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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

Unite the United – Re-Launches Popular Auction Site for Charitable Relief Organizations

UNITE THE UNITED – the charitable foundation created by VANS WARPED TOUR and TASTE OF CHAOS tour founder Kevin Lyman–have announced they’ll re-launch the popular auction site which benefits charitable relief organizations in order to work toward a positive change in our national community.

New items include a collection of Vans Classic Slip-on shoes decorated by artists such as THE USED, ANTI FLAG, GLASSJAW, SENSES FAIL, THE OFFSPRING and many more. The showpiece of the auction is an OLP Music Man 6-string electric guitar in transparent candy red signed by FAT MIKE & ERIC MELVIN of NOFX, JOAN JETT, PETE WENTZ of FALL OUT BOY, JUSTIN SANE and #2 from ANTI-FLAG, CHRIS DEMAKES from LESS THAN JAKE, TIM MCTAGUE and JAMES SMITH from UNDEROATH, TIM MCILRATH from RISE AGAINST, WiL FRANCIS from AIDEN, PETE STEINKOPF from BOUNCING SOULS as well as all members from THE ACADEMY IS.

In addition, other guitars signed by BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, THURSDAY, RISE AGAINST, BILLY TALENT and JOAN JETT will be available soon.

Other featured auction items include five limited edition Sony PlayStation 2 machines in new colors, a rare signed Davey Havok CD booklet and CD signed by the whole band as well as a copy of the 2006 Vans Warped Tour compilation CD signed by all members of UNDEROATH. All items are up for bids now on  

Saints & Sinners Festival 2006 – Details Announced

The Saints & Sinners Festival 2006 will take place on Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th at the Asbury Park Convention Hall Complex in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets will go on sale August 11th through Ticketmaster, with one-day tickets priced at $32 and a two-day ticket at $58. Confirmed bands so far are as follows:

Saturday, October 28th

From First To Last
Every Time I Die
The Devil Wears Prada
Drop Dead, Gorgeous
Heavy Heavy Low Low
more TBA

Sunday, October 29th

Killswitch Engage
A Life Once Lost
Job For A Cowboy
Despised Icon
From A Second Story Window
Ed Gein

more TBA

Daylight Dies – Announce Premiere of First Video – Links Available

DAYLIGHT DIES have updated their official site to alert fans of the premiere of their first video. The message reads as follows:

“We are proud to finally premiere our first video for the song “Lies that Bind” off our new album Dismantling Devotion. The video was recorded on a scorching hot day a couple weeks ago in a filthy abandoned building complex and an old wooden salt-mine platform. We think director Ramon Boutviseth did a beautiful job bringing the song into visual form. Hope you enjoy it.”

View it on MySpace here.
View it on YouTube here.

Download in Quicktime:




Vegoose 2006 – Lineup Announced reports that:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Widespread Panic, the Black Crowes, the Killers, the Raconteurs, Fiona Apple, the Mars Volta, the Roots and Damian Marley lead the lineup for the second Vegoose festival, to be held Oct. 27-31 throughout Las Vegas. The main show will be held Oct. 28-29 at the city’s Sam Boyd Stadium.

Other bands set to perform throughout the weekend include Built To Spill, Jurassic 5, Keller Williams backed by the String Cheese Incident, the Rhythm Devils (the Dead‘s Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman with Steve Kimock and Phish‘s Mike Gordon), Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Band Of Horses, Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith), My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James, Gomez, Guster and Jamie Lidell.

As with last year, a host of shows dubbed Vegoose at Night will be held at Las Vegas venues before, during and after the Sam Boyd event, with details to be announced. Two-day passes go on sale Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. PT via Vegoose‘s Web site.

The event, which is produced by Bonnaroo creators Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, debuted in Vegas last year with a lineup featuring Beck, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Flaming Lips and Trey Anastasio.

Robin Williams – Enters Rehab for Alcoholism

BBC News is reporting that comedian and Oscar winning actor ROBIN WILLIAMS is entering rehab for alcoholism.

