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Crucified Barbara – Fresh off Scandanavian Support for In Flames/Sepultura

Sweden’s CRUCIFIED BARBARA ? whose debut album, “In Distortion We Trust”, will be released by Liquor and Poker Music on May 30 ? just completed a short Scandinavian tour during which they supported metal legends IN FLAMES and SEPULTURA. The trek wrapped up in In Flames’ hometown of Gothenburg on Saturday night.

“It was an amazing week together with In Flames and Sepultura,” says vocalist/guitarist Mia Coldheart. “It was a dream tour, and the response from their fans was great. Even the crews were really nice and helped us out all the time even though they could have stayed backstage relaxing, but no, they were on stage, carrying our stuff and keeping an eye on things during all the shows. We can’t thank them enough! We’re back home now, preparing ourselves for the upcoming tours and trying to find time to work on new songs as well.”

CRUCIFIED BARBARA will return to the road next month for a nine-show tour of France. The quartet will also play select dates with DORO, SONATA ARCTICA, JON OLIVA’S PAIN and others prior to the summer festival season.

The North American version of In Distortion We Trust will contain one bonus track ? a cover of Motorhead’s “Killed By Death” ? as well as music videos for each of the group’s three singles (“Losing The Game”, “Rock’n’Roll Bachelor” and “Play Me Hard”) that have been released in their home country.

This Time It’s War – Hunting for New Lead Singer – Details Available

THIS TIME IT’S WAR has parted ways with their current lead singer, and are eagerly hunting for a replacement. Details for the frontman are below:

- You must live in the Richmond, VA area or very close by with your own transportation to and from practice.
- You should be willing to be able to practice at least 2 or 3 nights a week.
- You need to be ready to tour this summer and later this year at the least. This may include giving up jobs or other obligations that would interfere with tour scheduling.
- Previous band experience is not necessary but is a plus.
- We want someone with a good vocal range (lows, mids, and highs). We are looking for someone who is mainly a screamer… clean vocals are not necessary, but if you can do them that’s great.
- You don’t need to sound like Blake. If you want to try out, don’t try to sound like anyone but yourself! We want someone with a distinctive voice.
- You don’t need to be edge, but we are not interested in anyone with substance abuse issues.
- We want someone who can write lyrics. No one else in the band is really gifted at this, so we want someone who can write well.
- Be sure that you can scream for several days at a time. We need someone with a reliable voice, and if you can’t scream for a few days on tour without it blowing out then it won’t work out very well.
- We’re not interested in anyone with an ego or bad attitude. We want someone who is confident in their abilities and has good stage presence, but not a cocky frontman who tries to run the show. We’re all equal in this band.
- We have a new full length album recorded minus the vocals. If you plan to join, you should be ready to record as soon as possible.

If you think you meet these requirements, then please send the band a message on their Myspace or email at ttiwguitar@gmail.com. An instrumental MP3 version of the group’s full length album “Lifeless and Alone” will be available shortly for practice purposes.

Twelfth Gate – ReLaunch Website to Coincide with CD Release

TWELFTH GATE has just launched their new website at TwelfthGate.net to coincide with the release of their new album “Threshold of Revelation”, released today, March 21, via Season of Mist Records.

As previously reported, the band will be performing at the Chicago Powerfest 2006, which takes place on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Mr. Kelley’s Music Box in Chicago Heights, IL. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are NOCTURNAL RITES, MORGANA LEFAY, ELDRITCH, BIOMECHANICAL, AGENT STEEL, ION VEIN, GRACEPOINT, MIRROR BLACK and WITHERING SOUL.

Necro – Warm-Up Show In Virginia Announced

Brooklyn based “death rapper” NECRO has announced his first warm up show before he embarks on The Drugs, Gory Death & Sex World Tour. The show will take place at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on April 29th. Also performing will be U-GOD (WU-TANG CLAN) and STREETLIFE.

Suffocation – New Album Title Announced

Death metal legends SUFFOCATION have posted the following update regarding their touring plans and upcoming new album and DVD:

SUFFOCATION will be touring the U.S. in November alongside FEAR FACTORY, HYPOCRISY, and DECAPITATED. The dates are now being worked on and will be updated on our site as well as our MySpace profile, as soon as they are finalized. On another note we fully intend to have the new album out in time to coincide with the upcoming tour schedule. As for the DVD you fans have been asking for, it is not forgotten, it will follow the release of the album. All focus at this point has to be towards writing the best music we can for the new album which will be entitled ‘Suffocation.’ After 17 years in existence, we believe its due time. If it is possible to release the album and DVD at the same time, that will be the absolute goal.”

