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A.F.I., The Dillinger Escape Plan – More Tour Dates Released

More tour dates have been released for A.F.I.‘s upcoming tour with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NIGHTMARE OF YOU:

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 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
June 26 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
July 11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium

Sexcrement – More Upcoming Shows Announced

Massachusetts based death metallers SEXCREMENT have lined up the following upcoming shows:

May 24 – New York, NY @ Downtime w/ Cliteater, Rompeprop, Malignancy
June 2 – Somerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium w/ Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation
June 10 – Long Island, NY @ TBA
June 11 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billards w/ Arsis, Pillory, Wasteform
July 15 – Marlborough, MA @ Jay Blasindell’s BBQ w/ Teratsim
July 16 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Lividity

A Dozen Furies – Calls It Quits

A DOZEN FURIES has officially broken up. The band’s claim to fame came as part of their guitarist’s stint on the 2004 “Battle for Ozzfest” reality show and the band’s stint Ozzfest 2005′s side stage in a non-rotating side stage spot. Here is a message from the band’s official site, written by the band’s drummer Mike:

“There really is no point in drawing this out longer than it needs to be, so I’ll try and be quick and to the point. After two amazing short years, A DOZEN FURIES has called it a day. We could go on and on about all of the reasons why, but when it comes down to it, it’s because we’ve grown apart. I guess a lot of the ‘wrong’ things fell into place at the ‘right’ time. I’m sure some might think we were a flash in the pan and now that our 15 seconds is over, we are quitting. Well, most of us have been doing this for close to 10 years and it’s just time for some of us to move on.

With that said, we would like to express our more sincere thanks to everyone who was with us at any point along the way. All of the fans we’ve made, friends we’ve met, bands we toured with, and industry people we’ve befriended amongst our travels, we’d like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. All of you have helped us achieve in just 2 years something that most bands never get to experience in their entire careers. This will be something that none of us will ever forget, and we hope most of you who did run across our path won’t forget as well.

Who knows what will happen with us after the split. Some of us will continue pursuing music, some will move on to other things, and keith works at a gay bar. We all have myspace pages linked from www.myspace.com/adozenfuries so you can keep up with us if you do so desire.

To end it off, we are holding a farewell show at The Ridglea Metal & Hardcore Fest on Saturday, May 6th at The Ridglea Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas. There are 3,000 bands playing, only the best of the best of course, so this will be a show you shant miss. We will be selling our merch(shirts, CD’s, old EP’s *Rip the Stars Down*, Hoodies, everything) DIRT CHEAP… and I do mean DIRT CHEAP, so don’t miss out ’cause this is your last chance. Well, our merch store still has stuff, including the Rip the Stars Down EP, so you can still place orders.

Thanks for the good times! I miss it all already.

Lacuna Coil – Performing on Jimmy Kimmel May 9

LACUNA COIL have been tapped to perform on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday, May 9. The show will be recorded at 6:15 p.m. and aired at 12:05 a.m. EST.

PsyOpus – Final Live Video Footage Placed Online

The last in the trilogy of live performances of PSYOPUS is available online courtesy of UVTV. This time it is for their track ?Death, . . . I? and again the footage was taken at a benefit concert for Handicapped Children last September in Endicott, NY.

Nicodemus – To Tour the UK – “Homecoming Tour” – Liquid Sky to Support

Portland based progressive metallers, NICODEMUS, are very pleased to announce that they will tour the UK for the first time in their career this July. Support act for dates will be Manchester, England based goth metal band LIQUID SKY.

Confirmed dates in England are as follows:

July 16 – Stoke-On-Trent @ The Glebe
July 18 – Queensferry @ The Pentre Club
July 21 – Gloucester TBA
July 22 – Hertford TBA
July 23 – Aylesbury @ The White Swan
July 27 – Croydon, Surrey @ The Cartoon Club
July 28 – Hull @ The White Room
July 29 – Mansfield @ Town Mill

More dates will be announced as they are confirmed. Band leader, Christopher Morris, is thrilled that the band will finally tour overseas:

“It feels great to finally get the opportunity to tour England and to do it along side a great band like Liquid Sky. We have had tremendous support from our British fans since our debut album almost 6 years ago. To play for them now, as well as gain exposure to new fans, is a dream come true for us. Being British myself, there is also a great sense of pride in this homecoming.”

