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Check out the new video for HEAD AUTOMATICA‘s ‘Graduation Day’ at the links below:
You can now preview THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘s entire album “Stadium Arcadium” on VH1.com at this location. All 28 tracks are currently streaming.
SOiL have made their video for the lead single, ‘Give it Up’, off their DRT Entertainment debut “True Self”, available online. You can check it out at Yahoo! Music. “True Self” was released this past Tuesday, May 2.
The band has also issued the following update:
“Well first we want to wish a massive get well to John in the 7dust camp. We look forward to doing the still scheduled U.S. May dates. We have now added a few of our own headline shows including a very special FREE record release show in our hometown Chicago (with American motherload, Skank, and Ditchwater) on May 9th at the House Of Blues. We will be heading overseas starting June 1st. Finally the new video for SOiL’s first single “Give It Up”, will debut on Yahoo/Launch tomorrow (May 4th). The video will run over the weekend on Yahoo Entertainment and should be posted on this website by Friday. The video will make it’s debut on Saturday May 13th on Headbangers Ball (MTV2). TRUE SELF in stores now!!! “
Confirmed dates for the headlining run, SEVENDUST dates, as well as the band’s European leg can be found here.
To follow-up on a story we recently reported on, KEITH RICHARDS needs to have blood drained from his skull before he can rejoin THE ROLLING STONES‘ world tour. The 62-year-old was airlifted to Auckland’s Ascot hospital suffering concussion after reportedly falling out of a palm tree while on holiday in Fiji last week.
The guitarist was discharged earlier this week, and he will undergo drilling to his skill to drain away bleeding caused by the tumble before THE ROLLING STONES‘ European dates kick off later this month. An insider tells British newspaper The Sun, “Keith’s accident has turned out worse than everybody feared. “After the tests doctors decided they should drain his skull. It has given him a scare but he has been told that he should make a full recovery once it’s done.”
You can check out some pics of DAWN OF AZAZEL opening for KORN on May 1st at SuperTop in Auckland, New Zealand here.
HATEBREED have officially signed to Roadrunner Records. Band vocalist Jamey Jasta had this to say about the signing:
“I speak for the whole band when I say that we are more than excited to have our next album be released on Roadrunner Records worldwide. We are all big fans of the label. We’re proud that Roadrunner is the new home for our music and message.”
The following article is from MTV.com:
SYSTEM OF A DOWN are not breaking up. But if you’d like to catch them live, you may want to consider buying an Ozzfest ticket.
There have been plenty of rumors suggesting that the band’s headlining stint on this summer’s Ozzfest would be the last time frontman Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan would be appearing onstage together under the System banner. But Malakian said that’s just not true.
“I’ll always be a member of SYSTEM OF A DOWN,” he said. “That will never change. There’s no rule that says you have to make records constantly, like clockwork, to continue being who you are. We want to live our lives, [because being in a band] really consumes a big part of your life, and sometimes you just want to stop and slow down. We started being just these guys in a band, and the next thing you know, everyone’s asking for autographs. It plays with your head.”
So, Malakian said, after this summer’s Ozzfest ? which will kick off in Seattle on June 29 and wrap up August 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida ? SYSTEM OF A DOWN will go on “hiatus.”
“We’re not breaking up,” Malakian insisted. “If that was the case, we wouldn’t be doing this Ozzfest, because we’re a little nervous” about trying to fill Ozzy Osbourne’s shoes. Ozzy will be headlining just 10 of this year’s Ozzfest dates, with System topping the bill on Ozzy’s off days. “We’re going to take a very long break after Ozzfest and do our own things,” he added. “We’ve done System for over 10 years, and I think it’s healthy for us to get away from it for a while and come back to it later on. So, this is probably going to be … well, it’s not a farewell tour, but it’s going to be a little while before we go out again.”
Malakian said he couldn’t guess just how long System’s hiatus will be, other than to say a few years. SYSTEM OF A DOWN have generally held recording sessions every three years since their self-titled debut in 1998, although the release of the material has been staggered: 2001’s Toxicity was followed in 2002 by the outtakes collection Steal This Album!, and in 2005 the band issued the two halves of its double album, Hypnotize/ Mezmerize, five months apart. This fall, Malakian said he’ll start work on his next project, SCARS ON BROADWAY, a band he’s still assembling. He’s also in talks to score a feature film, but hasn’t inked a deal just yet.
And the rest of the band has other interests, too. Tankian runs his own record label, Serjical Strike, and Odadjian has been talking with members of the WU-TANG CLAN about working together on a project.
“I have a few things lined up that I want to do,” Malakian explained. “For me, personally, I’ve written all the System records from day one, so it’s kind of healthy for me to go off and do a few other things and then come back to it, as it is for the rest of the band. Some people would call it a breakup, but we don’t really call it that. You know, even U2 took a little time off, and then they came back with a new sound. We’re not trying to follow anyone ? that’s just an example of a band that kind of took a little break and then came back.
