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Avenged Sevenfold – Talk About New Video With MTV

The following article was originally posted by Chris Harris over at MTV.com about AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new video for the track “Seize the Day“:

It’s no secret AVENGED SEVENFOLD adore GUNS N’ ROSES.

And for “Seize the Day,” the third single from the band’s 2005 LP, City of Evil, AVENGED intentionally or not borrow a few cues from GN’R‘s epic 1992 clip for “November Rain,” which cost $1.5 million to make and featured Rose and then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour being wed in a church before shifting to depict the model’s funeral.

The gritty “Seize the Day” video, which was directed by Wayne Isham (METALLICA, VELVET REVOLVER), opens with AVENGED frontman M. Shadows and his pregnant wife played by the singer’s actual girlfriend of more than a dozen years, the band’s ex-tour manager Valary DiBenedetto laughing and shooting footage of each other with a camcorder. The rest of the AVENGED come to collect Shadows and he leaves with them despite his wife’s strenuous objections. The boys drive off to hold up a liquor store and escape out the shop’s back door as the police roll up. But Shadows is snatched up by the cops and hauled to jail.

There, Shadows who came up with the video’s concept and wrote its treatment is stripped of his numerous piercings and stripped down to his birthday suit. He even makes a stop at the prison’s barbershop, where his dome is shorn short before he’s escorted to his cell.

Next the video shows Shadows having an argument with his wife when she visits him in prison. After leaving abruptly, she’s killed when her car is sideswiped by a large van. The camera then shifts to Mrs. Shadow‘s tear-jerking funeral, where, in true rock-god fashion, guitarist Synyster Gates mounts the casket as it descends six feet down and wails the song’s melodic, “November Rain“-esque solo.

By the video’s end Shadows has been released from prison and, with his band at his side, visits his wife’s final resting place. A young boy, presumably the infant she’d been carrying at the time of the crash, wanders up to Shadows, and the frontman wraps one of his arms around the child’s shoulders, comforting him as they stare at the tombstone.

“We wanted to do a more emotional video this time,” Shadows explained. “We have a lot of strippers and stuff like that in our other videos, so we wanted to be much more serious. It’s about taking the people you love and holding them close. You make some mistakes in life and that can all be taken away from you in two minutes, so you have to think twice about your actions. It’s about seizing the day and keeping those you love close and not messing up.”

Shadows admits a connection between his video and the classic GUNS N’ ROSES clip but says the tracks are very different.

” ‘November Rain‘ is a much longer, in-depth song,” he said. “This is a five-minute soft ballad. But the video reminds me of ‘November Rain‘ because it has a storytelling vibe to it. It’s not us driving around in cool cars and just chilling, you know? It has a story and GUNS N’ ROSES did those videos the best. It wasn’t about looking cool and being flashy, it was about being real and showing the scenario and being true to the video.”

AVENGED, who haven’t decided whether they’ll devote the fall to a headlining tour or to writing new material, will spend the rest of the summer on Ozzfest, which kicked off here June 29. Most Ozzfest bands play the tour’s second stage when they first join the tour but not AVENGED.

“I think we’ve earned it,” said Shadows of his band’s coveted mainstage slot. “We’ve worked really hard for eight years now, so I don’t think we fit on the second stage at this point. We’re a mainstage act and we are proud of it.”

For months, though, no one knew that the ‘FOLD would be taking the Ozzfest stage at all until mid-May, when AVENGED and DRAGONFORCE were added to the lineup. Being one of this year’s Ozzfest mystery bands was critical for Shadows, because by the time the band was named to the bill, most of the festival’s tickets had already been sold.

And why would that be a good thing, exactly? “So our fans couldn’t buy them,” he said. “And that was the point. If the same kids see you, it doesn’t get you anywhere. We want to get in front of people who don’t necessarily like us, or people that haven’t given us a chance yet or don’t know who we are, and this is our tour to prove everyone wrong that has doubts about AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

“We’re going to do our thing and people will still hate us,” he continued. “All you can ask for is a chance to play in front of a crowd like this.”

Oath To Vanquish – Release Date & Cover Art Revealed, MP3 Posted Online

Lebanese extreme metallers OATH TO VANQUISH have completed work on their debut album, “Applied Schizophrenic Science,” due on July 25 via Grindethic Records. The album cover artwork has been posted here.

Applied Schizophrenic Science” was mixed and mastered by Colin Davis (VILE) at Imperial Mastering. The track listing is as follows:

01. Pear of Anguish
02. Dearly Beheaded
03. Funeral in F Sharp
04. Executive Onslaught (mp3)
05. Toxic Bowel Manoeuvre
06. Sulphuric Semen
07. Symptoms of Accrued Transgression
08. Sorrow in Adornment
09. Coat-hanger Massacre

The band will also feature on the upcoming GrindethicDamn & Blast Vol. 2” compilation. The full track listing is available here.

Deceased – July Shows Lined Up

Virginian death/thrash metallers DECEASED have lined up two shows for later this month:

July 22 – Parma, OH @ The Jigsaw Saloon & Stage
July 29 – New York, NY @ CBGB

Massive Attack – North American Tour Dates Released

MASSIVE ATTACK have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

September 10 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Festival
September 11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
September 12 – Detroit, MI @ State Theater
September 13 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
September 15 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Theatre
September 16 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
September 17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
September 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
September 20 – San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
September 22 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek
September 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
September 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl w/ TV On The Radio
September 28 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
September 29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
September 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
October 1 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 3 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
October 4 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
October 5 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom

Demilich – Announce Final Show

Finnish underground death metal legends DEMILICH have announced their last ever show. The final performance is set to take place on July 22nd at Henry’s Pub in Kuopio, Finland with DEATHBOUND opening. The band will perform its classic 1993 album Nespithe in its entirety, among other songs. The show is free, but you must be at least 20 years old to attend.

Powerman 5000 – New E-Card Online

POWERMAN 5000 have posted an e-card with a 4 track preview of their 
upcoming album “Destroy What You Enjoy.” The record is set to hit 
stores on August 1st, and the preview can be heard here.

Blood Freak – Change Album Title, Cover Art Revealed

BLOOD FREAK‘s next release, originally to be titled “Feeding Rituals,” has now been changed to “Multiplex Massacre.” The cover art has been completed by Putrid and can be seen here. The album will be released on Razorback Records, though no release date has been announced yet.

Celtic Frost – North American Tour Openers Revealed

According to numerous venue websites, it appears that 1349 and SAHG will be opening CELTIC FROST‘s highly anticipated North American tour. For a full list of tour dates, click here.

Darkest Hour – More Summer Tour Dates Announced

DARKEST HOUR have lined up the following dates with FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, MISERY SIGNALS, and VERUS THE MIRROR:

August 7 – Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion
August 8 – Halifax, NS @ The Attic
August 9 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
August 12 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
August 13 – Guelph, ON @ Club Denim
August 14 – London, ON @ The Embassy
August 15 – Timmins, ON @ Victoria Tavern
August 16 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Community Auditorium
August 17 – Winnipeg, MB @ Albert
August 18 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
August 19 – Edmonton, AB @ YWE Festival
August 21 – Calgary, AB @ Underground
August 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Richard’s On Richards
August 24 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
August 25 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
August 29 – Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper
August 30 – Billings, MT @ Venture Theatre
August 31 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
September 1 – Wichita, KS @ Headway Skate Park
September 2 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
September 4 – Detroit, MI @ Alvin’s
September 5 – Erie, PA @ Forward Hall
September 6 – Syracuse, NY @ The Furnace
September 7 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 8 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

Live Nation Buys Out the House of Blues

The following article was originally posted on Pollstar.com:

In the largest acquisition of its kind since SFX Entertainment roamed the earth, Live Nation announced July 5th it has agreed to acquire House of Blues Entertainment for an estimated $350 million in cash. The deal includes all clubs and venues, in addition to HoB Concerts, and is expected to close by the end of the year.

The deal not only leaves Live Nation in control of virtually all of the nation’s major amphitheatres but fills in some routing gaps on its shed itineraries. Among the pick-ups from HoB Concerts are Coors amphitheatres near San Diego and Denver; Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles; Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas; HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta; Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto; Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.

It also gives LN a firm toe-hold in the national nightclub market with branded House of Blues clubs in West Hollywood and Anaheim, Calif.; San Diego; Chicago; Las Vegas; New Orleans; Orlando; Atlantic City; Cleveland, Ohio; and Myrtle Beach, S.C.; The list will grow to include clubs under construction in Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston and Seattle.

The news came as a surprise to most concert industry observers, since HoB Concerts removed itself from the market one year ago. But it reportedly came as a downright shock to HoB employees who had not even an inkling talks were under way until they came to work the morning of July 5th to find an internal memo from HoB CEO Greg Trojan attempting to soften the blow.

“I know this comes as a surprise to all of you,” Trojan wrote. “When [Live Nation] approached us, frankly, we were not looking for a buyer. However, as I have mentioned to you in the past, our Board has a fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders and to our business to consider any such approach.”

In the memo, Trojan explained that in the coming weeks, “our senior executive team and I will be working through issues of transition.” In addition, he told HoB employees that he and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino would form a joint transition committee to prepare the company for its new incarnation.

“We have great respect for the House of Blues employees and what they have accomplished and we look forward to welcoming them into the Live Nation family,” Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said in a statement.

That House of Blues would eventually be sold was never in doubt; the company has been romancing potential buyers for several years. HoB bought what was then known as Universal Concerts from Seagram Co. for $190 million in 1999. The investment bankers behind the purchase had planned to mimic Robert Sillerman‘s SFX rollup and recoup their investment with an IPO. HoB was in the process of arranging an IPO when the stock market bubble burst and the IPO effort had to be withdrawn.

Since then, the question has been when would the bankers decide a purchase offer would meet their nut and a sell-off would be green-lighted. All or part of the House of Blues companies have been up for sale in recent years, including twice in the past three.

Whether HoB‘s original investors make back their money with the Live Nation deal is anyone’s guess SFX made a rumored $200 million bid for Universal Concerts in 1999, for the sake of comparison.

At least initially, it seems to be “business as usual” after the acquisition announcement, with expectations high that LN will retain many of HoB‘s personnel and club-level talent buyers, though there will be plenty of redundancy to fuel pink slip fears in other areas.

Rapino and Live Nation‘s board “are committed to taking our brand to a new level by investing to accelerate the growth of our club business, both in the U.S. and abroad,” Trojan wrote to his staff.

Rapino, Trojan and other execs from LN and HoB were unavailable to immediately comment.

Hatebreed – North American Tour This Fall

HATEBREED are expected to headline a North American tour this fall featuring THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NAPALM DEATH, EXODUS, FIRST BLOOD, and DESPISED ICON. More information is expected to be released shortly.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Benefit Show In NYC Announced

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have announced a special benefit show for August 2nd at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. All proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Keith Richards – Suits Up For Third ‘Pirates’ Film

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

ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards is lined up to play the swashbuckling father of a pirate in the third installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, star Johnny Depp said yesterday (July 3).

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said Richards would have a cameo role as the father of the flamboyant Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Depp, in the third “Pirates” movie, which is due to resume filming next month in California.

Depp, 43, has said he adopted the body language and mannerisms of the veteran guitarist to create Captain Jack‘s character. “We’re all looking forward to the idea of Keith coming in and doing a cameo,” Depp told a London news conference to promote “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which opens in Britain tomorrow.

“You never say it’s definite until the guy steps on the set and the camera is rolling. But it’s looking very, very good,” he said.

Richards, 62, suffered a head injury in late April, when he reportedly fell out of a palm tree while vacationing in Fiji. Having made a full recovery, he will join the STONES for their rescheduled European tour, beginning Tuesday in Milan.

From Autumn To Ashes – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a brand new FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES track entitled “Love It Or Left Ithere

Bleeding Through – “Love In Slow Motion” Video Posted Online

You can check out BLEEDING THROUGH‘s new video for the track “Love In Slow Motionhere.

Iron Maiden – New Album Cover Art Posted Online

You can check out the cover art for the upcoming new IRON MAIDEN album, A Matter of Life And Death, here.

Also announced is the news that “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” will be released as a very special single on 14th August.

Says Steve Harris, “This is a very intense album in many ways and we really wanted to go with a lead track that demonstrated that in the best way, rather than going for a shorter track on the album just to please the chart rules. “Benjamin Breeg” is a great example of the feel of the album in it’s really heavy riff and lyrically it’s a very dark, atmospheric and powerful song which really epitomizes what the album is all about for us. So it made a natural choice for us.”

Body Count – New York City Show Announced

After performing on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien show on August 3rd, BODY COUNT (featuring ICE T) will be performing at the Knitting Factory on August 5th in New York City.

Deicide – Clip of New Song Posted Online

You can check out a clip of a new DEICIDE song titled “Homage For Satanhere. The track comes off their new CD, The Stench of Redemption, which is due out on August 22nd through Earache Records.

Brian Posehn – Music Video Posted

Comedian BRIAN POSEHN has posted his first music video “Metal By Numbers” on his official Myspace page. The video is filled with Screamo hatred, Scott Ian, and corpse paint.

Vader – Album Details Released – New Song Available

Poland’s VADER have posted information concerning their upcoming release “Impressions In Blood” (cover seen here). The album has a release date of September 4th via Regain Records and the tracklisting is as follows:

1. Between Day and Night
2. ShadowsFear
3. As Heavens Collide…
4. Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)
5. Field of Heads
6. Predator
7. Warlords
8. Red Code
9. Amongst The Ruins
10. They Live!!!
11. The Book

The track “Warlords” can be heard here and the band is set to shoot a promotional videoclip for the track “Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)” in the near future.

Cattle Decapitation – Fox Rox Performance Posted Online

You can check out CATTLE DECAPITATION performing the songs “Success Is…(Hanging By The Neck)” and “Total Gore” on the TV show Fox Rox here.

Clitorture – One Time Only Reunion Show Announced

New York’s CLITORTURE have lined up a one time only reunion show for August 5th at Valentine’s in Albany, NY. Also performing will be DEHUMANIZED, TENTACLES, HELD UNDER, and HOST AND PARASITE. The show will be in celebreation of CLITORTURE‘s recently released new split with GOREALITY entitled Disassembling The Human Form out on Pathos Productions.

Maryland Deathfest V, Auditory Assault Fest – First Band Announcements This Week

Organizers for the Maryland Deathfest (May 26, 27) and the Auditory Assault festival (November 25), both at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD, have announced that they expect to make the first band announcements for the fests this week:

“We’ll have the first 6-8 band ready to confirm for MDF 2007 and remember that this will only be the beginning of everything that is to come…

Also, we’re just waiting for details to finalize with the headliner for Auditory Assault, and when things do develop, your head will probably explode once it’s announced.”

Goatwhore – Upcoming Tour Dates Announced

New Orleans black metallers GOATWHORE have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:

July 16 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club w/ Emperor
July 17 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues w/ Emperor
July 24 – London, ON @ The Embassy w/ Strapping Young Lad
July 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Strapping Young Lad
July 28 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace w/ Suffocation
July 29 – Sommerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium w/ Suffocation
July 30 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Suffocation
July 31 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Asesino
August 2 – Portland, ME @ The Station w/ Strapping Young Lad
August 3 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus w/ Strapping Young Lad

Candiria – Start Mixing New Album On Monday

Brooklyn based experimental hardcore act CANDIRIA has posted the following update:

“So, we begin mixing the new album Monday. It should take about 8 to 10 days max. After that we master it and then move to the next phases of shooting videos, pressing the record and so on. Here is some more info about the record.

The title of the new album is ‘Kiss The Lie‘ it was produced by John LaMacchia and Carley Coma. It was recorded at Jupiter 4 studios and Purple Light studios respectively. It will be mixed by Michael Barile. We do not have a release date yet but when we do, we will let you know too.

Ok that’s all for now… we will have some merch up here for sale soon so keep an Eye out…”