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Single Bullet Theory, Havochate – Teaming Up for Regional Dates in May/June

SINGLE BULLET THEORY and HAVOCHATE are teaming up for some regional dates in May and June:

May 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
May 27 – New London, Ct @ Hipnotic
June 10 – Westfield, MA @ Bentleys
June 11 – Hartford, CT @ Websters theater (with BEYOND THE EMBRACE)
June 29 – Freehold, NT @ Odins Tavern

In other news, SINGLE BULLET THEORY newest effort “The Killing Floor” is currently being mixed in El Paso, Texas by Eddy Garcia (ministry, pissing razors). A label has not yet been announced for the records release.

Slow Motion Reign – Debut Serjikal Strike Album Out July 25

?We?re looking forward to a progressive future, filled with melody and music that provokes and is full of passion,? says SLOW MOTION REIGN keyboardist Erwin Khachikian about their self-titled debut album due out July 25 on Serjical Strike Records (RED Distribution). It was produced by SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian, who is also the label?s proud owner.

The first single, ?Isn?t It Time,? will be serviced to Modern Rock radio early June.

The members of SLOW MOTION REIGN – Narek Pogosyan (vocals, bass), Erwin Khachikian (keyboards), Raffik Oganian (guitars), Vigen Sayadian (drums) – first met Tankian a few years ago through mutual friends. Once the quartet tightened its sound and live show, they called him for advice and that eventually led to the band signing to Serjical Strike in 2001. He was so impressed and moved by the band?s music that he offered to sit behind the boards and be an integral part of the recording process.

“They’re great songwriters in the tradition of the Beatles and Pink Floyd,” says Tankian. “Their songs are beautiful and filled with all sorts of wonderful textures. It’s all very emotional and moving. It’s the first outside project I’ve ever produced.?

“Making the record with Serj was a great experience,? says singer/bassist Narek Pogosyan. ?He gave us the freedom to be ourselves and make the record the way we envisioned it. We’ve all been making music since we were kids, so the opportunity to play for a living is a dream come true.”

The results are stunning. Recorded with warmth and three-dimensional depth, SLOW MOTION REIGN‘s debut is hypnotic and vividly rich, brimming with lyrics and intricate chord structures as indelible as its hooks. The songs–primarily written by Pogosyan, Khachikian and Sayadian–are largely built on fragile piano-based arrangements rich with pictures. Although the album was recorded with guitarist Sam Babayan, SLOW MOTION REIGN is now joined by guitarist Raffik Oganian, who signed onto the band in early 2006.

After showcasing their full sonic strengths on their intoxicating self-titled EP released in 2004, SLOW MOTION REIGN has been touring extensively throughout North America. In addition to their own shows on the West Coast, the band?s 2004 tours included shows with OZOMATLI, SOUL SIRKUS, JERRY CANTRELL. The new album reflects the vibrant, melodic intensity of the EP, and a magnetically singular sound that sets the band apart from stock rock radio contemporaries.

Although their music can be reflective of the ?space rock? genre, SLOW MOTION REIGN?s compositions are complex and multi-faceted beyond any single category of music.

?The purpose of our music is to bring forth a little melodic and warmer sound to rock ?n roll, that has genuine authenticity and emotion,? comments drummer Vigen Sayadian. ?One thing we wanted to do in our musical careers was to not make cookie- cutter music. You want to put something out that has some integrity; that has meaning.?

The band will be hitting the road in the coming months, with dates to be announced shortly. Stay tuned for details.

California Metalfest – Moved from Whittier to Los Angeles

The 1st annual CALIFORNIA METAL FESTIVAL has, yet again, switched venue locations. An official message from the promoter reads as follows:

“Due to high advanced ticket sales and the City of Whittier doing everything they can to try and prevent The 1st Annual California Metalfest from happening in their town, California Metalfest has been moved to Club 740 in Downtown Los Angeles, located at 740 South Broadway Ave. As you can see from visiting www.740LA.com, this is a much better room to handle such an event with a capacity crowd and we don’t have to worry about a small town frowning upon the Festival.”

