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Misery Index – Move April 14 UK Gig to Suttons in Southport

Due to reasons beyond the bands control, the MISERY INDEX headlining UK gig on Friday, April 14, has now been moved to Suttons in Southport. All other details are still correct, £4 entry and support comes from MACHIAVELLIAN and LOBE.

Anthrax – Charlie Benante Pipes Up and Hits Back

Charlie Benante, drummer of ANTHRAX is interviewed on the latest edition of the METAL Injection videocast. When asked about all the internet backlash about the reunion tour with Joey Belladonna and Danny Spitz, Charlie said:

“There is always going to be people that love it and some that hate it. I read some of these things cause people send me links, and I see these things and a lot of people are misinformed. They feel like we dissed John Busch, which is not true. John was asked to be a part of this, he chose not to be part of this. Of course, I could see how the fans would think John got fucked over on this whole thing, but thats the last thing I would want to do. I love John Busch. It was our 20th Anniversary, we wanted to do something special, and that was it.”

The whole interview can be viewed at this location. The episode also features 2 rare ANTHRAX videos for “Who Cares Wins” and “Medusa (Live)” as well as videos from CANNIBAL CORPSE, MISERY SIGNALS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SWORN ENEMY and AGENTS OF MAN.

METAL Injection is DIY metal show based out of Brooklyn, NY and has been the leading source for metal videos, interviews and live footage on the internet since 2004.

Stratovarius – VA Show Announced

Another date has been revealed for STRATOVARIUS‘s return to North America later this year:

October 1 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 2 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

MTV 2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge – “Who would win an arm wrestling competition – Rikki Rachtman or Jamey Jasta?”

In lieu of the “MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge CD” hitting shop shelves today, the burning question of “Who would win an arm wrestling competition – Rikki Rachtman or Jamey Jasta?” has been answered by metal’s top dogs. Click here to see responses from the likes of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HASTE THE DAY, BURY YOUR DEAD, STILL REMAINS, IN FLAMES, OPETH, DEVILDRIVER, 36 CRAZYFISTS and more.

Angtoria – Soon Set to Start Filming for First Music Video

ANGTORIA will soon start filming their first music video as a part of the worldwide promotion for their album due to be released on Listenable Records April 27. The video will be filmed during 3 days at two different locations, and director of the video is an upcoming and very talented swedish director who has previously won awards for his work, Måns Berthas.
On April 19 Sarah, Dave Pybus (CRADLE OF FILTH) and Toni Davey (Dani’s wife and album cover model), will fly to Sweden to join Chris and Tommy and a yet to be revealed drummer to shoot the video for the title track “God Has A Plan For Us All”.

“The song is based around child abuse by a religious person, which in turn leads the girl to madness because of years of mental torture through the offender getting away with what he has done to her. Putting images to lyrics like these is quite difficult without getting banned by every tv station, but we will sure try to portray the lyrics in images as much as possible. Chris´s young daughter Saga will play the child and Toni will obviously play the girl as older. This is to show the deterioration from start to finish of the girls life.”

As previously reported, ANGTORIA, the new orchestral metal band featuring CRADLE OF FILTH session singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (THERION, MORTIIS) and the Swedish brothers Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), will release their debut album, “God Has A Plan For Us All”, on April 27 through Listenable Records.

Crucified Barbara – Kick off Nine Show French Tour

Sweden’s CRUCIFIED BARBARA – whose debut album, “In Distortion We Trust”, will be released by Liquor and Poker Music on May 30 – will kick off a nine-show French tour Friday night (April 14). It includes a Le Mans show alongside KILLING JOKE on April 22.

“We’re looking forward to get back to France once again, to play it loud and eat a lot of French cheese!” says vocalist/guitarist Mia Coldheart. “The French guys know how to put a dressing room table in order for sure! After this, we’re heading for Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands to play cool rock clubs, do festivals, meet new people and kick some rock ass!”

Those shows in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands will be with DORO, SONATA ARCTICA, JON OLIVA’S PAIN. From there, the group will play such major European summer festivals as Sweden Rock, Gods of Metal
(Italy) and Rock Hard (Germany), among others.

The North American version of “In Distortion We Trust” will contain one bonus track – a cover of MOTORHEAD‘s “Killed By Death” – as well as music videos for each of the group’s three singles (“Losing The Game” [MP3], “Rock’n’Roll Bachelor” and “Play Me Hard”) that have been released in their home country.

I – Feat. Immortal, Gorgoroth, Enslaved – Sign to Nuclear Blast

I, the new band fronted by IMMORTAL‘s Abbath, has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast for their upcoming album. Featuring members from IMMORTAL, GORGOROTH and ENSLAVED, and lyrics by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz, you can expect an explosive album later this year.

The band will enter the studio at the end of April. The first chance to see I live will be at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway, on August 26.

Wicked Wisdom – Prepare to Debut New Video to MTV 2

WICKED WISDOM are set to debut their new video on MTV2 Headbangers Ball for their second single ?Bleed All Over Me?. ?Hopefully people will like the new single and the video. Dean Karr did his thing. The song is about my co-dependency. No matter how much therapy I have, I can?t seem to kick it.? Jada states, ?We are really excited about the new video for our 2nd single ?Bleed All Over Me?. The video is basically about resurrecting those aspects of ourselves we kill to make other people happy with us. Every aspect of who we are is what makes us whole. You kill one part of ourselves, we don?t realize it destroys the foundation of who we are.?

WICKED WISDOM had such a great time on the SEVENDUST tour. ?All the bands were so cool. SEVENDUST has some of the best fans. We made a lot of friends out there. We have a list of some of our favorite cities. Places we are fans of like Appleton Wisconsin, Nashville Tennessee, Boise Idaho, Spokane Washington, Norfolk Virginia, Atlantic City NJ, Sayreville NJ, Albuquerque New Mexico, Waterloo Iowa, Merrill Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin, Maplewood Minnesota, All of Texas?just to name a few.? Jada Pinkett Smith explains, ?Touring for 3 months was hard but I believe that the grind really helped get our game tight. We have some more work to do but we made some big leaps in that time.?

WICKED WISDOM thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of their buddies come out and hang during the tour. Braun and Brent from MASTODON came out as well as the BURY YOUR DEAD crew. Jada and the band was ecstatic over the short but quality visits on the tour and states, ? We have a lot of fun clownin? and shit. Mark from BURY YOUR DEAD was here last night and he let us here some tracks from the new album. All I can say is their new album is going to smash on jokers.?

WICKED WISDOM plan on jumping back on tour in May.

For the ‘Bleed All Over Me’ video concept – click FULL STORY.

Obituary – Line Up Shows With Dead To Fall

OBITUARY have lined up the following shows with DEAD TO FALL:

May 20 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre w/ Cephalic Carnage
May 21 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
May 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
May 26 – Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
May 28 – Seattle, WA @ Fenix Underground (NWDF)

Dissection – “Starless Aeon” Video Online

DISSECTION‘s new video for the track “Starless Aeon” has been posted online here. The track comes off their forthcoming new album, Reinkaos.

Shadows Fall – Headline The Third Annual Strhess Tour

The following bands will be taking part in this year’s Strhess Tour:

SHADOWS FALL
POISON THE WELL
IT DIES TODAY
STILL REMAINS
BURY YOUR DEAD
SUFFOCATION
DARKEST HOUR
HIMSA
THROWDOWN

Dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Static-X – Line Up West Coast Dates for Early Summer

STATIC-X has lined up a handful of West Coast dates for the month of June. More dates and opening acts to be announced shortly.

June 10 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
June 11 – Albuqueque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
June 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
June 14 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
June 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ KeyClub

10 Years – Headlining Tour with Loser, Far-Less – Dates Revealed

10 YEARS have announced a headlining run with LOSER (feat. MARILYN MANSON/ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5) and FAR-LESS in May. Dates revealed so far include:

May 9 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
May 10 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
May 13 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
May 14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 16 – Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
May 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian’s
May 19 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue Of Scottsdale
May 20 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
May 22 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
May 26 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

Dope – Reach Agreement With V2 Records – Members Join Sideprojects

Chicago based DOPE have reached an agreement with V2 Records for the bands future work. V2 is also home to such artists as THE WHITE STRIPES, MOBY and SUGAR CULT, as well as a slew of Artemis Records bands following a merger between the two labels. This next effort will be DOPE‘s 5th record since their Epic Records debut “Felons and Revolutionaries” in 1999. DOPE will begin work on the yet untitled album follow-up to “American Apathy” later this year and it is expected to be released in early 2007.

In the meantime, mainman Edsel Dope has been developing, producing, and performing with several bands including the Florida based MAKESHIFT ROMEO for which a video for the song ‘The Way I Was’ was posted online at their MySpace.

In other DOPE news guitarist Virus recently joined MAKESHIFT ROMEO with Brix Milner and Racci Shay starting an unnamed side project featuring Shay on drums and Milner on guitar – the two will also be providing musical backing for WEDNESDAY 13 for some upcoming shows this spring.

Edsel Dope had the following to say about all thats going on in the world of DOPE:

“Right now, we are all enjoying a much needed break from the constant touring and craziness of Dope. Its been a refreshing feeling for us individually and collectively to explore other musical outlets while knowing that the roar of another Dope record is right around the corner. In addition, I am very excited about our new record deal with V-2 Records.”

“They have done a tremendous job with their other acts and I welcome their fresh energy. After taking some time to focus on other production and recording projects, I am very much looking forward to beginning work on what will be the 5th Dope record. Right now, the plan is to continue pushing Dopes sound in a more extreme direction.”

“Picking up where our last record American Apathy left off, you can expect more double bass, more middle fingers and more guitar solos from Dope in the future.”

DOPE is in the process of putting together an early summer headlining tour.

Ozzfest – Nine of 10 Ozzy Dates Announced

OZZY OSBOURNE will be performing the following shows during this summer’s edition of Ozzfest:
June 29 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
July 01 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
July 08 – San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion
July 16 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 22 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 29 – New York, NY @ Randall’s Island
August 1 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
August 4 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
August 6 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavillion

One more date that OZZY will headline is still TBA.

Through the Eyes of the Dead – To Shoot First Video on April 11 in LA

South Carolina’s metal road warriors THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will shoot the first video from its Prosthetic Records debut, ‘Bloodlust,’ on April 11 with director Jonathan Covert (NINE INCH NAILS, MORTIIS). The band will be in downtown Los Angeles to shoot footage for the track “Two Inches From A Main Artery,” the band’s debut video. Look for it on video outlets soon.

Fresh off dates alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM, GOD FORBID, CHIMAIRA, the band has also been tapped for an April/May tour alongside A LIFE ONCE LOST, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SCARLET. Shortly thereafter, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will keep the ball rolling and embark on the previously announced 2006 edition Sounds of the Underground tour throughout the US and Canada.

Vital Remains, Incantation – Team Up For U.S. Tour

VITAL REMAINS, INCANTATION, SIN OF ANGELS, and DAWN OF AZAZEL will be teaming up for the upcoming Decades of Death U.S. tour. The following is the tentative routing:

May 31 – WINSTON SALEM, NC
June 1 – ATLANTA, GA
June 2 – JACKSONVILLE, FL
June 3 – FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
June 4 – ORLANDO, FL
June 6 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
June 7 – HOUSTON, TX
June 8 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
June 9 – AUSTIN, TX
June 10 – DALLAS, TX
June 11 – CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
June 13 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
June 14 – Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
June 15 – KANSAS CITY, MO
June 16 – MILWAUKEE, WI
June 17 – CHICAGO, IL
June 18 – DETROIT, MI
June 20 – WEST SPRINGFIELD , VA
June 21 – BAYVILLE, NJ
June 22 – NEW YORK, NY
June 23 – HARTFORD, CT
June 24 – BOSTON, MA

In related news, VITAL REMAINS drummer Tim Yeung has posted the following message regarding his gear being stolen at a recent show:

“Somebody walked off with all of my cymbals and my case at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA last night. It happened between 11:45pm – 12:45am while Deicide was on stage. I cannot believe someone would stoop down so low and steal someone else’s gear that they worked so hard to acquire. This is how I make a living, and To the contrary, I pay for all my gear out of my own pocket. My 20″ Ziljdian ride was in there. I saved up for 2 months to buy it when I was 16 years old. My 18″ B8 pro Chinese which I have had for 13 years was also in there. They have both been with me almost my entire career. My case was a gift given to me from my father 11 years ago–they are all irreplacable. Here is a list of the other cymbals that were stolen:

8″ AAX Splash
10″ HH Splash
12″ Mini Hats
14″ AA Mini Chinese
14″ B8 Pro Chinese
16″ AA Studio Crash
17″ AA Fast Crash
18″ Medium Thin Crash
18″ BA Pro Chinese
19″ Carmine Appice Devestation Chinese
20″ Ziljdian Custom Ride

All are Sabain cymbals, with the exception of the Ziljdian Ride

If anyone has any information regarding this matter please contact me on myspace.com or through my email: blastbeat1@yahoo.com.I am offering a generous reward upon recovery of my cymbals and case.”

Stratovarius – Return To North America

Finnish power metallers STRATOVARIUS will be playing at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on October 2nd. More North American tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.

The Doors – 40th Anniversary Marked by Release of 12-Disc Box Set

THE DOORS‘ 40th anniversary will be marked by the release of a 12-disc box set due this fall via Rhino Records. It will pair the band’s first six studio albums, all remastered with bonus tracks, with six DVDs featuring 5.1 remixes of the studio albums and bonus material. There will also be a vinyl boxed set of the first six albums and January will see two-CD versions of the albums released individually.

It Dies Today – Live Footage from UVTV – ‘My Promise’

There is a new live performance by IT DIES TODAY playing their track ?My Promise? available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. Footage was taken at The Furnace in Syracuse, NY. The band is currently recording tracks for a September release via Trustkill.

Earache Extreme Metal Racing – PS2, PSP, PC Game – Info Leaked

A trailer featuring action from the upcoming Earache-branded high-octane death and destruction PlayStation 2 racing game “Earache ExtremeMetal Racing” is now showing online at this location.

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache bands as racing teams burning a lot more than rubber as they race and pulverise the opposition’s vehicles through Purgatory and other hellish wastelands, all to an exclusively Earache-label death and extreme metal soundtrack.

Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there’ll also be over 50 extreme metal Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as NAPALM DEATH, AT THE GATES, CULT OF LUNA, CATHEDRAL, THE HAUNTED, HATE ETERNAL and many others, including rare tracks on bonus levels throughout the game.

Earache Extreme Metal racing is due for release on PS2, PSP and PC on July 7.

Demiricous – First Tour of California – SoCal Pics Up

Live pics of DEMIRICOUS from their first tour in California from their April 7 performance in Corona at The Showcase Theatre and their April 9 gig in Hollywood at The Whiskey are online courtesy of Dirt Junior photography. You can see them here and here.

Stone Sour – Scheduling US Tour – Looking for Summer Release for Album

STONE SOUR are making steady progress on their new album as the recording process draws to a close. An update from the band is below:

“Stage one is complete! The recording process is finished. 16 tracks were recorded and we’re in the process of picking just how many will go on the album. We’re hoping for a late Summer release.”

“We are so excited for you to hear this! From songs like “30/30-150,” to “Zzyzx Road,” it’s much more diverse and mature than the first Stone Sour record. Sonically, it’s amazing!”

“We are currently working on the U.S. Tour schedule and new merch. We will keep you posted as more info comes in.”

“Onto stage two of the process: mixing! This will be handled by Randy Staub (Metallica, Hatebreed) starting on the 10th of this month.”

Mastodon – Pictures from “Blood Mountain” Studio Work

Pictures from MASTODON‘s current studio sessions for the making of their new album “Blood Mountain” have been made available online. You can check out the goods at logID=102883611&MyToken=195522f0-168e-4ff3-8496-4f5d3e6557a0″ target=”_blank”>this location.

The band will releasing their major label debut this summer through Warner Brothers Records.

Seether – Axe European/UK Tour – Citing Personal Issues

Former OZZFEST 2nd stagers SEETHER have axed their upcoming UK and European tour due to a number of “personal issues” within the band. Rescheduling is set to occur with dates being eyed in September. In other news, a new Live Acoustic CD/DVD is set for release on July 11 through Wind-Up Records.