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Queensryche – 2 Hour Geoff Tate Interview – This Sunday, April 23 on WRQK

Canton, Ohio radio DJ Joe Kleon will present a two hour profile of QUEENSRYCHE this Sunday, April 23 from 8-10PM, on WRQK, 106.9FM (Rock 107). Joe will play an interview with Geoff Tate who will be talking in depth about the band’s new release “Operation Mindcrime II”, with Joe giving away copies of the new CD.

XXX Maniak – Be Immortalized Forever In A Song!

Pennsylvania based goregrinders XXX MANIAK have posted the following offer for their fans:

“As some of you may know, we recently played the killer Arizona Metal Devastation Fest. Unfortunately, some scumbag stole our laptop which had thousands of dollars worth of computer software, unreleased songs and samples on it (hundreds of hours of work) that we will never get again. Since we are an unsigned band and fund everything ourselves, this was a major setback and we considered ending the band now and never doing shows.

A lot of you fans though actually really liked this crap we were doing, so we came up with an idea to keep this slimewave going hot as fuck!

For $50.00, you can be immortalized forever on the XXX MANIAKPhoenix Laptop Relief EP.” We will write a song that has your name in the title, it can be about you or a REVENGE song (name of person you want raped/murdered etc.) This will come out on our own 3XMProductions label; you can also submit one image of you or your REVENGE victim to be part of the layout!

The deadline for submissions is 06/06/06. The earlier you send the money and picture for the layout the faster we can buy new equipment and start working on it. The track listing will appear in order we receive your submissions. If doing a REVENGE submission please give as much information possible on the person.

Payment (via paypal), image and revenge scenario can be sent to:
JSidote@netzero.com

If you want to send payment via other means please contact the above email for more information.

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT SLIMERS!

www.myspace.com/xxxmaniak

Dog Fashion Disco – Line Up Change #2,477,535

Long time DOG FASHION DISCO keyboardist Jeff Siegel has posted the following message regarding his decision to leave the band:

“Of all the decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life, this has been one of the hardest.

As some of you may have heard, I will no longer be touring with DOG FASHION DISCO. While there are very few things in this life that have made me as happy as being a part of this incredible group of musicians, I was recently presented with an opportunity that I just could not turn down. And unfortunately, this opportunity will not allow me the freedom to tour any longer.

Taking my place will be Tim Swanson, from DUCT TAPE MUSTACHE. He’s a hell of a keyboardist and is already fitting in nicely. I hope you’ll all show him some quality DFD love. Todd and Wendy are lubing him up and breaking him in now ? so he’ll be ready for you by the time the band rolls into your town.

Jokes aside, I just want to let all of you know that you mean the world to me. You have come out to our shows, put us up in your homes and spent your hard-earned money on our albums and t-shirts. You’ve continuously given us the support we’ve always needed to keep going. And for that, I’m extremely grateful.

In the future, I will be working closely with Derek and Ron to help push DFD to the next level. So I won’t completely disappear. In fact, some of you on the street team may be hearing from me soon. I’ll also be coming out to some of the shows to shoot some footage for the next DVD.

In the meantime, enjoy the new album and don’t masturbate in public. It’s so cliché.

I love you all!

Jeff”

The Gathering – Axe 1st Month of Upcoming European Tour

Dutch rock band THE GATHERING has had to cancel the first month of their upcoming leg of their European ?Homelands? tour due to an illness.

Singer Anneke van Giersbergen is suffering from an obstinate bronchial and sinus infection, which has taken a turn for the worse over the past few days. The band issued a statement, saying: “The band very much regrets having to take this step, but Anneke?s health will have to come first.”

Because of the severity of the illness, the band is forced to cancel all shows in Europe and the Netherlands scheduled between April 19th, 2006 and May, 28th 2006. “We are consulting with promoters to try to reschedule the concerts to later this year so that tickets would remain valid,” declares the band?s management.

The band’s latest recording ?Home? was released today in North America (via THE END RECORDS) and over the weekend in Europe via the bands own label, PSYCHONAUT RECORDS.

THE GATHERING will resume touring starting in June.

Twelfth Gate – Singer Scott Huffman Leaves the Band – Replacement Found

TWELFTH GATE would like to officially announce that Scott Huffman (vocals) has decided to quit the band, and that Brent “Red” Erickson has accepted the role as his replacement.

