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Suffocation – Begin Recording S/T Album – Enlist Tattoo Artist JonZig for Artwork

Legendary metal giants SUFFOCATION have begun recording their new album.
The self-titled new album is being recorded at Full Force Studios in Long Island, NY. “Suffocation” is the follow-up to 2004’s “Souls To Deny” and will see a September 2006 release.
Additionally, SUFFOCATION have enlisted tattoo artist JonZig from Skingraver Tattoo Studio in Austin, TX for the band’s album artwork.

American Heartbreak – Announce Sophomore Release – July 26 in Japan

San Francisco based arena rockers, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, are pleased to announce that their sophomore album will be released in Japan through Big M.F./B-Gram Records on July 26.  The album had previously received a North American release on April 18 through the high powered Century Media rock imprint, Liquor & Poker Music. The Japanese release will feature two additional bonus tracks, acoustic versions of the album tracks ‘Last of the Superheroes’ and ‘Unhappily Ever After’.

As previously reported, American Heartbreak (which features former JETBOY guitarist, Billy Rowe, and former EXODUS bassist, Michael Butler) have been one of rock’s underground heroes for nearly a decade, and with the release of their eponymous second full-length, they have aimed to leave the underground behind and follow in the footsteps of their arena rock idols.

The album, which is self titled, was co-produced by Rick Parker, who had previously worked with the likes of BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB and SPACE TWINS, among others. The result: 13 tracks of timeless rock n’ roll. It proves that while trend-seekers may be fawning over the latest batch of rock ‘saviors’ as if the genre was invented only yesterday, American Heartbreak is the real deal – a band impervious to fads and driven purely by the desire to play loud, catchy rock. Three songs from the new album are posted online at both the band’s website ( and MySpace page (

Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls – Back for 2nd Summer! Girls Ages 8-18 Must Apply! – Ladies Rock Camp Coming Later this Summer…

After a hugely successful run last year, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is back for a second summer of inspirational band camp for girls ages 8-18. Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit day camp offering girls in New York City the chance to learn how to play musical instruments, write songs, perform music, and participate in team-building activities in a fun and supportive environment.

Rock Camp’s inaugural session took place last August at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan. Sixty-six girls from all five boroughs and as far away as Michigan and Florida attended the one week session, studying drums, bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards, and DJ-ing. The campers formed bands at the start of the week, practiced their instruments, wrote together, attended workshops, and performed at a riotously joyful showcase concert at the end of the week where over 700 people attended.

This year, the camp will be holding 2 sessions, one week each in July and August, involving a total of 200 campers, and they also plan to hold a special session for adult women, Ladies Rock Camp, in late July. The camp will be located at Brooklyn Friends School, located in Downtown Brooklyn.

Candlight Records USA – Launches Online Music Store

Candlelight Records USA is proud to announce the grand opening of our online store.  Now available, bring your browser to to purchase cds from all Candlelight artists.  In the coming weeks watch for additional products including exclusive tshirts as well products from other labels from around the world.

Hammerfall – Oscar Dronjak Post Blog Update – Swedish Athletics Video Coming Soon!

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following update on his official blog:

“The 19th European Athletics Championships are being held in Gothenburg in August, and we were going to shoot a video together with a couple of the Swedish athletes – much like we did with the curling team (who went on to win the Olympic gold medal, I might add), only with a specially written, previously unreleased track.  The athletes were Robert Kronberg (110 meter hurdles), Alhaji Jeng (pole vault), Johan Wissman (200 meters) and Kajsa Bergqvist (high jump). Robert especially had been looking forward to this for a long time, apparently, and seemed to enjoy every minute of the long day. He played drums in a few takes (!), and rocked for all he was worth, as did the others.  I’m sure it will be a really funny video!”

