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Machine Head – To Enter Sharkbite Studios in August – Song Titles Revealed

MACHINE HEAD will enter Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California the second week of August to begin recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2003’s Through the Ashes of Empires, tentatively due in early 2007. Production duties will once again be handled by the band’s frontman Robert Flynn with assistance from Mark Keaton. Mixing sessions will be taken care of by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Aesthetics of Hate”, “Halo”, “The Beautiful Mourning” and “Now I Lay Thee Down”.

MACHINE HEAD kicked off their participation as part of the Sounds of the Underground tour yesterday in Mountain View, California. Remaining dates include:

July 31 – Denver, CO @ City Lights Pavilion
August 2 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Outside
August 3 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 5 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Years of Desolation – Complete Recording on Prosthetic Debut – S/T to see 2007 Release

Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION have completed recording the band’s Prosthetic Records debut album in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes of the Dead). The self-titled release will see an early 2007 release, and audio previews will be available shortly.

“Just ask me about the Jack Daniel’s bottle, pissing in the parking lot and guitars being flung across the studio,” vocalist Chad Zimmerman says of the recording process. “All that aside, Jamie King is a crucial dude, the atmosphere he creates makes for a fucking unforgettable experience!  We’ve all had a blast being out here the past 3 weeks making friends and making the most devastating material we have done to date.  The only negative thing I can say about this whole experience: Fuck the mosquitos!!! See you all on the road!”

YEAR OF DESOLATION will hit the road with CERBERUS and FOREVER IN TERROR on the “Cultivating The Masses” US tour upon returning to Indianapolis. The band will then hit the road with label mates BURN IN SILENCE this fall. Dates for that run will be available shortly. After forming in 2001, YEAR OF DESOLATION released its debut album, Your Blood, My Vendetta, in 2004 before signing with Prosthetic in early 2006. “Teaming up with Prosthetic will be a good investment for both band and label,” guitarist John Hehman previously said. “We’ve got plenty to offer and so do they. When the self-titled album drops, everyone’s going to know that real metal isn’t dead. That’s what their goal is, and that’s exactly what our goal is too.”

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – New Songs Posted Online

You can check out a couple of new tracks from Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER over at the band’s official MySpace page. Their new album, Riders on the Storm, will be released on August 25th through Nuclear Blast.

DragonForce – More Headlining Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE‘s headlining North American tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:

September 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 – Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 – Montreal, QC @ The Medley
October 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Fast Eddie – More Upcoming Shows Announced

Recently relocated experimental jazz/death metallers FAST EDDIE have lined up a few more upcoming shows:

July 29 – Westlake Village, CA @ Kung Foo Corner
August 2 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
August 4 – Simi Valley, CA @ Carpe DM Cafe
August 19 – Newhall, CA @ The Rendezvous
August 30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
September 9 – Long Beach, CA @ Dipiazzas

More information on the band, including their recent line-up changes, can be found at their official MySpace page.

Goregon Massacre Fest 2 – First Bands Revealed

The first set of bands have been revealed for next year’s Goregon Massacre Fest 2, which is set to take place in Portland, Oregon:



More bands and information is expected be revealed soon. In the meantime, you can check out the festival’s official MySpace page.

Down – Down III Coming Soon, Acoustic Cuts to Be Released, DVD in Production

DOWN and former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown checked in to the band’s official site,, to let fans know what’s going on in the world of Anselmo and co.

