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DragonForce – More Headlining Tour Dates Announced

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 15 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
September 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 17 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
September 19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
September 20 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
September 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 – Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
September 28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 29 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
September 30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 3 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

EPMD – New York City Reunion Show Announced

Legendary New York hip hop group EPMD have announced a reunion show set to take place on October 14th at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. It will be the group’s first New York City show in eight years. For more information, check here.

Carnivore – More Tour Dates Released

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

September 1 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
September 2 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 3 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 6 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 7 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
September 8 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 9 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

Relapse Records – Announce Brutal Truth, Incantation, and Today Is The Day Reissues

On October 17th, Relapse Records will reissue BRUTAL TRUTH‘s Sounds of the Animal Kingdom and Kill Trend Suicide as a single release.

Metal tomes the world over heralded NYC’s purveyors of organized chaos BRUTAL TRUTH the ultimate grindcore kings of the 90’s. With the release of their post-Earache material Sounds of the Animal Kingdom and the preceding Kill Trend Suicide mini-CD, their time of complete global appreciation arrived. These four musical misanthropological javamen created recordings which left no jaw unfloored. Sounds… painted frightening, Pollock-esque lyrical images of human deevolution and technological dehumanization while twenty twisting tunes embodied the definitive musical expression of survival of the fittest! Kill Trend Suicide negated the entrenched musical trends of the day while confronting the downward spiral of our decaying society and the emotional suffocation of city life. Both recordings combined the most muscular attributes of grindcore, death metal, hardcore punk and rock. Here they are combined in one larger-than-life and specially priced package; remastered, repackaged, and replete with bonus video footage, extensive, exhaustive liner notes from each member of the band, and a forward from Choosing Death author Albert Mudrian. These modern-day classics are strong medicine to cure weak trends! You can pre-order the release here.

On October 31st, Relapse Records will reissue INCANTATION‘s Onward to Golgotha.

Long heralded as one of the heaviest, sickest, and most uncompromising death metal bands in the world, New Jersey’s INCANTATION has forged a legacy of brutality unmatched by any other American group. In 1992, the bands most celebrated lineup entered a then unknown Trax East Studios with a then unproven engineer Steve Evetts and emerged with Onward to Golgotha, the most dark and blasphemous death metal record to date. The combination of the inhuman growl of vocalist Craig Pillard, the ruthlessly savage aural malevolence, and pitiless anti-Christian attack was the ultimate musical sacrilege. Onward… redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for the entire genre of death metal. This is absolute brutality!!! Includes a free DVD with three full live sets from the Onward… lineup, expanded artwork, and more. You can pre-order the release here.

On October 17th, Relapse Records will reissue TODAY IS THE DAY‘s Temple of the Morning Star.

After three infamously influential albums on Amphetamine Reptile Records and numerous tours with HELMET, NEUROSIS, and more, TODAY IS THE DAY moved to the grounds of the Relapse compound and unleashed it’s most definitive album to date: the legendary Temple of the Morning Star. Reverend Steve Austin had overcome extreme band and personal turmoil, and his maniacally negative personal frustration shaped the 18 track service wholly deserving worship, contemplation, and reverence. Temple of the Morning Star indoctrinated tens of thousands of new members, strengthened the faith of the previously converted and was lavished with critical acclaim from the likes of Guitar, Thrasher, AP, Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Terrorizer and dozens more. Temple… was the most widely circulated TITD album, and over the span of a year it allowed the band to grow from an infamous fringe group to the wildly influential band of today. Temple of the Morning Star is an undisputed classic. You can pre-order the release here.

Splatterhouse – Announce Split With Coffins

Jason Voorhees of SPLATTERHOUSE has posted the following update:

“We are planning a split with Japan’s COFFINS in the near future! SPLATTERHOUSE will record one song of slow ass doom for a split LP with the Japanese doom masters, kind of like CEPHALIC CARNAGE did with the 12 minute Halls Of Amenti CD. This should be released by the end of next year!

Also, up next is the SPLATTERHOUSE/FUNEROT split 7″ on Inimical Records and the SPLATTERHOUSE/POSER DISPOSER split 7″ on Unrest Records.

Hopefully that damn BIRDFLESH split will be out soon!”

