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Arsis – Update, New Album Title Revealed

ARSIS have posted the following update:

ARSIS would like to thank everyone who came out to the shows over the past five weeks, and also thanks to ALARUM, NEURAXIS, NECROPHAGIST, and CATTLE DECAPITATION for being great people to tour with. Here’s what’s going on:

The Canadian portion of the tour was canceled because NECROPHAGIST‘s working papers got stolen in San Francisco. Since the tour ended early, ARSIS will also be unable to make a previously scheduled show in Saratoga, NY. Apologies to all affected by this, but more touring plans are currently in the works for later this year.

Progress on the new album continues. It will be titled “Lust Before the Maggots Conquest.” The drums and rhythm guitars are completely recorded, just some final tracking and mixing to go. Expect a new song to be posted online by late summer, and the cd should be out by early fall. More info coming soon.

Deicide, Jungle Rot – First Tour Dates Announced

The first dates have been released for DEICIDE‘s upcoming tour with JUNGLE ROT, HURTLOCKER, and DESOLATION:

September 21 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 30 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium

You can check out the expected routing for the tour here.

Oysterhead – Hoping To Tour Later This Year

The following article was originally posted over at Billboard.com:

Rock trio OYSTERHEAD is hoping to mount its first tour since 2001 later this year, drummer Stewart Copeland said during a teleconference with journalists today (June 6). As previously reported, the group, which also features guitarist Trey Anastasio and bassist Les Claypool, will return to live duty later this month at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.

OYSTERHEAD‘s lone album, “The Grand Pecking Order,” was released in 2001 by Elektra. The trio spent Memorial Day weekend rehearsing at Claypool‘s California home in preparation for Bonnaroo.

“The plan was always to be an intermittent band and come down from the mountain every five years or so,” Copeland said. “It’s a shoot from the hip sort of thing – not tour, album, tour, album. We come together when we goddamn feel like it. [But] the Bonnaroo invitation came at the right moment. As soon as the three of us are together, all kinds of stuff starts to happen.”

Copeland is thrilled that playing with OYSTERHEAD exposes him not only to different audiences but unique approaches to his craft. “In my world you have to have a song and you play songs and a set list, for that matter,” he said. “We actually do have songs and lyrics [but] we use those songs to leap out from. It’s a whole new thing for me to get that buzz from an audience that’s expecting a brand new piece of music. If we reach those pinnacles, reach those surges, that will enliven the bus ride back to Nashville!”

In related news, Copeland revealed that his documentary “Everyone Stares,” culled from home movies shot during the POLICE‘s heyday, will play on Showtime in August and then arrive on DVD a month later via Universal Music Enterprises.

The DVD will include extra material such as backstage footage with “a different vibe,” according to Copeland. “You can see [guitarist] Andy [Summers] scowling at me. It’s band life that I didn’t have room for in the movie.” “Everyone Stares” will also be screened during Bonnaroo.

Celtic Frost – Tom Gabriel Fischer Speaks Out About New “Darker” Material

A Tom Gabriel Fischer of CELTIC FROST interview, conducted by Sean Cowie of Metal Rules, is now available online for reading. Fischer reveals he and Martin Eric Ain have already begun writing “much darker and much heavier” material for the follow-up to “Monotheist”. Fischer touches upon working with co-producer Peter Tagtgren, his solo album, and more. Read it all here.

36 Crazyfists – Announce Summer Tour and Tourmates- 1st Batch of Dates Released

36 CRAZYFISTS will be hitting the road with TRIGGER POINT with RE:IGNITION, THE AUTUMN OFFERING, PHOENIX MOURNING and FALLING CLOSER appearing on select dates.

The first batch of dates has been announced, with more coming in the next few days.

