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SHADOWS FALL TO RETIRE

shadowsfallWith this past weekend’s show being all about the New Wave of American Heavy Metal we have sad news from one of the premiere bands of the scene. Shadows Fall announced last week that they will be retiring from touring activities. Now that doesn’t mean they are done making music, we think, but it does mean with their announced European tour and soon to be announced North American tour that’ll be it. Here’s the statement from the bands Facebook page:

Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall will embark on their final European tour in less than a week. The “Hell on Earth” tour will begin in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 14. The tour also features Unearth, The Acacia Strain and War of Ages. The band has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it’s time to “take a hiatus” from future extensive touring. In addition to this upcoming European run, Shadows Fall are planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year. We will post details once everything is locked in. There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now. In a nutshell it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting our decision is the fact that we have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow. Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made. Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with Anthrax, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon’s position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run. Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son. This has been a real hard decision for all of us to make but we feel at this time this is the right thing to do. We don’t hate each other, we’re not bitter, we in fact still have a really great time together, but the ride has slowed down and it’s time for the next chapters in our lives, whatever that may be. We can’t thank the fans that have supported Shadows Fall since the beginning enough. Without you, none of this would have been possible.  For the past decade and a half, we have been able to create the music we have always wanted to hear and share it with music fans everywhere. That being said, you still may see us at a festival or two over the next few years…if they ask, we will come! In the meantime please check out the dates for the last European go around and we will see you out there!

When their final North American Tour is announced we’ll have the dates right here for you.

NEW WAVE OF AMERICAN HEAVY METAL INSIDE THE HANGAR

NickhipaThis explosive era of heavy metal took the metal and even hard rock world by storm at the turn of the century. Launching the careers of mainstay bands like Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Lamb of God, and Avenged Sevenfold among many others. On the heavier side of things San Diego’s As I Lay Dying gained an extreme amount of fans and a ton of respect. Earlier this year their lead singer Tim Lambesis was arrested and sentenced to prison for attempting to have his wife murdered causing the rest of the band to hire a new singer and change their name to Wovenwar. Nick Hipa who plays guitar in Wovenwar and did play guitar in As I Lay Dying joins us to tell us the story of what the hell happened to As I Lay Dying.

During this era we saw the rise of not one but two Pantera side projects. Damageplan featuring Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, and Superjoint Ritual featuring Phil Anselmo. With the recent announcement that Superjoint Ritual will be active again for the first time in a decade we go In the Vault with the entire band when the appeared on Fuse TV’s Uranium.

nib2This week’s Power Set will come from the second Nativity in Black II: Another tribute to Black Sabbath. Featuring a bunch of bands from the era like System of a Down and Static-X but also some mainstays in the metal world like Megadeth and Slayer.

(NIB 2 artwork from Columbia Records)

negativeoneSlipknot have announced the details on their 5th album. .5 The Grey Chapter will be out October 21st. This week our Then & Now will feature the heavier of the two tracks that currently available.

(Slipknot artwork from Roadrunner Records)

In the early part of the 21st century there were many great soundtracks as so many B-level movies came out featuring heavy music on it’s soundtrack. One of them was the movie that paired two of horrors greatest villains in a film where they battle to the death, 2003′s Freddy Vs. Jason.

3 hours of New Wave of American Heavy Metal on this labor day weekend inside Hangar 19.

INTERVIEW: BRIAN TICHY

tichyFrom Zakk Wylde’s Pride and Glory to Slash’s Snake pit and let’s not forget Whitesnake or the new band The Dead Daisies, Brian Tichy has been a hard rock/metal drummer for hire sense his days at Berkley School of Music. We touch on most of his various projects plus his love for Kiss and Meshuggah. Enjoy a pretty in depth conversation with drummer Brian Tichy.

A PLETHORA OF METAL STARS

korn-cutterWhat happens when you get to go hang out at a four day music festival packed tight with metal bands? If you’re me you get to have some pretty amazing conversations in front of a live audience. This week in the Hangar we get some music of course and some quick talks with some metal legends, and some soon to be metal legends like Head and Fieldy from Korn, Phil Labonte from All That Remains, Tom Maxwell from HELLYEAH! and Ivan Moody from Five Finger Death Punch all from the Rock USA festival in Wisconsin.

We will then go In the Vault with Anders Fridén from In Flames from actually just a few years ago courtesy of Horns Up Rocks.

Rob-Halford-Metal-God-HoustonThis week’s Power Set will feature four songs that feature The Metal God himself Rob Halford. Rob has guested on some pretty big time records with some pretty big time bands including Krokus’ Headhunter, Ugly Kid Joe America’s Least Wanted, Five Finger Death Punch’s The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, and even the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Soundtrack.

hellyeah-bloodOur Then & Now will have to feature the, no longer a supergroup but a real band, HELLYEAH! The band that features former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul plus Mudvayne vocalist Chad Grey and of course our guest former Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell put out their 4th album Blood for Blood recently and is probably the best of their career.

(HELLYEAH cover from Eleven Seven Music)

Finally a Soundtrack recommendation that features all kinds of killer metal and hard rock from The World’s Strongest Man Competition. This soundtrack from 2008 is meant to be the music to accompany the competition and also features the theme song.

All of this plus 3 hours of classic metal inside Hangar 19

 

JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES

Before we move onto Megadeth being featured in the Hangar this coming weekend here’s one more thing for Judas Priest. Their North American tour kicks off October 1st and you can bet your ass we will be at a couple of these shows, plan accordingly

Tickets and merchandise bundles are available for pre-sale for most dates now on their website, and will become available for the general public Friday, July 18th at 10:00am local time. Priest will be joined by special guests Steel Panther.

10/01 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
10/03 – Hammond, IN @ The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
10/04 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
10/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays
10/10 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Harrah’s
10/11 – Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
10/14 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMass
10/15 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
10/17 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
10/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
10/19 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
10/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
10/22 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center *
10/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
10/25 – Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
10/26 – Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheatre
10/28 – Duluth, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
10/30 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live Arena
11/02 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
11/04 – Laredo, TX @ Laredo Energy Arena
11/06 – Allen, TX @ Allen Event Center
11/07 – Austin, TX @ FunFunFun Fest
11/08 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia
11/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Jobing Arena
11/13 – Highland, CA @ San Manuel Casino
11/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
11/16 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
11/19 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
11/21 – Boise, ID @ CenturyLink Arena
11/22 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome