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Vulgar Pigeons – Officially On Hiatus

VULGAR PIGEONS has posted the following message on their MySpace:

“Due to personal trumoils within the band, we’ve decided to take a break from the band for a while. We’re all doing our seperate projects:

Jeff and John are still doing TORTURED CONSCIENCE
Jeff, John, and Pete Pontikoff (BENUMB singer) are doing a as-yet-unnamed project together
Dave is still doing SHRINE OF SCARS
Paul
is taking a break from music altogether.

Hopefully when we all start to miss it again we’ll get back together and put out some more albums. Until then, see ya in the funny papers!”

Converge – Studio Update

CONVERGE has posted the following studio update:

Recording is going well so far. Percussion and bass have been recorded in their entirety. Some vocals are also completed with more to follow throughout the week. Guitar tracking is also underway. We hope to begin mixing in the next week or so.

We’ve had some guests perform on the album so far:

JR Conners (ex CAVE IN, now of DOOMRIDERS) and Alex Garcia-Rivera (BLOODHORSE, ex-454 BIG BLOCK, ex-GUTG) added a bit of percussion during a recent session. Kurt and Jake also added a bit of percussion as well during that session.

Vocally, Jonah Jenkins (SEPTIC YOUTH COMMAND, ex-ONLY LIVING WITNESS, ex-MILTOWN, etc) will be contributing shortly, as well as Kevin Baker (THE HOPE CONSPIRACY). We all excited to have those two aboard as guests on this recording. It means a great deal to us.

Municipal Waste, Deadfall – West Coast Tour Announced

MUNICIPAL WASTE have lined up the following West Coast dates with DEADFALL for July:

July 22 – Seattle, WA @ Town Hall (Vera)
July 23 – Portland, OR @ Sabala’s
July 24 – Portland, OR @ Foodhole
July 25 – Richmond, CA @ Burnt Ramen!
July 26 – Fresno, CA @ Info Shop
July 27 – West Hollywood, CA @ Zen Sushi
July 28 – Anaheim, CA @ TBA
July 29 – San Deigo, CA @ Static Lounge 18
July 30 – Long Beach, CA @ Que Sera

Circle of Dead Children – Part Ways With Drummer

Pennsylvania based grinders CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN have posted the following update:

Mike Bartek is no longer a part of CODC and for the indefinite time being we are forced into hiatus. We apologize to the promoters and bands we have had shows booked with as well as the fans, as we were about 3/4 of the way through the next full-length release. There was absolutely no way around this. Mike had a list of “qualities” that would have had him tossed from most bands, but friendship was what mostly kept him with us. This time he crossed way over the line and defecated on any concepts of friendship and respect possible and stooped lower than we thought even he would ever go.

So he is gone and an ugly part of the CIRCLE‘s past and, for anyone who has followed CODC through the years, we are once again in the situation of finding a new member. Joe, Jason and Drew have decided to continue on and feel that ultimately, Mike‘s departure will be a huge blessing in disguise for CODC. After 3 drummers, 3 bass players and 3 guitarists, the machine will hopefully continue on. Plenty of skulls still need crushed.

We will begin tryouts for a new drummer asap. If interested, please contact CODC at salo120@circleofdeadchildren.net We are located in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.”

Iron Maiden – Japanese Tour Dates Announced

IRON MAIDEN have lined up the following Japanese dates for the month of October:

October 25 – Tokyo, JPN @ Budokan
October 27 – Hamamatsu, JPN @ Act City
October 28 – Tokyo, JPN @ Kokusai Forum
October 30 – Osaka, JPN @ Jo Hall
October 31 – Nagoya, JPN @ Shimin Hall

Peeping Tom – “Mojo” Video Posted Online

The debut video from PEEPING TOM for the track “Mojo” has been posted online here for your viewing pleasure.

