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Cerberus – Upload Another Track to MySpace – Planning US Tour

Los Angeles melodic thrash/death metallers CERBERUS have uploaded another track entitled “The Gates of Mercy” from their latest offering, “The Cage of Existence” onto their MySpace page. CERBERUS‘ debut CD, “The Cage of Existence” was released in June 2005 through Hell and Death Records.

CERBERUS are currently in the studio recording a six song E.P., titled “What Have We Become?”, due for release on Hell and Death Records in mid-July. Track listing will be revealed soon. This is the group’s last record with Hell and Death, and they will be shopping around for other labels. Any interested parties can contact their manager at Jordan@churchofthe8thday.com

Plans for a full US tour with YEAR OF DESOLATION (Prosthetic Records) and 7TH PLAGUE (Metal Blade Records) in August are underway to support the release and dates will be announced soon.

Society 1 – Ink Deal with Crash Music Inc.

SOCIETY 1 have announced a worldwide deal with Crash Music Inc. First rising to notoriety in 1999 with its debut album, “Slacker Jesus”, earning massive press coverage through such media outlets as MTV, VH1, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, and Kerrang!. Adding to the media frenzy was the fact that front man Matt Zane was an acclaimed porn director, gaining worldwide infamy for his “Backstage Sluts” series. The band released two albums on Earache Records, 2003’s “Exit Through Fear” and 2005’s “The Sound That Ends Creation”. Now free from Earache Records the band is ready for yet another run of pure hedonistic debauchery… and creating some new music as well.

Matt Zane comments “This band released its first record in 1999 and I can’t believe we are still making new music seven years later. I have so many friends that were signed out of the nu-metal scene back in the day that had their time and are now gone. I feel blessed that Crash is giving us the opportunity to keep going.”

Crash Music’s Mark Nawara says, “Matt Zane is an extraordinary talent and I believe has a very bright future ahead of him. We are very excited to be working with him and Society 1 and I look forward to it.

The first release of the deal will be “The Years Of Spiritual Dissent”, a two disc audio /DVD set, to be released early this fall, which consists of music off previous albums, “Slacker Jesus” and “Words As Carriers”. The two disc set also includes cover songs an unreleased track, and a documentary DVD.

The band is currently writing new music for a new album to be released in the near future. Matt Zane also host his own weekly radio show on the internet’s most notorious station, Radio Free Satan which an be heard on Tuesday nights at radiofreesatan.com

Cretin – Discuss Unusual Lyrical Direction on New Album – E-Card Up

CRETIN bassist Matt Widener discusses his band’s unusual lyrical direction in the new issue of Decibel Magazine and forthcoming Resound Magazine.

“The world of Cretin is a strange, funny, sad and scary place.” Widener elaborates; “Our lyrics and themes often combine all of those elements at once, because when you layer and compact things with subtext and emotions, the reader, when unpacking them, interacts with the story, inserts themselves into it. That’s a well-known concept in poetry, and I don’t think it’s any different here. I figured, hey if country music can get away with it, how would a death metal band go about it? Our lyrics are little stories. Inadvertently, we created a weird world stocked with strangely empathetic characters.”

“Many of the songs deal with the marginalized and misunderstood, so they’re really sad,” opines Widener in the April issue of Decibel. “It’s not enough to have a guy masturbate on department store mannequins?you have to make him weep when his favorite dummy goes missing; you know, show his pathos, how lonely he is.”

“If a feral child raised in a chicken coop escapes into the forest, I empathize that the little guy [in album opener “Tooth and Claw”] gets scared by the dark and wants to go back to his cage. How tragic.”

“Ever try to help someone and just fuck it all up? In “Uncle Percy”, poor Percy digs up the family dog after having an Of Mice and Men moment, and wears its pelt to cheer up some kids. Percy is the avatar for failed intentions and monumental screw-ups; but he’s also an exemplar of the indomitable human will to do good acts. When Uncle Percy ends up frightening the very people he’s trying to cheer up, we’re all at once stung with the pathos and tragedy, as well as laughing at the irony. At least I do. But maybe that’s what makes me such a cretin.”

Widener continues, “We have a song about walking a midget on a leash that’s actually a vehicle for friendship and acceptance. This might be the most positive song in death metal. The midget learns to do tricks because he’s tired of people cautiously avoiding eye contact. He even has a training montage, and that’s exciting to me. I not only identify with that, but I cheer along. Go midget, go!”

