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Metal Church – More Tour Dates Released

METAL CHURCH have lined up the following tour dates to kick off the new year:

January 12 – Aurora, CO @ Hubba’s House of Rock
January 13 – Ft Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
January 14 – Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
January 15 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
January 16 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
January 18 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
January 19 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
January 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
January 21 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
January 22 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace –
January 23 – Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
January 25 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
January 26 – Sommerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium
January 27 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place
January 28 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Overkill
January 29 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 30 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
January 31 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
February 8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
February 9 – El Paso, TX @ Texas Avenue Live
February 10 – Glendale, AZ @ Bulldogz
February 12 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
February 13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
February 14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Grill
February 17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

Some Girls – New Tour Details Released

SOME GIRLS have tacked on some fall dates with THE PLOT TO BLOW UP THE EIFFEL TOWER, the dates include:

October 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
October 6 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon
October 7 – Seattle, WA @ The Paradox
October 8 – Anacortes, WA @ Department of Safety
October 10 – Eureka, CA @ Synapsis
October 11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Casa De La Raza
October 11 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
October 12 – San Diego, CA @ TBA
October 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
October 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
October 16 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
October 17 – Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
October 18 – Bettendorf, IA @ Penguins
October 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shorewood Legion Hall
October 20 – Madison, WI @ TBA
October 21 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
October 22 – Green, OH @ Howards Bowling
October 23 – Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
October 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Kitchen Distribution
October 26 – Toronto, CAN @ TBA
October 27 – Montreal, CAN @ TBA
October 28 – Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American
October 29 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
October 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Vassar College
November 1 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
November 2 – Suny, NY @ South
November 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian
November 7 – Norfolk, VA @ Relative Theory
November 8 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
November 9 – Asheville, NC @ Joli Rouge
November 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
November 11 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
November 12 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Green Room
November 14 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
November 18 – Odessa, TX @ The Roadhouse
November 19 – Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s

Atreyu, Every Time I Die – Team Up For Tour

The following dates have been released for ATREYU‘s upcoming headlining North American tour with EVERY TIME I DIE, CHIODOS, and FROM FIRST TO LAST:

October 6 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
October 7 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
October 9 – San Angelo, TX @ Graham Central Station
October 10 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
October 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
October 13 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Masquerade
October 15 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
October 18 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
October 20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa *
October 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar *
October 22 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
October 23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
October 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 26 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 27 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall
October 30 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis *
October 31 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus *
November 1 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
November 3 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
November 4 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
November 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club
November 6 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
November 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
November 9 – Kansas City, KS @ The Beaumont
November 10 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
November 11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
November 12 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
November 14 – Seattle, WA @ Fenix
November 15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
November 17 – San Jose, CA @ Civic Auditorium
November 18 – Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center
November 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
November 20 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

* = Unconfirmed dates

Mushroomhead – Enlist Award Winning Filmmaker Chad Calek to Direct First Video

MUSHROOMHEAD has enlisted Award Winning Filmmaker and Music Video Director Chad Calek (BLEEDING THROUG, INDEX CASE) to direct the music video to “Simple Survival”, the debut single from MUSHROOMHEAD‘s forthcoming “Savior Sorrow” release on Megaforce Records, slated to hit the shelves nationwide on September 19.

MUSHROOMHEAD and Calek joined forces shortly after Calek’s controversial tell-all Slipknot/Des Moines, Iowa local music scene documentary, titled “A Clown Short of Destiny” (although many MySpacers have dubbed it the “SLIPKNOT FILM”), made national headlines after winning back-to-back Audience and Director’s Choice awards for “Best Documentary” and “Best Music Documentary” at the New York Independent International Film Festival, as well as the Park City Film and Music Festival. This success prompted stories on “A Clown Short of Destiny” to appear on MTV.com, and in the June issue of Revolver Magazine, which featured the headline, “The Movie Slipknot Don’t Want You To See!” on the cover. Currently, “A Clown Short of Destiny” is scheduling it’s final film festival screening run for this fall.

