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Alice Cooper – Canadian Tour Dates Announced

Shock-rocker ALICE COOPER will be embarking on a Canadian tour in May. Dates are as follows:

May 1 – Saint John’s, NF @ Mile One Stadium
May 3 – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Metro Centre
May 4 – Saint John, NB @ Harbour Station
May 6 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Civic Centre Arena
May 7 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Place Theatre
May 9 – Kitchener, ON @ Centre In The Square
May 10 – Oshawa, ON @ Civic Auditorium Complex
May 11 – Barrie, ON @ Barrie Molson Centre
May 13 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Community Auditorium
May 15 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Center
May 16 – Brandon, MB @ Keystone Centre
May 17 – Winnipeg, MB @ Manitoba Centennial Centre

Burst – New Video To Be Shown On Headbanger’s Ball

BURST will see their video for “Where the Wave Broke,” the lead-off track from the band’s acclaimed new album Origo, make its North American premier on this weekend’s edition of MTV2’s “Headbanger’s Ball.” “Headbanger’s Ball” airs Saturdays from 10-12 PM EST on MTV2.

The video was shot on location in Stockholm, Sweden with the Harvest Light Production Co., headed up by Kim Peterson and Peter Reinholdsson. “Where The Wave Broke” is the first video from Origo and is the band’s second overall. An e-card previewing Origo, which features the audio for “Where the Wave Broke” and “The Immateria,” can be accessed here.

Chimaira, Arch Enemy – More Co-Headlining Tour Dates

More dates have been released for CHIMAIRA and ARCH ENEMY‘s upcoming co-headlining North American tour with HATE ETERNAL:

with NEVERMORE:
April 3 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
April 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 7 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
April 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

with GOD FORBID:
April 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
April 14 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
April 15 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
April 16 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starline Room
April 18 – Winnipeg, MB @ Ramada Conference Centre
April 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
April 21 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
April 24 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 28 – Montreal, QUE @ Le Medley
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
April 30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Sodom, Immolation – NYC Show Announced

SODOM will be teaming up with IMMOLATION for a show on August 10th at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. According to the venue’s website, it will be the band’s only North American appearance.

DragonForce – Initial North American Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE‘s upcoming North American tour:

April 28 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 29 – Montreal, QC @ Medley
Apr 30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
May 1 – New York, NY @ Avalon
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 4 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 6 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 8 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes

The band will be supported by PROTEST THE HERO (except for the Toronto and Montreal dates), SANCTITY, and a to be announced 4th act. However, only the three bands will be performing at the New York show.

Pink Floyd – David Gilmour – Set to Release 3rd Studio Album “On An Island”

“On An Island” is the third DAVID GILMOUR album and his first studio recording since PINK FLOYD‘s 1994 multi-platinum ‘The Division Bell’. From the first moments of the sound collage that begins ‘On An Island’, you know it’s a special experience that not only bears comparison with the best of PINK FLOYD, but also confirms their lead guitarist and singer as an outstanding solo artist. Here he reveals a personal vision and a breadth of styles ? folk, jazz, orchestral and rock ? brought together as a unified piece by his lyrical guitar playing and instantly recognisable voice.

With orchestrations by the renowned Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner and a luminous production (assisted by Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera), there is virtuosity a plenty. Crosby and Nash sing harmonies, Robert Wyatt plays the cornet, Caroline Dale the cello and Alasdair Molloy the glass harmonica. PINK FLOYD‘s Richard Wright guests on Hammond organ, while DAVID GILMOUR sweeps and soars with his often soul-piercing guitar and vocals. Yet the album never becomes grandiose. At its heart, it remains a reflective piece, not least because of the lyrics.

Although DAVID GILMOUR takes some writing credits, most go to writer Polly Samson, continuing a collaborative partnership that began with ‘The Division Bell’. The songs tell of shared experiences that evoke a breadth of moods, from the hauntingly beautiful title track ‘On An Island’ (with a guitar performance set to enter the Gilmour canon of classics) to the meditative ‘The Blue’ and ‘A Pocketful of Stones’, as well as the heavier rock and blues numbers ‘Take A Breath’ and ‘This Heaven’. In the spirit of intimacy, this album sees DAVID GILMOUR‘s debut on the saxophone, as well as contributions by contemporaries from his pre-PINK FLOYD days.

On An Island is a collection of songs and instrumentals that had its genus in the critically acclaimed 2002 London Festival Hall concerts. Gilmour has stepped out of his super-group to continue his solo work. ‘It’s my best and most personal work,’ he says. ‘Making it with my musician friends has been a positive experience on so many levels.’ And touring it this spring can only take him to a new high.

The ten tracks on the album, which has been produced by DAVID GILMOUR, Phil Manzanera and Chris Thomas, are:

Castellorizon
On An Island
The Blue
Take a Breath
Red Sky at Night
This Heaven
Then I Close My Eyes
Smile
A Pocketful of Stones
Where We Start

Additional performers on the album include David Crosby, Graham Nash, Richard Wright, Robert Wyatt, Phil Manzanera, Jools Holland, Georgie Fame, Caroline Dale, Guy Pratt, Willie Wilson, and, from Pink Floyd’s earliest incarnation, Rado ‘Bob’ Klose.

The ON AN ISLAND tour starts in Europe in March, goes to USA in April and returns to the UK at the end of May, with concerts in Manchester, Glasgow and London.

FUSE TV – Taste of Chaos TV Week

Fuse will be airing TASTE OF CHAOS promotional programming during the week of March 6. “Steven’s Untitled Rock Show” was out covering last weekend’s Florida shows and the footage they shot will air throughout the week. Air dates are as follows:

Monday 3/6 @ 7pm EST/4pm PST

[Repeating Saturday 3/11 @ 2:30pm EST & 10:30pm EST and Sunday 3/12 @ 3:30pm EST & 10pm EST]

Street Drum Corps
Atreyu
The Smashup

Tuesday 3/7 @ 7pm EST/4pm PST

[Repeating Saturday 3/11 @ 3:30pm EST & 11:30pm EST and Sunday 3/12 @ 4:30pm EST & 11pm EST]

Story Of The Year
Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday 3/8 @ 7pm EST/4pm PST

[Repeating Saturday 3/11 @ 4:30pm EST & Sunday 3/12 @ 1am EST & 7pm EST]

Deftones
Adair
Greeley Estates
As I Lay Dying

Friday 3/10 @ 7pm EST/4pm PST

[Repeating Saturday 3/11 @ 5:30pm EST & Sunday 3/12 @ 2am EST & 6pm EST]

American Eyes
Thrice
The Receiving End Of Sirens

Cannae – Team Up for Canadian tour with 3 Mile Scream/Bloodshoteye

Boston thrashers CANNAE have teamed up with sponsors Unrestrained! Magazine and Galy Records to headline a string of shows throughout Canada. Dubbed the “Storming The Border” tour, CANNAE will be joined by Canadian bands BLOODSHOTEYE and 3 MILE SCREAM on the 15-date tour of cities throughout the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

“We’re looking forward to playing Canada again, ever since the last time we were there with God Forbid and Sworn Enemy,” CANNAE drummer Colin Conway says. “It was only a short amount of time we spent in the western section of Canada, but the shows were nothing short of amazing. We have always had a great time playing in Canada, and we’re hoping that these upcoming shows will be no exception in spreading the word of CANNAE throughout the Great White North.”

Before crossing the boarder, CANNAE will play with The Red Death in Rochester, NY. The conclusion of the “Storming The Border” tour will coincide with the band’s appearance at the third Sherbrooke Metalfest, alongside Canadian natives NEURAXIS, BURIED INSIDE. CANNAE is continuing to support last year’s Gold Becomes Sacrifice (Prosthetic Records), an album Blabbermouth.net says, “…snorts, snarls, and kicks 90-pound weaklings in the face. As far as sheer heaviness is concerned, the quintet leaves bomb craters in its wake.”

HIMSA – Storms to #1 on College Radio Charts

HIMSA‘s “Hail Horror” has overtaken the #1 position at American metal radio, as measured by FMQB, a radio trade publication. Beating out fierce competition at both college and commercial metal radio, the success for “Hail Horror” comes at a perfect time when the band is receiving hoards of positive press both domestically and overseas, as well as logging video airplay for the single “Sleezevil” and partaking in the hugely successful “Undoing Ruin 2006″ tour alongside DARKEST HOUR and Prosthetic Records labelmates THE ACACIA STRAIN. MTV2 will be re-airing the “Sleezevil” video on this weekend’s edition of “Headbangers Ball,” while HIMSA will continue touring the US through April 8 before heading back to Europe with DEATH BY STEREO and THE BANNER live appearances in April and May.

Candiria – Finish Recording Good Portion of New Album – Summer Release Expected

CANDIRIA have finished recording a good portion of their upcoming album, which they hope to release this summer. Here’s an update from the band:

“It’s been brought to my attention that we really haven’t made any real attempt on getting concise info out about what we have been up to since the new year has begun. So here goes. This should give you a bit of an idea.”

“We started out writing new material in Jupiter 4 Studios during the first few weeks of January. Jupiter 4 is the studio owned and run by Ken Schalk and his brother Steve Schalk. We used the time there to write as much music as we could come up with. We then tracked drums there to about 16 different songs/peices of music. We also used this time after the drums were tracked to work out vocal ideas and let Carley do scratch tracks.”

“From there we took the recorded drums and went to see our old friend Mike Barile over at Purple Light Studios. We have always loved working with Mike and we new that we were going to get the sounds we wanted if we recorded with him. The combination of his gear and the gear we own is just phenomenal for what we are trying to accomplish. “

“We spent the next few weeks recording all of the bass and guitar tracks. Then allowed Carley some more time to work on more vocal ideas and lay down some more scratch tracks to see where we was at with all of the songs.”

“And that friends is where we are at today. We move on to the real vocal sessions in a week or so. And from there we are in the home stretch. I think there is a great chance of this record seeing an early summer release.”

SOiL – 60+ Minute Live Interview Posted Online – New Tunes Previewed

A 60+ minute interview with SOiL guitarist Shaun Glass, conducted with ‘Metalheads Worldwide’ has been made available online. The interview previews two new tracks off the band’s forthcoming DRT Entertainment debut “True Self”, out this Spring. You can snag an MP3 of the interview at this location.

Necrophagist – Rescheduling Canadian Tour Dates

German technical death metallers NECROPHAGIST have released the following update regarding their Canadian tour dates:

NECROPHAGIST apologizes for the confusion on the Canadian leg of their North American Tour, however this is why there have been venue changes, etc.:

The “Tour Producer” who originally set up dates for the band turned out to be a rip-off. His method of booking is totally unethical and leaves the band getting totally screwed. The producer was doing two shows himself in Montreal and Quebec City. He was given the option to keep the shows as is every promoter who has a date scheduled.

As you can see from the Ottawa show that is still scheduled at the original club, we have no intentions of cancelling all of our Canadian dates. We are very excited to play Canada and look forward to seeing all of you guys soon!

However, the following cities will definitely be played:

Toronto, ON
Montreal, QC
Ottawa, ON
Quebec City, QC”

DragonForce – More Shows/Festival Appearances Announced

DRAGONFORCE have announced some more shows and festival appearances for the coming months:

May 15 – Melbourne, AUS @ Hi Fi Bar
May 16 – Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena
May 17 – Sydney, AUS @ Gaelic Theatre
June 8 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
July 1 – Burgum, NET @ Waldrock Festival

Gadget – Complete Work On New Album

Sweden’s GADGET have completed recording their new album, The Funeral March.

GADGET proudly carry the grindcore torch forward with The Funeral March. More than a devout collection of blasting beats, sweltering guitars and real-world lyrics, The Funeral March incorporates sinister melodies and a keen sense of dynamics to an already explosive mix. The finished track listing is as follows; “Choked,” “Feed on Lies,” “Requiem,” “I Am,” “Tristessens Fort,” “H5N1,” “Day of the Vulture,” “God of Led,” “Everyday-Ritual,” “Vägen till Graven,” “Illusions of Peace,” “Black Light,” “Out of Pace,” “Let the Mayhem Begin,” “Bedragen,” “The Anchor,” and “Tingens Förbannelse,”

The Funeral March is scheduled for a May 2nd release date in North America (May 8th Internationally). Photos taken by the band and crew during the recording session can be viewed here.