Family Values Tour 2006 – Cities and Some Venues Revealed

The 2006 edition of the Family Values Tour, which will feature KORN, DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF, DIR EN GREY and a to-be-announced second stage will hit the following cities:

Albuquerque, NM
Alpine Valley, WI
Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Camden, NJ – Tweeter Center
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Darien, CT
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Hartford, CT
Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City, MO
Nashville, TN
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Raleigh, NC
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Bernardino, CA
Saratoga, NY
St. Louis, MO
Toronto, ONT
Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
Washington, DC
West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphetheatre

Overcast – Warm-Up to Reunion Gig Pictures Online

Four years and three weeks after their last show, OVERCAST came together to perform for the second to last time on April 23 at Cabot St. in Chicopee, MA. OVERCAST features Brian Fair of SHADOWS FALL on vocals, Mike D. of KILLSWITH ENGAGE, Pete of SEEMLESS, Scott of TRANSIENT and Jay of TUNNEL DRILL.

Pictures of the following artists, from the performance, can be found at this location.

cannae (93 pics)
in dire need (64 pics)
nerve gas tradgedy (90 pics)
overcast (330 pics)
the acacia strain (150 pics)
within the ruins (37 pics)

New England Metalcore Fest – Set Times Announced

Set times have been released for this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, which will take place April 28th – 30th at The Palladium in Worcester, MA:

:::FRIDAY APRIL 28:::
DOORS OPEN AT 2:00PM
SHOW RUNS UNTIL 1:00AM
RE-ENTRY ALLOWED UNTIL 6:00PM

Main Stage Friday:
2:00 – 2:20 Alarum
2:30 – 2:50 The Absence
3:00 – 3:20 Folly
3:30 – 3:50 Thine Eyes Bleed
4:00 – 4:20 Ligeia
4:30 – 4:50 Demiricous
5:00 – 5:20 Nodes Of Ranvier
5:30 – 5:50 Dead To Fall
6:00 – 6:20 If Hope Dies
6:30 – 6:50 Through The Eyes Of The Dead
7:00 – 7:20 The Acacia Strain
7:30 – 7:50 Haste The Day
8:00 – 8:20 Necrophagist
8:30 – 9:00 Still Remains
9:10 – 9:40 A Life Once Lost
9:50 – 10:30 Between The Buried And Me
10:45 – 11:30 Black Dahlia Murder
12:00 – 1:00 Lacuna Coil

Second Stage Friday:
2:10 – 2:30 Today I Wait
2:40 – 3:00 Suicide Silence
3:10 – 3:30 Ed Gein
3:40 – 4:00 Scarlet
4:10 – 4:30 Arsis
4:40 – 5:00 Neuraxis
5:10 – 5:30 From A Second Story Window
5:40 – 6:00 A Perfect Murder
6:10 – 6:30 Ringworm
6:40 – 7:10 Cephalic Carnage

:::SATURDAY APRIL 29:::
DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM
SHOW RUNS UNTIL 1:00AM
RE-ENTRY ALLOWED UNTIL 6:00PM

Main Stage Saturday:
12:00 – 12:20 Embrace The End
12:30 – 12:50 At All Cost
1:00 – 1:20 Ion Dissonance
1:30 – 1:50 Spitfire
2:00 – 2:20 Into The Moat
2:30 – 2:50 Since The Flood
3:00 – 3:20 Immolation
3:30 – 3:50 Scars Of Tomorrow
4:00 – 4:20 100 Demons
4:30 -4:50 Skinless
5:00 – 5:20 Caliban
5:30 – 6:00 Hate Eternal
6:10 – 6:40 God Forbid
6:50 – 7:20 TBA
7:30 – 8:00 Suffocation
8:10 – 8:40 Terror
8:50 – 9:30 Overcast
9:50 – 10:30 Exodus
10:45 – 11:30 Chimaira
12:00 – 1:00 Arch Enemy