Statement from bassist, Rob Such:

“This may come as a surprise to some, but it’s actually something that Scott’s been hinting at for well over a year now….both for creative differences & reasons outside the band. At the time, even though we weren’t sure whether or not our latest album (Threshold of Revelation) would be his last, we made the decision to go ahead as planned…mainly because we had a great album on our hands, and it deserved to be heard the way it was…with Scott singing on it. Then as suspected, once the album was finished at the end of last summer, Scott confirmed his decision to leave the band. However, he did make a commitment to the band & the new album until we found a new singer…to avoid any gap where the band did not have a singer at all. That definitely made everything much less stressful, but we still decided to start looking soon afterwards because we knew that it could potentially take a long time before we found someone we were happy with.”

“Of course, with the release of the new album being pushed back to early 2006, the timing couldn’t have been worse…but it happens, so we just dealt with it. Also, even before we started looking, we made the decision that our new singer needed to be someone with a different style, but who’s voice would also fit the direction that the band was going in. Scott’s got an absolutely AMAZING voice, & we knew that trying to find someone who sings in a similar style would just be futile…not to mention that chapter of Twelfth Gate had officially come to a close.”

“Fortunately, we got lucky fairly quick, and found someone [Red] who fit us both musically and on a personal level. Red came highly recommended through a close friend of the band, & everything began to progress quite well after only a few rehearsals together. The only “final test” was how well we would all perform together live…so as a recommendation from Scott, he thought it would be a good idea to debut Red at the Chicago Powerfest, and then make our final decision. We agreed…and needless to say, after our performance at the Powerfest we decided Red was the man for the job…though we really already knew it even prior to the fest.”

“Personally, even though I’m excited about what the future holds for Twelfth Gate, I’m still a bit sad to see Scott go. Scott & I are very close friends, & have been ever since I joined the pre-Syris version of Spirit Web back in 1995. And now, after over 10 years of being in bands together, our musical paths are going in separate directions…although, at least we’re fortunate enough to have this happen while we’re still all good friends, & everyone’s truly happy about the transition.”

“All of the guys in Twelfth Gate & I would like to wish Scott the very best & much success with his new project, Mindwarp Chamber. I know it’s going to kick ass & I can’t wait to hear it! Take care bro, Rob”

Nonpoint – Recording April 29 Show for Live CD/DVD

NONPOINT will be recording their April 29 show at the Revolution in Ft Lauderdale, FL for their first ever live CD/DVD release with ‘Bullet with a Name’ director Darren Doane at the helm. Doane will also be filming the video for Nonpoint?s new single ‘Alive and Kicking’.

Head Automatica – Live ‘Beating Heart Baby’ Video Streaming

The live video for HEAD AUTOMATICA?s ?Beating Heart Baby? is streaming exclusively on TagWorld. The video is part of a series of live videos shot at Starland Ballroom, released weekly to the HEAD AUTOMATICA mailing list.

HEAD AUTOMATICA‘s EP ?Pop Rocks? is available exclusively through iTunes and features 4 tracks off the upcoming album “Popaganda”, out June 6. The EP includes ?Graduation Day,? ?Laughing at You,? ?Nowhere Fast,? and ?God.? New live videos are rolled out weekly, so stay tuned for streams, and for now, please enjoy ?Beating Heart Baby? on Tagworld.

Devourment – New Song Posted Online

DEVOURMENT have posted a new song entitled “Deflesh the Abducted” over on their MySpace page. The song comes off an upcoming split where they will also cover “The Pick-Axe Murders” by CANNIBAL CORPSE.

This Time It’s War – Post Unmixed, Unmastered Preview Track

THIS TIME IT’S WAR has posted a new unmixed, unmastered track featuring their old vocalist on their Myspace page as a preview to their upcoming full length. Check out the track here.

Origin – John Longstreth Rejoins the Fold

Renowned drummer John Longstreth has rejoined ORIGIN, the cult technical death metal band he played and recorded with over the band?s first two albums (“Informis, Infinitas, Inhumanitas” and “Origin”).

ORIGIN will hit the road for an extensive US tour that will last through the better part of the summer. The tour will begin on July 19 in Oklahoma City and circle the US before concluding on August 26. This is the band?s first headlining tour backing their latest release, Echoes of Decimation.

Additionally, ORIGIN have been tapped to make its first European appearance with a headlining performance at “Fuck the Commerce” Festival in Luckau, Germany in May.

Armor for Sleep – Join Warner Brothers Records Imprint

Four years after joining the Equal Vision Records family in the winter of 2002, ARMOR FOR SLEEP have signed with Sire Records, an imprint of the Warner Music Group.

In June of 2003, Equal Vision issued ARMOR FOR SLEEP‘s debut album, “Dream To Make Believe,” which introduced their music to the world, and built-up the band’s core fan base.

“Dream To Make Believe” set the stage for what was to come. After a countless number of tours in support of the album, and two music videos for “Dream To Make Believe” and “My Town,” Armor For Sleep was ready to unleash their new masterpiece. The 11-song “What To Do When You Are Dead” was released in February of 2005, and the massive buzz that had been surrounding the band began to increase exponentially.

To date, “What To Do When You Are Dead” has sold over 160,000 albums, and yielded two music videos for “Car Underwater” and “The Truth About Heaven,” the latter which went on to be featured on MTV’s 10 Spot Drop, and earned the band a spot performing at MTV’s Spring Break 2006. The video also won Fuse TV’s OvenFresh competition by a landslide against major artists Green Day, System of a Down, Spoon, Straylight Run, The Dandy Warhols, and Morningwood.

ARMOR FOR SLEEP‘s final release with Equal Vision was a 90-minute DVD entitled, “A Comprehensive Guide To Touring,” that came out in November 2005. The DVD documented the band’s growth over the previous year from recording “What To Do…” to ARMOR FOR SLEEP‘s first headlining tour, and everything in between.

Look for ARMOR FOR SLEEP on The Vans Warped Tour all summer long.

Everyone at Equal Vision Records is proud to have worked with ARMOR FOR SLEEP for the last four years, and will continue to support them wherever they may go. We guarantee many more great things to come from the four individuals that make up ARMOR FOR SLEEP. Ben, Anthony, Nash, and PJ will forever be considered part of the Equal Vision family.

Thine Eyes Bleed – Re-Release 2005 Debut Album

Canadian technical thrash act THINE EYES BLEED will re-release their 2005 debut for THE END RECORDS titled “In the Wake Of Separation” on May 30. The CD will now include the bonus track ?Better off Dead? (previously available only in Japan) and the video for ?Cold Victim.?

The band will continue to push their name out to the metal masses as their tour supporting SOULFLY starts April 21 in Anaheim, California. Following that month long tour, they will then embark on the ultimate 2006 summer metal tour, The UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour (SLAYER, MASTODON, LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM) starting June 6.

Brooklyn Metalfest – All Day Festival Showcasing Best Underground Metal Acts – June 24

The first annual BROOKLYN METALFEST, an all day festival showcasing some of the area best underground Metal acts will take place on Saturday June 24 a the Hook in Brooklyn, NY. The doors open at 2pm and the first band hits the stage at 2:30 PM. Admission will be $10 and there will be a Free BBQ out in the club?s yard.

The show will be sponsored in part by SAMSON TECHNOLOGIES and HARTKE AMPS.

Bands Scheduled to perform:

MAGUS BEAST
TWILIGHT ODYSSEY
CONSTRICTED
FINSTER BABY
DEVILS ISLAND
EXIT TO ETERNITY
EUPHORIA
FROM DARKNESS COME
SILENT INDUSTRY
SPEED ASSAULT
BURN ME DOWN
8 WEEKS DEAD

and more TBA.

Secret Machines – Line Up TV Performances – CD Release Parties

April 25 will see the release of SECRET MACHINES‘ second LP, “Ten Silver Drops”. As always, with a new album comes many new dates all around the globe. The band will also be doing Late Night with Conan O?Brien and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in the next couple weeks. They will also be doing two acoustic in-store appearances in New York and LA.

CD Release Parties:

April 26 ? Hiro Ballroom ? New York, NY
May 4 ? El Rey Theatre ? Los Angeles, CA

Special Appearances:

April 25 ? Late Night with Conan O’Brien
April 27 ? Virgin Megastore (Union Square) NYC ? special acoustic in-store performance
May 2 ? Amoeba Records, Los Angeles ? special acoustic in-store performance
May 3 ? Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

PsyOpus – ‘Mannequin’ Video – Live Performance on UVTV

There is a new live performance of PSYOPUS playing their track ‘Mannequin’ online available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at a benefit concert for Handicapped Children last September in Endicott, NY.

Tool – North American Tour Dates Released

TOOL have lined up the following North American dates before they head over to Europe:

April 30 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
May 2 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
May 4 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
May 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
May 6 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gammage Auditorium
May 8 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Auditorium
May 10 – Denver, CO @ Temple Buell Theatre
May 11 – Kansas City, KS @ Memorial Hall
May 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
May 13 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
May 15 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
May 16 – Toronto, ON @ Hummingbird Centre
May 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
May 19 – New York, NY @ City Center
May 20 – New York, NY @ City Center
May 21 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

All shows are expected to go on sale on April 22nd.

Kill The Client – EyeHateGod Cover Online

You can check out an unmastered cover of EYEHATEGOD‘s song “Concussion Machine Process” done by KILL THE CLIENT over at their MySpace page.

Beneath The Massacre – Drop Off Maryland Deathfest

MAGRUDERGRIND has replaced BENEATH THE MASSACRE on the Maryland Deathfest which is set to take place May 27th and 28th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD.

Cliteater, Rompeprop – Two U.S. Shows Announced

CLITEATER and ROMPEPROP will be teaming up with MALIGNANCY for two U.S. shows before their appearance at the Maryland Deathfest:

May 24 – New York, NY @ Downtime
May 25 – Gloucester, NJ @ The Pirates Den w/ Mortal Decay

Happy Easter to All –

SMNnews.com wishes a Happy Easter to all – in celebration, a super duper song is available for your Easter celebrations at this location.

CKY – Part Ways with Island Records

CKY has officially parted ways with Island Records. After some bickering and handbangs, frontman Deron Miller released the following statement:

“Today we were finally released from our contract with island records. We had been asking to be let go since 2003 when it was clear that the label had no idea how to market a band that doesnt write songs about breaking up with their girlfriends. To this day I truly dont know why they signed us in the first place. They wanted to do our 4th album, but giving them a fourth chance to deliver dissapointing empty promises seemed ludicrous. It wasnt making sense. To be fair, I want to say that I dont blame them for not knowing what to do with a band that isnt a flash in the pan. Major labels are afraid of bands that dont do what they’re told to do. I want to say to Paul Pontius, the guy who signed us…
thanks for the 5 years. I’m sure we all learned a lot about how much the music industry sucks and why its all going downhill. The clock is ticking for major labels… to all of our fans worldwide, present and future… thank you for your undying loyalty…the best is yet to come. See you on tour!”

SiKth – Releasing “Death of a Dead Day” on June 26 in UK

SIKTH will be releasing ?Death Of A Dead Day? in the UK on June 26 – a date which follows their June 6 US release date.

Arch Enemy – ‘My Apocalypse’ Video Streaming

ARCH ENEMY have made the video for the track ‘My Apocalypse’ is now available online. You can snag it/check it out at this location.

Lizzy Borden – West Coast Run Announced – W.A.S.P. Tour and New Guitarist Announced

LIZZY BORDEN has added a west coast run with W.A.S.P. to their growing list of Summer shows.

Headlining Dates:

May 5 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ Empire Ballroom
May 6 – Lakewood, CO @ Ecks Salon
May 7 – Loveland, CO @ Shaffers White Buffalo

…with W.A.S.P.:

May 19 – Sacramento, CA @ Kennel Club
May 21 – San Diego, CA @ Canes
May 22 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 23 – El Paso, TX @ Stampede
May 24 Chihuahua, Mexico @ Club Private
May 26 – Arlington, TX @ Dreamworld Music Complex
May 27 – Houston, TX @ Forgetta Bout it
May 28 – Victoria, TX @ Riverside Convention
June 1 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
June 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
June 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre

In other LIZZY BORDEN news, the band has announced the addition of Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, VICIOUS RUMORS).

“Ira came in, turned up and started shredding up the place, I can’t wait for everyone to hear him play all the Borden songs. The rehearsals so far have been just crushing! He’s just the new blood we’ve been dying for”

The band, however, have decided to go back to their classic line up of two guitarists, so they are still on the lookout for a second guitarist of equal abilities.

Any interested parties:

- MUST live in Los Angeles
- Must be a shredder with taste (Rhoads/Wylde)
- Must have stage presence and be a part of the Lizzy Borden Show.

Send us a link to your website so we may hear samples of your playing and see pictures. No snail mail please.

Aurora Borealis – Release 5th Album – Tracklisting Announced

AURORA BOREALIS have finally released the 5th album entitled “Relinquish” on Nightsky Productions which features Tony Laureano (ANGELCORPSE, NILE, DIMMU BORGIR) on drums. The cover art for the disc can be seen at this location. Tracklisting for the album that covers 37 minutes is as follows:

1. Myths of the Light
2. Let The Games Begin
3. Ravaged By Fire
4. God Wills It
5. The Red Flag
6. River Through The Skies
7. Tonight We Feast
8. Black Snow