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Seventh Plague – Change Name to Forever in Terror

One of Metal Blade’s recent signings SEVENTH PLAGUE composed of 5 seventeen year old musicians out of Streetsboro, OH, recently changed their name to FOREVER IN TERROR as another band in the US had already trademarked the name. As the band states:

 “Forever In Terror was a name we kicked around for quite some time so finding out we had to legally change our name was actually a blessing in disguise. Forever in Terror was a title of one of our older songs plus it’s all over the demo artwork, and we had been asked on several occasions if that was the band name. I guess, in the end, things work out the way they should.”

Cannibal Corpse – Set to Appear on Headbangers Ball this Weekend

Paul Mazurkiewicz, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, and Rob Barrett of legendary death metal act CANNIBAL CORPSE will be guests on this weekend’s episode of Headbangers Ball Saturday (6/3) at 7pm PST/10pm EST. Make sure to tune in to see what the guys have to say about the recent comeback of Rob Barrett on guitar, their new album KILL and their spot on this summers Sounds of the Underground, one of the largest touring metal festivals of the summer!

CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s eleventh full length release in their seventeen year career KILL marks the bands second time entering the BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART where they came in at #170 with 6049 units scanned in it’s first week of release! In 1996 “Vile” debuted at #151 (with 6175 units scanned), making KILL the second highest selling debut in the bands illustrious career!.

Head Automatica – ‘Popaganda’ Streaming in it’s Entirity Starting June 1 at Midnight (US time)

Starting tonight, June 1 at midnight you can listen to HEAD AUTOMATICA‘s Popaganda in its entirety at their Myspace page. You better hurry though, because It will only be available at Myspace until Monday at midnight…  Popaganda features “Laughing at You” and the hit single “Graduation Day.”

Unearth – Return from European SOTU – To Film Video for ‘Giles’

UNEARTH frontman Trevor Phipps has checked in with a post-SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND: EUROPE update, including juicy news regarding their first video single:

“What’s up everyone? We just got back from a killer tour on the European edition of the Sounds of the Underground. We want to thank our fans for coming out in full force every night. We were literally blown away by your support and were stoked at the reaction to the new songs we debuted. We will be coming back for a full Euro/UK tour this fall to support our new record III: In the Eyes of Fire.”

“In the meantime, we are going to shoot a video on June 5th with the famed Darren Doane (Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die, As I Lay Dying, etc…) for a song off the new record titled ‘Giles’.”

“After the video shoot we will be gearing up for a headlining Canadian run with ALL THAT REMAINS, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE RED CHORD, IF HOPE DIES. We understand that there are some cats up in Montreal and Toronto that are bummed we are not hitting their cities on this run, but there are zoning reasons from other tours we have coming up that are keeping us from playing there in June. Don’t fret though, we will be back sooner than you all think…we will keep you posted.”

“Lastly, Ozzfest 2006 is right around the corner and we couldn’t be any more excited to be one of the second stage headliners. Black Label Society and Atreyu will finish off the stage after us and complete a killer all day line up of second stage bands. Our show will be stepped up this summer, so come on out and catch the show and a new song or two.”

HORSE The Band – Crippled By Pizza

Due to pizza, all HORSE THE BAND appearances through June 19th have been cancelled. Please don’t look for them there. The band wishes good luck to The Great Gatsby’s, Portugal the Band, and Forever Durden.

Strapping Young Lad – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD song here. The track comes off their upcoming new album, The New Black, which will be released on July 11th through Century Media.

Pentagram – Vincent McAllister Passes Away

Vincent McAllister, the guitarist and a founding member of seminal metal band PENTAGRAM, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 51.

McAllister played guitar in the classic 70’s PENTAGRAM line-up that also included vocalist Bobby Liebling, bassist Greg Mayne and drummer Geof O’Keefe. His recorded works can be heard throughout the various PENTAGRAM collections.

McAllister was highly respected as a guitarist and person amongst his peers. McAllister had spent the past few years working on material in his home studio and planning to return to playing again with former PENTAGRAM members O’Keefe and Mayne.

Please access www.bedemon.com for more news on Vincent McAllister.