“The highlight of the day for me was definitely the opportunity to do a couple of high jumps. That was always my best sport in school, and I haven’t tried it since then. 1.45 meters posed no problem at all, and neither did 1.55, but when I raised the bar another ten centimeters, my body said, ‘You know what, brotha, even all my little Hulkamaniacs couldn’t force me to get up and jump now.’ (Why my body sounds like Hulk Hogan, I’ll never know.). Too tired from last night’s drinking and not enough sleep – that’s what I told myself, at least – I could muster one proper jump but no more.  Determined to clear the height later, I let it rest. For a while. After lunch, I felt ready to attack the bar again, and just barely missed. Kajsa Bergqvist, most likely the best female high jumper in the world came over to the mat. I was kind of nervous, not only because she has won virtually everything there is to win and is the current world record holder indoors (2.08 meters), but also because I’ve always admired her.  ?  She gave me some helpful advice, and then I tried it again. Wouldn’t you know it, I practically sailed over the bar (I touched it a little, but it stayed in place)!  Clearing 1.65 meters wearing stage clothes and only socks, I was quite proud of that effort!  I have posted a video of one of the first jumps in the video section here on MySpace.”
HAMMERFALL recently entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2005’s Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, tentatively due this fall. Song titles set to appear on the album include “Carved In Stone,” “Titan,” “Dark Wings, Dark Words,” “Shadow Empire,” “Rebel Inside,” “Threshold,” “The Fire Burns Forever,” “Howlin’ With The Pac,” and “Natural High.”
HAMMERFALL will be delivering a special performance at this year’s Earthshaker Fest scheduled for July 21-22 in Kreuth, Germany.

SOunds of the Underground – To Release Exclusive CD/DVD – Tracklisting and Bonus Material Released

Sounds of the Underground Tour has once again combined forces with Hot Topic to release an exclusive CD/DVD.  This limited edition collection will be available in select stores beginning June 20 and Hot Topic nationwide by June 27.  This 2CD/1DVD set is available for a limited time for the low price of $9.99.  The two CDs feature a total of 22 tracks from not only bands on the tour, but also some amazing bands from the labels that are bringing you the tour.  Not only will you hear the latest from AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES and TRIVIUM, but you will get new tracks from SOTU alumnus – UNEARTH and ALL THAT REMAINS from their upcoming records.   The DVD features 17 videos from all your favorite SOTU bands and more.

If your Hot Topic store doesn’t have it on June 20, then be sure to check back on June 27 when it is guaranteed to in stock at all locations.

Sounds Of The Underground 2006 starts July 8 in Cleveland.

Tracklisting is below…


1. As I Lay Dying ‘The Darkest Nights’ from Shadows Are Security (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
2. In Flames ‘Leeches’ from Come Clarity (courtesy of Ferret Music)
3. Trivium ‘Blinding Tears Will Break The Skies’ from Ascendancy Special Edition (courtesy of Roadrunner Records)
4. Cannibal Corpse ‘Make Them Suffer’ from Kill (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
5. Gwar ‘War Party’ from War Party (courtesy of DRT Entertainment)
6. Terror ‘Strike You Down’ from Always The Hard Way (courtesy of Trustkill Records)
7. The Black Dahlia Murder ‘Miasma’ from Miasma (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
8. Behemoth ‘Slaves Shall Serve’ from Demigod (courtesy of Century Media Records)
9. The Chariot ‘Yanni Depp” from Unsung EP (courtesy of Solid State Records)
10. Through The Eyes Of The Dead ‘Two Inches From A Main Artery’ from Bloodlust (courtesy of Prosthetic Records)
11. Evergreen Terrace ‘Dogfight’ from Sincerity Is An Easy Disguise In This Business (courtesy of Eulogy Recordings)