July 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
July 5 – Wichita, KS JC’s @ House of Rock
July 7 – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
July 8 – Mankato, MN @ Busters
July 9 – Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
July 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 13 – Louisville, KY @ Oscar’s er
July 17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
July 19 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room
July 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory

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

Due to the holiday weekend last week, there were no major debuts or releases this week, however look for AFI, SiKTh, HEAD AUTOMATICA and more next week:

     #3  RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS  – Stadium Arcadium  @  85,477
     #6  TOOL  –  10,000 Days @ 53,119  
    #20  PEARL JAM  – Pearl Jam  @ 30,778  
    #29  GODSMACK  –  IV   @   24,976  
    #36  DEF LEPPARD -Yeah!   @    22,212  
    #39  THE FRAY  –  How To Save A Life  @  21,020    
    #40  BLUE OCTOBER  –  Foiled   @   21,004  
    #48  BUCKCHERRY – 15  @ 18,819

Inner Surge – Set to Tour with Paul Di’Anno Throughout Canada this Fall

Calgary’s INNER SURGE is set to tour with PAUL DI’ANNO of IRON MAIDEN fame. DI’ANNO, IRON MAIDEN’s original vocalist, will be doing 20 stops on the Canadian leg of his world tour this September in support of his new album, “The Living Dead” through Zain Records and the June 2006 release of “Early Classics” featuring re-recorded early IRON MAIDEN material produced by Canadian music veteran Tom Treumuth.

INNER SURGE is an intense, politically and emotionally charged metal/punk band from Calgary, Canada. The band has an explosive live show and blends punk, rock, metal, hardcore, progressive, electronic and eastern influences. With an eclectic, intense approach, the band explores politics and deep seeded emotions in its music. The result is a sound that is compassionate, yet unapologetically raw that will compliment Di’anno’s hard-edged sound.

“This tour was a natural progression for us” explains frontman Steve Moore. Inner Surge’s career has been growing in leaps and bounds, with the recent release of their critically acclaimed “Signals Screaming” through Cyclone Records. The press is calling the release “one of the best exports that Canada has to offer” by a band that “will reach worldwide notoriety.” With the inclusion of their human rights centered track “Retribution Song” on the Polania Pictures’ Cabras soundtrack and a video by Cabras director Fredy Polania released on May 2, that exposure will grow even further.

The tour tentatively begins in Quebec City, PQ on September 6th and terminates 6500kms later in Vancouver, BC on September 25th, 2006. Specific dates, venues and cities will be announced as they become available.

Staind – Fred Durst Joins Aaron Lewis Onstage for 2nd Time Ever to Perform ‘Outside’ – Pix Available

Some exclusive photos of FRED DURST out on stage with AARON LEWIS doing their second only performance together of the song ‘Outside’ from the June 3 Providence, RI Jagermeister Music Tour show with STAIND have been uploaded to JagerMusic.com – you can check ‘em out here.

Metallica – Debut New Song In Berlin; Perform Entire Master of Puppets Album For Third Straight Night

METALLICA debuted a brand new untitled song last night at the band’s show in Berlin, Germany.  A post by on the band’s official tour site, Metontour.com, reads as follows:

“Berlin is a very special place. Not only did we see a new opener in Motorbreath, and the return of Commando [RAMONES cover], (with AVENGED SEVENFOLD helping out on vocals) but Berlin also received a new song! So new, that it doesn’t have a title yet, as James said just before ripping into a killer riff!”

Here is METALLICA‘s setlist from the show:

Motorbreath
Fuel
Wherever I May Roam
New Song
The Unforgiven
Battery
Master of Puppets
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Disposable Heroes
Leper Messiah
Orion
Damage, Inc.
- – – -
Sad But True
Nothing Else Matters
One
Enter Sandman
- – – -
Commando
Seek and Destroy

Dry Kill Logic – Prepare for “The Magellan Complex” EP/DVD Release

DRY KILL LOGIC are preparing to release “The Magellan Complex”, a 3-song EP/DVD on June 27. Tracklisting for the disc is below:

EP-CD

1. It’s So Easy (Guns N’ Roses Cover)
2. Dirty Black Summer (Danzig Cover)
3. From Victim to Killer

DVD

1. The Magellan Complex
2. Paper Tiger
3. DKL in N.O.L.A.

Avenged Sevenfold – Announce ‘Seize the Day’ as 2nd Single

“Seize The Day” will be the next single from AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s latest album City of Evil.   Click any of of the links below to stream the track:   Quicktime:  56k128k   Windows:   56k
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A video for “Seize The Day” is forthcoming. As previously reported, you can catch A7X on OZZFEST 2006 starting later this month.

