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Stone Sour – Roy Mayorga Officially Joins As New Drummer

STONE SOUR have announced that Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly, Crisis, Sepultura, etc.) has officially joined the band. The band commented, “Aside from being a cool guy, Roy did one hell of a job playing on the album and we’re looking forward to going on the road with him in a few weeks, and seeing all of you as well.”

Guns N’ Roses – Axl Rose Speaks… – “Chinese Democracy” Out this Autumn?

CNN.com has been on the hunt for more information surrounding the GUNS N’ ROSES release “Chinese Democracy” – an album that has been ten years in the making.

Axl Rose, however, made a surprise radio appearance to proclaim that the album will finally hit store shelves this fall. The comments Saturday on Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show marked the first interview the painfully private Rose has given since his failed 2002 comeback tour, which was abruptly scrapped midway amid riots and canceled shows.

Read the full report here.

Goatwhore – Sunday Pics Available – Soilent Green News

Pics from GOATWHOREs headlining show at The Whiskey in Hollywood on Sunday, May 7. It was also confirmed at the show that SOILENT GREEN will be touring with DEMIRICOUS in June – SOILENT GREEN are done with the new record but still working on the art work.

Pics from Dirt Junior can be found here.

Exciter – Vocalist Jacques Belanger Quits (Again…)

Vocalist Jacques Belanger has, for the 3rd time in 10 years, quit EXCITER due to “differences of opinion’ on many issues between Jacques and the rest of the band, a statement reads as follows:

“We are currently exploring our options but, we have, regretably, had to cancel shows in Europe, the USA and Canada that we had scheduled or been working on for this summer.”

“The writing for the new CD is complete and we have 10 new songs to record, but we`ll have to find the voice to sing on these ripping new tracks first.”

“Exciter would like to thank all the die-hard fans, throughout the globe, who have supported us for many years.”

The Acacia Strain – Gear up for Touring and Video Shoot

New England’s purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, has tacked on a three-week run with Soilent Green and Demiricous to the band’s itinerary to support the June 13 release of The Dead Walk. Prior to that, the band will provide support for THE RED CHORD on a handful of dates in select markets. Upon completion of those shows, THE ACACIA STRAIN will meet up with director Dave Brodsky (All That Remains, Bury Your Dead) May 19 in the band’s hometown of Springfield, Mass. to shoot footage for the video to “Angry Mob Justice,” from “The Dead Walk”.

?There are so many people today who are afraid to take their own stance. So many people just float through life with no meaning,” vocalist Vincent Bennett said about the new album. “They have no opinions of their own, nothing is theirs. Yet at the same time, there are so many people who are so self-righteous, it?s sickening. “The Dead Walk” focuses on that.?

Again produced by Adam Dutkiewicz, who was also responsible for THE ACACIA STRAIN‘s 2004 album 3750, The Dead Walk features extensive design and artwork from Paul Romano alongside the band’s bowel-shakingly heavy trademark sound. In the time since the band’s last album, THE ACACIA STRAIN has dropped its provisional third guitar player, and in turn rotated in Seth Coleman and Kevin Boutot on bass and drums respectively, resulting in a sleeker, albeit more efficient band. ?Seth and Kevin are two of the best things that happened to this band,? Bennett says. ?I honestly wouldn?t want anyone else playing in this band. This is the most solid lineup we have ever had and I don?t plan on it ever changing.?

Billboard Top 200 – Chart Rundown for Metal/Rock/Alternative

This weeks Billboard Top 200 Charts have been released to the net with TOOL leading the charge for rock and metal:

#1 – TOOL – 10,000 Days @ 553,200
#2 – PEARL JAM – Pearl Jam @ 281,048
#6 – GODSMACK – IV @ 87,568
#36 – REBEL MEETS REBEL – Rebel Meets Rebel @ 27,654

California Metalfest – Timeslots Posted

The 1st Annual California Metalfest taking place this weekend at Club 740 in Los Angeles, CA have announced the timeslots.

Saturday – May 13th

Mainstage
12:40-Alarum
1:15-Burn in Silence
1:50-Nights Like These
2:25-Bleeding Kansas
3:00-Embrace The End
3:40-Arsis
4:20-Ion Dissonance
5:00-Job For a Cowboy
5:40-Cattle Decapitation
6:20-Sworn Enemy
7:00-Necrophagist
8:00-Caliban

The Dungeon
1:00-Further From the Grave
1:35-Stealth
2:10-To Something Beautiful
2:45-Dead in Existence
3:25-These Final Hours
4:05-HeavyHeavyLowLow
4:40-Neuraxis
5:20-G7SD
6:00-Belay My Last
6:40-Exmortus
7:20-Scars of Tomorrow

Sunday – May 14th

Mainstage
1:00-Tomorrow They Die
1:40-Summers End
2:20-Abysmal Dawn
3:00-Winds of Plague
3:40-Antagonist
4:20-Light This City
5:00-The Faceless
5:40-All Shall Perish
6:20-Disgorge
7:00-Suicide Silence
7:40-On Broken Wings
8:20-Decrepit Birth
9:00-Animosity
9:40-Darkest Hour
10:45-Suffocation

The Dungeon
1:20-TBA SURPRISE!
2:00-Impurities
2:40-Moria
3:20-Apiary
4:00-The Adversary
4:40-Misericordium
5:20-Intestinal Strangulation
6:00-Tyranny
6:40-Torn From Wings
7:20-The Final Burden
8:00-The Funeral Pyre
8:40-Fatal
9:20-The Aurora Complex

Egypt Central – Post Cover Art for S/T Debut

EGYPT CENTRALhave posted the cover art for their self titled album at this location.

The effort was produced by Josh Abraham (STAIND, ATREYU) and features the single ‘Over And Under’. Their album drops nationwide July 11 through Bieler Bros/ADA.

Invocation of Nehek – Call it Quits

INVOCATION OF NEHEK has called it quits. The Connecticut group released one album with Prosthetic records. Guitarist Robb Cyr comments:

“Over the last 5 years ION has had so many great experiences, and we have met so many awesome people, and we are truly grateful for all of it, we sadly have come to a point where it was just time to move on. Although this is a sad moment for us, we know that it is best. When this band started it was meant just meant to be something fun to do on weekends, ION exceeded all of our expectations, trust me you don’t name a band ‘Invocation of Nehek’ and expect to get a record deal or tour the country. We are all still great friends, and will support each other in any new projects. Keep your eyes peeled because you certainly haven’t seen the last of all us. We’d like to thank everyone that we have met along the way and that has helped us out in some way shape or form. It was an amazing experience that we will never forget.”

The band will play one final show on June 10 at the Sons of Italy in Torrington, CT.

WWE: Wreckless Intent – New Music from Motorhead, Shadows Fall, Brand New Sin, Killswitch Engage, and More Now Streaming

A WWE Wreckless Intent Media Player which showcases new music from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, BRAND NEW SIN and MOTORHEAD has been made available online. Check out the new jams at this location.

Tracklisting for “WWE: Wreckless Intent” as well as the wrestlers that it will be representing are as follows:

Saliva – “I Walk Alone” – Batista
Mercy Drive – “Burn In My Light” – Randy Orton
Homebwoi – “Hard Hittin'” – Coach
Brand New Sin – “Crank It Up” – Big Show
Desiree Jackson – “Holla” – Candice
Eleventh Hour – “A Girl Like That” – Torrie Wilson
Kaballon – “Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am)” – Carlito
Theory of a Deadman – “Deadly Game”
Silkk the Shocker – “I’m Comin'”
Shadows Fall – “Fury Of The Storm” – Rob Van Dam
Three 6 Mafia – “Some Bodies Gonna Get It” – Mark Henry
Zebrahead – “With Legs Like That” – Maria
Killswitch Engage – “This Fire Burns”
P.O.D. – “Booyaka 619″ – Rey Mysterio
Motorhead – “King of Kings” – Triple H

Great White – Band Manager Gets 4 Years in Prison for Nightclub Fire

According to CNN.com, Daniel Biechele, the former GREAT WHITE band manager whose pyrotechnics caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.

Daniel Biechele, 29, could have gotten as much as 10 years behind bars under a deal he struck with prosecutors in February, when he pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

“The greatest sentence that can be imposed upon you, has been imposed upon you by yourself,” Superior Court Judge Francis Darigan Jr. told Biechele, drawing sobs from some of those in the courtroom. (Watch Biechele as he is sentenced to prison — :55)

The sentence came after two days of anguished testimony from the victims’ families, who told of college graduations they would never see, grandchildren they would never hold, and such grief that they could not get out of bed in the morning.

Biechele was the tour manager for heavy metal band GREAT WHITE when on February 20, 2003, he lit a pyrotechnics display that ignited highly flammable foam that lined the walls and ceiling of The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The foam was used as soundproofing and was placed there by the owners after neighbors complained about noise from the club.

Biechele is the first person to be sentenced for the fire. The owners of the club are awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.

Biechele offered his first public comments about what happened, apologizing repeatedly and choking back tears.

“I know how this tragedy has devastated me, but I can only begin to understand what the people who have lost loved ones have endured,” he told the court. “I don’t know that I’ll ever forgive myself for what happened that night, so I can’t expect anyone else to.”

“I never wanted anyone to be hurt in any way,” he said. “I never imagined that anyone ever would be.”

Again, the full article can be read at CNN.com.

King Diamond – Athens Gig Moved – Updated King Diamond Tour Info

Greek concert promoters DiDi Music have announced a change in the date and venue of the previously scheduled May 21 KING DIAMOND show in Athens, Greece. The show will now take place at the Gagarin 205 club (instead of Club 22 whose license has been suspended by the Greek authorities) on Monday, May 22. KING DIAMOND?s remaining European tour dates are as shown below:

May 11 @ Roxy Club – Prague (CZE)
May 12 @ Novesta Sportshall – Zlin (CZE)
May 13 @ Babylon Club – Bratislava (SLO)
May 14 @ Petofi Hall – Budapest (HUN)
May 16 @ SKC – Belgrade (SER)
May 17 @ Agronomia Hall – Bucharest (ROM)
May 18 @ Hristo Botev Hall – Sofia (BUL)
May 20 @ Ydrogios – Thessaloniki (GRE)
May 22 @ Gagarin 205 – Athens (GRE)
May 24 @ New Age – Treviso (ITA)
May 25 @ Cencios – Firenze (Prato) (ITA)
May 26 @ Live Music Club – Milano (ITA)
May 27 @ Tempo – Reggio Emilia (ITA)
May 30 @ Ind.Copera – Granada (SPA)
May 31 @ Aqualung – Madrid (SPA)
June 2 @ Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona (SPA)
June 3 @ Sala Jam – Bergara (SPA)
June 5 @ La locomotive – Paris (FRA)
June 6 @ Turok – Essen (GER)
June 7 @ Hirsch – Nurenberg (GER)
June 9 @ Alte Spinerei – Glauchau (GER)
June 10 @ De Lantaarn – Hellendoorn (HOL)
June 11 @ 013 – Tilburg (HOL)
June 12 @ Electric Ballroom – London (UK)

LOCH VOSTOK and SECRET SPHERE are confirmed openers for shows from April 15th-30th. GRIFFIN and THUNDERBOLT support from May 9th-June 3rd. AFTER ALL and MERCENARY will support on all shows from June 9th-June 12th. More dates/details will be announced soon.

As previously reported, KING DIAMOND began the recordings for their next album in March in Dallas, Texas and at guitarist Andy La Rocque?s Los Angered studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. Further details on the new album are expected soon.

Queensryche – Announce Greek Performance in Support of “Operation: Mindcime II”

Just today it has been announced by Greek concert promoters DiDi Music that U.S. Metal legends QUEENSYCHE will be performing a one-stop date in Greece on June 14. The concert will take place at Terra Vibe in Malakasa. Tickets are expected to go on sale on May 17 and will cost 30 Euros (in advance) and 35 Euros (day of the show).

QUEENSYCHE will be performing in support of their brand new album “Operation: Mindcrime II” (out now via Rhino Records) which is the sequel to their platinum 1988 concept album, “Operation: Mindcrime”.

“Operation: Mindcrime II” is currently on position #7 of the Top-50 IFPI chart in Greece for a second week in a row.

Broke – Post 3 New Songs from Forthcoming Debut Online

BROKE have posted three new songs from their forthcoming debut album at this location. Their debut album was just completed at Unknown Studios in Orem, Utah and produced by Branden Steineckert from THE USED.

BROKE will be on the road with 30 SECONDS TO MARS this month.

Sounds of the Underground 2005 – DVD – VOL. 1 – Preview/Teaser Now Running

The e-card for the Sounds of the Underground Live: Volume 1 DVD is now online, and features a 3 minute teaser of all the live footage and backstage chaos from the DVD. The teaser is available at this location. CLUTCH and GWAR live clips from the DVD will be added shortly.

Last year marked the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial Ozzfest. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2, 2005, and with it came almost 5,000 fans. Metal bands like A LIFE ONCE ONCE LOST and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like MADBALL and THROWDOWN in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat.

As the sun began to set, stalwarts like CHIMAIRA, POISON THE WELL and FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in “Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1″.

DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day’s festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious “guest interview” segments from members of GWAR, EVERY TIME I DIE and THROWDOWN. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (LAMB OF GOD‘s “Killadelphia”).

The “Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1″ DVD features live performances from:

ALL THAT REMAINS
DEVILDRIVER
A LIFE ONCE LOST
MADBALL
HIGH ON FIRE
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THROWDOWN
NORMA JEAN
EVERY TIME I DIE
GWAR
CHIMAIRA
UNEARTH
CLUTCH
POISON THE WELL
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
LAMB OF GOD

Society 1 – To Appear on Inside Edition TV Show

The nationally syndicated TV show Inside Edition is scheduled to air a a piece on the number 666, which will include SOCIETY 1, on Monday, May 15. The show discusses the significance of the number 666 and the approaching date 6/6/06.

SOCIETY 1‘s only U.S. performance of the year will be on 6/5/06 in Los Angeles headlining the “Satan’s Rockin’ Eve” event .The show is hosted by Radio Free Satan, and features many great industrial, metal, and punk acts from around the world.

SOCIETY 1 have also set “The Years of Spiritual Dissent” as the title for their first release through Crash Music, Inc. “The Years of Spiritual Dissent” is a collection of SOCIETY 1‘s first two albums; “Slacker Jesus” and “Words as Carriers”, and also includes two cover songs, a brand new track entitled “This Is The End”, and a bonus DVD. Crash Music has scheduled July 25 for the street date.

Slayer – Plan to Preview New Material With Exclusive EP at Hot Topic Stores

SLAYER plan to preview their first album in five years with an EP that will be exclusively available only at Hot Topic stores. The album will include the track ‘Cult’, the one new song the band plans to play live on the upcoming Unholy Alliance tour. SLAYER‘s still-untitled follow-up to “God Hates Us All”, is set for release on July 25.

Rancid – U.S. Summer Shows Announced

RANCID have lined up the following U.S. shows for the month of July:

July 6 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
July 7 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
July 9 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
July 11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
July 18 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
July 19 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
July 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
July 23 – Jacksonville, FL @ Plush
July 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Terror – Headlining North American Dates Released

TERROR will be teaming up with THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR for the following North American tour dates:

June 19 – Tulsa, OK @ The Hive
June 20 – Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
June 22 – Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
June 23 – Panama City, FL @ The Showcase
June 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
June 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
June 28 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 29 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
June 30 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
July 1 – Jonquiere, QC @ Keno Hall
July 2 – Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Le Maquisart
July 3 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
July 4 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
July 5 – Buffalo, NY @ Icon

Blind Guardian – Initial North American Dates Released!

The first two dates have been released for BLIND GUARDIAN‘s highly anticipated return to North America:

November 8 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Unearth – Announce Special Cross Canadian Tour; Ozzfest and Offfest Appearances Along All Summer Long

UNEARTH just put the finishing touches on their new album titled ?III In The Eyes of Fire? which streets August 8, produced by legendary Producer Terry Date (PANTERA, WHITE ZOMBIE, SOUNDGARDEN, DEFTONES).

Now, UNEARTH are proud to bring their unabashed live performances up north on a Cross Canadian tour”? with special guests ALL THAT REMAINS, THE RED CHORD, A LIFE ONCE LOST, WALLS OF JERICHO and IF HOPE DIES.

UNEARTH vocalist Trevor Phipps exclaims, “We can’t wait to get back to Canada. We’ve always been treated extremely well up there. We are amped to headline and play a full set for all of our fans. We’re also stoked to bring this killer line-up of bands along for the trek.”

Tour dates are as follows:

June 16 – Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
June 17 -Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
June 18 – Sudbury, ON @ Frasier Auditorium
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB @ Ramada
June 22 – Regina, SK @ The Distrikt
June 23 – Edmonton, AB @ Reds
June 24 – Calgary, AB @ The Ballroom
June 26 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy

Then, the band will embark this Summer on the legendary second stage on Ozzfest where UNEARTH will have a non rotating slot direct to ATREYU who are direct to second stage headliners BLACK LABEL SOCIETY.

Don?t miss UNEARTH‘s Offest additional special performances on Offest dates with NORMA JEAN, THE RED CHORD, A LIFE ONCE LOST, WALLS OF JERICHO and FULL BLOWN CHAOS.

Godsmack – Confirmed for VH-1 Rock Honors Tribute Show

GODSMACK joins previously announced performers FOO FIGHTERS, THE ALL AMERICAN REJECTS, and PAUL RODGERS, who has recently joined QUEEN for tours of Europe and the USA, as they pay tribute to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock with the first annual ?VH1 Rock Honors.? Hosted by Jaime Pressly of the hit sitcom “My Name Is Earl,” this year?s celebration will honor the music and influence of KISS, QUEEN, DEF LEPPARD and JUDAS PRIEST.

Premiering on Wednesday, May 31 at 9PM*, ?VH1 Rock Honors,? will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 25. The show will include performances by all of the honorees as well as tribute performances by GODSMACK, whose new album, “IV” just debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums char. Riki Rachtman will serve as backstage announcer. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

The 2 – hour tribute will salute the groundbreaking bands of rock, the once in a lifetime events and the influential people who made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock. The influence of these honorees will be felt through spoken tributes, filmed packages and performances by some of today?s hottest rock acts as well as the legends themselves.

Burn Season – Post New Single for ‘Perfect’ Online

BURN SEASON has posted their new single ‘Perfect’ online here. The song is featured on the bands self titled album in stores now through Bieler Bros. Records. In addition BURN SEASON has announced that they will be serving as support for both of SKINDRED‘s one off US shows. The dates for those shows are as follows:

May 26 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
May 27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Deicide – Announce 6.6.06 Denver Show – Autumn US and Japan Tours Proposed

DEICIDE, have confirmed an all-ages CD release show commemorating 6.6.06 and the release of their new album “The Stench of Redemption”. The show will take place at the Iliff Park Saloon in Aurora, Colorado, near Denver.

DEICIDE have been tirelessly working to complete “The Stench of Redemption” and are currently mixing the madness at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida.

DEICIDE are also working on a series of dates throughout the US, tentatively from September 20 to October 31. It is also in the works to bring DEICIDE over to Japan, to deliver a dose of brutality and a bottle of fine sake. They are set to bring a new fire to the death metal flame and in a recent interview for Decibel magazine singer Glen Benton boasts that DEICIDE are “writing material that I consider to be more old-school.”

Sothis – Lineup Southwest Gigs for Late May/Early June

US symphonic black metallers, SOTHIS, who were named the “Demo/Indie of 2005″ Brave Words, have lined up dates in the Southwest for late May/early June. The dates are as follows:

May 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
May 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
May 29 – Dallas, TX @ Tomcats Deep Ellum
May 30 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
May 31 – Austin, TX @ Redrum
June 1 – San Antonio, TX @ The Underground
June 2 – TBA
June 3 – TBA

In addition, the band will also support BEHEMOTH in Mexicali on July 27.