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Powerman 5000 – Begin Shooting Video for ‘Wild World’ On June 11

DRT recording artist POWERMAN 5000 begin shooting their video for the track “Wild World” on Sunday, June 11 in Los Angeles “Wild World” is the first single off the band’s upcoming album, Destroy What You Enjoy, out August 1. We’re shooting most of it in an abandoned crack house,” vocalist Spider comments. “It should be pretty glamorous.” The video will showcase the band’s high energy live performance, and will be co-directed by Jeff Stewart and Spider.In other POWERMAN 5000 news, the band will embark on a U.S tour beginning July 1 in Lubbock, TX.

Slayer – Announce “Christ Illusion” As Album Title – Reveal Release Date, Tracklisting

Christ Illusion” has been confirmed as the title of the new SLAYER album, it has been announced, and the CD’s release date is now confirmed for August 8, 2006.

Christ Illusion” is SLAYER’s first new studio album since 2001, and the
first recorded by the band’s original line-up – Kerry King/guitars; Tom
Araya
/bass, vocals; Jeff Hanneman/guitars; Dave Lombardo/drums – since
1990’s “Seasons In The Abyss.” “Christ Illusion” was produced by Josh
Abraham
and executive produced by Rick Rubin, and will be released on SLAYER‘s long-time label, Rubin‘s American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records.

Christ Illusion” deals with familiar SLAYER themes – god, religion, hate, and war. Song titles are “Flesh Storm,” “Catalyst,” “Eyes of the Insane,” “Jihad,” “Skeleton Christ,” “Consfearacy,” “Black Serenade,” ” Catatonic,” “Cult,” and “Supremist.” According to Araya, “No one is going to be disappointed, it’s going to blow everybody away. It’s fast, heavy, and maybe faster than anything we’ve done before.”

“It’s a good mix of fast, brutal music and slower moodier stuff, it’s pretty
intense,” added King. “It sounds like a damn SLAYER record.”

A core player in SLAYER‘s history has also rejoined the team for the “Christ
Illusion
” project. Larry Carroll, who did the cover artwork for “Reign in
Blood
,” “South of Heaven,” and “Seasons In the Abyss,” has painted an
original piece for the “Christ Illusion” cover. Working only from the song
titles and early lyrics, Carroll has produced a classic SLAYER masterpiece –
a portrait of the Christ – whose forearms have been chopped off – standing
in an ocean of blood surrounded by floating, decapitated heads. Carroll
created the painting on a 4-by-4-foot slab of wood using a combination of
mediums. King already has placed dibs on ownership of the original wooden
canvas.

The Sword – Announce Headlining Tour – Special Festival Appearance

THE SWORD have announced a U.S. headlining tour in support of their much-talked about album Age of Winters.  Hot off of a highly successful European trek, the critically acclaimed quartet will launch the U.S. tour on July 9 in Tempe, AZ.  The scheduled twenty one city jaunt is expected to conclude on July 30 in Denton, TX, with additional dates pending.  Support on THE SWORD tour will be provided by Bay Area quartet SAVIOURS.

Additionally, THE SWORD have announced a special U.S. performance as part of the much anticipated 2006 Vice Intonation Music Festival.  The festival, set for June 24 and 25, will take place in Chicago, IL’s Union Park, and will see THE SWORD perform alongside a diverse array of heralded acts including BLUE CHEER, HIGH ON FIRE, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, THE STREETS, PANTHERS and BOREDOMS.  More information on the Intonation Music Festival, including the full artist line up and set times can be found at www.intonationmusicfest.com.

Dates for the proposed headlining tour can be found here.

Suffocation – Begin Recording New Album

Legendary death metal giants SUFFOCATION have begun recording their new album.

The self-titled new album is being recorded at Full Force Studios in Long Island, NY. SUFFOCATION is the follow-up to 2004’s Souls To Deny and will see a September 2006 release.

Additionally, SUFFOCATION have enlisted tattoo artist JonZig from Skingraver Tattoo Studio in Austin, TX for SUFFOCATION‘s album artwork. For more information on JonZig, please visit www.jonzig.com.