1. All That Remains ‘This Calling’ from The Fall Of Ideals (courtesy of Prosthetic Records)
2. Unearth ‘The Glorious Nightmare’ from III: In The Eyes Of Fire (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
3. Zao ‘My Love, My Love (We’ve Come Back From The Dead)’ (courtesy of Ferret Music)
4. The Warriors ‘Dice Game’ from Beyond The Noise (courtesy of Eulogy Recordings)
5. Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster ‘Tough As John Jacobs’ (courtesy of Mono Vs Stereo)
6. First Blood ‘Conspiracy’ from Killafornia (courtesy of Trustkill Records)
7. Burn In Silence ‘Embrace The Plague’  (courtesy of Prosthetic Records)
8. Demiricous ‘Vagrant Idol’ from One (Hellbound) (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
9. This Is Hell ‘The Polygraph Cheaters’ from Sundowning (courtesy of Trustkill Records)
10. Society’s Finest ‘And I, The Drunkards’ from And I, The Drunkards (courtesy of Hand Of Hope Records)
11. The Human Abstract ‘Crossing The Rubicon’ from Nocturne (courtesy of Hopeless Records)


1. As I Lay Dying ‘The Darkest Nights’ from Shadows Are Security (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
2. In Flames ‘Take This Life’ from Come Clarity (courtesy of Ferret Music)
3. Trivium ‘Dying In Your Arms’ from Ascendancy (courtesy of Roadrunner Records)
4. Cannibal Corpse ‘Make Them Suffer’ from Kill (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
5. Gwar ‘Bring Back The Bomb’ from War Party (courtesy of DRT Entertainment)
6. Terror ‘Overcome’ from One With The Underdogs (courtesy of Trustkill Records)
7. The Black Dahlia Murder ‘Miasma’ from Miasma (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
8. Behemoth ‘Slaves Shall Serve’ from Demigod (courtesy of Century Media Records)
9. The Chariot ‘Yanni Depp (live)” from Unsung EP (courtesy of Solid State Records)
10. Through The Eyes Of The Dead ‘Two Inches From A Main Artery’ from Bloodlust (courtesy of Prosthetic Records)
11. Evergreen Terrace ‘New Friend Request’ from Sincerity Is An Easy Disguise In This Business (courtesy of Eulogy Recordings)
12. Ligeia ‘Household Stereotypes’ from Your Ghost Is A Gift (courtesy of Ferret Music)
13. The Absence ‘From Your Grave’ from From Your Grave (courtesy of Metal Blade Records)
14. Most Precious Blood ‘Shark Ethic’ from Merciless (courtesy of Trustkill Records)
15. The Warriors ‘Downbeat’ from Beyond The Noise (courtesy of Eulogy Recordings)
16. Byzantine ‘Jerimiad’ from …And They Shall Take Up The Serprents (courtesy of Prosthetic Records)
17. Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster ‘Tough As John Jacobs’ from Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster (courtesy of Mono Vs Stereo)

If that is not enough music for you, then be sure to pick up “Sounds Of The Underground, Vol 1 Live At The Starland Ballroom” DVD.  This live DVD was filmed at the inaugural 2005 SOTU tour and is in stores everywhere on June 20 from our friends at DRT Entertainment.

Necro – Announces New York City Show

New York City based underground “death rap” legend NECRO has announced his first hometown show in a few years. He’ll be performing at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square on August 25th.

NECRO will be joined on stage by Igor Cavalera (ex-SEPULTURA) to perform the song “Necrotura” and others. Also performing will be NECRO‘s brother/NON-PHIXION mainman Ill Bill, Lord Ezec (aka Danny Diablo) of SKARHEAD/CROWN OF THORNZ, Sabac Red (NON-PHIXION), and Riviera Regime.

NECRO had the following to say about the show:

“This is gonna be the most brutal show NY has seen. I want everyone in NY to come out for this shit and bring 3 friends with you. I wanna see all tri-state motherfuckers at this show and no matter how far you are, drive up. This is gonna be a good chance to show that hardcore hiphop is alive and strong. The venue is located in the MTV building so lets show them what we are all about.

We will have some giveaways, we are working on that now, like an exclusive shirt, an exclusive cd with new freestyles & more!”

Voivod – Brand New Music / E-Card Online

A VOIVOD e-card with some brand spanking new music on it in the form of the track ‘The X-Stream’ has been made available. Check it here.