“We apologize for having to move it but the City of Whittier has made it very clear they do not want black tshirts flooding their streets. In fact when we approached them yesterday to once again verify their stance on this event happening in Whittier, we asked them “Why are you showing us such adversity? You guys know there would be no problems with this at Rome as there have been plenty of shows there that have happened without a single issue, and we fully intend on having police officers on staff the entire weekend.” Jeff Collier, director of Community Development responded “Well for one, our Founders Day Celebration is the same weekend as California Metalfest.” We asked “Are you saying that the town of Whittier is not big enough for Metalfest and your Founders Celebration to happen together?.”
And he blatantly replied “Well, Yes.””

“This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We are not going to risk the stability of such an amazing line-up of music because of a redneck mentality like “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.” We purposely chose Club Rome in Whittier because there is no alcohol allowed and because downtown Whittier is a safe environment where parents can feel comfortable with their kids going. However we are not willing to put the Calfiornia Metalfest in jeopardy by keeping it in Whittier so we have been forced to move it to Downtown Los Angeles. There will be no alcohol at Club 740 either for this event, and you can rest assured you will witness an amazing lineup of METAL on May 13th and 14th with a safe parking lot right in front of the club. Visit www.californiametalfest.com or www.myspace.com/californiametalfest for more information. All previously purchased tickets will be fully honored and mailed out April 25th.”

“Nobody said being a metal promoter was an easy job these days, but somebody has gotta do it!”

Bloodsimple – Drummer Chris Hamilton Leaves the Band

Word on the ‘street’ is that former DOWNSET drummer Chris Hamilton has parted ways with BLOODSIMPLE. The band are currently off the road, but there’s been no official word as to why Hamilton has left, nor any official press release regarding the matter. More info is expected shortly.

Cryptopsy – April East Coast Tour Dates Canceled

Due to “immigration problems” CRYPTOPSY have canceled all of their U.S. dates for April. The band’s New York City show has been rescheduled for July 23rd at the B.B. King Blues Club.

Roger Waters – North American Tour Dates Announced

Roger Waters of PINK FLOYD fame has lined up the following dates for his North American fall tour:

September 6 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
September 8 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
September 13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
September 15 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
September 16 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
September 18 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
September 20 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
September 21 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
September 23 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
September 24 – Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
September 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
September 29 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
September 30 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
October 3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
October 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
October 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Theatre Under The Stars at Hard Rock
October 10 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 12 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center

For the North American dates, Waters will perform Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety as the second set of each show.

DragonForce – Trying To Get On Gigantour 2?

The following article is from MTV.com:

In two months U.S. record stores will, at long last, be able to stock an album by British power-metallers DRAGONFORCE. While the band’s been around since 1999, the sextet’s presence in the U.S. hasn’t been felt much, considering DRAGONFORCE‘s three albums ? 2003′s The Valley of the Damned, 2004′s Sonic Firestorm and 2006′s Inhuman Rampage, which was issued four months back ? haven’t been released here. Hell, the band has yet to set foot on American soil, so DRAGONFORCE fans here have been deprived to say the least.

But that’s all about to change, guitarist Herman Li said. Visa problems kept DRAGONFORCE from performing at New York’s CBGB club back in November, but Li said that’s not going to happen again on April 30, when the band plays its first U.S. gig at the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival. But he did warn fans that DRAGONFORCE shows aren’t like most metal shows.

“We’re famous for accidents onstage now,” he said. “We have trampolines we jump on and four different boxes of different heights, which allow us to jump in the air and spin around. Even though the music is really fast and complicated, we’re jumping in the air, playing the guitar upside down … it’s fun. We finish each tour with bruises on our legs and everything.”

Eight additional U.S. club dates have been lined up: May 2 (New York), May 3 (Philadelphia), May 4 (West Springfield, Virginia), May 5 (Cleveland), May 6 (Chicago), May 8 (Denver), May 10 (San Francisco) and May 11 (West Hollywood, California), with PROTEST THE HERO and SANCTITY. Most of those shows have already sold out, but Li did mention that the band’s working on securing a spot on an American festival tour, like Sounds of the Underground or Gigantour 2 ? so fans who miss them this time around might be able to catch the ‘Force this summer. But Li said the band hopes, in time, to be headlining tours in the U.S.

First, though, there’s the matter of getting an album on store shelves. On June 20, Roadrunner Records will release Inhuman Rampage in the U.S., but DRAGONFORCE have already begun writing new material for that record’s follow-up. Fans, Li said, can expect the new stuff to be just as fast, frenetic and technically perverse.

Most of Li’s guitar stylings have been inspired by video game music, he said. In fact, on Inhuman, he tweaked and scratched the strings to create sounds he claims he borrowed from “Pac-Man.” And those sounds are difficult to replicate live.

“When we finish an album, it’s like, ‘Whoa ? we’ve got to learn these songs? It’s going to be tough,’ ” Li said of the recording process. “But it’s better that way because it makes you a better player afterwards.”

In other news, the band has recently announced the following upcoming Japanese tour dates:

June 17 – Tokyo, JPN @ O-East
June 19 – Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro
June 20 – Osaka, JPN @ Club Quattro
June 21 – Hiroshima, JPN @ Club Quattro

Cradle of Filth – New Album Title Revealed

CRADLE OF FILTH‘s new album will be titled Thornography and will be released September 19th through Roadrunner Records. Song titles include: “Libertina Grim,” “Tonight in Flames,” “Cemetery and Sundown,” “I Am the Thorn,” “The Byronic Man,” (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.‘s Ville Valo) and “Temptation.”

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Pre-Party – Details and Lineup

April 27 at the Palladium (Upstairs) in Worcester, MA will be the date for the Official New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Pre-Party Starring in order of appearance:

Frozen (Boston MA)
Kid Deposit Triumph (Las Vegas NV)
The Human Abstract (Hopeless Records, Los Angeles CA)
Phoenix Mourning (Metal Blade Records, Tampa FL)
Hell Within (Lifeforce Records, Boston MA)

Doors are at 6pm, show is at 7pm and is free for those with a metalfest ticket, $10 without.

Voivod – Set July 25 as North American Release Date for ‘Katorz’

Canada?s pioneering metal band VOIVOD have set July 25 as the North American release date (via THE END RECORDS) for their much-anticipated album ?KATORZ.?

The legendary band has worked alongside veteran producer Glen Robinson (VOIVOD?s ?Nothingface,? Tea Party’) to create an album that will continue the legacy of their fallen friend/bandmember/guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour.

?Katorz? was recorded at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where Robinson and the band ? drummer Michael “Away” Langevin, singer Denis ?Snake? Belanger and bassist Jason “Jasonic” Newsted ? utilized all of the guitar parts that founding guitarist “Piggy” had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death last summer.

Artwork and a full track-listing for the album will be released in the coming weeks.

The Hellacopters – Report Back After 1st US Tour in 4 Years

Although things didn?t always go according to plan, THE HELLACOPTERS? first U.S. tour in four years was an unqualified success. Spanning 18 shows in 20 days, the tour began conspicuously when the band?s gear was delayed on the flight from Sweden. For the first four shows, the band actually performed with borrowed instruments! Like true pros, the group made the best of things and delivered top-tier performances from coast to coast.

Bassist Kenny Hakansson recently posted the following message about the tour on the group?s website: ?It?s been a strange trip this time around, where good times were great and hard times were plenty. I have to give my most sincere thanks to everybody who helped us out and made this happen. I want to give a shout-out to our Oklahomies and all of y?all that traveled with us, driving hours on end between shows. Thanks so much ? you are a heart-warming bunch.