“People get very focused on the band and away from the art,” he continued. “The art, in my opinion, is the most important part of the whole thing ? whether it’s called SYSTEM OF A DOWN or SCARS OF BROADWAY or whatever. It’s the songs and the art that’s the most important thing, and for me, creatively, I kind of want to go somewhere else at the moment. We’re not making any plans. For 10 years, it’s been make a record, plan on making the next record, plan on the next tour, plan on this, plan on that. There have always been plans around System. Our lives have been planned around System. We want to go live our lives a bit. We feel this is healthy for the longevity of System.”
You can check out the art work for ANATA‘s highly anticipated upcoming new album, The Conductor’s Departure, here. The album will be released on June 12th through Earache Records. You can also preview a new track entitled “Downward Spiral Into Madness” over at the band’s MySpace page.
Austrian death metallers PUNGENT STENCH have lined up the following upcoming U.S. shows:
May 11 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
May 12 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
May 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cooler Lounge
May 14 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
May 15 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street
May 16 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
May 17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
May 20 – Boise, ID @ Grove Street
May 21 – Aurora, CO @ Illif Park Saloon
May 22 – Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Mary’s
May 27 – Roanoke, VA @ Shooters
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 29 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
May 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
June 4 – New York, NY @ Downtime
Tour dates have been updated for THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN:
June 10 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s w/ Misery Index, From A Second Story Window, Cattle Decapitation, Animosity, Job For A Cowboy
June 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley*
June 15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus*
June 20 – Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom*
June 22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom*
June 23 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom*
June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
June 25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
June 28 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
June 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
June 30 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
July 1 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
July 2 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
July 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre*
July 7 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre*
July 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club*
July 11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium*
July 14 – Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
July 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
July 18 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s On Washington
July 19 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
July 20 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
July 21 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Music Hall
July 22 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
July 23 – Madison, WI @ The Annex
July 29 – Wichita, KS @ Headway Skatepark
* = with A.F.I. and NIGHTMARE OF YOU
In what is already one of summer?s most successful and sought-after concerts, DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY‘s rockin? US tour has been extended due to an overwhelming demand from music fans for tickets. Dates for the second leg have been announced today. The tour will kick off on June 23rd in Camden, NJ.
The bands–along with VH1 Classic and Live Nation– had only announced a few short weeks ago that they were pairing up for a summer tour that would run from June until the end of August. Since then, the call for tickets has far surpassed all expectations, delighting and amazing promoters across the country.
DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen said, ?This is what we were hoping for. We were thrilled with the initial ticket sales and now we can really get on it!?
“I’m looking forward to getting out there and kickin’ ass,” says JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon. ?We’re glad that our fans are excited about this tour, and I think both Journey and Def Leppard will gain some new fans. I’m especially looking forward to playing guitar with my good buddy Vivian Campbell.”
?We?re thrilled with the way music fans have embraced this tour,? said Bruce Kapp Senior Vice President of Touring for Live Nation, the company producing the tour. ?It?s clear from the way these shows are selling that the Def Leppard and Journey package is going to be one of the stand out hits of the summer.?
Welsh ragga-metallers SKINDRED have lined up some Summer dates in the UK, as well as an update regarding their followup to their successful release “Babylon” which sold upwards of 250,000 worldwide. Here is what guitarist Arya had to day:
“Hey guys, hope you are all well. Just thought i’d give you a quick update with whats going on with us dred boys! On Sunday we are flying to Miami! We are gonna be there for about a month, doing some writing for the new album at Bieler Bros Records/Studios, which i have to say is going great. We are all really excited about the new stuff we are coming up with. Its been great to have some time to just jam out. As you know we were on tour forever, so to have some time to focus on just writing songs has been awesome. We are also playing 2 shows in Florida, so come and say hey! If you wanna get in contact about booking us for a show the best way to go about it is through our management team. Northern Music for UK and Europe, and Bieler Bros for USA. That is the best and only way!”
“This summer we are gonna be doing some festivals and headling in the UK. Download being the one i can’t wait for!!! Just keep checking our offical website and this page. Like I said, the new album is on its way, we don’t wanna rush it. If we did, we would be letting you and ourselves down! It will be worth the wait i promise!!!! I’ve gotta pack my shorts, so i’m gonna leave it there. Thanks for reading my 1st blog!”
