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Lordi – To Be Honoured With Cola Named After Them – Prepare for ‘Bringing Back the Balls to Europe’ Tour

According to the BBC, Eurovision Song Contest winners LORDI are to be honoured with a cola named after them in their native Finland.

The hard rock group’s singer, known as Mr Lordi, has designed labels featuring the five members in their monster masks and one of the whole band.

“The LORDI phenomenon has brought the whole nation together,” said Ritva Sinisalo, of drink maker Olvi Group.

LORDI’s song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ was the surprise winner at the 51st Eurovision in Athens in May.

It was Finland’s first victory in the event.

LORDI Cola is due to go on sale next month.

The band are always seen in monster masks and fantasy costumes, and perform stadium rock anthems which talk of “the arockalypse” and “the day of rockoning”.

They kick off their Bringing Back the Balls to Europe tour in Stockholm on 16 September, and play five UK dates in October.

Lamb of God – Announce Ton of Press and In-Store Appearances

LAMB OF GOD will be signing copies of their new album, Sacrament.  See each store’s website for more info on how to get in to these events.

Monday, August 21

8:00 am 10:00 am Chris Adler (Drums) and Willie Adler (Guitar) will appear live in Washington DC on DC 101 Radio show for a live on air interview.
LAMB OF GOD will be at XM radio hosting live on air, all day spinning records from 3- 9 pm. 3:00 pm -5:00 pm with Willie Adler (Guitar) and Chris Adler (Drums) on Liquid Metal.
5:00 pm -7:00 pm with Mark Morton (Guitar) and John Campbell (Bass) on Liquid Metal.
6:00 pm -7:00 pm with Chris Adler (Drums) and Randy Blythe (Vocals) on the SQUIZZ show. 
7:00 pm -9:00 pm with Randy Blythe (Vocals) on Liquid Metal.

Tuesday, August 22 @ Noon in-store

Looney Tunes
31 Brookvale Ave
West Babylon, NY 11704

Tuesday, August 22 @ 7 PM – instore

Vintage Vinyl
51 Lafayette Rd.
Fords, NJ 08863 

Tuesday August 22 @ 9:00 pm

WSOU live on air interview

Wednesday August 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

LAMB OF GOD on air live on Sirius Radio Hard Attack.

 Friday, August 25 @ 7 PM (EST) instore

Plan 9 Music
3012 W Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23221 

Saturday, August 26 @ 10 PM (EST)

LAMB OF GOD are special guests on MTV2 Headbangers Ball.

The Human Abstract – Slated to Open for God Forbid/Goatwhore Winter Tour – Release New Live Video

THE HUMAN ABSTRACT are slated to open for the upcoming GOD FORBID / GOATWHORE US Tour which will take place this November – December. They also have a new live video directed by Mark Andrade (Ankla, Madrepore) supporting the release of their debut album Nocturne out August 22 through Hopeless Records for the track ‘Vela, Together We Await the Storm’ which can be found at:

http://www.myspace.com/thehumanabstract
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u9KDMWJsAM.

Blut Aus Nord – October 3 Release Date Set for “MoRT”

Candlelight Records today confirms October 3 as the US release date of “MoRT”, the eagerly anticipated new album from French extremists BLUT AUS NORD.  The album adds to the band’s trilogy of albums and growing stateside sales and fanbase.

Threat Signal – Launch Self Produced Video for ‘Counterbalance’ – Prepare for Soilwork Tour

Just days before the release of their debut album Under Reprisal on Nuclear Blast Records, Canadian metal hopefuls THREAT SIGNAL have launched a self-produced video for the song “Counterbalance”.  The clip features footage of the band on the road, in the studio with producer Christian Olde Wolbers of Fear Factory, snippets from the “Rational Eyes” production video shoot, and plenty of live footage from North American shows as well as the band’s recent appearance at Germany’s Earthshaker Festival.  The new video was shot and put together by the band and their crew themselves and can be seen at this locatio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw0fYZpQFn0.

