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Century Media are thrilled to announce that DARK TRANQUILLITY took home the Swedish Grammis Award in the category “Best Hard Rock / Metal Album” of the year with their most recent studio effort “Moment”. Congratulations!


The ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS Announce New Performers + Icon, Vanguard and Influencer Honoree Award Recipients

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With the big night right around the corner, the 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy are thrilled to announce even more performances and special guests appearing at this year’s main event! The show will feature a special one-time performance billed as PUNK GOES POP LIVE!, spotlighting surprise performances from various artists featured on Fearless Records’ Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7. The album will be released July 14; digital and physical pre-orders are available here.
In celebration of this special performance, Fearless Records is giving one winner and a friend a chance to win a flyaway for two to the Alternative Press Music Awards, a one-year subscription to Alternative Press and an Amazon Echo (grand prize valued at $3,500). Submit your entry here before July 2 for a chance to win.
Also joining this year’s diverse assortment of APMAs performers are GRAMMY® nominated rock band Plain White T‘s playing a stripped-down rendition of their platinum-selling hit “Hey There Delilah,” and hard rock heavyweights Nothing More. Alternative music’s biggest night will also feature a special guest performance from dynamic frontwoman Lzzy Hale of furious rockers Halestorm.
In addition, more special guests have been announced! Viewers can expect to see appearances from Patty Walters of As It Is, Attila, Avatar, Ollie Baxxter of Broadside, Chad I Ginsburg of CKY, Creeper, Dance Gavin Dance, Grayscale, Hands Like Houses, I Prevail, I See Stars, Jeffree Star, Juliet Simms, LIGHTS, Lynn Gunn of PVRIS, SWMRS, State Champs, Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Sleep On It, members of Sum 41, William Control andDan “Soupy” Campbellof the Wonder Years.
To be a part of history at the Alternative Press Music Awards, get your tickets here! Tickets are available now, with a limited number of VIP packages remaining. In honor of their 32nd birthday, AP has discounted tickets available for the APMAs, but for a limited time only. As our special gift to fans, these low prices will be offered throughout the rest of the month and start at just $15.
The APMAs will once again broadcast live internationally. Details on streaming to come next week.
The APMAs are also pleased to honor three of today’s biggest and most influential musicians with the event’s top honors. Multi-platinum GRAMMY® winning hard rock/metal legends Korn will take home the Vanguard Award, trailblazing musician Laura Jane Grace of critically acclaimed rock band Against Me! will be honored with this year’s Icon Award, and Goldfinger frontman and producer John Feldmann will receive the inaugural Influencer Award.
Icon Award, as originally announced by Entertainment Weekly:
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The APMAs Icon Award is given to an artist or group that has inextricably linked themselves to a defined aspect of the cultural history of rock. The recipient has been recognized by both peers and fans as a foundation for change and inspiration, both sonically and culturally. Laura Jane Grace is the founder and frontwoman of powerful punk band Against Me!, whose strident live performances are the closest thing this generation has gotten to the Clash. By remaining true to her punk-rock ideals and creating stirring anthems transcending generations, Grace has created an awareness of transgender politics and culture in a way that parallels the human condition. She has become a torchbearer for real, unvarnished punk rock and a steadfast advocate for the LGBTQ community.
PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn will present Laura Jane Grace with her award. “I’m honored to be presenting such a deserving award to Laura Jane Grace,” says Gunn. “I have the utmost respect for her, not only for the paths she’s carved in music but also in the LGBTQ community. She is most definitely an icon.”
Vanguard Award:
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The APMAs Vanguard award is bestowed to an artist or group who have contributed groundbreaking works to a music culture. Over time, the recipient has challenged themselves and influenced those around them to re-invent music in the pursuit of the unexplored. Their efforts shatter the status quo and define the foundation for trends within a number of music genres. Over the course of two decades, Korn have not only built a career with their patented rap/metal hybrid, but also have become an enduring sonic force in heavy music. By coupling unvarnished emotions with hard rock, Korn were able to access the angst of a generation, cementing the band’s status as bona fide rock legends. They have served as a gateway into heavy music for countless bands across multiple genres, maintaining a hip-hop vibe with a full metal racket.
Corey Taylor, frontman for dynamic rock bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, will present Korn with their award. “Years ago, I was inspired by this crazy band from California. Years later, they became my friends and allies,” says Taylor. “Now it’s my great pleasure to help honor them for what they’ve done and have given to the world. It’s going to be a great night.”
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The Influencer Award is given to someone in the music industry who has changed the landscape sonically, professionally and culturally. This person has acted as an innovator on their own behalf as well as being a creative conduit for others looking to further define their own particular aesthetic. They are the visionaries, they light the fuse: They are the influencers.Few musicians in this scene have attained the kind of success John Feldmann has enjoyed throughout his career. Since Goldfinger cemented themselves as one of the most legendary entries to the third-wave ska movement in the mid-’90s, Feldmann has been a ubiquitous underground heavyweight. He later left his mark on the scene behind the boards, developing young bands such as the Used, Story Of The Year and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Whether working with budding acts or pop-punk legends, Feldmann has been helping bands harness and hone something deep within themselves for nearly 20 years.
This year’s Alternative Press Music Awards host – Black Veil Brides frontman, Andy Black mastermind and star of the upcoming film American Satan, Andy Biersack – will bring his love of comedy to life on the main stage. Biersack is nominated for Album Of The Year for his debut solo effort The Shadow Side and Song Of The Year for his dance floor anthem, “We Don’t Have To Dance.”
There are less than 30 days left to cast your vote for your favorite artists, so be sure to make your voice heard here by June 30. Check out a full list of nominees here.
There are tons of other amazing artists that have been announced to perform, including All Time Low, Against Me!, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Bone Thugs, Korn, Machine Gun Kelly, New Years Day, ONE OK ROCK, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless and Sleeping With Sirens, Waterparks and an epic group drum performance featuring Adrian Young (DREAMCAR, No Doubt) vs. Frank Zummo (Sum 41, Street Drum Corps) and a secret special guest you will not want to miss.
Watch www.altpress.com/apmas for more details on performers, presenters, red carpet appearances, surrounding events and more.
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AVATAR – win fan voted “Breakthrough Artist” at Metal Hammer Golden God Awards

The citizens of AVATAR country have spoken: On Monday night AVATAR didn’t just play at the prestigious Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London, but they also won the fan voted “Breakthrough Artist” award. Congratulations!

AVATAR recently released a relaunch of their latest album, “Feathers & Flesh”, and it’s available as 2CD Jewelcase as well as Digital Album. “Feathers & Flesh (In His Own Words)” is “Feathers & Flesh” with the matching (audio) book added as in between spoken words forming a double album.

Vocalist Johannes Eckerström on the concept of “Feathers & Flesh”: “It’s a fable about an owl who goes to war to stop the sun from rising. It’s a tragic story of someone ultimately being set up to fail. She will learn many lessons and encounter many other creatures with ideas of their own. In the end, however, one must ask if something was learned at all.”
So how did the circus freaks from AVATAR end up in a land of fairy tales and talking animals? The clown and the circus were born from the darkness in all of our minds. Their music opens the door within us that we otherwise would not find. What AVATAR has done has always been of a psychological nature. Thus that trademark sinister grin is the mirror none of us want to look in to. Now the clown has stepped out of our nightmares and sits down next to us as we lie in bed about to fall asleep. He brought a book and with the help of his little creatures he tells us a story about the duality of the human experience. The book was available for purchase alongside the album. “It was just too many words for a CD booklet,” the vocalist states, making AVATAR the first band of its kind releasing a physical book alongside the album. Now this very book was added to the relaunch of “Feathers & Flesh” as in between spoken words, forming the “Feathers & Flesh (In His Own Words)” 2CD.

