Melbourne, Australia based fusion metallers ALARUM are currently auditioning drummers. The band recently returned from their successful US tour with NECROPHAGIST, ARSIS, NEURAXIS, and CATTLE DECAPITATION and are preparing for the next album. Racca is leaving the band to pursue other interests and Youngie, Palf, and Evans thank him for all years of great times and wish him all the best. Interested drummers should contact ALARUM via email at: email@example.com or via their MySpace page.
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You can now stream AGALLOCH‘s entire new album, Ashes Against The Grain, over at mp3.com. The album will be released on August 8th through The End Records.
DEICIDE has announced their pairing with Artists Worldwide touring group to ensure that they will be back on the road in little to no time at all. A Fall tour is currently in the works. More details shortly.
Megaforce Records has revealed the new artwork for MUSHROOMHEAD‘s forthcoming Savior Sorrow album. The artwork can be found here.
Savior Sorrow will be released on September 19th, 2006. It was produced by Steve Felton and MUSHROOMHEAD at Cleveland’s Filthy Hands Studios in April 2006. MUSHROOMHEAD‘s prior release, XIII, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #40 and went on to sell 400,000 copies worldwide.
“It’s a new chapter in MUSHROOMHEAD‘s evolution. There are sounds on this album that sound so brutal and huge. It is definitely a more diverse album. Lyrically, it definitely reflects where the world is at this moment in time,” says drummer Skinny.
The visionary masked band combines theatrics with a mixture of rock, metal and atmospheric elements. The first single will hit radio in mid-August with a tour expected to follow later this year.
The Video for ANGTORIA´s “God Has A Plan For Us All” is due for release in September. It will be distributed worldwide to most Metal and Rock TV stations. Not long after the release it will also be available for download on http://www.myspace.com/angtoriaofficial and angtoria.com
“The song covers two subjects but they are both linked. Written about a man who preaches God’s word yet finds it acceptable to sexually abuse children. Also this song describes the pitiful chilch used by many religous people who can´t offer any other explanation as to why people suffer in their life. Rape, murder, poverty, whatever it may be, the only excuse that can be offered is: “God Has A Plan For Us All”!
The video was filmed at two locations, a very impressive and beautiful church (Njurunda Kyrka) and an abandoned deteriorated building, over a three day period and due to the lyrical theme of the song it was filmed as a “short movie”. It contains footage of as well the band as Chris´ 5 year old daughter Saga who played the child, Toni Davey (wife of Dani Filth in CRADLE OF FILTH and covergirl on the album) who played the child as a grown up to a 35 piece Church choir and a Priest played by Pierre Ragnehag.
Far from simply being a place to find MP3’s, I-Tunes has become a hub full of content ranging from TV Shows, Music Videos and podcasts. Beginning this week this material will also include full hour long episodes of UVTV featuring music videos and exclusive live performances of metal, hardcore, and hard rock bands.
While viewers have always been able to watch the live performances from various metal, hardcore, and rock bands along with tons of music videos on demand though UVTV’s (Underground Video Television) website, until now, they have missed out on the television show if they live outside the viewing area.
The episodes won’t only be available on I-Tunes however. UVTV has set up availability through many of the most popular podcast providers and included a stream of the latest episode right on their homepage.
As for material, this week’s episode includes the premiere of live material from DEMIRICOUS, as well as premiere videos from MADBALL, VADER, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER, A LIFE ONCE LOST. Future episodes will feature many more music video premieres, the exclusive live performances UVTV is known for, and guest hosts from popular underground bands.
Those with I-Tunes can access the podcast through the button located on http://www.uvtv.info.
Those without I-Tunes can access the podcast at http://www.uvtv.info/watchtheshow.php
Your first chance to hear the new song, “Severe Emotional Distress,” from INTO ETERNITY’s forthcoming album, The Scattering Of Ashes, is now exclusively at the Gigantour MySpace Page here. Officially announced last week as part of Megadeth’s Gigantour, the band is being hailed as “inarguably the decade’s most original band” (Explicitly Intense). Some dates for this tour have been announced, with more to come. Keep checking the official Gigantour website here, as well as their Century Media artist page and the INTO ETERNITY website here, for more dates as they are confirmed.
Set for release on Oct. 3, The Scattering Of Ashes has already been described as “a landmark triumph” by Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, and more colorfully by vocalist Stu Block as “over the top Metal Madness.” Mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY) the new album’s clear production brings forward their ingenious multi-leveled musical dynamics and fearless experimentation with style and genre. More information about the band, photos, mp3s and album artwork can be found here.
BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY has just posted information on a tour with CALIBAN and THE ACACIA STRAIN consisting of a week’s worth of dates surrounding their September 19release for “Ypsilanti”.
September 14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theatre
September 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
September 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theater
September 17 – Mt. Clemens, MI @ The Hayloft
September 18 – Madison, WI @ The Loft
September 19 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
September 20 – Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar
The band is currently on tour with NODES OF RANVIER, INKED IN BLOOD, THE WARRIORS:
August 1 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
August 2 Dallas, TX @ The Door
August 3 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
August 5 Memphis, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
August 6 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
August 8 Geneva, OH @ The Pirates Cove
August 9 Mt. Clemens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
August 10 Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
August 11 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights Of Columbus
August 12 Madison, WI @ The Loft
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:
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
You can check out BLIND GUARDIAN‘s new video for the song “Another Stranger Me” here. 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 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, 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 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 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 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