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HIMSA – Announce “West Coast Brodeo” Tour With Becoming The Archetype, Demiricous, Parkway Drive, and Hell Promise

HIMSA begin their “West Coast Brodeo” tour today with BECOMING THE ARCHTYPE, DEMIRICOUS, PARKWAY DRIVE and HELL PROMISE.

Dates are as follows:

August 2 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
August 3 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s
August 4 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
August 5 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
August 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon (This show with ANTHRAX/MANNTIS only)
August 7 – Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theatre
August 8 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
August 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
August 10 – Bend, OR @ The Domino Room at Midtown
August 11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

These will likely be HIMSA‘s last U.S. tourdates for a while as the band enters the writing process for their next album to be released on a soon-to-be-announced new label.

Century Media Records – Arch Enemy, Diecast, Napalm Death – All Available on Podcast

Available exclusively on the Century Media August Podcast is unreleased music from stalwart Century Media artists ARCH ENEMY, DIECAST and NAPALM DEATH. ARCH ENEMY’s infamous metal brother’s Chris and Michael Amott display their dual six-string assault in the live version of Ravenous taken from their August 8 DVD release Live Armageddon. Making its worldwide premiere is the song “Fade Away” taken from Boston’s favorite sons DIECAST September 19 release Internal Revolution.  Don’t miss your first opportunity to hear new music from NAPALM DEATH’s September 19 release Smear Campaign, “When All Is Said And Done.” The Podcast, with all this music and more, is available as a free download at, or for your listening pleasure at the Century Media website here.

GWAR – Release E-Card for 4 New Tracks – Announce Deluxe Limited Edition of Album

GWAR have been pretty busy this summer, most notably destroying town after town on the Sounds of the Underground tour. The band is set to release their most crushing release yet Beyond Hell on August 29th via DRT Entertainment. An e-card has been made available streaming four tracks off the upcoming album available at this location.

There will also be a deluxe limited edition released of the album, which includes expanded artwork and behind the scenes footage as seen on the SlavePit TV weekly summer web series at this location. The DVD was produced by the New York based video staff of Metal Injection, and includes, for the first time, behind the scenes footage of the creation of the new costumes, as well as hilarious footage of GWAR in the studio recording with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD)

The band recently shot a video for the lead single off the record, a cover of ALICE COOPER‘s “School’s Out”. The video should be available shortly, but in the meantime, director David Brodsky of My Good Eye has made photos/screen caps from the video available here.

AFI – Nominated for Three VMA’s – Prepare for Autumn Life/Tour

AFI’s video for the #1 Modern Rock hit “Miss Murder,” directed by Marc Webb, has been nominated for three 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, it was announced yesterday. “Miss Murder” will be up for Best Rock Video, Best Direction In A Video and Best Cinematography In A Video when the VMAs air 8 p.m. August 31.

In news from the road, AFI wrap up their headlining stint on this year’s Vans Warped Tour today, and will be appearing at San Diego’s annual Street Scene festival before resuming their own headlining tour with two sold out shows at Las Vegas’ House Of Blues.

AFI‘s current U.S. tour will conclude with the band’s biggest ever California headline date, September 15 at the Long Beach Arena, tickets for which sold out immediately-reportedly the second-fastest selling show in the history of the venue. A second southern California date was added by popular demand and sold out within 10 minutes: September 12 at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center.

Ozzy Osbourne – Recording 2 Albums with Zakk Wylde – First to Be Released in February

Former/current/whatever BLACK SABBATH frontman OZZY OSBOURNE is hard at work on two new albums and the first one could be ready by February.

“I don’t want to release an album if it’s not a great album,” the 1970s heavy metal pioneer said in an interview in New York on Friday, declining to give many details about the album.

“I primarily write an album for myself, and if the world likes it, great,” he said. “I’m just hoping that I can get a good couple of albums out.”

OSBOURNE was cautious about when the album would be ready, but his wife, Sharon, who is also his manager, said “hopefully” it would released in February.

The self-proclaimed “Prince of Darkness” said he was working on the two albums with guitarist ZAKK WYLDE.

“I can’t say anything about the songs,” OSBOURNE  said at an event in New York to launch a Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt to raise money for his wife’s cancer charity.

OSBOURNE said he was enjoying playing on the smaller second stage at OZZFEST this year because it allowed him to get closer to the audience.

“I look at the audience sometimes and I go ‘Do they ever grow up and get older?'” he said, expressing some surprise at his enduring popularity with a whole new generation of fans.

“They come, they like it, and they bring their friends. It’s weird,” he said, adding: “I’m not complaining.”

Metallica – Kirk Hammet Digs “Absurd” Dragonforce – Misses the Band’s Early 90’s Performances

Steve Baltin of AOL Music recently asked METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett which new guitarists have impressed him of late.

“I really like this absurd band called DRAGONFORCE,” Kirk said. “Those are the fastest guitar players I think I’ve ever seen. They’re like Yngwie [Malmsteen] on steroids. No, they’re like Barry Bonds on guitar.

It’s amazing. I saw one video and I swear to God the guy must’ve played 75,000 notes.”

As for some of the other music Hammett’s been digging, he said, “I like MUSE, THE MARS VOLTA, TRIVIUM, THE SWORD. I think WOLFMOTHER is fun. THE BLACK KEYS. And I’ve been listening to HANK WILLIAMS, because you’ve just got to. It’s as heavy as ROBERT JOHNSON or BOB DYLAN.”

What was the last concert he saw? “Must’ve been our own show on YouTube. I was watching our Moscow show from 1991 and thinking, ‘Damn, we were good that night. What happened?'”

MTV 2 – Download and Discover – Roll Out Special Live Version of Show on August 5

MTV2’s Discover & Download show is rolling out with a special live version of the show – Discover & Download Live, which airs this Saturday, August 5 at 8 pm on MTV2.

The following artists will be performing their singles live on the show:

Cartel “Honesty”
Head Automatica “Graduation Day “
Lupe Fiasco “Kick Push”
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “Face Down”

Immediately following the show you can go to to download the songs that were featured on the show along with others live tracks that were performed during their set.


Breaking Benjamin – Clear Channel Music Previewing Entire Album

Clear Channel Music is previewing BREAKING BENJAMIN’s entire new album, Phobia, all this week!  Check out the full CD, featuring the hit “The Diary of Jane,” here.

This Time It’s War – Hunting for New Vocalist – Info to Apply Listed

THIS TIME IT’S WAR have parted ways with vocalist Reeves Hankins and are actively looking for a replacement. The split was noted as “personal”, with the two parties parting on “good terms”. Upcoming shows and performances “will not be affected”.

Those interested in trying out – read on:

– We need someone who is at least 18 years old and who is out of high school.
– We are located in Richmond, VA. If you don’t live in this area, that’s fine as long as you are either able to make it to practices or relocate here.
– You should be willing to be able to practice at least 2-4 nights a week.
– You must be able to tour RIGHT AWAY.  We plan on touring 270+ days a year, if you can’t tour, we aren’t interested. This band is more than a hobby to us, it is a full time job.
– Previous band experience is almost a must-have, but if you’re good enough then we might be able to look past that.
– We want someone with an incredible vocal range (lows, mids, and highs). We are looking for someone who is mainly a screamer… clean vocals are not necessary, but if you can do them that’s great.
– We want someone who can write lyrics. It’s a rare day when one of us can write good lyrics.
– Be sure that you can scream for several days at a time. We need someone with a reliable voice, and if you can’t scream for a few days on tour without it blowing out then it won’t work out.
– We’re not interested in anyone with an ego or bad attitude. We want someone who is confident in their abilities and has good stage presence, but not a cocky frontman who tries to run the show. We’re all equal in this band.
– We have a new full length album recorded minus the vocals. If you plan to join, you should be ready to record as soon as possible.
– You must be a dedicated frontman.  This means top notch stage presence at EVERY show.  Someone who knows how to entertain a crowd.  Please do not submit an entry if you have poor stage presence.
For more info email

Iron Maiden – Announce Pre-Order of New Album, Tracklisting

USA and Canada residents can preorder the new IRON MAIDEN album as a CD or ipod friendly digital download for only $9.99 or $14.99 with a limited edition t-shirt and get early access to buy tickets for their Fall tour. 

A Matter of Life Or Death is in stores September 5. Please visit for more information.


1. Different World                                
2. These Colours Don’t Run                 
3. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns   
4. The Pilgrim                                  
5. The Longest Day                          
6. Out Of the Shadows                      
7. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
8. For The Greater Good of God              
9. Lord Of Light                                     
10. The Legacy                                     

Kylesa – Release Details About New Album “Time Will Fuse Its Worth”

Savannah sludge rockers KYLESA have released details about the band’s follow-up to 2005’s highly praised ‘To Walk A Middle Course.’ Due out October 31 through Prosthetic Records, the new album has been dubbed ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth’ and clocks in at just over 40-minutes. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. What Becomes An End
2. Hollow Severer
3. Where The Horizon Unfolds
4. Between Silence and Sound
5. Identity Defined
6. Ignoring Anger
7. The Warning

Time Will Fuse Its Worth’ marks the recording debuts of new drummers Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley, adding to the band’s already thunderous sound. As a precursor to the record’s release, KYLESA will open up a European tour September 5, trekking across the continent well into October, before returning to America.

Transmission 0 – Return from Studio – Wrap Up Recording of Follow-Up to Debut

TRANSMISSION 0, the band the folks at Metal Maniacs called “Godlike,” have just returned from the studio where they recorded their follow up to their debut “0”

The new album is tentatively titled “Memory of A Dream.” When asked about it, bassist Dave van Beek had this to say about the new record:

“This is the best stuff we’ve made so far. The songs are tighter and heavier and the album sounds more homogenic than ‘0’. Besides that we still have songs for the fighters and songs for the lovers.”

Sounds of the Underground 2006 – July 29 Pics Online

Snapshots from SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND 2006, courtesy of Dirt Junior, from the July 29 show in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre have been made available online. There are also select backstage pics of MACHINE HEAD with TRIVIUM and CANNIBAL CORPSE.


Ozzfest 2006 – New Jersey Pictures – Unearth Set Smashup Pics Included

A grip of shots from the recent New Jersey OZZFEST 2006 have been posted online, courtesy of Return to the Pit. Shots include UNEARTH smashing their instruments and plenty of DRAGONFORCE.

a life once lost (129 pics)
all that remains (140 pics)
atreyu (135 pics)
avenged sevenfold (139 pics)
bad acid trip (81 pics)
black label society (128 pics)
bleeding through (144 pics)
disturbed (117 pics)
dragonforce (243 pics)
full blown chaos (92 pics)
hatebreed (83 pics)
lacuna coil (128 pics)
norma jean (126 pics)
randomshots (10 pics)
randomshots (2 pics)
strapping young lad (109 pics)
system of a down (96 pics)
the red chord (118 pics)
unearth (220 pics)
walls of
jericho (72 pics)

You can view the pictures at this location.

CBGB – Initial Farewell Shows Announced

At the end of September, legendary New York City club CBGB will be closing its doors for good. In celebration of its legacy, a number of farewell shows will be held at the club throughout August and September. The following are a couple of the more notable shows already announced:

8/19 – H20

Strike Anywhere, Bane – Initial Tour Dates Released

Some initial dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring STRIKE ANYWHERE, BANE, A GLOBAL THREAT, and THIS IS HELL:

October 7 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable St. Cafe  
October 8 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre  
October 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse Theatre  
October 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 28 – Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship  

Necro – Maryland Show Announced

Brooklyn based “death rapper” NECRO has announced another tour date, where he’ll also be joined on stage by Igor Cavalera of SEPULTURA fame:

September 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 9 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

Also performing will be ILL BILL, DANNY DIABLO, and SABAC.

Mastodon – “Capillarian Crest” Available On MySpace

MASTODON have posted the song “Capillarian Crest” over at their MySpace page. The song comes off their forthcoming new album, Blood Mountain, which is due out on September 12th. The band is also going to be filming a video for the track “The Wolf Is Loose” next week for release in early September.

You can also now check out Episodes 1, 2, and the brand new Episode 3 of Mastodon’s “The Making of Blood Mountain.”  Check out the video clips below:

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Episode 2

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Metallica – Live Video Footage of ‘The New Song’ Posted Online

Live video footage of a brand new METALLICA track, known only as ‘The New Song’, has found it’s way online. You can view the footage filmed at the Arnhem Gelredome this past June at this location.

Napalm Death – Set To Headline Auditory Assault Festival

NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed to headline the Auditory Assault festival. ATHEIST will be performing as co-headlining support at the festival. It will take place on November 25th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD.

Here is the complete billing for Auditory Assault festival:

ATHEIST (Florida)
CRETIN (California)
PHOBIA (California)
COMMIT SUICIDE (Pennsylvania)
TRIAC (Maryland)

You can talk about the festival here.

Threat Signal – Guitarist Leaves Band; Remaining Members Seek Replacement

Rich Howard, guitarist for the newly signed Canadian band THREAT SIGNAL, has left the band to pursue other life goals.

“We totally respect his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future,” commented vocalist Jon Howard via their official website. “Rich, your time in the band was amazing and we’ll never forget the kick-ass riffage you threw down!” Rich will play the remaining shows on the band’s August itinerary. Afterwards, current bassist Marco Bressette will take over guitar duties.

Due to the recent turn of events, THREAT SIGNAL is in urgent need of a new bassist for the band’s upcoming October/November North American tour with label mates SOILWORK and MNEMIC. According to the band, here’s what they’re looking for:

“A dude who can slay a bass like a guitar, must use a pick, have professional gear, willing (and able!) to tour the world and make THREAT SIGNAL his top priority.”

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the band at

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 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 – Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 29 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Katafalk – Guitarists Chris/Niels Appear In Another Commercial

KATAFALK guitarists Chris and Niels appear in a TV commercial of online shop, currently airing on most Dutch TV channels. In the commercial, both KATAFALK axemen can be found in a record store banging their heads to some serious heavy metal (to major discomfort of a more sophisticated visitor). Check out the commercial here. Some photo’s taken on the set can be viewed on

KATAFALK guitarist Chris previously starred in a TV commercial of internet provider Chello, which can be viewed here.

In other news, KATAFALK recently unleashed the ‘Death’s Contradiction EP,’ released and primarily available via the band itself.

Clocking over 20 minutes, this mini album contains all of the songs recorded earlier at Soundlodge studio with knobmaster Jrg Uken (OBSCENITY, GOD DETHRONED). Some reviews (a.o. of Holland’s biggest rock/metal magazine Aardschok) can be read on

Listen to opening song “She’s My Darkness” as well as the title track “Death’s Contradiction” on the band’s MySpace page.

The Sword – Shoot Video for ‘Freya’ – To Team Up with Trivium this Fall for Tour

THE SWORD has completed work on the second music video from their critically acclaimed album Age of Winters. The video, for the hard-hitting track “Freya” was shot in Hollywood, CA with director Barnaby Roper. A still shot from the video, which is expected to make its world network premiere(s) shortly, can be viewed at this location.

THE SWORD (guitarist / singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo) just completed their massive “Endless Winter” U.S. headlining tour. The Austin, TX based metal unit will bring their much talked about live show on the road again this fall when they team up with TRIVIUM for a North American tour. Dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Antigama – Begin Work On New Album

Poland’s ANTIGAMA has recently begun work on their Relapse Records debut album.

“We have already written 14 songs and certainly it’s going be the most diverse, brutal and twisted material of ANTIGAMA. We can’t wait until the recording session!” says ANTIGAMA guitarist Sebastian Rokicki (the band is rounded out by Lukasz Myszkowski (Vocals), Michal Pietrasik (Bass) and Krzysztof Bentkowski (Drums)).

Additionally, the Warsaw-based, progressive grindcore quartet is working on two new songs for an upcoming split 3” CD with DRUGS OF FAITH. The split will be released on Selfmadegod Records, who recently reissued the band’s debut album Intellect Made Us Blind.