibited in Australia, Korea and New Zealand (in fact, the sale of Butchered At Birth and the performance of those three records is still forbidden in Germany). But dissuaded they were not.
Proving technical dexterity, diabolic vocal grunts and a penchant for serial killers, zombies and gore of all shapes, sizes and textures, Cannibal Corpse won over the hearts of many a metal extremist and have since become a harrowing household name. Since the bands inception they have sold millions of albums world wide and show no sign of slowing or bowing down to the ever changing metal genre. Massive tours throughout the U.S. and Europe as well as Australia and South America only underscored the band’s staying power…and all this with zero commercial radio presence and minimal video play (although the band did appear in the Hollywood blockbuster, Ace Ventura – Pet Detective).
SUICIDE SILENCE has dominated the metal world since arriving on the scene in 2005. Almost immediately, the Riverside natives caught fire and became a five-piece force of destruction, bludgeoning fans across the world with the strength of their two full-length records. It's now 2011 and the band is gearing up for its biggest campaign yet. SUICIDE SILENCE will soon be entering the studio with heavyweight producer Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Hatebreed) to create their most substantial piece of work to date. This summer, the yet-to-be-titled record aims to redefine heavy and further the band's dominating force within the extreme metal community.
Following a long list of achievements, including a Revolver Golden God Award for ‘Best New Talent’, the band catapulted to the top of the metal world to become one of the most influential and respected young bands around. SUICIDE SILENCE has spread their infectious brand of metal across the globe, taking part in tours such as Vans Warped Tour, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Music as a Weapon IV and even the massive Download Festival in the UK. This year will see some of their best touring yet; having already confirmed Graspop, Vainstream, and other major European festivals, the band is now excited to reveal their participation in the 2011 edition of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
Clearly reminded of the sheer aggression and captivating performance of the band’s 2008 appearance, the Mayhem Festival has invited SUICIDE SILENCE to return and unleash their punishing brand of metal to the masses. This special 2011 performance will feature a more elaborate stage show alongside an array of new music never previously performed and will certainly be the premier opportunity to witness the band lay waste across the country.
SUICIDE SILENCE has already landed the cover of Revolver, been named one of the ‘100 Bands You Need To Know’ by Alternative Press and shifted nearly 200,000 records in a time where critics claim the music industry is dead. After two highly acclaimed studio albums and countless laps around the globe alongside the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Megadeth, As I Lay Dying, Mudvayne and more, SUICIDE SILENCE has proven itself to be a truly dominant force in modern metal. Now, the juggernaut returns with its third-full length, which looks to push the extreme metal genre even further into the scope of music fans everywhere. Look for SUICIDE SILENCE to be in your face throughout the year regardless of where you live or what genre you pledge your allegiance to. SUICIDE SILENCE will find a way into your world in 2011 so be prepared to bang your head!
The group will made their triumphant return to the U.S. in early July as part of the summer's most anticipated tour, "Rockstar Energy Mayhem," alongside Slipknot, Disturbed and Machine Head, among a slew of others. Be sure to visit MYSPACE to view their complete touring schedule.
They emerged from the unlikely rock scene of Bakersfield, California and managed to become the forefathers of a new-age of heavy metal rock. Korn has continued to surprise us with their heavy-hitting guitar riffs and lyrics since their debut album in 1994. They released their ninth studio album Korn III: Remember Who You Are in 2010 and are currently in the midst of a worldwide tour. Korn tour dates are currently scheduled internationally throughout 2011 and are this summer's hottest rock ticket.
The band formed in Bakersfield in the early '90s out of the defunct band L.A.P.D. with the addition of Jonathan Davis on lead vocals. Korn released their Ross Robinson produced demo Neidermeyer's Mind in 1993 and were eventually picked up by Epic Records. They released their self-titled debut LP in 1994 which garnered a lot of attention amongst music critics and fans alike. The album was noted for the unique heavy metal sound that was soon dubbed Nu Metal for its inclusion of hip-hop raps, grunge, and metal. Korn dates were scheduled alongside hard rock band Biohazard for a national outing before heading back to the studio to craft the follow-up.
Korn released Life Is Peachy in 1996 and achieved huge success in the rock world. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and featured the Grammy nominated single "No Place to Hide". Korn tour dates were scheduled as the co-headlining act on the Lollapalooza Festival in 1997 with Tool. 1998 proved to be the band's hugest year to-date when they released Follow the Leader to massive commercial success. It featured the singles "Got The Life" and "Freak on a Leash", both of which received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for "Freak on a Leash" won the band their first Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Short-Form Music Video and was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1998. The album went on to sell ten million copies worldwide and was certified five times platinum in the United States. In support of the album, the band started their own headlining music festival called The Family Values Tour in 1998 which they have revived several times throughout the past decade.