Freakery is CRETIN‘s first full-length effort after a well received 7″ EP (“Cretanic Grind Ambush”). Freakery was recorded entirely by the band (bassist Widener, guitarist Dan Martinez and former-EXHUMED drummer Col Jones) at their Tillinghast Workshop studio. The final track listing for Freakery is “Tooth and Claw”, “Tazer”, “Daddy’s Little Girl”, “Uni-Tit”, “Cook the Cupcake”, “Cockfight”, “Object of Unity”, “Creepy Crawlies”, “Walking a Midget”, “Uncle Percy”, “Dirt Eater”, “Mannequin”, “A Fowl Fetish”, “Making Roadkill”, “The Yawning God” and “Profane”.

An e-card for “Freakery”, featuring sneak peeks at the lyrically-inspired album art as well as the tracks “Tooth and Claw” and “Walking A Midget”, can be accessed here.

“Freakery” is scheduled for an April 18 North American release. The record will be released throughout the rest of the world on April 24.

The Autumn Offering – Announce Title of New Record – Hell Within, Human Abstract Tour and Dates

THE AUTUMN OFFERING have announced the title of their new record – “Embrace the Gutter” – which will be released on Victory Records on May 16. The full disc should be back from mastering in the next few days, with new material expected on the net within the next few weeks.

In other band news, THE AUTUMN OFFERING are leaving this Wednesday to start the “One Foot in the Gutter” tour with HELL WITHIN and THE HUMAN ABSTRACT:

March 24 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl St.
March 25 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
March 26 – NYC, NY @ Nikki & Sams
March 29 – York, PA @ The Loft
March 31 – Metropolis, IL @ Ezekiel’s
April 1 – St. Louis, MO @ The Improv Theater in Union Station
April 4 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
April 6. – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
April 7 – Harrisonburg, VA @ MACROCK
April 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Oakland Cafe
April 9 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
April 12 – Auburn, NY @ Auburn Public Theatre
April 13 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
April 14 – Worcester, MA @ The Lucky Dog
April 16 – Providence, RI @ Living Room
April 17 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster(underground)
April 19 – Staten Island, NY @ Roxas Blvd
April 20 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ Backstage
April 21 – Virginia Beach, VA @ The Peppermint Beach Club
April 22 – Danville, VA @ Plan B
April 23 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
April 24 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
April 29 – Cocoa Beach, FL @ Storm Club

Out for Blood – Entering Sable Rose Studios with Andy Faulkner

OUT FOR BLOOD will be entering Sable Rose studios on May 11 to record their debut full-length album with Andy Faulkner (BOLTHROWER, CATHEDRAL). The album is 70% written, with the hope of a September release.

Nonpoint – Bullet With a Name – Video Now Streaming

Directed by Darren Doane (EVERY TIME I DIE, THURSDAY, POISON THE WELL, etc.), NONPOINT‘s video for the track ‘Bullet with a Name’, off their recent Bieler Bros. release “To the Pain”, has been made available online at this location.

Bullet for My Valentine – Tears Dont Fall Video Shoot Pics – Tour Check In

Wales’ BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have checked in as they prepare to embark on 6 weeks of full touring with ROB ZOMBIE and LACUNA COIL. The band recently wrapped up a video shoot for the song ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ – pictures of which can be found here. The update, however, reads as follows:

“hey guys, we just arrived in sunny florida to shoot our new video for “tears don’t fall”. it was a BLAST. we shot it in this really strange place in the swamps of miami. see some photos below and look out for it soon.”

“we also just played the ‘global gathering’ in miami on saturday with alkaline trio, rise against, avenged sevenfold, coheed & cambria, nine inch nails, and more. we got really sunburned. thanks to everyone who came out to see us, we had a great time.”

“our first US tour for our new album started this weekend, and we are psyched to get out there and see you guys. we’ll be out with rob zombie and lacuna coil for about 6 weeks so come visit us.”

Trivium – “Tribute Band” Ember & The Infernos Announce 2 UK Gigs

To celebrate TRIVIUM‘s forthcoming sold-out UK tour, their biggest “tribute band” EMBER & THE INFERNOS are set to play two dates in March.

