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Dave Brockie To Write RPG Adventure

Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR, will be writing and illustrating (with the help of fellow Slave Pit artist Matt Maguire) the tabletop RPG adventure Towers Two as part of a Crowd Funding campaign for the “Lamentations of the Flame Princess” Weird Fantasy Role-Playing game.

The adventure will tell a story of insanity and dread: The mighty ‘Towers Two’ had stood as a symbol of stability and prosperity over a world that was increasingly slipping into chaos. But ever since the difficult birth of the identical twin brothers Rondrel and Zal, a shadow has fallen over the family and the land they had ruled for centuries. The brothers quarreled over the power they had inherited from their father, squandering their wealth, and sending the line into decay. The nearby village of Ham, once happy to call Towers Two and the Family Hune their protectors, now live in fear of the fortress and it inhabitants.

“I’m completely stoked to be doing this, and I really hope the crowd funding venture is successful, even though I waited to the last second to start promoting it,” Brockie says. “I am an old-school DM, and ran custom adventures out of my worlds for over 20 years until the point where I felt we had committed every possible atrocity and wrenched every permutation out of the D+D system, which I really had abandoned anyway. I began to do horrible things to my players. One group wandered the Abyss for two years until they finally realized they were damned, even though I never told them. Out of boredom I ran a Lawful Good campaign of elves, just to kill them off with the worst monsters I could think of. We used to play on the tour bus all the time, but as GWAR started getting hotter groupies I finally got bored with it.”

Brockie continued- “Years later GWAR is going strong, and I get a call from James Raggi and a crash-course in what has been going on in the world of RPGs. I was really impressed with his LotFP game system. Just like I had done with my old campaigns, all the extraneous crap was gone from the rule system, leaving the emphasis on the juicy stuff…weird monsters and how to bash their heads in. The art was excellent as well. I dusted off the immense pile of adventures I had saved from my RPG days and began looking for an appropriate one to update. ‘Towers Two’, with its decaying royal line, dungeon full of hideous creatures, and town full of angry villagers had always been a favorite adventure for me to run…so I began updating in a new and completely sick manner for the LotFP game system.”

“Working with the top creative talent out there is a priority for me,” says LotFP publisher James Edward Raggi IV. “I knew I wanted a metal musician to write an adventure to get the right attitude, and Brockie is the guy. His work with GWAR shows he’s able to come up with memorable characters and situations wrapped up in a package that gets attention, he’s got the twisted imagination that fits the LotFP style, and he’s got the gaming experience to turn it into something playable for the gaming crowd. It’s going to kick ass and blow minds.”

The site for the ‘Towers Two’ crowd funding campaign is here: http://igg.me/p/153278
For more information about all the adventures being funded as part of the series, see this page: http://www.lotfp.com/RPG/grand-adventure-campaign. The crowd funding campaign for ‘Towers Two’ ends July 31.

Unearth’s “Grave Of Opportunity” Added As Guitar Hero World Tour Downloadable Track

Starting May 7, “Grave of Opportunity” from Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH will be available as a downloadable track on the Guitar Hero World Tour. The song is from the band’s latest album, the critically acclaimed The March, which hit streets last October. The song is part of the Ferret Music/Metal Blade Track Pack, which also contains The Devil Wears Prada’s “Dez Moines”, and Chimaira’s “On Broken Glass”.

Lead guitarist Buz McGrath had this to say about the Guitar Hero release, “Yo! Unearth is jazzed that our song ‘Grave of Opportunity’ will be available for download for Guitar Hero World Tour. It’s a kick-ass tune that is wicked fun to play, so start practicing your super awesome Guitar Hero moves. Get ready to feel the burn when ‘Grave of Opportunity’ drops May 7th!”

UNEARTH is gearing up for their upcoming North American tour with Testament and labelmates Lazarus A.D. They’re touring to support The March, which Outburn Magazine called “their most powerful, defiant, and affecting release to date.” Revolver Magazine described The March as “magnificently majestic.” The album debuted at #45 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release.