The band has the following upcoming shows confirmed:

April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King’s w/ Exodus, Cryptopsy, etc.
May 13 – San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center (CA Metalfest)
May 20 – Halifax, NS @ Stage 9
June 15 – Dublin, IRE @ Temple Music Bar w/ Obituary

with Fear Factory, Hypocrisy, Decapitated:
October 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
November 1 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
November 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 7 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Dysrhythmia – New E-Card Posted Online

You can check out an E-card from DYSRHYTHMIA featuring two new tracks off their upcoming new album Barries And Passages. The album will be released on May 2nd through Relapse Records

Misery Index – New Song Posted Online

A new E-card from MISERY INDEX has been posted online which features a new track entitled “Unmarked Graves” which comes off the band’s upcoming Relapse Records debut Discordia which is due out on May 16th.

All Shall Perish – Currently at Castle Ultimate Studios Recording Nuclear Blast Followup

Oakland, CA-based death metal band ALL SHALL PERISH are currently at Castle Ultimate Studios in Emeryville, CA working on the follow-up to their underground hit release “Hate. Malice. Revenge”. The album has yet to be titled but the band has released some songtitles, including “We Hold These Truths”, “The Day of Justice”, “Last Relapse”, “The True Beast” and “Prisoner of War”.

Commented the group in a press release: “We are done with drums, rhythm guitars, and we are about to start on vocals and solos! The new record sounds fucking incredible; there is definitely something for everyone on this thing!”

The band have enlisted famed tattoo artist Adam Barton to handle the cover art for the album, which is expected to be released late this summer via Nuclear Blast Records.

5 Billion Dead – Auditioning for New Guitarist – Alex Vierira Joins Cannae on Perm. Basis

Florida based 5 BILLION DEAD are now auditioning for a new guitarist. 5 BILLION DEAD would like to wish their former guitarist Alex Vieira good luck for the future, Vieira who joined Boston band CANNAE, has been touring with them for the past 6 months.

5 BILLION DEAD were waiting patiently for Alex, but could wait no longer. All interested parties who would like to audition to be the new guitar player for 5 BILLION DEAD please head to the band’s website or MySpace

Bloodletting North America V – More Dates Released

More dates have been released for the upcoming Bloodletting North America V tour featuring DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE, SEVERE TORTURE, and DECREPIT BIRTH:

July 14 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
July 15 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
July 16 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 17 – Glendale, AZ @ Bull Dogz
July 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
July 19 – Lubbock, TX @ The Slaughterhouse
July 25 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero

The Crumbsuckers – 20th Anniversary Reunion Show

THE CRUMBSUCKERS will be reuniting for a special 20th Anniversary show with SUBZERO on August 3rd at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

Spawn of Possession – New Songs Posted Online

SPAWN OF POSSESSION recently finished their sophomore album, to be entitled “Noctambulant.” As of now two new mp3’s, belonging to this album, have been revealed here. The songs are called “Lash by Lash” and “By A Thousand Deaths Fulfilled.” The latter contains a guest contribution by Robbe K (ARSEBREED/DISAVOWED) on vocals. Other guest contributions on “Noctambulant” include guest vocals by Dusty Boisjolie (SEVERED SAVIOR) as well as a guest guitar solo by Pat O’Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE).

Sauron – Release Next Album Through Carnal Records

SAURON have been released from their contract with Neurotic Records in an amicable fashion, and have now signed to Carnal Records. The band had the following to say, “We parted in good ways with our former label Neurotic Records. Since our musikk evolved more in darker ways, we now found our place on an underground black metal label. Again we signed for one album and it will be recorded this year. No title is set yet.”

Skinless – New Album Cover Art Work Revealed

SKINLESS have released the cover art for their upcoming new album Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead on their MySpace page. The album will be released June 13th through Relapse Records.

Burst – New Video Available For Download

BURST‘s new video for “Where the Wave Broke,” the lead-off track from the band’s acclaimed new album Origo, is available for download now via the Relapse Records website at this location.

The video was shot on location in Stockholm, Sweden with the Harvest Light Production Co. and saw it’s North American premier during the March 4th airing of MTV2’s ‘Headbanger’s Ball.’ “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.

Lair of the Minotaur, Unearthly Trance – East Coast Tour

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR and UNEARTHLY TRANCE will be teaming up this April for an East Coast tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

April 17 – Washington, DC @ DC 9 w/ Drugs Of Faith
April 18 – Richmond, VA @ McCormack’s
April 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
April 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber w/ Rumplestilskin Grinder
April 21 – Hamden, CT @ Hamden Plains United Church
April 22 – New York, NY @ Ace of Clubs w/ Grief
April 23 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Watchmaker
April 24 – Providence, RI @ AS220
April 25 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase
April 27 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
April 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks

Dog Fashion Disco – Another New Song Released

Maryland’s DOG FASHION DISCO have released another new track, “Silent Film,” off their upcoming new album Adultery over at their MySpace page for your listening pleasure.