Second Stage Saturday:
12:00 – 12:20 The Jonbenet
12:30 – 12:50 Subzero
1:00 – 1:20 Shoot To Kill
1:30 – 1:50 Colin Of Arabia
2:00 – 2:20 First Blood
2:30 – 2:50 Righteous Jams
3:00 – 3:20 Ramallah
3:30 – 3:50 Sworn Enemy
4:00 – 4:20 Turmoil
4:30 – 4:50 Remembering Never
5:00 – 5:20 Full Blown Chaos
5:30 – 5:50 Damnation AD
6:00 – 6:30 Death Threat

:::SUNDAY APRIL 30:::
DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM
SHOW RUNS UNTIL 1:00AM
RE-ENTRY ALLOWED UNTIL 6:00PM

Main Stage Sunday:
12:00 – 12:20 The Miles Between
12:30 – 12:50 Sanctity
1:00 – 1:20 Hypersolid
1:30 – 1:50 Withered
2:00 – 2:20 Mercury Switch
2:30 – 2:50 xdeathstarx
3:00 – 3:20 Inked In Blood
3:30 – 3:50 A Love End Suicide
4:00 – 4:20 Light This City
4:30 – 4:50 Protest The Hero
5:00 – 5:20 Burn in Silence
5:30 – 5:50 Cannae
6:00 – 6:20 Trouble
6:30 – 6:50 Byzantine
7:00 – 7:30 Into Eternity
7:50 – 8:30 Wolf
8:50 – 9:30 Bronx Casket Company
10:00 – 11:00 DragonForce
11:30 – 1:00 Gamma Ray

Second Stage Sunday:
12:10 – 12:30 Cell Ador
12:40 – 1:00 Born Victim
1:10 – 1:30 Phoenix Mourning
1:40 – 2:00 xlooking forwardx
2:10 – 2:30 Goat Horn
2:40 – 3:00 Doom Raider
3:10 – 3:30 3
3:40 – 4:00 Yakuza
4:10 – 4:30 I Killed The Prom Queen
4:40 – 5:00 Torn Asunder
5:10 – 5::30 Bloodlined Calligraphy
5:40 6:00 On Broken Wings
6:10 6:30 Twelve Tribes
6:40 – 7:00 Daughters

World/Inferno Friendship Society – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new song from the WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY entitled “Only Anarchists Are Pretty” over at their MySpace page. The song is off their upcoming new album, “Red-Eyed Soul,” which will be released on July 11th through Chunksaah. You can check out the cover art here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Brother of the Mayor of Bridgewater
2. Velocity of Love
3. Your Younger Man
4. Only Anarchists are Pretty
5. Lets Steal Everything
6. Annie the Imaginary Lawyer
7. Me v. Angry Mob
8. Hothouse Flowers
9. Paul Robeson
10. Me and The Mad Monkettes
11. Please My Favorite Don’t Be Sad
12. Fiend in Wien
13. Jerusalem Boys
14. The Devils Ball
15. So Long to the Circus

The band is currently booking a full U.S. tour with LEFTOVER CRACK.

Linkin Park – Album Update – Band in Studio with Rick Rubin

LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington has offered up this nifty little album update in a Q&A session with the band’s official webmaster. The talk surrounds the still untitled upcoming album which is being produced by Rick Rubin:

What is the writing process like?

It’s fun. We all get a chance to release and contribute creatively. Rick Rubin, the producer on our new record, has us working in a style that we’ve never done before, so it’s different for us. We’ll come up with ideas individually then come together and work on it as a band. We decide together what direction the songs will go… but this album will be more vocally driven than any of our other ones. So usually, Mike and I write lyrics, and the rest of the guys write their parts to them. Brad is really great at structuring the songs. It’s obviously a lot of work, but I love my job, so it makes working fun for us.

