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The Acacia Strain – Schedule June 13 Release for “The Dead Walk”

Springfield, MA’s purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have unveiled a track from the forthcoming album The Dead Walk. The record, scheduled for a June 13 release through Prosthetic Records, is the follow-up to 2004′s crushingly heavy 3750. Adam D. (Killswitch Engage) returned to man the helm for production of The Dead Walk, and the record features chilling artwork from veteran artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, Through The Eyes of the Dead). The album’s artwork can be found here.

The new track, “Angry Mob Justice,” is also being pegged as the first track from The Dead Walk to receive the video treatment. Details surrounding the video shoot will be made available soon. In the meantime, the track can be found online here. On the touring front, THE ACACIA STRAIN will be playing a hometown show before appearing at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA, while the band will also play a string of dates alongside The Red Chord in May before teaming up with Soilent Green to tear through the US in June.

Devourment – New York Shows Announced

Dallas based brutal death metallers DEVOURMENT will make their triumphant return to New York next month with the following two shows:

May 12 – New York, NY @ Downtime w/ Internal Suffering, Misery Index, Dehumanized, Digested Flesh
May 13 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards (Sick Shit Fest V)

In related news, the following other New York City shows have been recently confirmed at Downtime:

July 28 – Deeds of Flesh, Severe Torture, Vile, Decrepit Birth
August 18 – Origin

DragonForce – North American Tour Selling Out

Tickets for DRAGONFORCE‘s upcoming North American tour with PROTEST THE HERO and SANCTITY are selling out quickly. The following is the current status of the band’s tour:

April 28 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House – SOLD OUT
April 29 – Montreal, QC @ Medley
April 30 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
May 2 – New York, NY @ Avalon – SOLD OUT
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 4 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx – SOLD OUT
May 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 6 – Chicago, IL @ Metro – SOLD OUT
May 8 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
May 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound – SOLD OUT
May 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky – SOLD OUT

Ulcerate – Sign To Neurotic Records

Neurotic Records has released the following statement regarding their latest signing, New Zealand based brutal death metallers ULCERATE:

With great delight NEUROTIC RECORDS unveils the latest addition to its ever growing artist roster, being New Zealand based ULCERATE. This young and innovative extreme metal act deliver a very heavy form of technical death metal, while at the same time incorporating several elements from all kinds of different styles and genres of metal. ULCERATE‘s debut album, tentatively titled “Of Fracture And Failure,” which has been recorded and is currently in mixing stages, will positively surprise all sorts of fans of extreme metal.

Ruud Lemmen of NEUROTIC RECORDS commented: “ULCERATE is one of those, so called, hidden gems we have been following from their first demo back in 2003 and on. This band continuously progressed over the past few years and they never ceased to amaze us. As a collective unit this band embodies the talent to create highly skilled, technical yet very structured songs, while keeping a rather fresh form of aggressiveness within their music. We are very confident that their debut album will be received very well and will appeal to many.”

Drummer Jamie Saint Merat of ULCERATE added: “ULCERATE is extremely proud to be associated with Neurotic Records, a label we’ve watched grow from its infancy and we’re excited to be part of such a great and diverse label roster. It gives us the opportunity to get this album exposed to as many people as possible, and hopefully stamp our mark within the scene. ‘Of Fracture and Failure‘ is without a doubt our most accomplished and diverse material to date, and we’re confident that it has something unique to offer the extreme music community. We really hope for this album to be one of the few style-defining releases in death metal. We must give thanks to Ruud Lemmen and all at Neurotic Records for supporting us and giving us this amazing opportunity – we can’t wait for the album to be unleashed and start touring!”

Of Fracture And Failure” is set to be released through Neurotic Records around Summer 2006. A definite release date will be decided on soon and one or two MP3 songs from the album will become available shortly after.

Family Values Tour – First Tour Date Announced

The first date has been released for the 2006 edition of the Family Values Tour, which will feature KORN, DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF, and DIR EN GREY:

July 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Bch. Amp.

More dates and bands are expected to be announced shortly.

(HED) P.E. – Announce Tracklisting for Album – Tour Dates

(HED) P.E. will be touring in support of their new album, “Back To Base X”, which is out through Suburban Noize Records on June 6. Dates include

April 27 Riverside, CA
April 28 Long Beach, CA
May 23 Houston, TX
May 25 Harker Heights, TX
May 28 Las Vegas, NV
May 30 Baton Rouge, LA
June 6 Cleveland, OH
June 8 Battlecreek, MI
June 9 Flint, MI
June 10 Detroit, MI
June 11 Edgerton, WI
June 13 Columbia Heights, MN

The track listing for the disc is as follows:

1. Listen
2. Novus Ordos Clitorus
3. Lock and Load
4. White Collars
5. Get Ready
6. Sophia
7. Peer Pressure
8. Beware Do We Go
9. Daze or War
10. Sweetchops
11. Soitbe
12. Let’s Ride
13. The Chosen One

TurkeY Vulture Records – Looking for Bands for Vol. 12 Compilation

Turkey Vulture Records are looking for bands interested in getting on the label’s latest upcoming worldwide extreme music compilation “The Harder, The Better: Volume Twelve” for some great exposure. Please go to http://www.turkeyvulturerecords.com/comps.html for more details if interested.

A.F.I., DEP – First Tour Dates Revealed

Two dates have been revealed for A.F.I.‘s summer tour with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NIGHTMARE OF YOU:

June 22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
July 11 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

PsyOpus – ‘The White Light’ Video – Live Performance on UVTV

There is another new live performance of PSYOPUS this time for their track ?The White Light? online available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at a benefit concert for Handicapped Children last September in Endicott, NY.

Ian Gillan – Speaks Out About “Rapture of the Deep” and Solo Effort

Ian Gillan spoke to Morley Seaver of antiMUSIC this week about the new DEEP PURPLE record ?Rapture of the Deep? as well as his new record ?Gillan?s Inn?. You can read the interview here.

Judas Priest – Founder/Bassist Ian Hill Speaks to Metal Temple About New Album

In an interview recently posted at Metal Temple magazine, bassist and founder of British Metal gods JUDAS PRIEST, Ian Hill, spoke to chief editor Orpheus about a number of interesting subjects (“Rising In The East” DVD, touring, ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins etc). One the issues they discussed was the JUDAS PRIEST album. Here?s an excerpt from the interview:

- Metal Temple: How do you feel about the “Angel Of Retribution” album now, almost a year after its release?

- Ian Hill: “I think it did what we set out to do. We started out to portray all the different aspects of Heavy Metal that we?ve been involved with over the years. Not just the heavier side of things, also the more commercial, the more laid back; all of the aspects of the genre. And I think we achieved that. I think it?s given everyone some idea of what we?ve been involved with over the years. A lot of the fans never saw us with Rob [Halford - vocals] and it was just great for them to not just see him on tour but to experience a new album as well, doing all the different kinds of music we?ve been known for over the years.”

- Metal Temple: So, as you said, after “Angel Of Retribution”, it?s time now to be all locked up in the studio for 2006…

- Ian Hill: “…that?s it, yeah [Laughs]!”

- Metal Temple: You have any new tracks ready? As far as the basic structure goes.

- Ian Hill: “Ken [K.K. Downing - guitar] and Glenn [Tipton - guitar] I believe have ideas and Rob?s always got a catalogue of vocals he works on. So, yeah, I should imagine that there will be a few tracks that?ll come together quite quickly.”

- Metal Temple: Any clue about the overall direction of the new songs? Music wise…

- Ian Hill: “We?re not going to go off in any tangents, that?s for sure [Laughs]! It will be recognizably Judas Priest, very much along the traditional lines. We?ve got no plans for another ?Turbo? or something like that [Laughs]. We?re going to keep it as everyone wants.”

- Read the entire interview by clicking here.

Exodus – 100 Pics from Two Nights in SoCal Online

Over 100 pics from two nights of EXODUS in Southern California have made their way onto Dirt Junior’s site. April 16 at The Key Club in Hollywood and April 17 at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana can be found here and here.

Keep of Kalessin – BRand New Music on Candlelight MySpace

Candlelight Records has premiered “Vengeance Rising” from KEEP OF KALESSIN‘s forthcoming album, “Armada”, at the label’s official My Space page. Bring your browser to this location to have your first listen.

The fury has been building overseas for years. The exciting sounds of black metal?s newest son slowly nurturing its molten, raw metallic bite. Their two recordings for Italian label Avantgarde Music have found their way to the hands of the curious ears that could not resist the power. Now, finally, in
2006 the US braces for its official introduction to Norway?s KEEP OF KALESSIN.

“Armada”, the latest chronicle from the black metal militia, is an explosive recording that lives up to its high expectations. Founded by guitarist Obsidian C (SATYRICON), the album celebrates over two years of work and already is finding much acclaim. A video for album track ?Into the Fire?
will be completed in March, prior to US album release and the band already are a confirmed performer for the annual Inferno Festival.

Strapping Young Lad – Report from the Studio – Tracklisting for “The New Black”

According to an SMNnews.com reader, a recent STRAPPING YOUNG LAD newsletter has reported that the band have been busy recording a new album to be released in July to coincide with OZZFEST 2006. Titled “The New Black”, it features 10 songs including:

Decimator
You Suck
Antiproduct
Hope
Wrong Side
Monument
Far Beyond Metal
Fucker
Almost Again
Polyphony
The New Black

Frontman Devin Townsend had this to say:

“It’s all sorts of styles in one. It’s about Infinity, it’s really cool to listen to and sounds great. Each SYL disk has been it’s own thing, and this is too. It’s really heavy, it has lots of cool textures and the band is proud of it. There are two bonus tracks, ‘The Long Pig’ and ‘C:enter:###’. The album is being mixed by Mike Fraser of AC/DC, METALLICA, AEROSMITH fame. From the Century Media press release: “The soon-to-be genre defying epic will showcase a new dimension of the SYL beast that puts an emphasis on incorporating more hooks and catchier melodies into the group’s renowned insanity, which is backed up with an abundance of devastating guitar solos. It would be safe to say that you can expect the unexpected. [Devin says] ‘The recording process went amazingly well, and Strapping as a whole is really excited about this effort. We were very inspired with the idea of doing Ozzfest, and the concept we are running with on this record is really based around abhorring the current music scene, yet being a part of it in some weird way. SYL is ready to be a subversive product for the unwitting 14-year-olds to scream along with? We also intend to sprinkle a little ugly around all the pretty bands this year. You can think of us as the proverbial pubic hair in the cheesecake of this year’s festival. We are ugly, large and angry. We have also been around longer as a band than 90% of the other bands. Most of all, we’re just really excited to be a part of Ozzfest and this summer is going to be crazy.’

Faun Fables – North American Dates Announced

FAUN FABLES have lined up the following tour dates:

April 22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
April 23 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
April 24 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
April 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum
April 28 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
April 29 – Columbia, SC @ Music Fest
May 1 – Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
May 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw
May 6 – New York, NY @ Tonic
May 7 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 10 – Toronto, ON @ Tranzac Club
May 11 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
May 12 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
May 13 – Chicago, IL @ South Union Arts
May 14 – Louisville, KY @ Nelligan House
May 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Church
May 19 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theatre
May 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kayo Gallery
May 26 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
May 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
May 30 – Eureka, CA @ Synapsis
June 1 – Spokane, WA @ The Shop
June 3 – Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theatre
June 6 – Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door

Mucupurulent – Announce U.S. Shows

German Goregrind’n’Rollers MUCUPURULENT have lined up the following U.S. shows around their appearance at the upcoming Maryland Deathfest:

May 26 – Long Island City, NY @ Metal Kingdom w/ Splatterhouse, Machetazo, Ex Dementia, Villians

with Demilich, Biolich, Funebrarum:
May 20 – Boston, MA @ TBA w/ Facedowninshit, Abhorred
May 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six w/ Electro Quarterstaff

Eaten Alive – Looking For New Drummer

Baltimore grinders EATEN ALIVE have posted the following message:

Due to our drummer’s recent diagnosis of tendonitis in the wrist, he has decided to step down from the riser in order to heal. We are now seeking a replacement drummer. If you’ve got the chops and want to play aggresive death metal, contact us. Serious blasters only. Thanks.
-Eaten Alive

www.eatenalive.net
www.myspace.com/fuckingeatenalive

Fast Eddie – First Los Angeles Home Town Show Announced

Los Angeles based experimental jazz/death metallers FAST EDDIE, who recently relocated to L.A. from New York, have announced their first show in their new home town:

April 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Joint w/ Tub Ring

Turn Into Ghosts – Demo Songs Posted Online

Maryland based thrash/hardcore act TURN INTO GHOSTS has posted a few new demo tracks on their MySpace page for your listening pleasure.

Bad Acid Trip – Added To Ozzfest Second Stage

BAD ACID TRIP has been added as one of the rotating bands on the 2nd stage of this year’s Ozzfest. The band’s latest album “Lynch the Weirdo” was produced by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian.

Byzantine – Contribute to EyeHateGod Tribute Album, Offer Album Update – Live Video with Randy Blythe

BYZANTINE has offered this quick album update, as well as some live footage featuring LAMB OF GOD‘s Randy Blythe:

“Hi everyone. Just a quick update here to let everyone know what?s up. While most of you were chowing down on some Easter dinner last Sunday, we were in the studio. We went back to Aaron Fisher?s 101 Productions studio where we recorded our previous albums and recorded a cover song for an upcoming Eyehategod tribute album. We recorded ?Shoplift? from their Take as Needed for Pain album. I really like the way it turned out. It sounds absolutely nothing like us but it also does in some ways. Sludgy-as-all-hell-stoner-doom. You?ll just have to hear it. We don?t have a release date on the album at this time but whenever it comes out, we?ll be selling copies at our shows. Until then, you?ll just have to bug one of us to let you hear it. LOL.”

BYZANTINE is scheduled to appear at the New England Metal Fest April 30 and is supporting KITTIE on select dates in May. The band, as reported above, has also added a live video to their MySpace site of ‘Hatfield’ featuring guest singer Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD.

Queensryche – 2 Hour Geoff Tate Interview – This Sunday, April 23 on WRQK

Canton, Ohio radio DJ Joe Kleon will present a two hour profile of QUEENSRYCHE this Sunday, April 23 from 8-10PM, on WRQK, 106.9FM (Rock 107). Joe will play an interview with Geoff Tate who will be talking in depth about the band’s new release “Operation Mindcrime II”, with Joe giving away copies of the new CD.

XXX Maniak – Be Immortalized Forever In A Song!

Pennsylvania based goregrinders XXX MANIAK have posted the following offer for their fans:

“As some of you may know, we recently played the killer Arizona Metal Devastation Fest. Unfortunately, some scumbag stole our laptop which had thousands of dollars worth of computer software, unreleased songs and samples on it (hundreds of hours of work) that we will never get again. Since we are an unsigned band and fund everything ourselves, this was a major setback and we considered ending the band now and never doing shows.

A lot of you fans though actually really liked this crap we were doing, so we came up with an idea to keep this slimewave going hot as fuck!

For $50.00, you can be immortalized forever on the XXX MANIAKPhoenix Laptop Relief EP.” We will write a song that has your name in the title, it can be about you or a REVENGE song (name of person you want raped/murdered etc.) This will come out on our own 3XMProductions label; you can also submit one image of you or your REVENGE victim to be part of the layout!

The deadline for submissions is 06/06/06. The earlier you send the money and picture for the layout the faster we can buy new equipment and start working on it. The track listing will appear in order we receive your submissions. If doing a REVENGE submission please give as much information possible on the person.

Payment (via paypal), image and revenge scenario can be sent to:
JSidote@netzero.com

If you want to send payment via other means please contact the above email for more information.

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT SLIMERS!

www.myspace.com/xxxmaniak

Dog Fashion Disco – Line Up Change #2,477,535

Long time DOG FASHION DISCO keyboardist Jeff Siegel has posted the following message regarding his decision to leave the band:

“Of all the decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life, this has been one of the hardest.

As some of you may have heard, I will no longer be touring with DOG FASHION DISCO. While there are very few things in this life that have made me as happy as being a part of this incredible group of musicians, I was recently presented with an opportunity that I just could not turn down. And unfortunately, this opportunity will not allow me the freedom to tour any longer.

Taking my place will be Tim Swanson, from DUCT TAPE MUSTACHE. He’s a hell of a keyboardist and is already fitting in nicely. I hope you’ll all show him some quality DFD love. Todd and Wendy are lubing him up and breaking him in now ? so he’ll be ready for you by the time the band rolls into your town.

Jokes aside, I just want to let all of you know that you mean the world to me. You have come out to our shows, put us up in your homes and spent your hard-earned money on our albums and t-shirts. You’ve continuously given us the support we’ve always needed to keep going. And for that, I’m extremely grateful.

In the future, I will be working closely with Derek and Ron to help push DFD to the next level. So I won’t completely disappear. In fact, some of you on the street team may be hearing from me soon. I’ll also be coming out to some of the shows to shoot some footage for the next DVD.

In the meantime, enjoy the new album and don’t masturbate in public. It’s so cliché.

I love you all!

Jeff”

The Gathering – Axe 1st Month of Upcoming European Tour

Dutch rock band THE GATHERING has had to cancel the first month of their upcoming leg of their European ?Homelands? tour due to an illness.

Singer Anneke van Giersbergen is suffering from an obstinate bronchial and sinus infection, which has taken a turn for the worse over the past few days. The band issued a statement, saying: “The band very much regrets having to take this step, but Anneke?s health will have to come first.”

Because of the severity of the illness, the band is forced to cancel all shows in Europe and the Netherlands scheduled between April 19th, 2006 and May, 28th 2006. “We are consulting with promoters to try to reschedule the concerts to later this year so that tickets would remain valid,” declares the band?s management.

The band’s latest recording ?Home? was released today in North America (via THE END RECORDS) and over the weekend in Europe via the bands own label, PSYCHONAUT RECORDS.

THE GATHERING will resume touring starting in June.