Those two dates are as follows:

March 14 – Brighton, England @ Concorde 2
March 22 – London, England @ Islington Academy

Dirty Rig – Music To Feature in The Shield

Long Island, New York-based hard rockers DIRTY RIG will have their song titled “Two” to be featured on an epipsode of The Shield on the FX Network. The Shield in its 5th season and is one of the highest rated shows on the FX Network. The episode will premiere on Tuesday, March 21 at 10PM EST on the FX Network. Check your local listings.

Upcoming DIRTY RIG shows:

March 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Chestnut Room
April 1 – Dunmore, PA @ Corkscrews Lounge
April 8 – Oceanside, NY @ The Funky Munkey
April 22 – New York, NY @ The Continental

Sothis – Featured in Horror Flim “Bloodshed”

US symphonic black metallers, SOTHIS, will have the track “Sinister Nation” featured in the upcoming release of the feature horror/thriller film “Bloodshed.” Produced by Drainbamage Films and directed by Jim McMahon, “Bloodshed” has been completed and is represented worldwide by Strategic Film Partners. There is no current domestic release date, but Spotlight Pictures is currently handling all sales for non-domestic markets. A trailer for “Bloodshed” is located at this location.

Maryland Metal & Hardcore Festival – SMNnews.com Presents… – Lineup and Details

Abacus Recordings, in association with Interpunk and SMNnews.com present…the 1st Annual MARYLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL. Scheduled to take place Sunday, April 30 at Sonar in Baltimore, the lineup for the event is as follows:

Caliban
Damnation AD
Sworn Enemy
Misery Signals
Scars of Tomorrow
Ion Dissonance
The Burning Season
Black My Heart
Stout
All Else Failed
Age of Ruin
Cast Aside
Too Pure to Die
Embrace The End
Ligeia
In Remembrance
Cassius
VPR
Taken By Force
Fierce Allegiance
Carol
Lilu Dallas

+ local support

The show is all ages – doors are at 1:00PM – tickets are $18 Advance / $20 day of. For more information, head to marylandmetalfest.com.

Satyricon – “Now, Diabolical” – Tracklisting, Album Art

SATYRICON‘s latest offering “Now, Diabolical” is due for release at the end of April. Meanwhile, below is the full tracklisting for the disc, as well as a small pic of the album art:

1. Now, Diabolical
2. K.I.N.G
3. The Pentagram Burns
4. A New Enemy
5. The Rite Of Our Cross
6. That Darkness Shall Be Eternal
7. Delirium
8. To The Mountains

Paris is Burning – ex-Soulfly, Skrape, Primer 55 – Recording New Tunez

A new band, dubbed PARIS IS BURNING, featuring SOULFLY bassist Bobby Burns on guitar, Billy Keeton of SKRAPE, BLESSED IN BLACK on vocals, Pete Sison of SKRAPE on bass, Chad Gravitt on drums and Mikey Withers on guitar have entered Phat Planet studios in Orlando, Florida to begin recording new material to start shopping to interested labels this month.

Dokken – Announce Two Greece Dates for Early Summer

US hard rockers DOKKEN have been announced by High Voltage Productions to appear on two dates in Athens, Greece.

The first show will be electric and will take place at Gagarin 205 on Sunday, May 7. The second show will be a “special acoustic show” and is set to take place at the Underworld Club on Monday, May 8.

Support acts for the electric show as well as ticket price for both shows will be announced soon.

Manowar – Announce Winter 2006 Dates – Rescheduled Greek Performance

Greek promoters Neo Revma have announced the rescheduling of the previously cancelled festival that was set to take place on March 25, in Athens, Greece. The festival, featuring MANOWAR (headliners), RHAPSODY and HOLY HELL on the main stage and an aray of other bands (local and international acts), will now take place on November 25 at the Olympic Fencing Hall.

More information regarding additional bands, ticket price etc to be announced soon.

Other confirmed dates for the new “Demons, Dragons & Warriors” tour are:

December 15 – Dortmund, GER @ Westfalenhalle
December 16 – Hamburg, GER @ Color Line Arena
December 18 – Berlin, GER @ Max-Schmeling Halle
December 20 – Frankfurt, GER @ Festhalle
December 21 – Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
December 22 – Nurnberg, GER @ Arena
December 23 – Munchen, GER @ Olympiahalle

Slayer – Kerry King Offers KFK Update

SLAYER‘s only bald axeman Kerry King has checked in with an official update off his personal KFK website – it reads as follows:

“First off, bottom’s up, cheers and thanks a fuckin’ lot for hangin’ around since my last update- which seems like it was in the stone age it was so fucking long ago! Hey, everyone needs a vacation, right? Burnt the fuck out!!!! That’s what I was. Anyway, I’ve been working non-stop toward finishing our new record… still on time for a June release! No one should be dissapointed. Everything really smashes you in the fucking head!”

“I want to address a couple of thing that have been pissing me off lately.
First, I’m sure some of you ran into, sent emails to, or whatever the fuck happens at the domain called MySpace. The no-life loser fuckface douchebag that was selling himself as yours truly. I think there is someone else on there now as well claiming to be me. I found out about this charade when a couple of endorser buddies of mine inquired whether or not it was me. I said do you really think I have time for that horseshit? Then I proceeded to have fuckface douchebag removed from the site. I never have nor do I plan on doing anything personally with MySpace. Nothing against it, but as you can see, I don’t even have enough time for my own site. One last thought on this… Get a life you fucking idiot! I live my life, you fucking live yours!!!”

“Second, I just want to give everyone a head’s up about purchasing autographs. My autograph isn’t that hard to get. I do tons of promo. Whether it’s for Jagermeister, B.C. Rich, Marshall, or even Guitar Abuse events. My point is, if you have to possess something signed, your best bet it to get it done yourself. If you can’t do that, make sure you know what my signature looks like before purchasing anything! I hate to see shit go up on eBay that I know is phony. It sucks knowing that people spend their hard earned cash on counterfeit shit! Word to the wise, ( and un-wise ), buyer fucking beware! Just pay attention and hopefully we’ll roll through a town nearby and you can get your own shit signed in person so there is no question about it’s authenticity.”

“All right, now to biz…the new re-launch date for the site will be 6-6-06.
I couldn’t have planned it any better- a match made in hell. Between now and the end of March, I’m throwing a couple new items on the swag page to hold everyone over until the new site is complete. One will be a long sleeve version of the original Guitar Abuse t-shirt that was only sold at events.
So for now, I’m back to the studio to work on the latest hellish symphony…
Kill your shots!!!”

Randy Rhoads – RIP – December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982

24 years ago, on March 19, 1982, at the tender age of 25 years old, guitarist Randall ‘Randy’ Rhoads, along with Andrew Aycock, 36, and Rachel Youngblood, 58, died in a tragic plane crash. Rest in Peace.

For more information on the life of Randy Rhoads, and his contributions to the world of music – click here.

Rotting Christ – Confirmed for Dong Open Air Festival

Greek metallers ROTTING CHRIST have been confirmed for this year’s edition of the Dong Open Air festival, set to take place on July 14-15 at Dongberg in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. Other bands on the bill include:

DRAGONLAND
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
GUN BARREL
SAVAGE CIRCUS

…and more

In Flames, Nevermore – Three More Dates Announced

More dates have been confirmed for IN FLAMES‘ upcoming tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY. Confirmed shows are as follows:

May 5 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
May 6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 8 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 9 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 12 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
May 20 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
May 21 – Sparks, NV @ New Oasis

May 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
May 26 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
May 27 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 28 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
May 30 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Dagboa – To Open for In Flames / Sepultura European Tour

French metallers DAGOBA have been tapped as the opener for the forthcoming IN FLAMES, SEPULTURA European tour.

It Dies Today – Entering Studio to Record New Album – Announce UK and Headlining Tours

IT DIES TODAY have announced a plethora of big events taking shape starting in April, when the band will enter the studio to record their new album, set to be released in early September. The band has been locked away in their own personal studio for the past three months, crafting an album that Nick Brooks, lead vocalist says “is a more maturely written departure from strict metal-core. This is everything we wanted to do on the last record, with less emphasis on screaming, and a strong focus on musicianship.” The band is recording with famed producer Gggarth Richardson, who has worked in the past with bands as diverse as RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RISE AGAINST, ATREYU and more. The album will be co-produced by guitarist Mike Hatalak. Nick gave a preview glimpse into one of the new songs that deals with the ramblings of serial killer Aileen Wurnos, the female prostitute on whom the movie Monster is based, saying, “This is one of our more catchier tunes, ironically. I’m used to writing lyrics that tend to be dark and haunting, and this story really intrigued me.” Nick took what is known to be her last words and made a song out of his interpretation.

IT DIES TODAY will hit the road once they finish recording the album, their first tour in May, to the UK with good friends and fellow Buffalonians EVERY TIME I DIE. Of his fan base in the UK, Nick says, “The kids in the UK are always so psyched to see us. They have a genuine enthusiasm and love of music.”

A week after returning from the UK they will begin their own headlining tour with HASTE THE DAY, CHIODOS, THE SHOWDOWN, followed by a spot on Warped Tour with label mates 18 VISIONS.

Sonic Age Records – Announce Signing of Greek Metallers Exoristoi – License Agreement with Shark Records

SONIC AGE RECORDS, proudly announces the signing of the legendary Greek metal band, EXORISTOI. EXORISTOI is Greece’s most well known hard rock / heavy metal act, with a career spanning from the mid-80’s to the new millennium. They are the only band in the history of Greek heavy metal with a platinum selling record and various other awards. They’ve been recording for years for EMI RECORDS GREECE and now on the grounds of a new perspective for worldwide success, they decided to change the lyrics from Greek to English and come back with their heaviest and most epic material up to date.

The band is led by guitar mastermind, Demetrios Katis, a highly acclaimed composer and musician, who has also written music for various films, commercials etc. The line-up also consists of the great British singer, Stuart Cook, the Japanese drummer Masayuki Mizunuma, the Greek bass player Harris Geroulakis and the Cypriot keyboard player Vasos Vasileiou. A multi-national heavy metal act!

Their first album with SONIC AGE RECORDS, that will be entitled, “Wrath of Zeus”, will contain 8 songs in the classic epic hard rock / heavy metal tradition with a sound similar to the great British bands of the eighties like RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN coupled with a modern production and stylish lyrics. The album is scheduled for a late April, early May release and the band is currently in the studio recording the songs. The CD will also feature 2 video clips that are currently in the pre-production stage.

The tracklisting, in no particular order, is below:

1. Wrath of Zeus
2. Tomb of Doom
3. Seven Meanads
4. Book of Sorrows
5. Soak me to the skin
6. It Hurts me
7. Son of Heracles
8. Ronin

In other SONIC AGE RECORDS news, the label proudly announces the re-release of 10 heavy metal monuments from the golden 80’s and 90’s on CD, with bonus tracks, lyrics, photos and detailed biography. SHARK RECORDS originally released these albums on CD in Europe and most of them have now become hard to find collector’s items. Aside from the collector’s value, all these 10 albums, are top notch classic releases, loved by the majority of the metal fans. All these CD’s will be issued under the SONIC AGE RECORDS, sub-label, CULT METAL CLASSICS, whose re-issues are among the most deluxe and acclaimed in the collectors’ and metal fans’ fields.

The first 5 of these albums will be available in late May. They will be: TITAN FORCE – Same, TITAN FORCE – Winner / Loser, CEREBUS – Too Late to Pray, BRAINFEVER – Same and BRAINFEVER – Face to Face. The next 5, consisting of PHANTOM – Dead or Alive, PHANTOM – Same, PHANTOM – Cyberchrist, LIONS BREED – Damn the Night and WALLOP – Metallic Alps will be available by the end of July.

Overlorde – Post Cover of Queensryche Track ‘Queen of the Reich’ on MySpace Page

OVERLORDE have posted their cover of QUEENSRYCHE‘s ‘Queen of the Reich’, which wil be featured on the forthcoming album “WARNING: Minds of Raging Empires…Vol.2 / A Tribute to Queensryche”, online. The song will be available only from March 11 to April 11, and can be found at this location.

Rhino Bucket – 1st Record in 13 Years – Announce April 12 Show in LA

RHINO BUCKET will be playing a show on Wednesday, April 12 at The Viper Room on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood at 8:30pm. The show will also be the CD release party for their new CD, “And Then It Got Ugly”, due out April 18 on Acetate Records.

Nightwish – Announce Final Tracklisting for CD/DVD “End of An Era” Package

Finland’s NIGHTWISH have announced the final tracklisting for their forthcoming much-anticipated live CD/DVD package “End Of An Era”, due out June 2.

1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
2. Planet Hell
3. Ever Dream
4. Kinslayer
5. Phantom Of The Opera
6. The Siren
7. Sleeping Sun
8. High Hopes
9. Bless The Child
10. Wishmaster
11. Slaying The Dreamer
12. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan
13. Nemo
14. Ghost Love Score
15. Stone People
16. Creek Mary´s Blood
17. Over The Hills and Far Away
18. Wish I Had an Angel