May 26 – Orlando @ Orlando House of Blues
May 27 – Ft. Lauderdale @ The Revolution
June 9 – Harlow @ Harlow The Square
June 11 – Donnington @ Download Festival
June 16 – Plymouth @ The Hub
June 23 – Trobridge @ The Hub
June 24 – Aberdare Mid Glamorgan @ The Black
June 25 – Bridgewater @ Rugby Club
July 1 – Lincoln @ Sugarcubes
July 8 – Aberdeen @ Tunnels
July 9 – Glasgow @ ABC
July 16 – Birmingham @ Academy
July 22 – Oxford/Steventon @ Oxford Truck Festival
August 3 – London @ Camden Electric Ballroom
Candlelight Records has premiered ‘Voices’ from THEATRE OF TRAGEDY‘s forthcoming album Storm and ‘Bleed’ from WOLVERINE‘s forthcoming album Still at the label’s official My Space page. Bring your browser to this location to have your first listen.
Produced by Rico Darum at Toproom Studios in Norway and mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, FEAR FACTORY, etc.) at The Green Jacket studios in British Columbia, “Storm” is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to THEATRE OF TRAGEDY‘s popular “Assembly” (Nuclear Blast) album released nearly three years ago. Introducing new vocalist Nell Sigland (replacing Liv Kristine), the album has already found much success on its recent European release; the albums lead single placing on numerous national sales charts. It is the band’s first through Candlelight. “Storm” will hit US stores on June 27.
Recorded at Spacelab Studios in Germany during mid-2005, “Still” is a far more robust album, heavier in nature while simultaneously allowing their emotive songwriting to shine. Its somber yet commanding. Revolver Magazine said of the band’s previous album, “a powerful soundscape that draws you inescapably into the madness.” Home to OPETH‘s early trilogy of recordings, WOLVERINE joined Candlelight Records’ growing worldwide roster earlier this year after ending relations with Earache Records. “Still” hits US stores July 11.
HIM tore up the airwaves this fall with the single ?Wings of a Butterfly? off their latest album Dark Light. With a new US tour underway, the band is back with their new single ?Killing Loneliness.? Streaming links can be found below:
BURN SEASON have announced ?Perfect? as the second single from their self titled, Bieler Bros debut. The song is currently receiving heavy play on satellite radio and is expected to surface online and impact terrestrial radio in the coming weeks. In other news BURN SEASON has posted another new song from the album entitled ?Walk Away? which can be heard here.
ANAAL NATHRAKH are approximately 70% finished with the recording of their new album. The following may help plug the gaping hole between now and its release:
Owing to the lack of regard for decency shared by Mordgrimm and Earache records, the labels have decided to mutually re-release ANAAL NATHRAKH‘s ‘The Codex Necro‘ and ‘When Fire Rains Down From The Sky, Mankind Will Reap As It Has Sown‘ (label will vary according to territory). To further extend the list of various justifications for their respective punishment, obliteration and damnation, those concerned have chosen to augment these versions of the recordings by the inclusion of the following:
The Codex Necro will have bonus tracks comprising the Peel Session recorded for the late John Peel’s legendary radio show at the BBC studios at the great man’s personal request. These include the first ever performance of ‘The Oblivion Gene,’ later to appear in its full re-recorded form on the subsequent album Domine Non Es Dignus. No, that doesn’t mean this session was the first recording of the song, it means it was the first performance EVER, the song was never even rehearsed before this recording session.
When Fire… is reissued with the inclusion of ANAAL NATHRAKH‘s full live band debut, the Rock Show live session recorded for the BBC radio show of the same name. Notable in this instance, alongside performances from Ventnor and Chemical Nova, are the appearances of Emburyonymous making its live debut for the band, and Nick Barker who bastardised for this recording alone.
The releases are simultaneous for the American territory on the 18th of April, and releases in other territories will follow in the weeks after this date.
May this news bring no tears of joy whatsoever to anyone’s face, anywhere, at any time.
Rumors are currently circulating on the Internet that Massachusetts based wanna-be tough guy hardcore act ON BROKEN WINGS recently got their asses kicked at a show in Virginia. More information will be posted as the story develops.
Escapi Music has officially announced the signing of SPEEDKILL/HATE to their already supercharged roster, which also includes the likes of:
SPEEDKILL/HATE?s debut ?Acts of Insanity? which is scheduled for release on 6/6/06 features current OVERKILL member?s Dave Linsk & Derek Tailer with
Mario Frasca on vocals (of note, Ex-OVERKILL drummer Tim Mallare plays on the album as well).
SPEEDKILL/HATE?s style definitely fits in with the thrash community, but at the same time trying to do something a little different. Bridging the old with the new and adding in some death elements into the mix. Some people actually say, ?You guys have started up something new called thrashcore. Linsk replies, well, that’s OK. Mario is into some hardcore stuff and has a bit of that in his vocal style, and he brings that to the thrash thing that is going on in the music.?
Described as aggressive, intense, brutal music, ?Acts of Insanity? is a razor sharp representation of ?East Coast Thrash?.