?We got to play with all these great bands ? NEBULA (who I?ve come to consider extended family ? a spacey, crazy, heavy tripping tribe), THE ILLUMINATI (who initiated me into their ways of Canadian Chi-laced wisdom), and the band that was my biggest revelation, Bad Wizard. You guys made my tour worthwhile in many ways, and you blew my mind at all the shows we did.

?OK, I?m outta here. In the words of Eddie Glass, it?s all about staying rad in your mind!?

In other HELLACOPTERS news, influential L.A. radio station Indie 103.1 ? recently dubbed ?America?s coolest station? by Rolling Stone ? has officially added ?Everything?s On T.V.? to its rotation.

Mnemic – Bassist Comments on Departure of Yet Another Singer

MNEMIC bassist Tomas Cowan Koefoed has commented on the departure of singer Tony Jelencovich only six months after Tony joined the group as the replacement for Michael Bøgballe. Said Koefoed: “We work hard here to give you a name for yet another replacement of vocalist. We don’t dig to pull you all through this again, but hope you’ll understand that this was the best for all parts.

MNEMIC and Tony have parted ways in a mutual agreement, and in respect to small differences in interest. Tony and Michael are still friends of MNEMIC, but cannot attend our future activities. Please support us through this. A replacement is close [to being announced], and the new album is coming together fine, so stay tuned.”

Sonata Arctica – Keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg Provides Update

A road update from SONATA ARCTICA keyboardist, Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg reads as follows:

Hello everybody ! I just wanted to drop you a quick line to tell y’all what’s going on. We played our first show in Germany in Herne with Saxon and Doro among others. We started off in Sweden with three headlining shows and this tour will have a total of 26 shows in 10 countries. So far everything’s gone pretty well and it feels great to be back on the road. Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare for me personally ’cause my keyboard rack broke down 5 minutes before we hit the stage. Luckily I have a backup system, and though I had to use some different sounds, we managed to play the show which is the main point anyway. This day will probably pass pretty fast, fixing the gear and doing some interwievs, and at nine it’s showtime again. This night we have a drive of 800km to Budapest, where we’ll play tomorrow. I’ll try to check back in a couple of days. So far?.”

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards – Full List of Nominees

The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards ? which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London ? have been announced. In keeping with the “Valhalla” theme of this year’s awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the “Hammer of the Gods”, an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team’s cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.

The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows:

Best UK Band:

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
SKINDRED
BREED 77
DRAGONFORCE

Best Live Band:

TRIVIUM
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
COHEED & CAMBRIA
IN FLAMES
ARCH ENEMY

Best International Band:

LACUNA COIL
COHEED & CAMBRIA
TRIVIUM
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
MASTODON

Best Underground Band:

BLEEDING THROUGH
CLUTCH
CATHEDRAL
MEADS OF ASPHODEL
SATYRICON

Best Newcomer:

AIDEN
FALL OF TROY
ENGERICA
STILL REMAINS
MENDEED

Best Video:

AVENGED SEVENFOLD ? “Bat Country”
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE ? “Ghost Of You”
WITHIN TEMPTATION? “Angels”*
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND ? “History”
H.I.M. ? “Wings Of A Butterfly”

Riff Lord:

Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER)
James Hetfield (METALLICA)
Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS)
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY)

Shredder:

GOD FORBID
TRIVIUM
CHILDREN OF BODOM
IN FLAMES
AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Best Drummer:

Travis Smith (TRIVIUM)
The Rev (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Igor Cavalera (SEPULTURA)
Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN)
Dave Lombardo (SLAYER)

Best Metal Label:

Roadrunner
Century Media
SPV/Steamhammer
Nuclear Blast
Relapse

Album Of The Year:

OPETH ? “Ghost Reveries”*
DRAGONFORCE ? “Inhuman Rampage”*
AVENGED SEVENFOLD ? “City Of Evil”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE ? “The Poison”
COHEED & CAMBRIA ? “IV”

Icon:

Zakk Wylde
Kerry King (SLAYER)
Axl Rose (GUNS N’ ROSES)
Eddie The ‘Ed (IRON MAIDEN)
Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL)

Three further awards that carry no nominations, simply a winner, will be unveiled at the awards and include the prestigious “Spirit of Hammer” award and the revered “Golden God” award, the highest accolade to be awarded on the night.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Metal Hammer magazine continues to pave the way and defend the faith for the alternative rock music scene. Daring to cover music genres and artists others fear to, Metal Hammer magazine has risen to become an institution in rock music over the years. The dedication of the magazine to its readers and its integrity sets it apart from the rest of the market, something that was reflected in the recent ABC announcement, which saw Metal Hammer magazine increase its year-on-year circulation a staggering 15%, which equates to a 50% circulation rise in the last two years alone.

Chris Ingham, publisher of Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazines said: “The Metal Hammer Golden Gods have always represented the year of music that the magazine has supported. We know what our readers listen to and we keep in close contact with their changes in taste and styles. The Golden Gods celebrates the bands and artists that are influencing lives, not bands and artists that have the most money to spend, the best clothes or the most adverts. The fourth annual Metal Hammer Awards promises to be a spectacular occasion and a real chance for the marginalised to finally have a say.” A spokesman from the Hammer of the Gods crew said: “Task Brazil Trust do fantastic work with the abandoned street kids in Rio de Janeiro and although rowing a 2.5 tonne wooden Viking boat across the busiest shipping lanes presents a bit of a challenge it’s nothing compared with the challenges faced by the kids living on the streets of Brazil.”

Machine Head – Rob Flynn Offers Up Album Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Rob Flynn has offered up a rather lengthy update regarding the progress of the band’s new album.

“We are also writing like crazy, getting ready to demo some stuff out. We started doing this fun thing each day at practice where we start the set off with one old song, not generally in the live set. Man, we been jamming some hella old shit… ‘Blood Of The Zodiac’, ‘Bay Of Pigs’, ‘Rage To Overcome’, ‘Frontlines’, ‘Down To None’, ‘Death Church’, ‘Devil With The King’s Card’, ‘A Thousand Lies’… it’s been really cool revisiting those songs, and kinda sets the tone at practice in a good way. Writing is going slow but good and at this point we’ve pretty much made it our sole priority. As a result we’ve officially ‘cancelled’ all touring until after the record is done. We thought about heading out, and actually had some pretty nice opportunities, but it was like, ‘Fuck man, we toured for 22 months behind ['Through the Ashes of Empires']… How much more can you tour behind one album?’ We also felt it would break up the momentum we have going, not to mention the offers just didn’t feel right. So we passed on Sounds Of The Underground, Download, Rock Am Ring, With Full Force and most of the main Euro festivals just so we could focus solely on writing The Greatest Metal Album Of All Fuckin’ Time! Hells yeah!!!

“Frankly, we don’t know if ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’ was some kind of fluke or what, so we’re not gonna take its success for granted, or ourselves too seriously in the process. We’ve just been writing and playing what feels right to us, and it’s made us push our musicianship to new, previously unscaled heights. I’d say we’re definitely evolving again, and the new album is definitely not ‘Burn My Eyes II’ or even ‘Through the Ashes of Empires II’. Of the 16 songs that we have, 10½ of them seem like they’re going nowhere at the moment. Of the 5 that are completed, we are really amazed with how they are turning out. It feels really fuckin’ unique, the material is totally different than what is going on right now, and we think it’s really gonna sound fresh and stand out compared to what’s currently ‘happening’ in the metal scene at the moment. It feels unmistakably ‘Bay Area’, and unmistakably MACHINE HEAD, but it’s SO in its own little world… it’s a trip man, it’s a little scary, as it kinda feels like uncharted territory, but that makes it more exciting too, something about this feels special, it feels huge. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘heavier’ than ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’, but it’s AS heavy, and the ‘Battery’ break (for the [recording of a METALLICA song as part of Kerrang! magazine's] ‘Master Of Puppets’ tribute) did us good… songs that were 5 minutes long are now 8 minutes long, and I’m noticing a healthy dose of the sludge vibe (ala ‘Death Church’, ‘Elegy’, ‘Violate’) coming back… long songs, long intros, but it feels more uptempo as a whole than ‘Through the Ashes of Empires’… some of the hooks are just ridiculous! Lots of changes in each song, and musically as well as riff-wise it is very technical… full-on down-picking / million-note mania. Lyrics are dark, darker, and some just plain fucked. Some are about war, some are anti-religion… I’ve officially written my first love song (!) which ends with a homicide and then a suicide… another, (jokingly) nicknamed ‘The Thrashterpiece’ (proper title: ‘Aesthetics Of Hate’), is a full-on riff-fest with all hard vocals / no singing, and is my pointed and very pissed-off take on Dimebag-basher William Grim.

“‘Tentative’ song titles below, with the topic in parentheses:

- ‘Halo’ (Anti-religion)

- ‘Aesthetics Of Hate’

- ‘The Beautiful Mourning’ (Suicide)

- ‘Now I Lay Thee Down’ (Love / death / homicide / suicide)

“Let me tell you what our goal for this album isn’t: Our goal isn’t to be the biggest band on the planet, like everyone else is ‘trying’ to do. Our goal isn’t to write the ‘biggest metal record of all time,’ we’ll leave the ‘biggest’ records to the MTV-friendly metal-lite that is getting so much play at the moment… aka the new glam. Realistically, the new stuff is too heavy for mainstream radio / video, too long, and definitely doesn’t have enough gay singing, steal enough MAIDEN riffs, apply enough make-up, or have enough whack-ass guitar-solo-wankery to be considered ‘in’ enough for the ‘scenester’ crowd. And you know what? We’re not even trying to fish in that pond. We’re gonna fish in another pond, the pond that still wants to hear a new ‘Vulgar Display’, or a new ‘Roots’, or a new ‘South Of Heaven’, or even a new ‘As The Palaces Burn’. That other pond will never ‘get’ us, and if they do ‘get’ us, it’s gonna be because they heard so many other fuckers telling ‘em why they should ‘get’ us.

“Our goal is to write the greatest no-bullshit metal album of all time, an album that, 20 years from now, will still be in rotation… an album that has the influence, enormity, respect, and epic grandeur of an album like METALLICA’s ‘Master Of Puppets’, yet has the fire and ‘fuck you’ attitude of a punk masterpiece like POISON IDEA’s ‘Feel The Darkness’, and the cold, depressive beauty of THE CURE’s ‘Disintegration’. Will we accomplish it? Well, that’s for the world to decide, but the way we see it, if anyone is capable of achieving that goal… it is MACHINE HEAD.

“Prepare!!!”

Rebels Without Applause – New Song ‘Still’ Uploaded to MySpace

Chicago’s REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE have uploaded a new track, titled ‘Still’, to their MySpace. You can listen to the cut here.

Arch Enemy, Napalm Death – Members Nominated for PETA’s Sexiest Vegitarian of 2006

Century Media recording artists Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY) and Barney Greenway (NAPALM DEATH) have been nominated for PETA?s (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) sexiest vegetarian of 2006, here. Interviewed in 2005 for the PETA website, vocalist Barney Greenway and NAPALM DEATH will be the first band to lend their image to PETA?s new anti-vivisection campaign, ?Save #99?. Calling vivisection, ?the ultimate act of disrespect? Barney was honored that the band was chosen to pioneer this campaign.

NAPALM DEATH, who recently wrapped up their North American co-headlining tour with KREATOR, will enter Foel Studios in Wales next month to record the follow up to 2005?s “The Code Is Red? Long Live The Code”.

David Gilmour – AOL Music Session – Direct Link

A direct link to the DAVID GILMOUR AOL Sessions has been made available. You can check out Gilmour jamming some classic PINK FLOYD tunes, as well as his solo material, at this location.

OSI – Feat. Dream Theater, Fates Warning – April 25 Release; Tracklisting Revealed

Following up on the success of their debut album ?Office of Strategic Influence?, OSI returns with ?Free? April 25th through Inside Out Music.

OSI, who comprises members of the progressive metal leaders DREAM THEATER (Mike Portnoy and Kevin Moore) as well as FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos, is hailed as one of the most technically-proficient and innovative supergroups of our time.

?Free? was produced by the band themselves and contains 11 tracks including:

1. Sure You Will
2. Free
3. Go
4. All Gone Now
5. Home Was Good
6. Bigger Wave
7. Kicking
8. Better
9. Simple Life
10. Once
11. Our Town

The Smashing Pumpkins – Officially Reunite

After lots of rumors and speculation, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have posted the following message on their web site:

“It’s official, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000. No release date has yet been set, but the band plans to begin recording this summer.”

Peeping Tom – Peforming On Late Night With Conan O’Brien

It appears as if Mike Patton and DUB TRIO will be teaming up for a performance on the NBC show Late Night With Conan O’Brien on May 26th. The two are expected to be performing their PEEPING TOM track “Not Alone.”

Tom Petty – Initial North American Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBRAKERS‘ North American Highway Companions Tour:

with Trey Anastasio:
June 9 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amp. Charlotte
June 10 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
June 12 – Portsmouth, VA @ NTELOS Pavilion at Harbor Center
June 14 – Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
June 16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 17 – Maryland Heights, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
June 20 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 21 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
June 23 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

with Pearl Jam:
June 26 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
June 27 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
June 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
June 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
July 2 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 3 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Set To Re-Release Debut Album

SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM will be re-releasing their 2001 effort “Grand Opening And Closing” through The End Records this summer, and it is expected to feature at least two new studio bonus tracks. The band’s new album will be released in March of next year.

FASSW, Cattle Decapitation – Tour Dates Announced

Dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX, ANIMOSITY, and JOB FOR A COWBOY:

June 10 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s w/ Dillinger Escape Plan
June 11 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony w/ Dillinger Escape Plan
June 12 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 13 – Revere, MA @ Club Lido
June 14 – Hamden, CT @ Hamden Elks Lodge
June 15 – New York, NY @ CBGB
June 16 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
June 17 – Kent, OH @ Screwy Louie’s
June 20 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
June 21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Glastnost
June 23 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
June 24 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit w/ Bane
June 25 – Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
June 26 – El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Bar
June 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
June 28 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
June 29 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go
June 30 – Ventura, CA @ Alpine
July 1 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
July 2 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
July 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
July 5 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
July 6 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
July 7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 8 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
July 10 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
July 11 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
July 12 – Papillion, NE @ The Rock
July 13 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 14 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
July 15 – Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
July 17 – Binghamton, NY @ Club Escape
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
July 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
July 20 – Centerreach, NY @ Centerreach VFW
July 22 – West Bend, IN @ Skate Country (Robot Mosh Fest)

Sonic Syndicate – “Jailbreak” Live Video Posted Online

Swedish metal quintet SONIC SYNDICATE have recently posted a live video for their first single “Jailbreak.” Guitarist Roger Sjunnesson comments, “We’ve put together a small Live clip (Note: This is not a music video) from our hit single “Jailbreak.” The clip is a mixture of different gigs we have played in the last year, however, the clip is not 100% finished. But already now you can get a small taste of how uncool, unhip, and out of vogue we really are!” You can download the clip here.

The band has also lined up the following upcoming shows:

May 27 – Studenternas Hus Norrköping, Sweden w/ Teardrive
June 2 – Café 1000Fryd, Aalborg, Denmark
October 13 – Belsepub, Gothenburg, Sweden w/ Blinded Colony
November 18 – Folkets Park, Växjö, Sweden