Cannibal Corpse – Tour Changes – Now To Take Place With Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, and Unmerciful

Despite a previous announcement, it appears as if CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s upcoming North American tour will now take place with DYING FETUS, NECROPHAGIST, and UNMERCIFUL. The first date to be released is as follows:

November 10 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Hinder – “Extreme Behavior” Certified Gold

HINDER‘s debut album Extreme Behavior has been certified gold. To view the video for their latest single “Lips of an Angel,” check out the links below:

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The Esoteric – Unveil New Music, Announce Headlining Tour

Critically-acclaimed sonic trailblazers THE ESOTERIC have posted new music online from their forthcoming opus Subverter and have announced dates for their headlining “Through the Looking Glass” tour.
 
THE ESOTERIC have posted three new tracks from their highly-anticipated new album Subverter online at the band’s Myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/theesoteric).  The tracks include the rocking “Destroy, She Said” as well as the titanic “Language Is a Virus / Shipyards of Foreign Cities” and the mind-bending “Clone Culture and the Cut-Up Method.”  Produced and engineered by Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Open Hand, The Life And Times) along with Eric Graves, the genre-defying new album Subverter is the band’s sophomore effort for Prosthetic Records and is slated for an October 17 release date. 

Additionally, THE ESOTERIC have announced dates for their headlining West Coast tour with art-rockers MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT. Sponsored by alt-lifestyle website GodsGirls.com and dubbed the “Through the Looking Glass Tour,” the run will be the first chance for fans to see the band’s stellar live performance featuring songs from the new album.

Shai Hulud – Sign To Metal Blade Records

Metalcore pioneers SHAI HULUD have confirmed their recent signing to Metal Blade Records:

“We have indeed signed to Metal Blade Records. Having been intensely fanatic about the majority of their bands (yes, even the GOO GOO DOLLS, but more so CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER) for upwards of 20 years, we are honored to be welcomed to their family. Like I told the label, Metal Blade may very well be more responsible for raising me than my mother. Sorry Mom, but you must admit I spent quite a lot of time with SLAYER and VOIVOD in those formative years…”

You can read more about that and their upcoming plans here.

Muse, BFMV, Lostprophets, Funeral For a Friend – In Contention For Multiple Kerrang! Awards

MUSE lead the nominations for this year’s Kerrang! Awards, featuring in five categories.

The Mercury Music Prize nominees are up for best live band, single, album, video and best British band.

Welsh rock features heavily on the list, with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and LOSTPROPHETS in contention for multiple titles.

Former STEREOPHONICS drummer and Kerrang! Radio DJ Stuart Cable will host the awards in London on August 24th.

More than 140,000 votes were cast to determine the nominations, from readers of Kerrang!‘s magazine and website.

Users of the internet community site MySpace.com – which hosts profiles of a number of the nominated bands – were also voters.

Overseas acts MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, FALL OUT BOY, TRIVIUM, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, HIM and LACUNA COIL are shortlisted for best band on the planet.

More information on the Kerrang! Awards, including more nomination info, can be read at BBC News.

CBGB – More Farewell Shows Announced

At the end of September, legendary New York City club CBGB will be closing its doors for good. In celebration of its legacy, a number of farewell shows will be held at the club throughout August and September. The following are a couple of the more notable shows already announced:

8/15 – Dog Fashion Disco, Mower
8/18 – Dropkick Murphys, A Global Threat
8/19 – H20, Danny Diablo
8/20 – No Reedeming Social Value, Awkward Thought, Starkweather, Disassociate
8/27 – Merauder, Outburst, All Out War
8/30 – Slunt, Artimus Pyledriver
9/3 – Gorilla Biscuits
9/4 – Strike Anywhere, Ignite, A Global Threat, Modern Life Is War
9/5 – Candiria
9/8 – Angry Samoans, Dirty Tactics
9/20 – Genitorturers
9/21 – Dead Kennedys
9/23 – Agent Orange
9/24 – Agnostic Front

Kaki King – North American Tour Dates

Guitar whirlwind Kaki King has announced more than six weeks of headlining dates on the fourth annual Yellow Umbrella Tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

