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Burn in Silence – Wrapping Up US Tour – Release E-Card, Extra MP3s

Currently wrapping up their U.S. tour alongside The Autumn Offering, Prosthetic Records and Massachusetts-based sextet BURN IN SILENCE unleash the band€™s debut full-length, €Angel Maker€™, today, July 25. Already dubbed a Bay State up-and-comer by the Boston Herald and hailed by Ruin magazine as “hands down, the best debut of the year”, €Angel Maker€™, which was recorded with producer Ken Susi (Unearth) and mixed by Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted), will prove to the metal masses BURN IN SILENCE are ready for battle.

A video was recently shot for the single €œLines From An Epitaph€ with director Mike Wildt in Costa Mesa, California. The track can currently be heard in the BURN IN SILENCE e-card available for download at this location. In addition to the e-card, the tracks €œEmbrace The Plague,€ €œWell Adjusted,€ and the album€™s title track, €œAngel Maker€ are additionally available on the Prosthetic Records MySpace page.

BURN IN SILENCE will also be performing with the likes of ALICE IN CHAINS at the Locobazooka Festival on August 13, 2006.

Suffocation – Another New Song Posted Online

You can check out yet another new song from SUFFOCATION entitled “Bind Torture Kill” over at the band’s official MySpace page. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new self titled album which is due out on September 19th through Relapse Records.

Dark Tranquillity – Line Up Aussie Dates for September

DARK TRANQUILLITY will be heading down under for a full blown tour this September. Tour info is listed below. Tickets go on sale Thursday 3rd August. Support bands will be announced closer to the shows:

September 15 @ Capitol – Perth – 18+
September 16 @ Unibar – Adelaide – All Ages
September 17 @ Manning Bar – Sydney – All Ages
September 18 @ Basement – Brisbane – 18+
September 19 @ Hi Fi – Melbourne – 18+

OTEP – …Are Back! New Album Expected this December – Otep Shamaya Speaks Out

Capitol recording group OTEP has entered a New Orleans studio to begin recording their highly anticipated third album. Assisting OTEP in the recording is producer Dave Fortman, known for his work with such bands as MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE, SUPERJOINT RITUAL.

Along with longtime bassist eViL j, Shamaya is joined in the studio by ex-AMERICAN HEADCHARGE guitarist Karma Cheema and drummer Brian Wolff (formerly of SYNAPSE).

”Recording this album has felt like being reborn,” says Shamaya. “It’s everything I felt from ‘SEVAS TRA’ and everything I experienced during ‘HOUSE OF SECRETS.’ This album is the best thing we’ve ever done.”

OTEP kicked off the recordings last month by performing a special Day of Atonement benefit concert at New Orleans’ House of Blues. Portions of the proceeds raised by the June 6th show presented in association with the heavy metal community’s philanthropic organization, Slave To The Metal Foundation were donated to a pair of charitable organizations dedicated to helping rebuild Louisiana communities devastated by last year’s Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The gig included a rare on-stage visit from producer Fortman, who strapped on a guitar for an electric rendition of VAN HALEN’s classic “Eruption.”

The yet-to-be-titled album is due to hit stores by December through Capitol Records.

Slayer, Mastodon – Announce MySpace Secret Show in Salt Lake City for July 25

SLAYER and MASTODON will be playing the next MySpace secret show, July 25th at In the Venue in Salt Like City. Check out the poster here.

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SLAYER will release Christ Illusion, featuring the single “Cult” on August 8 and MASTODON’s Blood Mountain will follow on September 12.

Dissection – US Shows Cancelled

Swedish metal pioneers DISSECTION have cancelled their two scheduled appearances in North America.

After continued delays via the US Immigration Services, vocalist and guitarist Jon Ndtveidt has been denied legal entry into the United States.  The reason being his previous prison sentence from 1998. The band was supposed to play two stateside concerts, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on September 1st and the BB King’s in New York on September 6th.

About the shows being cancelled, Ndtveidt states: “We knew from the beginning that there was a risk that I might be denied entry into the US because of my past but we (the band and the agencies involved) were prepared to take that risk. It’s very unfortunate for everybody involved; the fans, the band and its representatives as well as the promoters. I have served my time and we were really looking forward to these final gigs. To our American fans: In spite of everything; see you in spirit! Fuck the Law! Chaos Forever!”

10 Years – Prepare for Family Values Tour, Second Single

After selling more than 320,000 CD’s of their latest release, “The Autumn Effect,” their last single for “Wasteland” charting #1 on the Active Rock chart and #1 on the Alternative chart for more than 9 months, 10 YEARS will hit the road with the Family Values Tour..  Along with 10 Years, the tour boasts the heavy hitting lineup featuring; KORN, DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF, BURY YOUR DEAD and more making this the ‘must see’ tour this summer.  10 YEARS is also getting ready to release their highly anticipated next single for the track “Waking Up.”

According to 10 YEARS drummer Brian Vodinh “We are excited to perform on the Family Values Tour. We respect and look up to many of these bands but we are mainly looking to prove ourselves to the hard rock community. This time around we refuse to bring out any flashy production just to undoubtedly display to everyone that if you give us a stage and some instruments we will kick your fuckin ass no matter what. We are on the verge of a gold record, more than a half-million fans don’t lie.”

Hinder – Brand New Video for ‘Lips of an Angel’ Single

HINDER’s brand new video for the single “Lips of an Angel” off “Extreme Behavior”, in stores now, debuts on Yahoo! Music today.  Check out the video for the single that’s been blowing up radio and retail all summer at this location.   

XXX Maniak – Force Bands To Quit

XXX MANIAK have responded to a post where WHORE vocalist Rob Fornicator cited them as a reason for the band deciding to break up:

First of all for the record: Rob Fornicator started this and couldn’t deal with the response we gave. If you start it we’ll finish it. Not sure if you love the “fantasy” of what grindcore/gorewhatever is all about, but we take it dead serious in terms of talking shit. This is more like early 90s gangsta rap to us and you will be dealt with in the same fashion.

Faggot posers? That is a bit misdirected since we have been writing/recording music in various metal bands for 10+ years. I would say bands like DAUGHTERS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP and the like are faggot poser music. Of course rather than join us to smash them you would isolate us because of obvious jealousy. Since we aren’t in our mid-30s and take like 2 years to write a sub par shitty grind album makes us amateurs? Na…we just actually have lives and take very minimal time to produce supremely maximum results, with it only getting better. I think you are still insecure about yourself as an individual. If you cannot respect the fact that our music has over-the-top tounge in cheek humor, just like every other band like this, then you are totally missing the point. You are not filled with hate 24/7…I bet you go to family functions just like everyone else and have a “relatively” normal life. Do you really go around raping women and punching them in the face? I sincerely doubt that.

It is funny how most of your “favorite” bands are just terribly awesome bands who don’t even try as well.

In conclusion: Thanks for citing us as one of the main reasons for both of your bands stopping to do music, it will only make us sell thousands more!

Now playing: Nelly Furtado f/ Timbaland Promiscuous Girl (hows that for ya!?)

Anthony West/XXX MANIAK

Terrorizer – Not Headlining The Auditory Assault Festival

The organizers for this year’s Auditory Assault festival have posted the following update:

TERRORIZER will not be playing now, but don’t worry, we have a back-up plan which includes 2 headlining quality bands that are nearly confirmed.

Want the explanation? We’ll be glad to give you one. This is a very, very messy situation and we still can’t believe how out of hand it’s gotten. In the 4 years of organizing festivals, we’ve never had to experience such unprofessionalism as we have with the agency which we dealt with for TERRORIZER. Deadlines and promises were never met, but we were patient the entire time. We were promised clearance to announce TERRORIZER on Monday, then were asked to wait until Tuesday to announce it. Well it was announced and suddenly today we received emails from the agency demanding that we take it off the web site and that the deal was never confirmed, despite the fact that we were given a 100% confirmation from the agency that it would happen. A whole lot of money was on the table from our side for this deal, we were patient the whole time, and now we are being called assholes, meatheads, dickheads and whatever else just for asking why it’s our problem that the agency fucked everything up. Each time I called the agency, they hung up on me immediately and clearly could not talk to me like a man. So whatever, we’d like to put this shit behind us and move on. I’m taking down the AA fest site for a very short time, and then we’ll re-launch it with 2 headlining quality bands and the rest of the billing. We think you won’t be disappointed with what will come instead of this TERRORIZER disaster. The bright side is that tickets have not yet gone on sale and this was only announced a few days ago.

Suffocation – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new song from SUFFOCATION entitled “Misconceivedhere. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new self titled album which is due out on September 19th through Relapse Records.

Every Time I Die – Release 70’s Themed Video for ‘The New Black’

“The New Black” is the new single from EVERY TIME I DIE critically acclaimed “Gutter Phenomenon” Ferret Music (Album of the Year- Revolver). Now the band takes it one step further in creating a timeless visual masterpiece to accompany the track.  
Band vocalist Keith Buckley explains, “In 1967, a man named Robert Patterson filmed the mythical beast Sasquatch as it strolled casually out of the woods and across an open field. Now set in 1972, director Dan Rush captures the existence of a musical beast called EVERY TIME I DIE as they partied poolside at an L.A mansion. “The New Black”.  Possibly the most important footage the world has ever known. See it. Believe it.”
The treatment for “The New Black” was a collaboration of the members of EVERY TIME I DIE and director Dan Rush [director for LAMB OF GOD ‘Ruin’ well as mostly high end television commercials].
EVERY TIME I DIE is the one band that gets the cool pass for whatever they do.  Their new side splitting video features the band acting with no performance at all.  Check out the new EVERY TIME I DIE video for “The New Black” here.

Fireball Ministry – Land Support Gigs with Alice Cooper

As the touring cycle for the critically acclaimed “Their Rock Is Not Our Rock” soldiers on, L.A. rock warriors 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, in addition to a one-off performance with JUDAS PRIEST €“ will soon return to the road, this time in support of ALICE COOPER.
“Alice Cooper is one of the main reasons this band exists,€ says FIREBALL MINISTRY vocalist/lead guitarist James A. Rota. €œIt is an honor for us to be opening these shows. Dio, Priest and now Alice. We are one very lucky band to say the least.”


August 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
August 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ H.O.B. / Mandalay Bay

American Heartbreak – Feat. ex-Exodus, Jetboy – Announce Tourdates

The critically acclaimed, self-titled sophomore album by Bay Area rockers AMERICAN HEARTBREAK €“ who feature in their ranks former EXODUS bassist Michael Butler and JETBOY guitarist Billy Rowe €“ will receive a Japanese release on Wednesday (July 26) through Big M.F./B-Gram Records.
€œWe€™re very excited about the album€™s release in Japan, for we’ve had some very loyal friends and fans over there for years who have been waiting patiently for this new release,€ Rowe says.

Later this year, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK will travel to Japan for their first-ever concerts in the Land of the Rising Sun. €œWe’ve toured Europe four times, but we have been waiting to tour Japan for a long time now,€ Rowe says. €œGood things are worth waiting for, and this is going to be one fun rock n’ roll tour!€


August 2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
August 10 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern
August 12 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge
August 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 9 – Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
November 10 – Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
November 11 – Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak
November 12 – Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak

Iron Maiden – Announce 8 US Dates, 3 Canadian Dates this October

IRON MAIDEN are pleased to announce they will be beginning their 2006 World Tour with eight dates across the USA and three dates in Canada starting October 4 in Hartford, CT.     

Tickets for the shows will start going on to the general public from the weekend of August 12, with details of local box office and on-sale times at IRON MAIDEN has also arranged for a special fan club pre-order for all shows beginning August 1 and continuing through to the public on-sale date.

This follows the recent announcement that their highly anticipated new studio album “A Matter Of Life And Death”, will be released by Sanctuary Records on September 5.

Says Bruce Dickinson “This is the first time we’ve started a tour in the States for many, many years. It’s going to be great to get out there so the fans can get to hear the new material and see the new show first for a change. We’re all incredibly pleased with the album, and the tremendous response of those people who have had the chance to hear it so far. Their reaction has been phenomenal and we expect to play a lot of it on tour.”

“We will be bringing the full show to America, which we are currently putting the final touches to, and we fully intend to make it as spectacular and memorable as we can. And of course, our mate Eddie has already booked a place on the plane with us”

On the topic of “A Matter of Life and Death”, Bruce comments, “This album has to be our best since working with Kevin Shirley (Producer). There is such a wide scope of musicianship on this album. Every one of us has put everything into this record and it’s really paid off.”

The upcoming North American dates represent the beginning of the “A Matter of Life and Death World Tour,” which will continue into Japan and then travel through to Europe, finishing with two shows at London’s Earls Court Arena just before Christmas. All the shows on the European leg have been on sale since March and reaction to the dates has been incredible, with the majority of shows already sold out months in advance.

Accompanying IRON MAIDEN on the USA tour (excluding the Hartford and Los Angeles ) are new UK metal sensation, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, who have been receiving rave reviews while on tour with GUNS N’ ROSES throughout Europe.

IRON MAIDEN North American tour dates:

October 4 – New England Dodge Music Center – Hartford, CT
October 6 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
October 7 – Tweeter Center At the Waterfront – Camden, NJ
October 9 – Colisee Pepsi Arena – Quebec City, QC
October 10 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
October 12 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
October 13 – Continental Airlines Arena – East Rutherford, NJ
October 16 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
October 17 – Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
October 18 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
October 21 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA

Gigantour 2006 – Details Revealed – Lamb of God Set To Co-Headline

The fast and furious traveling festival that was hailed last year by Revolver magazine as “the mother of all shred fests” will kick off its second year in early September.

Look for the tour–the brainchild of MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine –to launch in the Northeast and to work its way through 25 major markets before wrapping in mid-October. MEGADETH will return as the festival headliner on a bill that includes fellow heavy-hitters LAMB OF GOD, plus OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, INTO ETERNITY, SANCTITY, and THE SMASHUP all confirmed for these mostly outdoor shows. Other second stage artists will be announced soon.

Mustaine personally hand-picks all the Gigantour bands, with a sharp eye on true musicianship. He says Gigantour is a great place for like-minded music fans to see a full day of music on two stages without breaking the bank, and he’s glad the tour is back in ’06. ” This is the concert that I, as a heavy metal music fan, would want to see,” says Mustaine. “It is going to be something to look forward to each year, to see what kind of tremendous talent we can assemble, for Gigantour festivals in the years to come.”

LAMB OF GOD’s Mark Morton says, “MEGADETH is one of the main reasons I started playing metal guitar in the first place. To finally tour with them is really exciting and it’s a great way to start off our world tour supporting Sacrament. We’ve been dying to get the new material up and running on the live stage. We’ve worked so hard on the new record–it’s really a great sense of accomplishment to see the new tunes come to life in a live setting. We’re really looking forward to this one.” The group’s Chris Adler says, “Teaming up with MEGADETH on Gigantour is a metal dream come true. The lineup represents some of the most proficient metal bands and players from across the world and we are looking forward to joining forces and kicking ass. We’re planning on a nice long set, introducing a lot of new and very heavy material from Sacrament as well as keeping the brutal live tracks from our previous albums. We can’t wait to take the stage and destroy it.”

Last year’s inaugural Gigantour was a six-week trek that was hailed by the Miami Herald for featuring “only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power.” The Orange County Register agreed, saying, “…it does a heart good to see Mustaine able to buck the chameleon trend of rock and stay firm to his ideals, keeping the music the priority and not the image.”

The current itinerary is as follows:

September 7 – San Diego, CA @ TBA
September 8 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Coliseum
September 9 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Pozo Saloon Amphitheatre
September 10 – San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion
September 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
September 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
September 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA
September 16 – Denver, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
September 17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
September 19 – TBD
September 21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
September 22 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
September 23 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
September 24 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Amphitheatre
September 25 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
September 27 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
September 28 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
September 29 – TBD
September 30 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Center

October 1 – TBD
October 3 – TBD
October 5 – TBD
October 6 – Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
October 7 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 8 – Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Forum

Buckethead – More Tour Dates Announced

BUCKETHEAD has lined up the following upcoming tour dates:

September 13 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre   
September 14 – Saint Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights   
September 15 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club   
September 16 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre   
September 17 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre   
September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Fun House  
September 21 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground   
September 22 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street   
September 23 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club   
September 24 – Boston, MA @ Avalon   
September 25 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony   
September 26 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place   
September 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts   
September 29 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Jewish Mother   
September 30 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre   
October 1 – Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre   
October 3 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre   
October 4 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel   
October 5 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre   
October 6 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s   
October 7 – Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox   
October 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse   
October 10 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco   
October 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic   
October 13 – Houston, TX @ Meridian   
October 14 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa   
October 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room   
October 29 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues   

Lamb of God – New Album Samples Posted Online

You can check out 30 second samples of all the songs from LAMB OF GOD’s new album, Sacrament, here.

Subway to Sally – To Release Acoustic Album and DVD in November

In April 2006, medieval metallers SUBWAY TO SALLY embarked on their very first acoustic tour named “Nackt” (“Naked”) through primary churches and smaller clubs with intimate atmosphere all over Germany. The unique project turned out to be a great success. Accompanied by cellist B.Deutung (ex-INCHTABOKATABLES) the band created magical, unforgettable evenings both for the fans and themselves. Everyone who has missed the tour can cheer up now: SUBWAY TO SALLY recorded their “Nackt” concerts on April 30 (aural for the CD) and May 5 (visually for the DVD) at the Passionskirche in Berlin the material will be released as high class CD/DVD package in November.

SUBWAY TO SALLY are working on songs for a new studio CD, presumably to be released at the end of April/beginning of May 2007.

Godhead, Ill Nino, Ra – Schedule East Coast/Midwest Tour

GODHEAD, ILL NINO, and RA will be teaming up on a East Coast/Midwest tour starting late August through September.  

Papa Roach – Back With New Album “The Paramour Sessions”

PAPA ROACH, who had one of the biggest comeback albums in 2004-5, going platinum with their 3rd album “Getting Away With Murder”, are back with “The Paramour Sessions” which will be out September 12th on Geffen Records/El Tonal. To hear their just-released first single, “To Be Loved” click here. (link has been removed)

Trivium – Checks in from SOTU – Prepare for 1st Headlining Tour

TRIVIUM’s Matt Heafy has checked in from the road as the band travels across the US as part of the SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND. Heafy speaks about TRIVIUM’s tourmates, the future, the band’s forthcoming first ever headlining tour, and more:

“The tours been going damn good… incredible shows, as always killer fans, good times and some amazing fucking bands that we have the honor of sharing the stage with.”

“ALWAYS GREAT to see Trivium fans and those of you showing up to the shows have been as supportive as ever – some big fucking pits, some jumping, headbanging, hoarse voices, chants, I mean come ‘on we all know if you come to a Trivium show we expect you to work as hard as we do – you guys give us tons of energy and a great show, so thanks for that!”

“Our friends in As I Lay Dying are headlining this years SOTU and are amazing, rockin their hearts out nightly (I think they have some sweet ramps and cabs); In Flames we have toured with them before and they always put on a great show, Cannibal Corpse, our boys from Florida, are punishing the shit outta the crowds daily we’ve all been fans of them for a while, it’s great to finally see them every day; and what can’t be said about the blood spewing Gwar tearin it up day in and day out? You need to check them out!”

“Behemoth is probably the most intense thing I get to see all day, I can tell you one thing their set is Metal as Fuck, the guys are metal as fuck.. it’s good to have some new metal friends who shred the shit outta their instruments.”

“The tour also has fantastic bands like Horse The Band and Through The Eyes of The Dead who really are making some heads fucking bang. “

“All in all… a pretty good way to spend the summer.”

“In other news… we’re preparing for our first ever headlining tour in the US this coming October, we’ve been touring for the past 2 years and we are excited to be able to do our own thing for the first time, especially here at home, we will be supporting our 2nd Roadrunner Records release titled The Crusade expected to be in shops worldwide in early October, we are planning on bringing out some sick bands for our tour and are finalizing the line up which we think is really great and diverse, more info about the tour will come later.”

“Once we finish our October headlining run – it’s off to Europe to join the mighty fucking Iron Maiden for six weeks or so of what we know will be a very great tour as Iron Maiden will be supporting their newest release titled MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH we are really looking forward to it, truly one the world’s best and most influencial metal bands ever. “

“When we finish touring with Iron Maiden at the end of the year we will take a little break and off again doing more world conquering in early 2007, we know 2007 will be a busy year on the road and we are looking forward to seeing where it leads and meeting many of you along the way.”

“We will be shooting some new music videos, taking some new pr photos, doing some new interviews and whatever we can to support The Crusade, so you’ll get all new vids and sweet shit like that soon.”

“By the way… we have Ninju (our “web guy”) out on tour with us and we’re knocking him around quite a bit, check in with him to get his updates on Ninju’s TRIVIUM Myspace Tour Blog.”

“Keep checking our sites for the latest news and info thanks for communicating with us via our boards we appreciate the support and thanks for rocking with us!”

Vader – Another New Song Posted Online

You can check out another new song from VADER (“Shadow Fear“) off their upcoming new album, Impressions In Blood, here.

40 Below Summer – To Release New Disc on Halloween – Includes Bonus DVD of Last Show

40 BELOW SUMMER will release their new CD entitled “The Last Dance” via Crash Music on Halloween. The album will also include a special bonus DVD that centers around the groups last show which took place at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey last September. To hear new music from the album, click here.

Ill Nino – Recording Cover Album – Sign to Cement Shoes Records?

ILL NINO, who recently parted ways with Roadrunner Records and guitarist Jardel, are said to be recording an album of just cover songs. The band are also rumored to be in talks with Cement Shoes Records, home of GODHEAD, about securing a new record deal.