 

Meanwhile THREAT SIGNAL are boiling with excitement about the Under Reprisal North American release this Tuesday, August 22 and the chance to play Earthshaker.  Vocalist Jon Howard speaks from his home in Hamilton, Ontario…”Ever since I was a kid I’ve dreamed of releasing an album, and next week that dream becomes a reality. Words cannot describe the excitement!  Under Reprisal has been released in Europe for a few months now, and has been doing great. However now it is being released on our home turf, and we’ll actually get to see our album in stores, our video played, and even hear our music on the radio, it’s a trip.  Playing the Earthshaker Fest was just completely ridiculous. They treated us like fuckin rock stars. We played on a gigantic stage where we could actually move around, and to thousands of people who most of them knew who we were!  Germany rules!”

THREAT SIGNAL will hit the road in October 5 for a five-week North American tour supporting Soilwork, Darkest Hour and Mnemic, sponsored by Decibel Magazine

“I’ve always been a huge fan of Soilwork, and our band is actually influenced by Soilwork,” admits Howard.  “I must have seen that band perform at least 5 times last year, and every show I was wishing we could open for them, now we are.  Watch out for THREAT SIGNAL boys!”  The entire list of dates can be found at www.threatsignal.com or www.nuclearblastusa.com.  The band’s Ecard includes full bio, tour dates, downloads and the entire “Rational Eyes” video. 

UVTV – Announces Top 5 Live Performance Videos of the Month

Every month, viewers of Underground Video Television are given the chance to vote for their favorite live performance video. This month, as many months before, those fans put Rotten Records recording artists DOG FASHION DISCO on the top of the list for their live video of “Rat on a Sinking Ship”.

The remainder of the countdown, which will be available on Apple’s I-Tunes and as a special on UVTV’s Akimbo channel, features several music heavyweights in the following order:

  1. Dog Fashion Disco “Rat on a Sinking Ship”
  2. Type O Negative “Christian Woman”
  3. In Flames “Pinball Map”
  4. Trivium “Drowned and Torn Asunder”
  5. Mastodon “Mother Puncher”

All these live videos can be seen exclusively on UVTV through the show or website at the http://www.uvtv.info/voting.php . Voting for the August countdown is at the same address. The countdown is available on I-Tunes by subscribing to the UVTV Podcast here.

Mercenary – “The Hours that Remain” – MP3 and E-Card Now Up

A new MERCENARY album, “The Hours that Remain”, has been in the works for the last 6 months, and will be released on August 21.

Click here to download an MP3 version of the new track ‘Soul Decision’ featuring Marcus from HEAVEN SHALL BURN, or click here to launch a new ECARD featuring 4 new songs, DVD-preview and more.

Album details:

– Produced by Jacob Hansen
– Artwork by Travis Smith
– Features guest vocals by Bjrn from SOILWORK and Marcus from HEAVEN SHALL BURN

Slayer – Land at #5 on Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart

The City of Fullerton, CA abruptly removed all 17 of SLAYER‘s promotional bus benches. Twenty years of equipment and stage production was stolen out of their warehouse. Their 2006 U.S. Tour due to kick off 6.6.06 had to be postponed due to band member Tom Araya’s emergency surgery. But none of these roadblocks prevented SLAYER ‘s brand new album, “Christ Illusion” (American Recordings/WBR), from making the highest chart debut of the band’s career, coming in at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart.

In addition, “Christ Illusion” – executive produced by Rick Rubin and produced by Josh Abraham – is a Top 10 album internationally in its first week, debuting at #2 in Germany, #2 in Finland, #8 in Holland, #9 in Australia, and #6 in Austria.

With more than 62,000 copies sold in the U.S. in its first week, “Christ Illusion” marks the long-awaited return of the legendary punk/thrash/metal band. “Christ Illusion” is SLAYER ‘s first new studio album in five years, and the first recorded by the original line-up – Araya/bass, vocals; Kerry King/guitars; Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums – in more than 15 years. The #5 debut is only the second time in SLAYER ‘s 25-year-plus history that they’ve debuted in Billboard’s Top 10 – 1994’s “Divine Intervention” came in at #8.

On “Christ Illusion,” the unabashedly controversial SLAYER takes on Government and God, looking at the World Trade Center disaster from the terrorists’ point of view, and repeatedly committing lyrical blasphemy, which caused the the Washington Post to note “… SLAYER consistently beats Christianity with an ugly stick.” One major daily reviewer hypothesized, “If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he undoubtedly would be listening to SLAYER…beneath this aggressive veneer, is a social, political and interpersonal message that would put proud smiles on our nation’s founders.”

The New York Times wrote simply that “[Christ Illusion] is the most concentrated, focused SLAYER  record in 20 years.”

Grave, Dismember, Entombed – Bringing Masters of Death Tour to US/Mexico

GRAVE, DISMEMBER, and ENTOMBED will be bringing their Masters of Death European tour package to the United States ane Mexico along with THE ABSENCE this December.

December 1 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting factory
December 2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
December 3 – Chico, CA @ TBA
December 4 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
December 5 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA
December 6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
December 7 – Boise, ID @ TBA
December 8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
December 9 – Denver, CO @ Hubba’s
December 10 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
December 11 – Tulsa, OK @ TBA
December 12 – El Paso, TX @ Chics
December 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
December 14 – Mexicali, MEX @ The Forum
December 15 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
December 16 – San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle

The End – Commence Recording New Album

Canadian quintet THE END has begun recording their new full-length album.

This as-of-yet-untitled release is being recorded at B.W.C. Studios in Brampton, Ontario with producer Greg Dawson. THE END vocalist Aaron Wolff (the band is rounded out by guitarists Steve Watson and Andrew Hercules, bassist Sean Dooley and drummer Anthony Salajko) describes the writing process: “There was a very conscience effort to create the album that people won’t be able to predict, and won’t get tired of. It’s a record for metal heads, it’s a record for hardcore kids, it’s a record for rock n’ rollers. We’re really focusing on exploring things that are very human, basic human emotions…The things that people try to hide and cover up but are still there no matter what is done to forget about it…..the kind anyone can relate to.”

“We also felt the need to do things that are were out of the ordinary for ourselves as song writers, to keep things new and exciting and to make moves in directions we’ve never explored.” Wolff continues; “The result, is an extremely diverse record. Right from the first word we are pulling the listener inside the record. We truly feel that there is something in this record for anyone, as long as they are willing to let themselves forget about everything around them and focus on where the sound takes them. We are extremely happy with the progress we have made thus far.”

The recording of the new album will wrap at summer’s end and will be released in early 2007 on Relapse Records.

Goatwhore – Open For Venom

GOATWHORE have been added to the rescheduled VENOM tour, as well as DEVILDRIVER and HIGH ON FIRE on select dates. The updated tour is as follows:

August 24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
August 25 – West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues*
August 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
August 30 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
September 1 – St. Louis, MO @ TBA
September 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
September 3 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
September 5 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 6 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

(* = With High On Fire and Devildriver)

Mortiis – Joins Tortured Souls Tour

MORTIIS has been added to support GENITORTURERS on the Tortured Souls Tour 2006. More dates are expected and local acts are set to open each show.

August 31 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Clicks
September 01 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
September 02 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room
September 03 – Austin, TX @ Redrum
September 04 – El Paso, TX @ Club 101
September 06 – Modesto, CA @ Fat Cats
September 07 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
September 08 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey
September 09 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
September 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
September 12 – Denver, CA @ Bluebird Theater
September 13 – Omaha, NE @ Club 108
September 14 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
September 15 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
September 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse
September 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
September 18 – Buffalo, NY @ Icon
September 19 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
September 20 – New York, NY @ CBGBs
September 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Club Mate
September 22 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
September 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Bile – Change Name To Skullhog

No Escape goregrinders BILE have changed their name to SKULLHOG (logo can be seen here). The Dutch artists have received confusion in the past from sharing the same name with the well known New York industrial band. Further information can be found at the band’s official MySpace.

Venom – More Rescheduled Tour Dates Released

More of VENOM‘s rescheduled tour dates have been released:

August 30 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater  
September 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre  
September 3 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues  
September 5 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza  
September 6 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx  
September 7 – New York, NY @ CBGB  
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

All that Remains – Phil Labonte to Take Over Sirius Radio Airwaves on August 16

ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Phil Labonte will take a break from the band’s busy touring schedule to hang with his good friend and Hard Attack host Mario inside the Sirius sattelite radio studios August 16. Labonte holds nothing back, and will be talking about past band troubles, vocal influences, the band’s spot on the second stage of Ozzfest, the band’s new record, and of course some of his favorite bands. Make sure to tune in Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9pm (eastern) to hear tracks from ALL THAT REMAINS record, ‘The Fall of Ideals,’ alongside hand-picked music from some of Labonte’s favorite bands, new and old. The interview will also be re-broadcast Sunday, August 20 at 12pm (eastern) for those that can’t catch it the first time.

Scanning nearly 13,000 copies first week, ‘The Fall of Ideals‘ was Prosthetic Records’ most successful first week sales debut in the label’s nearly ten years of existence. Upon completion of Ozzfest earlier this week and having already stormed Europe as part of Sounds of The Underground earlier this year,  ALL THAT REMAINS will head back out on the road in September across the United States with DRAGONFORCE / HORSE THE BAND. More information on those dates will be available shortly. ‘The Fall of Ideals was recorded with producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and engineer Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork).  The album marks the recorded debuts of new bassist Jeanne Sagan and drummer Shannon Lucas, the result being an album Revolver magazine dubs, “Both brutal and beautiful. Scary good.”

Additionally, the lead single/video from ‘The Fall of Ideals,’ “This Calling,” can currently be seen on Fuse’s “Uranium” as well as MTV2’s “Headbangers Ball.”  The video can also be found at online on the band’s website at www.allthatremainsonline.com.

Ibex Moon Records – Sign Distro Deal With MRI/Megaforce Records

Ibex Moon Records has signed a distribution deal with MRI/Megaforce for nationwide distribution through RED.

The first releases through the new distribution system are INCANTATION, DAWN OF AZAZEL and HELL BORN on September 5. 

“I feel this will help bring the label to a bigger level and give people easier access to our titles,” said label owner John McEntee. Ibex Moon was founded in 2003 by McEntee, also the founder of the long-running death metal band Incantation, with the goal of signing the finest metal bands the underground has to offer.

Ibex Moon’s small but worldwide roster of bands also includes BLOODY SIGN, ESTUARY, FUNERUS, INCRUST and THORNAFIRE

“We look forward to keeping the true sprit of the underground alive with killer bands that transcend all trends,” said McEntee.

The Human Abstract – Release E-Card Promoting Entire “Nocturne” Album

Hopeless Records has just released an E-card promoting “Nocturne”, the debut album from Los Angeles, California’s THE HUMAN ABSTRACT. The E-card features the album streaming in its entirety and can be found at the following link:

http://media.hopelessrecords.com/images/tha/ecard.html

Belphegor – Currently Looking for Replacement Drummer – Set to Release Videos

Founding members, Helmuth and Sigurd of BELPHEGOR are currently looking for a talented replacement drummer. Everybody who is interested and fits the requirements may contact the band`s management at belphegor@aon.at:

* You don’t need to be Austrian but be able to rehearse in Austria
* You are a professional musician stage / tour experience preferred
* You are absolutely tight and you can play with click
* You are 100% into touring, festivals, shows, studio recording sessions
* You are generally interested in Death / Black Metal music 

In other news, BELPHEGOR have finished shooting the clips for ‘Bluhtsturm Erotika’ and ‘Belphegor –  Hell’s Ambassador’. Expect the worldwide premiere of the videos in the second week of September 2006.

Genghis Tron – UK Tour Dates Released

GENGHIS TRON have confirmed the following UK tour dates:

November 10 – Hastings @ Heroes Club
November 11 – TBA
November 12 – Coventry @ Jailhouse
November 13 – Bournemouth @ The Gander
November 14 – Brighton @ Engine Room
November 15 – TBA
November 16 – Manchester @ Satans Hollow
November 17 – Glasgow @ Barfly
November 18 – Leeds @ Fenton
November 19 – London @ Underworld w/ Napalm Death
November 20 – Cardiff @ Barfly

Candlemass – Leif Edling Speaks Up About Vocalist (Messiah) Issue

CANDLEMASS mainman, songwriter and bassist Leif Edling has tuned in to enlighten fans of the living Swedish Doom legend a tiny bit regarding the whole Messiah vocalist issue:

“It is hotter than hell right now (in sweden anyway) and most of you doomlovers are on vacation. So are we. And we do get worried questions though about what is going on in the band regarding Messiah and the new album.”

“I can’t really say if Messiah will sing on the upcoming album or not, but the last thing I heard was a little bit positive. Let us hope that it becomes 100% certain it will happen. It’s all between Messiah and the label now you see. It is summer holiday time don’t forget. I hope this issue can be solved soon as we need to carry on the work on the new album.”

“The past months hasn’t exactly been the best time for CANDLEMASS. Myself, Lars, Mappe and Jan are pretty frustrated over the current singer situation, but we will solve it. Somehow. We got a great C-MASS album in the pipeline, we will not waste that! If Messiah sings or not is really up to the man himself now.”

The release of the new and yet untitled CANDLEMASS album is tentatively schedule for release on February 2nd, 2007, on Nuclear Blast.

Breaking Benjamin – New E-Card, Music, and Video Online

Check out some new music from BREAKING BENJAMIN with the following e-card that also features their new video for the song, “The Diary of Jane,” as well as several other tracks from their new album. The media player can be found here.

Threshold – Back at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey – Nuclear Blast Release in 2007

One of Nuclear Blast‘s latest signings, THRESHOLD, from England, is now back at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey to start recording their new album. The record is expected to be complete by the beginning of November. In a recent post on the band’s forum, keyboard player Richard West commented: “The writing’s been going really well. We’ve been modernising the way we approach certain aspects of our writing, but we’ve still got the same core THRESHOLD values. We’re really looking forward to getting everything produced and finished, hopefully it’ll be our best album yet, with one or two surprises for you…” The album is scheduled for release on Nuclear Blast early in 2007, with a tour planned for next spring followed by festival shows.

Godhead – Add in Free Bonus DVD with New Album ”The Shadow Line”

GODHEAD has announced they will be including a bonus DVD with the purchase of their new album The Shadow Line, out August 29.  On the DVD will be 3 music videos and a 25 minute documentary on the band, from making the album to making the video and other behind the scenes stuff. Both discs will be the price of the CD.

Norma Jean, BTBAM – Radio Rebellion Tour Dates Announced

Dates have been announced for the Radio Rebellion Tour featuring NORMA JEAN, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES, MISERY SIGNALS, THE FULLY DOWN, and THE CONFESSION:

October 6 – Nashville, TN @ Rcktwn  
October 7 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall  
October 8 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues  
October 10 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House  
October 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance  
October 12 – Montreal, QC @ Spectrum De Montreal  
October 13 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium  
October 14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony  
October 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero 
October 17 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre  
October 18 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall  
October 19 – Jacksonville, FL @ Martini’s Music Hall  
October 20 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues  
October 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution  
October 22 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing  
October 27 – Cordova, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis  
October 30 – Houston, TX @ Meridian  
October 31 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit  
November 2 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre  
November 3 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA  
November 4 – Hollywood, CA @ The Avalon  
November 5 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues  
November 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore  
November 8 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater  
November 9 – Seattle, WA @ Fenix 
November 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Center  
November 11 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall  
November 12 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room  
November 16 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  
November 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club  
November 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under  
November 29 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza  
November 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa  
December 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Alice in Chains – Announce Comprehensive 2-CD Collection, Video Player

Ten years after their last concert, ALICE IN CHAINS has decided to reclaim their heritage and embark on a surprise U.S. club tour as a warm up for their 5-month tour of the UK and Europe.  They returned for several U.S. festival dates and will pick up again in the fall (dates to be announced soon). The band looks forward to its 20th anniversary next year with the release of The Essential Alice In Chains, which will arrive in stores September 5th on Columbia/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertain­ment.

The first comprehensive two-CD collection ever issued on ALICE IN CHAINS is a chronological ascent from 1990 (four cuts from their debut album, Facelift, including “We Die Young,” title track of the three-song Columbia debut EP released earlier that year) up through 1999, (“Get Born Again” and “Died,” the two newly recorded tracks on their three-CD box set retrospective, Music Bank). The Essential Alice In Chains gathers its 28 selections from all four original albums they recorded, Facelift (1990), Dirt (1992), the self-titled Alice In Chains (1995), and the live ‘acoustic’ MTV Unplugged (1996), as well as from their two EPs, SAP (1992) and Jar Of Flies (1994). Also included are remixes of their two songs from the Last Action Hero original motion picture soundtrack album (1993, the only band with two cuts on the album).

A video player for the collection can be found here.