Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tonight - WHITE EMPRESS in Minneapolis!!

Yes, I know it's been a while. Personal and professional obligations have kept me from doing any writing here, but this blog isn't about me so I'll get to the important stuff (metal).

Get down to The Cabooze in Minneapolis tonight, Thursday, October 30, to witness the first-ever live performance of White Empress, the new band put together by former Cradle Of Filth guitarist Paul Allender which features an exceptional band including former Luna Mortis vocalist Mary Zimmer. Also on the bill are Cwn Annwn, Plague Of Stars (featuring powerhouse vocalist Melissa Ferlaak, ex-Visions Of Atlantis, Echoterra, Aesma Daeva), From Light Rose The Angels, and Splitdriven. White Empress recently released their excellent debut album, Rise Of The Empress, through Peaceville.

The Appleton and Milwaukee dates listed on the poster above were cancelled due to drummer Zac Morris not being available due to a last-minute emergency. The free shows in Madison on Friday and Saturday nights are going ahead as planned. Drummer Jon Siren flew in from Los Angeles on short notice to make these shows possible! Jon's drum credits include work with a wide variety of acts, including Early Man, Hate Dept., and Information Society.

I've have a lengthy, long-overdue interview with Paul that is nearly ready to publish - look for it soon! If you can't make it to any of these White Empress shows, I'll have a review of tonight's Minneapolis show posted in due course.

Cult thrashers INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND Announce U.S. Tour Supporting TANTRIC, Minneapolis Show November 18

Connecticut thrash band Indestructible Noise Command, reactivated 20 years following the release of two minor classics in the late 80s (Razorback and The Visitor), have announced an unlikely tour pairing with Tantric that hits most areas of the U.S. in November. Fortunately, the tour stops in Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry on Tuesday, November 18. The full itinerary is below, and check out the blistering lyric video for “Stirring The Flock” from their newly released fourth album Black Hearse Serenade.

November 5 – Colorado Springs, CO, Sunshine Studios Live
November 7 – Las Vegas, NV, The Divebar
November 8 – West Hollywood, CA, Whisky A Go-Go
November 10 – Phoenix, AZ, Joe’s Grotto
November 12 – Grand Junction, CO, Mesa Theater Lounge
November 13 – Denver, CO, Roxy Theatre
November 14 – Waterloo, IA, Spicoli’s Grill/Reverb Rock Garden
November 15 – Cherry Valley, IL, Take 20
November 16 – Ringle, WI, Q&Z Expo Center
November 18 – Minneapolis, MN, 7th Street Entry
November 19 – Madison, WI, The Annex at the Red Zone
November 20 – Lafayette, IN, Hideaway Bar & Grill
November 21 – Westland, MI, The Token Lounge
November 22 – Battle Creek, MI, The Music Factory
November 23 – Akron, OH, Ripper’s Rock House