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Kazaa – Settles With Music Industry For $100 Million

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Kazaa has become the latest rogue downloading service to settle with the music industry.

The Recording Industry Association of America announced on Thursday (July 27) that the peer-to-peer network reached an out-of-court settlement with the major music companies to settle international litigation against the operators of Kazaa brought in the U.S. and Australia.

Kazaa‘s owner, Sharman Networks, has agreed to pay the world’s four major record companies the EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group more than $100 million, according to a spokesperson for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which brought the action along with the RIAA. Under the terms of the settlement, Kazaa will also introduce filtering technology that will ensure it doesn’t distribute copyright-infringing music or movie files in the future.

“This is welcome news for the music community and the legal online music marketplace,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol in a statement. “Steadily but surely, we are passing another important marker on the remarkable journey that is the continuing transformation and development of the digital marketplace.”

The Motion Picture Association of America announced simultaneously that it has also settled litigation against Kazaa owner Sharman, whose FastTrack network it had previously called the “leading unlawful peer-to-peer file-trading” system.

Since the Supreme Court ruled against peer-to-peer networks Grokster and Streamcast in 2005, saying that companies that promote copyright infringement can be held liable, the days of rogue P2P systems appeared to be numbered. In addition to Grokster going legit, over the past year such services as iMesh and Bearshare have settled with the RIAA, as have other services in Taiwan and Korea.

“A little more than a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a wise balance between protecting innovation and the rights of creators,” Bainwol said. “This meaningful decision has helped bring legal and moral clarity to the marketplace. Services based on theft are going legit or going under, and a legal marketplace is showing real promise.”

Last year, the Federal Court of Australia found Kazaa‘s operators guilty of authorizing widespread copyright infringement. At its peak, Kazaa, one of the most popular P2P networks, had 4.2 million simultaneous users worldwide, according to the RIAA statement. In May 2003, Sharman declared Kazaa the most downloaded software ever, at 239 million downloads.

American Heartbreak – Feat. ex-Exodus, Jetboy – Shoot Video for First Single – Prepare for Tour

Bay Area rockers AMERICAN HEARTBREAK have posted a video for the song “The Last of the Superheroes (of the 1970s)” the first single from their new self-titled album at this location.

The video shot and directed by Bam 13 Films was filmed at The Arrow, a San Francisco rock bar, as well as the band’s own rehearsal space.

Guitarist Billy Rowe comments on the shoot: “The song lyrically pays tribute to some of our true rock n’ roll heroes of the 1970s, which gave us the idea to include animated images of old 8-track players, platform shoes, cool cars and more, along with a mocking intro of the classic ‘70s late-night TV show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. The video starts off with an introduction of the band from bass player Michael Butler portraying the late night host. Dressed in an oversized jean leisure suit coat with a nicely combed-over hairdo and a dry personality, the video is hilarious from the start.”

“A few good friends, girlfriends and family members gave us their Sunday afternoon time as our audience for the live footage along with our good pal Mick Cripps (who’s best known as rhythm guitarist with the original L.A. GUNS) as the creepy door guy who denies the band to enter the club and then gets flashed by AMERICAN HEARTBREAK’s album cover model, Justine Nelson, as the band then sneaks past him. Justine is also seen again throughout the video in some great scenes of her blowing bubbles with images of each band member inside, along with her go-go dancing in her little stars and stripes bikini. The end result is a good fun Rock N’ Roll video with a bit of sex and comedy. We had a blast making it and look forward to filming the next one.”

As previously reported, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK’s self-titled album was released in Japan this week through Big M.F./B-Gram records, and the band will perform its first-ever Japanese concerts this fall.

August 2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room (w/ The Flairs)
August 10 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern
August 12 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge
August 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (w/All Time High)
November 9 – Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
November 10 – Tokyo, Japan @ Outbreak
November 11 – Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak
November 12 – Tokyo, Japan @ Live Freak 

Threat Signal – Release E-Card For “Under Reprisal”

An e-card for Under Reprisal, the debut release from Canadian modern metal quintet THREAT SIGNAL that Metal Hammer magazine is touting as “an early contender for metal febut of the year” is now available for viewing here. Under Reprisal will be released in North America on August 22nd.

In Flames, Trivium, Devildriver, Zao – Plethora of Live Tour Footage from 2006 on UVTV

As both IN FLAMES and TRIVIUM continue on SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR, their last tour with DEVILDRIVER and ZAO isn’t that far from fans memories. UVTV had the chance to film live material at the Rochester, New York stop of this tour taking footage from all artists. They have since released this both on the television show and through their website.


Having just released their album “The Fear is What Keeps Us Here”, these Ferret artists are continuing with a heavy tour schedule. UVTV filmed four exclusive live videos with them and have released three of them on the television show and the website.


Teaming up for a tour of Australia with Fear Factory, live performances of “Nothings Wrong” and fan favorite “The Mountain” were filmed and released by UVTV over the past month.


Hailed by some as the next Metallica, Trivium is currently working on a new album set to be released through Roadrunner. Fans can currently see them on the Sounds of the Underground tour and on the UVTV website in one of the three live performances released there including “Rain” and “Drowned and Torn Asunder”.

 In Flames

Also on the Sounds of the Underground Tour, In Flames latest release “Come Clarity” debuted at number fifty eight on the billboard 200 charts. Fans of this Swedish rock group have been following this band for quite a while and can now also enjoy live performance of “Pinball Map” and “Leeches” produced by UVTV.

All of this footage originally aired on the television program which is available in locations in New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. As per usual the company subsequently released for on demand streaming at their website

Ghoulunatics – Members Appear as Zombies in Feature Length Film

GHOULUNATICS members Gary Lyons, Brian Craig and Francis Dubois appear as zombies, in a horror scene rendering homage to retro italian fright flicks, in Pat Tremblay‘s (video director and graphic artist for such bands as GHOULUNATICS, WURDULAK, NECROPHAGIA, VIKING CROWN and ROSTRUM,) first feature film entitled “Heads of Control : The Gorul Baheu Brain Expedition“.

Francis Dubois also contributes musically, having written a complex, yet catchy black metal track for another segment where ROSTRUM‘s singer Reverend S.S. Rose (aka Stphane Soucy), appear in a strange performance of his own.

Also, BODYSERPENT‘s leader, Viper (aka Jean-Franois Deshaies), has composed & performed the very eclectic soundtrack, which goes from jazz fusion, pop rock, epic western, orchestral & noise experimental among many other styles.

The film revolves around a character named Max Bawder who is very troubled and affected with Dissociative Identity Disorder syndrome. Assuming the perspective of a drug, a quest ensues to find the source of the problem.

Shot principally with non-actors that answered a newspaper ad, they were given free reign by director Pat Tremblay to act out any hidden side of their personality, as long as it was done in front of 3 cameras and a bluescreen.

The result was then manipulated into the film’s storyline and transformed into a modern day psychedelic experimental comedic sci-fi journey. Or something like that.

A teaser trailer for the movie can be found at this location, and more info about the film can be read on the official website,

Dark Funeral – Recording from Swedish Gig Streaming

Today, July 27, beginning at 9:03 PM CET (3:03 PM EST) a live recording of DARK FUNERAL‘s set from their recent European tour (recorded by P3 Live on February 2, 2006 at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden) will be broadcast on the Swedish national radio channel P3. The show will be streamed at (click on the loud speaker icon to the left next to “Just nu” which is Swedish for “right now”).

DARK FUNERAL, as previously reported, will be heading down to South America for a full tour this Fall – support will be provided by INCANTATION  and FUNERUS.

Slit, Grimfist, Red Harvest, Susperia – UK Dates Released

SLIT have announced a European tour in support of their forthcoming release “Ode to Silence”, out worldwide on September 18, for a portion of the month of October.


Dates are as follows:

October 12 Nottingham @ Rock City
October 13 – London @ The Underworld
October 14 – Bradford @ Rio
October 15 – Glasgow @ Cathouse
October 16 – Dudley @ JB’s

Disturbed – Announce Plans for Music As A Weapon III – November thru February

Launch Radio, in an interview with DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengen, has revealed that the band will be launching the MUSIC AS A WEAPON III tour again this Autumn. Kicking off potentially this November, the trek will last through February and will also feature a European leg. Wengen quipped, “After Ozzfest we’re supposed to go to Europe, and then when we come back, we’re hoping to put together Music As A Weapon. I don’t have any confirmed dates, but we’re hoping that’s gonna come out, you know, November-ish through, say February 2007. It’s going to be a nice long run.”

Support acts are TBA.

Derek Sherinian – Video feat. Billy Idol and Slash Now Online

DEREK SHERINIAN’s new video for ‘In The Summertime’, featuring BILLY IDOL and SLASH, has been posted online. Directed by Chad Michael Ward, you can view it here.

Slayer – New Press Shots Online – Signed Album Offer

A wealth of new press shots of SLAYER have been made available online.You can check them out  at this location. Pre-order SLAYER’s CD “Christ Illusion” and be automatically entered to win one of 10 lithos of the album cover signed by the artist himself, Larry Carrol.  Go to WBR’s official site to order the album at a special price of $13.98.

Sublime – “Sublime: Deluxe Edition” Featuring Original Recordings, Remixed Tracks, and New Bonus Music

To mark the 10th Anniversary of Sublime’s self titled album UMe is releasing Sublime: Deluxe Edition on August 15. Sublime was the bands first major label effort, and tragically their last studio album to be released. Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist Bradley Nowell died before the release and monster success of the album.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of it’s release, the original album, which featured hits like “What I Got”, “Wrong Way”, “Santeria” and “Doin’ Time”, has been fully digitally remastered and includes, for the first time, the original version of “Doin’ Time” with original vocals. The release also contains a second disc which includes 15 bonus tracks, 8 previously unreleased, remixes and videos.

Now, a decade later, the original recording of “Doin’ Time,” un-edited, with Nowell singing “doin’ time” throughout, heard for the first time on Disc One of Sublime Deluxe Edition and in the original sequence as Nowell intended.

Disc Two contains 15 bonus tracks including 8 unreleased tracks including instrumental versions of “Doin’ Time,” “April 29th, 1992”; “Caress Me Down”; and “What I Got”; an acoustic version of “Zimbabwe”; an alternate take of What I Got”; and the song “I Love My Dog” Nowell’s tribute to both his constant Dalmatian companion, Louie, and Bad Brains’ “I Love I Jah.”

Other gems include mixes of “Doin’ Time” by the Fugees’ WYCLEF JEAN and the MARTIAL ARTS feat. THE PHARCYDE, plus videos for “What I Got,” “Wrong Way,” “Santeria,” “Doin’ Time” and “What I Got (Reprise).”

SUBLIME began recording Sublime in late 1995 at Total Access Recording in Redondo Beach, Calif.  Of the self-produced tracks cut there, “Paddle Out” appeared on the disc.  In January of ’96, the band began work on Sublime in Los Angeles with David Kahne, who produced “Doin’ Time,” “What I Got,” “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” and “Caress Me Down” but also headed to Austin, Texas to record with BUTTHOLE SURFER Paul Leary, who presided over “Wrong Way” and “Santeria.”  Kahne and Leary both sensed that Sublime was knee-deep in hits, and they wanted to record some of the same songs so both versions of “What I Got” on the 1996 release of Sublime and “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” can be found on the release.

Strike Anywhere, Ignite – Tour Dates Released

The following dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring STRIKE ANYWHERE, IGNITE, A GLOBAL THREAT, and MODERN LIFE IS WAR:

September 1 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club  
September 2 – Binghamton, NY @ SUNY / Binghamton  
September 3 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club  
September 4 – New York, NY @ CBGB  
September 5 – Revere, MA @ Club Lido  
September 7 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon  
September 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Reverb  
September 9 – Hamilton, ON @ Underground  
September 10 – London, ON @ Call The Office  
September 12 – Buffalo, NY @ Icon  
September 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop  
September 15 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen  
September 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club  
September 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre  
September 19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Top Cats  
September 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Fun House
September 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight  
September 22 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony  
September 23 – Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz

Also, from October 6th to October 30th, STRIKE ANYWHERE, BANE, A GLOBAL THREAT, and THIS IS HELL are expected to team up for a tour.

Rise Against, Thursday – Tour Dates Released

RISE AGAINST and THURSDAY have announced the following tour dates:

October 23 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues  
October 24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution  
October 26 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater  
October 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues  
October 31 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA  
November 4 – Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center  
November 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre  
November 6 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater  
November 7 – Seattle, WA @ The Premier  
November 9 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air  
November 10 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium  
November 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club  
November 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club  
November 14 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre  
November 15 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre  
November 16 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion  
November 17 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Dome Theatre  
November 18 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium  
November 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory  
November 21 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom

Black Label Society – Tour Dates Released

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have announced the following US tour dates with BLACK STONE CHERRY:

October 14 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues  
October 16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade  
October 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live  
October 19 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom  
October 20 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre  
October 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory  
October 24 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre  
October 25 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights  
October 27 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom  
October 28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium  
October 29 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall  
October 31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues  
November 1 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall  
November 2 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre  
November 4 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre  
November 5 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant  
November 7 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom  
November 9 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 
November 10 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues  
November 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club  
November 14 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom  
November 15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center  
November 17 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live  
November 18 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall  
November 19 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater  
November 21 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre  
November 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot  
November 24 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre  
November 25 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom  
November 28 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues  
November 30 – Cabazon, CA @ Key Club at Morongo  
December 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre  
December 2 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre  
December 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues 
December 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore  
December 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG 

DJ Starscream – Sid Wilson / #0 of Slipknot – Performing Live on July 27/28

DJ STARSCREAM, better known in some circles as Sid Wilson or #0 of SLIPKNOT, is set to rock the US Open of Surfing and Arnette Eyewar in Huntington Beach, California on July 27 and 28. Wilson will be on hand to spin tracks from his upcoming disc “The New Leader” at 3pm each day, to meet fans, and to sign stuff. Later on in the day on the 28th, Wilson will do a rare live performance at a special VIP after party.

Unholy Alliance – San Diego, Long Beach Live Pics

Pictures from two dates of the UNHOLY ALLIANCE TOUR 2006 featuring SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MASTODON, THINE EYES BLEED have been made available online courtesy of Dirt Junior. The shows in questions include:

July 20 – San Diego July 22 – Long Beach
You can find them at

N Sync – Lance Bass Comes Out the Closet

LANCE BASS, band member of N SYNC, says he’s gay and in a “very stable” relationship with 32-year-old actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, winner of season four of CBS’ “Amazing Race.”

“I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys’ careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything,” he tells the People magazine.

You can read the entire news article at Yahoo! News.

Metallica – Set to Break the Mold – Makes Music Available via iTunes

As revealed in a Reuters article today, METALLICA, one of the biggest acts yet to make its music available for sale via Apple’s iTunes Music Store, has ended its holdout.

The enduring hard rock outfit’s work went on sale Tuesday via the U.S. and Canada editions of the digital store.

METALLICA albums have previously been available for download via services such as MSN Music, but have never been broken up for single-song purchase until now. At iTunes, the group’s first four albums (“Kill ‘Em All,” “Ride the Lightning,” “Master of Puppets” and “…And Justice for All”) have been expanded with previously unreleased live tracks recorded in Seattle in 1989.

“We chose these four because, unlike the more recent releases, we were only capable of writing 8-9 songs for each of these albums,” the band said on its Web site.

The iTunes rollout covers only the U.S. and Canada for now, due to a dispute with METALLICA’s overseas record label, Mercury. The company “doesn’t seem to want to play ball with us on this at the moment,” the band said. (Atlantic handles the band in North America.)

Among the other major artists who have yet to come to an agreement with iTunes are the BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN, RADIOHEAD and GARTH BROOKS.

In other METALLICA news, the group will appear in animated form on the season premiere of “The Simpsons,” which will air September 10 on Fox.

DragonForce – Announce Headlining US Tour In September

DRAGONFORCE will be embarking on a headlining US tour this September with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

September 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

Nonpoint – First Clips off ‘In the Air Tonight’ Video Online

First scenes out of the video of NONPOINT’s cover of PHIL COLLINS’ ‘In The Air Tonight’, which is the first single off of the Miami Vice movie soundtrack along with an accompanying commentary can be found on NBC6 Miami at this link:

The video was shot by Darren Doane and will have clips of the movie spliced into it in the final cut.  Nonpoint will be hitting the road with SEEMLESS, ANKLA, SILENT CIVILIAN starting in August.

Dates for the trek can be found here.

Rev.Nine – Prepare to Release Drew Mazurek Produced Full Length – Release New Tunes to MySpace

Virginia based REV.NINE are gearing up to release their self-funded debut full-length “Ghosts” this coming August. The band, who is currently unsigned, worked with acclaimed producer and engineer Drew Mazurek (NOTHINGFACE, GWAR, SINCH) on “Ghosts”.

REV.NINE, who have toured with the likes of LAMB OF GOD, CANDIRIA, SKINLAB, DOG FASHION DISCO, and more, have just added up the track ‘Kiss the Murdered’ onto their MySpace for all to check out – you can listen to it, along with two other cuts from the album, at this location.

Billboard Top 200 – Chart Rundown for Metal/Rock/Alternative

Billboard Top 200 Charts have been released for this week. Results are 
as follows...

#20 - THOM YORKE - THE ERASER  @ 29,984
#21 - THE FRAY  -  HOW TO SAVE A LIFE  @  29,583   

#26 - HINDER - EXTREME BEHAVIOR  @  26,526 
#34 - TOOL  -  10,000 DAYS @ 21,698 
#38 - BLUE OCTOBER  -  FOILED @ 20,446
#45 - BUCKCHERRY - 15 @ 17,974

Audioslave – New Disc “Revelations” – Release September 5

AUDIOSLAVE will be returning to the charts this September with their new album “Revelations”. The new effort is set for a September 5 release with the band expected to embark on a full tour this Autumn.

The Black Dahlia Murder – Heading to Australia this November – Dates Revealed

Soundworks deliver yet another international metal tour in 2006. This time, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will be heading Down Under:                                                                                         

November 7 @ Amplifier Bar – Perth
November 8 @ Uni Bar – Adelaide
November 9 @ The Corner Hotel – Melbourne
November 10 @ Gaelic Club – Sydney
November 11 @ HMB Basement Bar – Brisbane

Into Eternity – Line Up Headlining Performance for Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival

Organizers of the Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival are proud to announce the confirmation of Century Media Recording Artists INTO ETERNITY as the headliners for the first ever installment of the festival.

Also confirmed for the event are fellow Regina, Saskatchewan metallers THE ORCHARD and Calgary post-Thrash outfit VOA.

The SAHC&MF takes place at Heritage Hall in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 and is being presented by CKXU 88.3FM’s award-winning metal show THE CRYPT.

 So far, the line-up for the festival is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


A limited supply of $15 advance tickets are on sale now at or at local retailers.