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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

Vital Remains, Incantation – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for the upcoming Decades of Death U.S. tour featuring VITAL REMAINS, INCANTATION, SIN OF ANGELS, and DAWN OF AZAZEL:

May 30 – Virginia Beach, VA @ The Peppermint Beach Club
May 31 – Wilmington, NC @ Lucky’s Pub
June 1 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
June 2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
June 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 4 – Orlando, FL @ The Back Booth
June 5 – New Orleans, LA @ Howlin Wolf
June 6 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
June 7 – McAllen, TX @ Club Onyx
June 9 – Austin, TX @ Backroom
June 10 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s
June 11 – El Paso, TX @ Chics
June 12 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
June 13 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
June 14 – Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
June 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
June 17 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
June 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
June 21 – Allentown, PA @ Sterling Hotel

Origin – Initial U.S. Summer Tour Dates Released

ORIGIN will be hitting the road this summer for a U.S. tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

July 19 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
July 20 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
July 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 22 – Urbana, IL @ The Canopy (Central Illinois Metalfest)
July 23 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 24 – Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
July 26 – Tacoma, WA @ Hell’s Kitchen
July 27 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
July 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound w/ Severed Savior
July 30 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
July 31 – Tijuana, MEX @ The Voodoo House
August 1 – Glendale, AZ @ Bulldogs
August 2 – El Paso, TX @ Chic’s
August 4 – Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
August 6 – Beaumont, TX @ Vortex
August 7 – Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
August 9 – Miami, FL @ Churchhill’s
August 10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
August 12 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
August 13 – Danville, VA @ Plan B
August 14 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
August 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar Tavern
August 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber Pass
August 19 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Internal Suffering
August 20 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
August 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose Lodge w/ Commit Suicide, Circle of Dead Children
August 23 – Cincinnnati, OH @ Top Cat’s
August 25 – Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap w/ Jungle Rot
August 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bucketworks

Les Claypool – New Album Track Listing, Audio Sample

The track listing for LES CLAYPOOL‘s upcoming new solo album, Of Whales And Woe, is as follows:

1. Back Off Turkey
2. One Better
3. Lust Stings
4. Of Whales and Woe
5. Vernon the Company Man
6. Phantom Patriot
7. Iowan Gal
8. Nothin’ Ventured
9. Rumble of the Diesel
10. Robot Chicken
11. Filipino Ray
12. Off-white Guilt

You can check out a preview of the track “One Better” here.

SOiL – Launch E-Card Previewing 4 New Tracks

SOiL have made an e-card available, offering up four new songs off their forthcoming DRT Entertainment release “True Self”. To listen to the tracks ‘Give it Up’, ‘Fight for Life’, ‘Jaded’, and ‘True Self’ – click here.

Fuck The Facts – Sign To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Ottawa, ON’s grind/metal powerhouse FUCK THE FACTS.

FUCK THE FACTS is currently recording their new full-length, entitled Stigmata High-Five, at Studio En-Phase in Montreal. Stigmata High-Five is currently on target for a late summer release. Advance song titles include “La Dernière Image,” “The Wrecking,” “Carve Your Heart Out,” “Taken From The Nest,” “What’s Left Behind,” “The Sound of Your Smashed Head,” and “Dead In The Ruins of Your Own City.” In the meantime, a pre-production demo of “Taken From The Nest” can be heard here.

“There’s no doubt we’re hyped about working with Relapse, a label that has been a huge influence on us for years now. Bands like BRUTAL TRUTH, DISRUPT, and more have kept us excited about music and motivated to create on our own. To join such an open minded and professional label is truly something great.” comments Das on the signing. He continues, “We’re also happy to help Relapse maintain their streak of signing bands named after NAKED CITY songs.”

Tool – Minneapolis Show Announced

TOOL will be playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on May 12th. Tickets are $63 and go on sale on April 22nd at noon.

The County Medical Examiners – Sign To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of cult underground grind/metal band THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS.

THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS (TCME) are a collection of real-life pathologists with an unhealthy adoration of and fixation on CARCASS. Formed by Dr. Morton Fairbanks M.D. (Guitar) and Dr. Jack Putnam M.D. (Drums), the band–rounded out by 63-year-old Dr. Guy Radcliffe–have always felt that the label “Carcass Clone” should be a badge of honor and distinction, and pursue that emulation with an almost religious zeal.

THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS is currently nearing completion of its next full-length record Olidous Operettas (the band’s first recorded discharge in three years). Olidous Operettas is scheduled for a fall release.

TCME have previously released one full-length and a split album (w/ Sweden’s GENERAL SURGERY) via Razorback Records.

Leng Tch’e – “Derisive Conscience” Video Online

LENG TCH’E‘s video for “Derisive Conscience” is now available for download at this location. The video, the band’s first from 2005′s The Process of Elimination, was directed by Maurice Swinkels for Lowlife Media and features the band performing in an ‘Office-Space’ type setting.

Guns N’ Roses – Line Up Two New York City Shows

GUNS N’ ROSES have lined up the following two New York City shows before the band heads to Europe:

May 15 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 17 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Tickets for both shows will go on sale April 21st at 10 a.m. for $63.

Dismember, Vital Remains – First Tour Dates Revealed

The first two dates have been leaked for the DISMEMBER, VITAL REMAINS, GRAVE, DEMIRICOUS, and WITHERED East Coast/Midwest tour:

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

All that Remains – Unveil Tracklisting and Album Art

ALL THAT REMAINS has revealed the artwork and the track listing for the band’s upcoming album, The Fall of Ideals. Travis Smith (OPETH, ICED EARTH, SOILWORK) developed the record’s artwork, and will hit store shelves July 11, 2006, while ALL THAT REMAINS will be in the midst of playing stages across the US as part of Ozzfest 2006. Artwork for The Fall of Ideals can be seen here.

“I have been a fan of Travis’ work for a while and I didn’t even know it,” vocalist Phil Labonte says. “His work with Soilwork and Sinai Beach really struck me, so the label put us in touch and we hit it off, which was really cool. We had gone through a bunch of ideas when he sent over the basics and beginning of what would become the cover. After a few back and forths with colors and placement stuff, we have come up with what I feel is a really striking piece of art. I hope it hits others as it did me.”

The Fall of Ideals is the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2004′s This Darkened Heart. Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) is mixing the record, and manned the helm for production with Pete Wichers (ex-SOILWORK) also lending a hand back in March at Zing Studios. Before heading across the country on Ozzfest 2006, ALL THAT REMAINS will head to Europe as part of the Sounds of the Underground 2006 European tour in May.

The Fall of Ideals tracklisting:

1. This Calling
2. Not Alone
3. It Dwells In Me
4. We Stand
5. Whispers (I Hear Your)
6. The Weak Willed
7. Six
8. Become The Catalyst
9. The Air That I Breathe
10. Empty Inside
11. Indictment

Textures – New Track and E-Card Posted

Listenable Records has released an e-card for the upcoming TEXTURES album ‘Drawing Circles’ for your viewing, listening and spreading pleasure. The e-card contains a brand new track from the album “Millstone”. You can grab it here.

Norma Jean – Announce Album Recording Details

NORMA JEAN are currently in Radio Star Studios in Weed, CA recording their new album with Ross Robinson (SLIPKNOT, GLASSJAW, AT THE DRIVE IN, THE CURE, etc.) After the success of NORMA JEAN‘s latest album, released just last year, ?O God the Aftermath,? scanning more than 90,000 units; the band is now working on their next masterpiece for Solid State. NORMA JEAN started recording their new album beginning on April 7 and hope to wrap it up by the end of May. After a short rest, NORMA JEAN gets ready to roll out big for their appearances on this year?s Ozzfest.

NORMA JEAN is very excited for this year. Here?s what vocalist, Cory Brandan has to say: ?We are thrilled to an insane degree about this year. We will be recording a new record this April with Ross Robinson. We really think he will be able to bring something out in us and our music. Also we?re doing Ozzfest. I think it?s one of the best things you can do as a heavy band. It will do enormous things for us and our music, plus we get total bragging rights. Once we?ve done this tour, we?ll always be able to say ?yeah, we did Ozzfest? and you better believe we will, every freaking chance we get.?

Mendeed – Glasgow Youngsters Ink Deal With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast proudly announces the signing of UK shooting stars MENDEED. The Glasgow based youngsters play a stunning mixture out of thrash metal, Hardcore and maidenesque guitar solos and already gained high popularity in their home country England, opening for acts like ANTHRAX, CRADLE OF FILTH, SLIPKNOT, TRIVIUM, BLEEDING THROUGH and SHADOWS FALL. The band also recently recorded a cover of METALLICA‘s ‘The Thing That Should Not Be’ for the April issue of Kerrang!

Soon the guys will support FEAR FACTORY on five European shows. Watch out for the thrilling debut “This War Will Last Forever”, produced by Mark Daghorn, set to be released in June 2006.

Decibel Magazine – Article About NSBM

You can read an interesting article by Decibel about National Socialist Black Metal here.

Northwest Death Fest – Lineup Announced

Headliners of the 3rd Annual Northwest Death Fest 2006, OBITUARY and SADUS, will be joined by 27 death metal bands on Sunday, May 28, at Fenix Underground in Seattle.

California bands DEEDS OF FLESH and SEVERED SAVIOR will co-headline the second stage. The support bands, hailing from Seattle as well as the Pacific Northwest, were handpicked by promoter and owner of Howitzer Productions, Frank Hetzel.

The lineup for Northwest Death Fest 2006 is:

Main Stage:

Obituary
Sadus
In Memorium
Try Redemption
Wake The Dead
Fallen Angels
Mummification
Zuckuss
Scorched Earth
Unsanctified
Embryonic Devourment
The New Plague
Necrobiosis
Disharmony
Embalmed

Second Stage:

Deeds Of Flesh
Severed Savior
Vulgarizer
Shitstorm
Bung
Ceremonial Castings
Beltfed Weapon
Meatshits
Desolation
Non-existence
Passive Aggressive
Damage Overdose
Near Life
Doom Lit Sky

The Fenix Underground is located at 109 S. Washington St. in Seattle,
Washington. Tickets are available through Northwestdeathfest.com, the Fenix box office and Ticketmaster. Prices: $25.00 advance, $30.00 day of show. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., show starts at 11:00 a.m. This is an all age event.

Peeping Tom – New Album Preview Online

A MySpace has been put up for Mike Patton’s new PEEPING TOM album here which features four new tracks for your listening pleasure.

Dismember, Vital Remains – Team Up For Tour

DISMEMBER, VITAL REMAINS, GRAVE, DEMIRICOUS, and WITHERED will be teaming up for an East Coast/Midwest tour in October. Tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.