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CodeSeven – Selling Van to Touring Band, Anyone Who Wants It

North Carolina band CODESEVEN, who released “Dancing Echoes/Dead Sounds” on Equal Vision Records in 2004 split late last year are looking to sell their van to a touring band, or anyone who is interested. CODESEVEN took great care of the van and are certain that there are many more tours left in her.

All interested parties please contact Matt Tuttle at mattdrumnc7@aol.com.

Ragnarok UK Metalfest 2006 – Lineup Addition – Dream Evil; Only Live Date of 2006

Metalism UK are pleased to announce that the next band confirmed for it’s inaugural RAGNAROK UK METALFEST, to be held at Perth Concert Hall in Central Scotland on Saturday, November 4 is none other than Swedish traditional metallers, DREAM EVIL.

A statement by the organisers said that they expect that the band or it’s management team will release a statement regarding the future plans for the band in due course.

Thus far it is the band’s only announced live date of 2006.

On the Preshow lineup, entitled “Fimbulvetr” which means “Winter of Winters”
in Norse mythology and is the direct prelude to “Ragnarok”, UK thrash metallers EVILE have been added to the bill. The band have recieved positive comments worldwide for their “All Hallows Eve” demo recording and Metalism UK is delighted to have them on it’s preshow lineup.

The festival is now shaping up as follows:

GAMMA RAY**
TBC
TBC
DREAM EVIL
KALMAH*
ASTRAL DOORS
CHARON*
ELVENKING
CIRCUS MAXIMUS*
INTENSE
HEADLESS CROSS

Meanwhile, the preshow event, Fimbulvetr – set to take place at The Doghouse, Dundee on Friday, November 3 is shaping up as follows:

SKYCLAD
PARAGON*
ATTICA RAGE
EVILE
PITIFUL REIGN
NEVERWINTER
TBC

* – denotes UK debut performance
** – detones exclusive UK 2006 show

The TBC confirmed slot for the preshow will be a Scottish band. We invite all bands who would like to play at this event to contact us via our official admin inbox – admin@ragnarokfestival.com – with the subject title “Fimbulvetr Scottish Slot” and the name of their band. This will remain open for 1 week ONLY. At which point the best 8 entries will be selected by the organisers and the public will be allowed to vote on whom should get the slot. The selected bands will then be told what information they need to provide to allow the public to vote on the slot.

Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival – Information Released

The first ever Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival is slowly being pieced together. The festival will feature 15 bands with confirmed acts including INNER SURGE (Calgary), THE PINDOLLS (Vancouver) and BITCHSPLITTER (Lethbridge). More acts are to be confirmed. Tickets go on sale soon.

Important information:

- INNER SURGE is the first confirmed “headliner”
- There will be more than 1 “headliner”…in talks with some large acts.
- There will be about 15 bands on 1 stage over 10 hours.
- There will be vendors and tatoo artists on site.
- All ages and 18+.
- This event will take place on Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
- This event will be held at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, AB.
- This is event is sponsered by CKXU 88.3 FM’s AWARD-WINNING program “The Crypt”
- “The Crypt” won an award for “Best Overall Show” at the 2005 Southern Alberta Radio Society Awards.

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – 3 Days Worth of Pictures

Pictures from 3 days worth of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL have been made available courtesy of RETURN TO THE PIT. Link and bands are below:

Day Three

3 (29 pics)
a love end suicide (57 pics)
bloodlined calligraphy (47 pics)
born victim (40 pics)
bronx casket company (87 pics)
burn in silence (92 pics)
byzantine (75 pics)
cannae (73 pics)
cellador (36 pics)
daughters (69 pics)
doomriders (44 pics)
dragonforce (187 pics)
folly (44 pics)
gamma ray (116 pics)
goat horn (32 pics)
hypersolid (55 pics)
inked in blood (45 pics)
into eternity (69 pics)
kid deposit triumph (42 pics)
light this city (84 pics)
mercury switch (66 pics)
phoenix mourning (113 pics)
protest the hero (70 pics)
randomshots (22 pics)
sanctity (39 pics)
the miles between (35 pics)
torn asunder (48 pics)
withered (44 pics)
wolf (99 pics)
xdeathstarx (55 pics)
xlooking forwardx (20 pics)
yakuza (29 pics)

Day Two

100 demons (76 pics)
arch enemy (119 pics)
at all cost (52 pics)
caliban (84 pics)
chimaira (138 pics)
colin of arabia (61 pics)
damnation ad (98 pics)
death threat (71 pics)
embrace the end (42 pics)
exodus (135 pics)
first blood (48 pics)
full blown chaos (65 pics)
god forbid (113 pics)
hate eternal (41 pics)
immolation (46 pics)
into the moat (52 pics)
ion dissonance (70 pics)
on broken wings (46 pics)
overcast (133 pics)
randomshots (20 pics)
righteous jams (47 pics)
scars of tomorrow (42 pics)
shoot to kill (33 pics)
since the flood (97 pics)
skinless (66 pics)
spitfire (67 pics)
suffocation (121 pics)
sworn enemy (60 pics)
terror (93 pics)
the human abstract (16 pics)
the jonbenet (37 pics)
turmoil (54 pics)

Day One

a life once lost (95 pics)
alarum (35 pics)
arsis (51 pics)
between the buried and me (79 pics)
cephalic carnage (96 pics)
dead to fall (83 pics)
demiricous (63 pics)
ed gein (21 pics)
from a second story window (53 pics)
haste the day (73 pics)
if hope dies (72 pics)
lacuna coil (132 pics)
ligeia (28 pics)
necrophagist (84 pics)
nodes of ranvier (52 pics)
randomshots (19 pics)
ringworm (49 pics)
scarlet (56 pics)
still remains (86 pics)
suicide silence (54 pics)
the absence (74 pics)
the acacia strain (76 pics)
the black dahlia murder (98 pics)
the red chord (72 pics)
through the eyes of the dead (59 pics)
today i wait (32 pics)

Lizzy Borden – Announce Greek Show for October

Reactivated US Heavy Metal band LIZZY BORDEN have been announced by Greek promoters High Voltage Productions to perform in Athens, at the Underworld Club, on October 1. According to the promoters, support acts set for the show are SCELERATA of Brazil and ENDANGERED SPECIES, also of the US.

LIZZY BORDEN recently added guitarist Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, VICIOUS RUMORS) to the group?s ranks.

Trashlight Vision – New Music Video for “Horns and Halos” Available

There is a new music video of TRASHLIGHT VISION for their track ?Horns And Halo?s? available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at a live performance by the band at The Continental in NYC and was edited and produced by UVTV.

HourCast – To Release “State Of Disgrace” On Alkamedia Records – Precedes Sevendust Tour

Born out of Boston, Massachusetts, HOURCAST combines elements of hard rock and metal with a distinct electronic influence. ?We had no preconceptions as to what the band would sound like,? says vocalist Patrick McBride. The members of HOURCAST ? Mcbride, drummer Jerry Clews, guitarist David Henriquez and bassist David Sullivan – have combined their varied influences to create a unique sound that incorporates the heavy flavor of DEFTONES and TOOL with the dark electronic atmosphere of NINE INCH NAILS and DEPECHE MODE.

The somber tones of “State Of Disgrace” are a result of these efforts. From the introspective opening track ?This Life?, to ?Freeze? (which McBride describes as an ?epic, desperate song?) “State Of Disgrace” has a cold, sharp intensity. The self-loathing ?Smash Up? eschews a bitter tone, while ?Lunar? tells a tale of longing and loneliness. ?The music and lyrics are a reflection of what was going on at the time,? explains McBride. ?I found myself in a new environment and was going through a big change in my life and that comes out in the songs.? “State Of Disgrace” will be available at iTunes on May 2nd and in stores on June 6.

Not being signed to a label could serve as a liability to some bands, but not HOURCAST. ?We didn?t have a label telling us what to do and that allowed us to add variety and flavor to the album,? says McBride. HOURCAST is a band looking to gain ground in the current music scene. ?Myspace and live shows are definitely helping us to build a fan base,? says McBride.

The track listing for “State Of Disgrace” comprises:

This life
Sakkara
Freeze
God Failed
Lunar
Smash Up
Almost Like Life
Numb
3rd Of July
Stillwater
Memories And Lies
Uhaul
Imbalance

As previously reported HOURCAST will be on tour with SEVENDUST and SOiL throughout the month of May.

Ministry – New Album “Rio Grande Blood” Streaming in Entirity May 1-8

Grammy nominated MINISTRY‘s new album “Rio Grande Blood”, featuring President George Bush crucified on the cover, is now featured on AOL’s “First Listen” series where you can stream the entire album from May 1 to May 8.

Click here to check it out. “Rio Grande Blood” will be released in stores on May 2, 2006.

Cryptopsy – Headlining Canadian Tour Dates Announced

CRYPTOPSY have announced the following headlining Canadian tour dates for later this year:

September 29 – St. John, NB @ Nep-Tunes
September 30 – Halifax,NS @ Captain Elis
October 2 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Imperial
October 3 – Montreal, QC @ Medley
October 4 – Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
October 5 – Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe
October 6 – Royun Noranfda, QC @ Petit Theatre
October 7 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
October 8 – London, ON @ Embassy
October 9 – Sudbury, ON @ Shriner’s Hall
October 11 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Kilroy’s
October 12 – Winnipeg. MB @ Royal Albert Arms
October 13 – Regina, SK @ Exchange
October 14 – Edmonton, AL @ The Mead Hall
October 16 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
October 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Columbia
October 19 – Calgary, AB @ The Stetson

New Jersey’s Infest – Bands Announced

Bands have been announced for the upcoming Infest set to take place on June 11th in Asbury Park, NJ:

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
THE NUMBER 12 LOOKS LIKE YOU
NECROPHAGIST
HASTE THE DAY
CHIODOS
SWORN ENEMY
FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW
CATTLE DECAPITATION
ANIMOSITY
JOB FOR A COWBOY
MISERY INDEX
SCARS OF TOMORROW
CALICO SYSTEM
TOO PURE TO DIE
INKED IN BLOOD
ON BROKEN WINGS
BLACK MY HEART
FULL BLOWN CHAOS
THE SHOWDOWN
FLEE THE SEEN

The show will have 3 stages: Stone Pony Inside, Stone Pony Outside, and Club Deep (across the street from the Stone Pony).

Dead Children Crossing – New Songs Posted Online

Baltimore based Family Guycore grinders DEAD CHILDREN CROSSING have uploaded a few tracks off their upcoming debut album, Satirizing The Cunt Nectar, over at their recently launched official MySpace page.

Rolling Stones – Keith Richard Falls Out of Tree

ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards has been taken to hospital in New Zealand after injuring himself while on holiday in Fiji.

A band spokeswoman said Richards had suffered a “mild concussion” and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Media reports in Australia and New Zealand said Richards had hurt his head when he fell out of a palm tree.

The legendary musician is mid-way through a world tour with the famous British band.

You can read the full story at the BBC.

Gorgasm – New Song Posted Online!

GORGASM have uploaded a new song entitled “Visceral Discharge” over at their MySpace page.

Soilent Green – Initial Headlining Tour Dates Released

SOILENT GREEN will embark on a headlining run starting in June where they’ll be supported by THE ACACIA STRAIN and DEMIRICOUS. Intial dates are as follows:

June 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
June 11 – Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
June 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
June 13 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
June 16 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
June 17 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
June 18 – San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
June 20 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go
June 21 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse

Killswitch Engage – Cover Dio’s “Holy Diver”

MTV.com is reporting that metalcore pioneers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have recently recorded a cover of DIO‘s “Holy Diver” for a forthcoming Kerrang! magazine compilation. According to bassist Mike D’Antonio, “[Frontman] Howard [Jones] sang in falsetto. It came out super good. Everyone’s really excited about it. The guitar riffs are definitely modified to sound way, way heavier.”

Dismember, Vital Remains – Another Tour Date Released

Another date has been released for legendary Swedish death metallers DISMEMBER‘s highly anticipated return to the U.S.:

October 1 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 2 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre

The tour is expected to cover the East Coast/Midwest and they’ll be joined by VITAL REMAINS, GRAVE, DEMIRICOUS, and WITHERED.

Strhess Tour – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for SHADOWS FALL‘s headlining run on this year’s edition of the upcoming Strhess Tour. This year’s line up also features POISON THE WELL in the direct support slot in addition to IT DIES TODAY and STILL REMAINS, with other acts such as DARKEST HOUR, BURY YOUR DEAD, HIMSA, SUFFOCATION, and THROWDOWN joining the tour in select markets:

July 12 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
July 15 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
July 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle’s Club
July 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
July 19 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 21 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
July 22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
July 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
August 1 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
August 2 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
August 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

Electro Quarterstaff – Enter Studio To Record New Album

Instrumental triple-axe shred team ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF have entered Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg to record their debut full-length album for Willowtip, tentatively titled Gretzky. Guitarist Drew Johnston had this to say about the new album:

Gretzky strives to marry the insectoid riffing of modern technical death metal with mutant starfish rhythms that swell and contract like reptilian break-dancing on a pirate cruise ship. ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF are self-proclaimed titans of progressive instrumental thrash metal — we are cosmic messengers of snake-charming harmony dedicated to the exploration and deconstruction of romantic melody and swashbuckling groove. Gretzky is the sound of three riff assassins embarking on an intergalactic adventure showered with bacon sizzling blastbeats and a seemingly never-ending supply of supersonic titanium chestnut rhythms. Join us on the Mountains of Riffs Spring Tour 2006!”

In addition to recording their new CD, ELECTRO QUATERSTAFF will be appearing at the 2006 Maryland Deathfest. The band has booked a 3-week tour around their MDF appearance, so be sure to catch them at a city near you. You can check out the latest confirmed dates here.

Sleep Terror – “Somnambulistic Pedophile” Posted Online

Seattle based experimental instrumentalists SLEEP TERROR have posted a new song entitled “Somnambulistic Pedophile” online here for your listening pleasure. The track is off their upcoming full length debut, Probing Tranquility, which is due out in July.

Into Eternity – Comment On Upcoming Shows, New Album

Canada’s technically progressive death metal band, INTO ETERNITY, will head out for three upcoming East Coast dates before recording the follow up to 2004’s Buried In Oblivion. Commenting on the band’s upcoming plans, guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth said, “Things are starting back up for us. First up, we will play 3 shows in the U.S. starting with The New England Metal Festival Sunday, April 30. May 1 we are in New York City and May 2 in Springfield, VA, both dates opening for GAMMA RAY. Hopefully we will get a chance to say hello to you all at these upcoming dates. As soon as we return to Canada we continue pre-production for album number four. Once again we will be recording in our hometown Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada at Touchwood Studios. We have original drummer Jim Austin with us on the new record and he’s has been doing a great job in rehearsals. There will be one recording change with this album, for the first time we are going to send the album out to be mixed. Any Sneap (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY) will be handling the record’s final mix. We are fans of Andy’s work and know he is the right man. This final step ensures that this will be our best sounding effort to date.”

Calling Buried in Oblivion “a defiantly original work filled with stunning musical virtuosity and truly original ideas,” (Revolver) INTO ETERNITY spent 2005 touring North America supporting the release on no fewer than six continent spanning tours. Look for the band to tour extensively in support of the new album late this year.

Ghoul – Splatterthrash Preview Posted Online!

Creepsylvania’s GHOUL have unleashed a new song entitled “Gutbucket Blues” over at their MySpace page. The track comes off their highly anticipated new album, Splatterthrash, which is expected to be released on June 6th through Razorback Records.

Skinless – Added To NYC Cryptopsy Show

New York based death metallers SKINLESS have been added to the rescheduled New York City CRYPTOPSY show set to place on July 23rd at the B.B. King Blues Club. Also performing will be SUICIDE SILENCE, LIGHT THIS CITY, TOO PURE TO DIE, and NIGHTS LIKE THESE.

Strhess Tour – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for SHADOWS FALL‘s headlining run on this year’s edition of the upcoming Strhess Tour. This year’s line up also features POISON THE WELL in the direct support slot in addition to IT DIES TODAY and STILL REMAINS, with other acts such as DARKEST HOUR, BURY YOUR DEAD, HIMSA, SUFFOCATION, and THROWDOWN joining the tour in select markets:

July 12 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 15 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
July 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle’s Club
July 19 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 21 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
July 22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
July 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
August 2 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
August 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

The Internet pre-sale begins today.

Ankla – Proud to Announce July 25 Release for Debut CD

ANKLA is proud to announce a July 25th release date for their debut CD. Entitled Steep Trails, the album will feature twelve tracks produced by Bob Marlette (SEETHER, ILL NINO, BLACK SABBATH) and will be released through Bieler Bros Records.

ANKLA features former PUYA mastermind Ramon Ortiz on guitar as well as Ikaro Stafford on vocals, Jose Clark on drums, Edgar Gonzalez on bass and Oscar Santiago on percussion. ANKLAa has shared the stage with bands like BRUJERIA, BODY COUNT, SIX FEET UNDER among others, proving to audiences across the world the power of ANKLA’s crushing live show.

Trivium – Releasing Special Edition of “Ascendancy” – Video of ‘Dying in Your Arms” Online

Coming to stores even earlier, on May 9, is the special edition of TRIVIUM‘s “Ascendancy”, featuring four new tracks and a bonus DVD containing all their videos and a 30-minute live show – more details can be found here. TRIVIUM will be touring with Sounds of the Underground this summer, opening for IRON MAIDEN in Scandinavia in the fall, and delivering a new album (their third overall and second for Roadrunner Records) sometime in the fall. “Ascendancy” has recently topped 100,000 units sold in the U.S. Here’s (click here and click here) the special edition ecard and video for “Dying in Your Arms.”