Terror/Death Before Dishonor Tour – Starts Today

TERROR, DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD are hitting the road today for an 18 date stage diving extravaganza: 

June 18 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
June 19 – Tulsa, OK @ The Hive
June 20 – Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
June 21 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
June 22 – Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
June 23 – Panama City, FL @ Showcase
June 24 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
June 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
June 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
June 28 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 29 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
June 30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
July 1 – Jonquiere, Quebec @ Keno Hall
July 2 – Toris-Rivieres, Quebec @ Maquisart
July 3 – Quebec City, Quebec @ L’anti
July 4 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Babylon
July 5 – Buffalo, NY @ The Icon
July 8 – Montreal, Quebec @ L’inco (no Terror)

Power Prog West – First Bands Confirmed

The first set of bands have been announced for the first annual Power Prog West festival set to take place August 27th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA:

Nevermore
Scarred
Agent Steel
Steel Attack (Sweden)
Cage
Resistance
Noctuary
Nuclear Winter
Prodigal Son
Azreal’s Bane
Benedictum

Skinless – CD Release Show Set List

The set list for SKINLESS‘ CD release show last night (June 17th) at Saratoga Winners in Latham, NY for their new album, Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead, was as follows:

Overlord
Tampon Lollipops
Execution of Reason
Foreshadowing Our Demise
Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead
Extermination of My Filthy Species
Deathwork
Endvisioned
Spoils of the Sycophant
Tug of War Intestines
The Optimist

Odious Mortem – Another New Song Posted Online

ODIOUS MORTEM have uploaded another new song, entitled “Domain of the Eternal Paradox,” to their official MySpace page.

DragonForce – More Ozzfest Off-Dates Announced, UK Tour Dates Announced

DRAGONFORCE have lined up the following Ozzfest “off dates” with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME (except where noted):

June 30 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
July 5 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
July 12 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
July 14 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest w/ Lacuna Coil
July 17 – Traveres City, MI @ Streeters
July 24 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners w/ Bleeding Through
July 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
August 2 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
August 3 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights w/ Atreyu
August 10 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
August 11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ Lacuna Coil
August 12 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
August 14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blue
August 15 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
August 18 – Houston, TX @ Meridian

In other news, the band has also lined up the following UK dates:

November 29 – Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
November 30 – Southampton, UK @ Guildhall
Decevember 1 – Leeds, UK @ University
December 2 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
December 4 – Cardiff, UK @ University Students Union
December 5 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy
December 7 – Sheffield, UK @  Octagon
December 8 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
December 9 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
December 11 – Norwich, UK @ UEA
December 12 – Bristol, UK @ Academy
December 13 – London, UK @ Astoria

Set Your Goals – Announce Split with The Steal

SET YOUR GOALS have announced a new limited edition split with UK’s own THE STEAL. The track listing for the 10″ will be:

Set Your Goals:
Goonies Never Say Die
How ’bout No, Scott?
Latch Key

The Steal:
The Steal
What’s Controlling You
That Fucking Hurt

You can order online at Gravity DIP Records.

Decrepit Birth – Another New Demo Posted Online

DECREPIT BIRTH have uploaded another new demo, entitled “Through Alchemy Bound Eternal,” to their official MySpace page.

Pelican – Move Monday Pittsburgh Show to New Location

To all Pittsburgh based PELICAN fans, the band’s forthcoming show that is scheduled for this Monday (June 19) has been moved from Mr. Smalls Theatre to the Lawrenceville Moose (120 51st St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201). Tickets will be valid at the new venue.

Dirtfest 2006 – August 19 in Birch Run, MI Feat. Daughters, Fear Before the March of Flames, Walls of Jericho, and More

DIRTFEST 2006 is set to take place on August 19 at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, MI. The event will feature over 60 bands performing on five outdoor stages. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $29 the day of the show. In addition to three unannounced headliners, the following groups are scheduled to appear:

MAE
The Sleeping
The Spill Canvas
Halifax
Daughters
Fear Before the March of Flames
Bloodlined Calligraphy
Walls of Jericho
The Number 12 Looks Like You
June
The Junior Varsity
Royden
The Classic Crime
So They Say
Houston Calls
Quiet Drive
Self Against City
Let Go
See You Next Tuesday
One Day Remains
Valencia
Crackjaw
One Dead Three Wounded
Premonitions of War
The Jon Benet
Heavy Heavy Low Low
Ramallah
The Banner
Phoenix Mourning
Across Five Aprils
And The Sky Went Red
Vedera
Tokyo Rose
Inept
The Fags
Wake Hollywood
Heirs
Red I Flight
+ many more

For a full lineup, tickets and more information, visit dirtfest.com

Cattle Decapitation – Perform on Fox Rox

CATTLE DECAPITATION will be performing a short set on the TV show Fox Rox. This will be the last performance of the band with drummer Michael Laughlin.

The band will be playing the songs “Success Is… (Hanging By The Neck)” and “Total Gore” from their new album “Karma.Bloody.Karma.” live in the Fox Studios followed by a rather interesting interview with the host Troy Johnson. Details can be found here.

Airdates & Times:
Thursday, June 22nd @ Midnight on FOX 6
Saturday, June 24th @ 11:30pm on UPN 13
Sunday, June 25th @ 4:00pm on FOX 6.

Himsa – Release Bonus Track and Video to MySpace – To Tour West Coast this Summer

The song “I Posession”, a bonus track from the Japanese release of “Hail Horror” from HIMSA, has been posted at www.myspace.com/himsa for a limited time and is available for free download.

Also on HIMSA’s MySpace page now is a video for “The Destroyer” taped live at the “Hail Horror” record release show last march at the Showbox in Seattle. Directed by King Of Hearts Productions, the video shows the entire band plus some of their crew taking the stage dressed as Medieval knights and warriors.

Details on the band’s forthcoming West Coast tour will be announced shortly.

Sirenia – Feat. Morten Veland of Tristania – Update Offered

Norwegian Symphonic Goth Metal act SIRENIA are currently more than busy with their new songs. Vocalist Morten Veland (who also sings for TRISTANIA) posted the following news on the band`s official website at tristania.com:

“The song material for the upcoming CD is more or less complete; we are just working on the last details at the moment. It seems we will start the recordings by the end of July. The upcoming full-length album will consist of nine brand new SIRENIA songs no cover songs or remix material this time.” The band`s upcoming, yet untitled third album will mark the first appearance of new female singer Monika Pedersen with SIRENIA. The album will also be the band`s debut with Nuclear Blast.

KISS – KISS Army Looking for Support

The following message has been issued by the KISS Army who need your help…if you are a KISS fan:


“If you are a musician (or one in training) and you have been influenced in any way by KISS, we need your help. The KISS Army March to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on August 5 in Cleveland will be staging a peaceful protest that day and would like to have some information for the Planning Committee.”

 

“Based on the criteria set out by the Hall of Fame, KISS has easily had a career that warrants inclusion. They’ve had the longevity, the record sales, the concerts…the whole ball of wax. Part of the criteria is that the band has to have had a major influence on the rest of the industry. Pick up just about any magazine where they’re interviewing a musician and you’ll see a mention of KISS somewhere in there. Either it was the artist’s first concert, first record, first groupie….whatever. The band has been an inspiration to many high profile artists such as Sebastian Bach, Rachel Bolan, Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian….and many more. What is there to debate?”

 

“We ask that you musicians write something outlining the effect KISS has had on you. It could be as short as a line or two. It could be as long as a page. We will accumulate this material and present it to the Hall of Fame. As well, we will be posting the list on several websites, including the official KISS Army Unites site (www.kissarmyunites.com) and even presenting the list to KISS management at the conclusion of the rally so that the band knows who is supporting them. Please include the URL to any personal site you have as well as a line acknowledging the fact we will make this info public and we have your permission.”

 

These testimonials can be sent to morley@cnwl.igs.net and you can receive more info about the march from that address as well.

Download 2006 – A Ton of Live Videos from All 3 Days Now Online

A ton of live videos from the recent DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2006 (from all 3 days) that took place at Donington in England have been made available online. You can check out the likes of GUNS N’ ROSES, METALLICA, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KORN, SOIL, ALICE IN CHAINS, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, IN FLAMES, 36 CRAZYFISTS, LORDI and more at this location.