Rush – Following Up 5x Platinum and 3x Platinum DVD’s with “Rush Replay X3″ DVD

RUSH built its phenomenally loyal following on its legendary performances.  Even after more than 30 years on stage, RUSH live on homevideo remains a hit.  The DVD companion to the band’s most recent album, 2003’s “Rush In Rio”, is five times platinum.  2005’s “R30″, a DVD-only live-and-more package, is triple platinum.  Now the band’s first three concert home videos, each of which is out of print in the U.S. in any format, will be issuedfor the first time together and on DVD.  The four-disc box set “Rush Replay X3″ (Mercury/UMe), released June 13, 2006, combines the three DVDs – “Exit…Stage Left”, ‘Grace Under Pressure” and “A Show Of Hands” – with a never-before-released CD soundtrack version of “Grace Under Pressure”. Each DVD features new 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes created by guitarist Alex Lifeson from the original concert multi-tracks as well as digitally transferred and remastered visuals.  The package also includes reprints of the original tour booklets for the three concerts.

Lamb of God – Team Up With Revolver to Offer ‘Sacrament’ Listening Sessions for Fans

LAMB OF GOD and Revolver Magazine are excited to announce a series of special backstage fan-only listening events of LAMB OF GOD’s highly anticipated album ‘Sacrament’ out August 22 on Epic. When this summer’s Unholy Alliance Tour with SLAYER kicks off on June 15 at The Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ, a limited number of fans wearing a LAMB OF GOD t-shirt and carrying the official Revolver tour program will be picked out of line and taken back stage to meet the band and listen to new tracks from ‘Sacrament’.

Produced by Machine (CLUTCH, 18 VISIONS, EVERY TIME I DIE, etc.) ‘Sacrament’s first single, “Redneck” will hit radio this summer.  In 2004, LAMB OF GOD released their major label debut ‘Ashes of the Wake’ which was met with high praise by critics and fans alike.  Declared “The Future of American Metal” by Revolver Magazine, their 2005 live DVD “Killadephia” captivated viewers with it’s un-abiding honesty and raw live footage and was certified Gold a few months after its release.

Screaming Ferret Wreckords and WARCON Ent. – Announce Distro Arrangement and Release Schedules

Screaming Ferret Wreckords, the New England-based independent
metal label that is home to such varied acts as NUCLEAR ASSAULT,
RAGE, MELIAH RAGE, BEYOND THE FLRESH, DIVINITY DESTROYED,
THE BEN JACKSON GROUP and new signing TRY REDEMPTION - has made
an arrangement with WARCON Enterprises to be distributed through
their Fontana Distribution deal.

WARCON, the label that has been making waves among punk rock and
post-hardcore circles, has received much attention with their
participation in the Taste Of Chaos tour and the recent signing of hard
rock stalwarts HELMET. This unique relationship promises to extend the
reach of Screaming Ferret Wreckords, giving a much-deserved push and
greater impact to their hard-working artists.

WARCON co-founder Bob Chiappardi states, “I’m excited to welcome Tim
Koukos and Screaming Ferret Wreckords to our WARCON family of
distributed labels. Screaming Ferret represents our first metal music
label signing. While WARCON specializes in post-hardcore music, we
have the resources and knowledge to successfully promote & distribute a wide
range of music including metal, punk, etc. We look forward to a long
and successful venture with Screaming Ferret Wreckords.”

Screaming Ferret Wreckords president Tim Koukos says, “I’m excited and
honored to be working with Bob Chiappardi and the WARCON camp. There’s
no question in my mind that their experience and expertise will bring
Screaming Ferret Wreckords and its affiliates all the tools and
relationships needed to continue the growth of our company.”

Upcoming Screaming Ferret releases include a live DVD recorded during
NUCLEAR ASSAULT's performance at the 2005 Louder Harder Faster
Festival.

The DVD will feature three hours of footage, including the thrash
legends’ complete live set, as well as vintage footage, two new music
videos, two unreleased songs, in-the-studio footage, slide shows and
interviews.

Screaming Ferret Wreckords has also begun working with Vyagra Music,
based in Allentown, PA. This joint venture will present the upcoming
release of a solo album by SEVEN WITCHES/SAVATAGE
guitarist Jack Frost as well as a new DVD from SEVEN WITCHES.

The first round of new releases in 2006 from Screaming Ferret Wreckords
includes:

Jack Frost - Out in the Cold - CD - August 29
Meliah Rage - The Deep and Dreamless Sleep - CD - September 12
Seven Witches - Years of the Witch - DVD - September 26
Nuclear Assault - Louder Harder Faster - DVD October 10

Bastards of Young – First DVD to Document Hardcore, Punk, Emo Bands Uprise

To mark the arrival of BASTARDS OF YOUNG – the first-ever DVD documentary and concert film chronicling the rise of the modern punk, emo and hardcore music scene – producer Michelle Caputo and director Shannon Hartman have organized a special in-store autograph signing with BASTARDS OF YOUNG featured artists and indie heroes MIDTOWN, THURSDAY and FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES.

The in-store event will take place at Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ (51 Lafayette Road) on Tuesday, June 6 at 5:00 PM, the day of the DVD’s release via Image Entertainment.


At the event, THURSDAY, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES and MIDTOWN will meet fans and sign autographs. In addition, clips from the
BASTARDS OF YOUNG


The documentary has received early critical acclaim.  In his recent feature for MTV, writer Jon Wiederhorn hailed: “Caputo and director Shannon Hartman interview many key figures in the genre–including Thursday, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday–and uncover a grass-roots music form created by and for fans before it became commercial…comprised of 20 live performances by nine bands, including Thursday, Underoath and Matchbook Romance. The kinetic concert clips illustrate why emo continues to thrive” (5/11/06).

BASTARDS OF YOUNG offers fans an unprecedented look at creation and continuation of the “DIY” independent music scene while bands tell the story of how they built a following from basement gigs to area shows one fan–and one friend–at a time. Packed with interviews from FALL OUT BOY, JIMMY EAT WORLD, JULIANA THEORY, THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE and more the DVD also includes 20 live performances from bands at the forefront of a music scene happening today that defies tradition and is making music history.

BASTARDS OF YOUNG delves into how the indie rock/punk/hardcore and screamo genres have managed to gain recognition today not only for hooky choruses, emotional, heartfelt lyrics and frenetic live shows, but because they’re striking a chord as a lifestyle. With over three hours of rare material, the two-disc set includes live performances and backstage footage from artists such as THURSDAY, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, UNDEROATH, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, THE STARTING LINE, ARMOR FOR SLEEP, MIDTOWN, THE EARLY NOVEMBER, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE and EMANUEL.

Check out the BASTARDS OF YOUNG trailer online at: www.artandindustryinc.com.

At the Gates – 3 Minute ‘Making Of Slaughter Of The Soul’ Teaser Online

A 3 minute teaser for the forthcoming 'Making Of Slaughter Of The Soul' 
dual disc from Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES has been made available
online at this location.



Rob Halford – Buys Back Halford Catalogue from Sanctuary U.K. – Announces ‘Halford IV’ Release and More!

Heavy Metal superstar ROB HALFORD - The Metal God -
has purchased his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed
HALFORD
catalog from Sanctuary Records U.K. The three albums under the band name:
HALFORD include 'Resurrection' (2000), the two-CD concert recording
'Live Insurrection' (2001) and 'Crucible' (2002).

The
HALFORD titles were acquired January 2006, and they will be the
first music releases to possess The Metal God's new corporate imprint:
'Metal God Entertainment' (MGE) an entity which will act as exclusive
production company and label for Rob's future solo music and film
releases. Under new licenses, much of Rob's existing and new titles
will release through global-label partners whom have worked previously with
The Metal God.

Additional details available late-summer 2006 include:

The Roy Z. Produced Halford titles:
- 'Resurrection' (2000)
- 'Live Insurrection' (2001)

...these selections have been remastered and will soon be joined by
one of ROB HALFORD's finest releases: 'Crucible' (2002) which will be
reworked by Danish producer/mixer Tue Madsen. More details will be
available late-summer 2006.

In 2007, Metal God Entertainment (MGE) will release: 'Fight, War Of
Words - The Film.' Recorded throughout 1992 and 1993, this 5.1
surround-sound film presents a view of Rob Halford as he makes his
decision to leave Heavy Metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, record and tour
with his first solo band: 'FIGHT.' The band's original audio-demonstration
recordings (1992) will appear on a separate FIGHT soundtrack release.

Promotional trailer for this release is available here


Also in 2007, Metal God Entertainment (MGE) will release: 'Halford -
Live at Rock In Rio 2001'. The formation of Rob Halford's new Heavy
Metal band (HALFORD) is chronicled from studio to road in 5.1 surround
sound. After releasing 'Resurrection' (2000) Halford screams through a
95-city, world-wide concert tour. The band's final-tour performance at
Brazil's Rock in Rio III (2001) festival in front of more than a
quarter-million Metal fans presents an up-close view of one of Metal's
hardest working and innovative bands. The film's audio-only soundtrack
release: Halford - Live at Rock In Rio III - has been Produced by Roy
Z.

Promotional trailer for this release is available here

The highly anticipated
HALFORD studio album 'Halford IV' is being rescheduled
as Rob is in studio with JUDAS PRIEST collaborating on their 2007
release and subsequent tour. Additional 'Halford IV' details will be available
summer 2008.


Delusion vs. Dillusion – Patent Case Resolved

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made a decision today in trademark opposition number 91157420, Delusion vs. Dillusion, Carnes vs. Evigan, ruling in favor of the plaintiff and the name DELUSION. The decision came after more than three years of conflict over use of the name DILLUSION in the entertainment industry which was escalated through its commercial exposure on MTV’s The Osbournes Show. The dispute was perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the modern entertainment world considering its controversy. There couldn’t be a more classic trademark dispute than with these two names, DELUSION and DILLUSION .
The trademark application for the name
DILLUSION was filed jointly by Greg Evigan and DILLUSION member Ben Paul on May 31, 2003. Greg Evigan is best known for his acting roles in the TV shows BJ and the Bear, My Two Dads with Paul Reiser, and Tek Wars with William Shatner. He was involved as composer and manager of the music group DILLUSION , founded by his son Jason Evigan. The group hailing from California chose the name DILLUSION for their music group and set out to establish it through commercial use. The name DILLUSION however, due to similarity, was infringing upon the name DELUSION which had already been established by the Maryland group at an earlier date in dozens of geographic regions including the state of California. Proper name searches which are generally conducted by companies specializing in such broad searches appear not to have been conducted until the time of the trademark filing in 2002. Much controversy exists whether the members of DILLUSION were aware of the existence of DELUSION and attempted to secure a mark for the name DILLUSION without attempting to confront the other music group over trademark issues.   For more on the story go to http://www.buzz-magazine.com/feature.htm   This is an exclusive story of The Baltimore Buzz Music Webzine

In Flames – 2006 UK Tour Diarty Posted Online

A tour diary of IN FLAMES’ 2006 UK Tour has been posted at Metal Temple magazine’s Online Community.

The tour diary was written by Daniel Tivemark and can be read here. To view all of IN FLAMES’ upcoming shows, click here.

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

Yup, it's that time again - this week's Billboard Top 200 Charts Breakdown:

#4 - ANGELS AND AIRWAVES - WE DONT NEED TO WHISPER @ 127,254
#5
- RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - STADIUM ARCADIUM @ 114,239
#8 - WWE: WRECKLESS INTENT @ 64,960
#10 - TOOL - 10,000 DAYS @ 63,189
#12 - DEF LEPPARD - YEAH! @ 49,845
#16 - PEARL JAM - PEARL JAM @ 41,859
#28 - GODSMACK - IV @ 30,634
#36 - THE RACONTEURS - BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS @ 25,260
#44 - HOOBASTANK - EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF @ 22,005

Makeshift Romeo – Post 3 Newly Mixed Tracks from S/T EP

MAKESHIFT ROMEO has posted three newly mixed tracks from their 
upcoming self-titled EP, "Dream", "Morning After", and "The Way I Was"
at this location
. The band will be embarking on the Jagermeister
sponsored Summer of Sin 2006 Tour next month with DOPE, MANNTIS,
BLEED THE SKY, A NEW REVOLUTION.

The Heavils – Brian Carter Looking to Branch Out and Launch New Projects – Contact Info Available

With his bandmates busy doing other things lead vocalist/guitarist Brian Carter of THE HEAVILS is looking to branch out and launch new projects. Anyone interested in kicking off a side-project with Carter who is just “looking to rock” can contact him at carterheavil@aol.com

Brand New Sin – Upload 5 Minute Studio Video Clip – October Release Eyed

BRAND NEW SIN have uploaded a five minute video clip which provides an  in depth look from the studio where the band is currently entrenched recording their followup to their most recent Century Media Records release “Recipe For Disaster”. Eyeing an October relesae, the band is working with producer Joey Zampela (LIFE OF AGONY) at his Brooklyn studio Method Of Groove in Brooklyn, New York. You can snag the clip at this location – it’s roughly 15.7 megs in size.

The Acacia Strain – Set to Appear on WAAF on June 6

Prosthetic Records’ THE ACACIA STRAIN is set to appear on the nightly extreme metal radio show “Harder, Faster” on Boston radio station WAAF on June 6. The program airs regularly Monday Friday from 11pm midnight, and fans outside of the station’s range can listen online at http://www.waaf.com/. Host Mike Hsu will interview THE ACACIA STRAIN vocalist Vincent Bennett in anticipation of the band’s June 13 release of THE DEAD WALK, just prior to the band’s departure for its upcoming tour alongside SOILENT GREEN and DEMIRICOUS.

