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Dragonforce – Sydney – Photos and Videos.

Australia’s PyroMusic has posted 2 videos and a slew of photos from DRAGONFORCE‘s sold-out Sydney show last night. Check them out at this location.

URN – Begin 1st Segment of North American Tour

Chicago-based, dark metal band URN begins their first segment of their North American tour, in support of their latest release, “Dancing with the Demigods”, released by Rotting Corpse Records. The enhanced CD includes the full-length video for their single, “Shadow Dancer”, released on Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, featuring psychic vampire and author Michelle Belanger, along with the Vampire Don Henrie, from tv’s “Mad, Mad House”.

Artimus Pyledriver – ‘Swamp Devil’ Most Added Song to Metal Radio – Video Coming Soon…

ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER has the #1 most added song this week at Metal radio with their first single, ?Swamp Devil,? receiving over 112 CMJ adds, and beating out old favorites like Shadows Fall. The band?s self-titled Sever/DRT debut will in-store June 6, and they are currently tearing it up on tour supporting DEVILDRIVER. Look for the video for ?Swamp Devil? soon.

Named in homage to LYNYRD SKYNYRD drummer, Artimus Pyle, the 10 track aural attack of ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER will introduce your ears to their own unique brand of ?heavy Southern rawk.? Recorded at The A Room Studios in Atlanta GA, the album was mixed and mastered By Matt Washburn at Ledbelly Studios and produced by ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER and Dave Angstrom. “This album is just the beginning of our sonic assault on Southern rock and hardcore,? raves singer Dave Slocum. ?This is the shit that bridges the gap between David Allen Coe and Black Flag.”

ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER have toured nationally with both NASHVILLE PUSSY, HANK WILLIAMS III, as well as played with MASTODON.

American Head Charge – Working to Release DVD – Post Tracks from First Album Online

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE have posted tracks on their MySpace page from their first album “Trepanation”. The band will be releasing it for sale in stores and on the web soon. They are also working on a DVD with the working title of “Can’t Stop the Machine” which will be released through Nitrus Recordings. More info is coming soon from the AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE camp about the new album which is currently in the works.

Spitfire – Confirm New Music Video on MTV2 this Weekend

SPITFIRE?s new music video for the song “Life And Limb” will see its MTV2 network premiere this weekend. The video will make its premiere on Saturday, May 20th as part of MTV2?s “Headbangers Ball.? “Headbangers Ball” airs Saturday evenings at 10:00 PM EST on MTV2 in the USA.

?Life And Limb? is the first video from SPITFIRE?s heralded new album Self-Help, which was released February 28th on Goodfellow Records. Self-Help was the first new release by the band since reforming in 2005 and is their first new full-length release in more than five years. The band, originally a quartet, now consists of six members total with the addition of guitarists Scottie Henry (NORMA JEAN) and Dan Tulloch (SCARLET) into the line up. You can check out the video here for now.

SPITFIRE is currently on the road in the US with UNDEROATH, POISON THE WELL, AS CITIES BURN. This sold out tour comes to an end on Wednesday, May 17 in Fayetteville, AR. After that, the band is confirmed to play the Ichthus and Cornerstone Music Festivals in June and July and will be announcing more tour dates in support of “Self-Help” shortly.

Manntis – Added to Dope’s Jagermeister “Summer of Sinn” Tour

MANNTIS has been added to the Jagermeister “Summer of Sinn” Tour which kicks off next month. The full tour will also feature DOPE, BLEED THE SKY, MAKESHIFT ROMEO and A NEW REVELATION.

Exodus – Gary Holt Speaks About Bands New Sound and Lineup

antiMUSIC?s Morley Seaver spoke with Gary Holt leader of thrash legends EXODUS before their recent Montreal concert. Here?s what Gary had to say:

antiMusic: Overall, how has the sound of EXODUS in 2006 compare to any lineups of the past?

Gary Holt: Good question. Exodus at their peak with the original line up was as good as it gets. But the bottom line is there were certain members who were no longer anywhere near their peak. Tom was, like, before he had his, you know, full-on nervous breakdown and stuff he was, you know, starting to doubt how long he could continue to play this kind of music. This stuff was starting to take its toll on his body, so he wasn’t able to, you know always keep the aggression levels as high as I wanted, and as high as Paul can, and Rick with his drug problems, it was, you know, his lead playing was okay, his rhythm playing was terrible. And like now this band has never been as tight as it is now.

You can read the whole interview here.

Amity Lane – New Project Featuring Trust Company Guitarist/Vocalist

AMITY LANE, the new project featuring founding TRUST COMPANY guitarist/vocalist Kevin Palmer and bassist Josh Moates have signed a deal with Corporate Punishment Records, who in conjunction with their newly formed sister label THEN Music, will release the band’s debut LP in September 2006.

AMITY LANE (named for the street Palmer grew up on) also featuring in its ranks Kevin’s wife Layla Palmer (keyboards,vocals), are currently finishing up production on the LP, which is set to feature tracks including “Die For You”, “Drown You Out”, “Shutting Eyes”, and “Million Miles Away”, all of which the band has previewed for fans on Myspace in recent months.

TRUST COMPANY released their debut Geffen LP, “The Lonely Position of Neutral” in 2002, marking the start of a whirlwind year for the Alabama quintet, as the Don Gilmore produced LP debuted at #11 on the Billboard charts, selling over 78,000 copies in it’s first week (it was eventually certified Gold) and spawned the hit singles “Downfall”,(which was subsequently featured in every movie trailer and video game for 2 years after) and “Running from Me”.

Their follow-up, 2005’s True Parallels (also helmed by Gilmore) went on to sell over 200,000 copies, with little to no label support, and soon Trust Co. parted ways with Geffen Records. Shortly after Palmer exited and began writing new material with Moates (who had also left the group several months earlier) for what would eventually surface as AMITY LANE.

And even though Palmer and Moates were the majority songwriters in Trust Company., the duo felt a new identity was appropriate.

Says Moates, ‘We could’ve tried to keep the name, and do it as another Trust Company record, but even though musically there’s definitely some similarities, we wanted to put this out with a clean slate. It’s really a new band, new songs. We’re extremely proud of what we did as TRUST COMPANY, but we wanted this to be something new. AMITY LANEis the street Kevin grew up on, and that’s really what this is about, getting back to where we started.”

Corporate Punishment is a Los Angeles based label that has quickly risen to the top of the Indie Hard Rock heap with recent releases from SWITCHED, ALLELE, TRIGGER POINT, RIKETS and more.

AMITY LANE has recently uploaded some new material from their forthcoming debut album on their My Space site at: www.myspace.com/amitylaneband

Into Eternity – Currently Hard at Work – Call In From Studio

Canada?s technical metallers INTO ETERNITY are currently hard at work recording the follow-up to 2004?s groundbreaking, “Buried In Oblivion”. Calling in, guitarist and mainman Tim Roth said. ?This week Jim (Austin) finished tracking drums on six songs, and I?ll start recording all the guitar parts Thursday. Hopefully I?ll be done this weekend as we start recording Troy?s bass on Monday and are shooting to get to vocals recorded by next weekend. All signs point towards an early fall release, if all goes well. I?d also like to say that the New England Metal Fest went great, and we got some great photos from that trip, check them and our photos with Dragonforce out here. We also posted photos from our sold-out hometown show there as well. That?ll have to tide you guys over until we get back on the road. See all of you later this year!?

INTO ETERNITY spent 2005 circumnavigating North America on six different continent spanning tours. Returning home to finish writing material for this new album the band also performed at the New England Metal Fest before supporting GAMMA RAY on the East Coast. For more information, please contact me directly.

Fireball Ministry – Confirmed to Support H.I.M. on June 11 at Final US Performance

L.A. hard rock quartet FIREBALL MINISTRY will support Finland’s H.I.M. at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif. on June 11. This will be H.I.M.‘ s final U.S. performance of the summer, and the groups’ first West Coast show together. (They performed five concerts along the East Coast late last year as part of Bam Margera’s inaugural “Viva La Bands” tour.)

“We had a really good time with H.I.M. last fall on the Bam tour,” says FIREBALL MINISTRY vocalist/guitarist James A. Rota. “It’ll be fun to do a hometown show with ‘em.”

In other FIREBALL MINISTRY news, the fifth leg of their tour in support of new album “Their Rock Is Not Our Rock” kicks off this Saturday May 20), when the band begins a two-week stint with DISTURBED at the McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo, Iowa. After the trek ends in N. London, Ontario on June 4, the band will play a handful of shows on the way back to Los Angeles.

SMNnews – New Official Band Forums Online!

SMNnews is happy to welcome the latest bands to have official forums on our site: MUNICIPAL WASTE, GRAVE, and JUNGLE ROT!

They join an already impressive list of other great bands including: Between The Buried And Me, The Red Chord, Suffocation, Necrophagist, HORSE The Band, Atheist, Job For A Cowboy, Cryptopsy, Skinless, Spawn of Possession, Today Is The Day, Decrepit Birth, Disgorge, Psycroptic, Rotten Sound, Vile, Cephalic Carnage, The Berzerker, Arsis, Anata, XXX Maniak, Sleep Terror, killwhitneydead, Kataklysm, Visceral Bleeding, Vomit Remnants, Severed Savior, Machetazo, Goratory, Macabre, Rompeprop, Mucupurulent, Cliteater, Phobia, Retch, FondleCorpse, Gorerotted, Mucopus, Look What I Did, Kill The Client, Impaled, Green Carnation, Demilich, Gorgasm, Behold…The Arctopus, Genghis Tron, Emeth, Defeated Sanity, Dawn of Azazel, Circle of Dead Children, and many more!

Register and start a fight with a stranger today.

www.smnnews.com/board

Mucopus – “Load Rag” Video Posted Online

You can check out a video of MUCOPUS performing a brand new song entitled “Load Rag” at the recent Sick Shit Fest 5 in upsate New York here.

Zao – Added To Last Two Dates of the Strhess Tour

ZAO have been added to the following two dates of the Strhess Tour, which will also feature SHADOWS FALL, POISON THE WELL, IT DIES TODAY, and SUFFOCATION:

August 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
August 12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Death In The Forest Festival – Still Taking Place, Location Changed

TJ Morris of Watchers Entertainment, one of the organizers of the Death In The Forest Festival ? set to take place May 20 in upstate New York ? has issued the following update regarding the festival’s current status:

“First and foremost: Death In The Forest is still on. DITF was never off. We have been in the process of relocating, for a few reasons, which will be addressed shortly.

“Death In The Forest has been moved, less than 20 minutes, to the Catskill Mountain Ranch, located just outside of Wurtsboro, New York, in the town of Mamakating.

“The date is still the same: May 20th, 2006. The times are still the same. We will still have the same brutal bands, and still have the same great vendors. Only the location has changed.

“Catskill Mountain Ranch is literally in the middle of the woods (how perfect) and features a full-service paintball field (bring your own guns, the rentals will surely sell out) a pretty large skate park, and on-grounds camping. With the camping, you can come in the night before, have yourselves a little beer-b-que, see the greatest metal show to hit the tri-state area, and then have another bigger beer-b-que, all for less than the cost of one hotel room.

“As for the people who do have hotel rooms already booked in Middletown: CMR is less than 20 minutes away, and easily located from the middletown, new york area. We have made every attempt to relocate this event to an area within a reasonable distance to the Orange County Fair Grounds, and we feel that a 20-minute drive up the road is reasonable.

“You can Google the Catskill Mountain Ranch to call and book a spot for your tent, RV, or camper. They do have an online reservation feature, but we have been asked not to utilize this, as it is not so reliable.

“Now, as for the relocation. Let me start by saying that yes, in fact, we did feel it necessary to relocate from the OC Fair due to weather. The grounds at the OC Fair have been ill-kept, and only see action once a year for the annual fair. Our stages weigh about as much as a fully loaded semi-trailer, and anyone who knows about trucks knows that they sink in mud. That’s not good for a multi-million dollar stage. Additionally, two of the stages would have located outside, so if in the event (and highly probable, in fact) that T-storms did hit the area, as forecasted, we would have had large metal structure swaying in the rain, while the equipment got soaked. not good. A decision had been made, even with the fairgrounds’ approval, to relocate the stages.

“Now, for the bullshit. We did not tell everyone the bullshit between our company, Watchers Entertainment, and the Orange County Fair Grounds. And for good reason, we are not slanderers, and we have nothing to gain from brining to light thier business misdealings. However, when backed into a corner, there is no option except to attack. The OC Fair has a long history of extortion, both with our company, and with several others. We have been paying grease money (several thousands of dollars in cash) to the company that manages the Fairgrounds, ABS, or Associated Building Services.

“I will not name names of the employees, as we are involved in legal action against these individuals and thier parent company.

“We were told to come up with an additional $5,000 grease money on Monday or there would be no festival. I told them that there terms were absurd, and I was told to fuck off, and get them thier money. Well, I, with a lot of help from alot of people (ticket sales, personal loans, etc… Thanks Nick Roman, JP, Alex, Matt, Skylar, and the boys from Death Sick!!!) came up with the money overnight. not a small feat. We called the OC Fair back, and let them know we had their money. They said that they didnt want it, and that the fest wasn’t going on… they were just gonna can it altogether.

“The OC Fair canned a different show last year a week before the event, with no solid explanation.

“Well, that’s a breach of our contract, which is why we are suing them. That’s as far as I will get into that.

“I will say that the people who run the races at the fair, namely the head of security, Jim, were angels, and were great to do business with. Good people, not enough of them. Thanks, guys.

“Now, for the accusation that we are broke, and have no money: Yeah, that’s pretty damn close. Who else do you guys know that throws $120,000 of their own money at a dream? There’s a only a few, I am sure, and it’s hard to disrespect that. We are getting close to broke. The several thousand dollars that we have paid to the OC Fair as grease money hasn’t helped. As for a bounced check, we put a stop on that check at our bank, not your business, but you guys should know. The only people that knew of this were us and the OC Fair. This proves that not only are they malicious, but they know how to use Blabbermouth.

“I have maxed out my own personal credit cards, diverted funds from other projects, and overall stuck my neck out for this event. But it will be worth it, if even one-tenth of the expected crowd shows up. Fuck, even if there’s only three of you guys out there sreaming, it will still be phenomenal.

“So in short: There is still a Death In The Forest Festival. There always was a DITF. It has only moved. Directions and further info will become available within the next few hours on www.deathintheforest.com.

“I personally want to thank everyone who has helped Watchers Entertainment out over the past few days, weeks, months, and years. We are nothing with you guys, and we are nothing without the fans. A sincere thanks, indeed.”

Converge – On Select Dates of the Sounds of the Underground Tour

CONVERGE have been added to the following dates of the Sounds of the Underground tour:

July 9 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 11 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
July 12 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
July 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center
July 14 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
July 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
July 16 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
July 17 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post

XM Radio – Sued By Record Labels

The following article was originally posted by Gil Kaufman at MTV.com:

XM thinks of its Inno device as a high-end VCR that customers can use to make personal copies of their favorite satellite-radio programs. The recording industry sees it as a form of “massive wholesale infringement” and it took action with a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York to cut the power.

According to The Associated Press, the battle between the record labels and the leading satellite service is over the question of how consumers can legally record songs on the next-generation devices. The recording industry says the $400 iPod-like device that allows XM users to record up to 50 hours of music and automatically organize recordings by song and artist is a form of copyright infringement. The Inno’s slogan is “Hear it, click it, save it.”

The suit seeks $150,000 in damages for every song copied by XM customers using the devices, which went on sale several weeks ago. The company says it plays 160,000 different songs every month. While the suit doesn’t seek to punish XM customers or have them pay for the alleged infringement, if it were successful, it could raise the company’s costs ? which could result in higher monthly fees than the $12.95 consumers currently pay, according to the AP.

XM vowed to fight the suit and accused the labels of using the action as a form of leverage during negotiations over licensing fees. “These are legal devices that allow consumers to listen to and record radio just as the law has allowed for decades,” XM said in a statement. “The music labels are trying to stifle innovation, limit consumer choice and roll back consumers’ rights to record content for their personal use.”

XM has argued that the device is more like a VCR than an iPod, because it allows consumers to store songs that can’t be copied and can only be played as long as they retain their subscription to XM. While XM rival Sirius has agreed to pay the kind of expensive distribution licenses as those paid by download services like iTunes for its portable devices, XM has so far refused. XM chairman Gary Parsons has said those licenses ? on top of the performance licenses the company already pays the music industry ? would amount to a “new tax being imposed on our subscribers.”

The head of the Recording Industry Association of America said XM’s device is legally indistinguishable from iPods and other portable music players that work with downloading services, according to the AP

“Yahoo!, Rhapsody, iTunes and Napster all have licenses,” said RIAA chief Mitch Bainwol. “There’s no reason XM shouldn’t as well.”

Jungle Rot – New Album/Tour Details, SMN Hosted Forum Online

JUNGLE ROT have posted the following update:

The official release date for our new album “War Zone” is now set for June 27th on Crash Music Inc. Be sure you check out the lead-off track, “Victims Of Violence”, from the new album at our MySpace page. Plans are in the works to have a record release party at EXIT in Chicago on June 25th. More details about that soon.

JUNGLE ROT has been named as direct support for DEICIDE on their upcoming U.S. tour! We’ll be hitting the road in support of “War Zone” on September 20th with DEICIDE and our brothers in HURTLOCKER and DESOLATION! The tour should be hitting pretty much every major market in the U.S., as well as some smaller ones. We’re counting on you, the fans, to come on out to these shows and support, as we need it now more than ever! More details coming soon as well as all dates and locations!

We are still slated to appear at this years Central Illinois Metalfest in Urbana, Illinois on the weekend of July 21st-22nd. We will also be performing on Friday, August 25th, 2006 at Nite Cap Lounge in Chicago supporting our buds in ORIGIN! In the coming months we will be looking to book a few shows in and around the Chicagoland and Wisconsin areas. Details will always be posted here and at our MySpace page.

We would like to thank everyone that made our recent European trip a complete success! We had a great time and met and made many new fans this time around! We appreciate all the support! Thanks to the bands MACABRE, WHORECORE, IMPALED NAZARENE, XENOMORPH, DISPARAGED, STRUCTURAL DEFECT, DEFACE, all our friends overseas, and to our crew Jorg, Locke, Alex, Matt, and Speckmann for all their invaluable help! Pictures will be posted soon!

The official website will be getting a facelift in the next month!

Thank you!”

JUNGLE ROT are also the latest band to join SMN‘s official forum community. You can welcome them here.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Set To Appear on FUSE’s Daily Download

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are set to appear on FUSE’s live daily studio show, Daily Download, Thursday May 18th @ 5:00 pm EST. The Daily Download features a special guest appearance every weekday by some of the hottest names in music, a music video countdown and free downloads given away courtesy of F.Y.E. music stores.

The band will be discussing their forthcoming tour plans as well as unveiling the news about two brand-new DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN releases.

Blind Guardian – New Album Details Revealed

You can check out the cover art for BLIND GUARDIAN‘s upcoming new album, A Twist In The Myth, here. The album is expected to be released in September through Nuclear Blast Records. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. This Will Never End (5:07)
2. Otherland (5:14)
3. Turn The Page (4:16)
4. Fly (5:43)
5. Carry The Blessed Home (4:03)
6. Another Stranger Me (4:36)
7. Straight Through The Mirror (5:48)
8. Lionheart (4:15)
9. Skalds And Shadows (3:13)
10. The Edge (4:27)
11. The New Order (4:49)

Bloodletting North America V – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for this summer’s Bloodletting North America V tour featuring DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE, DECREPIT BIRTH, and ODIOUS MORTEM:

July 14 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
July 15 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumpin Turtle
July 16 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 17 – Glendale, AZ @ Bull Dogs
July 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
July 19 – Lubbock, TX @ The Slaughterhouse
July 20 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
July 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 24 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
July 25 – New York, NY @ Downtime
July 26 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
July 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
August 1 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights of Columbus Hall
August 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
August 4 – Denver, CO @ The Grimm Reaper
August 7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 8 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
August 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Celebrity Club

Family Values Tour – Initial Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for the 2006 edition of the Family Values Tour, which will feature KORN, DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF, and DIR EN GREY:

July 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Bch. Amp.
July 29 – Antioch, TN @ Starwood Amphitheatre
July 30 – Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
August 4 – Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 15 – Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
August 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
August 20 – Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 24 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 26 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 2 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre.
September 15 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront

More dates, as well as the second stage bands, are expected to be announced shortly.

Cattle Decapitation – New Song Available For Download

You can check out a new track entitled “Success Is…(Hanging By the Neck)” from CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s new album, Karma. Bloody. Karma., here. The album will be released on July 11th through Metal Blade.

Blind Guardian – Seattle Show Announced

Another date has been released for BLIND GUARDIAN‘s highly anticipated return to North America:

November 8 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
November 15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

It also appears that LEAVES EYES will be opening the tour.

Les Claypool & His Fancy Band – Tour Openers Announced

The opening acts have been announced for LES CLAYPOOL‘s upcoming solo tour, with RASPUTINA opening the first half of the tour and THE COUP opening the second half.

Between The Buried And Me – Metallica Cover Posted Online

You can check out BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME‘s cover of “Blackened” (METALLICA) here. The track comes off their upcoming covers album, the anatomy of…, which will be released on June 13th through Victory Records. The full tracklisting is as follows:

1. Metallica – Blackened
2. Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart
3. Soundgarden – Day I Tried to Live
4. Queen – Bicycle Race
5. King Crimson – Three of a Perfect Pair
6. Pink Floyd – Us and Them
7. Smashing Pumpkins – Geek USA
8. Earth Crisis – Forced March
9. Sepultura – Territory
10. Blind Melon – Change
11. Faith No More – Malpractice
12. Depeche Mode – Little 15
13. Pantera – Cemetery Gates