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Generic “bands that have supported Tool” update

I’ve noticed a few interesting happenings in regards to bands that have supported Tool over the years, and today I shall compile them into one handy post for you all to enjoy.

Firstly, not only are the Melvins touring with Unsane, but it appears they are recording something.  A new album I guess.  Seems not all that long ago they released the last one, but I always welcome a new Melvins album!

Someone was bugging me about the Mastodon/Opeth tour the other day, and yes, they are touring together in the US.  Here are some dates:

  • 04/04 – Portland, ME – State Theater (M)
  • 04/05 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater (O)
  • 04/06 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis (O)
  • 04/07 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre (O)
  • 04/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory(M)
  • 04/10 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome (M)
  • 04/11 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom (M)
  • 04/13 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre(M)
  • 04/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection (M)
  • 04/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (M)
  • 04/16 – Knoxville, TN – TN Theater (O)
  • 04/18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom (M)
  • 04/19 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom (O)
  • 04/20 – San Antonio, TX – Back Stage Live (O)
  • 04/21 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street (O)
  • 04/23 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium (O)
  • 04/25 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues (M)
  • 04/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (O)
  • 04/27 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (O)
  • 04/28 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort (M)
  • 04/30 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount (O)
  • 05/01 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre (O)
  • 05/03 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center (O)
  • 05/04 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall (M)
  • 05/05 – Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon (O)
  • 05/06 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre (O)
  • 05/09 – Washington, DC – The Fillmore (O)
  • 05/10 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore (M)
  • 05/11 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues (M)
  • 05/12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park (M)

They will be sharing the headlining slot, and the little O’s and M’s can help you determine who will be headlining on what night.  Aussies can look forward to some Mastodon shows later this month!

I did a quick Google search on some other support acts for you, and came up with the following:

  • Tweak Bird & Dalek don’t seem to be doing much.
  • Jakob have been recording (with Aaron Harris of ISIS I believe) and hope to have something out in April.
  • Speaking of ISIS, they may or may not have broken up, who really knows!  All I know is I accidentally trolled Aaron’s Facebook page thinking it was someone else!
  • As previously noted Meshuggah are doing a few tours, and are also putting an album out shorty.
  • Tomahawk are supposedly recording very soon (February is what I heard).

And that’s about all I could come up with.  Enjoy your weekend!

Update: Since you can’t keep a good thread down:

  • Wovenhand don’t seem to be doing much, but have a date in Denver in March
  • Melt Banana seems to be playing some shows in Japan, having toured the US last year.

Meshuggah announce US tour with Baroness & Decapitated

Not only do they have a new album out in March, but Meshuggah are also embarking on a US tour with fellow Tool tour mates Baroness, and Polish death metallers Decapitated.  Here are the dates:

  • April 29 | Houston, TX | House of Blues | On sale 2/3
  • April 30 | Dallas, TX | House of Blues | On sale 2/3
  • May 1 | Austin, TX | Emo’s East | On sale 2/3
  • May 3 | Tempe, AZ | Marquee Theatre | On sale 2/3
  • May 4 | Anaheim, CA | House of Blues | On sale 2/3
  • May 5 | W. Hollywood, CA | House of Blues | On sale 2/3
  • May 6 | San Francisco, CA | The Fillmore | On sale 2/5
  • May 8 | Vancouver, BC | Commodore Ballroom | On sale 2/3
  • May 9 | Seattle, WA | Showbox SoDo | On sale 2/3
  • May 11 | Denver, CO | Ogden Theatre | On sale 2/4
  • May 13 | Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue | On sale 2/3
  • May 15 | Chicago, IL | House of Blues | On sale 2/3
  • May 16 | Detroit, MI | St. Andrew’s Hall | On sale 2/3
  • May 17 | Toronto, ON | Sound Academy | On sale 2/3
  • May 18 | Philadelphia, PA | Theatre of Living Arts | On sale 2/3
  • May 19 | Worcester, MA | The Palladium | On sale 2/4
  • May 20 | Montreal, QC | Olympia de Montreal | On sale 2/4
  • May 22 | Silver Spring, MD | The Fillmore | On sale 2/3

I’m looking forward to seeing there here in Australia at the end of this month for the Soundwave Festival as well!