Municipal Waste – Australian Tour Dates Announced

Virginian thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE have announced the following Australian tour dates for the month of August:

August 4 – Brisbane, AUS @ The Basement
August 5 – Sydney, AUS @ Annadale
August 6 – New Castle, AUS @ Cambridge
August 9 – Perth, AUS @ Rosemount
August 11 – Adelaide, AUS @ Enigma
August 12 – Melbourne, AUS @ Arthouse

Shadows Fall – Frontman Brian Fair Talks To MTV

The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:

SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair lives more than an hour’s drive from the band’s practice space in Springfield, Massachusetts, where they’ve been working on their forthcoming Atlantic Records debut the last six months. But he doesn’t mind after all, the practice space is also above one of New England’s biggest nudie bars, Mardi Gras.

“It doesn’t make it too hard to go to work,” he laughed. “Us and STAIND both have a practice space up there. It’s amazing, too, because I’m used to Boston practice spaces, which are like $500 closets. So this is actually real spacious, and they have $12 pitchers downstairs. It’s not that hard to drive an hour and a half to practice when I know what’s waiting.”

At this point, Fair said, SHADOWS FALL have “the outlines of eight or nine songs” finished. The bandmembers meet three times a week for intense writing sessions. “We’re trying to overwrite,” the singer said. “We were just out in Los Angeles, and we shot a video for ‘In Effigy,’ ” off the band’s final LP for Century Media, Fallout From the War. “Beyond that, we’ve just been writing like hermits up in the practice space.”

Fallout From the War, which will be in stores Tuesday, features eight original SHADOWS FALL tunes and three covers: ONLY LIVING WITNESS‘ “December,” LEEWAY‘s “Mark of the Squealer” and DANGEROUS TOYS‘ “Teas’n, Pleas’n.”

Most of the new songs were borne out of the recording sessions for 2004’s The War Within. The video for “In Effigy,” shot with director Zach Merck (ATREYU, LACUNA COIL), will be a straight-ahead performance clip, according to a Century Media spokesperson.

“Some of these ideas started with The War Within, and this album’s being packaged as a companion piece to that, but for us, it took on a whole new life because after two years, those ideas changed so much it’s ridiculous,” Fair explained. “Like sometimes it was one or two riffs that were somewhere in the vault that we never got a chance to work on, and those original riffs might not have stayed the same. The vocal lines and lyrics were written this fall after [our stint on last summer’s] Ozzfest. To us, it’s a whole new record. One song, ‘Deadworld,’ goes back to the original SHADOWS FALL demo. It’s cool to hear 10 years of progression in one song.”

Fair said the album, while inspired by ideas the band was forced to abandon because of post-album touring commitments, is an LP that marks “another step forward for this band. With each record, we try to progress sonically and as songwriters. This album bridges the gap to The War Within, but for us, it stands on its own.”

The singer said there had been discussions with the label about re-releasing some of the band’s older material. “There was talk of remastering this and that. Someone suggested a box set. But it was like, ‘Dude, we have new songs. Let’s release new songs. The kids don’t want to hear old sh– again.’ “

Fair‘s had his hands full in recent months with both SHADOWS FALL and the recording sessions for OVERCAST‘s forthcoming album, Reborn to Kill Again, which he finished tracking vocals for three weeks ago. OVERCAST, the band Fair was in with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D’Antonio before entering the SHADOWS FALL fold, reunited several months ago for a handful of live gigs and to record Reborn.

“It’s been a lot of fun, which normally isn’t what happens in the studio. Just a bunch of old friends getting together,” Fair said. “It’s been a blast. We’re never going to recapture that energy of a bunch of 16-year-old kids who didn’t know what they were doing, so this is a total different approach to it, and it sounds f—ing monstrous, man.”

As for jumping ship for the major label’s often choppy waters, Fair said it’s a decision he and the rest of the band had to make.

“We were friends with [the folks at Century Media] before we signed with the label, and they definitely went above and beyond what we thought an indie label could possibly do,” he said. “They did offer us a great deal, but we wanted to … see if we could take it to another level.

“It was a tough decision, but one we felt we really needed to make. We’ve been together 10 years, so we came with a contract and we knew exactly what we wanted. If people weren’t into that initial thing, we knew we could cut them off right away. We weren’t settling. We were brutally honest right at the beginning, and it stopped a lot of those dinners right away.

“These labels knew they weren’t signing Britney Spears,” Fair continued. “They were just getting a bunch of Ma–hole metalheads. We were just psyched to get some free pizza and beer.”

Job For A Cowboy – Sign To Metal Blade Records

MTV.com is reporting that Arizona based deathcore act JOB FOR A COWBOY have signed to Metal Blade Records, with the band expected to head into the studio later this year to record their debut album for a Spring release.

Les Claypool – Lines Up Book Signings

Les Claypool will be reading excerpts from his new novel “South of The Pumphouse” followed by a signing at the following locations:

July 15 Sat 6pm
Manhattan, NY @ Barnes and Noble (Astor Place)

July 17 Mon 6pm
Cambridge, MA @ Porter Square Books (25 White St.)
Porter Square Shopping Center

July 22 Sat 6pm
Cleveland Heights, OH @ B-Side Liquor Lounge (2785 Euclid Blvd.)
Presented by Mac’s Backs Paperbacks

Aug. 9 Wed 7:30pm
Los Angeles, CA @ Skylight Books (1818 N. Vermont Ave.)
Also reading: James Greer, author of Artificial Light

Aug. 10 Thu 7:30pm
Santa Monica, CA @ Barnes and Noble (1201 Third St. Promenade)
Also reading: James Greer

Sept. 21 Thu 7pm
San Francisco, CA @ City Lights Bookstore (261 Columbus Ave.)
Also reading: James Greer

For more information, head over to www.akashicbooks.com.

Satellite Party – Feat. Perry Farrel – Sign to Colombia, Recording this Fall

SATELLITE PARTY, which features ex-JANES ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell and ex-EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, recently signed a deal with Columbia Records and will enter the studio early Fall to record their debut album.

John Zorn – 2 Performances Announced For Saturday in NYC

JOHN ZORN will be performing two sets of his “infamous game piece” Cobra on Saturday, June 10th at Tonic in New York City. The sets will be at 8 and 10pm and are $12 each.

Rancid – 4 NYC Shows Announced

RANCID have lined up four New York City shows at the B.B. King Blues Club for the month of August:

August 24th with H20
August 25th with THEO AND THE SKYSCRAPPERS
August 26th with BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE
August 27th with THE SLACKERS

Tickets for all shows are $18 ($20 day of show) and go on sale June 17th.

Paris Hilton – Launches New Video for Lead Single ‘Stars Are Blind’

PARIS HILTON’s new video for her lead single ‘Stars Are Blind’ has made it online just in time for the World Cup and the weekend. You can view the video in its entirity at this location.

For those of you sitting and waiting around for Germany vs. Costa Rica, you can sing along at home:

I don’t mind spending some time
Just hanging here with you
Cuz I don’t find too many guys
That treat me like you do
Those other guys all wanna take me for a ride
But when I walk their talk is suicide
Some people never get beyond their stupid pride
But you can see the real me inside
And I’m satisfied, oh no, ohh

Even though the gods are crazy
Even though the stars are blind
If you show me real love baby
I’ll show you mine

I can make you nice and naughty
Be the devil and angel too
Got a heart and soul and body
Let’s see what this love can do
Baby i’m perfect for you

My love, ohh oh

I could be your confidante
Just one of your girlfriends
But I know that love’s what you want
If tomorrow the world ends
Why shouldn’t we be with the one we really love?
Now tell me who have you been dreaming of
At night at home? oh no, ohh

Excuse me for feeling
This moment is critical
Might be me feeling
It could get physical, oh no, no no

Testament – Announce Two SoCal Shows

TESTAMENT, with their original lineup, have announced two Southern California shows, the first with DECEPTION, the second with SADISTIC INTENT:

July 13 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
July 14 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater

Venom, DevilDriver – Another California Date Added

Another  VENOM / DEVILDRIVER date has hit the net, this time for the Bay Area in California for late August:

August 13 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
August 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
August 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
August 20 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
August 22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
August 24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
August 25 – Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
August 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

36 Crazyfists – More Dates Added to US Tour

More dates have been added to the 36 CRAZYFISTS, TRIGGER POINT US tour that will also feature the RE:IGNITION, THE AUTUMN OFFERING, PHOENIX MOURNING and FALLING CLOSER appearing on select dates. A complete listing is as follows:

July 1 – Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
July 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
July 4 – Denver, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
July 5 – Wichita, KS JC’s @ House of Rock
July 6 – Lawrence, KS @ Iliff Park Saloon
July 7 – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
July 8 – Mankato, MN @ Busters
July 9 – Fargo, ND @ All Star Bowl – w/ THE AUTUMN OFFERING, JACKNIFE
July 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 13 – Louisville, KY @ Oscar’s
July 17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial * – w/ PHOENIX MOURNING
July 19 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room *
July 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale *
July 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory *
July 25 – San Franisco, CA @ The Pound **
July 26 – Portland, OR @ Rock ‘n Roll Pizza *


* With RE:IGNITION
** Without TRIGGER POINT

Moonspell, Katatonia – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for the upcoming North American tour featuring MOONSPELL, KATATONIA, and DAYLIGHT DIES:

October 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 22 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 23 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
October 24 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
October 25 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 27 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
October 28 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
November 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 17 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Burn In Silence – Debut Album Available For Pre-Order – Summer Dates With The Autumn Offering Released

You can now pre-order BURN IN SILENCE‘s debut album, Angel Maker, for $7 over at www.prostheticrecords.com. The album is expected to be released through the label on July 25th. In other news, dates for the band’s upcoming summer tour with THE AUTUMN OFFERING are now available on the band’s official MySpace page.

Powerman 5000 – Push Album Release Date Back to August 1 – Release Cover Art

POWERMAN 5000's new album "Destroy What You Enjoy" has been pushed 
back to an August 1 release date through DRT Entertainment (CLUTCH, GWAR
SOiL). In the meantime, the album cover art has been released at
this location
.

Makeshift Romeo – Announce Release Details for S/T EP

MAKESHIFT ROMEO, featuring members of DOPE, TWISTED METHOD will 
release their self-titled EP on June 13. The limited edition CD will
feature 7 tracks and exclusive video. The disc will only be available online and
on the Jagermeister Summer of Sin 2006 Tour which also features:

DOPE
MANNTIS
BLEED THE SKY
A NEW REVOLUTION

...and kicks off June 13 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Neuraxis – Back From U.S. Tour – Announce Endorsement Deal

NEURAXIS guitarist Rob Milley has posted the following update:

Greetings, NEURAXIS has returned from the NECROPHAGIST Carving North America’s Epitaph tour. We wish to thanks all the bands and crew, Ash and EE Booking, Jason and Willowtip records, Eric and Galy Records. Thanks to everyone that came out to the shows, bought merch, let us crash at their homes and thrashed in the pit!

Also wanted to announce NEURAXIS is now endorsed by Vader Cabinets. Thanks to Adam for the hook up. We played Vader cabinets on the NECROPHAGIST tour and they sounded awesome!!
www.vadercabinets.com

We have some more shows coming up in June and July and then we are back to tour in the US with BENEATH THE MASSACREVICTIMAS and more. Hope to see you there!!

All that Remains – Launch New Website, Post New Music Online

ALL THAT REMAINS have launched a new website in anticipation of their upcoming album, “The Fall of Ideals,” out July 11 on Prosthetic Records. The album features 11 tracks recorded by Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and Peter Wichers (ex-SOILWORK). Head to www.allthatremainsonline.com to hear new songs from the new album, view tour dates, and more.

ALL THAT REMAINS will be appearing on the 2nd stage of this years OZZFEST 2006.

To hear new music before their Summer tour, tune into WAAF tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 8) at 11pm EST to hear 4 new tracks from “The Fall of Ideals”.

Gwar – Cover Alice Cooper – Post MP3 Online – To Headline Huge Fall Tour

Oderous Urungus, lead singer of GWAR, recently posted a message on  the DRT website where he discussed the band’s upcoming album, titled  “Beyond Hell,” covering an ALICE COOPER song, working with Devin Townsend, and SlavePit TV. Here is what he had to say:

GWAR are set to have their biggest summer yet. Recently, a severed  head was sent to the DRT office with a note stating that if we didn’t  post Oderous‘ message that we would be next. So, lets get to Oderous‘ comments:

“OK scum, it is I, ODERUS URUNGUS, overlord of Toilet Earth and lead  singer of the most dangerous band on this or any other planet–GWAR!  Here to give you a quick update/review on the upcoming events and  disasters that are set to plague this planet in the wake of GWAR‘s  latest assault upon your sense and sensibility!”

