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Gorgoroth – New Album Cover Art Posted Online

The cover artwork for GORGOROTH‘s new album, Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam, has been posted online here. The album will be released in Europe on June 19th through Regain Records and July 25th in the U.S. through Candlelight.

Zombie Ritual – New Song Posted Online / Support Razorback Records

You can check a new song by ZOMBIE RITUAL entitled “Zombies From Tokyo” here. The song is said to be about the band’s impending trip to the USA for the upcoming Goregon Massacre Fest.

In related news, the following post was originally posted on the Razorback Records Hog-Wild Howls blog, and we feel it’s important because Razorback is one of the best labels in the underground and deserve your support:

“Everybody should know by now that Razorback does not have an “official” distributor. What that means is, there’s nobody out there that gets our stuff in big stores like Best Buy, Tower, Sam Goody (um…are they even still around? I don’t know, I never go to shopping malls or record stores anymore), etc. 99% of the bigger distributors have absolutely no interest in the kind of metal that Razorback puts out. Our stuff is underground, unpopular, oldschool, and it doesn’t follow the rules or trends of today. (comic book-style artwork is out, photoshopped digital crap is IN.) Even most “independent” distributors have no interest in our stuff. Razorback is a very SMALL label with limited appeal. We’re a “specialty” label and we’ll always be just that. Some people either “get it”, or they don’t. (thankfully there ARE people who DO get it, thanks!)

We often get sleazy jerks looking to score a “license deal” with our CD’s, which is really just a total rip off. Basically, they want to make their own copies of our albums and profit while we get nothing in return. Whenever you hear the term “license deal”, 99% chance it’s a total scam/rip-off. It just doesn’t work. Film makers/companies get screwed over by that shit all the time, and with underground metal music it’s even more of a nightmare.

We’ve always relied on trading with other labels and other labels buying our stuff at a very cheap wholesale price. This, however, is becoming more and more difficult with each passing year. Many labels are going out of business, nobody wants to trade anymore, and getting wholesale orders is becoming almost impossible. The scene is simply flooded with too many CD’s and bands and there’s just not enough fans to support it anymore. It’s all about quantity, over quality. (by the way, thanks to all the labels and distros who DO still trade and order wholesale! It really does help keep whatever is left of the underground alive!)

Why am I bringing all of this up, you ask? Well, it’s simple. No distribution = no more Razorback Records.

No, we’re not going out of business. I’ll always find a way to do this label! Even if I have to go back to the days of putting out cassette tapes with photocopied covers! I’m discussing this because I need to let you know that it’s really important more than ever for you to buy our CD’s direct from us. It’s really the most effective way of helping to keep the label alive at this point.

We’ve had to stop planning new CD’s and picking up new bands because we simply can’t afford it anymore. It’s as simple as that.

Sorry for such a depressing topic, but I just felt this would be a good place to discuss this and to let you all know where we currently stand. People seem to really like our bands and releases and it’s really a great feeling to know that. On the other hand, there’s a dark side to all of this and things are not getting any better. The bigger labels/distributors simply don’t care if we live or die….and that’s why it’s up to YOU. If you want to see more albums in the future from FRIGHTMARE, GHOUL, SPLATTERHOUSE, etc…..it can only happen from your direct support. Otherwise…we’re FUCKED!

Thanks to everyone who does buy direct and orders our mailorder titles as well. It really is appreciated and we do everything we can to make sure the orders go out the next day as fast as possible, with still the cheapest prices possible!”

www.razorbackrecords.com

All Shall Perish – Unveil New Song – Announce Updated Mini-tour Dates

Oakland’s ALL SHALL PERISH have unveiled a new song entitled “Wage Slaves” from their upcoming album The Price of Existence at www.myspace.com/allshallperish. The band’s second album is set to be released Aug 8th in North America by Nuclear Blast Records and contains 11 new blistering tracks of extreme metal diversity.

The band comments: “This track is one of the more straight-forward brutal songs on the record and is sort of an ode to old school Pantera, but the whole album is packed with all kinds of songs from black metal to thrash to beat-down and even an instrumental!  It’s truly an epic album.”

