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Bleeding Through – “Love In Slow Motion” Video Posted Online

You can check out BLEEDING THROUGH‘s new video for the track “Love In Slow Motionhere.

Iron Maiden – New Album Cover Art Posted Online

You can check out the cover art for the upcoming new IRON MAIDEN album, A Matter of Life And Death, here.

Also announced is the news that “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” will be released as a very special single on 14th August.

Says Steve Harris, “This is a very intense album in many ways and we really wanted to go with a lead track that demonstrated that in the best way, rather than going for a shorter track on the album just to please the chart rules. “Benjamin Breeg” is a great example of the feel of the album in it’s really heavy riff and lyrically it’s a very dark, atmospheric and powerful song which really epitomizes what the album is all about for us. So it made a natural choice for us.”

Body Count – New York City Show Announced

After performing on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien show on August 3rd, BODY COUNT (featuring ICE T) will be performing at the Knitting Factory on August 5th in New York City.

Deicide – Clip of New Song Posted Online

You can check out a clip of a new DEICIDE song titled “Homage For Satanhere. The track comes off their new CD, The Stench of Redemption, which is due out on August 22nd through Earache Records.

Brian Posehn – Music Video Posted

Comedian BRIAN POSEHN has posted his first music video “Metal By Numbers” on his official Myspace page. The video is filled with Screamo hatred, Scott Ian, and corpse paint.

Vader – Album Details Released – New Song Available

Poland’s VADER have posted information concerning their upcoming release “Impressions In Blood” (cover seen here). The album has a release date of September 4th via Regain Records and the tracklisting is as follows:

1. Between Day and Night
2. ShadowsFear
3. As Heavens Collide…
4. Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)
5. Field of Heads
6. Predator
7. Warlords
8. Red Code
9. Amongst The Ruins
10. They Live!!!
11. The Book

The track “Warlords” can be heard here and the band is set to shoot a promotional videoclip for the track “Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)” in the near future.

Cattle Decapitation – Fox Rox Performance Posted Online

You can check out CATTLE DECAPITATION performing the songs “Success Is…(Hanging By The Neck)” and “Total Gore” on the TV show Fox Rox here.

Clitorture – One Time Only Reunion Show Announced

New York’s CLITORTURE have lined up a one time only reunion show for August 5th at Valentine’s in Albany, NY. Also performing will be DEHUMANIZED, TENTACLES, HELD UNDER, and HOST AND PARASITE. The show will be in celebreation of CLITORTURE‘s recently released new split with GOREALITY entitled Disassembling The Human Form out on Pathos Productions.

Maryland Deathfest V, Auditory Assault Fest – First Band Announcements This Week

Organizers for the Maryland Deathfest (May 26, 27) and the Auditory Assault festival (November 25), both at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD, have announced that they expect to make the first band announcements for the fests this week:

“We’ll have the first 6-8 band ready to confirm for MDF 2007 and remember that this will only be the beginning of everything that is to come…

Also, we’re just waiting for details to finalize with the headliner for Auditory Assault, and when things do develop, your head will probably explode once it’s announced.”

Goatwhore – Upcoming Tour Dates Announced

New Orleans black metallers GOATWHORE have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:

July 16 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club w/ Emperor
July 17 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues w/ Emperor
July 24 – London, ON @ The Embassy w/ Strapping Young Lad
July 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Strapping Young Lad
July 28 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace w/ Suffocation
July 29 – Sommerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium w/ Suffocation
July 30 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Suffocation
July 31 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Asesino
August 2 – Portland, ME @ The Station w/ Strapping Young Lad
August 3 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus w/ Strapping Young Lad

Candiria – Start Mixing New Album On Monday

Brooklyn based experimental hardcore act CANDIRIA has posted the following update:

“So, we begin mixing the new album Monday. It should take about 8 to 10 days max. After that we master it and then move to the next phases of shooting videos, pressing the record and so on. Here is some more info about the record.

The title of the new album is ‘Kiss The Lie‘ it was produced by John LaMacchia and Carley Coma. It was recorded at Jupiter 4 studios and Purple Light studios respectively. It will be mixed by Michael Barile. We do not have a release date yet but when we do, we will let you know too.

Ok that’s all for now… we will have some merch up here for sale soon so keep an Eye out…”

KC Howard – Solo Song Posted Online

You can check out a brand new song from a solo project by KC Howard of DECREPIT BIRTH and ODIOUS MORTEM fame here.

Deicide, Jungle Rot – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for DEICIDE‘s North American tour with JUNGLE ROT, HURTLOCKER, and DESOLATION:

September 20 – Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall (Monkey Bar)
September 21 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 22 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 23 – Allentown, PA @ Sterling Rock Room
September 24 – Flushing, NY @ Bottoms Up
September 25 – Manchester, NH @ Mark’s Place
September 26 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
September 27 – Toronto, ON @ Big Bop/Reverb Room
September 28 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
September 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 30 – Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theater
September 31 – Cudahy, WI @ Vnuk’s
October 1 – Cudahy, WI @ Vnuk’s
October 3 – St. Paul, MN @ TBA
October 4 – Rapid City, SD @ TBA
October 5 – Denver, CO @ TBA
October 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
October 7 – Boise, ID @ TBA
October 8 – Seattle, WA @ TBA

Buckethead – Initial Tour Dates Released

A few initial dates have been released for BUCKETHEAD‘s upcoming North American tour:

September 17 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Fun House
September 23 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 29 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues 

Johnny Cash – New Album Streaming In Its Entirety

You can now stream country/music legend JOHNNY CASH‘s upcoming new posthumous album, Americam V: A Hundred Highways, in its entirety here.

In the months leading up to his passing on September 12th, 2003, JOHNNY CASH had been recording new material with producer Rick Rubin. On July 4th, 2006, American V: A Hundred Highways, the all-new JOHNNY CASH album taken from those sessions, will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway Records. It will include the last song Cash ever wrote, “Like the 309.”

Commented producer Rick Rubin, “These songs are Johnny‘s final statement. They are the truest reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time. This is the music that Johnny wanted us to hear.”

A second album of songs, American VI, comprised from those final sessions is expected to be released possibly late 2006 or early 2007.

Mike Patton, Danny DeVito – Joint Interview On MySpace

You can watch a joint interview with Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, etc.) and actor Danny DeVito here.

Ozzfest – Kick-Off Date Reviewed By MTV

The following is MTV.com‘s review of Ozzfest‘s June 29th kick-off show in Auburn, Washington:

Some of the sun-crisped metalheads packed into the White River Amphitheatre for the first stop on this year’s 11th annual Ozzfest were skeptical of “TRL” favorites AVENGED SEVENFOLD being on the festival’s main stage. But there they were on Thursday, and the naysayers weren’t about to distract the band from the mission at hand: Trying to win the crowd over.

So, AVENGED, led by the diamond-grilled, Axl-Rose-imitating M. Shadows, pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat by covering and handily at that a tried-and-true metal classic: PANTERA‘s “Walk.” Shadows dedicated the tune to the memory of slain PANTERA guitarist “DimebagDarrell Abbott, and about three riffs in, the audience even the cynics were sold, pumping their fists and barking the song’s stilted refrain: “Re! Spect! Walk!” And for the rest of the band’s set, which ended with “Bat Country,” AVENGED owned them all.

In short, when in doubt at Ozzfest, cover PANTERA. Following the group’s debut as part of the festival, Shadows covered in sweat and chugging bottled water seemed relieved. How would AVENGED celebrate this triumph? A few hours later, they boarded their tour bus and headed for Oregon, where they’d spend Friday (June 30) fishing at a lakeside cabin.

On Thursday, with the majestic, snowcapped Mount Rainier as its backdrop, Sharon Osbourne‘s traveling circus of heavy metal and hard rock, bad tattoos and worse habits, launched in Auburn. The small town is about 50 minutes from Seattle and its main road is lined with smoke shops, casinos and dilapidated shacks that double as residences and pyrotechnics shops.

Fans started lining up outside the venue at around 5:30 a.m, some coming from as far as Texas for an afternoon and evening filled with debauchery and ear-splitting metal. While AVENGED‘s set was one of the day’s many highlights, the majority of the 15,000 fans were there for the same reason: OZZY OSBOURNE, the festival’s unstoppable namesake.

Ozzy, who closed out the kickoff’s main stage but will be playing only half this year’s Ozzfest dates, whipped the audience into a jubilant frenzy Thursday night. Focusing on his post-BLACK SABBTH career, Ozzy pleased the crowd with “I Don’t Know,” “Goodbye to Romance,” “Suicide Solution” and “Mama, I’m Coming Home.”

Of course, it wouldn’t have been an Ozzy show without songs like “Crazy Train” and the set’s closer, “Paranoid.” But in the end, fans were pleased that the singer not only showed with guitarist Zakk Wylde shredding away but finished what he started. When Ozzfest rolled through town last year, he stormed off the stage when his voice went out, abandoning his BLACK SABBATH bandmates. Ozzy was in fine form Thursday, though. He delivered an energetic performance and his voice sounded stronger than it has in years.

Of course, Ozzy wasn’t the main stage’s sole attraction. Following AVENGED, DISTURBED mounted the stage for what ended up being one of the night’s more commanding sets.

Frontman David Draiman, with his crisp, potent voice, directed fans to thrust their fists above their heads, in effect re-creating the cover of the band’s latest LP, Ten Thousand Fists. At one point during DISTURBED‘s performance which was highlighted by “Liberate,” “Stricken” and the closer, “Sickness” the audience hoisted a fan strapped to a wheelchair high above their heads for a brief crowd-surf. Draiman told his stagehands to bring the fan onstage, shook his hand and wheeled him near the drum kit, where he watched, wide-eyed, as DISTURBED continued to instigate the more-than-willing circle-pit moshers who raged in the arena’s general-admission area.

Ozzfest vets SYSTEM OF A DOWN, who’ll be going on an indefinite hiatus following Ozzfest, arrived Wednesday on separate buses. They were the show’s most distracting performers or maybe the most distracted.

At first, through the opening track “Soldier’s Song” and the next four that followed including “B.Y.O.B.” guitarist Daron Malakian seemed to be struggling to keep up with the rest of the band and improvising lyrics when it was his turn to bark into the microphone. None of that mattered to the rabid crowd, though, which leaped, bounced and clawed its way through the pit.

During “B.Y.O.B.,” Malakian rethought the lyric, “We don’t live in a fascist nation,” by quickly muttering, “Yes, we do.” Some fans, well aware of the band’s post-Ozzfest plans, raised an eyebrow or two when, during “Lonely Day,” Malakian turned and looked at frontman Serj Tankian as he sang, “Such a lonely day, hanging out with the band/ This mother—-er, I can’t stand.”

SYSTEM appeared bored at the beginning of the set, but by the end, they worked the crowd into an abusive mob of fist-pumping fanatics with “Sugar” and other songs. Tankian danced around goofily with his eyes closed through “Hypnotize” while Malakian mounted his guitar.

Long before AVENGED even left their dressing rooms, Italian metallers LACUNA COIL led the Ozzfest faithful through a 30-minute set, which included a cover of DEPECHE MODE‘s “Enjoy the Silence” and ended with “Our Truth.” England’s DRAGONFORCE, Ozzfest first-timers, played a frantic, high-energy set that ended with “Through the Fire and Flames” and was followed by dozens of kids sprinting for the merch stands to buy the band’s shirts.

HATEBREED, making their mainstage debut following a stint two years ago on the second stage, did what they always do: inspire utter mayhem. Singer Jamey Jasta growled at the audience through “Tear It Down” and then calmly asked fans to take a few steps back during “To the Threshold,” as several people had become pinned against the metal barricade separating the pit from the stage. By the finale, “I Will Be Heard,” the barricade had buckled, eating into AVENGED‘s time as security crews worked to amend the situation.

As usual, this year’s Ozzfest began at the ungodly hour of 9 a.m., with the always-spastic BAD ACID TRIP kicking off the dingy second stage. Following A LIFE ONCE LOST‘s crippling cache of metal mischief, it was ALL THAT REMAINS‘ turn to pound the audience into submission. Led by frontman Phil Labonte, who ran from one side of the stage to the other, the Massachusetts metallers ripped through tracks including “Tattered on My Sleeve.” After demanding the audience mosh, pogo or just wake up, during the finale, Labonte jumped into the crowd a violation of the Ozzfest mandate and fed the microphone to adoring fans who belched out the lyrics.

“Are you ready for some fast, brutal sh–?,” asked THE RED CHORD‘s Guy Kozowyk, who, despite suffering from a nasty case of bronchitis he’s failed to kick after 10 days of antibiotics, delivered one of the day’s most severe and intense sets. He stared maniacally at the audience as it tore itself apart during “Love on the Concrete” and smiled at the pit, from which sneakers flew one after the next. Kozowyk screamed his lungs out and eventually his breakfast too, as he rushed off the stage following the set and threw up near his band’s bus.