Underoath – Stream Entire Album ONline – First Single Rocks MTV

As UNDEROATH prepare for the June 20 release of “Define the Great Line”, the band is finding new and exciting ways to connect with their fans.  As part of an exclusive cross-platform launch with MTV2 that includes, MTV Overdrive, MTV Urge as well as MTV Mobile phone content, MTV2’s “The Leak” is now streaming the entire album at this location.  The surrealistic video for “Writing On The Walls”–the band’s first single, arriving at Modern Rock and Active Rock radio on June 27–can also now be viewed online at this location

The videohelmed by Popcore Films–has debuted via an all-day premiere on MTV2’s “Unleashed” and was added to Fuse as well.

In other TV news, UNDEROATH are the special guests for MTV2’s “T-Minus Rock” show airing all this week. Meanwhile, look for UNDEROATH to host MTV2’s “Headbangers Ball,” airing Saturday, June 17. The band will also guest host the official Vans Warped Tour kick-off episode on Fuse TV’s “Steven’s Untitled Rock Show” airing June 14th. Fans can also tune in to Fuse to catch the band’s special half-hour documentary titled “Making Of Define The Great Line,” beginning next week and airing five times during the week of June 19.

Meanwhile, Hot Topic has come on board with UNDEROATH after a successful chain-wide (675 stores in all 50 states) listening party last week that marked the first such event in the chain’s history.   As part of the band’s partnership with Hot Topic, they’ll participate in a June 20th in-store signing in their hometown of Tampa, FL while in the midst of their summer trek as a headlining main stage act on the Vans Warped Tour from June 15-August 13.  The Hot Topic affiliation also encompasses storewide programs such as chain-wide mallway signage, listening stations and front of store displays.

Crafted with the help of Atlanta-based producer/drummer Matt Goldman–who helped pour the rhythmic foundation–and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, the genre-defying “Define the Great Line” is a mind-blowing and cohesive album. While marking an artistically dark turn for the band, it remains undeniably accessible. “Define the Great Line” marks the follow-up to their 350,000-selling indie smash They’re Only Chasing Safety, which has been on the Billboard new artist chart for 104 weeksno other rock record currently on this chart has had a longer run than this.

Unearth – Trailer for ‘Giles’ Video for Download

A link to the embedded quicktime file for a trailer of UNEARTH’s new video for their lead single ‘Giles’ is now available for viewing/downloading. You can snag it here or at

I Gots Culture Productions – Return With Trailer for Video Spoof of Dragonforce’s ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’

I Gots Culture Productions is back with their latest installment of MSPaint metal insanity. Following video spoofs of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and AS I LAY DYING, the crew has released a trailer for their upcoming release for the DRAGONFORCE 7-minute plus epic saga ‘Through the Fire & The Flames.’ You can view the trailer at this location. The full video is set for internet release on July 20.

Igor Cavalera – Explains Decision To Leave Sepultura

You can check out an extensive interview with Igor Cavalera regarding his decision to leave SEPULTURA over at

KoRn – Cancel Rest of International Tour Due to Jonathan Davis Hospitalization for Blood Disorder

KORN cancelled the rest of the international leg of its tour because lead singer Jonathan Davis was hospitalized, suffering a blood disorder.

“The doctors have determined that this was an isolated incident and that after a few weeks my recovery will be complete. I will be ready to rock on the Family Values Tour this summer,” the 35-year-old Davis, who was released from a London hospital after four days of treatment, said Tuesday.

On KORN‘s Web site Monday, Davis said he was diagnosed last weekend with an infection that prevents blood from clotting normally because of a low number of platelets, cells produced by bone marrow. It was brought on by an allergic reaction to medication, he said.

“I started getting these weird bruises all over my body about two weeks ago,” Davis said.

He said he was extremely close to death: “If I continued to headbang on stage, I could have had a brain hemorrhage and dropped dead on the spot.”

The overseas part of the tour was to end June 27 in Budapest.

The band is headlining the fourth edition of the Family Values Tour in support of their latest album, “See You On the Other Side.” The 30-city North American leg is scheduled to start in Virginia Beach, VA, on July 27.

Unholy Alliance – E-Card/Media Player to Support Tour

An UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour e-card/media player has seen the light of day on the net. Those interested in checking out media from all bands on the tour (SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MASTODON, THINE EYES BLEED), and more, head here.

Maryland Deathfest V – Set To Take Place May 26 & 27, 2007 At Sonar in Baltimore, MD

The organizers for the annual Maryland Deathfest have released the following initial update on next year’s show:

Maryland Deathfest V will take place on May 26 and 27, 2007 and will return to the same venue at SONAR (Baltimore, MD). Be sure that we will come back with an amazing billing of bands to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the festival!

Soon we will be ready to announce the first few bands confirmed for the next festival, then additional band announcements will be made over a period of several months. Tickets are expected to go on sale at the same time as previous years, most likely in December.

Not much will change with our approach, except we will probably have a total of 28 bands in 2007 in comparison to the 32 in 2006. This will allow for the headliners to be scheduled a bit earlier. Doors will also likely open slightly later than in 2006.

We have a new message board, so go here and take a look.

Vendors @ MDF V – Vendor space will be strictly limited in 2007 and reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis starting in August. Once that limit has been reached, it will not be possible to reserve a table. We won’t be making any exceptions with this procedure. You can contact us anytime for more information.

Start spreading the news early with this banner!

Billboard Top 200 – Chart Rundown for Metal/Rock/Alternative

This week's breakdown of top Billboard #200 Tracks have been released. 
GRACE and others next week:

#13 - TOOL - 10,000 DAYS @ 42,084 
#25 - THE FRAY - HOW TO SAVE A LIFE @ 31,589
#29 -
#30 - BLUE OCTOBER - FOILED @ 25,971 
#36 - GODSMACK - IV @ 22,936 
#45 BUCKCHERRY 15 @ 18,965

The Lizards – To Have Glenn Hughes Guest Sing and Perform Bass on New Disc

One of the most tightly guarded secrets of 2006 in the world of rock ‘n’ roll has been the name of the ‘mystery guest star‘ on the new THE LIZARDS CD. Speculation has run rampant while the lid on THE LIZARDS ‘secret recording sessions’ has remained securely shut until now. Featuring drum legend Bobby Rondinelli (BOC, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and vocal extraordinaire Mike DiMeo (RIOT), THE LIZARDS recently completed several successful tours of the USA and Europe, with the likes of the VANILLA FUDGE, UFO, IAN HUNTER, MOUNTAIN and CANNED HEAT, in support of their third album, last year’s critically acclaimed Cold Blooded Kings.

THE LIZARDS’ new CD Against All Odds, which promises to be the bands best yet, began life in the group’s private studio, aptly christened Electric Randyland, in mid-2005. Along with Rondinelli and DiMeo, THE LIZARDS bassist Randy Pratt and guitarist Patrick Klein painstakingly wrote and recorded 10 new songs, many of which are destined to become rock classics, as well as regulars in the band’s live repertoire. Likewise, the arrangements incorporated into the music are intricate, compelling and downright rocking! – Even real horns and strings were used in the mix! “I think we’re evolving,” says Bobby Rondinelli, “going deeper into our roots, but also taking it to new places”. I think the CD will surprise people.” And surprise it will, as one of the most intriguing aspects of the new THE LIZARDS CD is the addition of an undisclosed guest rock superstar.

Which brings us to the question that has been plaguing everyone’s minds for the past year – Who is this mystery rocker?! Well the wait is finally over.

The mystery guest star is none-other-than than GLENN HUGHES – The legendary bassist/vocalist from DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPESE, and a rock icon in his own right. GLENN HUGHES, whom THE LIZARDS toured extensively with throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Russia in 2004, lends his dynamic vocals on four tracks on Against All Odds, as well as playing bass and singing on a cut for future release. The classic rocker, who recently sang lead vocals on BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi’s new CD and is currently recording a new solo album, at the time of the THE LIZARDS’ recordings was quoted saying, “They were the best sessions I’ve ever done outside my own music!”