Drummer Steve ‘Skinny’ Felton quipped, “With this record, we wanted to work with someone with a new perspective on MUSHROOMHEAD. Someone that could not only combine his own artistic edge with some of our ideas, but also someone that could really capture the true intensity of this band’s live performance. Chad’s a younger director than most, and he’s got a lot of energy – which is exactly what we wanted. And after watching his reel and talking with him in detail, it was obvious that he was the right guy for the job”

For more information on MUSHROOMHEAD ‘S forthcoming “Savior Sorrow” release, as well info on future tour dates, media downloads and much more, visit www.mushroomhead.com For more information on “A Clown Short of Destiny”, please visit www.myspace.com/aclownshortofdestiny

Hydrogen – Integrate With US Strip Clubs – Head off to Mexico – Frontwoman Lands Sponsorship Deal

HYDROGYN are in full swing of their successful Strip Em’ Blind Tour supporting their highly successful debut Bombshell. Having criss-crossed the US and playing to thousand’s of people, HYDROGYN has also taken their production into strip clubs across the US integrating the dancers into the set making for a very memorable night. The response has been outstanding and has led to a deal with a chain of clubs US wide. More details are still to come. HYDROGYN will be appearing with QUIET RIOT and WARRANT September 1 at the Sternwheel Regatta in Charleston, WV.

HYDROGYN will also be heading to the Monterrey Metal Fest September 22-23, 2006 to play in front 30,000 plus metal fans. They will be playing the pre party on the 22nd and second stage the 23rd.

HYDROGYN vocalist Julie will grace many magazines beginning this month as the spokesmodel for CRAVE TRENDWARE. CRAVE TRENDWARE is a leading manufacturer of high quality endorsed products from your favorite artists. Check them out at http://www.cravetrendware.com.

Stone Sour – Confirmed as First Band on Music As A Weapon III Tour

STONE SOUR has been the first band officially confirmed for this year’s Music As A Weapon Tour which will again be headlined by DISTURBED.  This will be the third time the tour has been launched.  More acts and dates to be announced later.

Hurt – Back With 2nd Single ‘Falls Apart – Prepare for Alice in Chains Tour

HURT is back with their new single ‘Falls Apart’ which is now available in the streams below:

56.asx
100.asx
56.ram
100.ram

This track is the follow-up to their last smash ‘Rapture’ also off Vol. I, which is in stores now.  The band is about to embark on a tour with ALICE IN CHAINS.

Unearth – Set to Embark on Headlining Run – Bleeding Through, TTEOTD, Terror, Animosity – First 3 Dates Released

UNEARTH is set to head back out on the road this September for a headlining tour that will see a selection of West Coast bands completing the touring package. The band will be supported by Orange County’s BLEEDING THROUGH, TERROR, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and ANIMOSITY.

The first three dates for this tour have been revealed as follows:

 September 15 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
September 16 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theater
September 17 San Diego, CA @ SOMA

Immolation – Team Up With Aborted, Leng Tch’e For European Tour

IMMOLATION will embark on a European headlining tour in May 2007. Support on the trek will come from ABORTED (Century Media), LENG TCH’E (Relapse) and one more as-yet-unannounced act. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

In the meantime, IMMOLATION have lined up the following upcoming shows:

August 9 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 10 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sodom
August 11 – Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade

Cattle Decapitation – Drop Off Six Feet Under/Krisiun Tour

CATTLE DECAPITATION have posted the following update:

“We regret to inform everyone that CATTLE DECAPITATION will not be able to make the SIX FEET UNDER tour with DECAPITATED, KRISIUN and ABYSMAL DAWN in September. It was incredibly obvious to everyone on this last tour that our fill-in drummer was not cut out for touring and thus not working out. We are confident that everyone who witnessed or took part in the NECROPHAGIST/Steers & Beers tours will not only understand, but agree.

