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Arch Enemy – On Gigantour 2 Main Stage

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has revealed to that the band will be on Gigantour 2:

“We know we’re on … the main stage, and I know it runs from late August to October,” he said, adding that the only other band he knows will be on the bill is MEGADETH ? sort of a given, since Dave Mustaine organizes the festival. “We’re excited about coming back to the U.S. once again. We’re happy we can get work, you know? It’s going to be a good tour for us. We did Ozzfest last year and we made a lot of new fans and sold a lot of records. It’s great to come out on another big package tour, and I think there’s probably a more traditional metal audience out there who could pick up on what we do as well through Gigantour.”

Emperor fans – Leave Your Spiked Wristbands At Home

If you’re a black metal fan who is planning on attending EMPEROR‘s New York City shows (July 13th and 14th) at the B.B. King Blues Club, you better leave your spikes at home and find a new way to prove how tr00 you are. The venue has added the following message to the show pages:

“No metal + sharp objects admitted in club including spiked collars & wristbands, pointed rings + chain wallets.”

Tickets for the July 14th show are sold out, but they’re still available for the Thursday, July 13th show.

Six Feet Under, Krisiun – Another Tour Date Released

Another date has been released for the North American tour set to take place later this year featuring SIX FEET UNDER, KRISIUN, CATTLE DECAPITATION, DECAPITATED, and ABYSMAL DAWN:

September 12 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
October 3 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Rob Zombie, Anthrax – Team Up For Tour

ROB ZOMBIE and ANTHRAX will be teaming up for a tour this summer. Dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Skinless – Two New Songs Posted Online

You can check out two new songs off SKINLESS‘ upcoming new album, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, here:

-“Execution of Reason”
-“Deviation Will Not Be Tolerated”

The album will be released on June 13th through Relapse Records.

Cerberus – Track Listing Revealed For Upcoming EP

Los Angeles melodic thrash/death metallers CERBERUS have announced the track listing for their new 5 song EP, entitled What Have We Become? The band is still in the studio and are currently finishing up vocal tracks and getting a final mix. The EP is slated for a July 15th release through Hell and Death Records. Two tracks will be available online in the next few weeks.

Track listing:
1. Fallen Empire
2. Obsidian
3. What Have We Become?
4. In Contempt
5. The Answer

Following the release, they will head out on a full US tour with YEAR OF DESOLATION (Prosthetic Records) and FOREVER IN TERROR (Metal Blade), who recently changed their name from 7TH PLAGUE due too TM issues. Confirmed dates are expected to be available by the end of the month.

Gorgasm – Another New Song Posted Online

Chicago based brutal death metallers GORGASM have released another new track (“Destined To Violate”) off their upcoming new album, KuntKiller, over at their MySpace page. The band has currently finished 7 new songs, including: “Visceral Discharge,” “Submissive Repugnancy,” “Erotic Dislimbing,” “Contemptious Debauchery,” “Sadistic Bliss,” and “KuntKiller.” The album is expected to be released this Fall/Winter.

Genghis Tron – Another New Song Posted Online

GENGHIS TRON have uploaded another new song, entitled “White Walls,” to their MySpace page. The song comes off their highly anticipated new album, Dead Mountain Mouth, which will be released on June 6th through Crucial Blast.

Stone Sour – Confirm New Album Title

STONE SOUR have confirmed that their second album – scheduled for release through Roadrunner on August 22nd – will indeed be named Come What(ever) May.

A video for the song “30/30-150″ was just shot in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (Motley Crue, Otep), and a photo shoot with Chapman Baehler (Velvet Revolver, Audioslave) has also been completed.

The band now plans to rehearse for the next couple of weeks, then shoot a video for the song “Through Glass,” after which they will begin a European tour at the Rock Am Ring Festival on June 2nd.

In the meantime, you can check out a band-made studio clip featuring another brand new song, “Reborn,” as musical backdrop.

All That Remains – New Songs Posted Online

ALL THAT REMAINS have posted two new songs over at their MySpace page. The songs are off their forthcoming new album The Fall of Ideals which will be released July 11th through Prosthetic Records.

