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N Sync – Lance Bass Comes Out the Closet

LANCE BASS, band member of N SYNC, says he’s gay and in a “very stable” relationship with 32-year-old actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, winner of season four of CBS’ “Amazing Race.”

“I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys’ careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything,” he tells the People magazine.

You can read the entire news article at Yahoo! News.

Metallica – Set to Break the Mold – Makes Music Available via iTunes

As revealed in a Reuters article today, METALLICA, one of the biggest acts yet to make its music available for sale via Apple’s iTunes Music Store, has ended its holdout.

The enduring hard rock outfit’s work went on sale Tuesday via the U.S. and Canada editions of the digital store.

METALLICA albums have previously been available for download via services such as MSN Music, but have never been broken up for single-song purchase until now. At iTunes, the group’s first four albums (“Kill ‘Em All,” “Ride the Lightning,” “Master of Puppets” and “…And Justice for All”) have been expanded with previously unreleased live tracks recorded in Seattle in 1989.

“We chose these four because, unlike the more recent releases, we were only capable of writing 8-9 songs for each of these albums,” the band said on its Web site.

The iTunes rollout covers only the U.S. and Canada for now, due to a dispute with METALLICA’s overseas record label, Mercury. The company “doesn’t seem to want to play ball with us on this at the moment,” the band said. (Atlantic handles the band in North America.)

Among the other major artists who have yet to come to an agreement with iTunes are the BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN, RADIOHEAD and GARTH BROOKS.

In other METALLICA news, the group will appear in animated form on the season premiere of “The Simpsons,” which will air September 10 on Fox.

DragonForce – Announce Headlining US Tour In September

DRAGONFORCE will be embarking on a headlining US tour this September with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

September 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

Nonpoint – First Clips off ‘In the Air Tonight’ Video Online

First scenes out of the video of NONPOINT’s cover of PHIL COLLINS’ ‘In The Air Tonight’, which is the first single off of the Miami Vice movie soundtrack along with an accompanying commentary can be found on NBC6 Miami at this link:

http://www.nbc6.net/video/9567984/detail.html

The video was shot by Darren Doane and will have clips of the movie spliced into it in the final cut.  Nonpoint will be hitting the road with SEEMLESS, ANKLA, SILENT CIVILIAN starting in August.

Dates for the trek can be found here.

Rev.Nine – Prepare to Release Drew Mazurek Produced Full Length – Release New Tunes to MySpace

Virginia based REV.NINE are gearing up to release their self-funded debut full-length “Ghosts” this coming August. The band, who is currently unsigned, worked with acclaimed producer and engineer Drew Mazurek (NOTHINGFACE, GWAR, SINCH) on “Ghosts”.

REV.NINE, who have toured with the likes of LAMB OF GOD, CANDIRIA, SKINLAB, DOG FASHION DISCO, and more, have just added up the track ‘Kiss the Murdered’ onto their MySpace for all to check out – you can listen to it, along with two other cuts from the album, at this location.

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

Billboard Top 200 Charts have been released for this week. Results are 
as follows...

#13 - PANIC! AT THE DISCO - FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT  @ 35,227
#17 - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSSTADIUM ARCADIUM  @ 31,353  
#20 - THOM YORKE - THE ERASER  @ 29,984
#21 - THE FRAY  -  HOW TO SAVE A LIFE  @  29,583   

#22 AFI - DECEMBERUNDERGROUND  @  29,350
#25 - RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS - DON'T YOU FAKE IT @  26,623 
#26 - HINDER - EXTREME BEHAVIOR  @  26,526 
#34 - TOOL  -  10,000 DAYS @ 21,698 
#38 - BLUE OCTOBER  -  FOILED @ 20,446
#42 - MUSE  -  BLACK HOLES AND REVELATIONS @ 19,184 
#45 - BUCKCHERRY - 15 @ 17,974
#49 - ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS  -  MOVE ALONG @ 16,424 
#60 - EIGHTEEN VISIONS - EIGHTEEN VISIONS  @  13,629

Audioslave – New Disc “Revelations” – Release September 5

AUDIOSLAVE will be returning to the charts this September with their new album “Revelations”. The new effort is set for a September 5 release with the band expected to embark on a full tour this Autumn.

