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BoySetsFire – Pack it In…. – Announce Retirement

BOYSETSFIRE has announced plans to hang up their instruments and retire. The lads will wrap up their current tour schedule for 2006, but after that are calling it quits. A short message on their website reads as follows:

“dear friends,

“it is not with a heavy heart that we write these words but with a head held high. we wanted to collectively inform you that BOYSETSFIRE has decided to retire.”

“thank you all for your support and belief in us over the last 12
years…please know it meant the world to us.”

…the full announcement can be found here.

Manegarm, Skyforger, Vreid – Confirmed for 2nd Annual Heathen Crusade Metalfest – January, 2007

MNEGARM from Sweden, SKYFORGER from Latvia and VREID from Norway are the first bands to be confirmed for the second annual Heathen Crusade Metalfest.  All three bands will be making their exclusive debut North American performances. 

The Heathen Crusade II will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at The Quest Night Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Bands who want to be considered for a slot in the lineup can contact the organizers at booking@heathencrusade.com.

 The headliner of the Festival and other supporting bands will be announced in the coming months as they are confirmed.  Additional information can be found at http://www.heathencrusade.com.  You can also visit at our MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/heathencrusade.

Deadsy – “Phantasmagore” Set for August 22 Release

DEADSY, who are currently touring as part of the FAMILY VALUES TOUR 2006 on the 2nd stage, will be releasing their next effort entitled “Phantasmagore” through Immortal/Elementree Records on August 22. Those of you who wish to pre-order the disc, it will earn you an autographed copy of the album.

Rock ‘N Roll Soldiers – MTV Act – Released from Atlantic Contract – Set to Put Out Album

ROCK ‘N ROLL SOLDIERS have finally been released from their contract with Atlantic Records and have been permitted to release their long-ready debut album, “So Many Musicians to Kill” through their own label RNRS Music and personal distribution.  The band gained considerable notice through their Verizon ‘Funny Little Feeling’ commercial and their band-focused MTV True Life episode I’m Getting My Big Break.

Anal Cunt, Hirax – Teaming Up For East Coast Tour?

ANAL CUNT and HIRAX will be playing together on November 11th at North Six in Brooklyn, New York. This is expected to be part of a full east coast tour. More details are expected to be released shortly.

In related news, here is Seth Putnam‘s latest update:

ANAL CUNT will be releasing “Defenders of the Hate” on CD later this year on Menace To Sobriety Records. It will also include the songs from the “Thrash of the Titans” comp lp, the split 7″ with FLACHENBRAND, and the songs from the “13 Bands Who Think You’re Gay” comp lp.

The new tentative title for the next ANAL CUNT CD is “Assholes and
Troublemakers
,” named after an article written about us in Doll magazine from Japan with the same title.

Jedi Mind Tricks – “Heavy Metal Kings” To Be Released Tomorrow On iTunes

Philadelphia based underground hip hop group JEDI MIND TRICKS have posted the following update:

“After a two-year hiatus, we return with a vengence tomorrow with the world premiere of our lead single, “Heavy Metal Kings” featuring Ill Bill, from our latest album, Servants in Heaven, Kings In Hell, in stores September 19th , 2006. If you like what you hear, please go over to iTunes and help us crash the party by showing the industry that music with integrity still has a place.

You can also cop “Heavy Metal Kings” as a limited edition blue 12-inch vinyl single autographed by JEDI MIND TRICKS‘ frontman, Vinnie Paz by clicking here. Autographed copies are extremely limited.”

The group also recently filmed a video for the track in Brooklyn which is expected to be released next week. You can also check out dates for the groups upcoming tour over at their official MySpace page.

Bury Your Dead – Land #129 on Billboard Chart – Sell 10,745 in 2 Weeks

Fresh off of a stint on the Strhess Tour, alongside SHADOWS FALL, POISON THE WELL and more, BURY YOUR DEAD‘s July 11th release, “Beauty and the Breakdown” (Victory Records) charted #129 on the Billboard 200, selling 7,039 copies in its first week.  This record is the brutal follow up to the very successful Victory Records release, “Cover Your Tracks” which has sold 90,000 copies to date.

Regarding the release and charting of the album, guitarist Slim states, “If you had asked me when I started this band 5 years ago if anything we have accomplished by now would have happened I would have said Fuck off you’re out of your mind. This is just another one of those things. I just like to think, what would MOTLEY CRUE do?”