Do you and Mike write together?

We both write songs and melodies, and we both have our own personal things we write about, so some of the songs start out separately then we put them together and work on them together. But we both have songs that we’ve written on our own. Usually we tweak each other’s stuff and go from there.

Is there one main person who determines the lyricism?

Nope, there are two. Me and Mike. But Mike is really good at making lyrics flow, so he perfects a lot of what we do together.

Does the whole band sit down together?

Every week. We’re still in the early stages where we’re working out our individual parts first. Each of the guys write their own part for their own instrument. But we have a band meeting every week, and we partner up on a lot of what we’re doing. We get together at the studio every week and listen to each other’s stuff. Then we all get to decide what to keep, what to change and help each other with what we’ve been working on.

And the rest work on the production?

Everyone does the production. But if you’re asking me if everyone works on their own parts, yes they do. But we all help each other out when we need it. We’re a band, so nothing is solo.

Is your writing a reflection of where you are in life?

A lot has changed for me since Meteora. I married Talinda, and have 3 sons, so I guess as I’m growing up and getting older, so is the music. You can’t repeat the same things in life and not learn. The same goes for music with me.

Will the lyrical content be similar to any of your previous work or can we expect something TOTALLY new?

Both. We’re still Linkin Park, and you’ll hear that. But we have a lot of material that is totally new and nothing you’ve heard from us before. Rick Rubin is producing the record, and he’s done so many different types of albums. We wanted something new but still with our vibe.

Are you also a writer in the traditional sense of the word i.e. short stories, fiction, etc.?

Yes. I love to write stories and poems. I did an interview for a book recently, and it ended up to be a story of my childhood and how I was influenced to play music. It ended up to be about 6 pages.

Do you find your writing as a form of release or pseudo-therapy?

Yeah. It gives me a chance to express myself creatively and to get my feelings out. Some people work out, some people paint, I write and sing. It lets me release my aggression and share my thoughts with fans and friends.

We can’t wait for you to hear the new music. Thanks for all your support, our fans mean the world to us and we’re so excited to see you on tour later this year.

Cryptopsy – More Rescheduled East Coast Shows Released

More rescheduled CRYPTOPSY dates have been released:

July 20 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 22 – Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
July 23 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

DragonLord – Virginia Show Announced

Symphonic black/thrash metallers DRAGONLORD, featuring Eric Peterson of TESTAMENT, have announced the following show:

July 7 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Single Bullet Theory, Havochate – Teaming Up for Regional Dates in May/June

SINGLE BULLET THEORY and HAVOCHATE are teaming up for some regional dates in May and June:

May 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
May 27 – New London, Ct @ Hipnotic
June 10 – Westfield, MA @ Bentleys
June 11 – Hartford, CT @ Websters theater (with BEYOND THE EMBRACE)
June 29 – Freehold, NT @ Odins Tavern

In other news, SINGLE BULLET THEORY newest effort “The Killing Floor” is currently being mixed in El Paso, Texas by Eddy Garcia (ministry, pissing razors). A label has not yet been announced for the records release.

Slow Motion Reign – Debut Serjikal Strike Album Out July 25

?We?re looking forward to a progressive future, filled with melody and music that provokes and is full of passion,? says SLOW MOTION REIGN keyboardist Erwin Khachikian about their self-titled debut album due out July 25 on Serjical Strike Records (RED Distribution). It was produced by SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian, who is also the label?s proud owner.

The first single, ?Isn?t It Time,? will be serviced to Modern Rock radio early June.

