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Krisiun – Comment On Upcoming US Tour

Brazil’s “living definition of death metal” (Outburn), KRISIUN prepare to once again assault the U.S. Supporting this year’s incendiary new album, AssassiNation, vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo sent this message to fans, “We in KRISIUN would like say thanks to our North American death metal brothers for the great support through the years. Due to the great response we had to our latest album, we are coming back for another U.S. tour in September. This time around we are going to be direct support… which means that we are gonna have more time to play a longer set. SIX FEET UNDER is going to be the headlining band plus DECAPITATED, CATTLE DECAPITATION and ABYSMAL DAWN are on the bill too; a fuckin’ brutal tour. We hope to see all you death metal maniacs, without you we are nothing.” A complete list of dates can be found here.

Morbid Angel – Rejoined By Erik Rutan For European Festivals

Guitarist Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL) will rejoin MORBID ANGEL on the band’s upcoming European summer tour.  The band commented, “This will certainly be an exciting event with the ‘Domination‘ lineup together for the first time in 10 years! We look forward to seeing you all on tour.”

Upcoming European dates:

August 5 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
August 7 – Kavarna, BUL @ Monsters of Rock Festival
August 11 – Spinnerei, AUT @ Traun
August 12 – Svojsice, CZR @ Brutal Assault Festival
August 14 – Vienna, AUT @ Planet Music
August 15 – Budapest, HUN @ Sziget Festival
August 16 – Belgrade, SER @ Skc
August 18 – Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, GER @ Summer Breeze Festival
August 19 – Sint-Lievens Houtem, BEL @ CC De Fabriek
August 20 – Tilburg, NETH @ 013
August 22 – London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
August 24 – Bergen, NOR @ Hole In The Sky Festival
August 26 – Gemunden Am Main, GER @ Up From The Ground Open Air

Moonspell, Katatonia – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for MOONSPELL‘s upcoming North American Nocturnal Mourning Tour also featuring KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES:

October 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 21 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
October 22 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 23 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
October 24 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
October 25 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
October 27 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
October 28 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 29 – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
October 31 – Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
November 2 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
November 3 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
November 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
November 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
November 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 9 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
November 10 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launch Pad
November 11 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
November 12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
November 13 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
November 15 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
November 17 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 18 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
November 19 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre

SMNnews – New Official Band Forums Up – Advice Column

SMNnews is happy to announce the latest bands to join our constantly growing list of official band forums: DISAVOWED, ARSEBREED, and DISLIMB. You can check those out over here. Sign up and start a fight with a stranger today!

In other site news, we are now taking submissions for our upcoming new advice column featuring Anthony West of XXX MANIAK and Ross Sewage of IMPALED doing their best to make your problems worse. Send in any questions you have to advice@SMNnews.com.

Suffocation – New Live Album Available Next Week

New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION will be releasing a live CD, entitled Live In Quebec, through their online store next week. The track listing for the album is as follows:

01. Infecting the Crypts
02. Thrones of Blood
03. Surgery of Impalement
04. Catatonia
05. Liege of Inveracity
06. Despise the Sun
07. Subconsciously Enslaved
08. Immortally Condemned
09. Effigy of the Forgotten
10. Tomes of Acrimony
11. Breeding the Spawn
12. Pierced From Within
13. Funeral Inception

Estradasphere – Sign To The End Records

Santa Cruz, California’s eclectic and unclassifiable musical group ESTRADASPHERE has signed with The End Records. The band will release their fourth album – and debut for The End Records – titled ‘Palace of Mirrors,”on September 19th, 2006. Details to follow.

About the signing with The End Records, bassist Tim Smolens comments: “We’re very excited to be a part of The End Records‘ lineup. We are appreciative that The End had the vision to take on an unclassifiable act like ourselves. We’ve had a wonderful experience in all of our efforts with our previous label, Mimicry, and we hold them and Mr. Spruance in the highest regard.”

“The new album by ESTRADASPHERE distills the elements in the group that are clearly the strongest, while trimming the fat of our previous efforts,” he says of their forthcoming release. “Expect to hear Romanian gypsy death metal,  heavy doses of 60’s foreign cinema rock,  expansive orchestrations, progressive spaghetti easterns, no lead vocals, and even an automated calliope band that can be struck up for just a quarter. The new album embodies everything that is unique and wonderful about this band.”