In a forum message Brown mentioned that DOWN’s next studio effort, “Down III” would be coming “real soon”, as well as certain tour plans and other exciting releases. The bulk of his post reads as follows:

“Look for DOWN to tour the Pacific Rim, then South America while writing two records at one time. We got tons of acoustic stuff… So we’re gonna do that, re-release the first album with me on bass, re-master Down II.. and we still got the DOWN film to go… so lot’s of cool stuff about to happen…”

Cradle of Filth – New Album Details Revealed

CRADLE OF FILTH‘s upcoming new album, Thornography, will now be released on October 16th through Roadrunner Records. You can view the cover artwork here, and the tracklisting is as follows:

1. Under Pregnant Skies She Comes Alive Like Miss Leviathan
2. Dirge Inferno
3. Tonight in Flames
4. Libertina Grimm
5. Byronic Man
6. I Am The Thorn
7. Cemetery And Sundown
8. Lovesick For Mina
9. The Foetus Of A New Day Kicking
10. Rise Of The Pentagram
11. Under Huntress Moon
12. Temptation

Carnivore – More Tour Dates Released

Brooklyn’s CARNIVORE (featuring Peter Steele of TYPE O NEGATIVE fame) have announced the following reunion tour dates:

September 2 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 6 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 8 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Dark Funeral, Enslaved – Team Up For Tour!

DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will team up to kick off the new year with a North American tour. The first dates to be revealed are as follows:

January 9 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Auditory Assault Festival – More Bands Announced

The organizers for the first annual Auditory Assault festival, which will take place on November 25th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD, have posted the following update:

TERRORIZER not playing Auditory Assault festival. If you’re wondering why TERRORIZER isn’t playing the festival, we will briefly explain. At first we wanted to write a lot about how ridiculous the experience was with the agency we dealt with for the TERRORIZER deal, but now we really don’t care about it. To make a long story short, deadlines were never met when they said they would be, and unfortunately we believed all of their lies and unfulfiled promises. We were told it was confirmed and obviously that was not true. We hope to never interact again with this agency which clearly could not talk to us like a man on the phone without hanging up on us and calling us every expletive in the book for no reason. The entire process was nothing but a waste of our time, but again, we don’t care anymore.

We have booked the following bands to appear at Auditory Assault festival. Very soon we will have 1 more significant band announcement to complete the billing in addition to the bands confirmed below, so check back soon for that:

ATHEIST (Florida) – We are extremely pleased to announce that this will be their first US show since 1991 and one of very few US appearances!
CRETIN (California)
PHOBIA (California)
COMMIT SUICIDE (Pennsylvania)
TRIAC (Maryland)

For more information on the festival, check out it’s official site.

Gorilla Biscuits – New Unreleased Song Posted Online

New York hardcore legends GORILLA BISCUITS have posted a brand new unreleased track on their official MySpace. The track, entitled “At the Matinee,” can be heard here. The band have also announced a special matinee show at CBGB in New York City on September 3rd.

Underoath – Concerned About Friendship, Cancel Remainder of Warped Tour Dates

UNDEROATH have canceled their upcoming appearances on the Vans Warped Tour due to unforeseen circumstances. “We’re deeply frustrated and sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.  We felt it necessary to take some immediate time to focus on our friendship, as that’s more important than risking it for the sake of touring at this time,” the band stated.

Stay tuned for information about new dates. 

Army of Anyone – Feat. ex-STP, Filter – New Tunes, ‘Goodbye’, Streaming

ARMY OF ANYONE, featuring former members of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and FILTER, have released a new track to the net. You can give yourself a listen to ‘Goodbye’ at this location.


Ray Luzier (ex-DAVID LEE ROTH)
Richard Patrick (ex-FILTER)

The band was produced by Bob Ezrin, and their debut album is expected out later this year through The Firm management’s new label.

Poisonblack – Set to Support Lacuna Coil on tour in Europe this October

Finland’s POISONBLACK will support LACUNA COIL on their highly anticipated European tour to present their upcoming album “Lust Stained Despair” live. POISONBLACK’s new masterpiece “Lust Stained Despair” was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL) at Antfarm Studios and is due to hit UK shops September 4th 2006.

POISONBLACK was founded by Ville Laihiala, the voice of the legendary, but now defunct SENTENCED, the founders of melancholy-driven Finnish rock that had several number one singles and gold albums in Finland.

 Expect their ever-so slightly raunchy video for the track ‘Rush’ to be available very soon.

 Check them out live on tour with LACUNA COIL this October.

Impetigo – Ultimo Mondo Cannibale To Be Re-Issued On Halloween!

Razorback Records‘ re-issue of IMPETIGO‘s legendary first album, Ultimo Mondo Cannibale, will be released on Halloween 2006. The album has been re-mastered by Patrick Bruss from CRYPTICUS and will include a 16 page full color booklet with detailed liner notes from vocalist/bassist Stevo, old art and flyers, and so much more. The album features the original cover art that was banned in 1990, finally used in all of its gory-glory. You can view the artwork here.

Hatebreed, Napalm Death, Exodus – More Dates Revealed

More dates have been released for the upcoming “Monsters of Mayhem” tour featuring HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, EXODUS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DESPISED ICON, and FIRST BLOOD:

September 3 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 4 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 5 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
September 7 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
September 8 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
September 9 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 10 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 14 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
September 15 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
September 17 – Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
September 19 – Chcicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 20 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
September 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club

Melvins, Big Business – Tour Dates Released

The MELVINS have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates with BIG BUSINESS:

September 6 – Sacramento, CA @ The Library  
September 8 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
September 9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater  
September 10 – Tacoma, WA @ Hell’s Kitchen  
September 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room  
September 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom   
September 13 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight    
September 15 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
September 18 – Teton Village, WY @ Mangy Moose   
September 19 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater   
September 20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater    
September 22 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater   
September 23 – Des Moines, IA @ The Reverb   
September 24 – Cedar Falls, IA @ House of Bricks
September 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe  
September 26 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon  
September 27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall    
September 28 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Necro – New York City Show Announced

After having his previously announced show, set to take place at the Nokia Theatre, cancelled after being deemed “too obscene” for the venue, Brooklyn based “death rapper” NECRO has lined up a replacement New York City show. The show will take place on September 8th at the B.B. King Blues Club, where he will be joined on stage by Igor Cavalera of SEPULTURA fame. Also performing will be ILL BILL, DANNY DIABLO, SABAC, and RIVIERA REGIME.

Carnivore – Initial Tour Dates Released

Brooklyn’s CARNIVORE (featuring Peter Steele of TYPE O NEGATIVE fame) have announced the following reunion tour dates:

September 2 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 6 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Tool – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for TOOL‘s upcoming world tour:

August 5 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Street Scene  
August 6 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
August 12 – Osaka, JPN @ Intex  
August 13 – Tokyo, JPN @ Chiba Marine Stadium
August 18 – Honolulu, HI @ Blaisdell Concert Hall  
August 19 – Honolulu, HI @ Blaisdell Concert Hall  
August 22 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place  
August 24 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome  
August 25 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place  
August 27 – George, WA @ The Gorge  
August 29 – West Valley City, UT @ E Center 
August 30 – Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheater
September 1 – Las Vegas, NV @ Theatre Under The Stars at Hard Rock
September 2 – Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
September 3 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
September 5 – Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena
September 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
September 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
September 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion 
September 11 – The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion 
September 12 – San Antonio, TX @  AT&T Center
September 14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
September 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
September 18 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
September 21 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
September 22 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
September 23 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre 
September 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center at CSU
September 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center 
September 28 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at The Waterfront 
September 29 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 30 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center  
October 2 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena  
October 3 – Manchester, CT @ TBA  
October 5 – Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center  
October 6 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena  
October 7 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre  
November 3 – Barcelona, SPA @ Badalona  
November 4 – Madrid, SPA @ Palacio Vista Alegre  
November 5 – Lisbon, POR @ Atlantic Pavilion  
November 9 – Rotterdam, NET @ Ahoy  
November 10 – Brussels, BEL @ Forest National  
November 12 – Turin, ITA @ Palaisozaki  
November 13 – Florence, ITA @ Nelson Mandela Forum  
November 15 – Rimini, ITA @ Stadium 105  
November 16 – Venice, ITA @ Palasport  
November 18 – Munich, GER @ Zenith  
November 19 – Vienna, AUT @ Stadthalle  
November 22 – Dublin, IRE @ The Point
November 24 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena  
November 25 – Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.  
November 27 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena  
November 30 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff International Arena  
December 1 – Nottingham, UK @ Nottingham Arena  
December 3 – Oberhausen, GER @ Konig-Pilsener Arena  
December 4 – Leipzig, GER @ Leipzig Arena  
December 5 – Stuttgart, GER @ Porsche Arena  
December 7 – Lyon, FRA @ Halle Tony Garnier  
December 8 – Nantes, FRA @ Zenith  
December 10 – Paris, FRA @ Le Zenith  
December 12 –  Mannheim, GER @ Maimarkthalle  
December 13 – Zurich, SWI @ Hallenstadion Zurich  

Ozzy Osbourne – To Headline Ozzfest 2nd Stage in NYC

Due to the “overwhelming response” of  OZZY OSBOURNE‘s second stage preformances, Ozzy has decided to close the second stage at the Randall’s Island (New York City) stop of Ozzfest on Saturday, July 29th.

Illuminate – Finish 10th Record – Release via Nuclear Blast on September 29

Germany poets of dark romance, ILLLUMINATE, finished their tenth record “Zwei Seelen” to stir up the scene. The toweringly album will be available in the stores September 29.

The album is heavier than the previous ones, thank you drums and more guitars, as singer Johannes Berthold says. The thrill of anticipation in the fan-scene was amplified by the gig at this years WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN where the new Gothic Rock ballad “Es Brennt Die Welt” stunned every fan. “The song decribes with strong metaphors what happened in the night of 13th February 1945. In that night, 40.000 people died because of the senseless bombing of the city of Dresden”, says Johannes. The album features the typical dark ILLLUMINATE style with songs like “Tote Grten” and “Siehst Du Mich in Dir?” but also fresh tones with tunes like the hit “Wer Lieben will….” a song without keyboards. An intended contrast: “The duality of the both sides of the album must be drastic and striking. On this record, we have well-known romantic and emtional moments, but also tragic and depressiv moments.” As a bonus, the first ever live CD in the history of ILLLUMINATE will be included. The concert took place in Mexiko, Oktober 2005. “Zwei Seelen” shows the rocking side of the band and convinces with it´s intense and emotional tightrope walk.

Hammerfall – Set “Threshold” as Title for New Album – Tracklisting, Release Date Confirmed

Sweden’s HAMMERFALL have set “Threshold” as the title of its new album, due in the U.S. on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records (October 23 in Europe, except in Germany, where it will arrive on October 20). The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:

1. Threshold
2. The Fire Burns Forever
3. Rebel Inside
4. Natural High
5. Dark Wings, Dark Words
6. Howlin’ With The ‘Pac
7. Shadow Empire
8. Carved In Stone
9. Reign Of The Hammer
10. Genocide
11. Titan

HAMMERFALL’s video for “The Fire Burns Forever”, the brand new track the band recorded with some of the Swedish participants in the European Athletics Championships, has been posted online at The single track will be available as download only between August 6 and September 6, exclusively at the iTunes music store and Nuclear Blast Musicshop. HAMMERFALL and the athletes will also perform “The Fire Burns Forever” at the official opening of the Championships on August 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

I Gots Culture Productions – Full Length Spoof of Dragonforce’s ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’ Video Now Running

I GOTS CULTURE PRODUCTIONS has returned with the full-length release of their spoof for DRAGONFORCE’s 7-minute plus epic saga ‘Through the Fire & The Flames.’ Following video spoofs of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and AS I LAY DYING, and a trailer for the DRAGONFORCE video – you can now view the entire DRAGONFORCE flick at this location.