Hoobastank – Nickelback, Chevelle, Hinder Summer Tour Announced

HOOBASTANK will be heading out on a real doozy of a tour this Summer in support of their latest release “Every Man For Himself”. The band will team up with NICKELBACK, CHEVELLE, HINDER for a coast-to-coast trek that will grace amphitheaters, arenas, and centers all  across North America. Dates can be found here.

Slayer – “Unholy Alliance Chapter II: Preaching To The Perverted” – To Hit Europe + In Flames

IN FLAMES will join thrash stalwarts SLAYER, fellow Europeans CHILDREN OF BODOM, LAMB OF GOD, and THINE EYES BLEED as part of a European “Unholy Alliance Tour” package. Dubbed the “Unholy Alliance Chapter II: Preaching To The Perverted”, SLAYER will lead the charge all across Europe this October hitting the following confirmed dates:

October 23 – Winterthur, Switzerland @ Eulachhalle
October 30 – Cardiff, Wales @ Cardiff International Arena
November 1 – Birmingham, England @ National Exhibition Centre
November 2 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SECC
November 3 – Manchester, England @ MEN Arena
November 5 – Dublin, Ireland @ Point Theatre
November 7 – Paris, France @ Palais Omnisport De Paris Bercy
November 19 – – London, England @ Carling Academy Brixton
November 20 – London, England @  Carling Academy Brixton

God Dethroned – Enter German Studio to Begin Recording

Metal Blade Records‘ GOD DETHRONED recently entered Soundlodge Studios in Germany to begin the recording process for their next release – the followup to “Lair of the White Worm”. Frontman Henri Sattler posted the following studio update on the band’s official web site:

“Tomorrow producer Jrg Uken will start on the mix of our new album called, ‘The Toxic Touch’. These will be the songtitles: ‘Typhoid Mary’, ‘On Wings of Pestilence’, ‘Falling Down’, ‘Away From Emptiness’, ‘Hating Life’, ‘Bleeding Mirrors’, ‘Fail to Exist’, ‘Macabre World’ and ‘2014’. The artwork is being made as we speak by Jacek Wisniewski who also did the cover for our ‘Lair of the White Worm’ album. We’ve seen the first concepts of the artwork and it looks very promising. Mix and mastering should be finished before the end of June and the release is scheduled for October through Metal Blade Records.”

Slayer – Full Stream of “Cult” Available

You can now stream a new SLAYER song (“Cult“) in its entirety over at the band’s official web site.

Overlorde – Honour D-Day (June 6) With 1987 Track Upload to their MySpace

Today, June 6, is not only the much publicized 06/06/06, it is also the anniversary of OVERLORDE’s naming. And the anniversary of a monumental event in world history.

D-Day: OPERATION OVERLORD

To mark the anniversaries, and to honor those who sacrificed so much, OVERLORDE has added a song to its MySpace music player from their 1987 EP. Titled OVERLORDE, the song is about D-Day.

Check out the song, and read more, at this location

Scum of the Earth – Start Writing New Material for Next Album

In stores everywhere now – SCUM OF THE EARTH released their debut CD entitled “Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs for the New Millennium” almost 1 year ago, and have begun writing new material for their next album. The strong ROB ZOMBIE influence that one hears in SCUM OF THE EARTH‘s material is no coincidence; the modern rock/alternative metal outfit is led by RIGGS, the in-your-face singer, guitarist, & songwriter and producer who is previously known for the six years he spent in ROB ZOMBIE’s employ.