This leaves us without a drummer until mid-October when our replacement will be available, way after the time we would need one for the SIX FEET UNDER tour as well as the California dates we have scheduled for later this month. We deeply apologize to all the promoters, booking agents and especially the fans who were counting on us being there. This is seriously out of our control.

We will be back in full force starting in November and we have some seriously insane tour action in the works starting early 2007!!! For now, were keeping that stuff a secret.”

Alabama Thunderpussy – Begin Work On New Album

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY will be entering the studio in September to begin work on their new album, tentatively titled Open Fire.

ATP will be recording Open Fire (the band’s third full-length release for Relapse) at The Etching Tin studios in their hometown of Richmond, VA with engineer Ian Whalen. Open Fire will be the first ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY record to feature new vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex- EXHORDER / FLOODGATE). Open Fire will see a Spring 2007 release.

Midwest Fest 2006 – Lineup Revealed for 2 Day Event

MIDWEST FEST 2006 has been announced. The two day festival will be taking place at The Static Bar in Topeka Kansas. The lineup is as follows:

OCTOBER 7 (Metal day)

Nodes of Ranvier
Destroyer Destroyer
Vena Amori
A River Forth
The Cast Pattern
Shot Dead Funeral
Gary Gonzalez
Tear at the Walls
Indira
The Lufthansa Heist
+National Headliners TBA soon

OCTOBER 8 (Rock/Indie day)

Conner
Davan
This is Everyone
Kennedy Luck Club
Roanoke
Hang Glider Empire
Lawrence Letterday
A Day in Attica
Josephine
Unleash on Friday
Dead Girls Ruin Everything
+National Headliners TBA soon

…for more info see http://www.myspace.com/midwestfest

Girls Got Rhythm – Female Tribute Compilation – Record Release Party Announced

On August 21, three of the bands featured on the new female tribute band compilation Girls Got Rhythm THUNDHERSTRUCK, ZEPPARELLA, and MS. FITS — will perform at a Hollywood record release party for the album, which will be released the following day. The show, which takes place at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip, sees the groups open for METAL SKOOL, a “comedy tribute” band with an extremely popular Monday night residency at the venue. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Ms. Fits take the stage an hour later. All attendees will receive raffle tickets at the door, and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a Champagne Sparkle Rock Candy guitar (http://www.daisyrock.com/products/rockcandy/rc.htm) generously provided by Daisy Rock Guitars. 
 

Featuring cover art by Alan Forbes (AFI, QOTSA), Girls Got Rhythm is the first compilation album issued by Liquor and Poker Music, and commemorates not only the label’s third anniversary, but also its two favorite subjects: women and rock n’ roll. Part Cold Gin and part Ace of Spades, Liquor and Poker — which over the course of its first 36 months released two dozen albums by international superstars THE HELLACOPTERS, BACKYARD BABIES and HANOI ROCKS, as well as domestic upstarts such as FIREBALL MINISTRY and NEBULA — is the rock arm of The Century Family’s flagship imprint, Century Media Records. 

The complete track listing for Girls Got Rhythm is as follows:
 
1. ThundHerStruck Thunderstruck (AC/DC)
2. The Iron Maidens Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
3. Mistress of Reality Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath)
4. Cheap Chick Surrender (Cheap Trick)
5. Black Diamond Love Gun (Kiss)
6. Ms. Fits Last Caress (The Misfits)
7. Hell’s Belles Back In Black (AC/DC)
8. The Little Dolls I Don’t Know (Ozzy Osbourne)
9. Zepparella The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin)
10. Kissexy Lick It Up (Kiss)
11. Whole Lotta Rosies Dog Eat Dog (AC/DC)
12. Ramonas Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (The Ramones)
13. Foxey Lady Foxey Lady (Jimi Hendrix)

Dillinger Escape Plan – Guitarist Ben Weinman Misses End of Tour

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have posted the following update:

“Because there have been numerous people wondering what the fuck is going on, and because we haven’t said anything yet, I feel as though we need to address what people who have been to the last two shows already know. Ben Weinman had to fly home the morning of August 4th to deal with some personal issues, and could not play the final four shows of this tour. Ben has played through injuries too numerous to count, and severe enough that most people wouldn’t have even gotten out of bed, let alone play intense and physically demanding shows. He has played through sickness and ignored family emergencies to never ever miss a show, so when he tells me that he has to go home I know that he has to go home. So just a heads up, tonight and tomorrow night, he will not be there, but in the word’s of Chris Farley in Billy Madison, “you can imagine what it would be like if he were.” Except Farley was talking about banging Billy Madison’s hot teacher and we’re talking about a dude running around onstage like a pissed off rabid chimpanzee.”

Neuraxis – Confirmed For The Domination Tour 2007

Montreal-based technical death metal act NEURAXIS has been officially confirmed for the European Domination Tour 2007. Their fourth studio album “Trilateral Progression” was released in Europe on December 5th through Earache Records and got a very positive feedback. The tour kicks off on February 15th and runs through first days of March. NEURAXIS will be teaming up with MALEVOLENT CREATION, INCANTATION, CARPATHIAN FOREST and ROTTING CHRIST. More info will follow soon.

Fireball Ministry – Frontman James A. Rota to Preside Over Bam Margera’s Wedding

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports that when skateboard star and MTV personality Bam Margera marries his fiancee Missy Rothstein this winter, the ceremony will be conducted by FIREBALL MINISTRY front man James A. Rota. An ordained minister, Rota is a longtime friend of Margera; his band was hand-picked by Margera to appear on his “Viva La Bands” compilation last year, as well as a corresponding tour. On Margera‘s Sirius Satellite Radio program, Radio Bam, last week, Rothstein said that the wedding will take place on a Du Pont estate in Delaware before at least 500 guests.

As previously reported, FIREBALL MINISTRY — who in recent months have toured alongside such heavyweights of rock and metal as DISTURBED, H.I.M., OPETH, NEVERMORE, CLUTCH and CKY — will return to the road this weekend in support of ALICE COOPER.

FIREBALL MINISTRY live (w/ ALICE COOPER):

August 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
August 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Mandalay Bay

Birdflesh, Sylvester Staline – Team Up For UK Tour

BIRDFLESH and SYLVESTER STALINE will be teaming up for a UK tour this October. You can check out the latest tour dates here.

Venom, DevilDriver – Virgnia Show Postponed

The August 15 date of the upcoming VENOM/DEVILDRIVER tour, originally set to take place at Jaxx in Springfield, VA, has been postponed. The new date for the Virginia show will be either September 6 or 7. More information will be posted as it’s released.

Unearth – New Album Available For Streaming In Its Entirety

You can now stream UNEARTH‘s new album, III: In the Eyes of Fire, in its entirety over at AOL.com. The album will be released tomorrow (August 8th) on Metal Blade Records.

Lord Gore – “I Think It’s Safe To Say The Band Is Broken Up At This Point”

The following excerpts are from an interview conducted with LORD GORE and FRIGHTMARE vocalist Gurge:

“Lots of people want to know…what happened with LORD GORE? Did the band really break up, or are you guys just taking a long break? Will the band ever return if you did break up?”

Gurge: “I think it’s safe to say the band is broken up at this point. It could always start again at some point, but it’s done for now. We still have stuff to release at some point though.”

LORD GORE had a bunch of other songs written and recorded but never released. What are some of them, and what splits were supposed to come out but never did? Will any of this material get released eventually? Did you guys ever write any new material that never got recorded? Any un-used song titles you had?”

Gurge: “Yup, we have 7 of them that just need vocals and leads. We plan to finish them soon. The splits probably won’t happen at this point but who knows, maybe at least one of them will. We will probably just put it out on its own if possible though. There are three covers, Graveside Strangler, Crawling Horrors of Unit 731, and Afterdeath Afterbirth.”