ALL SHALL PERISH are launching a mini tour next week and playing a much of the new album in preparation for the long summer tour with SUICIDE SILENCE, LIGHT THIS CITY, TOO PURE TO DIE, and NIGHTS LIKE THESE which hits almost every market in the US.

ALL SHALL PERISH‘s “Fuckin’ a Bloody Midget mini Tour!” dates:

June 1 – Fresno, CA  @ The Belmont  
June 2 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
June 3 – Mexicali, MX @ LA Estacion Cantina 
June 5 – Ceres, CA @ The Workshop
June 6 – Reno, NV @ The 14th Ward

Quebec Metal & Hardcore Festival – To Take Place From June 2-3

The first edition of the XL MetAll Dressed Festival will be presented in Montreal and Quebec City and will feature bands coming from Europe, the United States and Canada. The line up includes:

DISFEAR
MISERY INDEX
GHOULUNATICS
CURSED
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NEURAXIS *
ATHERETIC
MESRINE
RUMPLESTILSKIN GRINDER
STRONG INTENTION

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

**Montreal only
*Quebec City only

Dissection – U.S. Shows Postponed? – Updated

DISSECTION‘s previously announced California show, which was supposed to take place on June 30th at the West Hollywood House of Blues, has been rescheduled for September 1st. There’s presently no word on if the band’s New York City date will be moved as well or when the new date would be.

Update: The New York City show will now take place on September 6th at the B.B. King Blues Club

In other news, DISSECTION mainman Jon Ndtveidt recently announced in an interview the band’s plans to disband after a few select performances:

“What we have in front of us now are a few extremely select concerts that will mark the end of DISSECTION, out of which the Dissection Midsummer Massacre in Sweden on the 24th of June will be the only European concert, as well as the last. We will also make our first and last concert in Israel, as well as two final concerts on the American continent.

I have reached the limitations of music as a tool for expressing what I want to express, for myself and the handful of others that I care about, and I will now move along to other realms of practice.

Reinkaos‘ has been our only focus for such a long period of time and all the work and fanatic dedication put into the band by each member has been directed into this album. With ‘Reinkaos‘ finally recorded and released I also realize that there is nothing left for me to do with DISSECTION. We have succeeded with our task to manifest, in essence, a truly Satanic record blessed by the dark gods and we have succeeded with our goal to manifest a truly Satanic band! My goal was to bring back DISSECTION with full force and to make it the Satanic unit I always wanted it to be and the tool for completing the personal black magical work that was started many years before. With ‘Reinkaos’ this has all been achieved and I’m very, very pleased with the result. It wouldn’t even be desirable for me to follow it up since everything that I ever wanted to express is in there. That’s why we now have decided that this is the time to move on and where DISSECTION no longer will be an active band. So it’s a great victory for me to move beyond this phase of personal becoming. With ‘Reinkaos‘ we have reached the ending chapter. DISSECTION‘s work is done and this is our legacy.”

Dark Tranquillity – New Album Details Outlined

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following update:

No updates for a while, but rest assured that we haven’t been resting on our laurels. We’re insanely busy with the songwriting for the next album, and it’s now decided that the recordings will start in October. More details about studios (yes, that’s in plural), working partners and so forth will follow as soon as everything is 100% confirmed.

As for the music itself, the material we’re working on covers the whole gamut from laid back acoustic sections to furious blastbeats, so you can all look forward to a diverse and challenging offering. Most songs are still in the embryonic stages, so it’ll be interesting to see how things develop.

Some media goodness to make the wait for the next magnum opus easier: A 15-minute video clip of our gig at the Fury Fest in France (June 25, 2005) has been uploaded to our MySpace page. As usual with these homemade recordings, the quality itsn’t stellar, but it gives a good enough representation of the show.

Also, we found an old version of “Away, Delight, Away” from an 8-track promo recording we did in our rehearsal studio back in the spring of 1994. This is an early incarnation of the song that differs slightly from the version that ended up on the “Of Chaos And Eternal Night” MCD. The promo itself also contained “Punish My Heaven” and “The Gallery”, and was sent out to a select few record labels and tape trading contacts.

Check the stuff out: www.myspace.com/dtofficial.

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.