Anger As Art – Complete Recording Process for Next Album – September Release Eyed

L.A. based Thrash Metal leaders ANGER AS ART have completed the recording process of their next album for Old School Metal Recordswww.osmrecords.net . “All we gotta do now is mix!” says main man Steve Gaines. ” Chris Trent (producer) has done an amazing job – and we are excited about it”.

Entitled “Callous And Furor”, the band is still aiming for a September 2006 release.  The track listing is as follows:   1. Catharsis 2. Anger Is Rising 3. Bane Of My Existence 4. Gnashing Of Teeth 5. No Seed Of Mine 6. Callous And Furor 7. Watch Me Suffer (Watch Me Die) 8. Race For The War 9. Invaders From Within 10. All That Is Mine To Avenge 11. Self Destructing Man 12. HypoChrist 13. Still I Hate   ANGER AS ART will be celebrating the completion of recording by getting back out on the road for a couple of shows in San Francisco - both headlining dates. “It is our first time back to SF since Thrash Against Cancer.  We will be playing different sets each night – with songs from each album.  We have made a lot of friends in the bay area over the years with different bands, and invite each one of them out for a good time.  Without sounding arrogant, the bay area will love this stuff!” says Gaines.   Dates are as follows: Saturday June 17, 2006 at the Pound SF.  100 Cargo Way, San Francisco  10 PM www.poundsf.com Sunday June 18, 2006 at the TIDAL WAVE Festival – Mc Laren Park, San Francisco 4PM  www.thetidalwave.org

Armor for Sleep – ‘Remember to Feel Real’ Video on mtvU

Check out ARMOR FOR SLEEP’s brand new video for the song “Remember To Feel Real” – only on mtvU. Click here to watch.

Trivium – ‘Drowned and Torn Asunder’ Live Footage on UVTV

There is another new live performance video of TRIVIUM available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website: http://uvtv.info/trivium.php.

The footage was taken in Rochester NY and is for their track “Drowned And Torn Asunder”.

Mnemic – Announce Frenchie Guillaume Bideau as New Vocalist

As prematurely reported a few days ago, Danish Metal Machine MNEMIC have named Frenchman Guillaume Bideau (Scarve) as their new vocalist.  The band recently commented on the news and their enthusiasm over the decision.   “As you’ve probably heard from other sources, the new singer of MNEMIC will be Guillaume Bideau from Scarve.  Now it’s official, and it’s official when we say its official.  Guillaume impressed us in the rehearsal and in the studio. First off he nailed the old songs 110%, and second we did a demo one of the new songs with him, which turned out like a multilayered vocal metallic opera.  He will definitely bring the sound of Mnemic to the next level and we are more than happy to have him in the band as the new frontmonster!”   A longtime member of Scarve, Bideau issued his first statement as the singer for MNEMIC hours ago on the band’s website.   “I’m extremely proud and happy to be joining MNEMIC.  This is definitely a big turn in my musical career and I feel more confident than ever.  I was in Scarve for almost 8 years and I’m leaving this band today without any feuds between the guys and myself, they totally understand my choice and decision. Sometimes things don’t go as planed unfortunately, but the band still has plenty of time to finish the new album.  I really wish Scarve all the very best for the future, I know they’ll move on.   MNEMIC is exactly the kind of crazy shit I was expecting to be part of!  It’s going to be an amazing, open minded human and musical adventure and I’ll be able to be 100% myself in this band.  I can’t wait to join them in studio to record that damn new album!  Trust me, it will be kickass!”   The band will enter Bomb Shelter Studios in downtown Los Angeles in the next couple of weeks to begin tracking for their yet-to-be-titled third album for Nuclear Blast Records, due out in early 2007.  MNEMIC previous album, The Audio Injected Soul, was released by Nuclear Blast on October 5th, 2004 in North America.