Chimaira Scores Highest Chart Position Ever With “The Infection”

“ON BROKEN GLASS” AVAILABLE MAY 7 FOR GUITAR HERO WORLD TOUR

CHIMAIRA has exploded onto the Billboard Top 200 charts with the debut of their crushing new album, The Infection. The album landed at #30, with over 15,000 units sold. The Infection is the band’s fifth studio album and the follow up to their acclaimed 2007 release, Resurrection, which debuted at #42 on Billboard.

Vocalist Mark Hunter commented on The Infection’s success: “We can’t thank our fans enough for supporting this album and spreading the word. In this day and age, when sales are down, and the economy is shit, the fact that we sold what we did is a miracle. We owe it to our fans for keeping us a relevant, top-tier band in the metal genre. Our fans really helped promote this album and it’s just as much of a celebration for them as it is for us.”

CHIMAIRA is also pleased to announce that one of the tracks from The Infection, “On Broken Glass,” will be available as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero World Tour. The song will be available starting May 7, as part of the Ferret Music/Metal Blade Track Pack, which also contains The Devil Wears Prada’s “Dez Moines”, and Unearth’s “Grave of Opportunity”.

“We’re very excited to be a part of Guitar Hero, because we’re all huge fans of the game,” added Hunter. “We’ve been playing since it came out, and we finally have the opportunity to have one of our songs in the game. It’s a dream come true. Fans are gonna have a really hard time with this track on expert, that’s for sure!”

CHIMAIRA is currently touring as part of the Music as a Weapon tour, along with Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, and Lacuna Coil.

Chimaira Announces Golden Ticket Contest

CHIMAIRA has announced the Golden Ticket contest, which will give fans the chance to win a signature ESP guitar, a copy of Guitar Hero World Tour w/guitar, or a trip to see the annual Christmas show live in the band’s hometown! Each prize will be assigned a ticket to be randomly placed in three of the previously announced CHIMAIRA box sets, which are available for purchase here. The box set will be available on April 21, and there will only be 600 box sets produced, with the band signing the first 100!

Additionally, the laminate included in the box set will provide a website link that CHIMAIRA will update regularly. Fans can expect exclusive video and other surprises from the band to come!

CHIMAIRA box set features include:
-Metal Briefcase packaging
-Chimaira Infection Logo Flag
-CD/DVD Edition of The Infection (featuring the bonus track “Revenge” and a “Making of” DVD)
-“Syringe” USB in metal box featuring the bonus tracks “Convictions” and “Warpath”, The Infection demos, Wallpapers, Buddy Icons and more
-Pick Pack (featuring signature picks of all guitarists)
-Booklet (featuring never before seen photos of the band in studio)
-Laminate (with exclusive website link)

CHIMAIRA is currently playing the Music As A Weapon tour with Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, and Lacuna Coil to support their upcoming new release, The Infection. The album streets April 21 on Ferret Music. Tour dates are listed below.

CHIMAIRA on the Music as a Weapon Tour:

(w/ Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, and Lacuna Coil)
3/25 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
3/28 – Glendale, AZ – Jobbing.com Arena
3/29 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Auditorium
3/31 – Dallas, TX – Nokia Theatre
4/01 – Wichita, KS – Hartman Arena
4/03 – Bossier City, LA – Centurytel Center
4/04 – Little Rock, AR – Riverfest Amphitheater
4/05 – New Orleans, LA – Uno Lakefront Arena
4/07 – Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center
4/08 – Atlanta, GA – The Arena @ Gwinnett Center
4/11 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
4/13 – Charlotte, NC – Cricket Arena
4/14 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
4/15 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
4/17 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
4/18 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center
4/20 – Erie, PA – Erie Civic Center
4/21 – Bridgeport, CT – Arena at Harbor Yard
4/22 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
4/24 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Coliseum
4/25 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Center
4/27 – Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center
4/28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Center
4/30 – Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena
5/02 – Detroit, MI – Cobo Arena
5/03 – Cleveland, OH – The Wolstein Center @ Cleveland State
5/05 – Columbus, OH – Value City Arena
5/06 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
5/08 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
5/09 – Des Moines, IA – Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
5/10 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
5/12 – Lacrosse, WI – Lacrosse Center
5/13 – Evansville, IN – Roberts Stadium
5/15 – Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center
5/16 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion
5/17- Green Bay, WI – Resch Center