In a statement Mara Buxbaum said Williams had been sober for 20 years, but had “found himself drinking again.”

He “has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own wellbeing and the wellbeing of his family”, Ms Buxbaum said.

Williams, 55, won an Oscar for his supporting role in the 1997 film, Good Will Hunting.

He stars in Man of the Year, due for US release in October, and voices an animated penguin in Happy Feet, set to reach cinemas in November.

“He looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases,” Ms Buxbaum said.

Napalm Death – European Tour Dates Announced

NAPALM DEATH have lined up the following European tour dates:

October 18 – Newcastle, UK @ University
October 19 – Southampton, UK @ TBA
October 20 – Bradford, UK @ Rio
October 21 – TBC, UK @ TBC
October 22 – Haarlem, NETH Patronaat
October 23 – Bochum, GER @ Matrix
October 24 – Fulda, GER @ TBA
October 25 – Berlin, GER @ So 36
October 26 – Bremen, GER @ TBA
October 27 – Flensburg, GER @ Roxy
October 28 – Leipzig, GER @ Conne Island
October 29 – Praha, CZR @ TBA
October 30 – Budapest, HUN @ TBA
October 31 – Zagreb, CRO @ TBA
November 1 – Wien, AUT @ TBA
November 2 – Mnchen, GER @ Backstage
November 3 – Stuttgart, GER @ Universum
November 4 – MontdIdier, FRA @ Coolness festival
November 5 – Kontich / Anterpen, BEL @ TBA
November 7 – Bielfeld, GER @ Movie
November 10 – Saarbrcken, GER @
November 11 – PARIS or GRENOBLE, FRA @ TBC
November 12 – Belfort, FRA @ La Poudriere
November 13 – Marseille, FRA @ TBA
November 14 – Euskadi/Asturias/Cantabria, SPA @ TBA
November 15 – Madrid, SPA @ TBA
November 16 – BarcelonaValencia, SPA @ TBA
November 17 – Pau, FRA @ L’ampli
November 18 – Nantes @ FRA TBA
November 19 – London, UK @ Underworld w/ Genghis Tron

Rob Zombie / Anthrax – Set-list, Reviews, Pictures from Vancouver

Pictures, set-lists, and a full review of ROB ZOMBIE’s performance with ANTHRAX that took place in Vancouver last Thursday, August 3 has been made available online. You can check it out here.

Fall of Serenity – Added to Party.San Open Air Festival

FALL OF SERENITY have been added last minute to the this year’s Party San Open Air in Bad Berka, Germany. The band is playing on Friday, August 11th on the main stage. Running Order:

00:00 – 01:00     HYPOCRISY (swe)
23:00 – 23:45     KATAKLYSM (can)
22:00 – 22:45     ENSLAVED (nor)
21:00 – 21:45     CRYPTOPSY (can)
20:00 – 20:45     NIFELHEIM (swe)
19:00 – 19:45     TURISAS (fin)
18:00 – 18:45     DESTROYER 666 (aus/nl)
17:00 – 17:45     FALL OF SERENITY (ger)
16:00 – 16:45     SEVERE TOTURE (nl)
15:00 – 15:45     KAAMOS (swe)
14:00 – 14:45     KILLING SPREE (ger)

Chrome Division – Feat. Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir – Enter Charts at #31, #11

CHROME DIVISION, centered around guitarist Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR), can celebrate massive chart success with their debut album “Doomsday Rock`n`Roll.” They have entered the international album charts at #31, and the Norwegian album charts at #11.

The Red Chord – Guy Kozowyk Speaks Up About ‘Keeping it Wolf’ and Vocal Techniques recently interviewed vocalist Guy Kozowyk of THE RED CHORD, including things along the lines of ‘Keeping it Wolf’, and his vocal techniques. A few excerpts follow: Who are your vocal influences?