Kylesa – Offer Update Fresh off Tour

Savannah, GA sludge rockers KYLESA have offered an update on the band, fresh off a string of dates alongside BARONESS and its appearance at the 8th annual Emissions From The Monolith festival:   “So we are about to record a brand new album. It hasn’t even been a year since we recorded ‘To Walk a Middle Course,’ but since Carl and Jeff have joined the band, we’ve been writing constantly and are pretty stoked on what’s come out of the jams. We’re recording this month, so the record should be out in October sometime, right after we get back from Europe. We’re doing a split 7″ with Victims which will be out this summer on Hyperrealist in the US and Unsociable in Europe. We’re also contributing a song for the EyeHateGod tribute CD which is coming out on Emetic Records. We’re doing “Left to Starve” off of their first record. Other bands that will be on the comp include Brutal Truth, Lair of the Minotaur, Unearthly Trance and a bunch more.”   The forthcoming KYLESA studio album will be the follow-up to the band’s Prosthetic debut, 2005’s highly-lauded ‘To Walk A Middle Course.’ The record will be the first with KYLESA’s newest members, drummers Carl McGinley and Jeff Porter.

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Trivium – Brand New Music Streaming in Video Format – ‘Detonation’ off “The Crusade”

A brand new TRIVIUM song titled ‘Detonation’, which the band debuted at Rock am Ring 2006, off their forthcoming Roadrunner Records release “The Crusade”, has been made available for viewing online. You can check out the live footage here.

Ragnarok UK – Festival Announces Dark Tranquillity to Perform

Metalism UK & Ragnarok UK Metalfest are very pleased to announce that 
one of the two special guests to perform at this year’s festival will be none
other than Sweden’s longest standing melodic death metal pioneers DARK
TRANQUILLITY.


The band will take time out of their recording sessions to grace the
inaugural RAGNAROK UK festival on Saturday 4th November 2006 at Perth Concert
Hall, Central Scotland. The new album will be the follow up to 2004’s
critically acclaimed “Character” album. A band with arguably no weak album
among their impressive back catalogue are surely not to missed in what will
be a rare 2006 performance.

Add this to the only 2006 UK performance of Germanic power legends
GAMMA RAY, the ONLY confirmed 2006 appearance so far for Swedish
traditional metallers DREAM EVIL as well as debut UK shows from
KALMAH, CHARON, CIRCUS MAXIMUS as well as sets from ASTRAL DOORS,
ELVENKING, INTENSE and HEADLESS CROSS as well as 1 more band to be
confirmed, Scotland’s first REAL heavy metal festival is shaping up to be an
event that no metal fan can afford to miss! The running order for the festival
is as follows.

Saturday, November 4 @ Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Central Scotland, UK

GAMMA RAY (Ger)
DARK TRANQUILLITY (Swe)
TBC
DREAM EVIL (Swe)
KALMAH (Fin)
ASTRAL DOORS (Swe)
CHARON (Fin)
ELVENKING (Ita)
CIRCUS MAXIMUS (Nor)
INTENSE (UK)
HEADLESS CROSS (UK)

Tickets are priced at £35 for main festival or £43 for a bundle containing a
very limited ticket to the RAGNAROK UK pre-party on November 3. The
lineup for the pre-party is now complete and is as follows:

Friday, November 3 @ The Doghouse, Dundee, Central Scotland, UK

SKYCLAD
PARAGON
ATTICA RAGE
EVILE
PITIFUL REIGN
NEVERWINTER
BLACK ATOM - new

BLACK ATOM have been confirmed to open the proceedings after winning a
closely fought public vote from Scottish fans to determine who, from a
selection of 8 fine bands, should kick off the first year’s festivities.


To order your tickets please head over to www.ragnarokfestival.com

The new main website will be online this week, with the announcement of
the other special guest band. It will incorporate brand new features and
improve usability compared to the previous version. For the time being, by
heading to the link above you can still purchase your tickets and sign up to
the forum.