September 4 – Springfield, MA @ W. New England College  
September 7 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory  
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ North By Northwest  
September 9 – Charlottesville, VA @ Starr Hill  
September 10 – Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre  
September 12 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre  
September 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse  
September 14 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco  
September 15 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic  
September 16 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s  
September 17 – Houston, TX @ Meridian  
September 19 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
September 21 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Barbeque  
September 24 – Del Mar, CA @ Festival Del Mar  
September 25 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory  
September 26 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Attic  
September 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent  
September 30 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios  
October 1 – Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door  
October 2 – Vancouver, BC @ Yale Hotel Pub  
October 4 – Missoula, MT @ The Other Side  
October 6 – Boulder, CO @ Trilogy Lounge  
October 7 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater  
October 9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck  
October 10 – Ames, IA @ Iowa State University  
October 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre  
October 12 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre  
October 13 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive  
October 14 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas  
October 15 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark  
October 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern  
October 19 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo  
October 20 – Montreal, QC @ Main Hall  
October 21 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground  
October 22 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall  
October 23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

The Haunted – Confirmed to Headline Damnation Festival – October 30 Release Date for ‘The Dead Eye’

THE HAUNTED have been confirmed to headline this year’s Damnation Festival, set to take place October 15 at Jilly’s Rockworld and Music Box in Manchester.

They are due to appear alongside AKERCOCKE, Welsh ragga-metallers SKINDRED, MISTRESS and STAMPIN’ GROUND will join them to complete two stages of uncompromising and diverse metal. THE HAUNTED performance will be a UK festival exclusive.

THE HAUNTED‘s highly anticipated new album ‘The Dead Eye‘ will be released through Century Media Records on October 30th.

For more info please see: www.damnationfestival.co.uk

In Flames – Live Video for ‘System’ Online at UVTV

There is a new live performance video of IN FLAMES available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken in Rochester, NY and is for their track “System” completing the footage UVTV took with the Swedish metal powerhouse on Ferret records. Live videos for “Pinball Map” and “Leeches” are also available online for viewing.

Brian Posehn – More Comedians of Comedy Dates Released

Comedian Brian Posehn has lined up some more upcoming dates as part of the Comedians of Comedy tour with Patton Oswalt:

August 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
September 8 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In 
September 10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
September 12 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat 
September 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
September 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
September 15 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 
September 16 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s at The Strand

Evanescence – North American Tour Dates Released

EVANESCENCE have announced the first few dates of their North American tour. This first leg of North American dates commences following the release of The Open Door on October 3rd, with the aim of rewarding hardcore fans with intimate theater/ballroom dates before heading into larger venues for shows in 2007.  On August 19th, tickets for the following performances will be made available to the general public:

October 5 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
October 6 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
October 7 – Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
October 9 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
October 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 13 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
October 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
October 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
October 17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
October 21 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
October 22 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
October 24 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
October 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
October 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
October 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
October 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre

Ephel Duath – UK Tour Dates Announced

EPHEL DUATH have lined up the following UK tour dates for October:

October 15 – Manchester, UK @ Jilly’s Rockworld Damnation Festival
October 16 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Little Civic
October 17 – London, UK @ Underworld
October 20 – Bolton, UK @ No. Fifteen
October 21 – Rushden, UK @ Attik
October 22 – Bournemouth, UK @ Opera House
October 23 – Exeter, UK @ Cavern
October 24 – Southampton, UK @ Unit 22
October 26 – Middlesbrough, UK @ The Crown

Dog Fashion Disco – Re-Releasing Back Catalog

On September 5th, Rotten Records will be re-releasing three albums from DOG FASHION DISCO‘s back catalog: The Embryo’s In Bloom and Experiments In Alchemy (which will feature brand new artwork) and The City Is Alive Tonight: Live In Baltimore. More information on these releases can be found here.

Mushroomhead / SOiL – Co-Headlining US Tour – 2 Acts TBA – September and October

MUSHROOMHEAD and SOiL will be taking to the road together for a full tour of the United States this September through October. Two opening acts for the tour as well as full itinerary are to-be-announced.

Daiquiri – Tour Dates Released

Ontario’s DAIQUIRI have lined up the following tour dates:

September 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
October 9 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House
October 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
October 11 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
October 12 – Waterloo, ON @ Starlight Lounge
October 13 – Toronto, ON @ TBA
October 14 – Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
October 15 – Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi

For more information, check out their official MySpace page.