CHIMAIRA off-dates:

3/27 – Farmington, NM – Gators w/ Spineshank
3/30 – Lubbock, TX – The Pavilion w/ Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil
4/09 – Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium w/ Suffocation, White Chapel & Veil of Maya
4/10 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues w/ Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil
4/19 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/ Suicide Silence
4/26 – Richmond, VA – The National w/ Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil
5/01 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s w/ Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil
5/11 – Sioux Falls, SD – Ramkota Exhibit Hall w/ Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil

All That Remains’ “Two Weeks” Streams On Their Myspace

ALL THAT REMAINS posts another new song, “Two Weeks,” from ‘Overcome’; 3 songs available for Rock Band game

Massachusetts’ ALL THAT REMAINS have posted another song, “Two Weeks,” from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘Overcome,’ on the band’s MySpace page. “This is the first time I’ve done a song that has singing from beginning to end,” frontman Phil Labonte says. “It was something I had wanted to do for some time but ATR isn’t gonna put out something half-assed and most of you guys know I’m always growing as a vocalist and we’re always growing and changing as a metal band. This feels right and it’s not the same ‘here’s our all singing ballad’ kind of thing; it’s still metal as hell!”

‘Overcome’ hits stores Sept. 16 through Prosthetic Records, and “Two Weeks” is scheduled to receive the video treatment shortly. In the meantime, the band’s current video for “Chiron,” another track off ‘Overcome,’ will debut on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball Sept. 20, with the clip – as well as behind the scenes footage – available online here.

In another exciting bit of ALL THAT REMAINS news, the hit video game Rock Band will make three ALL THAT REMAINS tracks, two from ‘Overcome’ (“Chiron,” and “Two Weeks”) and “This Calling,” from the band’s previous release, ‘The Fall of Ideals,’ available for download for 99¢ each, Tuesday, Sept. 9 – one week prior to the release of the highly-anticipated new album, ‘Overcome.’

Recently wrapping up a stint on the Vans Warped Tour this summer, ALL THAT REMAINS is kicking off a co-headlining tour with Trivium Tuesday which will continue through mid-October before the band jumps aboard a full North American tour as direct support to In Flames alongside Gojira and 36 Crazy Fists.

ALL THAT REMAINS on tour

(with Trivium, 36 Crazy Fists, The Human Abstract)

9/09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

9/10 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing

9/11 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

9/12 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

9/15 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater

9/17 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street

9/18 Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos

9/19 Lubbock, TX – Tequilla Jungle

9/20 Farmington, NM – Big City Night Club

9/21 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater

9/23 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome

9/25 Reno, NV – New Oasis

9/27 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

9/28 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater

9/30 Fargo, ND – The Venue

10/01 Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Expo Building

10/03 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

10/04 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium

10/05 Columbia, MO – Blue Note

10/06 Cedar Rapids, IA – Hawkeye Downs

10/07 Green Bay, WI – Riverview Ballroom

10/09 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

10/10 Ft. Wayne, IN – Pierre’s

10/11 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room

10/12 London, ONT – Cowboys

10/14 Louisville, KY – Headliner’s

10/17 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place

10/18 Richmond, VA – The National

10/19 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend

(In Flames, All That Remains, Gojira, 36 Crazy Fists)

11/06 Montreal, QC – Metropolis

11/07 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy

11/08 Detroit, MI – Emerald Theater

11/10 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues

11/12 Minneapolis, MN – Myth

11/14 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall

11/15 Edmonton, AB – Events Center

11/17 Vancouver, BC – Commodore

11/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo

11/19 Portland, OR – Roseland

11/21 San Francisco, CA – Warfield

11/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Nokia Club

11/23 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues

11/24 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre

11/25 Albuquerque, NM – Midnight Rodeo

11/26 Denver, CO – Fillmore

11/28 Dallas, TX – Palladium

11/29 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa

11/30 Houston, TX – House Of Blues

12/02 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live

12/03 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

12/04 Norfolk, VA – The Norva

12/05 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

12/06 Worcester, MA – Palladium

12/07 New York, NY – Terminal 5

12/09 St. Louis, MO – Pageant

12/10 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

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