SPEEDKILL/HATE will be joining VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE on this year?s Metal Crusaders Tour.
?This Metal Crusader?s Tour truly marks the start of SPEEDKILL/HATE, I hope to never be home!- Mario
SOULFLY guitarist MARC RIZZO will be making several free in-store appearances during the band’s U.S. tour next week that will consist of Rizzo performing and doing a question-and-answer and autograph session. All in-store appearances begin at 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:
May 9 – Dave Phillips Music @ 622 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA
May 11 – Vintage Vinyl @ 51 Lafayette Rd, Ford, NJ
May 12 – Manny’s Music @ 156 W 48th St., New York, NY
In other news, a one-page article on MARC RIZZO appears in the July 2006 issue of METAL EDGE magazine (with TOOL on the cover), which is scheduled to hit the stands on May 16.
According to an advertisment placed by Sydney’s Gaelic Theatre (which has this year played host to BEHEMOTH) in Street Press Publication Drum Median, as well as Australia’s PyroMusic.net, German thrash legends KREATOR will be in Australia, and playing Sydney on August 25, 2006. A copy of the article can be found here.
More info will be added when known, including when official word gets out from th band.
This week on the chart…
#1 – GODSMACK – IV – 220K
#2 – TAKING BACK SUNDAY – Louder Now – 156K
#3 – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions – 145K
#9 – THE GOO GOO DOLLS – Let Love In – 82K
#26 – PANIC! AT THE DISCO – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – 29K
#31 – ROB ZOMBIE – Educated Horses – 26K
#34 – THE FRAY – How To Save A Life – 24K
#46 – FALL OUT BOY – From Under the Cork Tree – 18K
More tour dates have been released for A.F.I.‘s upcoming tour with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NIGHTMARE OF YOU:
June 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
June 15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
June 20 – Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
June 22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
June 23 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
June 26 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
June 28 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
June 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
July 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
July 7 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
July 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
July 11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
July 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
July 18 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s On Washington
July 19 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
July 20 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
July 23 – Madison, WI @ The Annex
Dates have been announced for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS tour with THE MARS VOLTA:
August 11 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
August 15 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
August 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center
August 18 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
August 21 – Glendale, AZ @ Glendale Arena
August 22 – San Diego, CA @ ipayOne Center at The Sports Arena
August 24 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
August 27 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
September 14 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
September 16 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
September 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
September 19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
September 20 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
September 25 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
September 28 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
October 1 – Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi
October 17 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
October 20 – Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden (Fleet Center)
October 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
October 26 – Duluth, GA @ Arena at Gwinnett Center
October 28 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
October 30 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
October 31 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
November 2 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
November 3 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
November 5 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Chicago-based Cupcake Records announces the signing of rock band ESCAPE FROM EARTH to a recording contract and will be putting out the band?s new record “Who Do I Have To Kill?”. ?We have been following the Escape From Earth guys now for a number of years,? says Chris Sernel (President, Cupcake Records) ?and we decided it was time to lock them into a deal.?
Yes, that’s the same Chris Sernel who fronts the band ESCAPE FROM EARTH. “There?s never been a better time for us to put out our own record,? says Sernel. ?The Internet allows us to reach every corner of the world from right here in my bedroom (i.e., Cupcake Corporate Headquarters). We can sell our own CDs, book our own tours and market the band exactly how we want. We maintain 100% control over everything. It?s really the perfect scenario.? Drummer Mike Prost continues, ?We?ve been on MTV, we?ve been in Teen People Magazine, we played at the Miss USA Competition. We did all of this on our own. Why start relying on other people now??
ESCAPE FROM EARTH will be releasing “Who Do I Have To Kill?” through Cupcake Records on May 23 (however, the album is available through the band?s website now). The band started working on the record in 2005 in Prost?s parents? garage. ?We just started writing and jamming and writing some more,? says guitarist Scott Dalheim. ?We never had the intention of recording a full-length record. We started recording new songs and then eventually found ourselves with 10 songs we felt strongly about!?
The result is a collection of ultra-catchy alterna-pop songs that are hard hitting but not overpowering. ?Some friends of mine who heard the record told me Kill was a really great break-up album,? says songwriter Sernel. ?I never thought of it that way, but there are certainly some of those elements in the songs. I really think there?s something for everyone on this record. And in most cases, I think people will enjoy listening to the record front-to-back.?
With a new label and a new record comes a new outlook on life for ESCAPE FROM EARTH. So why title the record “Who Do I Have To Kill?”
“Kill is one our favorite songs on the record – it is a pop song that sums up our lives for the past few years,? says bassist Andy Ahn. ?We grew tired of playing the game and spending all of our time worrying about what record labels and ?industry? people thought about our band. Our music and our shows have always been about our fans and we are not about to change that. This record is for our friends and fans in the ESCAPE FROM EARTH family.?