On top of the new record being released, the band are busy regarding their first music video from the new album, for the track “House of Straw.” Slim comments, “We shot a video this past Sunday (July 23) in DC with Joseph Pattersal (DARKEST HOUR) for the first single on our new record, “House of Straw.”  Things are looking awesome and will be getting wrapped within the next few days. It’s along the same lines as our layout and looks cool as hell. We feel this video is the equivalent of Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” but with way less fog. Holla”

To date, BURY YOUR DEAD‘s “Beauty and the Breakdown” has sold a respectable 10,745 copies in the 2 weeks since its release.

Drummer Mark Castillo compliments with, “Thank you to everyone who went out and actually bought the new record. We appreciate it and without all of your support we wouldn’t be 129th best seller in the country an on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Thank you.”

Arsis – Upcoming Tour Dates Updated

ARSIS have updated their upcoming tour schedule:

with Becoming the Archetype:
August 18 – Madison, WI @ The Loft w/ Demiricous
August 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Underground w/ Demiricous
August 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose w/ Ed Gein
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Ed Gein
August 22 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises w/ Ed Gein
August 23 – Hudson, NY @ St. John’s Rec Center w/ Ed Gein
August 24 – Wallingford, CT @ American Legion w/ Ed Gein
August 25 – Boston, MA @ TBA w/ Ed Gein
August 26 – Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South w/ Ed Gein
August 27 – Endicott, NY @ Downtown Quarterback w/ Ed Gein
August 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Club Deep w/ Ed Gein
August 29 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 30 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
August 31 – Danville, VA @ Plan B
September 1 – Wilmington, NC @ Lucky’s Pub
September 2 – Hinesville, GA @ Little Ricky’s
September 3 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ TBA
September 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
September 5 – Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
September 6 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial

with Dead To Fall, Misery Signals, Ed Gein:
September 8 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks (no Misery Signals)
September 9 – Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar
September 10 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
September 11 – Cedar City, UT @ Night by Night
September 12 –  Ogden, UT @ Club Boom VA
September 13 – Reno, NV @ The Fourteenth Ward

with Dead To Fall, Misery Signals, The Faceless:
September 14 –  San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
September 15 – Fresno, CA @The Belmont
September 16 – Ventura, CA @ Alpine
September 17 – Salinas, CA @ Salinas Valley Lodge
September 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
September 20 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
September 21 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
September 22 – Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
September 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
September 24 – El Paso, TX @ House of Rock and Roll
September 25 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
September 26 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
September 27 – Ft. Worth, TX @ The Ridglea Theater
September 28 – Monroe, LA @ Fleur De Live
September 29 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
September 30 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s

Cattle Decapitation – Nominated For San Diego Music Award

CATTLE DECAPITATION have been nominated in the “Best Hard Rock Band” category for this year’s San Diego Music Award. You can vote for them here.

Dave Mustaine – Comments On Gigantour 2006

Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH has posted the following message on the forums section of the Gigantour 2006 site:

“Welcome to Gigantour 2006! I doubt I will get to meet many of you, but just know that I look forward to those of you that I do meet.

I am very proud of the bands that I have chosen this year. And although some of us are similar, most of us aren’t. One thing is that the guitarists are what makes me the proudest!

To stand among the next generation of Lead Guitar Heroes is thrilling, and while some may doubt the validity of what I am going to say, I look forward to seeing if I can learn anything from these excellent musicians. Old dogs can learn new tricks.

I also want to keep an eye on all of the vocalists, especially the dude from THE SMASHUP, he has to sing in at least four or five different charachters when he sings-hella kewl!!! Knowing me, its prolly all of the band taking turns and I’m just completely fooled

So, that’s it for now. Come back soon, come back often, come out and see us on Gigantour 2006 North America, unless you are in Australia, then stay there and we’ll come to you for Gigantour 2006 Australia, fondly called G.2006.OZ

Thank you for being part of my dream, part of this tour, part of our scene, and I will be watching you!”

For more information on the tour, check out its official site.

Stone Sour – Entire New Album Available For Streaming

You can now stream STONE SOUR‘s new album, Come What(ever), in it’s entirety over at AOL.com. The album will be released tomorrow (August 1st) through Roadrunner Records.

Blind Guardian – “Another Stranger Me” Video Posted Online

You can check out BLIND GUARDIAN‘s new video for the song “Another Stranger Mehere. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new album, A Twist In The Myth, which is due out on September 4th through Nuclear Blast Records.

Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising Tour Officialy Announced

Candlelight Records today proudly announces its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9th, Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will feature the long-awaited stateside return of DARK FUNERAL (Sweden), ENSLAVED (Norway) and introduce newcomers ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4th.

DARK FUNERAL guitarist/founding member Lord Ahriman says, “since we announced the first European tour dates for our latest album Attera Totus Sanctus earlier this year, there has been a constant and completely overwhelming flow of mails from the US and Canada asking when the hell we will tour North America. Well finally dates are being booked! Last time we toured the US supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE in 2002 we had a blast. Everyone we met during that tour was really cool. The crowd was totally awesome. It’ll be killer to finally return overseas! I have the feeling that this is going to be one hell of a tour and we hope see you in January!”

ENSLAVED guitarist Ivar Bjornson adds, “I have awaited this moment since I don’t know when and now it is official: an extensive Enslaved tour in North America is becoming reality. We have been working every possible angle of getting over to present our music for years. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. You won’t be disappointed; neither will we.”

The first confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

January 9 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Spylacopa, Dysrythmia – Added To Dillinger Escape Plan NYC Show

SPYLACOPA, who feature John LaMacchia of CANDIRIA, and DYSRYTHMIA have been added to THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s benefit show for juvenile diabetes set to take place this Wednesday, August 2nd at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Also performing will be GOD FORBID.

Misery Index – Canadian Tour Dates Released

MISERY INDEX has lined up the following Canadian tour dates for September:

September 11 – Montreal, QC @ Caf L’Inconditionnel
September 12 – Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s w/ Neuraxis
September 13 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Arlequin w/ Beneath The Massacre
September 14 – Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Le Maquisart w/ Neuraxis
September 16 – Halifax, NS @ Pavillion w/ Neuraxis (early show)
September 16 – Halifax, NS @ Duffy’s Speakeasy w/ Neuraxis
September 17 – Moncton, NB @ Manhatten Lounge w/ Neuraxis
September 25 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo w/ Neuraxis
September 29 – Calgary, AB @ The Underground w/ Neuraxis

Hatesphere, Gojira – Team Up For Co-Headlining UK Tour

HATESPHERE and GOJIRA will be teaming up for a co-headlining UK tour in October. Dates are as follows:

October 3 – Birmingham @ Barfly
October 4 – London @ Underworld
October 5 – Stoke @ SUGAR Mill
Octobet 6 – Glasgow @ King Tuts
October 7 – Manchester @ Club Academy
October 9 – Newport @ TJ’S
October 10 – Oxford @ Zodiac
October 11 – Liverpool @ Uni Academy 2
October 13 – Newcastle @ Academy 2

Opeth – European Tour Dates Announced

OPETH have announced the following European dates for December:

December 2 – Berlin, GER @ Columbia Club
December 3 – Cologne, GER @ Live Music Hall
December 5 – Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartre
December 6 – Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
December 7 – Barcelona, SPA @ Sala Apolo
December 8 – Madrid, SPA @ Heineken hall
December 9 – Lisbon, POR @ Paradise Garage
December 10 – Porto, POR @ Hard Club
December 12 – Bilbao, SPA @ Sala Santana
December 13 – Montpellier, FRA @ Le Rockstore
December 14 – Strasbourg, FRA @ La Laiterie

Trivium – New Song Available For Download

You can download a new TRIVIUM song entitled “Detonationhere. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new album, The Crusade, which is due out on October 10th through Roadrunner Records.

Cannibal Corpse – Teaming Up with Necrophagia, Spawn of Possession, and Aeon For US Tour!

According to the venue’s website, CANNIBAL CORPSE will be performing at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on November 10th. Also on the bill is NECROPHAGIA, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, and AEON. More dates, and another national act, are expected to be announced shortly.

Lamb of God – New Song Streaming Online

You can hear another new LAMB OF GOD song entitled “Walk With Me In Hellhere (you’ll have to scroll around the upper right hand corner to activate it).

Maryland Deathfest – Official MySpace Page Launched

The Maryland Deathfest has launched their official MySpace page. The first confirmed bands for next year’s festival, which will take place May 26th and 27th at Sonar, are GUT, RETALIATION, CRIPPLE BASTARDS, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, BIRDFLESH, JIGSORE TERROR, NUNWHORE COMMANDO 666, LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER, and FOETOPSY.

The next set of band confirmations are expected to be released sometime this week. In the meantime, you can talk about the festival on its official SMNnews hosted forum.

Dog Fashion Disco – More Upcoming Tour Dates Released

Maryland’s DOG FASHION DISCO have lined up some more upcoming tour dates for next month. You can check those out here.

Evanescence – Discuss New Video With MTV

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

EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee‘s not afraid of the Big Bad wolf. Nor is she afraid of a room filled with them.

In fact, in a clip for “Call Me When You’re Sober,” the first single from the band’s upcoming The Open Door, Lee actually gets a little forceful with a “wolf.”

“These live wolves came in, and they each had trainers and it was really fun,” she said on the video’s Hollywood set earlier this month. Marc Webb (AFI, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE) signed on to direct the clip. “I thought it was really cool, but then when they came in, they were 150 pounds. So I was like, ‘Wow, if I got on all fours, I’d be about the same size as this huge animal.’ But it was me and the wolves in the room, and it was all cool. It was awesome. My allergies kicked in, but I powered through. And then we shot the scene at the vanity with the Big Bad Wolf coming over my shoulders and trying to seduce me.”

The video, set to debut August 7 on MTV, features Lee wearing a red satin cape and sitting at an antiquated vanity. A young man with crystal blue eyes and scruffy, overgrown facial hair and sideburns approaches her from behind, caressing her shoulders and softly kissing her neck as she tries to rebuff his advances.

“The song is so literal, the lyrics and everything I mean, obviously, just by the title that we felt like the video would have the freedom to go in a less literal direction,” she explained. “So it’s [a modern re-imagining of] Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf and sort of a more cool, superhero, rock and roll Little Red Riding Hood.”

In the video, Lee‘s indomitable Hood gets the better of the wolf, following a scene in which she destroys a table, sending chairs and food flying across the room. Then she sends the wolf packing no pun intended. Oh, and there’s even a scene where Lee flanked by four Asian dancers, in black leather clothing levitates.

The debut of the “Call Me When You’re Sober” clip will precede the October 3 release of The Open Door, the follow-up to EVANESCENCE‘s 2003 breakthrough, Fallen. The video is not expected to feature bassist William Boyd, who recently jumped the EVANESCENCE ship.

The song’s subject matter, Lee said, involves “something that everyone’s been through” the frustration of “dealing with someone with an addiction, which is really hard, especially when you love someone.” Lee‘s not so used to writing songs with literal meanings, though.

“It’s very new for us, and it’s fun, actually,” she said. “This album, I sort of pushed all my limits and did all the things maybe I wasn’t brave enough to do the last time or just that I’m older now and more mature and I don’t know a better writer. I worked a lot harder and I think that the songs are better and I’m excited. I wish the album was coming out next week.”

“I feel like I have the ability to do a lot of things I couldn’t do before, for a number of reasons,” she continued. “As a musician, I feel like I can just do whatever. This album is completely the way I wanted it to be on every level, and it’s more of me and it’s more of my writing. A lot of doors have kind of been opened in my life not just since everything has happened for us. But lately, I have kind of just learned to go, ‘OK, that’s it,’ and cut a few ties and move away learn how to say ‘No’ and look for happiness.”

Lee, who said the band plans to tour around The Open Door‘s release, said the track that closes out the album is unlike anything the band has done before.

“It’s called ‘Good Enough,’ and it’s completely, completely, completely different for me because it sort of [has a] happy ending,” she said. “It’s the last song that I wrote for the record, and it’s sort of the bravest, I think, for me because I had to tell the truth and the truth is, I feel, good now. The rest of the album is pretty aggressive and dark and everything else, but the last one is like, I got to the good place that I was heading for and I wrote about how good I felt. It turned out amazing, but it’s like nothing we’ve ever done. I just have to write from my heart and be genuine, because I think that’s what people loved about our music to begin with, and if that changes, then that changes.”

Eighteen Visions – Discuss New Album With MTV

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

Judging from the lyrics on EIGHTEEN VISIONS‘ self-titled new album, it seems like frontman James Hart has had his heart broken, torn out, stomped on and consumed.

And now he’s pretty mad.

In the band’s new single “Victim,” he shouts, “Give me one good reason I should be forgiving you,” and on “Burned Us Alive,” he declares, “You burned me once but you won’t burn me again.” But Hart‘s not griping about his shattered love life. It’s everything else in his world that has left him seeing red.

“I was just going through a very dark period in my life, and that was when I wrote most of the lyrics,” he said. “One of the worst things was I recently lost my grandmother, which was really hard to deal with. I’ve never had anyone die that I was close to for so long, and it made me question a lot of things and think about mortality.”

Grandma isn’t all Hart was thinking about when he worked on the band’s third LP, which came out July 18. He was also motivated by a friend who spiraled into the abyss of addiction; someone who unforgivably betrayed him; and the band’s last two managers, who didn’t see eye-to-eye with EIGHTEEN VISIONS.

“When we released Obsession two years ago, we started off at a high point,” Hart explained. “We had a few great support tours, and we had two managers. Then one of them left, and we were stuck with someone who wasn’t on the same page with us. Everything went downhill from there. We didn’t get as many tours as we wanted or the kinds of tours we wanted. We just needed to take some time and fix the machine.”

Those were difficult months for Hart, and he found that the best way to cope with his misery was to write. “The record definitely has that feeling of emptiness and loneliness and despair and even hatred,” he said. “Those were the emotions I was experiencing at that point, and I was able to get them all out through this record.”

Anyone hoping Hart‘s woes and frustrations triggered a return to the harsh metalcore of the first two EIGHTEEN VISIONS records will be disappointed by the anthemic verses and radio-ready refrains of EIGHTEEN VISIONS. Those who enjoy the electrically charged melodies of VELVET REVOLVER and DEF LEPPARD, however, will enjoy the mix of pop, hard rock and ’80s metal.

“I guess we’re more rock now and less metal, but that’s the direction we really wanted to go in,” Hart said. “It’s not like we don’t like to play metal anymore, we just feel like we can’t do it as well anymore, so why should we try?”

Just because EIGHTEEN VISIONS isn’t metal doesn’t mean it’s not still heavy. The guitar fills are dissonant, the beats crash and there are even a few chugga-chugga breakdowns they’re just cushioned between layers of multitrack vocals, sugary melodies and ’80s rock hooks.

“We all grew up in the ’80s, so I’m big on GN’RSKID ROW and DEF LEPPARD, and there are bits of that here and there,” Hart said. “But what we really wanted to do was take some of those ideas, modernize them, and implant them into our songs to see if they would work.”

The album is self-titled because, to them, it signals a rebirth. To Hart, it’s the first album that really expresses the band’s new, um, vision.

“It’s kind of like opening a new page in the book and moving on with a different type of band,” Hart said. “On Obsession, we changed our sound, but we played it safe at the same time. With this record, we wanted to go balls out. We didn’t care about what people would think. I just know this record is leaps and bounds beyond the last one.”

EIGHTEEN VISIONS started writing the new disc two years ago, as soon as they finished tracking Obsession, and by November 2005 they had stockpiled 30 songs. They quickly narrowed the number down to 20 and then entered an L.A. studio in December with Machine, who has also worked with Lamb LAMB OF GOD and BLOODSIMPLE. The producer’s perfectionist work ethic and over-the-top exuberance was an asset for the band.

“He’s a maniac, which is awesome,” Hart said. “He was literally bouncing off the walls in the rehearsal space and he was totally in your face, pounding his fists as we recorded. The energy was unreal, and it brought something special to the record.”

Currently rocking the Warped Tour, EIGHTEEN VISIONS will begin a solo jaunt August 15 before heading to Europe in September.

“Everything’s going great,” Hart enthused. “A lot of new people are checking us out and getting into us, and that’s what we wanted. We’re not necessarily leaving everything else behind, but we’re kind of saying, ‘Hey, this is who we are and what we’re doing now, love it or leave it.’ And that seems to be working.”

Insane Clown Posse – Initial Fall Tour Dates Released

Some initial dates have been released for the INSANE CLOWN POSSE‘s upcoming fall tour:

October 1 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 5 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 6 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
October 18 – Bricktown, OK @ Bricktown Events Center
October 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
October 27 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium