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CBGB – Initial 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:

8/18 – DROPKICK MURPHY’S, A GLOBAL THREAT
8/19 – H20
8/20 – NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE, AWKWARD THOUGHT, DISTRICT 9, STARKWEATHER, DISASSOCIATE, TEARS OF FRUSTRATION, BOTTOM LINE
9/3 – GORILLA BISCUITS
9/4 – STRIKE ANYWHERE, IGNITE, A GLOBAL THREAT, MODERN LIFE IS WAR
9/8 – ANGRY SAMOANS, DIRTY TACTICS, THE KRAYS

Strike Anywhere, Bane – Initial Tour Dates Released

Some initial dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring STRIKE ANYWHERE, BANE, A GLOBAL THREAT, and THIS IS HELL:

October 7 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable St. Cafe  
October 8 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre  
October 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse Theatre  
October 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 28 – Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship  

Necro – Maryland Show Announced

Brooklyn based “death rapper” NECRO has announced another tour date, where he’ll also be joined on stage by Igor Cavalera of SEPULTURA fame:

September 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 9 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

Also performing will be ILL BILL, DANNY DIABLO, and SABAC.

Mastodon – “Capillarian Crest” Available On MySpace

MASTODON have posted the song “Capillarian Crest” over at their MySpace page. The song comes off their forthcoming new album, Blood Mountain, which is due out on September 12th. The band is also going to be filming a video for the track “The Wolf Is Loose” next week for release in early September.

You can also now check out Episodes 1, 2, and the brand new Episode 3 of Mastodon’s “The Making of Blood Mountain.”  Check out the video clips below:

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Metallica – Live Video Footage of ‘The New Song’ Posted Online

Live video footage of a brand new METALLICA track, known only as ‘The New Song’, has found it’s way online. You can view the footage filmed at the Arnhem Gelredome this past June at this location.

Napalm Death – Set To Headline Auditory Assault Festival

NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed to headline the Auditory Assault festival. ATHEIST will be performing as co-headlining support at the festival. It will take place on November 25th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD.

Here is the complete billing for Auditory Assault festival:

NAPALM DEATH (England)
ATHEIST (Florida)
MONSTROSITY (Florida)
CRETIN (California)
MISERY INDEX (Maryland)
BATHTUB SHITTER (Japan)
PHOBIA (California)
INTERNAL SUFFERING (Colombia)
EMBALMER (Ohio)
COMMIT SUICIDE (Pennsylvania)
TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION (Pennsylvania)
TRIAC (Maryland)

You can talk about the festival here.

Threat Signal – Guitarist Leaves Band; Remaining Members Seek Replacement

Rich Howard, guitarist for the newly signed Canadian band THREAT SIGNAL, has left the band to pursue other life goals.

“We totally respect his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future,” commented vocalist Jon Howard via their official website. “Rich, your time in the band was amazing and we’ll never forget the kick-ass riffage you threw down!” Rich will play the remaining shows on the band’s August itinerary. Afterwards, current bassist Marco Bressette will take over guitar duties.

Due to the recent turn of events, THREAT SIGNAL is in urgent need of a new bassist for the band’s upcoming October/November North American tour with label mates SOILWORK and MNEMIC. According to the band, here’s what they’re looking for:

“A dude who can slay a bass like a guitar, must use a pick, have professional gear, willing (and able!) to tour the world and make THREAT SIGNAL his top priority.”

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the band at threatsignal@hotmail.com

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 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 – Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 29 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Katafalk – Guitarists Chris/Niels Appear In Another Commercial

KATAFALK guitarists Chris and Niels appear in a TV commercial of online shop bol.com, currently airing on most Dutch TV channels. In the commercial, both KATAFALK axemen can be found in a record store banging their heads to some serious heavy metal (to major discomfort of a more sophisticated visitor). Check out the commercial here. Some photo’s taken on the set can be viewed on www.katafalk.com.

KATAFALK guitarist Chris previously starred in a TV commercial of internet provider Chello, which can be viewed here.

In other news, KATAFALK recently unleashed the ‘Death’s Contradiction EP,’ released and primarily available via the band itself.

Clocking over 20 minutes, this mini album contains all of the songs recorded earlier at Soundlodge studio with knobmaster Jrg Uken (OBSCENITY, GOD DETHRONED). Some reviews (a.o. of Holland’s biggest rock/metal magazine Aardschok) can be read on www.katafalk.com.

Listen to opening song “She’s My Darkness” as well as the title track “Death’s Contradiction” on the band’s MySpace page.

The Sword – Shoot Video for ‘Freya’ – To Team Up with Trivium this Fall for Tour

THE SWORD has completed work on the second music video from their critically acclaimed album Age of Winters. The video, for the hard-hitting track “Freya” was shot in Hollywood, CA with director Barnaby Roper. A still shot from the video, which is expected to make its world network premiere(s) shortly, can be viewed at this location.

THE SWORD (guitarist / singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo) just completed their massive “Endless Winter” U.S. headlining tour. The Austin, TX based metal unit will bring their much talked about live show on the road again this fall when they team up with TRIVIUM for a North American tour. Dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Antigama – Begin Work On New Album

Poland’s ANTIGAMA has recently begun work on their Relapse Records debut album.

“We have already written 14 songs and certainly it’s going be the most diverse, brutal and twisted material of ANTIGAMA. We can’t wait until the recording session!” says ANTIGAMA guitarist Sebastian Rokicki (the band is rounded out by Lukasz Myszkowski (Vocals), Michal Pietrasik (Bass) and Krzysztof Bentkowski (Drums)).

Additionally, the Warsaw-based, progressive grindcore quartet is working on two new songs for an upcoming split 3” CD with DRUGS OF FAITH. The split will be released on Selfmadegod Records, who recently reissued the band’s debut album Intellect Made Us Blind.

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

Ah yes, this week’s Billboard Top #200 Charts have been released for rock/metal/alternative acts. See them below:

#15 – PANIC! AT THE DISCO A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out @ 33,719
#16 – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – Stadium Arcadium @ 33,689
#19 – THE FRAY – How To Save A Life @ 27,753
#22 – HINDER – Extreme Behavior @ 25,922
#25 – AFIDecemberunderground @ 25,467
#30 – THOM YORKEThe Eraser @ 23,231
#37 – TOOL – 10,000 Days @ 19,841
#38 – BLUE OCTOBER – Foiled @ 19,065
#43 – BUCKCHERRY15 @ 17,229
#44 – 30 SECONDS TO MARS – A Beautiful Lie @ 16,625
#46 – SAMMY HAGAR & THE WABOS – Livin’ It Up @ 16,169
#48 – THREE DAYS GRACE – One-X @ 15,444 

Powerman 5000 – Entire Album Streaming On AOL

AOL is hosting a full CD “Listening Party” (in streaming form) to celebrate today’s release of POWERMAN 5000‘s “Destroy What You Enjoy” (DRT Entertainment).

Check it out here.

SiKth – Post Groundbreaking Green Screen Video For ‘Bland St. Bloom’ Online

SIKTH have posted their groundbreaking video for “Bland St. Bloom” online here. Directed by Tim Fox using green screen technology, the video depicts the battle between nature and mankind.

Alarum – Searching For New Drummer

Melbourne, Australia based fusion metallers ALARUM are currently auditioning drummers. The band recently returned from their successful US tour with NECROPHAGIST, ARSISNEURAXIS, and CATTLE DECAPITATION and are preparing for the next album. Racca is leaving the band to pursue other interests and Youngie, Palf, and Evans thank him for all years of great times and wish him all the best. Interested drummers should contact ALARUM via email at: info@alarum.com.au or via their MySpace page.

Agalloch – Entire New Album Available For Streaming

You can now stream AGALLOCH‘s entire new album, Ashes Against The Grain, over at mp3.com. The album will be released on August 8th through The End Records

Deicide – Find New Tour Agent – Work On New Tour

DEICIDE has announced their pairing with Artists Worldwide touring group to ensure that they will be back on the road in little to no time at all. A Fall tour is currently in the works. More details shortly.

Mushroomhead – Reveal New Artwork, Release Date – Skinny Speaks Up

Megaforce Records has revealed the new artwork for MUSHROOMHEAD‘s forthcoming Savior Sorrow album. The artwork can be found here.

Savior Sorrow will be released on September 19th, 2006. It was produced by Steve Felton and MUSHROOMHEAD at Cleveland’s Filthy Hands Studios in April 2006. MUSHROOMHEAD‘s prior release, XIII, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #40 and went on to sell 400,000 copies worldwide.

“It’s a new chapter in MUSHROOMHEAD‘s evolution. There are sounds on this album that sound so brutal and huge. It is definitely a more diverse album. Lyrically, it definitely reflects where the world is at this moment in time,” says drummer Skinny.

The visionary masked band combines theatrics with a mixture of rock, metal and atmospheric elements. The first single will hit radio in mid-August with a tour expected to follow later this year.

Angtoria – Set Release for New Video – Reveal Video Topic

The Video for ANGTORIA´s “God Has A Plan For Us All” is due for release in September. It will be distributed worldwide to most Metal and Rock TV stations. Not long after the release it will also be available for download on http://www.myspace.com/angtoriaofficial and angtoria.com

“The song covers two subjects but they are both linked. Written about a man who preaches God’s word yet finds it acceptable to sexually abuse children. Also this song describes the pitiful chilch used by many religous people who can´t offer any other explanation as to why people suffer in their life. Rape, murder, poverty, whatever it may be, the only excuse that can be offered is: “God Has A Plan For Us All”!

The video was filmed at two locations, a very impressive and beautiful church (Njurunda Kyrka) and an abandoned deteriorated building, over a three day period and due to the lyrical theme of the song it was filmed as a “short movie”. It contains footage of as well the band as Chris´ 5 year old daughter Saga who played the child, Toni Davey (wife of Dani Filth in CRADLE OF FILTH and covergirl on the album) who played the child as a grown up to a 35 piece Church choir and a Priest played by Pierre Ragnehag.

UVTV – Teams Up with I-Tunes to Offer Video Content

Far from simply being a place to find MP3’s, I-Tunes has become a hub full of content ranging from TV Shows, Music Videos and podcasts. Beginning this week this material will also include full hour long episodes of UVTV featuring music videos and exclusive live performances of metal, hardcore, and hard rock bands.

While viewers have always been able to watch the live performances from various metal, hardcore, and rock bands along with tons of music videos on demand though UVTV’s (Underground Video Television) website, until now, they have missed out on the television show if they live outside the viewing area.

The episodes won’t only be available on I-Tunes however. UVTV has set up availability through many of the most popular podcast providers and included a stream of the latest episode right on their homepage.

As for material, this week’s episode includes the premiere of live material from DEMIRICOUS, as well as premiere videos from MADBALL, VADER, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER, A LIFE ONCE LOST. Future episodes will feature many more music video premieres, the exclusive live performances UVTV is known for, and guest hosts from popular underground bands.

Those with I-Tunes can access the podcast through the button located on http://www.uvtv.info.

Those without I-Tunes can access the podcast at http://www.uvtv.info/watchtheshow.php

Into Eternity – ‘Sever Emotional Distress’ MP3 from “The Scattering Of Ashes” Streaming

Your first chance to hear the new song, “Severe Emotional Distress,” from INTO ETERNITY’s forthcoming album, The Scattering Of Ashes, is now exclusively at the Gigantour MySpace Page here.  Officially announced last week as part of Megadeth’s Gigantour, the band is being hailed as “inarguably the decade’s most original band” (Explicitly Intense). Some dates for this tour have been announced, with more to come. Keep checking the official Gigantour website here, as well as their Century Media artist page and the INTO ETERNITY website here, for more dates as they are confirmed.

Set for release on Oct. 3, The Scattering Of Ashes has already been described as “a landmark triumph” by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, and more colorfully by vocalist Stu Block as “over the top Metal Madness.” Mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY) the new album’s clear production brings forward their ingenious multi-leveled musical dynamics and fearless experimentation with style and genre. More information about the band, photos, mp3s and album artwork can be found here.

Bloodlined Calligraphy – Post Info About a Week of Travel With Caliban

BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY has just posted information on a tour with CALIBAN and THE ACACIA STRAIN consisting of a week’s worth of dates surrounding their September 19release for “Ypsilanti”.

September 14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theatre
September 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
September 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theater
September 17 – Mt. Clemens, MI @ The Hayloft
September 18 – Madison, WI @ The Loft
September 19 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
September 20 – Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar

The band is currently on tour with NODES OF RANVIER, INKED IN BLOOD, THE WARRIORS:

August 1 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
August 2 Dallas, TX @ The Door
August 3 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
August 5 Memphis, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
August 6 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
August 8 Geneva, OH @ The Pirates Cove
August 9 Mt. Clemens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
August 10 Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
August 11 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights Of Columbus
August 12 Madison, WI @ The Loft

BoySetsFire – Pack it In…. – Announce Retirement

BOYSETSFIRE has announced plans to hang up their instruments and retire. The lads will wrap up their current tour schedule for 2006, but after that are calling it quits. A short message on their website reads as follows:

“dear friends,

“it is not with a heavy heart that we write these words but with a head held high. we wanted to collectively inform you that BOYSETSFIRE has decided to retire.”

“thank you all for your support and belief in us over the last 12
years…please know it meant the world to us.”

…the full announcement can be found here.

Manegarm, Skyforger, Vreid – Confirmed for 2nd Annual Heathen Crusade Metalfest – January, 2007

MNEGARM from Sweden, SKYFORGER from Latvia and VREID from Norway are the first bands to be confirmed for the second annual Heathen Crusade Metalfest.  All three bands will be making their exclusive debut North American performances. 

The Heathen Crusade II will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at The Quest Night Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Bands who want to be considered for a slot in the lineup can contact the organizers at booking@heathencrusade.com.

 The headliner of the Festival and other supporting bands will be announced in the coming months as they are confirmed.  Additional information can be found at http://www.heathencrusade.com.  You can also visit at our MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/heathencrusade.

Deadsy – “Phantasmagore” Set for August 22 Release

DEADSY, who are currently touring as part of the FAMILY VALUES TOUR 2006 on the 2nd stage, will be releasing their next effort entitled “Phantasmagore” through Immortal/Elementree Records on August 22. Those of you who wish to pre-order the disc, it will earn you an autographed copy of the album.