“First off, it’s DONE! “BEYOND HELL” our latest and greatest studio  release to date, is mixed and mastered and ready to drop on your  heads! Produced by the amazing Devin Townsend, I can say with utmost  confidence that this one is going to take yer fucking head off! The  record doesn’t get released til’ August, but that is not going to  stop us from letting you hear the first single from the album. That’s  right, we actually have done a single for radio play in a desperate  attempt to expand GWAR’s dominion of this world to the FM airwaves!  But what’s this you say? That GWAR‘s music is simply TOO FUCKED UP to  ever make it on the radio–well, yer right! And that’s why, for the  first time in GWAR history, we have covered someone else’s music! But  not just anybody! Nobody less than Alice Cooper, who is rumored to be  a Scumdog himself! GWAR pays homage to the original master of shock  rock, with a bone-crushing version of his most famous song–that’s  right, GWAR has covered “School’s Out” (MP3 Available at www.gwar.net/schoolsout) as the anthem of the summer and the rallying  cry for legions of fed-up drop-outs everywhere. Demand it from your  local lame-ass radio station all summer long, and hear us play it  live on the mammoth Sounds of the Underground tour, coming soon to a  burning city near you!”

“And just to catch you up on the various other GWAR activities, Slave Pit Television (Viewable at www.gwar.net/slavepit) is going  strong, with new chapters being added every week! The new video,  “Bloodbath and Beyond,” will be out this summer! As I mentioned  earlier, we will be dominating the Sounds of the Underground tour all  summer, and then this fall go on a HUGE headline tour. Plus I’ve had  my pet hemmorhoid “Blinky” replaced with several more that are even  nastier. Rejoice children, it’s almost time—GWAR will amongst you  soon!”

Wolfmother – Full Set-List, Review, Picture from Vancouver Show

A full review of WOLFMOTHER from their recent performance in Vancouver, Canada that includes pictures, a full set-list, and more can be found online, courtesy of Metal Rules, here

Earache Extreme Metal Racing – Free PC Game Demo Now Available

A free playable PC game demo version of earache extreme metal racing
available now as download from http://www.6-6-06.co.uk/

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache racing teams
burning a lot more than rubber through hell and other wastelands. Along
with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there'll also be
a plethora of extreme Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the
game from such luminaries as NAPALM DEATH, AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED,
CULT OF LUNA, URKRAFT, MISTRESS, SEVERE TORTURE and many others.

ArnoCorps – Set to Conquer Ireland and the UK

Clad in combat boots and flak jackets, ARNOCORPS has conquered
California, transforming the previously sophisticated audiences of
San Francisco's premier venues into fist-pumping, stage diving
hellheads. Hailing from Austria and based in San Francisco, ArnoCorps
are bringing their barely-contained chaos across the Atlantic for
their very first tour of the UK and Ireland in support of their new
Anticulture Records release, modestly titled "The Greatest Band
of All Time."

Well-steeped in the heroic tales of their Austrian heritage,
ARNOCORPS takes the myths of their primitive past such as
'Total Recall', 'Commando,' and 'Running Man' and sets them to a wall
of sound that is both an immovable object and an irresistible force.
While many in the press have foolishly mistaken this six piece action
adventure hardcore outfit for an Arnold Schwarzenegger tribute band,
ARNOCORPS actually seeks to expose the shameless selling out of
their ballsy folklore to the Hollywood hype machine by the bodybuilder
turned politician.

"We have come to bury Schwarzenoodle, not to praise him",
ARNOCORPS'
crack commandant Holzfeuer proclaims.

During an
ARNOCORPS show, boundaries are meant to be broken as band
members jump into the audience or surf across the crowd on their
guitar cases. Audience members take to the stage to pay proper
tribute to their indestructible idols and worship at the feet of
drummer Gellend Adler as he unleashes a drum solo called 'The
Wheel of Pain.'

"The people of Fantastic Britain, Ireland, Scotland, England, London,
and all these kinds of heroic countries have asked
ARNOCORPS
to come rock with them for a long time, now," Holzfeuer explains.

"Together at our audio assaults, the people can shout in ballsy defiance,
forging the noble bonds that cannot be broken!"

ARNOCORPS tour of the UK and Ireland begins on June 23 and wraps up
on July 15.