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New Jersey’s Infest – Bands Announced

Bands have been announced for the upcoming Infest set to take place on June 11th in Asbury Park, NJ:

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
THE NUMBER 12 LOOKS LIKE YOU
NECROPHAGIST
HASTE THE DAY
CHIODOS
SWORN ENEMY
FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW
CATTLE DECAPITATION
ANIMOSITY
JOB FOR A COWBOY
MISERY INDEX
SCARS OF TOMORROW
CALICO SYSTEM
TOO PURE TO DIE
INKED IN BLOOD
ON BROKEN WINGS
BLACK MY HEART
FULL BLOWN CHAOS
THE SHOWDOWN
FLEE THE SEEN

The show will have 3 stages: Stone Pony Inside, Stone Pony Outside, and Club Deep (across the street from the Stone Pony).

Dead Children Crossing – New Songs Posted Online

Baltimore based Family Guycore grinders DEAD CHILDREN CROSSING have uploaded a few tracks off their upcoming debut album, Satirizing The Cunt Nectar, over at their recently launched official MySpace page.

Rolling Stones – Keith Richard Falls Out of Tree

ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards has been taken to hospital in New Zealand after injuring himself while on holiday in Fiji.

A band spokeswoman said Richards had suffered a “mild concussion” and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Media reports in Australia and New Zealand said Richards had hurt his head when he fell out of a palm tree.

The legendary musician is mid-way through a world tour with the famous British band.

You can read the full story at the BBC.

Gorgasm – New Song Posted Online!

GORGASM have uploaded a new song entitled “Visceral Discharge” over at their MySpace page.

Soilent Green – Initial Headlining Tour Dates Released

SOILENT GREEN will embark on a headlining run starting in June where they’ll be supported by THE ACACIA STRAIN and DEMIRICOUS. Intial dates are as follows:

June 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
June 11 – Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
June 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
June 13 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
June 16 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
June 17 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
June 18 – San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
June 20 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go
June 21 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse

Killswitch Engage – Cover Dio’s “Holy Diver”

MTV.com is reporting that metalcore pioneers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have recently recorded a cover of DIO‘s “Holy Diver” for a forthcoming Kerrang! magazine compilation. According to bassist Mike D’Antonio, “[Frontman] Howard [Jones] sang in falsetto. It came out super good. Everyone’s really excited about it. The guitar riffs are definitely modified to sound way, way heavier.”

Dismember, Vital Remains – Another Tour Date Released

Another date has been released for legendary Swedish death metallers DISMEMBER‘s highly anticipated return to the U.S.:

October 1 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 2 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre

The tour is expected to cover the East Coast/Midwest and they’ll be joined by VITAL REMAINS, GRAVE, DEMIRICOUS, and WITHERED.

Strhess Tour – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for SHADOWS FALL‘s headlining run on this year’s edition of the upcoming Strhess Tour. This year’s line up also features POISON THE WELL in the direct support slot in addition to IT DIES TODAY and STILL REMAINS, with other acts such as DARKEST HOUR, BURY YOUR DEAD, HIMSA, SUFFOCATION, and THROWDOWN joining the tour in select markets:

July 12 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
July 15 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
July 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle’s Club
July 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
July 19 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 21 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
July 22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
July 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
August 1 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
August 2 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
August 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

Electro Quarterstaff – Enter Studio To Record New Album

Instrumental triple-axe shred team ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF have entered Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg to record their debut full-length album for Willowtip, tentatively titled Gretzky. Guitarist Drew Johnston had this to say about the new album:

Gretzky strives to marry the insectoid riffing of modern technical death metal with mutant starfish rhythms that swell and contract like reptilian break-dancing on a pirate cruise ship. ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF are self-proclaimed titans of progressive instrumental thrash metal — we are cosmic messengers of snake-charming harmony dedicated to the exploration and deconstruction of romantic melody and swashbuckling groove. Gretzky is the sound of three riff assassins embarking on an intergalactic adventure showered with bacon sizzling blastbeats and a seemingly never-ending supply of supersonic titanium chestnut rhythms. Join us on the Mountains of Riffs Spring Tour 2006!”