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD rolled out “You Suck,” the first single from the technical Canadian group’s forthcoming album, The New BlackSTRAPPING abused their instruments for five songs before eventually ending with “Detox,” after which frontman Devin Townsend instructed the audience to “Go right to the merch stand and buy all our sh–.” He does, after all, have a baby on the way.

Later on, following a performance by WALLS OF JERICHO, FULL BLOWN CHAOSRay Mazzola fought back tears as he purged the lyrics to “Solemn Promise.” He told the audience he’d written the song for his mother, who has been battling cancer for more than a decade. Mazzola regained his composure and resumed barking like a pit bull into the mic.

The stage looked as though a bomb had hit it when NORMA JEAN dove into “Shotgun Messiah,” with their amps strewn, scraped up, torched and melted in various spots. The bandmembers donned torn shirts and jeans and their faces were smeared with dirt, as if they’d just climbed out of a coal mine, as they raced through their guitar-flailing set.

Following BLEEDING THROUGH‘s bone-snapping performance, the crowd slurping Sno-Cones and sporting body paint on their topless, out-of-shape frames was wall-to-wall by the time UNEARTH made their way onstage. The stage undulated as the band delivered a crushing set, highlighted by the punishing “Black Hearts Now Reign.”

ATREYU played next, and after they vacated the stage, it was time for Zakk Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, a band that has become as emblematic of the fest as Ozzy himself. Wylde‘s leather-clad outfit unleashed a sludgy, whiskey-fueled onslaught of razor-sharp guitars, caustic drum work and blasting bass that lived up to the band’s reputation of rockin’ hard with no-holds-barred.

Ghoul – Line Up Rare New York City Show!

Creepsylvanian splatterthrashers GHOUL will be making a rare East Coast appearance on July 23rd when they play at Brooklyn Fireproof in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Also performing will be KILL THE CLIENT, SULACO, DEFEATIST, and others. GHOUL will be replacing BENUMB on the show, and are also expected to be replacing them at the Doom And Grind Fest on July 22nd at Bill’s Bar in Boston, MA.

Wu-Tang Clan – Summer Tour Dates Released

Hip hop legends the WU-TANG CLAN have lined up the following Summer reunion tour dates:

August 4 – San Diego, CA @ Street Scene
August 5 – Concord, CA @ Rock The Bells
August 6 – Concord, CA @ Rock The Bells
August 9 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
August 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
August 12 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
August 16 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
August 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
August 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
August 23 – St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
August 24 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
August 25 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Incantation – Head To Spain For String of July Dates

INCANTATION will embark on a string of dates in Spain alongside Spanish death metal band IRREDEMPTION in July.

“We are looking forward to some sick shows,” said guitarist/vocalist John McEntee. “We have played Spain only two times in the past and both were great experiences with some of the craziest crowds in Europe.”

The “Decimate Spain” tour will kick off July 14th. “We want to thank Trauma Producciones, along with all the die hard Spanish death metal heads for making this tour happen,” said McEntee.

INCANTATION is currently recording its next album, Primordial Domination, which is set for a fall release on Ibex Moon Records. The trio recently completely a co-headlining tour with VITAL REAMAINS dubbed “Decades of Death.”

Decimate Spain dates are as follow:

July 14 – Murcia, SPA @ Gamma
July 15 – Almeria, SPA @ Genesis
July 16 – Madrid, SPA @ Ritmo & Compas
July 17 – Vigo, SPA @ Iguana Club
July 18 – Bilboa, SPA @ Rock Star
July 19 – Barcelona, SPA @ Mephisto
July 20 – Valencia, SPA @ Cabell Disc
July 22 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, SPA @ Paraninfo

Shook Ones – European Dates Released

SHOOK ONES will be hitting Europe this fall with SINKING SHIPS for a two month long tour. Dates can be seen on the band’s official Myspace page.

Necro – New York City Show Canceled – Deemed “Too Obscene” For Venue

After being banned from numerous venues throughout New York City over the years, Brooklyn based underground “death rap” legend NECRO can now add the Nokia Theatre to the list of venues he’s not welcomed at. His previously announced show that was set to take place on August 25th at the venue has now been canceled due to the venue finding him to be too obscene to perform there, even though they had already confirmed the show. An alternative New York City show is expected to be announced shortly.

To read NECRO‘s full statement on the matter, click the full story button (beware of caps).

Enforsaken – Break Up, Announce Final Show

Illinois based melodic death metallers ENFORSAKEN have posted the following statement regarding their decision to disband:

“It’s official. After 8 years of existence, we have decided to lay ENFORSAKEN  to rest. We will play our final show Saturday, August 19th in Chicago @ The Metro. This wasn’t the easiest decision to make, but in the end, we agree that ENFORSAKEN has now run it’s course. We’ve accomplished everything that we set out to do, and now it’s time to move on. We’re all very proud of our last album, Sinner’s Intuition, and feel that now is a good time to end the band.

We’ve chosen to burn out on a high note now, rather than just slowly fade into obscurity. Due to our many obligations outside the band, we cannot continue to put 100% of our time into ENFORSAKEN . We were basically kids when this band formed, and over the years, things just have to change. Whether you like it or not.  It’s as simple as that. Some bands linger on for years past their expiration date.ENFORSAKEN will not become one of those bands.

Over the past 8 years, ENFORSAKEN have left their mark on the world with cd’s released in the USA, Europe and Japan. We’ve made many friends (as well as a few enemies, haha!) It was definitely an interesting journey for all of us, and we look back at our past with absolutely no regrets. So many of you from all around the world have gotten into our music, and for us musicians playing in a band, that’s really what it’s all about. Having kids from all over the place tell you that they’ve genuinely been moved by your music is definitely a nice thing, to say the least. We’re very pleased that you enjoyed what your heard. Your constant kind words regarding ENFORSAKEN  have always been greatly apreciated. Those words were never taken for granted and were always an inspiration to us. We can truly walk away from ENFORSAKEN with our heads held high at this point.

We’d like to thank every one of our fans across the globe for their support throughout the years. You are the main reason why we stuck around for so long. Thank you. Thanks to everyone else that had a role in making ENFORSAKEN  what it is today. You know who you are.

So there it is. Not much more really needs to be said. We hope to see some of you at our last show in August. DEAD TO FALLTHE KILLER as well as a few other cool bands will be on the bill. It should definitely be a night to remember.

Thanks again. We’ll see you around…”

The Mars Volta – Feeling ‘Vicarious’ On Third Album

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

THE MARS VOLTA returns with a fresh dose of epic rock’n’roll on its third studio album, “Amputechture.” The eight-track set is due Aug. 22 via Universal and opens with the seven-minute “Vicarious Atonement,” the closest the group has ever come to a ballad.

The album then moves back to familiar expansive musical territory on the nearly 17-minute “Tetragrammaton,” and also features two other tracks that clock in past the 11-minute mark, “Meccamputechture” and “Day of the Baphomets.” The disc itself runs more than 76 minutes in length.

In addition to contributions from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist John Frusciante, “Amputechture” also features Paul Hinojos‘ first studio work with the MARS VOLTA since joining as a touring musician in 2005. Hinojos previously played with MARS VOLTA principals Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in AT THE DRIVE-IN.

Amputechture” is the follow-up to 2005’s “Frances the Mute,” which debuted at a career-best No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold nearly 465,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

THE MARS VOLTA will support the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS on its upcoming North American tour, which opens Aug. 11 in Portland, Ore.

Here is the track list for “Amputechture“:

Vicarious Atonement
Tetragrammaton
Vermicide
Meccamputechture
Asilos Magdalena
Viscera Eyes
Day of the Baphomets
El Ciervo Vulnerado

SMNnews – Advice Column Preview

As previously announced, SMNnews will soon be launching a new advice column featuring advice from Anthony West of XXX MANIAK and Ross Sewage of IMPALED. The following is a sneak preview of the stupidity that you can soon expect:

Question: “Hi I’m Derik, 17 years old, and I was wonderin if you could help me out. Alright so I was changing in my room the other day and my mom walked in on my while I wuz BUTT NAKED. Anyways, as soon as she came in I suddenly got hard, my problem is how can I not get hard like that when my mom sees me naked? It’s kinda embarrasing because it happens like once a week, please help!”

Anthony West: “Sure let me help you. Every young man has this problem with their mom, and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Anyone who has told you they haven’t got a chubby while fantasizing once about their mom is lying. Embrace your incestuous side, who knows it probably turns her on more than it does you. Just keep it all in the family, and maybe get your sister/father in on the action as well, it will really bring your entire family unit to a whole new level. Have fun and be safe!”

If you have any questions that you need answered, and would like the brilliant advice of our two experts, send them to advice@SMNnews.com.