In recent news, THE LIZARDS have performed a series of exciting US dates with guitar legend ULI JOHN ROTH and British classic rock heroes 10 YEARS AFTER . Likewise the band is putting the finishing touches on their third live DVD, shot last year in Europe, as well as finishing a CD of hard rock covers – (both projects slated for a summer 2006 release). On a similar note, bassist Randy Pratt will appear in an upcoming issue of Bass Guitar Magazine, which will feature a full-photo spread of his unique bass collection. Pratt can also be heard blowing his harp on the soon-to-be-released CACTUS CD featuring Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert. Also, Mike DiMeo has lent his powerful vocals to RIOT’s forthcoming album called Still Alive.

Lostprophets – Another New Tune Online

Check out a brand new track off Wales’ LOSTPROPHETS upcoming release (Liberation Transmission) entitled “For All These Times Son, For All These Times” now posted on the band’s MySpace page

Liberation Transmission, also featuring the single “Rooftops,” hits stores June 27th. Check out the video and audio of “Rooftops” here.

A Life Once Lost – Offer Live Interview, Footage, “Rolling Tips” To Metal Injection

The newest episode of internet videocast Metal Injection is now online. The featured band this episode is A LIFE ONCE LOST. Featured in this episode is two live songs from the band, and a hilarious interview in which the band gives their best tour stories, talk about other bands they’d like to be in and even give some “rolling tips”.

Also featured on the episode is interview and live footage with DESPISED ICON, a tribute to MARAUDER, videos from WATCH THEM DIE, LENG TCH’E and much more.

The episode is available for download here.

Meatloaf – Reveals E-Card With a 4-Decade Tale and New Music!

In the coming weeks, MEAT LOAF will be revealing the first single from his forthcoming album BAT OUT OF HELL III: THE MONSTER IS LOOSE which will be out October 2006.  For now an unmastered version of the title track from the album, “The Monster is Loose,” is taking the internet by storm and can be heard in a new e-card that also tells the story behind the new album and offers highlights from his epic career which has now spanned four decades.

The e-card is available now at:

Chimaira – Metallica Cover Posted Online

You can check out CHIMAIRA‘s cover of METALLICA‘s song “Disposable Heroes” over at the band’s official MySpace page.

Poison The Well – Smashing Pumpkins Cover Posted Online

You can check out POISON THE WELL‘s cover of the SMASHING PUMPKINS song “Soma” over at the band’s official MySpace page.

XXX Maniak – New Song Posted Online!

Pennsylvania based goregrinders XXX MANIAK have uploaded a new song entitled “Unbridled Sex With Dead Animals” to their MySpace page. The band had this to say about the song: “We performed this song live at the Phoenix Metal Devastation Fest. Any slimey/grimey comments would be most appreciated! This was recorded during the Gay For Christopher Reeve 7″ sessions. For now this song is available exclusively on myspace. Enjoy you sick fucks!”

In related news, SMNnews is proud to announce that infamous XXX MANIAK frontman Anthony West will be teaming up with Ross Sewage of IMPALED fame for a special advice column here on SMN! More details will be revealed shortly.

Grave, Dismember, Entombed – Team Up For Masters of Death European Tour

GRAVE, DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED, and UNLEASHED will be teaming up this November for the Masters of Death European tour.

GRAVE commented on the tour by saying that the bands will “team up to bring you a night of the best metal Sweden has ever had to offer. The package is an idea that all four bands has planned and prepared in the past months and finally we are doing it. Dates and more info will be announced shortly. Prepare for a night to remember…”

Satyricon – Stream of First Video for Single ‘K.I.N.G.’

A stream of the first video, ‘K.I.N.G.’ taken from SATYRICON’s recently released album “Now, Diabolical” is up and live. You can view it at this link.