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Slayer – King and Hanneman to Appear at Hot Topics Around LA on August 8th

SLAYER‘s Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman will be at the following Hot Topic locations around LA on Tuesday, August 8th to celebrate the release of the band’s new album Christ Illusion:

2-2:30 – Ontario
Ontario Hot Topic
1 Mills Circle Space 338
Ontario, CA 91764

5:00 – 5:30 pm Santa Ana
Main Place Mall
2800 N Main Street Suite 668
Santa Ana, CA 92705 

7:00 – 7:30 – Cerritos
Los Cerritos Center
339 Los Cerritos Center
Cerritos, CA   90703

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet the metal legends tomorrow. You can also still stream the entire album at MySpace right now, before it hits stores.

Dark Funeral, Enslaved – New York City Show Announced

Another date has been released for the Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising tour featuring DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS:

January 9 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
January 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
January 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
January 22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre

LimeWire – Sued By Record Labels

The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:

A consortium of the world’s largest record labels has banded together to take on the architects behind LimeWire, and on Friday filed a joint copyright infringement suit seeking $150,000 in damages for each song “willfully infringed” by the popular file-sharing program.

According to Reuters, the suit filed in New York federal court asserts LimeWire permits users to download music illegally. The filing is the latest in a series of lawsuits the music industry has filed to combat Internet piracy an effort boosted by last year’s Supreme Court’s ruling that content companies can take legal action against those who encourage copyright infringement.

The complaint was brought against LimeWire by Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music Group. In addition to naming LimeWire, the action lists Lime Group, LLC, the company’s chief executive, Mark Gorton, and chief operating officer, Greg Bildson, as defendants.

The suit filed by record labels alleges LimeWire has profited from unlawful music downloads, calling the “scope of infringement … massive,” Reuters reports. The lawsuit further claims that LimeWire‘s executives “have had a direct financial interest in, and derived substantial benefit from, the infringement of [the labels’] copyrighted sound recordings.”

Following Friday’s filing, the Recording Industry Association of America a trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry released a statement, saying that “despite numerous efforts to engage LimeWire, the site’s corporate owners have shown insufficient interest in developing a legal business model.”

The complaint comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Kazaa, one of the most prevalent peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, had reached an out-of-court settlement with the world’s largest music companies to settle litigation brought against Kazaa‘s operators in the U.S. and Australia as part of the settlement, Kazaa agreed to shell out more than $100 million to the labels, and vowed to introduce filtering technology to block illegal file trading.

Last year, just four months after the Supreme Court ruled that peer-to-peer file-sharing services could be held liable for the infringing actions of its users, Grokster agreed to a permanent injunction barring direct or indirect infringement of copyrighted works, and went on to stop offering and supporting its original software.

Throwing Shrapnel – Upcoming Tour Dates

Massachusetts based grinders THROWING SHRAPNEL have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:

August 9 – Wallingford, CT @ Cherry St Station w/ Intestinal Strangulation
August 10 – Freeport, NY @ Odin’s Tavern w/ Intestinal Strangulation
August 11 – Akron, OH @ The Daily Double
August 12 – Wilkinsburg, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
August 13 – Fort Wayne, IN @ 1624 N. Harrison Street
August 14 – Chicago, IL @ Casa Maldita
August 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Barclay House
August 16 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hide Away
August 17 – Chicopee, MA @ Cabot St. Pub w/ Origin
August 18 – Warwick, RI @ Sha Na Na’s
September 8 – Allston, MA @ The Reel Bar
September 9 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Tonic’s
September 29 – Queens, NY @ Red Zone

Wacken 2007 – More Bands Announced

More bands have been announced for next year’s instalment of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is set to take place from August 2nd to August 4th, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL, and SCHANDMAUL will be joining the previously announced reunited black metallers IMMORTAL. More bands will be announced in the coming months.