The members of SLOW MOTION REIGN – Narek Pogosyan (vocals, bass), Erwin Khachikian (keyboards), Raffik Oganian (guitars), Vigen Sayadian (drums) – first met Tankian a few years ago through mutual friends. Once the quartet tightened its sound and live show, they called him for advice and that eventually led to the band signing to Serjical Strike in 2001. He was so impressed and moved by the band?s music that he offered to sit behind the boards and be an integral part of the recording process.

“They’re great songwriters in the tradition of the Beatles and Pink Floyd,” says Tankian. “Their songs are beautiful and filled with all sorts of wonderful textures. It’s all very emotional and moving. It’s the first outside project I’ve ever produced.?

“Making the record with Serj was a great experience,? says singer/bassist Narek Pogosyan. ?He gave us the freedom to be ourselves and make the record the way we envisioned it. We’ve all been making music since we were kids, so the opportunity to play for a living is a dream come true.”

The results are stunning. Recorded with warmth and three-dimensional depth, SLOW MOTION REIGN‘s debut is hypnotic and vividly rich, brimming with lyrics and intricate chord structures as indelible as its hooks. The songs–primarily written by Pogosyan, Khachikian and Sayadian–are largely built on fragile piano-based arrangements rich with pictures. Although the album was recorded with guitarist Sam Babayan, SLOW MOTION REIGN is now joined by guitarist Raffik Oganian, who signed onto the band in early 2006.

After showcasing their full sonic strengths on their intoxicating self-titled EP released in 2004, SLOW MOTION REIGN has been touring extensively throughout North America. In addition to their own shows on the West Coast, the band?s 2004 tours included shows with OZOMATLI, SOUL SIRKUS, JERRY CANTRELL. The new album reflects the vibrant, melodic intensity of the EP, and a magnetically singular sound that sets the band apart from stock rock radio contemporaries.

Although their music can be reflective of the ?space rock? genre, SLOW MOTION REIGN?s compositions are complex and multi-faceted beyond any single category of music.

?The purpose of our music is to bring forth a little melodic and warmer sound to rock ?n roll, that has genuine authenticity and emotion,? comments drummer Vigen Sayadian. ?One thing we wanted to do in our musical careers was to not make cookie- cutter music. You want to put something out that has some integrity; that has meaning.?

The band will be hitting the road in the coming months, with dates to be announced shortly. Stay tuned for details.

California Metalfest – Moved from Whittier to Los Angeles

The 1st annual CALIFORNIA METAL FESTIVAL has, yet again, switched venue locations. An official message from the promoter reads as follows:

“Due to high advanced ticket sales and the City of Whittier doing everything they can to try and prevent The 1st Annual California Metalfest from happening in their town, California Metalfest has been moved to Club 740 in Downtown Los Angeles, located at 740 South Broadway Ave. As you can see from visiting www.740LA.com, this is a much better room to handle such an event with a capacity crowd and we don’t have to worry about a small town frowning upon the Festival.”

“We apologize for having to move it but the City of Whittier has made it very clear they do not want black tshirts flooding their streets. In fact when we approached them yesterday to once again verify their stance on this event happening in Whittier, we asked them “Why are you showing us such adversity? You guys know there would be no problems with this at Rome as there have been plenty of shows there that have happened without a single issue, and we fully intend on having police officers on staff the entire weekend.” Jeff Collier, director of Community Development responded “Well for one, our Founders Day Celebration is the same weekend as California Metalfest.” We asked “Are you saying that the town of Whittier is not big enough for Metalfest and your Founders Celebration to happen together?.”
And he blatantly replied “Well, Yes.””

“This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We are not going to risk the stability of such an amazing line-up of music because of a redneck mentality like “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.” We purposely chose Club Rome in Whittier because there is no alcohol allowed and because downtown Whittier is a safe environment where parents can feel comfortable with their kids going. However we are not willing to put the Calfiornia Metalfest in jeopardy by keeping it in Whittier so we have been forced to move it to Downtown Los Angeles. There will be no alcohol at Club 740 either for this event, and you can rest assured you will witness an amazing lineup of METAL on May 13th and 14th with a safe parking lot right in front of the club. Visit www.californiametalfest.com or www.myspace.com/californiametalfest for more information. All previously purchased tickets will be fully honored and mailed out April 25th.”

