Optic Oppression Share First Track From Upcoming Album (via Side-Line)

Optic Oppression, the electro-industrial-synth rock band I’ve been raving about since July, is releasing their first full-length LP on November 29th. The album, entitled Halfway to Hell, is available for pre-save on Spotify. (If you choose to do this, you will receive the digital rewards package, which includes behind-the-scenes videos and high resolution artwork.)

This morning, Side-Line offered readers the premiere of the first single from Halfway to Hell, a song called “Revolution.” Check it out here.

For more Optic Oppression goodness, visit the band’s official site, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.

My Chemical Romance Reunion

I know most of you following this blog have already heard the news, so I won’t spend a lot of time on that aspect of this post. In case anyone missed it, though:

On Halloween, My Chemical Romance announced that they were playing a reunion show December 20th at Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

There were people who didn’t care, and others who felt that the Rage Against the Machine 2020 reunion announcement overshadowed this one. For the most part, however, the internet seemed extremely excited. The massive influx of memes prove it. Well, that and the fact that the concert sold out in something like three minutes…

I fall into the second category — I am so happy about this and hope it leads to a full tour. I saw MCR years ago on The Black Parade World Tour, the leg during which Muse was the opening act. They played The Black Parade in its entirety, left the stage, then came back and did most of the highlights from Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, hands down.

Whichever side you fall on, please just let the My Chem fans enjoy this!

Alter Bridge Announce New Album + European Tour Dates

The good news is finally here! Alter Bridge is releasing their sixth album, entitled Walk the Sky, on October 18th!The band is kicking off its tour with Shinedown on November 12th in Copenhagen, and wrapping it up December 21st in London! Sevendust and The Raven Age will be appearing on select dates.You can preorder the album and get tickets + VIP packages at Alter Bridge’s official site. (The record is also available on the Napalm Records site.) Here is the track list for Walk the Sky and all of the tour dates!

  1. One Life
  2. Wouldn’t You Rather
  3. In the Deep
  4. Godspeed
  5. Native Son
  6. Take the Crown
  7. Indoctrination
  8. The Bitter End
  9. Pay No Mind
  10. Forever Falling
  11. Clear Horizon
  12. Walking on the Sky
  13. Tear Us Apart
  14. Dying Light

From Ashes to New Announce North American Tour

From Ashes to New is heading out on the “The Future is Now Tour” with special guests Badflower, Dead Girls Academy, and Killakoi. The tour kicks off September 16th in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and ends October 14th in Springfield, Missouri.

Tickets/VIP available here.

Dates:

  • 9/16 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
  • 9/17 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks
  • 9/19 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
  • 9/20 – Destin, FL – Club LA
  • 9/25 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
  • 9/27 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
  • 9/28 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
  • 9/30 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
  • 10/2 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
  • 10/3 – Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theater
  • 10/4 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
  • 10/9 – Watertown, NY – Exhibition Hall
  • 10/10 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
  • 10/11 – Sturgis, MI – Nikki’s
  • 10/12 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
  • 10/14 – Springfield, MO – The Complex

Generation Axe Tour 2018

The Generation Axe Tour 2018 will feature Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi. This year, the group of insanely talented musicians are trekking across North America, kicking off November 7th in Oakland, CA, and ending the run December 18th in Los Angeles.

Dates:

  • 11/7 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
  • 11/8 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim
  • 11/9 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • 11/10 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
  • 11/11 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
  • 11/13 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
  • 11/15 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
  • 11/16 – Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
  • 11/17 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
  • 11/18 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Theatre
  • 11/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
  • 11/20 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
  • 11/21 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
  • 11/23 – Medford, MA – The Chevalier Theater
  • 11/24 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
  • 11/25 – Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
  • 11/27 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
  • 11/28 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
  • 11/29 – Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre
  • 11/30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, The Theater
  • 12/1 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
  • 12/3 – Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
  • 12/4 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
  • 12/5 – Richmond, VA – The National
  • 12/8 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
  • 12/9 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
  • 12/10 – Davie, FL – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • 12/11 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • 12/13 – Austin, TX – The Moody Theater
  • 12/14 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
  • 12/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex, Rockwell
  • 12/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Behemoth Announce Fall North American Tour

Behemoth is touring this fall with At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. The run kicks off October 20th in Phoenix, Arizona, and ends November 24th in Los Angeles.

Dates:

  • 10/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
  • 10/22 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
  • 10/23 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
  • 10/24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
  • 10/26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
  • 10/27 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
  • 10/29 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
  • 10/30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
  • 11/1 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
  • 11/2 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
  • 11/3 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
  • 11/4 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
  • 11/6 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth
  • 11/7 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
  • 11/9 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
  • 11/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
  • 11/11 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
  • 11/13 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre
  • 11/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
  • 11/16 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Ballroom
  • 11/17 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
  • 11/19 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
  • 11/20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
  • 11/21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
  • 11/23 – San Francisco, CA – The Recency Ballroom
  • 11/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern Theatre

Halestorm/In This Moment Touring Summer and Fall 2018

Halestorm and In This Moment are touring together this summer and fall, and they are bringing New Years Day along! Tickets are available at nydrock.com, the Halestorm official site, and In This Moment’s official site.

Summer Dates:

  • 7/27 – Kansas City, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
  • 7/29 – Toledo, OH – Centennial Terrace and Quarry
  • 7/31 – Baltimore, MD – UMBC Event Center
  • 8/2 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
  • 8/3 – Albany, NY – Albany Cap Center
  • 8/4 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
  • 8/6 – Buffalo, NY – Artpark
  • 8/10 – Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove
  • 8/14 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewing Company Amp
  • 8/16 – Spokane, WA – Star Theater at Spokane Arena
  • 8/17 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
  • 8/18 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
  • 8/20 – Medford, OR – BiMart Amphitheater at the Expo, Jackson County Fairgrounds
  • 8/21 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
  • 8/23 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
  • 8/24 – Funner, CA – Harrah’s Resort Southern California

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Fall Dates:

  • 11/16 – Norfolk, VA – Ted Constant Convocation Center
  • 11/17 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavillion
  • 11/20 – Evansville, IN – Old National Events Plaza
  • 11/21 – Fort Wayne, IN – Expo Center
  • 11/23 – Syracuse, NY – Convention Center at Oncenter
  • 11/24 – New York, NY – Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
  • 11/26 – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Masonic and Performance Arts Center
  • 12/1 – Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
  • 12/2 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
  • 12/4 – Springfield, MO – Shrine Mosque
  • 12/5 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
  • 12/7 – Hammond, IN – Horseshoe Hammond Casino
  • 12/8 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
  • 12/11 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
  • 12/12 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom at Gilley’s
  • 12/14 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
  • 12/16 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts

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The Summer Slaughter Tour 2018

The Summer Slaughter Tour (2018) features Between the Buried and Me, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Erra, The Agony Scene, Allegaeon, Terror Universal, Soreption, and Entheos.

Remaining Dates:

  • 7/17 – Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
  • 7/18 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
  • 7/19 – New York City – Irving Plaza
  • 7/20 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
  • 7/21 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
  • 7/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
  • 7/24 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
  • 7/25 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
  • 7/26 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
  • 7/27 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
  • 7/28 – Montreal, QC – Heavy Montreal (No Terror Universal)
  • 7/30 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
  • 7/31 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
  • 8/1 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
  • 8/2 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
  • 8/3 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
  • 8/5 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • 8/7 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
  • 8/9 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
  • 8/10 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theater
  • 8/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The NoVo
  • 8/12 – Anaheim, CA – Grove of Anaheim
  • 8/13 – San Diego, CA – Soma
  • 8/14 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
  • 8/15 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
  • 8/17 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
  • 8/18 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
  • 8/19 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room & Garage

Black Veil Brides to Re-Record ‘We Stitch These Wounds’ + Three Nights at The Roxy

2019 marks the ten-year anniversary of Black Veil Brides. To commemorate this, the band plans to re-record its debut album, We Stitch These Wounds. Front man Andy Biersack told Loudwire that they didn’t feel the album was “representative, sonically, of the rest of our catalog.”

“We feel that a lot of the songs on that album are very strong, but have never been given their day in court, so to speak,” Biersack adds.

The anniversary celebration doesn’t end there. Not only is Black Veil Brides re-recording We Stitch These Wounds, they are also releasing every demo from back then and a live DVD with never-before-seen footage.

Read more details here.

In the meantime, BVB has decided to take it back to the early days of their career and play a three night run at The Roxy in West Hollywood. The shows are scheduled for Thursday, October 18th; Friday, October 19th; and Saturday, October 20th. (The last one is sold out.)

In other news, Andy will be releasing his second solo album some time in 2019, as well. It’s going to be a good year for BVB fans.

Alter Bridge Set to Release ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ in September

This past October, Alter Bridge played at the Royal Albert Hall in London, accompanied by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra. The momentous occasion was recorded and will be available everywhere as a CD/DVD combo on September 7th. You can preorder it now via Alter Bridge’s official site.

The track list is as follows:

CD 1
01 – “Slip To The Void
02 – “Addicted To Pain
03 – “Before Tomorrow Comes
04 – “The Writing On The Wall
05 – “Cry Of Achilles
06 – “In Loving Memory
07 – “Fortress
08 – “Ties That Bind
09 – “The Other Side
10 – “Brand New Start
11 – “Ghost Of Days Gone By

CD 2
12 – “The Last Hero
13 – “The End Is Here
14 – “Words Darker Than Their Wings
15 – “Waters Rising
16 – “Lover
17 – “Wonderful Life / Watch Over You
18 – “This Side Of Fate
19 – “Broken Wings
20 – “Blackbird
21 – “Open Your Eyes

DVD
01 – “Intro
02 – “Slip To The Void
03 – “Addicted To Pain
04 – “Before Tomorrow Comes
05 – “Show preparation / Interview
06 – “The Writing On The Wall
07 – “Cry Of Achilles
08 – “In Loving Memory
09 – “Fortress
10 – “The first rehearsal / Interview
11 – “Ties That Bind
12 – “The Other Side
13 – “Rehearsal reactions
14 – “Brand New Start
15 – “Ghost Of Days Gone By
16 – “Future Song Foundation / Interview
17 – “The Last Hero
18 – “The End Is Here
19 – “Rehearsal – WDTTW / Interview
20 – “Words Darker Than Their Wings
21 – “Waters Rising
22 – “Lover
23 – “Family / Interview
24 – “Wonderful Life/Watch Over You
25 – “This Side Of Fate
26 – “Fans / Interview
27 – “Broken Wings
28 – “Blackbird
29 – “Open Your Eyes
30 – “End titles / Credits

And to build even more anticipation, Alter Bridge has shared the video of “Addicted to Pain” from the DVD.