Blood Freak – Another New Song Posted Online

Razorback Records’ BLOOD FREAK have released yet another new song off their latest album, Live Fast, Die Young…and Leave a Flesh Eating Corpse. You can listen to it here.

Shadows Fall – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new track entitled “In Effigy” off SHADOWS FALL‘s upcoming new album, Fallout From The War, here. The album will be released on June 13th through Century Media.

Head Automatica – ‘Graduation Day’ Video Available

Check out the new video for HEAD AUTOMATICA‘s ‘Graduation Day’ at the links below:

Windows Lo
Windows Med
Windows Hi

The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Entire Album Streaming on VH-1

You can now preview THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘s entire album “Stadium Arcadium” on at this location. All 28 tracks are currently streaming.

SOiL – Debut ‘Give it Up’ Video – Issue Update, Add Headlining Dates

SOiL have made their video for the lead single, ‘Give it Up’, off their DRT Entertainment debut “True Self”, available online. You can check it out at Yahoo! Music. “True Self” was released this past Tuesday, May 2.

The band has also issued the following update:

“Well first we want to wish a massive get well to John in the 7dust camp. We look forward to doing the still scheduled U.S. May dates. We have now added a few of our own headline shows including a very special FREE record release show in our hometown Chicago (with American motherload, Skank, and Ditchwater) on May 9th at the House Of Blues. We will be heading overseas starting June 1st. Finally the new video for SOiL’s first single “Give It Up”, will debut on Yahoo/Launch tomorrow (May 4th). The video will run over the weekend on Yahoo Entertainment and should be posted on this website by Friday. The video will make it’s debut on Saturday May 13th on Headbangers Ball (MTV2). TRUE SELF in stores now!!! “

Confirmed dates for the headlining run, SEVENDUST dates, as well as the band’s European leg can be found here.

The Rolling Stones – Keith Richards – Blood to be Drained From Skull

To follow-up on a story we recently reported on, KEITH RICHARDS needs to have blood drained from his skull before he can rejoin THE ROLLING STONES‘ world tour. The 62-year-old was airlifted to Auckland’s Ascot hospital suffering concussion after reportedly falling out of a palm tree while on holiday in Fiji last week.

The guitarist was discharged earlier this week, and he will undergo drilling to his skill to drain away bleeding caused by the tumble before THE ROLLING STONES‘ European dates kick off later this month. An insider tells British newspaper The Sun, “Keith’s accident has turned out worse than everybody feared. “After the tests doctors decided they should drain his skull. It has given him a scare but he has been told that he should make a full recovery once it’s done.”

Dawn of Azazel – Pics of Show Opening For Korn Posted Online

You can check out some pics of DAWN OF AZAZEL opening for KORN on May 1st at SuperTop in Auckland, New Zealand here.

Hatebreed – Officially Sign To Roadrunner Records

HATEBREED have officially signed to Roadrunner Records. Band vocalist Jamey Jasta had this to say about the signing:

“I speak for the whole band when I say that we are more than excited to have our next album be released on Roadrunner Records worldwide. We are all big fans of the label. We’re proud that Roadrunner is the new home for our music and message.”

System Of A Down – Plan To Go On Hiatus

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN are not breaking up. But if you’d like to catch them live, you may want to consider buying an Ozzfest ticket.

There have been plenty of rumors suggesting that the band’s headlining stint on this summer’s Ozzfest would be the last time frontman Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan would be appearing onstage together under the System banner. But Malakian said that’s just not true.

“I’ll always be a member of SYSTEM OF A DOWN,” he said. “That will never change. There’s no rule that says you have to make records constantly, like clockwork, to continue being who you are. We want to live our lives, [because being in a band] really consumes a big part of your life, and sometimes you just want to stop and slow down. We started being just these guys in a band, and the next thing you know, everyone’s asking for autographs. It plays with your head.”

So, Malakian said, after this summer’s Ozzfest ? which will kick off in Seattle on June 29 and wrap up August 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida ? SYSTEM OF A DOWN will go on “hiatus.”

“We’re not breaking up,” Malakian insisted. “If that was the case, we wouldn’t be doing this Ozzfest, because we’re a little nervous” about trying to fill Ozzy Osbourne’s shoes. Ozzy will be headlining just 10 of this year’s Ozzfest dates, with System topping the bill on Ozzy’s off days. “We’re going to take a very long break after Ozzfest and do our own things,” he added. “We’ve done System for over 10 years, and I think it’s healthy for us to get away from it for a while and come back to it later on. So, this is probably going to be … well, it’s not a farewell tour, but it’s going to be a little while before we go out again.”

Malakian said he couldn’t guess just how long System’s hiatus will be, other than to say a few years. SYSTEM OF A DOWN have generally held recording sessions every three years since their self-titled debut in 1998, although the release of the material has been staggered: 2001’s Toxicity was followed in 2002 by the outtakes collection Steal This Album!, and in 2005 the band issued the two halves of its double album, Hypnotize/ Mezmerize, five months apart. This fall, Malakian said he’ll start work on his next project, SCARS ON BROADWAY, a band he’s still assembling. He’s also in talks to score a feature film, but hasn’t inked a deal just yet.

And the rest of the band has other interests, too. Tankian runs his own record label, Serjical Strike, and Odadjian has been talking with members of the WU-TANG CLAN about working together on a project.

“I have a few things lined up that I want to do,” Malakian explained. “For me, personally, I’ve written all the System records from day one, so it’s kind of healthy for me to go off and do a few other things and then come back to it, as it is for the rest of the band. Some people would call it a breakup, but we don’t really call it that. You know, even U2 took a little time off, and then they came back with a new sound. We’re not trying to follow anyone ? that’s just an example of a band that kind of took a little break and then came back.

“People get very focused on the band and away from the art,” he continued. “The art, in my opinion, is the most important part of the whole thing ? whether it’s called SYSTEM OF A DOWN or SCARS OF BROADWAY or whatever. It’s the songs and the art that’s the most important thing, and for me, creatively, I kind of want to go somewhere else at the moment. We’re not making any plans. For 10 years, it’s been make a record, plan on making the next record, plan on the next tour, plan on this, plan on that. There have always been plans around System. Our lives have been planned around System. We want to go live our lives a bit. We feel this is healthy for the longevity of System.”

Anata – New Album Art Work Posted Online

You can check out the art work for ANATA‘s highly anticipated upcoming new album, The Conductor’s Departure, here. The album will be released on June 12th through Earache Records. You can also preview a new track entitled “Downward Spiral Into Madness” over at the band’s MySpace page.

Pungent Stench – U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Austrian death metallers PUNGENT STENCH have lined up the following upcoming U.S. shows:

May 11 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
May 12 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
May 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cooler Lounge
May 14 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
May 15 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street
May 16 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
May 17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
May 20 – Boise, ID @ Grove Street
May 21 – Aurora, CO @ Illif Park Saloon
May 22 – Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Mary’s
May 27 – Roanoke, VA @ Shooters
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 29 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
May 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
June 4 – New York, NY @ Downtime

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Tour Dates Updated

Tour dates have been updated for THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN:

June 10 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s w/ Misery Index, From A Second Story Window, Cattle Decapitation, Animosity, Job For A Cowboy
June 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley*
June 15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus*
June 20 – Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom*
June 22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom*
June 23 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom*
June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
June 25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
June 28 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
June 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
June 30 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
July 1 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
July 2 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
July 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre*
July 7 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre*
July 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club*
July 11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium*
July 14 – Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
July 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
July 18 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s On Washington
July 19 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
July 20 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
July 21 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Music Hall
July 22 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
July 23 – Madison, WI @ The Annex
July 29 – Wichita, KS @ Headway Skatepark

* = with A.F.I. and NIGHTMARE OF YOU

Def Leppard, Journey – Add 2nd Leg / Extend US Tour

In what is already one of summer?s most successful and sought-after concerts, DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY‘s rockin? US tour has been extended due to an overwhelming demand from music fans for tickets. Dates for the second leg have been announced today. The tour will kick off on June 23rd in Camden, NJ.

The bands–along with VH1 Classic and Live Nation– had only announced a few short weeks ago that they were pairing up for a summer tour that would run from June until the end of August. Since then, the call for tickets has far surpassed all expectations, delighting and amazing promoters across the country.

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen said, ?This is what we were hoping for. We were thrilled with the initial ticket sales and now we can really get on it!?

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and kickin’ ass,” says JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon. ?We’re glad that our fans are excited about this tour, and I think both Journey and Def Leppard will gain some new fans. I’m especially looking forward to playing guitar with my good buddy Vivian Campbell.”

?We?re thrilled with the way music fans have embraced this tour,? said Bruce Kapp Senior Vice President of Touring for Live Nation, the company producing the tour. ?It?s clear from the way these shows are selling that the Def Leppard and Journey package is going to be one of the stand out hits of the summer.?

Skindred – Announce Plethora of Summer UK Dates – Album Update

Welsh ragga-metallers SKINDRED have lined up some Summer dates in the UK, as well as an update regarding their followup to their successful release “Babylon” which sold upwards of 250,000 worldwide. Here is what guitarist Arya had to day:

“Hey guys, hope you are all well. Just thought i’d give you a quick update with whats going on with us dred boys! On Sunday we are flying to Miami! We are gonna be there for about a month, doing some writing for the new album at Bieler Bros Records/Studios, which i have to say is going great. We are all really excited about the new stuff we are coming up with. Its been great to have some time to just jam out. As you know we were on tour forever, so to have some time to focus on just writing songs has been awesome. We are also playing 2 shows in Florida, so come and say hey! If you wanna get in contact about booking us for a show the best way to go about it is through our management team. Northern Music for UK and Europe, and Bieler Bros for USA. That is the best and only way!”

“This summer we are gonna be doing some festivals and headling in the UK. Download being the one i can’t wait for!!! Just keep checking our offical website and this page. Like I said, the new album is on its way, we don’t wanna rush it. If we did, we would be letting you and ourselves down! It will be worth the wait i promise!!!! I’ve gotta pack my shorts, so i’m gonna leave it there. Thanks for reading my 1st blog!”

May 26 – Orlando @ Orlando House of Blues
May 27 – Ft. Lauderdale @ The Revolution
June 9 – Harlow @ Harlow The Square
June 11 – Donnington @ Download Festival
June 16 – Plymouth @ The Hub
June 23 – Trobridge @ The Hub
June 24 – Aberdare Mid Glamorgan @ The Black
June 25 – Bridgewater @ Rugby Club
July 1 – Lincoln @ Sugarcubes
July 8 – Aberdeen @ Tunnels
July 9 – Glasgow @ ABC
July 16 – Birmingham @ Academy
July 22 – Oxford/Steventon @ Oxford Truck Festival
August 3 – London @ Camden Electric Ballroom

Theatre of Tragedy, Wolverine – Brand New MP3’s Available

Candlelight Records has premiered ‘Voices’ from THEATRE OF TRAGEDY‘s forthcoming album Storm and ‘Bleed’ from WOLVERINE‘s forthcoming album Still at the label’s official My Space page. Bring your browser to this location to have your first listen.

Produced by Rico Darum at Toproom Studios in Norway and mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FEAR FACTORY, etc.) at The Green Jacket studios in British Columbia, “Storm” is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to THEATRE OF TRAGEDY‘s popular “Assembly” (Nuclear Blast) album released nearly three years ago. Introducing new vocalist Nell Sigland (replacing Liv Kristine), the album has already found much success on its recent European release; the albums lead single placing on numerous national sales charts. It is the band’s first through Candlelight. “Storm” will hit US stores on June 27.

Recorded at Spacelab Studios in Germany during mid-2005, “Still” is a far more robust album, heavier in nature while simultaneously allowing their emotive songwriting to shine. Its somber yet commanding. Revolver Magazine said of the band’s previous album, “a powerful soundscape that draws you inescapably into the madness.” Home to OPETH‘s early trilogy of recordings, WOLVERINE joined Candlelight Records’ growing worldwide roster earlier this year after ending relations with Earache Records. “Still” hits US stores July 11.