Meshuggah to release kolossal new album

It’s common knowledge for a week or so now that Meshuggah will be releasing their new album on the 26th of March, but today it was revealed on the Nuclear Blast website that the new album should be called Koloss.  You can now order it on the website in the following formats:

  • Koloss + MAGIC CUBE which includes a CD and DVD
  • Koloss 2LP Brown Vinyl Edition

Not sure what a Magic Cube is, but either way I’m pretty excited for this album, and equally excited to be seeing them play at Soundwave here in early March.

Mastodon & Meshuggah join Soundwave 2012

Tool touring buddies Mastodon and Meshuggah have both been confirmed as part of the 2012 Soundwave Festival down here in Australia.  The festival, which also includes headline acts System of a Down (which may well feature our buddy Junior on lights) and Slipknot, tours around Australia in February and March.  Here’s the dates:

  • Saturday 25 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
  • SUNDAY 26 SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
  • FRIDAY 2 MELBOURNE SHOWGROUNDS
  • SATURDAY 3 ADELAIDE BONYTHON PARK
  • MONDAY 5 PERTH CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS

Tickets go on sale on the 20th of October.  The full lineup for the event is:

SYSTEM OF A DOWN
SLIPKNOT
LIMP BIZKIT * MARILYN MANSON
HOLE * A DAY TO REMEMBER * MACHINE HEAD
LAMB OF GOD * TRIVIUM * ALTER BRIDGE
LOSTPROPHETS * ANGELS & AIRWAVES * COBRA STARSHIP
THE USED * YOU ME AT SIX * DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
UNWRITTEN LAW * COAL CHAMBER * DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL
THURSDAY * FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS * RAISED FIST
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN * ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
MASTODON * UNDEROATH * SAVES THE DAY * CIRCA SURVIVE
STEEL PANTHER * JACK’S MANNEQUIN * MESHUGGAH * ZEBRAHEAD
THE SISTERS OF MERCY * ENTER SHIKARI * FOUR YEAR STRONG
BLACK VEIL BRIDES * MADINA LAKE * HATEBREED * BIOHAZARD
TIMES OF GRACE * CKY * STREET DOGS * DRAGONFORCE
GOJIRA * KVELERTAK * LETLIVE * HELLYEAH * CRO-MAGS
THE CAB * RELIENT K * VERSA EMERGE * HEROES FOR HIRE
KILL HANNAH * CHIMAIRA * THE DANGEROUS SUMMER
FRAMING HANLEY * WATAIN * ROYAL REPUBLIC
I AM THE AVALANCHE * TURISAS
RIVER CITY EXTENSION

Personally while not many of the big names interest me, I’m keen on seeing Meshuggah (we may well be the first to hear tracks off their new album), Mastodon, System of a Down, Machine Head, Dillinger Escape Plan, Steel Panther, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Gojira, Kvelertak and Hellyeah.

Tool touring buddies update!

Seems as though it’s been a while since we updated the various goings on of some former Tool touring mates, so here goes!

Bong smoking pals Mastodon are currently recording their new album The Hunter, which is expected to be released later this year.  it has some pretty awesome artwork for the cover:

Expect a world-wife tour to follow.  The ‘Don are rumoured to be playing Soundwave in 2012, which is good news, however they really should do their own tour for a change…

Math-metal buddies Meshuggah are currently playing some gigs in Europe, however have been working on their followup to obZen.  In a recent interview with Marten by Studio Rock, he revealed the record company plans to release the album in March 2012, and the band will complete the recording once they finish their current tour.

Long haired chums The Melvins have just finished a short tour with Trevor Dunn on bass, and will be heading over to Europe later this year for some shows:

  • October 4, 2011 – Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti
  • October 6, 2011 – Mezzago, Italy – Bloom
  • October 7, 2011 – Geneva, Switzerland – KAB Usine
  • October 8, 2011 – Zürich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
  • October 9, 2011 – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
  • October 10, 2011 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
  • October 11, 2011 – Ljubljana, Croatia – Cvetlicarna Mediapark
  • October 12, 2011 – Zagreb, Croatia – Tvornica Kulture
  • October 13, 2011 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar
  • October 14, 2011 – Erfurt, Germany – Stadtgarten
  • October 15, 2011 – Wroclaw, Poland – Firlej
  • October 16, 2011 – Berlin, Germany – Volksbühne
  • October 17, 2011 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Lille Vega
  • October 18, 2011 – Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway – Blå
  • October 23, 2011 – Stockholm, Sweden – Hornstull Strand Etablissement
  • October 24, 2011 – Malmo, Sweden – Debaser
  • October 26, 2011 – Haarlem, The Netherlands – Patronaat
  • October 27, 2011 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik
  • October 28, 2011 – Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
  • October 29, 2011 – Köln/Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9 (Onkel’s Minifestival) (Date TBC)
  • October 30, 2011 – Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun (Sonic City Festival) (Date TBC)
  • October 31, 2011 – Paris, France – Glazart

The Melvins promised to return to Australia later this year also, but who knows if that will actually happen.  Buzz you’re breaking my heart!

In other no less important news:

  • Jakob are recording with Aaron Harris pretty soon
  • Volto! are playing two sets at the Baked Potato on Saturday night

Soundwave 2010

I’ve been looking forward to Soundwave 2010 for quite a while now.  Not only were one of my favorite bands Faith No More reuniting, but it also featured several other favorites of mine, including Tool touring buddies Meshuggah and Isis.  Forecast for the day was originally in the high 30s, but thankfully this didn’t turn out to be the case – it was a beautiful Adelaide day in the end!

After entering the festival, the first thing we noticed was the increased size.  It looked like there was about twice as much room as last year, which was great!  The crowd seemed noticeably larger as well.  Hopefully this is as big as it will get in Adelaide, as I think overly large festivals aren’t quite as good.

We headed over to the Metal Stage (#4) to check out the first band on my list – Baroness.  The metal stage was inside basically an large circus tent, so I need not stand in the sun all day!  Baroness were playing their usual brand of Stoner Rock/Metal, and while they were ok, they didn’t really blow me away.

After a short change came sludge metallers Isis.  I’d been looking forward to them, especially as I felt their last album was quite good.  They played a total of 4 songs (they had a 40 minute set) all from Wavering Radiant.  They played them quite well, and were actually more animated on stage than I expected, however they just lacked something.  It was a little quiet, and I couldn’t help but feel that they weren’t really suited to this kind of environment.  If they come back and play in a local club I’ll check them out, and see if that makes a difference.

Clutch came on next, and they were the first big surprise of the day for me.  I am somewhat familiar with their recorded work, and quite frankly was blown away as to how well they played live.  Their singer was a barrel of energy, and the drummer is one of the better I’ve seen in a while.  Great shit and I’ll definitely check them out again if they tour in the future.

80s metal band Anvil followed Clutch, and once again I was surprised.  These guys seemed to be genuinely happy to be playing the show, and the front mans energy was really good.  The songs were somewhat generic, and the vocals sub par, but it was a great show, featuring some great drumming and a vibrator solo!

Following Anvil were the mighty Meshuggah.  I knew these guys would be good, and they didn’t disappoint.  I spent most of the set in the moshpit, and it was a blast.  They played a set heavy on obZen songs, which was slightly disappointing, but I loved it regardless.  Combustion was a highlight, as well as the set closer Future Breed Machine.  My friends commented that the sound was crap (and it was if you stood anywhere but directly in front) but in the moshpit it was brutal!  These guys are definitely one of the best live metal bands out there, and I will be seeing them every opportunity I get.  I recommend you all do the same.