In addition to recording their new CD, ELECTRO QUATERSTAFF will be appearing at the 2006 Maryland Deathfest. The band has booked a 3-week tour around their MDF appearance, so be sure to catch them at a city near you. You can check out the latest confirmed dates here.

Sleep Terror – “Somnambulistic Pedophile” Posted Online

Seattle based experimental instrumentalists SLEEP TERROR have posted a new song entitled “Somnambulistic Pedophile” online here for your listening pleasure. The track is off their upcoming full length debut, Probing Tranquility, which is due out in July.

Into Eternity – Comment On Upcoming Shows, New Album

Canada’s technically progressive death metal band, INTO ETERNITY, will head out for three upcoming East Coast dates before recording the follow up to 2004’s Buried In Oblivion. Commenting on the band’s upcoming plans, guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth said, “Things are starting back up for us. First up, we will play 3 shows in the U.S. starting with The New England Metal Festival Sunday, April 30. May 1 we are in New York City and May 2 in Springfield, VA, both dates opening for GAMMA RAY. Hopefully we will get a chance to say hello to you all at these upcoming dates. As soon as we return to Canada we continue pre-production for album number four. Once again we will be recording in our hometown Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada at Touchwood Studios. We have original drummer Jim Austin with us on the new record and he’s has been doing a great job in rehearsals. There will be one recording change with this album, for the first time we are going to send the album out to be mixed. Any Sneap (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY) will be handling the record’s final mix. We are fans of Andy’s work and know he is the right man. This final step ensures that this will be our best sounding effort to date.”

Calling Buried in Oblivion “a defiantly original work filled with stunning musical virtuosity and truly original ideas,” (Revolver) INTO ETERNITY spent 2005 touring North America supporting the release on no fewer than six continent spanning tours. Look for the band to tour extensively in support of the new album late this year.

Ghoul – Splatterthrash Preview Posted Online!

Creepsylvania’s GHOUL have unleashed a new song entitled “Gutbucket Blues” over at their MySpace page. The track comes off their highly anticipated new album, Splatterthrash, which is expected to be released on June 6th through Razorback Records.

Skinless – Added To NYC Cryptopsy Show

New York based death metallers SKINLESS have been added to the rescheduled New York City CRYPTOPSY show set to place on July 23rd at the B.B. King Blues Club. Also performing will be SUICIDE SILENCE, LIGHT THIS CITY, TOO PURE TO DIE, and NIGHTS LIKE THESE.

Strhess Tour – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for SHADOWS FALL‘s headlining run on this year’s edition of the upcoming Strhess Tour. This year’s line up also features POISON THE WELL in the direct support slot in addition to IT DIES TODAY and STILL REMAINS, with other acts such as DARKEST HOUR, BURY YOUR DEAD, HIMSA, SUFFOCATION, and THROWDOWN joining the tour in select markets:

July 12 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 15 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
July 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle’s Club
July 19 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 21 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
July 22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
July 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
August 2 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
August 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

The Internet pre-sale begins today.

Ankla – Proud to Announce July 25 Release for Debut CD

ANKLA is proud to announce a July 25th release date for their debut CD. Entitled Steep Trails, the album will feature twelve tracks produced by Bob Marlette (SEETHER, ILL NINO, BLACK SABBATH) and will be released through Bieler Bros Records.

ANKLA features former PUYA mastermind Ramon Ortiz on guitar as well as Ikaro Stafford on vocals, Jose Clark on drums, Edgar Gonzalez on bass and Oscar Santiago on percussion. ANKLAa has shared the stage with bands like BRUJERIA, BODY COUNT, SIX FEET UNDER among others, proving to audiences across the world the power of ANKLA’s crushing live show.

