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Maryland Deathfest – Day One Pictures Online

Return to the Pit has uploaded a ton of photos from the first day of this year’s Maryland Deathfest which took place yesterday (May 27th) at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD. Pictures of the following bands have been posted:

ALARUM (49 pics)
ANATA (65 pics)
BUTCHER ABC (73 pics)
CATHETER (50 pics)
CENOTAPH (59 pics)
CLITEATER (88 pics)
DEMILICH (74 pics)
ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF (53 pics)
EMBRYONIC CRYPTOPATHIA (5 pics)
GORGASM (51 pics)
HAEMORRHAGE (103 pics)
MACHETAZO (83 pics)
MUNICIPAL WASTE (90 pics)
SANITYS DAWN (52 pics)
SKINLESS (115 pics)
VITAL REMAINS (153 pics)

You can check out those pictures here.

Venom, DevilDriver – First North American Dates Announced

The first dates have been announced for VENOM‘s upcoming 7 Days of Hell North American tour with DEVILDRIVER:

August 20 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
August 22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

3 Inches of Blood – U.S. Headlining Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been announced for 3 INCHES OF BLOOD‘s The Goatriders’ Tour, which will also feature EARLY MAN and BAD WIZARD:

July 6 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
July 8 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
July 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
July 10 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
July 12 – Albequerque, NM @ Launchpad
July 15 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
July 16 – Mobile, AL @ Cell Block
July 18 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
July 19 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 23 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
July 25 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
July 27 – Manchester, NH @ Marks
July 29 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

Deicide – New Album Release Pushed Back Until August

DEICIDE‘s upcoming new album, The Stench of Redemption, will now be released on August 22nd through Earache Records, instead of its previously announced June 6th release date. However, on June 6th an iTunes exclusive digitial EP will be released that will feature two brand new songs: “Homage For Satan” and “Crucified For the Innocence.”

This  exclusive online EP offers fans the first advance taste of 2 brand new DEICIDE tracks.These digital download-only songs are still red hot, recently forged by the band with co-producer Jim Morris, in the satanic depths of Morrisound Studios, Tampa, Fl., and mark the devastating DEICIDE debuts of new axemen Jack Owen (formerly of CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (ex-DEATH/ICEDEARTH). The EP also offers a glimpse of the disturbing album imagery which will accompany the retail release.

A trailer for the EP has been made available here.

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder – More Upcoming Shows Announced

Relapse thrashers RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER have announced a few more upcoming shows:

with Disfear, Misery Index, Mesrine, Strong Intention, etc.:

June 2 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
June 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Campus Charlesbourg

June 4 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreets Billiards
June 6 – Philadelphia, NY @ Surreal Sound Studios
June 9 – Reading, PA @ The Silo
June 10 – Westfield, MA @ Bently Billiards w/ Beyond The Embrace
June 24 – Harrisburg, PA @ The Stahl
July 21 – Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
August 7 – New York, NY @ Lit Lounge
August 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber Pass w/ Origin

Rob Zombie – “American Witch” Video Posted Online

The video for ROB ZOMBIE‘s latest single, “American With,” has been made available here. The track comes off the band’s recently released new album, Educated Horses.

Destroy Destroy Destroy – Sign To Black Market Activities

Black Market Activities have issued the following update:

Swinging swords and slaying dragons, Tennessee’s DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY took off just enough time from their epic battles to pen a deal with BMA. Playing a style of viking metal in the vein of CHILDREN OF BODOM, HAMMERFALL, IRON MAIDENJUDAS PRIEST or DRAGONFORCE with tons of shredding and huge keyboard interludes, DDD‘s debut full length Devour the Power will hit stores later this year. Love them or hate them, by no means is DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY an indication that Black Market Activities will be giving up our usual extreme grind-metal direction to focus on thrash metal.

DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY are an awesome, entertaining band compromised of amazing people. We have become great friends in the past year and we are extremely happy and excited to have them aboard. “Devour the Power” also features special guest appearances by THE RED CHORD‘s Mike Gunface McKenzie doing spoken word/battle chants. Look for DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY to book tours all summer long and check out some new un-mastered material at www.myspace.com/destroydestroydestroy.

Necro, Ill Bill – Injustice Demo From 1990 Posted Online

All three tracks from the 1990 Inhuman Conditions demo from New York City based death metallers INJUSTICE have been posted online here.

The band, who released two demos and opened for acts such as OBITUARY and NAPALM DEATH before disbanding, featured Ron and Bill Braunstein on guitar and bass/vocals, respectively. The brothers are better known today as underground rappers NECRO and ILL BILL.

Peeping Tom – Entire Debut Album Available For Streaming

You can now stream the entire debut self-titled album by Mike Patton’s latest project, PEEPING TOM, over at the band’s official MySpace page.

In other news, a video clip of the band performing the single “Mojo” on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien show on Friday, May 26th has been posted online here.

Nile – Sign To Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records have announced the signing of “one of the most innovative metal bands nowadays:” NILE! Mixing Egyptian tunes with technical death metal elements and thus creating a very unique style, NILE rank among the elite of the brutal riff league, as masterpieces like “In Their Darkened Shrines” or last year’s “Annihilation Of The Wicked” impressively show.

NILE mainman Karl Sanders commented on the new deal by saying:

NILE is pleased to announce the recent signing of its new record deal with Nuclear Blast. We are excited about the possibilities and potential of this new partnership with the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast. We are most certainly eagerly looking forward to working on the next NILE album and to fearlessly continue bringing NILE‘s unique brand of Ithyphallic Brutal Death Metal to our fans. We also would like to thank Matt and Gordon and all the team at Relapse for many years of happiness working with them, we count them as our friends and comrades still and wish them all the best.”

A new album of NILE album is expected to be released in 2007.

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As for Ozzfest, Devin’s too exhausted to be excited.

“I don’t even know what the Ozzfest is all about. Everybody seems to be making a real big deal about it, and for me, it’s just the next gig we’re doing,” he said. “People talk about the Ozzfest and what it can do for your career, and I guess I’m just oblivious to it. … I’m in a weird position, because there’s all this rock and roll stuff [that goes on backstage at Ozzfest], and everyone’s really into putting their party pants on and getting liquored up and high. I just don’t fit in as well as a lot of people.”

Les Claypool – Talks To MTV About Debut Film

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

During his maiden voyage as a filmmaker, Primus bassist/leader/songwriter Les Claypool experienced something that every director ? from Hollywood super-mogul to the most indie auteur ? knows intimately: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

“The process of making this film was one kick in the n–s after another,” he said. “Two trips to the hospital, a hit-and-run, a crew member had a nervous breakdown and threatened to throw all the footage in the fireplace. We had a gremlin following us around. It’s like building a house with apprentice carpenters, and the building materials were on fire.”

But by no means does Claypool regret making “Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo,” a mockumentary that follows a fictitious jam band by that name, satirizing the sprawling patchouli scene the way “This Is Spinal Tap,” “CB4″ and “The Rutles” series did for heavy metal, hip-hop and Beatlemania, respectively. Claypool’s movie took the Best of Festival – Feature, Audience Award at this year’s Malibu Film Festival.

Many people assumed that the thousands of dubiously odored, financially carefree nomads that followed the Grateful Dead for 30 years would have dispersed upon the band’s demise 11 years ago. But Phish grabbed the Dead‘s baton, and the jam-band subculture has mushroomed in the decade since, supporting not only the likes of moe, Leftover Salmon and the String Cheese Incident, but bands that never embraced the Dead‘s influence, like Ween and Claypool’s multiple prog-rock/funk projects.

“It’s a fabulous subject,” Claypool said, “one that I know quite a bit about and one that hasn’t been examined before. I could do the same thing for Ozzfest. Character study is my existence.”

He noted that there’s an ample potential audience for the film. “Bonnaroo is the highest grossing music festival in the United States, and it does so with only Internet advertising,” he continued. “And it’s not just hippie bands ? Radiohead and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are playing this year.”

Claypool’s film will be screened at Bonnaroo in June, where he will also perform solo and play a set with Oysterhead, his supergroup with Phish‘s Trey Anastasio and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

The film tracks the progress of Electric Apricot from a gig at the storied Bay Area club the Sweetwater Saloon to sessions for their first album to “Festeroo,” a jam band-heavy festival (these scenes were shot last year at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California).

Along the way, we get to know the bizarrely nicknamed members of the band (who are played by Claypool and three Bay Area musician pals): Herschel, the keyboardist and purest hippie of the bunch; Aiwass, the pseudo-intellectual bassist fond of quoting Wittgenstein and remarking, “I feel like Hitler at Waterloo”; and Lapdog, the archetypal drum nerd (Claypool).

Then there’s the guitarist/singer, Gordo. “He drinks beer, wants to party and worships Jerry Garcia,” Claypool said. Gordo looks likely to become the film’s breakout star thanks to a scene in which he gets gangsta on a character who doesn’t show sufficient reverence for Garcia.

Claypool devised the film’s general plot, but much of the dialogue was improvised. “Electric Apricot” features cameos from Seth Green (“Robot Chicken,” “Austin Powers”) and “South Park” co-creator Matt Stone, playing a pair of concert “tapers,” as well as brief turns from jam-scene icons including the Dead’s Bob Weir, former Phish bassist Mike Gordon and Gov’t Mule‘s Warren Haynes and Matt Abts.

But most characters are portrayed by Claypool’s friends, non-actors who nonetheless capture the essence of the rock and roll periphery: a hapless manager, a hanger-on desperate to go on tour, a Yoko Ono-style girlfriend and a band therapist who not only sports blindingly ugly sweaters, but attempts to ingratiate himself into the band (Claypool swears that any resemblance to therapist Phil Towle, from 2004’s b>Metallica documentary “Some Kind of Monster,” is coincidental).

When the inevitable comparison to “Spinal Tap” is brought up, Claypool says his approach was inspired more by Ricky Gervais’ acclaimed BBC series “The Office.” “Are they parodying people who work at a paper supply company?” he asked, “Or are they portraying true characters in a certain setting? [‘Electric Apricot’] is an endearing look at the jam scene, poking fun at these people and how they look at their universe so seriously.”

The film is just one of several Claypool creative endeavors that will arrive in the coming weeks. He’s also releasing his first proper solo album, Of Whales and Woe, on May 30, and will publish his first novel, “South of the Pumphouse,” which he describes as “a cross between ‘Deliverance’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ ” in July.

VH1 Rock Honors – Tribute Bands Sorted Out – SMNnews to Appear

It’s been revealed that the all-star band set to play as a tribute to KISS for the VH-1 ROCK HONORS show will include:

Slash
Rob Zombie
Scott Ian
Tommy Lee
plus a “special-surprise” second guitarist

GODSMACK will be playing as tribute to JUDAS PRIEST, while ALL AMERICAN REJECTS will be playing as tribute to DEF LEPPARD and the FOO FIGHTERS will be playing in a tribute to QUEEN.

In other news, SMNnews.com will be on site in Las Vegas to provide red/black carpet press for all band and star arrivals.

Motorhead – Lemmy is One of the “Living Legends of Sex” According to Maxim

Lemmy is one of the “Living Legends of Sex” – so says Maxim Magazine in their June issue. That’s right, Lemmy, alongside Jack Nicholson, Julio Iglesias, Gene Simmons, Charlie Sheen, Magic Johnson and others. In the feature’s only Q & A, the MOTORHEAD singer “explains what makes him irresistible to women.” Lemmy reveals his perfect woman and if he’s gotten lucky. Check it out for very interesting ? and revealing ? read.

In other MOTORHEAD news:

– On the heels of their Grammy win last year, the band has been in the studio working on a new record, “Kiss of Death”, scheduled for release on August 29 on Sanctuary Records. All songs were written by Motorhead, with Cameron Webb ? who produced the band?s last record, Inferno – back at the helm.

– European Festivals Tour begins June 1 in Barcelona. MOTORHEAD, FOO FIGHTERS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and others perform at Hyde Park on June 17. The sold out show will host 85,000 fans.

– North American tour scheduled to begin September, 2006

– Lemmy featured all this month on VH1 talking about “Ace Of Spades” in 40 Greatest Metal Songs and throughout the weeklong series Heavy: The Story Of Metal which premieres the week of May 22

– Various MOTORHEAD songs appearing in the video games: Steel Lancer, Arena Int’l. and WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2, with more video games to be confirmed soon

2006 marks thirty one years together for MOTORHEAD, the critically acclaimed rock ‘n roll godfathers, whose distinctive musical style is a furious hybrid of heavy metal and punk.

The Alien Blakk – Feat. Dave Ellefson, Craig Nielson, Joshua Craig – Featured in Music Connection Magazine

Joshua Craig of THE ALIEN BLAKK is featured in the current issue of Music Connection Magazine as the featured “Spotlight Featured Artist Of The Month”. In the atricle, Craig exposes how THE ALIEN BLAKK project came to be musically and financially. -A copy of the article can be viewed here.

Terror 2000 – Bjorn “Speed” Strid Gives Go Ahead to Launch New Site

Bjorn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK, DISARMONIA MUNDI) has given the green light to open terror2000.net, the new official website for TERROR 2000. Click above to check out for exclusive content and news updates from the band. The site was created by McCaulley Designs.

Artimus Pyledriver – Set to Release S/T Debut on June 6 – Entire Album Streaming Now

Atlanta, Georgia’s ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER is set to release their self-
titled debut record on June 6. You can listen to the entire album right now by visiting their e-card at this location.

Named in homage to LYNYRD SKYNYRD drummer, Artimus Pyle, the 10 track aural attack of ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER will introduce your ears to their own unique brand of ?heavy Southern rawk.? Recorded at The A Room Studios in Atlanta GA, the album was mixed and mastered by Matt Washburn at Ledbelly Studios and produced by ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER and Dave Angstrom. “This album is just the beginning of our sonic assault on Southern rock and hardcore,? raves singer Dave Slocum. ?This is the shit that bridges the gap between David Allen Coe and Black Flag.”

The band was the #1 most added song at metal radio with their first single “Swamp Devil” for the week of May 15.

Queensryche – Release New Video for ‘The Hands’ Off “Operation: Mindcrime II”

QUEENSRYCHE just released a new video for the song ?The Hands? off of their new album “Operation: Mindcrime II” – links can be found below:

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Head Automatica – New Tune – ‘Scandalous’ – Online

Check out HEAD AUTOMATICA?s new song, ?Scandalous? on their Myspace page. ?Scandalous? is off HEAD AUTOMATICA?s upcoming release, “Popaganda”, in stores June 6.

Look What I Did, Folly – Initial Summer Tour Dates Released

Combat Records’ LOOK WHAT I DID will be hitting the road this summer with FOLLY, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, and THE HUMAN ABSTRACT. The tour is named “The Summer Bummer
tour
” and a MySpace account has been set up for it to promote it. Intial dates are as follows, with more expected to be confirmed in the forthcoming days:

July 12 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
July 14 – Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
July 15 – Miami, FL @ The Roxy Theatre
July 16 – Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
July 17 – Ft. Myers, FL @ United Gym
July 18 – New Orleans, LA @ The High Ground
July 19 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
July 20 – McAllen, TX @ Nikkie Rowe VFW
July 21 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
July 22 – Wichita Falls, TX @ The One Six Nine
July 23 – Gainesville, TX @ The State Theater
July 24 – Wichita, KS @ Headway Skatepark
July 25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
July 26 – El Paso, TX @ Chics Bar and Grill
July 28 – Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theater
July 29 – Bakersfield, CA @ The Backstage
July 30 – Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
August 3 – Portland, OR @ Rock and Roll Pizza
August 4 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 6 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Ritz Theatre
August 9 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
August 10 – Rapid City, SD @ St. Joe’s Pub
August 11 – Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
August 12 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
August 13 – Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
August 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The DAAC
August 19 – Carmel, IN @ C. P. A. C.
August 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
August 21 – Binghamton, NY @ The Scoreboard
August 24 – Hamilton, ON @ The Underground
August 29 – Walingford, CT @ American Legion Hall
August 31 – Epping, NH @ Epping American Legion
September 1 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
September 2 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave. Cafe

Napalm Death – Barney Comments on Studio, New Album Material

Commenting on recording material for the follow-up album to last year?s “The Code Is Red? Long Live The Code”, NAPALM DEATH vocalist Barney Greenway said, “After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when noone was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense – even better than Code…, from where I’m standing. It’s fast and furious, as you’d expect, but we’re also throwing a few curveballs in, in true NAPALM DEATH tradition. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps.” The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales, England, where they also recorded their last album.

NAPALM DEATH toured North America earlier this year with KREATOR, and in Fall 2005 supporting SUFFOCATION. Look for the new album to be released this fall with an extensive worldwide tour following.

SiKth – Release Teaser of New Song Entitled ‘Flogging The Horses

A teaser sample of a new SiKth song entitled ‘Flogging The Horses’ has been posted online and can be found here. The song appears on SiKth‘s masterful new album “Death of a Dead Day” which hits stores in the US on June 6 and on June 23 in the UK.