“Although ESTRADASPHERE is known for its instrumental prowess, the band takes a stand against the poor taste that characterizes most ‘progressive’ music. They are clearly more concerned with the aesthetic of the sounds they use than how many gazillion notes-per-second they can play; if you’re looking for Mullet Prog Rock, look somewhere else. If SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM is Rock against Rock, ESTRADASPHERE is Prog against Prog.”

Upon release of ‘Palace of Mirrors,’ the band will start a full-blown tour of North America.

Dissection – Midsummer Massacre Set List/Pictures Online

DISSECTION‘s (awful) set list from their Midsummer Massacre which took place Saturday, June 24th at Hovet in Stockholm (their last last-ever European show) is as follows:

01. Nexion 218
02. Beyond The Horizon
03. Black Dragon
04. Unhallowed
05. Where Dead Angels Lie
06. Xeper-I-Set
07. God of Forbidden Light
08. Reinkaos
09. Night’s Blood
10. Soulreaper
11. Dark Mother Divine
12. The Somberlain
13. Starless Aeon
14. Thorns of Crimson Death
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15. In the Cold Winds of Nowhere
16. Elizabeth Bathory
17. Frozen
18. Maha Kali

You can check out photos from the show here.

Cannibal Corpse – Line Up Australian/New Zealand Dates

Death metal legends CANNIBAL CORPSE have lined up the following Australian/New Zealand tour dates for the month of October:

October 3 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Hifi Bar
October 4 – Sydney, AUS @ The Gaelic Club
October 5 – Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena
October 6 – Auckland, NZ @ 420
October 7 – Wellington, NZ @ Indigo Bar
October 9 – Adelaide, AUS @ Fowlers Live
October 10 – Perth, AUS @ Club Capitol

Behold…The Arctopus – Cancel Rest of Tour

New York City based instrumental technical metallers BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS have issued the following update:

“We are very sad to announce that we have to cancell the last 4 dates on this tour. Charlie‘s father passed away earlier today and he has gone to support his family. DYSRHYTHMIA will finish out the tour and BTA is sorry to miss these shows, but we will be back at some point to play for you guys.

Thank you so much to everyone who came and saw us on tour. We had a fantastic time and have been honored to play to some of the most enthusiastic audiences we could have imagined. You guys make it worth doing!”

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Scare AFI Fans/Security Guards

The following is from MTV.com‘s review of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s set while opening for AFI in New York City on Thursday, June 22nd at the Roseland Ballroom:

“There wasn’t so much love in the air for openers DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, though. The devoted members of AFI‘s Despair Faction didn’t quite know what to make of the unclassifiable metal maniacs, who unleashed auditory hell upon the crowd.

For more than three minutes, strapping frontman Greg Puciato was nowhere to be found onstage, making it seem like the remaining band was an instrumental fourpiece. But the folks upstairs in the venue’s VIP area, sipping their drinks at a leisurely pace, knew exactly where Puciato was. As the tips of his sneakers dangled over the mezzanine’s ridge, he started wrathfully barking again as he looked out over the petrified crowd.

It seemed he was mulling the odds he’d break his neck should he take a plunge into the audience. Then, midway through a furiously chaotic “Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants,” security guards raced toward Puciato, latched onto one of his sinewy arms and yanked him, like a rag doll, off the railing’s edge. He re-emerged onstage just as the song like most DILLINGER tunes came to its sudden, almost-too-abrupt climax.

“The security guards are pissed,” he told the crowd, who were still awe-stricken by DILLINGER‘s frenzied, guitar-flailing performance. When the progressive metallers blasted into “When Good Dogs Do Bad Things,” Puciato announced, “This next song goes out to my friend the security guard I didn’t catch his name.”

Nor did he blow him any kisses.”

You can read the rest of the review here.

Anterrabae – New Song Posted

ANTERRABAE have posted a new song from their upcoming album And Our Heart Beat In Our Fingertips, Without Reason. The song “A Shovel For Arch Stanton” can be heard here.

Betrayed – Tour Dates Released

BETRAYED will be touring a good part of the East Coast in August with GUNS UP! and INTERNAL AFFAIRS. The band will be supporting their newest album “Substance“, which has a July 11th release date via Equal Vision Records. Confirmed dates include:

August 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Starlight Ballroom
August 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
August 20 – Lexington, SC @ American Legion
August 21 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
August 22 – Toms River, NJ @ The Log Cabin
August 23 – Farmingville, NY @ TGIF Sights And Sounds
August 24 – Quebec City, Canada @ LANTI
August 25 – Montreal, Canada @ Cafe Linco
August 26 – Haverhill, MA @ Welfare Records
August 27 – Haverhill, MA @ Welfare Records

Soulfly – Perform “Jumpdafuckup” With Slipknot Frontman

You can check out a video of Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT) performing the song “Jumpdafuckup” with SOULFLY at yesterday’s (June 24th) Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium here.

Remembering Never – Summer Tour Announced

REMEMBERING NEVER have set out a short summer tour with ED GEIN, LIGEIA, and CHEREM. More dates are expected to be released, but the current stops can be seen here:

July 16 – Portland, OR @ Paris Theater
July 17 – Reno, NV @ 14th Street Ward
July 18 – San Jose, CA @ The Cave
July 19 – Ventura, CA @ The Alpine
July 20 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
July 21 – Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
July 22 – Azusa, CA @ Smart City Grinds
July 23 – Cedar City, UT @ Night By Night
July 24 – Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
July 25 – El Paso, TX @ House of Rock and Roll
July 26 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
July 27 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
July 28 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
July 29 – New Orleans (Metairie), LA @ The High Ground
July 30 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
August 1 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
August 2 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

Dry Kill Logic – Danzig Cover Posted

DRY KILL LOGIC have released a new track off there soon to be released EP, The Magellan Complex which will hit stores on June 27th. The featured track is a cover of DANZIG‘s “Dirty Black Summer” and can be heard on their official Myspace page.

Peeping Tom – More California Dates Announced

Mike Patton‘s PEEPING TOM have lined up two more dates in California for this summer:

July 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Dub Trio  
July 22 – San Diego, CA @ Cane’s Ballroom  (91X‘s “Next Big Thing“)  

The Day Everything Became Nothing – New Album Out Now!

Marching forth from the smouldering rubble left by their decimating national tour of Australia, THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING subject us to their third opus of (sub)sonic aural deconstructivism. “Invention: Destruction” sees the band resume their melding of the visceral and the mechanical with a massive grinding offensive that is at once rigid and swinging, angular yet fluid. Chugging and winding grooves ooze with booming heaviness over ultra-precise timing and rhythm shifting drumming which stops, starts and doubles back again with pinpoint accuracy and neck snapping rapidity. Taking a militaristically clinical approach to a genre usually defined by looseness and grime, THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING simultaneously destroy and reinvent the gore/groove grind conventions to create a simplistically complex model for widespread devastation. Aided in their mission by guest vocalists from FUCK…I’M DEAD, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST and DAMAGED, THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING‘s purging wave of demolition cannot be stopped!

Frightmare – No Desire To Sign To A Bigger Label

The following are excerpts from an interview that the Wormwood Chronicles recently conducted with FRIGHTMARE mainman Maniac Neil:

WC: You tip your hat to a lot of classic bands on the new album. For example, “They Were Warned” starts with a pure MISFITS riff and I can hear ANTHRAXCARCASS and more throughout the record. Who would you say the main inspirations for the songs on “Bringing Back the Bloodshed” were?

MN: Yeah I only really listen to old school Death Metal, Grindcore, Punk and Thrash bands. The biggest influences for me are bands like THE MISFITS, SLAYERHOLY TERRORTERRORIZER, REPULSION, AUTOPSY, IMPETIGO, PUNGENT STENCH, ANTHRAX, METALLICA, D.R.I., SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, DEATH, MASSACRE. Just the old killer bands. I really don’t care about what’s going on currently in the scene musically. I can’t stand Nu polished Grind or Brutal Death Metal at all.

WC: We seem to be enterting a new boom of thrash metal. Do you think today’s bands stack up to the greats of the 80’s? I’m encouraged with some of the stuff I’m hearing lately.

MN: Yeah, it seems to be a new trend doesn’t it? With bands like MUNICIPAL WASTE and TOXIC HOLOCAUST popping up. I think with any trend that is trying to revive a certain genre the bands never really stack up to the originals. I mean, there have been some killer newer thrash bands to come out in the last 10 years like HYPNOSIA, TERROR SQUAD, and F.K.U.. But overall I’m not to into it. Too many 16 year old kids that were born in 1990 trying to relive something they were never a part of to begin with by wearing denim vests and patches trying to be retro. What’s the point? Just be yourself and try to come up with something fresh and new. If I wanna hear KREATOR, I’ll listen to KREATOR, you know?

WC: If FRIGHTMARE had a chance to “step up” to a label like Metal Blade or Nuclear Blast, would you take it?

MN: No. Without Razorback Records, FRIGHTMARE wouldn’t exist. I do this band for fun. It’s what I enjoy in life. When you “step up”, it becomes something else, like a job. I think if that happened i’d stop enjoying it as much. Plus I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else other than Billy and Jill. Razorback and FRIGHTMARE are a perfect fit.

You can read the full interview here.

This Is Hardcore Fest 2006 – Information Released

This Is Hardcore 2006 Fest, containing over 30 of the country’s up and coming hardcore bands, will take place in Philadelphia, PA, on August 18, 19, and 20th. The Starlight Ballroom has been chosen for the venue of this 3 day festival and the organizers have stated this is “no big money marketing scam, no mall marketing, no pretentious pecking order, just awesome bands at an excellent venue put together by hardcore kids who are active participants in our scene year round.” A three day pass can be purchased here for $45 and watch out, as more bands (as well as headliners) are expected to be announced shortly. 

The following bands have been confirmed to play:
TERROR
BLACKLISTED
DEATH THREAT
RIGHTEOUS JAMS
CAST ASIDE
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
GUNS UP!
BETRAYED
STRENGTH FOR A REASON
THE FIRST STEP
INTERNAL AFFAIRS
COLD WORLD
TRIPLE THREAT
DEPRESSION
LEARN
IRON AGE
WISDOM IN CHAINS
LIKE IT OR NOT
FAROUT
COLIN OF ARABIA
SET TO EXPLODE
LIVING HELL
MELTDOWN
CEREMONY
BITTER END
GO IT ALONE
KNOW THE SCORE
ATTITUDE
LET DOWN
VAN DAMAGE
BRAIN DEAD
THINK I CARE

Soilent Green – Demiricous – Live Photos Available

Our good friends over at Dirt Junior have posted some live shots from the recent SOILENT GREEN (here) / DEMIRICOUS (here) show in Hollywood, CA, which took place on June 20th at The Wiskey.

The Haunted – Complete New Album

Swedish thrash titans THE HAUNTED have just completed the recording process for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s critically acclaimed rEVOLVEr album. The new effort was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, KATAKLYSM) and it looks to be their most accomplished work to date. The group spent months working on the new material pushing themselves to create something unique that combines certain elements of their previous efforts, while ultimately forging ahead in new, unexplored directions. An announcement in regards to the title of the new album and its release date will follow over the next few weeks.

Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following post studio report: “Oh, the power of the internet and wireless computers. I’m currently sitting on the john writing this report thinking about all you good folks out there, while my kids are watching cartoons in the living room. We just finished a new album and I gotta say, I’m proud as fuck. It’s bigger, better, madder and thicker. Hell, that’s the weird part with the album business – how the hell to describe what you’ve just done. Anyway, it rocks. Big time. Really. Per (drums) told me at rehearsals a couple of days ago, ‘If I died tomorrow I couldn’t be more satisfied so if people don’t like it, fuck them.’ I couldn’t agree more. We started writing around Ozzfest last year, bouncing around ideas, recording anything that came to mind without the old ‘more or less metal’-filter, and pretty much knew that we were sick of the whole 900 bpm-chugga-chugga-AAARRRGGGGH-PUKE-end. We wanted to do something we’d just touched upon with our previous four albums. This album is simply more diverse, dynamic and HEAVY AS FUCK. Bands like TROUBLE, AUTOPSY, GANX, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSEKING CRIMSON and early METALLICA have all really had a great influence on us as a band, and I think this album really draws a lot in color from those artists.

“We just completed the recording process and are now putting the artwork together with Manne Andreasson, a bearded wierdo and dear friend or ours. Working with Tue Madsen‘s been great. The dude is down-to-earth man, and working with someone who’s got his shit together like that is a joy. Anders spent six weeks in Denmark getting guitars down while working with Per and Jonas and then helping me out while I was doing vocals. Before we started recording, he was telling us he didn’t want to do ANY solos on this record, but in the end we got him to do four really cool pieces. I think we’ve managed to find an immense sound: the drums are clearer, heavier and less processed, and we’ve even got acoustic guitars, congas, strings and loads of weird noise manipulations going on. As far as the vocals go, I honestly didn’t know I could even sing some of the stuff. I was nervous as fuck when I got down to Tue‘s studio, and felt like a complete rookie: ‘Shit, how the hell am I going to live up to this.’ Turns out all I had to do was keep running my miles and warm up like when we’re on tour. You can look forward to an album we’re proud as fuck of, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we head out for tour. It’ll be ugly as ever, I’m sure. Stay sick.”

Click here to check out the band’s latest video from the studio.

Futurama – Revived By Comedy Central

TV Week reports:

Three years after Fox canceled the show, Matt Groening‘s “Futurama” will resume production for a 13-episode run on Comedy Central. The new episodes will be added to the network’s library of 72 “Futurama” episodes previously licensed from 20th Century Fox Television. Voice talent Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio will return for the new episodes, which will debut in 2008.

“There is a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience and it is great that we can offer them not just the existing library, but something they’ve never seen as well,” said David Bernath, senior VP, programming, Comedy Central.

Futurama” marks the third Fox project revived by basic cable in recent years. New episodes of “Greg the Bunny” are being ordered by IFC, and Fox resurrected “Family Guy” after the series found success on Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim.

Terrorizer – Announce Release Date For New Album

Reunited legendary grinders TERRORIZER will release their highly anticipated new album, Darker Days Ahead, on August 22nd through Century Media.

Dislimb – New Single Posted Online

You can check out a new single from DISLIMB, entitled “A Quality of Mercy,” here.

FASSW – Talk To MTV About Upcoming New Album

The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:

Ask Will Jackson and he’ll tell you that the forthcoming sophomore LP by metal extremists FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW isn’t a concept album it’s more of a musical piece that a single word helped inspire.

That would be delenda, a Latin term that means “the promise to destroy everything,” the frontman said. “The Greeks used the delenda campaign when they were destroying Carthage.”

FASSW were so intrigued by the term that they’re using it as the name of their new album.

“It’s an inspiring word, because the promise to destroy everything means you understand there is an end to everything,” he elaborated. “That’s ultimately what this record is about: It’s about the human understanding of an end and all the emotional stuff that goes along with that understanding. So each song is written from an emotional human standpoint, through some sort of scripted dialogue. This album delves into the idea that as humans we’re all living everything day to day, but that we’re all going to face a sudden end. A lot of people choose not to deal with that.”

But not FASSW, who’re on the road with CATTLE DECAPITATIONMISERY INDEXANIMOSITY and JOB FOR A COWBOY through the end of next month. Delenda, the follow-up to 2004’s Not One Word Has Been Omitted, lands in stores July 11.

“I would say it’s the most accomplished thing we’ve put together,” Jackson said. “It’s leaps and bounds beyond the last record they’d done [Jackson joined the band in 2005 following the departure of Sean Vandegrift]. We put our minds together and we put everything we have into this record. We want to create music that will leave a lasting message and impact the music scene in general. The music that we’ve tackled on this new record is more approachable, more listenable than the last record, and we’re trying to take this more extreme approach to music and apply it to the masses and make it to where everyone can get into it. The scene we’re a part of has always been super-underground, and if we can do anything that’s going to take it to more people … that’s what we’re trying to do with this record.”

But at the same time, Jackson said FASSW want to push the boundaries of musical experimentation and ingenuity because, “if you’re not bringing something new to the table, you are just imitating or repeating,” he said. “Taking ideas or being inspired by something is a lot different than regurgitating. Nowadays, it doesn’t seem like a lot of people are thinking about the music they make, they just want to write songs with breakdowns, because kids are addicted to breakdowns. It’s like we can’t overcome that at all as a genre. Breakdowns are the new solo. But this record’s one kids will have to read the lyrics to and sit down and listen to instead of just waiting for the breakdown.”

In late August, FASSW will hit the road in Seattle with DARKEST HOUR, MISERY SIGNALS and VERSUS THE MIRROR for a string of dates that’ll keep them busy through September 8 in Baltimore. Jackson said the band’s got several irons in the proverbial fire for the fall but nothing’s concrete yet. Within the next year, Jackson‘s hoping the band can elevate its profile enough to where it’s fielding even bigger touring offers.

“We’d been approached for [this year’s] Sounds of the Underground, but it was all booked up,” Jackson said. “We’ve been very close to landing a lot of giant package tours, and I think that is definitely something that’s going to happen for us more in the future.”