Brand New Sin – Peter Steele to Guest on New Album – New Video Studio Update

BRAND NEW SIN has checked in to offer this studio update which includes the news TYPE O NEGATIVE’s Peter Steele has made a guest appearance on the disc:

“Hey y’all have a new studio update up and a few other tidbits….so watch this first….”

“Heres the link of the Big Show using our music”

“An one last thing……Pete Steele of Type O lent his vocal abilites on our CD…I will have pics up soon of that….”

“Lots more news to come….GET PSYCHED!!!”

Evanescence – Set to Return – Amy Lee Had a Rough Few Years

It’s been a rough two years for EVANESCENCE. Last December singer Amy Lee filed a lawsuit against her former manager, accusing him of sexual harassment and defrauding the band. (He has denied the claims.)  Her songwriting partner, Terry Balsamo-who replaced former partner Ben Moody in 2003-had a stroke. (He’s since made a full recovery.)  Lee split with her boyfriend of two years, SEETHER’s Shaun Morgan. And to top it off, “the cat ran away,” says Lee.  “It was all really dramatic and weird.”  But tragedy creates great material: “It’s only made the record that much better, honestly,” she says. Moody’s departure meant greater creative control for Lee.  “Before, I wasn’t allowed to play any organ because Ben didn’t like it.  This time I could do whatever I wanted, and there’s lots of organ. It’s all over.”  The first single, “Call Me When You’re Sober,” has remnants of EVANESCENCE’s old goth sound, but with woman-scorned lyrics (“You never call me when you’re sober/You only want it cause it’s over”) and a bluesy arrangement of strings and organ, it sounds more Fiona Apple than new metal.  On “Good Enough,” a plaintive piano ballad, Lee’s voice drops to a lower register, giving it a richness and nuance not present on previous albums. “I just feel purified,” says Lee. “I still listen to the album now, and it couldn’t mean more to me.”

EVANESCENCE will release “The Open Door” on October 3 through Wind-Up Records.

Ankla – Announce Cover Art and Streaming of First Single

The first single off ANKLA‘s debut album “Steep Trails” entitled ‘Deceit ‘is now available for listening here and here. “Steep Trails” was produced by Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH) and features twelve brutal Latin metal tracks masterminded by former PUYA founder Ramon Ortiz.

“Steep Trails” will be released on July 25. The cover art for the album can be seen here.

Dimmu Borgir – Silenoz Checks In – Land New Endorsement Deal

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz just checked in to enlighten all the fans of Norwegian Black Metal with some news regarding the upcoming album and a brand new endorsement deal. “We’re playing a few festivals this summer, so no vacation for us! We’re quite busy writing for the new album. Scheduled to start recording in October with Fredrik Nordstrm in Fredman Studios in Gothenburg, for a release early next year. I can also inform you that DIMMU BORGIR are proudly endorsed by ESP Guitars!” Drumming on the yet untitled work in progress will be Hellhammer of MAYHEM fame.

In Flames – SHift Almost 90K – Prepare for SOTU

 On the topic of the band heading up the “Sounds of the Underground” tour, IN FLAMES front man Anders Fridn states, “IN FLAMES are thrilled to return to North America for our third tour of 2006.  We have heard a lot of good things about the Sounds of the Underground tour from friends who took part in last year’s festival.  We know that there will be a lot of good music and good partying.  And we also look forward to some intense games of poker backstage.” 

    IN FLAMES’ “Come Clarity” is available now via Ferret Music.  The album has shifted nearly 90,000 units in the few months since its release and debuted at # 58 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart with first week sales of just under 24,000 copies.  On the strength of the single “Take This Life”, the album vaulted to the top of the college radio and commercial specialty Hard Rock charts in just its second week and subsequently led to the first U.S. commercial radio campaign in the band’s storied history.  A second single, for the album’s title track, is expected to be issued this summer