“Nobody said being a metal promoter was an easy job these days, but somebody has gotta do it!”

Bloodsimple – Drummer Chris Hamilton Leaves the Band

Word on the ‘street’ is that former DOWNSET drummer Chris Hamilton has parted ways with BLOODSIMPLE. The band are currently off the road, but there’s been no official word as to why Hamilton has left, nor any official press release regarding the matter. More info is expected shortly.

Cryptopsy – April East Coast Tour Dates Canceled

Due to “immigration problems” CRYPTOPSY have canceled all of their U.S. dates for April. The band’s New York City show has been rescheduled for July 23rd at the B.B. King Blues Club.

Roger Waters – North American Tour Dates Announced

Roger Waters of PINK FLOYD fame has lined up the following dates for his North American fall tour:

September 6 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
September 8 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
September 13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
September 15 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
September 16 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
September 18 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
September 20 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
September 21 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
September 23 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
September 24 – Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
September 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
September 29 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
September 30 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
October 3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
October 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
October 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Theatre Under The Stars at Hard Rock
October 10 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 12 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center

For the North American dates, Waters will perform Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety as the second set of each show.

DragonForce – Trying To Get On Gigantour 2?

The following article is from MTV.com:

In two months U.S. record stores will, at long last, be able to stock an album by British power-metallers DRAGONFORCE. While the band’s been around since 1999, the sextet’s presence in the U.S. hasn’t been felt much, considering DRAGONFORCE‘s three albums ? 2003′s The Valley of the Damned, 2004′s Sonic Firestorm and 2006′s Inhuman Rampage, which was issued four months back ? haven’t been released here. Hell, the band has yet to set foot on American soil, so DRAGONFORCE fans here have been deprived to say the least.

But that’s all about to change, guitarist Herman Li said. Visa problems kept DRAGONFORCE from performing at New York’s CBGB club back in November, but Li said that’s not going to happen again on April 30, when the band plays its first U.S. gig at the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival. But he did warn fans that DRAGONFORCE shows aren’t like most metal shows.

“We’re famous for accidents onstage now,” he said. “We have trampolines we jump on and four different boxes of different heights, which allow us to jump in the air and spin around. Even though the music is really fast and complicated, we’re jumping in the air, playing the guitar upside down … it’s fun. We finish each tour with bruises on our legs and everything.”

Eight additional U.S. club dates have been lined up: May 2 (New York), May 3 (Philadelphia), May 4 (West Springfield, Virginia), May 5 (Cleveland), May 6 (Chicago), May 8 (Denver), May 10 (San Francisco) and May 11 (West Hollywood, California), with PROTEST THE HERO and SANCTITY. Most of those shows have already sold out, but Li did mention that the band’s working on securing a spot on an American festival tour, like Sounds of the Underground or Gigantour 2 ? so fans who miss them this time around might be able to catch the ‘Force this summer. But Li said the band hopes, in time, to be headlining tours in the U.S.

First, though, there’s the matter of getting an album on store shelves. On June 20, Roadrunner Records will release Inhuman Rampage in the U.S., but DRAGONFORCE have already begun writing new material for that record’s follow-up. Fans, Li said, can expect the new stuff to be just as fast, frenetic and technically perverse.

Most of Li’s guitar stylings have been inspired by video game music, he said. In fact, on Inhuman, he tweaked and scratched the strings to create sounds he claims he borrowed from “Pac-Man.” And those sounds are difficult to replicate live.

“When we finish an album, it’s like, ‘Whoa ? we’ve got to learn these songs? It’s going to be tough,’ ” Li said of the recording process. “But it’s better that way because it makes you a better player afterwards.”