Trivium – Releasing Special Edition of “Ascendancy” – Video of ‘Dying in Your Arms” Online

Coming to stores even earlier, on May 9, is the special edition of TRIVIUM‘s “Ascendancy”, featuring four new tracks and a bonus DVD containing all their videos and a 30-minute live show – more details can be found here. TRIVIUM will be touring with Sounds of the Underground this summer, opening for IRON MAIDEN in Scandinavia in the fall, and delivering a new album (their third overall and second for Roadrunner Records) sometime in the fall. “Ascendancy” has recently topped 100,000 units sold in the U.S. Here’s (click here and click here) the special edition ecard and video for “Dying in Your Arms.”

Arch Enemy – Full Summer Festival Appearances Confirmed

ARCH ENEMY have announced the following Summer festival appearances, as well as a new DVD:

June 8-10, 2006 – Sweden Rock Festival (Sölvesborg, Sweden)
June 10, 2006 – Download (Donington Park, Derbyshire, England)
June 23?25, 2006 – Graspop (Belgium)
June 23-25, 2006 – Hellfest (Clisson, France)
June 30-July 2 – 2006, Tuska Metal Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
June 30 ? July 2 – 2006, With Full Force (Germany)
July 13 -15, 2006 – Arvika Festivalen (Sweden)
July 21-22, 2006 – Earthshaker Fest (Germany)
July 21-23, 2006 – Metalcamp Festival (Tolmin, Slovenia)
July 28-30, 2006 – MetalWay Festival (Gernika. SPAIN)
August 3-5, 2006 – Wacken Open Air Festival (Germany)
August 8, 2006 – Gothenburg City Fest (Sweden)

Watch out for ARCH ENEMY?s first-ever DVD entitled ?Live Apocalypse? and tentatively set for a summer release.

Devildriver – Interview from In Flames Tour Available for Viewing and Download

There is an interview with Dez Fafara of DEVILDRIVER available for viewing and download at the UVTV website. The clip was taken during the IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, DEVILDRIVER, ZAO tour in Rochester, NY last February. There will be some live performance videos of the same tour coming very soon to Underground Video Television and SMNnews.com as well.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Stadium Arcadium” World Premiere on Monday, May 1 Across the US

Can?t get enough of THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘ ?Dani California? and dying to hear more off “Stadium Arcadium” before its May 9th release? Make sure to tune in to any of the stations listed below this coming Monday, May 1st at 8pm ET / 5pm PT to hear the world premiere of “Stadium Arcadium”.

This will be a live broadcast from New York City with the full band. They will be playing up to 10 new songs from the new double CD. Here is a list of cities where you can catch the broadcast live in addition to a few that will be running it a little later:

WAXQ New York
KROQ Los Angeles
WKQX Chicago
WIIL Chicago
KSAN San Francisco
KITS San Francisco
WMMR Philadelphia
WWDC Wash DC
CIMX Detroit
WNNX Atlanta
WBCN Boston
WAAF Boston
WHDR Miami
KNDD Seattle taping and running back at 7pm
KEDJ Phoenix
KXXR Minneapolis
WXTB Tampa
KPNT St. Louis
WRNR Baltimore
KTCL Denver
WXDX Pittsburgh
KNRK Portland, OR
WMMS Cleveland
KWOD Sacramento
WAQZ Cincinnati
KISS San Antonio
KBER Salt Lake City
KXTE Las Vegas
KOMP Las Vegas
WLUM Milwaukee
WAZU Columbus, OH
WBZX Columbus, OH
WRZX Indianapolis
WBBB Raleigh
WMFS Memphis
KHBZ Oklahoma City
WZNE Rochester
WLRS Louisville
WXEG Dayton
KFMA Tucson
KFRR Fresno
WBSX Wilkes-Barre
WZZO Allentown
KIWR Omaha
WQXA Harrisburg
KRAB Bakersfield
WLZX Springfield, MA
WRWK Toledo
KDJE Little Rock
WXNR Greenville, NC
WYBB Charleston, SC
WJJO Madison, WI
WXZZ Lexington
WXTW Fort Wayne
KXFX Santa Rosa, CA
WWIZ Youngstown, OH
KRZQ Reno
KDOT Reno
WRQK Canton, OH
WWWX Appleton
WRRV Newburgh
KNCN Corpus Christi
KQRA Springfield, MO
WCYY Portland, ME
Waitt Radio Network Various
KFMW Waterloo – Cedar Rapids
KZIO Duluth/Superior
WRXS Salisbury, MD
WZXR Williamsport, PA
WZBH Ocean City/Salisbury, MD
WCLG Morgantown, WV
KBAZ Missoula, MT
WWCT Peoria, IL
KXNA Fayetteville, AR
WPDH Poughkeepsie
WOBX Elizabeth City/Nags Head, NC
WRKR Kalamazoo
WAMX Huntington, WV/Ashland, KY
KEYJ Abilene, TX
WEHM Long Island
XTRE Southern Utah
KDVV Topeka, KS
KATS Yakima, WA

Blind Guardian – Andrew Olbrich Speaks Out to Metal Temple

German Power Metal giants BLIND GUARDIAN?s Andre Olbrich (guitars) revealed in an interview with Metal Temple magazine?s Michael Dalakos that the band has been working on a strictly orchestral album, due for release in 2008. Here?s an excerpt from the interview:

- Metal Temple: Virgin never really took care of releasing your albums with bonus material and cool editions. Will this ever change?

- Andre: “Yes! There will be a limited edition pack with one bonus track from our upcoming orchestral album. I don?t know what else Nuclear Blast Records is planning but they are more active than Virgin…”

- Metal Temple: Orchestral album?

- Andre: “Yes, this is material we are writing the last eight years and we have never found the time to release the album. But now we have almost finished the songwriting and we?ve started the production with our producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Viktor Smolski [Rage] who is involved in the orchestral recordings. The album will be released in 2008.”

- Metal Temple: We are talking about strictly new material…

- Andre: “Yes, new material, just orchestra and Hansi [Kursh] singing. Its is without the Heavy Metal parts! There are really good things there and I really hope we will tease you with the song we will put on the album.”

- Metal Temple: I am pretty sure that you will! If you had the ability to change one thing in the music industry, what would that be?

- Andre: “Oh, so hard [Laughs]… There are so many things I?d like to change [Laughs]. it is pretty unfair for musicians that work for years on the music they create and get in the end very little money in exchange. They get the smallest piece of the pie. It is unfair.”

- Read the entire interview by clicking here.

BLIND GUARDIAN released their EP “Fly” in March through Nuclear Blast Records. The full length album, “A Twist In The Myth” (working title), is scheduled for release in September 2006 and will be the band?s debut album with Nuclear Blast Records.

Lamb of God – Discuss New Album

The following article is from MTV.com:

Two years ago, Virginia metal mavens LAMB OF GOD released Ashes of the Wake, a furious and relentless musical onslaught that was just as scathing in its lyrical attack on the Bush administration. The group’s tight timetable (the album had to be written and completed within five months ? a challenge for a major-label LP) left little time to look inward for lyrical inspiration, so instead, LAMB OF GOD picked up the newspaper every day.

For Sacrament, the band’s forthcoming LP, LAMB OF GOD were afforded much more time ? and as a result, guitarist Mark Morton said the record’s lyrics are much more universal.

“The music’s influenced by what the five of us are listening to, what we’re writing about, the context in which we’re writing, our lives and our experiences,” he explained. “We made a deliberate effort not to be so politically motivated this time. We still care about and think about those things, but at this point, creatively, we wanted to step out of that for a moment, and address some other things. So the lyrics are more introspective and more personal, and I think just about anybody will relate to them. Not everybody pays attention to the war or politics.”

Having more time to work on the material also allowed the band more freedom to tinker with new ideas and sounds, and Morton said, “These new things we’re trying really worked out, and you’re going to hear it on the record.”

LAMB OF GOD began recording Sacrament on April 3 in New York with producer Machine (BLOODSIMPLE, WHITE ZOMBIE), who also helmed Ashes, and they’re currently back in their hometown of Richmond, finishing up vocals and guitars. Getting Machine back on board was crucial for the band, said Morton.

“The last record sounded so good, and we felt like we’d already made such a big improvement on that record, that we wanted to stick with him to see if we could get it even better the second time around,” he said. “The first time you do a record with someone, typically, you don’t even know them, and over the course of the recording you build a relationship. To turn your back on someone and start that process over with someone new just didn’t make sense. He was so invested in last record that we felt he had to be a part of this one, too.”

The band wrote 15 songs for the effort ? which should be out by late August ? and plan to record a dozen of those in all. None have official titles at the moment, but Morton said they’re some of the finest tunes they’ve ever written ? thanks, in part, to the vocal output of frontman Randy Blythe. “I’ve heard some of his strongest performances coming out,” the guitarist said. “He’s getting stronger and stronger with his ability to control that insane voice that he has.

“There’s nothing out-of-character on this record,” Morton continued. “Some of these songs are more ambitious, in terms of their arrangement and instrumentation. It’s also some of the most difficult stuff we’ve ever played.”

LAMB OF GOD will be previewing at least three of these new Sacrament tracks during this summer’s Unholy Alliance Tour, which kicks off June 6 in San Diego.

“It’s the heaviest tour going out this summer, which is why we’re so excited about doing it,” Morton said. “We turned down some pretty big shows to do this, because we felt this was the better bill. We had a lot of offers on the table, but this, to us, was… I mean, how can you turn this down? This is just the show I’d want to go see.”

Death In The Forest Fest – Set Times Announced

The set times for the upcoming SMNnews sponsored Death In The Forest Festival have been revealed. The festival, which will take place on May 20th at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Middletown, NY, features bands such as 1349, IMMOLATION, BELPHEGOR, VITAL REMAINS, IMPALED, SKINLESS, ANAL CUNT, and many more.

As I Lay Dying – EP and “Beneath the Encasing of Ashes” Re-Release Info Available

The re-release date for AS I LAY DYING‘s currently out of print recording will be released on Tuesday, May 16. Info regarding the re-release is below:

AS I LAY DYING – “A Long March: The First Recordings”
Metal Blade Records / Feb. 2001 & March 2002

I. The re-recorded…

1. Illusions
2. The Beginning
3. Reinvention
4. The Pain of Separation
5. Forever

II. The first two months (2001)…

BENEATH THE ENCASING OF ASHES

6. Beneath the Encasing of Ashes
7. Torn Within
8. Forced to Die
9. A Breath in the Eyes of Eternity
10. Blood Turned to Tears
11. The Voices that Betray Me
12. When This World Fades
13. A Long March
14. Surrounded
15. Refined by Your Embrace
16. The Innocence Spilled
17. Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier

III. A year later (2002)…

THE EP (original versions)

18. Illusions
19. The Beginning
20. Reinvention
21. The Pain of Separation
22. Forever

AS I LAY DYING‘s “Beneath the Encasing of Ashes” and the split “EP” originally released on Pluto Records.

Demiricous – Auditioning Drummers – Contact Info Available

Indianapolis? finest, DEMIRICOUS, are currently auditioning drummers. If you have what it takes to jam with the most intense metal band around and are up for a rigorous touring schedule please contact mark@middlecoastmanagement.com.

Strhess Tour – First Tour Dates Released – **UPDATED**

The first dates have been released for the upcoming Strhess Tour featuring SHADOWS FALL, POISON THE WELL, and STILL REMAINS:

with Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead:
July 12 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 15 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

with Himsa, It Dies Today:
July 19 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon