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Powerman 5000 – First Video Single Online for Viewing

The video for ‘Wild World’ – the first single from POWERMAN 5000’s “Destroy What You Enjoy” album, out August 1 on DRT Entertainment, is now online. You can view it here.

Arsis – More Tour Dates Announced

ARSIS have lined up the following dates with BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE:

August 18 – Madison, WI @ The Loft
August 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Underground
August 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church  
August 22 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
August 23 – Hudson, NY @ St. John’s Rec Center
August 24 – Wallingford, CT @ American Legion
August 25 – Boston, MA @ TBA
August 26 – Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South
August 27 – Binghampton, NY @ Downtown Quarterback
August 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Club Deep
August 29 – Baltimore, MD @ TBA
August 30 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
August 31 – Danville, VA @ Plan B
September 1 – Wilmington, NC @ Lucky’s Pub  
September 2 – Hinesville, GA @ Little Ricky’s  
September 3 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ TBA

Auditory Assault Festival – Terrorizer Set To Headline

Reunited grindcore legends TERRORIZER have been confirmed to headline the first annual Auditory Assault Festival, which will take place November 25th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. Also performing will be MONSTROSITY, CRETIN, PHOBIA, MISERY INDEX, and more bands which will be announced at a later date.

The Acacia Strain – Head Back On Tour with Light This City/Caliban

Massachusetts’ purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, will head back out on the road this fall with Germany’s CALIBAN. The two will tour throughout the United States in September and into October with various other support acts along the way, including label mates LIGHT THIS CITY.

THE ACACIA STRAIN previously entered the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #40 behind strong first-week numbers for the band’s new record, The Dead Walk. Moving over 2,600 units first week upon the record’s June 13 release, the band recently completed a string of dates alongside SOILENT GREEN.

The video for “Angry Mob Justice,” directed by Dave Brodsky (ALL THAT REMAINS, BURY YOUR DEAD) earlier in May, is nearing completion and will be online and on video outlets shortly. Sure to showcase THE ACACIA STRAIN’s earth-shaking sound alongside its quirky sense of humor, the “Angry Mob Justice” video is sure not to disappoint longtime and new fans alike.


Jungle Rot – ‘Victims of Violence’ – New Music for Grabs

Brand new JUNGLE ROT music has been made available online for fans to download. The tune ‘Victims of Violence’ can be snagged here.

Society 1 – Matt Zane to Be Presiding Minister at Oklahoma Wedding – Band Releases Video Single to Net

Today’s tasteless news article comes from Oklahoma where longtime SOCIETY 1 fans, Andrew Goodyear and Amanda Tyler, will exchange wedding vows at a ceremony with SOCIETY 1’s front man, Matt ‘The Lord’ Zane, presiding over the ritual.  The ceremony will take place in Oklahoma City on August 5th, 2006.  It will be in full SOCIETY 1 fashion with Matt as the minister, Sin as a groomsman and Dirt as an usher.

Tyler stated, “When Andy proposed to me, the first name that popped into my head in terms of a minister was Matt. He’s been a huge fixture in my life for quite a few years now.” She added, “In my mind, there wasn’t another choice for any of these positions and I think without them, our wedding wouldn’t be near as special.”

SOCIETY 1’s first release for Crash Music, Inc. will be “The Years of
Spiritual Dissent”, a two-disc CD/DVD set, to be released July 25.

SOCIETY 1’s first video and single for the track “This is The End” has also been posted online at this location. The video was shot and directed by Danny Roew in Los Angeles. 

Meliah Rage – Prepare to Release “The Deep and Dreamless Sleep” – Confirm Locobazooka! Spot, Release Video/Tracklisting

MELIAH RAGE are set to release ‘The Deep and Dreamless Sleep” via Screaming Ferret Wreckords on September 12. The band also has  had their spot confirmed for Locobazooka! at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, MA on Sunday, August 13.
Metal trends may come and go, but Boston veterans MELIAH RAGE continue to stand their ground, as evidenced by their seventh release overall, “The Deep and Dreamless Sleep”. A straight ahead metal release that touches upon the classic metal that originally inspired the band, the album also manages to contain all the expected MELIAH RAGE trademarks – soaring vocals, crunching guitar, and hard-hitting drumming. Long-time fans will also take note that four-fifths of the group’s original line-up has reunited on “The Deep and Dreamless Sleep” – guitarists Anthony Nichols and Jim Koury, bassist Jesse Johnson, and drummer Stuart Dowie (singer Paul Souzo takes Mike Munro’s spot).
Originally formed in 1985, MELIAH RAGE was often associated with the then-burgeoning thrash metal scene, which resulted in a major label contract and their 1988 metal classic, “Kill to Survive”. In the ensuing years, the group played with some of metal’s most renowned names – SLAYER, TESTAMENT, MEGADETH, MANOWAR, NUCLEAR CHURCH and more. The group also included Godsmack frontman Sully Erna in their ranks (as a drummer) during the early ’90s.
The tracklisting for “The Deep and Dreamless Sleep”:
1. Permanently Damaged
2. God and Man
3. Undefeated
4. The Deep And Dreamless Sleep
5. Twisted Wreck
6. Curse
7. Last of the Wanted
8. Take What You Want
To view the video for “Undefeated,” click here.


Smile Empty Soul – “Jesus Is the Manager At Walmart” – New Tune Online

SMILE EMPTY SOUL, who recently got the boot from Atlantic Records and added a 2nd guitarist, has released a new track entitled “Jesus Is The Manager At Walmart”.  The song is available for streaming here and is set to appear on the bands upcoming new album “Vultures”, out on October 24 through Bieler Bros. Records.

Miri Ben Ari – Packs Bags, Prepares to Support The Roots

As the summer music season kicks into full-swing, MIRI BEN-ARI “The Hip Hop Violinist” packs her bags and gets on the bus, literally. BEN-ARIwill be touring as a Special Guest with THE ROOTS at selected tour dates around the U.S.

Having performed at Carnegie Hall and the legendary Apollo Theater, with hip hop icons including  JAY Z, KANYE WEST (with whom she won a Grammy for co-writing his breakout hit “Jesus Walks”) and WYCLEF JEAN and with musical greats PATTI LABELLE and WYNTON MARSELIS a national tour with an internationally-known group is another feather in her full-plumed cap.

A globally recognized musician, MIRI BEN-ARI is known for her ability to delight all audiences with her unique blend of sound and song, while sticking to her roots. Appropriately fitting as she kicks off the tour with THE ROOTS beginning July 22.

With Blood Comes Cleansing – Set to Release “Golgotha” on August 22 – Release 2 Tunes to MySpace

Auburn, Alabama based deathcore outfit WITH BLOOD COMES CLEANSING are set to release their new album “Golgotha” on August 22 through Blood & Ink Records. Two new songs including the title track and ‘Take Everything’ can be heard online at the band’s MySpace.

God Forbid – Local Shows Announced

New Jersey metalcore act GOD FORBID have lined up the following upcoming US dates before they head overseas:

August 2 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan
August 11 – Levittown, NY @ Club Ritual w/ V.O.D., Agents of Man
August 19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony w/ Nora, Agents of Man

Throwdown, Evergreen Terrace – More Tour Dates Released

More dates for the upcoming tour featuring THROWDOWN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, ZAO, and MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER have been released:

August 18 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
August 19 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
August 20 – El Paso, TX @ Texas Avenue Live  
August 21 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 22 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
August 24 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre 
August 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
August 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
August 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
August 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance 
August 29 – Levittown, NY @ Ritual
August 30 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 
August 31 –  Providence, RI @ Living Room
September 1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 2 – Montreal, QC @ Le Showcase  
September 3 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
September 4 – Hamilton, ON @ Underground  
September 5 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House 
September 6 – London, ON @ Salt Lounge 
September 7 – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
September 8 – Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter  
September 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
September 10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar 
September 11 – Saint Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl 
September 12 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
September 13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater  
September 15 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
September 16 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy 
September 17 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
September 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
September 21 – Lancaster, CA @ El Dorado 
September 22 – Ventura, CA @ The Alpine  

Sevendust – Video for ‘Pieces’ Officially Online

A brand new video off of SEVENDUST’s most recent release “NEXT”, out last October, has made it’s official debut on the net. You can view the video for ‘Pieces’ online at in the ‘Media’ section.

SOiL – Prepare for Staind/Seether August Tour – Announce Headlining Dates, Mull Over Fall Tour

SOiL are set to kick off their first major US tour this August with STAIND and SEETHER. Check for dates, which will include a smattering of a few headlining shows in between performances. In the meantime the band will be appearing live at the annual Chicago Cycle motorbike festival on July 30 and have also offered up a  customized ESP Black Flying V Baritone with EMG 81 pickup for grabs on the net at this location.

Halifax – Land #1 on Heatseeker Chart, #130 on Billboard

HALIFAX’s new album featuring guitarist PAUL NELSON, “The Inevitability of a Strange World”, nabbed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseeker and debuted at #130 on the Top 200 this week. The band will be hitting the road with SUGARCULT this Fall as part of the ‘Lights Out Tour’.

UVTV – Announces Exclusive Live Video Contest to Akimbo Subscribers

Underground Video Television (UVTV) announced it will bring its exclusive live music video content to subscribers of Akimbo, the world’s largest Internet video-on-demand service for television.

Among the content soon to be available from UVTV to Akimbo subscribers are live music videos from such popular underground acts as TRIVIUM, DEVILDRIVER, IN FLAMES, CLUTCH. This footage, shot and produced by UVTV, is taken in clubs during the band’s tours.

“We see Akimbo as the future of home entertainment and are glad to be a part of it”, said Rich Stahle, Executive Producer of UVTV. “These bands have huge followings and bringing the live show experience to more and more fans is a big part of what UVTV is about. Our partnership with Akimbo will certainly do just that.”

“UVTV’s cutting edge live music videos are exactly the kind of specialty content that thrives on the Akimbo Service,” said Akimbo CEO Josh Goldman. “Akimbo looks forward to helping UVTV reach new and existing fans wherever they may be.”

Akimbo subscribers enjoy the freedom to choose from a growing collection of 12,000 titles delivered over the Internet for viewing on TV, on-demand. Akimbo’s collection of original, niche and mainstream content spans more than 100 categories, including indie flicks, TV shows, concerts, music videos, comedy, Major League Baseball games, travelogues, how-to programming, foreign language content, classic movies, documentaries, video blogs and more.

Consumers can sign up for a trial of the Akimbo Service through the Online Spotlight area of Microsoft Media Center Edition PCs. A subscription to Akimbo costs $9.99 a month. To subscribe or find more information about what’s on Akimbo, please visit

Sounds of the Underground – Mansfield Pictures Ready and Online

A wealth of pictures from this year’s Mansfield, MA SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND performance have been made available online courtesy of Return to the Pit.

as i lay dying (112 pics)
behemoth (135 pics)
cannibal corpse (125 pics)
converge (139 pics)
gwar (199 pics)
horse the band (104 pics)
in flames (123 pics)
killswitch engage (95 pics)
randomshots (29 pics)
terror (79 pics)
the black dahlia murder (125 pics)
the chariot (79 pics)
trivium (123 pics)

Ill Nino – Dropped By Roadrunner Records

New Jersey based nu-metallers ILL NINO have been parted ways with Roadrunner.

The band have also parted ways with/sacked guitarist Jardel, which in some circles has reignited the debate of the band’s continued longevity and overall stability as reports that formed just under two months ago forced the band to hit back over rumors surrounding their ‘supposed’ breakup.