The Black Dahlia Murder – Heading to Australia this November – Dates Revealed

Soundworks deliver yet another international metal tour in 2006. This time, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will be heading Down Under:                                                                                         

November 7 @ Amplifier Bar – Perth
November 8 @ Uni Bar – Adelaide
November 9 @ The Corner Hotel – Melbourne
November 10 @ Gaelic Club – Sydney
November 11 @ HMB Basement Bar – Brisbane

Into Eternity – Line Up Headlining Performance for Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival

Organizers of the Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival are proud to announce the confirmation of Century Media Recording Artists INTO ETERNITY as the headliners for the first ever installment of the festival.

Also confirmed for the event are fellow Regina, Saskatchewan metallers THE ORCHARD and Calgary post-Thrash outfit VOA.

The SAHC&MF takes place at Heritage Hall in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 and is being presented by CKXU 88.3FM’s award-winning metal show THE CRYPT.

 So far, the line-up for the festival is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

 
BDFM
BITCHSPLITTER
CAVEAT
INNER SURGE
INTO ETERNITY
JOHNNY INCOGNITO
THE ORCHARD
THE PINDOLLS
RED TIDE
SCREAMS OF SILENCE
SHEGALLA
VOA

A limited supply of $15 advance tickets are on sale now at www.sahcmf.com or at local retailers.

ZAO – New Live Performance for ‘Lies Of Serpents, A River Of Tears’

There is another new live performance video of ZAO available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website: http://uvtv.info/zao.php.  The footage was taken in Rochester NY and is for their track “Lies Of Serpents, A River Of Tears”. ZAO’s latest effort “The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here” is available now via Ferret Records.

Council of the Fallen – Entering Mana Studio to Record New Demo on August 5

COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN will be entering Mana Studios on August 5 to record a new three song demo with the new line-up.

Kevin Quirion-guitars, vocals
Scott Patrick-bass
Dave Kinkade-drums

 Tracklisting for the demo is below:

1. As If A Rose I Wither
2. Introspection And The Loss Of Denial
3. Reflection, An Endless Endeavor

Radio Rebellion Tour 2006 – Feat. Norma Jean, Between the Buried and Me, FBTMOF, Misery Signals, nd More

The first-ever RADIO REBELLION TOUR 2006 Presented by Hurley, Smartpunk.com, Nike 6.0, Fuel TV and Hot Topic is set to kick off October 6 in Nashville.

Showcasing cutting-edge artists who’ve built a massive grassroots fanbase without the help of commercial radio, RADIO REBELLION TOUR 2006 signifies the shift in how today’s youth discovers and identifies new music and lifestyle trends through the media and the Internet. The inaugural eight-week trek will visit 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada between October 6 and December 2.  Stay tuned for the fall 2006 itinerary to be announced soon.

Tickets will first be available via the tour’s Internet pre-sale beginning nationwide on August 15 at 9:00AM PST via www.musictoday.com. In addition, the RADIO REBELLION TOUR 2006 CD sampler will be distributed at Hot Topic stores nationwide as well as on the remaining Vans Warped Tour ’06 dates.

“The idea behind Radio Rebellion is simple. We created a tour that showcases artists who’ve achieved some solid commercial success without the traditional drivers of commercial radio,” says Graham Day, founder of Smartpunk.com and tour partner/sponsor. “Some of the Radio Rebellion artists have now sold a few hundred thousand records without having a single spin on commercial radio. We’ve witnessed first-hand the power of this new breed of artist as well as their tight connection with their very active fan-base and now we’re offering these bands that fans want to see in an intimate and ideal environment.”

NORMA JEAN will headline the tour, which also includes BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES, MISERY SIGNALS and revolving openers THE FULLY DOWN and THE CONFESSION.

“The Radio Rebellion Tour is representing a small portion of bands who are doing something different in the music industry as a whole without having a lot or any radio play at all,” says NORMA JEAN lead vocalist Cory Brandon. “The truth is, I think radio should conform to what bands like us are doing, instead of us conforming to what they’re currently playing just to get on the radio.  It doesn’t and shouldn’t work like that in music. We’re making headway without their support and we’re not at all against the idea of heavier bands having radio play, but this doesn’t and won’t change what we are doing artistically whatsoever.”

Brand New Sin – Acoustic Version of ‘Crank it Up’ Available

BRAND NEW SIN’s recorded theme music for WWE Wrestler ‘The Big Show’ has received a bit of a twist on WWE Television where the band recorded a live special acoustic version of ‘Crank it Up’. A clip of the acoustic version of the tune, which first appeared on the compilation album “WWE: Wreckless Intent”, can be seen online here. Fans can purchase the full version for $1.99 online at WWE.com.

ActionReaction – ex-FurtherSeemsForever – Finish Shooting Video, Release Tune to Net

Today you can hear a brand new song from ACTIONREACTION‘s upcoming album, “3 Is The Magic Number”, called ‘Can You Hear The Sun’ exclusively on http://www.purevolume.com/actionreaction . The band also finished shooting the music video for that song, which they co-directed and produced themselves. Keep an eye out for that to hit the
internet soon.

“3 Is The Magic Number” hits stores on August 22.

Dragonforce – Announce Headlining Gig in San Francisco for September 9

DRAGONFORCE have announced a headlining gig at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA on September 9. No support acts have been announced as of yet, however, tickets go on sale July 30.

Norma Jean – New Song Posted Online

A new song from NORMA JEAN entitled “Blueprints For Future Homes” has been posted over at their official MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming new album, Redeemer, which is due out September 12th through Solid State.

The Rolling Stones – Fall Tour Dates Released

THE ROLLING STONES have announced the following fall North American tour dates:

September 20 – Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium  
September 23 – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Commons  
September 27 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium  
October 2 – Wichita, KS @ Cessna Stadium  
October 6 – Missoula, MT @ Grizzly Stadium  
October 8 – Regina, SK @ Taylor Field  
October 11 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field Stadium  
October 17 – Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field & Event Center  
October 20 – El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium  
October 22 – Austin, TX @ Zilker Park  
October 27 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall  
November 3 – Vancouver, BC @ B.C. Place Stadium  
November 5 – Oakland, CA @ McAfee Coliseum  
November 8 – Glendale, AZ @ Cardinals Stadium  
November 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena  
November 14 – Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center  
November 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium 

Augustana – Continue Relentless Touring – Announce Headlining Run

Fresh off a tour with COUNTING CROWS, AUGUSTANA will continue their relentless touring with a headlining run with BRADY SAILS.  Check out AUGUSTANA at the following dates:

July 31 – Dallas, TX – Gypsy Tea Room
August 1 – Austin, TX  The Parish
August 4 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
August 5 – Denver, CO  Bluebird Theater
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Ct.
August 8 – Boise, ID – Bourbon St
August 10 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile (all ages)
August 12 – Portland, OR – KNRK show Bite Of Oregon
August 14  – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
August 16 Anaheim, CA –  House of Blues
August 17 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
August 18 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Jet – Reveal First Details of 2nd Album – 1st Single Streaming

Atlantic recording group JET has revealed the first details of their eagerly awaited second album.  Dubbed “Shine On,” the Aussie rock sensations’ follow-up to 2003’s “Get Born,” is set to land in stores on October 3rd.

Produced by Dave Sardy – who helmed “Get Born,” as well as recent efforts by such bands as OASIS and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS – the album sees JET again putting their own contemporary stamp on classic guitar-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll.  The album’s first single, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,” will hit radio August 7th.

 The Melbourne-based band spent much of 2005 and 2006 writing and demoing “Shine On” at a variety of studios around the world, including Barbados, Massachusetts, and their home country of Australia.  The sessions wound up this spring with a marathon burst of creativity at Sardy’s Hillside Manor Studios in Los Angeles.

 Coinciding with the release of “Shine On,” JET will embark on a whirlwind tour of the U.S., slated to run from September 18th through October 6th.  Dates will be announced shortly.  The band will return to the States in late-November for a full-blown tour of North America.

View the links to check out a preview of “Shine On”:

Flash:

http://flash.atlrec.com/jet/ecards/shine_on/

 Real:

http://streamos.atlrec.com/real/atlantic/jet/video/shineonpreview.ram

 Windows 450k –

http://streamos.atlrec.com/wmedia/atlantic/jet/video/shineonprev-450.wvx

Quicktime 450k –

http://streamos.atlrec.com/qtime/atlantic/jet/video/shineonprev-450.mov

 

Saosin – Tracklisting For Debut Full Length Released

Tracklisting for the upcoming debut full-length from Southern California post-hardcore buzz band SAOSIN. The 12-track album, which is self-titled, was produced by Howard Benson (P.O.D, HOOBASTANK, FLYLEAF) earlier this year. Look for the disc to hit shops through Capitol on September 26. The full tracklisting is below:

1. It’s Far Better To Learn
2. Sleepers
3. It’s So Simple
4. Voices
5. Finding Home
6. Follow And Feel
7. Come Close
8. I Never Wanted To
9. Collapse
10. You’re Not Alone
11. Bury Your Head
12. Some Sense Of Security

Burn in Silence – Wrapping Up US Tour – Release E-Card, Extra MP3s

Currently wrapping up their U.S. tour alongside The Autumn Offering, Prosthetic Records and Massachusetts-based sextet BURN IN SILENCE unleash the band€™s debut full-length, €Angel Maker€™, today, July 25. Already dubbed a Bay State up-and-comer by the Boston Herald and hailed by Ruin magazine as “hands down, the best debut of the year”, €Angel Maker€™, which was recorded with producer Ken Susi (Unearth) and mixed by Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted), will prove to the metal masses BURN IN SILENCE are ready for battle.

A video was recently shot for the single €œLines From An Epitaph€ with director Mike Wildt in Costa Mesa, California. The track can currently be heard in the BURN IN SILENCE e-card available for download at this location. In addition to the e-card, the tracks €œEmbrace The Plague,€ €œWell Adjusted,€ and the album€™s title track, €œAngel Maker€ are additionally available on the Prosthetic Records MySpace page.

BURN IN SILENCE will also be performing with the likes of ALICE IN CHAINS at the Locobazooka Festival on August 13, 2006.

Suffocation – Another New Song Posted Online

You can check out yet another new song from SUFFOCATION entitled “Bind Torture Kill” over at the band’s official MySpace page. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new self titled album which is due out on September 19th through Relapse Records.

Dark Tranquillity – Line Up Aussie Dates for September

DARK TRANQUILLITY will be heading down under for a full blown tour this September. Tour info is listed below. Tickets go on sale Thursday 3rd August. Support bands will be announced closer to the shows:

September 15 @ Capitol – Perth – 18+
September 16 @ Unibar – Adelaide – All Ages
September 17 @ Manning Bar – Sydney – All Ages
September 18 @ Basement – Brisbane – 18+
September 19 @ Hi Fi – Melbourne – 18+

OTEP – …Are Back! New Album Expected this December – Otep Shamaya Speaks Out

Capitol recording group OTEP has entered a New Orleans studio to begin recording their highly anticipated third album. Assisting OTEP in the recording is producer Dave Fortman, known for his work with such bands as MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE, SUPERJOINT RITUAL.

Along with longtime bassist eViL j, Shamaya is joined in the studio by ex-AMERICAN HEADCHARGE guitarist Karma Cheema and drummer Brian Wolff (formerly of SYNAPSE).

”Recording this album has felt like being reborn,” says Shamaya. “It’s everything I felt from ‘SEVAS TRA’ and everything I experienced during ‘HOUSE OF SECRETS.’ This album is the best thing we’ve ever done.”

OTEP kicked off the recordings last month by performing a special Day of Atonement benefit concert at New Orleans’ House of Blues. Portions of the proceeds raised by the June 6th show presented in association with the heavy metal community’s philanthropic organization, Slave To The Metal Foundation were donated to a pair of charitable organizations dedicated to helping rebuild Louisiana communities devastated by last year’s Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The gig included a rare on-stage visit from producer Fortman, who strapped on a guitar for an electric rendition of VAN HALEN’s classic “Eruption.”

The yet-to-be-titled album is due to hit stores by December through Capitol Records.

Slayer, Mastodon – Announce MySpace Secret Show in Salt Lake City for July 25

SLAYER and MASTODON will be playing the next MySpace secret show, July 25th at In the Venue in Salt Like City. Check out the poster here.

For more info, check out http://www.myspace.com/secretshows

SLAYER will release Christ Illusion, featuring the single “Cult” on August 8 and MASTODON’s Blood Mountain will follow on September 12.