Nothingface, Crossbreed – Nu-Metallers Battle it Out

You can read CROSSBREED‘s statement as to why they dropped off their tour with NOTHINGFACE on their MySpace page here

Chimaira, Arch Enemy – Co-Headlining Tour

CHIMAIRA and ARCH ENEMY have announced the first dates for their upcoming co-headlining tour with HATE ETERNAL:

with NEVERMORE:
April 3 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
April 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

with GOD FORBID:
April 14 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
April 30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

A Life Once Lost, Cephalic Carnage – First Dates Released

The first dates have been released for A LIFE ONCE LOST‘s upcoming tour with CEPHALIC CARNAGE, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, and SCARLET:

April 22 – Fairdale, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
April 23 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement,
May 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

All Shall Perish, Winds of Plague – Added to California Metalfest

Nuclear Blast Records’ ALL SHALL PERISH and WINDS OF PLAGUE have been added to the 1st Annual SMNnews.com presented and sponsored CALIFORNIA METALFEST. Set to take place on May 13, the festival also features the likes of:

DARKEST HOUR, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION, CALIBAN, NECROPHAGIST, ON BROKEN WINGS, CATTLE DECAPITATION, SCARS OF TOMORROW, SWORN ENEMY, REFLUX, ION DISSONANCE, FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, ANIMOSITY, JOB FOR A COWBOY, THE BURNING SEASON, THE FACELESS, LIGHT THIS CITY, PARIA, ARSIS, NEURAXIS, ALARUM, SUICIDE SILENCE, EMBRACE THE END, TOO PURE TO DIE, SUMMERS END

Scott Stapp – Sex Tape “Meant to Sabotage Him” – Oh Noes!

Former CREED frontman Scott Stapp thinks a recently released sex video showing him and KID ROCK with several strippers is meant to sabotage him.

“Obviously someone wants to hurt me and doesn’t want me to be successful in my solo career,” Stapp told AP Radio in a recent interview.

Stapp claims the tape, which was made in 1999, was stolen from him. He and KID ROCK have won a temporary court order preventing World Wide Red Light District from distributing the video or promoting any part of it.

Red Light, which sold the infamous Paris Hilton sex tape in 2004, had displayed a 40-second preview clip of the video on its Web site. The company has acknowledged that the tape came from a third party, but has denied that it was stolen.

The tape was released just days after Stapp, the former lead singer of CREED, married former Miss New York Jaclyn Nesheiwat in Miami on Feb. 10.

Stapp, 32, says the tape was made soon after he was divorced from Hillaree Burns.

He said he previously told his new wife about having a wild year and that she accepts the tape as part of his past.

“You think it’s part of your rock ‘n’ roll memories,” Stapp said. “I should have burned that tape.”

The tape was not the only thing causing Stapp headaches. A day after his wedding, Stapp was arrested for investigation of being drunk at Los Angeles International Airport. He is set for arraignment on March 8.

“You don’t want to say it’s laughable, but it’s just like, my God, there’s so much stuff,” he said. “Somebody does not like you and somebody wants you to fail.”

The Associated Press article can be found at this location.

Goratory – Sign To Grindethic Records

Alan Glassman of Massachusetts based brutal death metallers GORATORY has issued the following update regarding the band’s signing to Grindethic Records:

“So, its official now. There isnt any thing about us on there website yet because we are fat ugly and unimportant. As long as everything goes smoothly, i’ll be able to post pictures of our signing bonus pretty soon. i’ll explain that later though.

My cock felt like there was a knife shoved in it for almost an hour yesterday after i took a piss. It hasnt done it again since, but seriously, what the fuck.”

NEMHF – Overcast To Reunite and Perform at Festival; First Round of Who Is Playing When

OVERCAST, the Massachusetts based band made up of members from SHADOWS FALL, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and UNEARTH, will be reuniting for this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA at The Palladium. The band will be performing at the April 29 show as the third headliner, right behind headliners ARCH ENEMY and CHIMAIRA (direct support). The headliner for the Friday, April 28 show is LACUNA COIL and the headliners for the April 30 show are GAMMA RAY and DRAGONFORCE.

The official New England Metal and Hardcore Festival website has over 80 bands listed to perform at the three day festival. However, only 34 of those bands have confirmed which dates they will perform at. The following is a list of what bands have been confirmed for what dates. So, while the other bands have been confirmed for the festival, only these bands have announced which dates they will perform at. This list was (tediously) complied by SMNnews.com:

April 28:
Headliners:
LACUNA COIL
Others:
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, ALARUM, ARSIS, NECROPHAGIST, NEURAXIS, DEMIRICOUS, STILL REMAINS, NODES OF RANVIER, IF HOPE DIES, LIGHT THIS CITY, ON BROKEN WINGS, SUICIDE SILENCE, THINE EYES BLEED

April 29:
Headliners:
ARCH ENEMY, CHIMAIRA, OVERCAST
Other bands:
EXODUS, SUFFOCATION, CRYPTOPSY, IMMOLATION, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, SKINLESS, THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE, CALIBAN, ION DISSONANCE, SWORN ENEMY, EMBRACE THE END, RIGHTEOUS JAMS,

April 30:
Headliners:
GAMMA RAY, DRAGONFORCE
Other bands:
BRONX CASKET COMPANY, GOAT HORN, HYPERSOLID

Click FULL STORY for the complete list of bands confirmed for the festival according to the NEMHF website. More bands are expected to be announced soon.

Helmet – Announce Signing to WARCON Enterprises

As one of the leading post-hardcore/punk labels in the industry today, WARCON Enterprises has announced that it has signed the forefathers of the genre themselves HELMET. Under the deal, HELMET will release a new album which is slated for early summer 2006 and has confirmed that they will headline this year’s Warped Tour.

According to Page Hamilton, founder, songwriter and guitarist for HELMET, several of the album’s songs have already been written and Wharton Tiers has been confirmed as the project’s co-producer. Tiers recorded the band’s first two releases ‘Strap It On’ and ‘Meantime’, which sold over a million copies and defined the brusque element of American’s underground rock scene.

“Wharton was my only choice to co-produce this project with me,” said Hamilton. “I want to get back to my roots with this release and what’s really cool is that we are actually using the same tape machine that we recorded our first two albums with. The whole thing is also going to be done in all analog to give it that classic HELMET sound. We’re very excited about it.”

“I really like what Warcon stands for,” he said. “In today’s music climate, it’s more intriguing to be involved in every aspect of the project. The structure of this deal makes me more of a partner rather than the traditionally signed artist / record deal approach, which for me personally has little value anymore.”

HELMET fans should be thrilled to have the band back in full force. Taking a six-year hiatus after releasing their fourth album ‘Aftertaste’, the band returned in 2004 to release ‘Size Matters’ and a “best of” CD but it’s not until now that Hamilton has decided to go back to the organic sound that they are known for. The sound that actually sparked a new brand of metal that crossed all traditional music boundaries and paved the way for such bands as CHEVELLE, THE DEFTONES, NORMA JEAN and others.

“The first song I ever learned to play on the guitar was a HELMET song. I pretty much just tried to figure the songs out and that’s how I learned to play basically. Helmet is a band that I have listened to for years and will always enjoy them because they have the sweetest riffs I have ever heard. I love to air drum to them in the car also! I wouldn’t be the same without HELMET in my life,” said Chris Day, guitarist for NORMA JEAN.

Chi Cheng, bass player for DEFTONES, says that he was also influenced by HELMET. “Every band should wish to aspire to the originality and genius of HELMET. An inspitation to fans and musicians-alike.”

HELMET‘s first appearance under the Warcon label will be at this year’s SXSW festival where they will perform with fellow label mates OPIATE FOR THE MASSES, STREET DRUM CORPS, MY AMERICAN HEART, DIR EN GREY at the PETA documentary party and the WARCON showcase.

Jagermeister Music Tour – Spring 2006 – Feat. Staind, Three Days Grace, Hurt

11 million albums sold, multi-platinum act STAIND are set to headline the Spring 2006 edition of the JAGERMEISTER MUSIC TOUR. On the heels of the sold out Fall/Winter tour featuring DISTURBED, support will come from THREE DAYS GRACE and HURT. The tour will kickoff April 20 and run through mid-June.

Unearth – Live ‘My Heart Bleeds No Longer’ Video Online

Another UNEARTH live video has been, excuse the pun, unearthed. This time the performance is for their track ‘My Heart Bleeds No Longer’ with footage taken at Club Tundra in Syracuse, NY. You can find out more at this location.

Five Bolt Main, The Accident Experiment, Element Eighty – Former Nu-Metallers Reunite for Tour

FIVE BOLT MAIN, featuring former members of FLAW, THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, featuring former members of P.O.D., and ELEMENT EIGHTY, formerly signed to Universal Records, are set to hit the road together early this Summer. Scheduled to kick off May 5, the South/Southeast/Midwest tour is planned to last at least through until mid-June.