Kozowyk: My biggest influence is probably Frank Mullen from Suffocation. There’s what I enjoy, and then there’s what’s actually influenced me. I grew up around a lot of hardcore shows, and I liked the barking, yelling hardcore vocals. There was so much volume involved; you had hardcore shows that were just hollering to the back of the room, basically. It didn’t matter if [the singers] had a microphone or not, you could still hear them. But I like the inhuman quality to vocalists like Frank Mullen and all these other death/grind metal vocalists. When I [came up with] my vocal style, it was death metal vocals, but with volume. Have you ever listened to the band Mortician? Only a little.

Kozowyk: You know how they have, like… I guess any death metal band in general that has the “secret passage vocal”… Do you remember in the first Zelda , when you move the rock, and it goes “Whoaaarrrggghhh,” the cave vocal, like “You’re unleashing the cave!” “Whoaaarrrggghhh!” OK, right.

Kozowyk: Basically, “secret passage vocal.” There’s no volume to it, there’s no emphasis, there’s no oomph. To me, that’s not real. You can go into a studio and you can put your hand over a mic and, you can be like, “Urrrggghhh.” You can do all these burps and shit, but that doesn’t have any balls to it. When a vocalist gets on the mic and doesn’t need mic tricks, and can scream [his] fucking head offto me, that’s extreme, that’s power. That means a lot more to me than someone being able to do sick [vocal] inhales in the studio, where it sounds like some weird animal, but then you see them live, and if they don’t have the mic turned all the way up, and if they don’t have their hand over the mic, then [they] can’t emulate it. You’ve become associated with the phrase “keeping it wolf.” What does that mean?

Kozowyk: Our guitar player (Gunface) actually coined the phrase “keeping it wolf.” We were at some show, seeing a bunch of little guys with clothes that were way too small. And Gunface said, “Look at these people. I refuse to be, like, this ugly hermaphrodite. I’m just going to keep it wolf. I don’t shave my chest, I don’t shave my back, I’m a hairy dude, I got a beard, I have long hair, I smell bad, and I don’t care.” It’s not to say that you can’t shower or shave or brush your teeth, because [otherwise] that’s just disgusting. But be fuckin’ real, be a man. There’s been such an emphasis on looking like a broad. I think it’s gross, and it’s just a phase. What the fuck are these people doing, showing up to shows with girls’ jeans that are painted on? There’s been this big resurgence of glam, with guys painting their fingernails and putting eyeliner on. Wolves don’t worry about that shit, and neither should we.

You can read the entire article here.

Iron Maiden – “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” Available For Download

You can download the new single, “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg,” off IRON MAIDEN‘s upcoming new album A Matter of Life And Death here. The album will be released on September 5th through Sanctuary Records.

Abigail Williams – New Song Posted Online

Candlelight RecordsABIGAIL WILLIAMS have posted a new track entitled “Procession of the Aeons” over at their official MySpace page.

Disavowed – Sign To Neurotic Records

After brief negotiations, Neurotic Records announce the addition of Dutch based outfit DISAVOWED to its ranks. After no less than five years DISAVOWED is ready to record the follow up to their, to this date highly acclaimed, 2001 debut “Perceptive Deception.” The as of yet untitled album will be recorded in September, and a few song titles to appear, in no particular order are: “Dogmatic Conceit,” “The Veils of Misconception” and “Biased Existence.”

Ruud Lemmen, founder and owner of Neurotic Records commented:
DISAVOWED have always been a favourite of me personally. I’ve seen at least a dozen of their shows from small back-alley cafes to established festivals. DISAVOWED simply never ceases to deliver with extreme precision and great enthusiasm. Forced with a new drummer DISAVOWED is armed and ready to reclaim what should have been theirs a long time ago.”

Guitarist Gerben v.d. Bij added: “We are very happy to sign with Neurotic Records to release our 2nd CD. We’ve noticed that Neurotic Records puts a tremendous effort in bringing its bands to a higher level, through excellent promotion, tours and distribution. Over the past few years we’ve put a vast amount of dedication in the preparations for the recordings our new CD, which we think will contain the best DISAVOWED material so far. We feel that joining forces with Neurotic Records will result in maximal utilization of DISAVOWED‘s potential.”

The, as of yet untitled, sophomore DISAVOWED album is planned for a January 2007 release.

Destroyer 666 – US Tour Dates Released

Australia’s DESTROYER 666 are expected to perform a short tour of the US starting next month. The following are the proposed tour dates:

September 29 – New York, NY @ Metal Kingdom w/ Toxic Holocaust
September 30 – Houston, TX @ TBA
October 1 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Demonicon, Anal Blast
October 2 – Chicago, IL @ TBA
October 3 – Seattle, WA @ The FunHouse w/ Scorched Earth, Sol Negro
October 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Elbow Room w/ Morbosidad
October 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Safari Sams w/ Coffin Texts, Sadistic Intent

Norma Jean – Reveal Tracklisting for “Redeemer”

The track listing for NORMA JEAN‘s upcoming album “Redeemer” is as follows:

A Grand Scene for a Color Film
Blueprints for Future Homes
A Small Spark Vs. A Great Forest
A Temperamental Widower
The End of All Things Will Be Televised
Songs Sound Much Sadder
The Longest Lasting Statement
Amnesty Please
Like Swimming Circles
Cemetery Like a Stage
No Passenger : No Parasite

You can also check out 2 new NORMA JEAN songs at:

Rhino Bucket – Re-Releasing 1993 Disc “Pain”

Three chord rockers RHINO BUCKET ( are about to embark on the second leg of the And Then It Got Ugly tour. They are also re-releasing their 1993 CD, “Pain”, on Acetate Records ( in September. Georg Dolivo, lead singer/guitarist, posted the following on their messageboard:

“Well, what can I say?”

“In September, you will be blown away by the offering that the band has worked out with Acetate Records . . .”

“Stay true, keep blasting the music and, above all, don’t forget about the BUCKET!



As I Lay Dying – Awarded ‘Peoples Choice’ Award and ‘All that Rocks’ Award from MTV2

AS I LAY DYING, headlining the second installment of the SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND tour 2006, were recently awarded the coveted “peoples choice” award  for “MTV 2 All Things That Rock” (announced 7/30/06) where the band had received MTV2’s ALL THAT ROCKS award, in the category of “There Are None Higher, Ultimate Metal God.”

Frontman Tim Lambesis expresses, “I love awards like this because they’re not political, and it’s about the fans being there for us.  That means more to the band than anything else.”

And don’t miss AS I LAY DYING on the remaining dates of the Sounds of the Underground:

August 10 – Vancouver, BC @ The PNE Forum 
August 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Universal Amphitheatre

Defeated Sanity – Start Work On New Album

DEFEATED SANITY entered Soundlodge Studios in Germany today to begin work on their eagerly awaited second album, “Psalms Of The Moribund.”

The album will consist of 8 new tracks plus a re-recorded version of the title track from their debut album, “Prelude To The Tragedy.” The new material incorporates more oppressively brutal elements with the band’s technical style.

Hatebreed, Napalm Death, Exodus – More Dates Revealed

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

September 1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 3 – Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
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 12 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub 
September 13 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend 
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 21 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
September 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
September 23 – Columbia Heights, MN @ The Rock  
September 24 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s  
September 26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

Venom – New Tour Dates Released – DevilDriver No Longer Part of Tour

After having their original tour (which was supposed to kick off this Sunday) cancelled, VENOM have rescheduled their North American tour. Initial rescheduled dates, which will no longer feature DEVILDRIVER, are as follows:

September 5 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 6 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

More rescheduled dates, as well as DEVILDRIVER‘s replacement, are expected to be announced shortly.

Alice In Chains – More North American Tour Dates Released

ALICE IN CHAINS have announced the following North American tour dates, with HURT providing support:

September 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
September 25 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
September 26 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
September 27 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
September 29 – Lubbock, TX @ LoneStar Amphitheater
September 30 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
October 1 – Grande Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
October 3 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
October 4 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
October 5 – Hidalgo, TX @ Dodge Arena
October 10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
October 11 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
October 20 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
October 21 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Millenium Center
October 22 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
October 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
October 25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 28 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel
October 29 – Albany, NY @ Washington Avenue Armory
October 31 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel  
November 1 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
November 2 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
November 4 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Dome Theatre  
November 5 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus  
November 7 – Mount Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre  
November 8 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre  
November 9 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues  
November 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
November 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue  
November 14 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium  
November 16 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion  
November 17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Coca Cola Event Center  
November 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre  
November 20 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium  
November 21 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up  
November 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ SaltAir Pavilion  
November 24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre  
November 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre

American Heritage – Announce Chicago Listening Party to Preview Album

Heavy handed Chicago, IL trio AMERICAN HERITAGE has announced a listening party to preview their much anticipated new album, entitled Millenarian.  Presented in conjunction with the Chicago Metal Factory, the event will take place on Sunday, August 13 at Chicago’s “EXIT” and will feature the band as guest DJ’s (spinning metal and punk) in addition.  Additional details on the event can be found below.

    AMERICAN HERITAGE‘s Millenarian will see a September 19 release date via Translation Loss Records and RED Distribution.  The album was recorded and mixed at Chicago’s Volume Studios (BUZZOVEN, PELICAN, BURIED AT SEA, SWEET COBRA) by Sanford Parker and AMERICAN HERITAGE and was mastered by Scott Hull (THE BLACK DALHIA MURDER, ZOMBI, THE ACCUSED) at Visceral Sound.

    The final track listing for Millenarian is “Br00tal: Axxes of Evil”, “Toilet Paper and Leotards”, “It’s Like…”, “Peckerwood”, “Way to Go Cowboy”, “Spina Bifida” and “Piss Engine”.  The titanic lead track “Br00tal: Axxes of Evil” has been uploaded to the “media” section of the Translation Loss Records website and can also be accessed at this location

Divided By Zero – Nominated for Two San Diego Music Awards

San Diego based DIVIDED BY ZERO have been nominated for two San Diego Music Awards for their album, The Black Sea. The group was nominated in the “Best Hard Rock” and “Best Hard Rock Album” categories.

Nominated alongside DIVIDED BY ZERO in the “Best Hard Rock Album” was Mower’s “Not For You”, Earthless “Sonic Prayer”, Goblin Cock “Bagged & Boarded”, Nihilist “Call Down the Thunder” and The Accident Experiment “United We Fear”, featuring ex-POD guitarist Marcos Curiel.

Also nominated in the “Best Hard Rock” category were Benedictum, Cattle, Decapitation, Media Lab, Mower and Underminded.

“It’s exciting to be nominated in the same category as our friends in MOWER, MEDIA LAB, and THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT,” says DIVIDED BY ZERO frontman Zach Goode. “It’s always nice to win, but if any of our friends gets it, it brings attention to this awesome San Diego heavy music scene and that’s the most important thing.” 

Fans can currently vote for their top band in the “Best Hard Rock” category by visiting:

DIVIDED BY ZERO’s new album The Black Sea was produced by ex-SNOT/SOULFLY guitarist Mikey Doling and was the first album released through Sik World Records. 

Doling recently commented on his work with the band by saying, “When I produce a record I generally take control and give a lot of direction, but with these guys it was hard to find my place as a leader because they’re so equal as far as great song writers and musicians so I found my self more as a 6th member for a month,” he said. “Of course I did find a lot of input for the record but was very careful not to over step their vision because they had an awesome plan and I was there just to help execute it.” 

In the meantime, the band has also uploaded four tracks from The Black Sea to their My Space website at the following location:

Bullets and Octane – Second Video Diary Online – Band Teaches Dir En Grey How to Shotgun a Beer

The second installment of BULLETS AND OCTANE’s Video Tour Diaries has been made available online. In this episode, the band enjoys the Texas heat, sign some autographs, and teach DIR EN GREY how to shotgun a beer:

Catch BULLETS AND OCTANE on the Family Values Tour.