You can either secure your copy of “Feathers & Flesh (In His Own Words)” at your favourite shop, mailorder or platform or just check the following link for options:http://smarturl.it/FeathersAndFleshIHOW

Check out the videos released for the album:
“The Eagle Has Landed”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p6GWewmTYQ
“New Land”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNYEy2qabKU
“Night Never Ending”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8B6ZWlgqdk

AVATAR will make appearances at a number of highly coveted hard rock festivals in Europe this summer:
14.-17.06.17 (AT) Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
16.-18.06.17 (F) Clisson – Hellfest
16.-18.06.17 (BE) Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
22.-24.06.17 (DE) Ferropolis – With Full Force
22.-24.06.12 (NO) Fredriksten Fortress – Tons Of Rock (ES) Madrid – Download Madrid
16.-19.08.17 (SE) Falun – Sabaton Open Air

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – launch video for ‘Offer Your Light’; win award at Metal Hammer Golden Gods

Devin Townsend Project have been on the road touring for the majority of 2017 in support of latest album ‘Transcendence’, and recently began a run of Summer live dates including Download Festival this past weekend.

Yesterday Devin attended the Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony in London, where he was named ‘Riff Lord’, an award previously given to the likes of Dave Mustaine, Brian May and Phil Campbell. To celebrate, a brand new lyric video for the track ‘Offer Your Light’, taken from ‘Transcendence’, is available to see here:

Devin had this to say: “Hey all! Well heck, I guess I won an award for being a guitar guy…sweet! All those years of social ineptitude has manifested in an ability to play 32nd notes. Take that, dad! …to celebrate, we are doing a ‘lyric video’ for a track I had been encouraged to release when the album first came out, but decided to go with another one instead. As it turns out, people seem to really like this song, so have at ‘er! Here’s a kind of rockin, kind of straightforward track from Transcendence called ‘Offer Your Light’, written essentially about trying to look at the positive amidst the ever increasing sea of neurosis-inducing bullshit the world keeps spewing at us. I’m in the beginning stages of writing new music now, and I hope this finds a home in your listening world for the next 4 minutes or so…best part is; there’s no guitar solo! Lots of love, Devin ‘riff-lord’ Townsend (apparently!)”

DTP continue their Summer tour with the following dates, and have also been announced as headliner of the Prog stage at Ramblin Man Fair in the UK. Find the full list of dates below:

13.06.17 – Limelight 1, Belfast, Northern Ireland
14.06.17 – The Academy, Dublin – Ireland
16.06.17 – Hellfest, Clisson – France
21.06.17 – Starmus Festival, Trondheim – Norway
23.06.17 – Tons of Rock, Halden – Norway
30.06.17 – Tuska Metal Fest, Helsinki – Finland
1.07.17 – Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona – Spain
14.07.17 – Neushoorn, Leeuwarden – Netherlands
15.07.17 – Dynamo Metal Fest, Eindhoven – Netherlands
29.07.17 – Eier Mit Speck Festival, Viersen – Germany
30.07.17 – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone – UK
12.08.17 – Brutal Assault Festival, Jaromer, Czech Republic
13.08.17 – Randal Club, Bratislava – Slovakia
15.08.17 – Dom Omladine, Belgrade – Serbia
16.08.17 – Explosiv, Graz – Austria
17.08.17 – Summer Breeze Open Air, Dinkelsbühl – Germany
18.08.17 – Garage, Saarbrücken – Germany
20.08.17 – Motocultor Festival, Saint-Nolff – France
22.09.17 – Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv – Bulgaria
24.09.17 – Gagarin 205, Athens – Greece
26.09.17 – Barby, Tel Aviv – Israel
28.09.17 – Club Zal, St. Petersburg – Russia
29.09.17 – Yotaspace, Moscow – Russia
01.10.17 – Euroblast @ Essigfabrik, Cologne – Germany

‘Transcendence’ achieved some of the bands best chart positions ever, and you can find those below:

#2 Finnish Album Charts
#10 Australian Album Charts
#26 UK Album Charts
#38 US Top Current Albums
#43 German Album Charts
#33 Swiss Album Charts
#41 French Album Charts
#43 Dutch Top 100 Album Charts
#51 Belgian Top Albums Wallonia
#52 Belgian Top 200 Albums Flemish
#117 US Billboard Top 200

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“a wholly absorbing, modern-day masterpiece” – Metal Hammer
“the breadth and quality of the material is simply astonishing.” – Record Collector
“life-affirmingly euphoric” – Total Guitar
“this man can do no wrong” – Kerrang!
“a positively charged majestic album” – The Independent

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