Due to the “overwhelming response” of OZZY OSBOURNE‘s second stage preformances, Ozzy has decided to close the second stage at the Randall’s Island (New York City) stop of Ozzfest on Saturday, July 29th.
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Germany poets of dark romance, ILLLUMINATE, finished their tenth record “Zwei Seelen” to stir up the scene. The toweringly album will be available in the stores September 29.
The album is heavier than the previous ones, thank you drums and more guitars, as singer Johannes Berthold says. The thrill of anticipation in the fan-scene was amplified by the gig at this years WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN where the new Gothic Rock ballad “Es Brennt Die Welt” stunned every fan. “The song decribes with strong metaphors what happened in the night of 13th February 1945. In that night, 40.000 people died because of the senseless bombing of the city of Dresden”, says Johannes. The album features the typical dark ILLLUMINATE style with songs like “Tote Grten” and “Siehst Du Mich in Dir?” but also fresh tones with tunes like the hit “Wer Lieben will….” a song without keyboards. An intended contrast: “The duality of the both sides of the album must be drastic and striking. On this record, we have well-known romantic and emtional moments, but also tragic and depressiv moments.” As a bonus, the first ever live CD in the history of ILLLUMINATE will be included. The concert took place in Mexiko, Oktober 2005. “Zwei Seelen” shows the rocking side of the band and convinces with it´s intense and emotional tightrope walk.
Sweden’s HAMMERFALL have set “Threshold” as the title of its new album, due in the U.S. on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records (October 23 in Europe, except in Germany, where it will arrive on October 20). The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
2. The Fire Burns Forever
3. Rebel Inside
4. Natural High
5. Dark Wings, Dark Words
6. Howlin’ With The ‘Pac
7. Shadow Empire
8. Carved In Stone
9. Reign Of The Hammer
HAMMERFALL’s video for “The Fire Burns Forever”, the brand new track the band recorded with some of the Swedish participants in the European Athletics Championships, has been posted online at YouTube.com. The single track will be available as download only between August 6 and September 6, exclusively at the iTunes music store and Nuclear Blast Musicshop. HAMMERFALL and the athletes will also perform “The Fire Burns Forever” at the official opening of the Championships on August 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
I Gots Culture Productions – Full Length Spoof of Dragonforce’s ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’ Video Now Running
I GOTS CULTURE PRODUCTIONS has returned with the full-length release of their spoof for DRAGONFORCE’s 7-minute plus epic saga ‘Through the Fire & The Flames.’ Following video spoofs of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and AS I LAY DYING, and a trailer for the DRAGONFORCE video – you can now view the entire DRAGONFORCE flick at this location.
Lead singer of SEETHER, Shaun Morgan, plans to enter rehab “to attack what he sees as a dependence on a combination of substances,” the band’s label, Wind-Up Records, announced July 26.
The rock group, which recently issued a live, unplugged album dubbed “One Cold Night,” was scheduled to kick off an acoustic tour next month in support of STAIND, but SEETHER has called off plans to appear on that trek. One appearance is remains the band’s schedule this week – on a bill in Deer Island, OR, with ALICE IN CHAINS and BUCKCHERRY – and SEETHER plans to perform as scheduled.
“I’m deeply sorry that this news comes right before a planned tour, especially one that I was so excited about, and I hope that everyone understands,” Morgan said in a press release. “I need help with addictions that I can’t kick on my own. These things are making me sick, and could potentially harm me permanently, so I need to take care of them as soon as possible. I hope the tour goes well, and we hope to be on the road again soon. Thank you again for your understanding and support.”
THE PANIC CHANNEL, the new hard rock project of the JANES ADDICTION lineup, featuring SKYCYCLE vocalist Steve Issacs has launched a new e-card at this location:
Their debut album, “One” will be out August 15 through Capitol Records and a Fall tour will be announced next month.
The final line-up for the Saturday, August 5th 7 ANGELS, 7 PLAGUES reunion at KC’s in Fredericksburg, VA has been announced. Bands set to perform include:
7 Angels 7 Plagues, Fear Before the March of Flames, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Suicide Silence, Too Pure to Die, Ed Gein, All Shall Perish, HeavyHeavyLowLow, Nights Like These, Spitfire, Light This City, The Jonbenet, This Time It’s War, Shroud of Turin, Left to Vanish, Forever in Despair, Another Born Without, Adonis Decay, Face the Facts, Immure, Screwtape, The Bastille, In Alcatraz 1962, We Were Gentlemen, Amicus, Kill the Silent, and special guests TBA.
Atlanta’s MASTODON is readying the release of their third full-length studio recording with long time producer Matt Bayles. The album, titled “Blood Mountain”, is the follow up to the Bayles-produced “Leviathan”, which propelled MASTODON into the critical limelight throughout much of 2005 and has kept them there ever since.
Check out two tracks off Blood Mountain, out September 12 below:
Technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have announced their first American reunion show will take place at the inaugural Auditory Assault Festival, which will take place November 25th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD.
ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer comments, “We are so pleased to be able to play as ATHEIST for the first time in America since 1991 and excited that it is part of a great new festival. As with our recent European festival shows, we will be performing songs from all 3 records, and we aim to make it a technical death metal extravaganza ATHEIST style!”
Other bands expected to perform include MONSTROSITY, CRETIN, PHOBIA, and MISERY INDEX among others. A full lineup is expected to be announced shortly.
The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:
New England metalcore champs ALL THAT REMAINS have become one of the standout acts on this summer’s Ozzfest, decimating one sun-soaked crowd after another and delivering ferocious sets that obviously leave a lasting impression with the audiences at each stop on the tour.
The proof’s in the pudding, as they say. ALL THAT REMAINS‘ latest, crushing LP, The Fall of Ideals, opened at #75 on Billboard’s album sales chart two weeks ago, selling close to 13,000 copies its first week in stores. The following week, the disc took a bit of a slide, falling to #139 with around 6,000 units sold. The Fall of Ideals is on pace to outsell the band’s previous offering, This Darkened Heart, which racked up first-week sales of 1,050 copies when it was released two years ago. The album failed to chart but has gone on to sell about 62,000 copies.
For frontman Phil Labonte, the album’s got the potential to sell a lot more and that’s where the band’s second-stage turn on this year’s Ozzfest comes in.
“We did Sounds of the Underground last year, but still, there’s a huge crowd of people out here who … this is going to be the only show they go to all year,” he said. “It’s such a huge deal, and there’s a huge percentage of people here who have never even heard of us, so it’s a huge opportunity and we’re coming in with a really solid foundation and really good groundwork from last year. Our last album sold 60,000-something copies without Ozzfest. So we’re hoping this record does the same or more. With the help of tours like Ozzfest, maybe we’ll do that.”
Some of the material on The Fall of Ideals spotlights the band at its most brutal with tons of double-bass and pummeling blast beats. But at the same time, the LP’s also ALL THAT REMAINS‘ most accessible outing to date, thanks to Labonte‘s vocals, which, in keeping with the current trend, come across as much cleaner.
“There are more clean vocals on the record, but there’s more vocal variety overall,” he argued. “I do way more of the really guttural death-metal stuff than I’ve ever done. The song ‘The Weak Willed‘ is the heaviest thing we’ve ever done it’s a death-metal song. But there’s more clean singing on this one because I’ve gotten better at that. We’re not that band that’s like, ‘Oh, here’s a formula let’s go ahead and do it and write all our songs this way.’ We’ve always been an extreme band, and certainly not something you could consider anything less than a metal band.”
Of course, being on the Ozzfest which wraps up August 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida can obviously lead to bigger and better things for a band. And it seems the tour’s already started paying off for ALL THAT REMAINS. In September, they’ll head out with DRAGONFORCE and HORSE THE BAND for a tour that’s expected to kick off September 8 in Los Angeles. Just four dates for the trek have been announced, including September 9 in San Francisco, September 23 in Detroit and September 24 in Toronto. More dates will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Labonte said the band also plans on setting out on a headlining run this winter.
“We want to stay on the road as long as we can, because that’s how you make fans and that’s how you become successful as a band,” he explained. “Being on Ozzfest is pretty humbling, because you have so many huge bands that are gigantic now that got their start on the second stage KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED. It’s a huge thing to be a part of it, and it’s a huge thing to be able to say, ‘Hey, we were on Ozzfest.’ I couldn’t be any happier.”
FLOGGING MOLLY have announced the following upcoming tour dates:
September 9 – San Diego, CA @ Gas Lamp Quarter
September 14 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
September 15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
September 17 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
September 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ University of Utah
September 22 – Walla Walla, WA @ Whitman College
September 25 – Seattle, WA @ University of Washington
September 30 – Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center
October 1 – Sacramento, CA @ California State Univ. Sacramento
October 6 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
October 7 – Farmville, VA @ Longwood University
October 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 21 – Houghton, MI @ TBA
October 23 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
October 28 – Duluth, MN @ St. Scholastica College
Comedian Dave Chappelle has announced the following tour dates:
July 28 to August 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Punch Line
August 11 – Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
August 12 – Richmond, VA @ Landmark Theatre
August 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Chevrolet Amphitheatre
August 15 – Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theatre
August 17 – Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Perf. Arts Ctr.
August 18 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
August 19 – Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
August 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
August 21 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
August 23 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
August 24 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
August 25 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel / Casino
More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE‘s headlining tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:
September 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 – Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
SICK OF IT ALL will be performing a special 20th anniversary show at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on September 17th. Also performing will be KILL YOUR IDOLS, THE WARRIORS, THE AUTUMN OFFERING, and DEAD HEARTS.
The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:
Kazaa has become the latest rogue downloading service to settle with the music industry.
The Recording Industry Association of America announced on Thursday (July 27) that the peer-to-peer network reached an out-of-court settlement with the major music companies to settle international litigation against the operators of Kazaa brought in the U.S. and Australia.
Kazaa‘s owner, Sharman Networks, has agreed to pay the world’s four major record companies the EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group more than $100 million, according to a spokesperson for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which brought the action along with the RIAA. Under the terms of the settlement, Kazaa will also introduce filtering technology that will ensure it doesn’t distribute copyright-infringing music or movie files in the future.
“This is welcome news for the music community and the legal online music marketplace,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol in a statement. “Steadily but surely, we are passing another important marker on the remarkable journey that is the continuing transformation and development of the digital marketplace.”
The Motion Picture Association of America announced simultaneously that it has also settled litigation against Kazaa owner Sharman, whose FastTrack network it had previously called the “leading unlawful peer-to-peer file-trading” system.
Since the Supreme Court ruled against peer-to-peer networks Grokster and Streamcast in 2005, saying that companies that promote copyright infringement can be held liable, the days of rogue P2P systems appeared to be numbered. In addition to Grokster going legit, over the past year such services as iMesh and Bearshare have settled with the RIAA, as have other services in Taiwan and Korea.
“A little more than a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a wise balance between protecting innovation and the rights of creators,” Bainwol said. “This meaningful decision has helped bring legal and moral clarity to the marketplace. Services based on theft are going legit or going under, and a legal marketplace is showing real promise.”
Last year, the Federal Court of Australia found Kazaa‘s operators guilty of authorizing widespread copyright infringement. At its peak, Kazaa, one of the most popular P2P networks, had 4.2 million simultaneous users worldwide, according to the RIAA statement. In May 2003, Sharman declared Kazaa the most downloaded software ever, at 239 million downloads.
Bay Area rockers AMERICAN HEARTBREAK have posted a video for the song “The Last of the Superheroes (of the 1970s)” the first single from their new self-titled album at this location.
The video shot and directed by Bam 13 Films was filmed at The Arrow, a San Francisco rock bar, as well as the band’s own rehearsal space.
Guitarist Billy Rowe comments on the shoot: “The song lyrically pays tribute to some of our true rock n’ roll heroes of the 1970s, which gave us the idea to include animated images of old 8-track players, platform shoes, cool cars and more, along with a mocking intro of the classic ‘70s late-night TV show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. The video starts off with an introduction of the band from bass player Michael Butler portraying the late night host. Dressed in an oversized jean leisure suit coat with a nicely combed-over hairdo and a dry personality, the video is hilarious from the start.”
“A few good friends, girlfriends and family members gave us their Sunday afternoon time as our audience for the live footage along with our good pal Mick Cripps (who’s best known as rhythm guitarist with the original L.A. GUNS) as the creepy door guy who denies the band to enter the club and then gets flashed by AMERICAN HEARTBREAK’s album cover model, Justine Nelson, as the band then sneaks past him. Justine is also seen again throughout the video in some great scenes of her blowing bubbles with images of each band member inside, along with her go-go dancing in her little stars and stripes bikini. The end result is a good fun Rock N’ Roll video with a bit of sex and comedy. We had a blast making it and look forward to filming the next one.”
As previously reported, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK’s self-titled album was released in Japan this week through Big M.F./B-Gram records, and the band will perform its first-ever Japanese concerts this fall.
August 2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room (w/ The Flairs)
August 10 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern
August 12 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge
August 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (w/All Time High)
November 9 – Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
November 10 – Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
November 11 – Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak
November 12 – Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak
An e-card for Under Reprisal, the debut release from Canadian modern metal quintet THREAT SIGNAL that Metal Hammer magazine is touting as “an early contender for metal febut of the year” is now available for viewing here. Under Reprisal will be released in North America on August 22nd.
As both IN FLAMES and TRIVIUM continue on SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR, their last tour with DEVILDRIVER and ZAO isn’t that far from fans memories. UVTV had the chance to film live material at the Rochester, New York stop of this tour taking footage from all artists. They have since released this both on the television show and through their website.
Having just released their album “The Fear is What Keeps Us Here”, these Ferret artists are continuing with a heavy tour schedule. UVTV filmed four exclusive live videos with them and have released three of them on the television show and the website. http://uvtv.info/zao.php
Teaming up for a tour of Australia with Fear Factory, live performances of “Nothings Wrong” and fan favorite “The Mountain” were filmed and released by UVTV over the past month. http://uvtv.info/devildriver.php
Hailed by some as the next Metallica, Trivium is currently working on a new album set to be released through Roadrunner. Fans can currently see them on the Sounds of the Underground tour and on the UVTV website in one of the three live performances released there including “Rain” and “Drowned and Torn Asunder”. http://uvtv.info/trivium.php
Also on the Sounds of the Underground Tour, In Flames latest release “Come Clarity” debuted at number fifty eight on the billboard 200 charts. Fans of this Swedish rock group have been following this band for quite a while and can now also enjoy live performance of “Pinball Map” and “Leeches” produced by UVTV.
All of this footage originally aired on the television program which is available in locations in New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. As per usual the company subsequently released for on demand streaming at their website http://www.uvtv.info.
GHOULUNATICS members Gary Lyons, Brian Craig and Francis Dubois appear as zombies, in a horror scene rendering homage to retro italian fright flicks, in Pat Tremblay‘s (video director and graphic artist for such bands as GHOULUNATICS, WURDULAK, NECROPHAGIA, VIKING CROWN and ROSTRUM,) first feature film entitled “Heads of Control : The Gorul Baheu Brain Expedition“.
Francis Dubois also contributes musically, having written a complex, yet catchy black metal track for another segment where ROSTRUM‘s singer Reverend S.S. Rose (aka Stphane Soucy), appear in a strange performance of his own.
Also, BODYSERPENT‘s leader, Viper (aka Jean-Franois Deshaies), has composed & performed the very eclectic soundtrack, which goes from jazz fusion, pop rock, epic western, orchestral & noise experimental among many other styles.
The film revolves around a character named Max Bawder who is very troubled and affected with Dissociative Identity Disorder syndrome. Assuming the perspective of a drug, a quest ensues to find the source of the problem.
Shot principally with non-actors that answered a newspaper ad, they were given free reign by director Pat Tremblay to act out any hidden side of their personality, as long as it was done in front of 3 cameras and a bluescreen.
The result was then manipulated into the film’s storyline and transformed into a modern day psychedelic experimental comedic sci-fi journey. Or something like that.
Today, July 27, beginning at 9:03 PM CET (3:03 PM EST) a live recording of DARK FUNERAL‘s set from their recent European tour (recorded by P3 Live on February 2, 2006 at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden) will be broadcast on the Swedish national radio channel P3. The show will be streamed at www.sr.se/p3 (click on the loud speaker icon to the left next to “Just nu” which is Swedish for “right now”).
DARK FUNERAL, as previously reported, will be heading down to South America for a full tour this Fall – support will be provided by INCANTATION and FUNERUS.
SLIT have announced a European tour in support of their forthcoming release “Ode to Silence”, out worldwide on September 18, for a portion of the month of October.
In tow will be SUSPERIA, RED HARVEST and GRIMFIST.
Dates are as follows:
October 12 Nottingham @ Rock City
October 13 – London @ The Underworld
October 14 – Bradford @ Rio
October 15 – Glasgow @ Cathouse
October 16 – Dudley @ JB’s
Launch Radio, in an interview with DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengen, has revealed that the band will be launching the MUSIC AS A WEAPON III tour again this Autumn. Kicking off potentially this November, the trek will last through February and will also feature a European leg. Wengen quipped, “After Ozzfest we’re supposed to go to Europe, and then when we come back, we’re hoping to put together Music As A Weapon. I don’t have any confirmed dates, but we’re hoping that’s gonna come out, you know, November-ish through, say February 2007. It’s going to be a nice long run.”
Support acts are TBA.
DEREK SHERINIAN’s new video for ‘In The Summertime’, featuring BILLY IDOL and SLASH, has been posted online. Directed by Chad Michael Ward, you can view it here.
A wealth of new press shots of SLAYER have been made available online.You can check them out at this location. Pre-order SLAYER’s CD “Christ Illusion” and be automatically entered to win one of 10 lithos of the album cover signed by the artist himself, Larry Carrol. Go to WBR’s official site to order the album at a special price of $13.98.