Smile Empty Soul – Release New Single ‘The Hit’ to Radio

SMILE EMPTY SOUL have released their new single, “The Hit,” at this location. It will officially impact radio September 19th. Their new album, “Vultures” will be in stores nationwide October 24 through Bieler Bros. Records (NONPOINT, SiKTh, SKINDRED).

Gigantour – Australian Information Given

As reported earlier, GIGANTOUR is set to tour Australia. An advertisement from Drum Media can be found here. More information can also be found at www.myspace.com/kmwproductions.

Cattle Decapitation – Still Peforming In San Diego and West Hollywood

Despite having to cancel their participation in their previously announced tour with SIX FEET UNDER, CATTLE DECAPITATION have managed to salvage two upcoming shows. With the help of former drummer Michael Laughlin, the band will still be performing at the following shows:

Sunday, August 20th @ Whiskey A Go-Go
West Hollywood, CA
CATTLE DECAPITATION
WITH PASSION
Grave Desecration
Orcus
Departed
Severed Flesh
Rott
Catastrophic Torment

Saturday, August 26th @ The American Legion Post 201
San Diego, CA
Corpsefest! with:
CATTLE DECAPITATION
WATCH ME BURN
NOCTURNAL ALTAR
Narsil – Under The Stone
Caracell – Knifemill Disintegrator
Necrocide – Deformity
Senester Holocaust – Damcyan
Haustorium – Legthia

Emperor – Announce New Performances

After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air Festival and completing recent capacity performances in America, EMPEROR today announce two additional performances for 2006. Scheduled Saturday, October 7th EMPEROR will headline the fifth annual Motstoy Festival in the band’s hometown of Notodden. Formed in 2002 by local youth and supportive arts organizations, this year’s festival will also include appearances by RED HARVEST, MORTIISSHE SAID DESTROY, and PAGAN’S MIND, among others.

The Motstoy festival is a non-profit organization situated in Notodden that my company Mnemosyne Productions has endorsed since its start in 2002,” says vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. “As it is a no-alcohol arrangement with no age limit, it is a great opportunity for EMPEROR to play a local show and at the same time give younger fans a chance to see us live.” Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at the festival’s official site.

EMPEROR additionally confirm their return to England for an exclusive engagement at the famed London Astoria. Scheduled Saturday, October 28th the show will feature supporting performances from Candlelight Recording artist TO-MERA and Nocturnal Art Productions recording artist SHE SAID DESTROY.

“It’s great to finally come back to England with EMPEROR,” says Samoth. “England is where we first started out in the early 90’s; signing to Candlelight Records and heading out on our first real tour. We’ve always had a strong following in England, both press and fans, and we’ve built up a strong relationship throughout the years with the folks at Candlelight Records and Plastic Head, so it was a very obvious choice for us to return to the United Kingdom. All hail & see you soon!”

EMPEROR‘s final album, Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise, was released October 2001. In 2004, Candlelight Records reissued the band’s four genre-defining albums, Wrath of the Tyrants, In the Nightside Eclipse, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk and IX Equilibrium; each featuring bonus footage and material previously unavailable on both European and US-licensed versions. All recordings are available as part of Candlelight‘s vinyl collectors series on sale at exclusive retailers worldwide or by direct purchase from the label’s official webstores (European customers visit www.plastichead.com; North American customers visit the recently launched www.candlelightrecordsusa.com). Additional merchandise from EMPEROR is also available.

The recently announced EMPEROR guitar tabulature book, Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath will see worldwide release in time for the London performance. The 132-page oversized book featuring foreword and transcriptions by Ihsahn will include original tabs for thirteen EMPEROR classics contained on the band’s 2003 compilation of the same name.

Dr. Octagon – Upcoming Tour Dates

Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) has lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 10 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub  
August 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop  
August 12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue  
August 24 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat  
August 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Loft at Center Stage  
August 26 – Orlando, FL @ The Social  
September 7 – Charlottesville, VA @ Satellite Ballroom  
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight  
September 9 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom  
September 10 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom  
September 22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater  
September 23 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s  
September 28 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place  
September 29 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club  
September 30 – Providence, RI @ Living Room  
October 5 – Hamilton, ON @ Pepper Jacks  
October 6 – Toronto, ON @ Circa  
October 7 – Montreal, QC @ The Saints