Testament – Pics from July SoCal Shows Online – Original Line Up

Pictures of TESTAMENT’s original line up, featuring Paul Bostaph on drums, have been made available online courtesy of Dirt Junior. The shots come from the band’s recent SoCal performances:
July 12 – Key Club – Hollywood July 13 – Galaxy Concert Theatre – Santa Ana  

Downlord – ex-Bolt Thrower, Iniquity – Release “Grind Trials” EP Details

OPEN GRAVE RECORDS has released more details in regards to the limited edition DOWNLORD, “Grind Trials” EP to be released on August 15th, 2006. In addition to the previously announced limited edition release of 666 copies, each copy will be individually number with the first 100 pre-ordered copies being signed by each member of DOWNLORD. Additionally numbers 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 & 666 will be signed.

DOWNLORD consists of Dave Ingram (ex-BENEDICTION, BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-SACRIFICIAL, EXCESSIVE PAYBACK) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-EXCESSIVE PAYBACK, INIQUITY) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-INIQUITY, DAEMON) on bass, and are utilizing the talents of original drummer Rasmus Schmidt, who recently stepped in to play with the band during their first live shows in Denmark and Sweden, supporting BOLT THROWER.

The EP track listing is as follows:

1. Loathe. Scorn. Detest.
2. Groin of God +++ Amen & Out +++
3. Hate Brace
4. Full Scale Hatred (previously unreleased)
5. Old World Chaos
6. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (previously unreleased)
7. Nailing You In

The “Grind Trials” EP is only available via the OPEN GRAVE RECORDS website.

DOWNLORD are continuing to work hard on their debut album tentatively titled “Random Dictionary of the Damned”, due out late 2006 on OPEN GRAVE RECORDS.

Maryland Deathfest V – First Bands Announced!

The first nine bands have been announced for next year’s highly anticipated Maryland Deathfest V, set to take place on May 26th and 27th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD:

GUT (Germany)
FOETOPSY (Wisconsin)

You can discuss the festival here.

The organizers for the festival hope to announce tomorrow the headliner for their Auditory Assault Festival, which will take place November 25th, 2006 at Sonar in Baltimore, MD.

Megadeth – Reveal New Album Title

The following article was originally posted over at

When MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine named his band’s 2004 album The System Has Failed, he seemed to be commenting on the state of U.S. politics. But in retrospect, the title was dead-on for an entirely different reason: The system Mustaine depended on for his livelihood was falling apart.

There were problems with the band’s lineup, an ugly lawsuit had developed with ex-bassist David Ellefson, and the label that released the album suffered a staff shakeup that resulted in what Mustaine called “a complete lack of support for the project.” In February 2005, Mustaine announced plans to disband MEGADETH and go solo. As the year progressed, however, he re-evaluated his decision, and on October 9 at a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he declared that MEGADETH would continue.

“My decision was a combination of a few things,” Mustaine said as he prepared to enter the studio to record vocals for the band’s upcoming album, United Abominations, which is scheduled for a Halloween release. “I was finally associating with guys that really love to play [ex-EIDOLON guitarist Glen Drover and drummer Shawn Drover] and that make me feel really good to play. They respect me and are fans of the music that we play and of the music in our genre. Also, ticket sales were up and record sales were up it was happening again.”

Inspired by his decision, Mustaine wrote a batch of new songs, signed a new deal with Roadrunner Records and hired bassist James LoMenzo (ex-BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and, um, WHITE LION) to replace James Macdonough. Then the band flew to England to record drums for the album.

“We rented [LED ZEPPELIN drummer] John Bonham‘s drum kit and recorded at a studio in [PINK FLOYD guitarist] David Gilmour‘s house, which was great.” Mustaine said.

“The kit is the only one that’s available in the world to rent,” Drover added. “Dave surprised me with that, which was pretty incredible because I didn’t even know it was possible to get Bonham‘s kit to rent for anybody. So I incorporated the bass drum and his floor tom and a snare on the kit that I use in the studio, and that was really inspiring. We played in the middle of nowhere and it was just a really cool vibe.”

After the drums were finished, MEGADETH returned to California to record the guitars and bass. Even before the vocals were added, it was clear that United Abominations was going to please fans of MEGADETH‘s vintage material. “If I was to say what time this record would have came out, I would have said some time before [1990’s] Rust in Peace or sometime after [1992’s] Countdown to Extinction, Mustaine said. “The critics called The System a return to form, but this is even more so. The record company that I’m with now gets it and I’m with management who gets it. So I don’t have to write songs because the wives of certain bandmembers are griping or their mortgage is not getting paid or management is telling me that I’ve got to get a record done to do the tour and I’ve got to do the tour because if not, I’m not going to be able to pay my bills.”

Such skewed reasoning, insisted Mustaine, was largely responsible for MEGADETH‘s transformation from a stellar thrash outfit to a more commercial entity. It all started after the landmark album Rust in Peace, when MEGADETH recorded the slightly more commercial Countdown to Extinction, which reached #2 on the Billboard albums chart.

“After that, the pressure came from all sorts of different angles and I was learning as I was going along,” Mustaine said. “Also, we had pretty much a revolving lineup within the band and with representation from management and with numerous administrations at the record companies. While we were signed to Capitol, there were six different presidents there. So, we’ve never really had any long-term equilibrium.”

United Abominations will mark the ‘DETH recording debut of the Drover brothers. The album will contain 11 songs, including the title track, “Washington’s Next” and “Gears of War“; an additional track will be included with the Japanese release. “It’s a really diverse record,” Shawn said. “There’s some faster stuff that should appeal to the band’s thrash fans and it’s got a little more mainstream stuff as well. It’s definitely not one-dimensional.”

The record is being co-produced by Mustaine and Jeff Balding, who has worked on three other MEGADETH discs. But while Balding has an arsenal of contemporary gizmos at his disposal, the album is being created with the kinds of equipment and techniques the band used in the late ’80s before the advent of ProTools and digital editing.

“I wanted to go back to the way the stuff was done in the beginning,” said Mustaine. “I think MEGADETH boils down to its bare minimum. When you break it down, MEGADETH is guitar, bass, drums and guitar solos. And when it starts going in directions where there’s a little bit too much stuff going on that can’t be done onstage, it loses heaviness because that stuff probably shouldn’t be there anyway.”

As he heads into the final weeks of production, Mustaine is happy with his new songs, ecstatic about his current bandmates and looking forward to announcing the lineup for the second Gigantour, the technical-metal festival he launched and headlined last year. Once again, the system is fully operational.

Hatebreed, Napalm Death, Exodus – First Dates Revealed

The first dates have been released for the upcoming 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

Relapse Records – Contamination Tour 2006 Announced

Relapse Records has announced the 2006 installment of their Contamination Tour.

Contamination 2006 will feature fresh Relapse signings UNEARTHLY TRANCE, FACEDOWNINSHIT and FUCK THE FACTS with special guest appearances by label mates JUCIFER, BURIED INSIDE, MINSK and more in various cities throughout the tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

September 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Balcony w/ Buried Inside
September 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Buried Inside
September 4 – Chicago, IL @ The Note
September 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl w/ Minsk
September 6 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater w/ Minsk
September 7 – Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern w/ Minsk
September 8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burts Tiki Lounge w/ Minsk
September 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Minsk
September 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mountain Bar w/ Minsk
September 14 – Glendale, AZ @ Bullbogs w/ Minsk
September 16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory w/ Minsk
September 18 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Minsk
September 19 – Beaumont, TX @ Vortex
September 20 – New Orleans, LA @ The Big Top
September 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
September 22 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
September 23 – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
September 24 – Greensboro, NC @ The Flying Anvil
September 26 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun w/ Jucifer
September 27 – Washington, DC @ Warehouse Next Door w/ Jucifer
September 28 – Baltimore, MD @ OttoBar w/ Jucifer
September 30 – Providence, RI @ Redrum w/ Jucifer*
October 1 – Middletown, CT @ Living Proof w/ Jucifer*


Mastodon, Converge – Initial Tour Dates Released

The following initial dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring MASTODON, CONVERGE, and THE BRONX:

September 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live
September 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
September 8 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
September 9 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 10 – Montreal, QC @ Spectrum
September 12 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theater
September 13 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
September 14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
September 15 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic
September 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
September 19 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
September 21 – Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
September 22 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
September 23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre