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Fireball Ministry – Frontman James A. Rota to Preside Over Bam Margera’s Wedding

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports that when skateboard star and MTV personality Bam Margera marries his fiancee Missy Rothstein this winter, the ceremony will be conducted by FIREBALL MINISTRY front man James A. Rota. An ordained minister, Rota is a longtime friend of Margera; his band was hand-picked by Margera to appear on his “Viva La Bands” compilation last year, as well as a corresponding tour. On Margera‘s Sirius Satellite Radio program, Radio Bam, last week, Rothstein said that the wedding will take place on a Du Pont estate in Delaware before at least 500 guests.

As previously reported, FIREBALL MINISTRY — who in recent months have toured alongside such heavyweights of rock and metal as DISTURBED, H.I.M., OPETH, NEVERMORE, CLUTCH and CKY — will return to the road this weekend in support of ALICE COOPER.

FIREBALL MINISTRY live (w/ ALICE COOPER):

August 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
August 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Mandalay Bay

Birdflesh, Sylvester Staline – Team Up For UK Tour

BIRDFLESH and SYLVESTER STALINE will be teaming up for a UK tour this October. You can check out the latest tour dates here.

Venom, DevilDriver – Virgnia Show Postponed

The August 15 date of the upcoming VENOM/DEVILDRIVER tour, originally set to take place at Jaxx in Springfield, VA, has been postponed. The new date for the Virginia show will be either September 6 or 7. More information will be posted as it’s released.

Unearth – New Album Available For Streaming In Its Entirety

You can now stream UNEARTH‘s new album, III: In the Eyes of Fire, in its entirety over at AOL.com. The album will be released tomorrow (August 8th) on Metal Blade Records.

Lord Gore – “I Think It’s Safe To Say The Band Is Broken Up At This Point”

The following excerpts are from an interview conducted with LORD GORE and FRIGHTMARE vocalist Gurge:

“Lots of people want to know…what happened with LORD GORE? Did the band really break up, or are you guys just taking a long break? Will the band ever return if you did break up?”

Gurge: “I think it’s safe to say the band is broken up at this point. It could always start again at some point, but it’s done for now. We still have stuff to release at some point though.”

LORD GORE had a bunch of other songs written and recorded but never released. What are some of them, and what splits were supposed to come out but never did? Will any of this material get released eventually? Did you guys ever write any new material that never got recorded? Any un-used song titles you had?”

Gurge: “Yup, we have 7 of them that just need vocals and leads. We plan to finish them soon. The splits probably won’t happen at this point but who knows, maybe at least one of them will. We will probably just put it out on its own if possible though. There are three covers, Graveside Strangler, Crawling Horrors of Unit 731, and Afterdeath Afterbirth.”

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Slayer – King and Hanneman to Appear at Hot Topics Around LA on August 8th

SLAYER‘s Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman will be at the following Hot Topic locations around LA on Tuesday, August 8th to celebrate the release of the band’s new album Christ Illusion:

2-2:30 – Ontario
Ontario Hot Topic
1 Mills Circle Space 338
Ontario, CA 91764

5:00 – 5:30 pm Santa Ana
Main Place Mall
2800 N Main Street Suite 668
Santa Ana, CA 92705 

7:00 – 7:30 – Cerritos
Los Cerritos Center
339 Los Cerritos Center
Cerritos, CA   90703

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet the metal legends tomorrow. You can also still stream the entire album at MySpace right now, before it hits stores.

Dark Funeral, Enslaved – New York City Show Announced

Another date has been released for the Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising tour featuring DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS:

January 9 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
January 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
January 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
January 22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre

LimeWire – Sued By Record Labels

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

A consortium of the world’s largest record labels has banded together to take on the architects behind LimeWire, and on Friday filed a joint copyright infringement suit seeking $150,000 in damages for each song “willfully infringed” by the popular file-sharing program.

According to Reuters, the suit filed in New York federal court asserts LimeWire permits users to download music illegally. The filing is the latest in a series of lawsuits the music industry has filed to combat Internet piracy an effort boosted by last year’s Supreme Court’s ruling that content companies can take legal action against those who encourage copyright infringement.

The complaint was brought against LimeWire by Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music Group. In addition to naming LimeWire, the action lists Lime Group, LLC, the company’s chief executive, Mark Gorton, and chief operating officer, Greg Bildson, as defendants.

The suit filed by record labels alleges LimeWire has profited from unlawful music downloads, calling the “scope of infringement … massive,” Reuters reports. The lawsuit further claims that LimeWire‘s executives “have had a direct financial interest in, and derived substantial benefit from, the infringement of [the labels’] copyrighted sound recordings.”

Following Friday’s filing, the Recording Industry Association of America a trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry released a statement, saying that “despite numerous efforts to engage LimeWire, the site’s corporate owners have shown insufficient interest in developing a legal business model.”

The complaint comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Kazaa, one of the most prevalent peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, had reached an out-of-court settlement with the world’s largest music companies to settle litigation brought against Kazaa‘s operators in the U.S. and Australia as part of the settlement, Kazaa agreed to shell out more than $100 million to the labels, and vowed to introduce filtering technology to block illegal file trading.

Last year, just four months after the Supreme Court ruled that peer-to-peer file-sharing services could be held liable for the infringing actions of its users, Grokster agreed to a permanent injunction barring direct or indirect infringement of copyrighted works, and went on to stop offering and supporting its original software.

Throwing Shrapnel – Upcoming Tour Dates

Massachusetts based grinders THROWING SHRAPNEL have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:

August 9 – Wallingford, CT @ Cherry St Station w/ Intestinal Strangulation
August 10 – Freeport, NY @ Odin’s Tavern w/ Intestinal Strangulation
August 11 – Akron, OH @ The Daily Double
August 12 – Wilkinsburg, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
August 13 – Fort Wayne, IN @ 1624 N. Harrison Street
August 14 – Chicago, IL @ Casa Maldita
August 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Barclay House
August 16 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hide Away
August 17 – Chicopee, MA @ Cabot St. Pub w/ Origin
August 18 – Warwick, RI @ Sha Na Na’s
September 8 – Allston, MA @ The Reel Bar
September 9 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Tonic’s
September 29 – Queens, NY @ Red Zone

Wacken 2007 – More Bands Announced

More bands have been announced for next year’s instalment of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is set to take place from August 2nd to August 4th, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL, and SCHANDMAUL will be joining the previously announced reunited black metallers IMMORTAL. More bands will be announced in the coming months.

Rakim – US Tour Dates Released

Hip hop legend RAKIM has lined up the following upcoming tour dates for the month of September:

September 1 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s  
September 2 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live  
September 5 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse  
September 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues  
September 7 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues  
September 8 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues  
September 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s  
September 12 – Park City, UT @ Suede  
September 13 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up  
September 14 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  
September 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue  
September 17 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues  
September 18 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue  
September 19 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s  
September 20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Annie’s  
September 22 – Detroit, MI @ Fine Arts Theatre  
September 23 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom  
September 27 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle  
September 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Eleven 50  
September 29 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend  
September 30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Daughters – Talk To MTV About New Album

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

DAUGHTERS frontman A.S.F. Marshall (or Lex, to fans of the intense, Rhode Island noisecore artisans) doesn’t care if you like his band, or if you get offended by the fact that he likes to disrobe mid-gig and hock loogies at the audience. In fact, he’s a rather sullen dude. The one thing that seems to brighten his churlish mood is DAUGHTERS‘ forthcoming album, Hell Songs, in stores Tuesday.

Why’s that? Well, for the last three years, his band’s been playing the same 10 tunes all of them from DAUGHTERS‘ 2003 debut, Canada Songs. So this fall, when the crafters of cacophonic chaos hit the road, Marshall won’t be so bored.

“We’ve been rehearsing, and it feels so much better to be playing the new stuff,” the singer said. “There are a couple of old songs we’ve been playing, but I don’t even want to deal with them.”

Of course, several of those fans who do turn out for DAUGHTERS‘ tour with RED SPAROWES  which will commence August 12 with an album-release soiree in Providence might want to hear some of that older material. And sure, DAUGHTERS will be blasting out a couple of those tracks during their sets much to Marshall‘s chagrin. It took DAUGHTERS three years to get around to writing fresh material, and the singer blamed turnover for Hell Songs‘ delay.

“We spent a lot of time on tour, and whenever we’d get home, someone would leave the band,” he said. “So, we had to fix all that and find people who would stick around. Every time we had a chance to write, we’d spend the time teaching someone else all this old crap. That was a bit of a problem. But we have people now who don’t want to leave, so that’s good.”

With Hell Songs, Marshall tried to convince the rest of DAUGHTERS which formed in 2001 and rose from the ashes of AS THE SUN SETS that longer is better. “I was pushing them to make the songs a bit longer, which I think we all wanted to do,” he said. “It’s boring playing short songs over and over again.” The average length of the tunes on Canada Songs is about a minute and 20 seconds, with the shortest track running 34 seconds long. On Hell Songs, the average is about a minute and 50 seconds, with one track lasting six minutes.

“It’s boring playing for 30 seconds, then you stop, then you play another 30 seconds it’s stupid,” he continued. “I couldn’t stand doing it any more. The only goal I had with this record was to make it longer. But as far as what kind of music we were going to write, we weren’t trying to top ourselves. It just came out naturally. I was listening to a lot of gospel stuff like old ’30s, ’40s gospel music. The lyrics are about hell, Jesus, sex, death, fire whatever. I don’t know what people want to hear, and I don’t give a sh–. I don’t expect anything I don’t listen to new music, because I don’t want to. I have no hopes of anything good happening in music at all, other than us. We’re probably the only good thing out there anymore.

“We get together and we write what we want to play,” he continued. “We don’t try to sound like this or that or whatever. I’m not going to stop screaming because so-and-so is popular. I don’t give a damn. … I don’t know if we fit in anywhere. All the bands I like are broken up or someone’s dead.”

DAUGHTERS will be on tour with RED SPAROWES through September 19 in Austin, Texas, and will team up with PELICAN and NACHTMYSTIUM the following day in Denton, Texas, for seven shows the last being on September 30 in Seattle. Marshall said the band will play several shows this fall with SINCE BY MAN too, but that trek’s still be worked out. You can see also catch DAUGHTERS at the 10th annual Dirt Fest in Birch Run, Michigan, on August 19, along with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, EVERY TIME I DIE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES.

Hirax – More East Coast Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for HIRAX‘s upcoming east coast tour:

November 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six w/ Anal Cunt
November 12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
November 15 – Cleveland, OH @ @ Jigsaw Saloon
November 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
November 19 – Wallingford, CT @ Legion Hall

Ra – Return With Live Album Entitled “Raw” – Set to Record 4th Album Later this Year

RA will be releasing their 3rd album entitled “Raw”, a live recording that took place at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI in March, on October 24 through Cement Shoes Records.

The record was mixed at Spiral Recording Studios by Andy Johns in Los Angeles and contains songs from both “Duality” and “From One”, as well as a brand new studio track entitled ‘Don’t Turn Away’ which was recorded by Sahaj and Jason Cosaro at Sun God Rock Studios and at The Barber Shop Studios in New Jersey. 

RA will hit the studio later this year to record a new album, tentatively titled “Black Sun”, which will be released early next year.

SOiL – ‘Forever Dead’ feat. Burton C. Bell Featured on Videogame ‘PREY’

A new SOiL track, ‘Forever Dead’, taken from their latest effort “True Self”, is set to be featured on the new hit videogame PREY. ‘Forever Dead’ features BURTON C. BELL from FEAR FACTORY. More information about PREY can be found at Prey: Official Site. SOiL kicks off a full US tour with STAIND tonight, August 6. Dates and more information can be found at www.myspace.com/soil.

Smile Empty Soul – “Vultures” Tracklisting Revealed – October 24 Release Planned

SMILE EMPTY SOUL has released the track listing for their upcoming album “Vultures.” The album was produced in Santa Ana, CA by the band and producer James Murray. “Vultures” will be released on October 24 through Bieler Bros. Records with the first single, ‘The Hit’ impacting radio on August 29:
 
1. Out To Sea
2. The Hit
3. Loser
4. Jesus Is The Manager Of Wal-Mart
5. The Freaks Are Coming
6. Morning Light
7. Adjustments
8. Here’s To Another
9. Disease
10. Live Forever
11. Better Off Alone
12. Vultures

SMILE EMPTY SOUL will be hitting the road early-mid September.

Dirt Fest 2006 – Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Dahlia Murder, ETID, and More

DIRT FEST 2006 will take place August 19 at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, MI. This is a one day event featuring over 70 bands on 5 outdoor stages. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $29 the day of the show. The following groups are scheduled to appear:

The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Black Dahlia Murder
Every Time I Die
Silverstein
The Sleeping
MAE
The Spill Canvas
Halifax
Daughters
Drop Dead, Gorgeous
Fear Before the March of Flames
Ed Gein
Walls of Jericho
The Number 12 Looks Like You
June
The Junior Varsity
Houston Calls
Quiet Drive
Self Against City
Let Go
See You Next Tuesday
One Dead Three Wounded
Premonitions of War
Ramallah
The Banner
Phoenix Mourning
Kaddisfly
Folly
Alesana
+ many more

Added attractions include a free custom skate course, motocross stunt team, bmx stunt team, side show wrestling, and more.

For a full lineup, tickets and more information, visit http://www.dirtfest.com.

Dark Funeral, Enslaved – Los Angeles Show Announced

Another date has been released for the Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising tour featuring DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS:

January 9 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
January 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

DragonForce – More Headlining Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE‘s headlining North American 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 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 15 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
September 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 17 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
September 20 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
September 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 – Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
September 28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 29 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
September 30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 3 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Cock And Ball Torture – Confirmed For Maryland Deathfest V

Germany’s COCK AND BALL TORTURE have confirmed that they will be taking part in next year’s Maryland Deathfest. They join the already announced lineup of GUT, RETALIATION, CRIPPLE BASTARDS, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, BIRDFLESH, NUNWHORE COMMANDO 666, JIGSORE TERROR, LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER, and FOETOPSY. The second round of official band announcements for the festival will take place on August 15th, and will include one of the festival’s headliners.

Carnivore – More Tour Dates Released

Brooklyn’s CARNIVORE (featuring Peter Steele of TYPE O NEGATIVE fame) have announced the following reunion tour dates:

September 1 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
September 2 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 3 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 6 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 8 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 9 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

Dog Fashion Disco – More Tour Dates Released

DOG FASHION DISCO have lined up some more upcoming tour dates:

August 9 – Gaithersburg, MD @ Fire Station 8
August 12 – Bound Brook, NJ @ Hamilton St. Cafe
August 13 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
August 15 – New York, NY @ CBGB
August 17 – Amityville, NY @ The Village Pub South
August 18 – Meadville, PA @ The Union Room
August 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
August 20 – Akron, OH @ Daily Double
August 22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ D.A.A.C.
August 23 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
August 24 – Clinton Township, MI @ TNT’s
August 25 – Charleston, WV @ Sound Factory
August 26 – Valparaiso, IN @ Valparaiso National Guard Armory
August 28 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
August 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuks
August 30 – Springfield, IL @ TBA
August 31 – Kansas City, KS @ Sokol Underground
September 1 – Wichita, KS @ JC’s House of Rock
September 2 – Cedar Falls, IA @ The Reverb
September 3 – Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – Tour Dates Released

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (of HIEROGLYPHICS, GORILLAZ, DELTRON 3030 fame) has lined up the following upcoming tour dates:

September 27 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brewing Company  
September 29 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory  
September 30 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House  
October 1 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues  
October 2 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto  
October 3 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre  
October 4 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse  
October 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre  
October 6 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s  
October 7 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room  
October 10 – Orlando, FL @ The Social  
October 11 –  Mount Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern  
October 12 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel  
October 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle  
October 14 – Charlottesville, VA @ Starr Hill  
October 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar  
October 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts  
October 17 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club  
October 18 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place  
October 20 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club 
October 22 –  South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground  
October 24 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig  
October 26 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub  
October 27 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub  
October 29 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue  
October 31 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre  
November 1 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre  
November 2 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  
November 3 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre  
November 6 – Bend, OR @ Domino Room  
November 7 – Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight Lounge  
November 8 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox  
November 9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater  
November 10 – Eugene, OR @ W.O.W. Hall  
November 15 – Sparks, NV@  New Oasis  
November 16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore  
November 17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst  
November 18 – Sacramento, CA @ The Library

Pennywise, Circle Jerks, Ignite – Tour Dates Released

PENNYWISE, CIRCLE JERKS, and IGNITE have lined up the following upcoming tour dates for October:

October 1 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater  
October 2 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 3 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Center  
October 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom  
October 6 – Edmonton, AB @ Red’s  
October 7 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall  
October 8 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon  
October 9 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Th. For Perf. Arts  
October 11 –  Guelph, ON @ Club Denim  
October 12 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre  
October 13 – Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
October 14 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis   
October 15 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial  
October 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
October 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw  
October 20 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live  
October 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony  
October 22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Jedi Mind Tricks – “Heavy Metal Kings” Posted Online

You can check out a brand new song from Philadelphia based underground hip hop group JEDI MIND TRICKS entitled “Heavy Metal Kingshere. The song, which features a guest appearance from Ill Bill, comes off the group’s upcoming new album, Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell, which will be released on September 19th through Babygrande Records.