Napalm Death – Recording New Album

The British inventors of grindcore, NAPALM DEATH are recording a new album entitled “Smear Campaign” as the follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed “The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code.” Vocalist Barney Greenway comments on the working process:
 
“After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when no one was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense – even better than “Code…,” from where I’m standing. It’s fast and furious, as you’d expect, but we’re also throwing a few curveballs in, in true NAPALM DEATH tradition. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps.”

The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales, England, where they also recorded their last album, and aim for a September release via Century Media Records.

Greece’s X-Fest Canceled

The previously announced X-Fest that was going to take place in Athens on June 6, featuring Dio, In Flames, Trivium, Hatebreed, Darkstar and Innerwish has now been canceled by the organizers. A press release published by the organizers, Aenima, follows:

“The Aenima Team regrets to inform all fans, that we re forced to proceed with the cancellation of the X-Fest Athens.
Presales of the event cannot help us proceed, regardless how much we love the music, respect the artists as well as all the people that supported the event!
On our first effort to make a change and present something different, conditions were such that we need to reconsider. Honestly we don’t doubt that the fest could have been the new Athens event for all of us that live with this music!

We can assure one thing:

X-Fest will return more powerful than ever, whether it’s going to be a Winter X-Fest or a 2 day Festival next summer!

Whether it’s going to be just sole shows or entire line ups!

….and please remember: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!

Respect to each and every one of you!

The Aenima Team”

You can cash your X-Fest tickets from Monday (June 5th) and on at:

Enttech SA
50 Ioulianou Str.
(At the Centre of Athens)
Tel: 210-8257070
HOURS: 11:00 – 17:00

Slayer – 10 Second Clip of “Cult” Posted Online

You can check out a 10 second clip of a new SLAYER song (“Cult“) here.

Municipal Waste, Annihilation Time – More Shows Announced

MUNICIPAL WASTE have confirmed the following shows with ANNIHILATION TIME:

July 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Oakland Cafe
July 9 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
July 10 – Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Community Center
July 11 – Boston, MA @ Elks Lodge
July 13 – Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion
July 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
July 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

Incantation – Celebrate “Decades of Death”

INCANTATION will unleash its brand of decimating death metal across America as part of the Decades of Death 2006 tour with VITAL REMAINS, SIN OF ANGELS, and DAWN OF AZAZEL.

The Decades of Death moniker is a tribute to the long history INCANTATION and VITAL REMAINS both have in the death metal scene. “VITAL REMAINS and INCANTATION have been around for almost two decades, unleashing metal fury on the world,” said drummer Kyle Severn. “We are great friends and have a similar old school brutal death vibe. We thought that this would make a great onslaught of metal.”

After the tour, the trio of John McEntee (vocals/guitar), Kyle Severn (drums), and Joe Lombard (bass) will return to the Mars Recording compound in Cleveland to continue recording their seventh album, “Primordial Domination.” It will be released in Autumn 2006 on Ibex Moon Records and distributed through Megaforce/RED. “Primordial Domination” will be once again engineered and produced by Bill Korecky, who has worked with INCANTATION for the past 16 years.

The band will preview two songs from “Primordial Domination” on the tour. “We are extremely pleased with our new material and are eagerly waiting to unleash it upon the world,” said Severn.

Decades of Death tour dates are as follow:

05/31/06 Wed. Lucky’s Pub, Wilmington, NC
06/01/06 Thu. State Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
06/02/06 Fri. The Imperial, Jacksonville, FL
06/03/06 Sat. Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
06/04/06 Sun. Will’s Pub, Orlando, FL
06/06/06 Tue. Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
06/07/06 Wed. Club Onyx, McAllen, TX
06/08/06 Thu. Alma’s Place Laredo, TX
06/09/06 Fri. Backroom, Austin, TX
06/10/06 Sat. Zero’s, Corpus Christi, TX
06/11/06 Sun. Chics, El Paso, TX
06/12/06 Mon. Venue of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
06/13/06 Tue. Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
06/14/06 Wed. Iliff Park Saloon, Aurora, CO
06/15/06 Thu. Venue Eight, Rapid City, SD
06/16/06 Fri. Station 4, Minneapolis, MN
06/17/06 Sat. Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, IL
06/18/06 Sun. Peabody’s Downunder, Cleveland, OH