Swedish classic metallers Portrait have announced the release dates for their upcoming album, Crossroads. The record will be released on Metal Blade Records on April 25 in Europe and April 29 here in North America. Fans of Mercyful Fate and In Solitude will absolutely dig this band. To stream "In Time", the first single from Crossroads, follow the link below:
Geoff Tate's Queensryche will make a stop in Cincinnati on Wednesday, May 14 at Bogart's. I think we all agree that this is a half-assed version of Queensryche, but it might be worth a shot. Tickets go on sale Friday, 3/14, at 10 a.m. if anyone cares. Queensryche hasn't updated the tour page on their website yet, so I don't know if this is an extension of the 25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour. I hope so, because I don't want to hear any new Geoff Tate material. No word yet on when the Todd LaTorre version of the band plans to come through town.
Update: Fu Manchu Tour Dates:
Sunday, May 04, 2014 El Corazon, Seattle, WA, US
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT, US
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 Gas Monkey Bar N Grill, Dallas, TX, US
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Subterranean, Chicago, IL, US
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH, US
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH, US
Friday, May 16, 2014 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada
Saturday, May 17, 2014 Le Cabaret Du Mile End, Montreal, QC, Canada
Monday, May 19, 2014 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA, US
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 The Barbary, Philadelphia, PA, US
Friday, May 23, 2014 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC, US
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Gas Monkey Bar N Grill, Dallas, TX, US
Saturday, May 31, 2014 Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ, US
Fu Manchu have announced May 1st as the release date for their upcoming 11th full-length album. Stay tuned to The Blog of Doom for further details on the new record. Details will be posted as soon as information becomes available.
This week's recommended new releases (03/04/14):
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Cincinnati's Mangrenade have released "End of the World", the first single from their upcoming EP Severed Part 1. I have to say this is the heaviest track yet from Mangrenade, but they didn't sacrifice any of their trademark catchiness. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the new tunes soon.
Check out "End of the World" here, via YouTube.
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