The band released their third album Issues in 1999, it immediately debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and outsold new releases from Dr. Dre and Celine Dion. The band went on to release several more albums in the 2000s including Untouchables in 2002, Take a Look in the Mirror in 2003 and a Greatest Hits collection in 2005 before parting ways with Epic Records. Korn signed a lucrative deal with EMI and Virgin Records to distribute their music, license their image, and schedule their tours. Their first Virgin release was See You on the Other Side in 2005 and Korn tour dates were scheduled on the accompanying "See You On The Other Side Tour" throughout the year. The band resurrected the "Family Values Tour" in 2006 and toured internationally with the Deftones and Flyleaf. On the 2007 "Family Values Tour", the band recorded a session of the successful MTV Unplugged series which was the first time a metal band was featured on the acoustic music program. To close out the decade, the band released an untitled album in 2008 and their most recent album Korn III: Remember Who You Are in 2010.
Korn's 2010 concert schedule included a co-headlining outing with Disturbed on the "Music as a Weapon V Tour", which featured Sevendust as the opening act. The band recently signed with Roadrunner Records and are currently working on material for an album due out in 2011. The 2011 Korn concert schedule includes appearances at the Pointfest in Missouri and the Rock on the Range festival in Ohio, and the Download Festival in June. More Korn tour dates are scheduled internationally throughout 2011 to satisfy the demand of their worldwide audience. Use Eventful as your source for Korn tour dates and concert schedule information.
Miss May I:
Miss May I is a Metal/Thrash band out of Dayton Ohio. We write our music to be technical and different. Assembled by 16 year old members we plan to show our talent for our young age as we thrive to become known and have a crowd who has as much dedication and fun as we do.
Veil Of Maya:
The midwest is a place that is overlooked by many... It is too bad because the midwest has given birth to some of the most progressive metal bands to come out in a long time. VEIL OF MAYA hails from the suburbs of Chicago and having played regionally and toured for 2 years in support of their debut full length "ALL THINGS SET ASIDE" on Corrosive, they have definitely made some waves...
For Ill Nino, first there was Revolution, Revolucion, which introduced the Latin-flavored sextet to the rock world. Ill Nino was something new, something different, and something spicy. With their explosive percussive elements and Spanish-guitar undertones, the band lent a much-needed 'worldly' element to their aggressive rock assault. From the get-go, Ill Nino was something new, something different - their first single from Revolution, Revolucion, "What Comes Around," was added early at K-ROCK New York, and with a video directed by Marcos Siega, the band was off and running. Now there is Confession, the next logical step in the band's burgeoning career. Once Confession hits the streets, there will be no looking back for Ill Nino, as they have struck an artful balance between memorable and menacing.
WRETCHED hails from Charlotte, NC. Progressive/Melodic Death Metal at its finest. Line up includes Billy Powers on Vocals, Steven Funderburk/Joel Moore on Guitars, David Briggs on Bass, and Marshall Wieczorek on Drums. Be on the lookout all over for them in 2009!
Finally, a rock band known for their guitar riffs and not glossy overly produced rock discs has emerged. Trivium has been providing us with mind blowing guitar solos and heavy hitting drums for over a decade. They have just released their fifth album, In Waves, in 2011 and are currently touring with Dream Theatre on the A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour. Don't miss a date on the Trivium concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Trivium tour dates and venue information.
The Orlando based band released their debut album, Ember to Inferno, in 2003 and immediately garnered attention from Roadrunner Records who signed the band to a major label recording deal. After constant touring, Trivium released its sophomore set, Ascendancy, in 2005. The album debuted at #151 on the Billboard 200 and they were immediately hailed as the hardest rocking band in the biz. Hard rock magazine, Kerrang!, hailed Ascendancy, as "Album of the Year". Trivium tour dates were scheduled on the tours with Killswitch Engage and at Ozzfest.
Trivium released their third album, The crusade, which debuted at #25 on the Billboard 200. Trivium achieved a life-long goal when they toured with Metallica and Iron Maiden in 2007. They returned to the studio with Nick Raskulineca to produce Shogun, which debuted at #1 on the UK Rock charts and #23 on the Billboard 200 to become their highest charting album yet. Since releasing In Waves, Trivium has spent the bulk of 2011 on the road. They co-headlined the MAyhem Festival and were special guests on the Iron Maiden Final Frontier World Tour. If you didn't get the chance to catch them earlier this year, Trivium tour dates are currently scheduled throughout 2011 on the A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour with Dream Theatre. Don't miss out on a true American metal-core band when they visit a venue near you!