Anthrax are a bit of a blast from the past, and they were up after Meshuggah.  Once again I was quite happy with how they performed.  They seemed to play a range of songs, mainly older stuff, and while I’m not all that familiar with their work, I was thoroughly entertained!   Caught In A Mosh was great fun…

We walked over to the main stage next (via the bar and food area) to check out the end of Janes Addiction‘s set.  While not as good as when I saw them last, they did seem to be having fun on stage, despite the stage facing directly into the setting sun!  They weren’t as good as I remember them being 10 years ago, which is no great surprise I guess, but it was fun regardless.  What stands out most to me was a great version of the epic Three Days  Jimmy Eat World followed JA, and I don’t really have anything nice to say about them so I won’t…

The headline act were next!  Faith No More came onto stage in a range of pastel suits, and started with a cover of Reunited.  As I expected, they kick some serious ass.  It’s been well over 10 years since I saw them last, and in now way have they lost any of their chops.  The energy and stage presence is something that many of the other bands on the festival should take note of.

Highlights of the set include The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Surprise! You’re Dead and Patton telling us his "penis smelled like wombat".  The only disappointment was that there wasn’t a great deal of crowd interaction like there has been at other FNM sets, but the music more than made up for it.

Overall it was a fantastic day.  Adelaide truly is one of the best Soundwave’s in the country, as we don’t seem to be plagued by the problems of that larger ones.  The fact we got nice weather helped as well.  I’m looking forward to 2011 already!

Meshuggah Sidewaves

Meshuggah will be playing a could of Sidewaves when in the country for the Soundwave festival.  Also featured on the bill are It Dies Today and Whitechapel.  Sydney and Melbourne only from what I see:

  • Monday 22 February – Manning Bar, Sydney (18+)
  • Thursday 25 February – Billboard The Venue, Melbourne (18+)

Tickets go on sale on the 15th of January…

Tool December Newsletter, Meshuggah Alive Trailer

Blair has released the December 2009 Newsletter.  It really just says Merry Xmas from the band.  Read into that what you will!  Thanks to nxrm for the tip!

Also, Meshuggah have released an official trailer to the coming Live DVD Alive:

The DVD can be ordered from a range of places, but packages from Nuclear Blast USA can be had with a poster, and either shirt or hoodie.

Meshuggah Alive

According to Blabbermouth, Meshuggah have confirmed details of their forthcoming Live DVD:

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH will release their long-awaited concert DVD+CD digipack, “Alive”, on February 5 in Europe and February 9 in the U.S. Recorded during the band’s 2008-2009 tours of USA, Canada and Japan, the set contains 105 minutes of footage on DVD and more than 60 minutes of music on CD.

The track listing is as follows:

CD:

01. Perpetual Black Second (Tokyo)
02. Electric Red
03. Rational Gaze
04. Pravus
05. Lethargica
06. Combustion
07. Straws Pulled At Random
08. New Millenium Cyanide Christ
09. Stengah
10. The Mouth Licking What You’ve Bled
11. Humiliative
12. Bleed

DVD:

01. Begin
02. Perpetual Black Second (Tokyo)
03. Twenty Two Hours
04. Pravus (Tokyo)
05. Dissemination
06. Bleed (NYC)
07. Ritual
08. New Millenium Cyanide Christ (Montreal)
09. Cleanse
10. Stengah (Montreal)
11. The Mouth Licking What You’ve Bled (Montreal)
12. Machine
13. Electric Red (Tokyo)
14. Solidarius
15. Rational Gaze (Tokyo)
16. Moment
17. Lethargica (Toronto)
18. Communicate
19. Combustion (Toronto)
20. Humiliative (Montreal)
21. Infinitum
22. Straws Pulled At Random (Toronto)
23. End

Bonus:

01. “Bleed” Music Video
02. The Making Of “Bleed”
03. Micha Guitar Tour
04. Tomas Drum Tour

A trailer for the DVD can be viewed here:

Nude With Boots on Vinyl, Meshuggah Live DVD

Die hard Melvins fans and Vinyl Collectors will be happy to hear that Nude With Boots has now been released on that cherished format:

Timing is everything. You demanded it, so here it is, the most recent, classic, Melvins release, “Nude With Boots” is now available in red vinyl, as a single LP in a double gatefold package. Vinyl collectors begin to drool. It smells real purdy too.

Presumably on sale at a record store near you (or perhaps the Ipecac website).

In other news I haven’t got around to announcing yet, Swedish Metallers Meshuggah are releasing a Live DVD in early February 2010.  Life’s so much easier when you’re a small relatively unknown band!

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