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Brand New Sin, Artimus Pyledriver – Team Up For Tour

BRAND NEW SIN will be teaming up with ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER for a three week east coast/midwest tour this August. The first date to be released is as follows:

August 17 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Dead Hearts – New Song Posted Online

DEAD HEARTS have uploaded a new song from their upcoming album Bitter Verses. The track “II. Dusk” can be heard here, and the CD can be preordered through Ferret Records.

Carcass Grinder – New Songs Posted Online

Japanese grinders CARCASS GRINDER have posted two brand new songs on their official MySpace. The tracks will be featured on their upcoming split with INSECT WARFARE.

Mucopus – New Songs Posted Online

You can check out two brand new pre-production tracks from MUCOPUS over at the band’s official MySpace page.

Regurgitate – Complete Work On New Album

Swedish grindcore mainstays REGURGITATE have recently completed work on their new album, Sickening Bliss. It’s set to be released on October 17th through Relapse Records. You can view the cover art here. The track listing is as follows:

01. Bliss
02. Abducens Eminence
03. Euphoric State of Butchery
04. Cocoon of Filth
05. Putrid Serenity
06. Tenderizing the Malformed
07. Violent Necrophilic Climax
08. Cavernous Sores
09. Reborn in Latrinic Ecstasy
11. Bleed on Me
12. Gutrot Hogfrenzy
13. Undying Lust for Cadaverous Molestation
14. Battered with a Brick
15. Devoured by Ghouls
16. Addiction (an Unconditional Love for Blasphemous Perversions)
17. (We Are) Sadistic Hateful Scum
18. Worm Eater
19. Perish in Blood
20. Upheaval of Human Entrails
21. Bathed in Feculence
22. Bestial Sons of Devastation
23. Defile
24. Deterioration of Grated Genitals
25. Excremental Investment
26. Hacksaw Hysterectomy
27. Catatonic Possession

Among The Decayed – Seek New Bassist

Oregon’s AMONG THE DECAYED are currently searching for a new bassist. For those interested and are in the area, send them a message on their official MySpace page.

Acumen Nation – Sign With Crash Music

ACUMEN NATION have finalized a multi-album deal with Crash Music, Inc. The band had this to say about their new label home: “We are all
psyched about signing to Crash. We spent three years recording and
producing this album (“Anticore“) and the end result was the heaviest
record we have ever made. We knew we had to find someone dedicated to the metal audience in order for it to be appreciated and Crash is exactly the kind of label we wanted to work with.”

In turn, Crash Music, Inc. could not be happier with the deal. Crash
Music, Inc. President Mark Nawara says: “We are all thrilled with signing ACUMEN NATION to the label! Everyone is really happy with how the album turned out, it is a lot heavier than the group’s previous efforts and we cannot wait to bring it to the Metal and Industrial masses!”

The Industrial-Rock pioneers recently completed their new album, entitled “Anticore“, and have scheduled the album to be released on September 19th. The new ACUMEN NATION sound could easily be described as hardcore tech-metal, finding companionship with the likes of POISON THE WELL and LAMB OF GOD as well as FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY.

Faster and heavier than anything the quartet has released before,
Anticore” retains their signature sound of complex minor chord melodies and harsh, intelligent programming while upping the tempo and attacking with cynical and emotional lyrics and hard driving guitars. The album also features Lucia from KMFDM lending her vocal talent to the track “My Life’s Last Breath“.

Gigantour 2006 – Lineup Leaked?

Internet rumors, citing a supposed feature in the latest issue of Bass Guitar Magazine as a source, are currently pointing at Gigantour 2006 featuring MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, NORMA JEAN, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, SEVENDUST, and BODY COUNT. The official lineup is expected to be announced shortly. Hopefully this rumor turns out to be fake.

Cellador – More Upcoming Tour Dates Released

Omaha, NE based power metallers CELLADOR have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:

July 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burts
July 18 – Missoula, MT @ The Loft
July 19 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 20 – Portland, OR @ The New Paris Theatre
July 22 – Alameda, CA @ Roosters Roadhouse
July 23 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
July 24 – Hollywood, CA @ Safari Sam’s
July 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
July 27 – Mexicali, MEX @ El Sapo Cancionero
July 30 – El Paso, TX @ Chics
August 1 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
August 2 – St. Louis, MO @ Hi Pointe
August 3 – Chicago, IL @ Memories
August 4 – Columbus, OH @ High Five
August 6 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
August 7 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Cafe Metropolis
August 8 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 9 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
August 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boiler Room
August 11 – Toledo, OH @ Thunderbird Tavern
August 18 – Omaha, NE @ Omaha Metalfest
August 19 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
September 2 – Leavenworth, KS @ Groundwork
September 30 – Madison, WI @ MADPOWER Fest 2006

Jedi Mind Tricks – Initial Tour Dates Released

A few initial tour dates have been released for JEDI MIND TRICKS‘ upcoming U.S. tour in support of their upcoming new album Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell, which is due out on September 19th through Babygrande Records:

September 26 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
September 29 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
October 11 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brewing Company
October 12 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
October 20 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at House of Blues

Fear Factory, DevilDriver – Australian Tour Dates Announced

FEAR FACTORY and DEVILDRIVER will be teaming up for a short Australian tour this September:

September 15 – Brisbane, AUS @ The Tivoli
September 16 – Sydney, AUS @ Big Top Luna Park
September 17 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Palace
September 19 – Perth, AUS @ Metropolis Fremantle

Hatebreed – Jamey Jasta Comments On Headlining Tour

HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta commented on the band’s upcoming headlining tour featuring THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NAPALM DEATH, EXODUS, FIRST BLOOD, and DESPISED ICON with the following:

“We’ve never gone out on a headline run immediately following Ozzfest, and we’ve always wanted to, and we always felt we needed to, but there were always plans that superseded that,” frontman Jamey Jasta said. “We’re taking out a very extreme bill. We’re going to call it maybe the Monsters of Mosh, something crazy like that. But it will be a good way for us to give back to the underground, extreme scenes, and also for us to go out and headline for the first time in a long, long time and do a full hour-and-a-half set with our new staging and new gear.”

Full Blown Chaos – Talk To MTV About Being Unlucky, New Album

The following article was originally posted over at

Catch this year’s Ozzfest and you might notice FULL BLOWN CHAOS frontman Ray Mazzola walking around with a slight limp as his Long Island, New York, band tears up the second stage. But the wound isn’t from stage diving or brawling, as you might expect it’s actually a little present a black widow bestowed on him in May at a hotel room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I got bit [on the knee], I went to the doctor and everything was cool,” Mazzola explained. “Then three weeks later, we’re in San Diego … the doctor had said all the venom would flush out and it never did it caused mad sepsis [a type of poisoning]. I had a massive blood infection and was in a hospital for a week. I made the band drive me straight from San Diego back to New York, just to drop me off at the hospital. I walked in and I slept for three straight days. We had to cancel a couple of shows, and my doctor told me not to do anything until Ozzfest. But I had to play. I had to feed my need to perform. So we did some weekend shows.”

The spider venom triggered paralysis in a couple of the tendons and muscles in Mazzola‘s ankle. He’s been enduring physical therapy for weeks and has been flooding his stout frame with blood thinners and antibiotics. “I have a couple of places around the country I can go to [for] the therapy I need during Ozzfest,” he said.

The band considered dropping off the tour, but Mazzola wasn’t about to let that happen. “It’s pretty f—ed up, but I’m not going to let it get me down,” he said. “It’s another story, you know? Watch I’ll probably end up getting bit by a poisonous snake this summer.”

That’s because Mazzola considers himself … well, a tad unlucky. For example, on the drive out to Auburn, a man sideswiped FULL BLOWN‘s pristine, straight-off-the-lot RV. In Montana, two of the vehicle’s tires blew out. That led Mazzola to wonder if the band should’ve taken up DRAGONFORCE on their offer to share a bus. “We didn’t because, I mean, that’s a lot of hair,” he joked of the London extreme metallers.

But despite the bad luck, FULL BLOWN‘s appearance on this year’s Ozzfest couldn’t be better timed. Their forthcoming LP, Within the Grasp of Titans, lands in stores Tuesday, and Mazzola said it spotlights the band at its finest.

“The music, the lyrics they’ve evolved,” he said. “To date, this record is our best. But who knows what the next album will bring? We’re going to have to top this one too. We brought a lot more thrash into this record a lot more of what our influences are. This album has something to offer everybody. There’s something on it that everybody can relate to.”

That includes “Chopping Block,” which was inspired by a year’s worth of messy breakups and relationship nightmares. “Solemn Promise,” on the other hand, is a bit more specific: Mazzola wrote the song for his mother, who has been battling cancer for more than a decade. “It’s a promise to her that I won’t give up on her if she doesn’t give up,” the singer said. “I call her every day and there are a lot of times when she doesn’t think she’s going to make it. Even when I feel like I’m not strong enough, I have to be there to pick her up, and I do. I’ve had cops crying on me at shows, just bawling, because they relate to the song and they realize they’re not alone.”

Disturbed – “Land of Confusion” Video Posted Online

You can check out DISTURBED‘s new video for their cover of the GENESIS hit “Land of Confusionhere. The video was directed by Todd McFarlane.

Six Feet Under – Monsters Of Death Tour

SIX FEET UNDER have released more dates for their tour with CATTLE DECAPITATION, KRISIUN, DECAPITATED, and ABYSMAL DAWN. The brutal dates include:

September 12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
September 13 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
September 15 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
September 16 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
September 17 – Dallas, TX @ The Tac Room
September 18 – TBA
September 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
September 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
September 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
September 22 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
September 23 – Ventura, CA @ Alpine
September 24 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
September 25 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
September 26 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
September 27 – Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesday’s
September 29 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boom VA
September 30 – Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
October 1 – Omaha, NE @ The Rock
October 2 – TBA
October 3 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 4 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Club Soda
October 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
October 6 – Somerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium
October 7 – Manchester, NH @ Mark’s Place
October 8 – New York, NY @ BB King’s
October 9 – Philadelphia, PA
October 10 – TBA
October 12 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
October 13 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ Planet Rock
October 14 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s

Razorback Records – Past, Present, and Future

Razorback Records president Billy Nocera has posted the following update on the label:

2006 has been an extremely busy year for Razorback. We’ve done 4 full-length albums, and now we’re busy working on the IMPETIGO re-issues as well as another BLOOD FREAK album.

…but, what lies ahead in 2007? Simple…represses of our out of print titles, that’s what! We have so many great old releases that have been out of print for a long time and we’ve been dying to start repressing them. I get emails every single day from fans asking for certain older stuff, so in 2007 we’re gonna start repressing some of them. LORD GORE‘s 2 albums, the first FRIGHTMARE, the first SPLATTERHOUSE, GIGANTIC BRAIN, etc…so much to choose from! Also…don’t forget FONDLECORPSE has some great new stuff in the works. They’re taking their time, but trust me…from the new demo stuff I’ve heard from them it will be worth the wait! This band is going to blow shit away!

As for newer stuff, there won’t be much as we still don’t make too much money doing this label and really can’t afford it even if we wanted to work with new bands. We’re going to stay small, focused, more personal, and concentrate on our older stuff and a few other special things. This will keep us strong and around for many more years to come. I don’t know if anybody has noticed, but in the past 5 years I’ve seen more labels go out of business than ever before. There’s just no way an underground label can put out 50000 CD’s and survive. There’s just not enough fans and support for this kind of music, simply put. We’d rather put out 1 or 2 CD’s a year and continue, rather than put out 10 CD’s a year and die out! Makes sense, right folks? I’m sure you all see what I mean. ?

What about follow-up albums from…(insert your favorite Razorback band here)? Well, the bad news is that many of our more known and established bands like ENGORGED, LORD GORE, and GRUESOME STUFF RELISH have broken up and called it a day. MACHETAZO has left Razorback and BIRDFLESH needed a label to pay for their studio time which we couldn’t afford so they’re now on a different label. COFFINS was only on Razorback for one CD (another older release we want to repress!), and are now currently doing a 2nd album with a different label. We wish every band who’s left the label well and hope they continue to do killer music which I know they all will.

So as you can see, lots of changes have been going down. That’s pretty much the nature of things. Bands come, bands go, bands break up, etc. I’ve been involved in the underground metal scene since 1990 and it’s always been like this. For me, though…the concept of Razorback remains the same. DIY underground death/grindcore/thrash influenced by horror/gore films, art, etc. by bands who don’t have rock star attitudes and who do this for the love and fun of it(yep, it’s always been about that and we’ve still never done “contracts” with any band. We work with a band because we want to and for the FUN of it! Bands are free to do whatever they want when it comes to working with us!) That will never change, and Jill and I thank everybody who’s supported this label since we first started it in 1998. (wow…almost 10 years ago!).

Look for Razorback to continue into the future with a combination of older stuff we’ve done, new stuff, and more re-issues of classics that we enjoy and possibly some cool limited edition stuff as well!

An Albatross – Upcoming Tour Dates Released

AN ALBATROSS have lined up the following upcoming tour dates in support of their recently released new album, Blessphemy…of the Peace Beast Feastgiver & The Bear Warp Kumite:

July 7 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Cafe Metropolis
August 8 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
August 22 – Charleston, SC @ Cumberland’s
August 23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
August 24 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
August 25 – Orlando, FL @ The Back Booth
August 26 – Tampa, FL @ TBA
August 27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
August 28 – Nashville, TN @ The End
August 29 – Lexington, KY @ TBA
August 30 – Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
August 31 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
September 1 – Bowling Green, OH @ Howard’s Club H
September 2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
September 3 – Buffalo, NY @ Spacelab
September 4 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
September 5 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
September 6 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
September 7 – New Haven, CT @ TBA
September 8 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory

Ghoul – California Show With Municipal Waste Announced

Creepslyvanian splatterthrashers GHOUL have confirmed yet another show for later this month:

July 22 – Boston, MA @ Bill’s Bar (Doom And Grind Fest 2)
July 23 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Fireproof w/ Kill The Client, Sulaco
July 25 – Richmond, CA @ Burnt Ramen w/ Municipal Waste, Deadfall

Septycal Gorge – New Song Posted Online

Italian brutal death metallers SEPTYCAL GORGE have posted a new song entitled “Abominated Hierarchy” over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming new album, Growing Seeds of Decay, which will be released July 10th through Mutilated Records.

Machetazo, Splatterhouse – Live From CBGB Split Announced

MACHETAZO and SPLATTERHOUSE plan on releasing a split LP/CD of live recordings from the May 26th stop of their House of the Blind Dead Tour in New York City at CBGB. It is expected to be limited to less than 500 copies and the bands are currently securing a label to release the split for later this year or early 2007. 

Mastodon – Announce New Album Release Date, New Song Posted Online

MASTODON have announced that their upcoming new album, Blood Mountain, will be released on September 12th through Warner Music. A new song off the upcoming album entitled “Crystal Skull” has been posted on the band’s official MySpace page.

Estradasphere – Initial Fall Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for Santa Cruz, CA based avant garde metallers ESTRADASPHERE‘s upcoming fall US tour:

October 2 – Denver, CO @ Dulcinea’s
October 12 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East
October 13 – New York, NY @ Coda
October 15 – Manahawkin, NJ @ Stafford Township Arts Center
October 18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
October 19 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s
October 20 – Mobile, AL @ Satori
October 24 – Odessa, TX @ The Roadhouse
October 26 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
November 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
November 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Attic

Those unfamiliar with the band, who recently signed to The End Records, are urged to check them out here.

Thine Eyes Bleed – Singer Comments On Unholy Alliance Tour

Justin Wolfe, singer for Canadian technical thrash act THINE EYES BLEED, has checked in from the Unholy Alliance Tour with an update on how things are going on the mammoth tour now criss-crossing North America:

“We have reached the half way point of the U.S. leg of The Unholy Alliance Tour and things have been kicking ass so far. All the bands and crew members have been taking care of us and really making us feel at home. Partying everyday and puking every night alongside of some of the best bands out there — Hell yea!”

“The fans have been absolutely amazing in every city we’ve hit, greeting us with horns held high. I have to give props to the Canadian fans out there. We just did a string of the first three Canadian dates and they were the biggest, loudest yet, so cheers!!

This is the HEAVIEST tour in years! Kids, ya don’t want to miss this one!

Bring on the thrash!”

Ghoul – Confirm East Coast Shows

Creepslyvanian splatterthrashers GHOUL have confirmed that they’ll be performing at two special east coast shows later this month:

July 22 – Boston, MA @ Bill’s Bar (Doom And Grind Fest 2)
July 23 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Fireproof w/ Kill The Client, Sulaco

Kreator – Mille Petrozza To Appear On Headbanger’s Ball

KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza will appear on the Saturday, July 15th edition of MTV2‘s Headbanger’s Ball.