In other news, the band has recently announced the following upcoming Japanese tour dates:

June 17 – Tokyo, JPN @ O-East
June 19 – Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro
June 20 – Osaka, JPN @ Club Quattro
June 21 – Hiroshima, JPN @ Club Quattro

Cradle of Filth – New Album Title Revealed

CRADLE OF FILTH‘s new album will be titled Thornography and will be released September 19th through Roadrunner Records. Song titles include: “Libertina Grim,” “Tonight in Flames,” “Cemetery and Sundown,” “I Am the Thorn,” “The Byronic Man,” (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.‘s Ville Valo) and “Temptation.”

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Pre-Party – Details and Lineup

April 27 at the Palladium (Upstairs) in Worcester, MA will be the date for the Official New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Pre-Party Starring in order of appearance:

Frozen (Boston MA)
Kid Deposit Triumph (Las Vegas NV)
The Human Abstract (Hopeless Records, Los Angeles CA)
Phoenix Mourning (Metal Blade Records, Tampa FL)
Hell Within (Lifeforce Records, Boston MA)

Doors are at 6pm, show is at 7pm and is free for those with a metalfest ticket, $10 without.

Voivod – Set July 25 as North American Release Date for ‘Katorz’

Canada?s pioneering metal band VOIVOD have set July 25 as the North American release date (via THE END RECORDS) for their much-anticipated album ?KATORZ.?

The legendary band has worked alongside veteran producer Glen Robinson (VOIVOD?s ?Nothingface,? Tea Party’) to create an album that will continue the legacy of their fallen friend/bandmember/guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour.

?Katorz? was recorded at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where Robinson and the band ? drummer Michael “Away” Langevin, singer Denis ?Snake? Belanger and bassist Jason “Jasonic” Newsted ? utilized all of the guitar parts that founding guitarist “Piggy” had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death last summer.

Artwork and a full track-listing for the album will be released in the coming weeks.

The Hellacopters – Report Back After 1st US Tour in 4 Years

Although things didn?t always go according to plan, THE HELLACOPTERS? first U.S. tour in four years was an unqualified success. Spanning 18 shows in 20 days, the tour began conspicuously when the band?s gear was delayed on the flight from Sweden. For the first four shows, the band actually performed with borrowed instruments! Like true pros, the group made the best of things and delivered top-tier performances from coast to coast.

Bassist Kenny Hakansson recently posted the following message about the tour on the group?s website: ?It?s been a strange trip this time around, where good times were great and hard times were plenty. I have to give my most sincere thanks to everybody who helped us out and made this happen. I want to give a shout-out to our Oklahomies and all of y?all that traveled with us, driving hours on end between shows. Thanks so much ? you are a heart-warming bunch.

?We got to play with all these great bands ? NEBULA (who I?ve come to consider extended family ? a spacey, crazy, heavy tripping tribe), THE ILLUMINATI (who initiated me into their ways of Canadian Chi-laced wisdom), and the band that was my biggest revelation, Bad Wizard. You guys made my tour worthwhile in many ways, and you blew my mind at all the shows we did.

?OK, I?m outta here. In the words of Eddie Glass, it?s all about staying rad in your mind!?

In other HELLACOPTERS news, influential L.A. radio station Indie 103.1 ? recently dubbed ?America?s coolest station? by Rolling Stone ? has officially added ?Everything?s On T.V.? to its rotation.

Mnemic – Bassist Comments on Departure of Yet Another Singer

MNEMIC bassist Tomas Cowan Koefoed has commented on the departure of singer Tony Jelencovich only six months after Tony joined the group as the replacement for Michael Bøgballe. Said Koefoed: “We work hard here to give you a name for yet another replacement of vocalist. We don’t dig to pull you all through this again, but hope you’ll understand that this was the best for all parts.

MNEMIC and Tony have parted ways in a mutual agreement, and in respect to small differences in interest. Tony and Michael are still friends of MNEMIC, but cannot attend our future activities. Please support us through this. A replacement is close [to being announced], and the new album is coming together fine, so stay tuned.”