Slayer – More ‘Unholy Aliance’ Dates Released

More dates have been released for SLAYER‘s The Unholy Alliance – Preaching to the Perverted tour featuring LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and THINE EYES BLEED:

June 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Sports Arena
June 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Orleans Hotel and Casino
June 9 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
June 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s Blue Moon
June 13 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
June 15 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
June 16 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
June 17 – Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
June 19 – Cincinatti, OH @ US Bank Arena
June 23 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
June 24 – Dallas, TX @ Nokia Live
June 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
July 2 – Quebec, QC @ Centre de Foire
July 3 – Montreal, QC @ The Bell Centre
July 4 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amph
July 6 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
July 7 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Auditorium
July 9 – Winipeg, MB @ MTS Center
July 11 – Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conf. Center
July 14 – Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field & Event Center
July 15 – Spokane, WA @ The Star Theatre
July 16 – Salem, OR @ Salem Armory
July 21 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
July 22 – Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena

Kamelot, Epica – More North American Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for KAMELOT‘s North American tour set to take place later this year with EPICA:

September 15 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
September 19 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 24 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
September 25 – Quebec, QC @ Imperial
September 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
September 28 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 30 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room

Fear Factory, Suffocation – More Dates Announced

More dates have been released for the FEAR FACTORY, SUFFOCATION, HYPOCRISY, and DECAPITATED North American tour that will take place later this year:

October 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
November 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 7 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Soilwork – First Date For North American Tour Announced

SOILWORK have lined up a show on October 5th in Springfield, VA at Jaxx with MNEMIC and THREAT SIGNAL. More dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society – Sign Deal with Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary guitarist ZAKK WYLDE and his band, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Having sold over 1.4 million albums worldwide BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is currently working with producer Michael Beinhorn (SOUNDGARDEN, OZZY OSBOURNE, RHCP) on “Shot To Hell”, the first release for Roadrunner that will be released this summer. “After spending a lifetime as Wylde Z. Coyote, I guess it was just a matter of time before I’d catch the Roadrunner, ” comments Wylde. Shot To Hell is the follow up to Mafia, which debuted in March 2005 at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and at #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The top rock track “In This River” from Mafia will be on the upcoming MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge album that is out April 11th. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, who were just announced as the Ozzfest second stage headliner, will tour the world extensively in support of the new album. Zakk is currently finishing up the newest from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and writing and recording with OZZY OSBOURNE for his new album.

“Signing Zakk and Black Label Society is an honor,” stated Roadrunner Records Director of A&R Mike Gitter (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, CRADLE OF FILTH). “The guy is genuine, rock royalty whose talent is only matched by his vision. He is the real deal and his legacy, as one of the greatest guitarists of all time has already been cemented.”

Guitar World Magazine’s 3 time reigning MVP who in their year end readers poll was named #1 most valuable player, #1 best metal guitarist and #1 best shredder and the recipient of Metal Hammer Magazine’s 2005 “Riff Lord” Golden God Award, Zakk is one of the worlds most respected guitarists and a true living legend. On January 17 ROB ZOMBIE and OZZY OSBOURNE inducted ZAKK WYLDE into Hollywood’s Guitar Center Rock Walk. Recently Zakk re-upped with Gibson Guitars who fully endorses him with a line of custom made Les Paul’s and this year Marshall Amplification will make a special limited edition “Zakk Stack.” Zakk is the only artist aside from Jimi Hendrix to have a Marshall amplifier named after him

In 1986, at the age of 19, Zakk was plucked from a gas station in NJ to be the new guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. He quickly asserted not only his guitar skills but also his songwriting prowess, having co-written some of OZZY OSBOURNE‘s best-selling albums including, “No Rest For The Wicked”, “No More Tears” and “Ozzmosis”. Additionally, he has released one album with the short-lived project Pride & Glory, one solo album and seven albums with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Lastly, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has released the DVD “Boozed, Broozed & Broken-Boned- Live with the Detroit Chapter”, which is certified Platinum. Zakk is a budding actor who has appeared in the 2001 movie Rock Star with Mark Walhberg and later this year, will star in the film, “Red Line” directed by Billy Zane.

The Esoteric – Post Video for ‘Your New Burden’ Online

THE ESOTERIC has posted the video for “Your New Burden” online here. The Lawrence, Kansas natives again selected Matt Bass to direct the video, having previously worked with him for the video to “Ram-Faced Boy,” the first single from the band’s 2005 release With The Sureness of Sleepwalking.

The band is now continuing to write material for a follow up to that record, one which led to Alternative Press labeling The Esoteric as one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know In 2005,”

Prong – 3/19 Pics from Hollywood Gig

Pics from last night’s PRONG show at The Whiskey in Hollywood, CA have been made available courtesy of resident photographer Dirt Junior – you can check ‘em here.

Head Automatica – Shooting Video Today in LA

HEAD AUTOMATICA is shooting the video for the new single ‘Graduation Day’ today in Los Angeles. More details will be available shortly.