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DragonForce – Sign To Roadrunner Records

DRAGONFORCE have signed to Roadrunner Records and will release their latest album, Inhuman Rampage, through the label in North America this summer.

Disturbed – Rapid City Show Moves to Casper, WY

Due to scheduling conflicts the May 22 DISTURBED show in Rapid City has changed to Casper, WY at the Events Center. No other information is available.

Imagika – Ink Deal with Crash Music – Tracklisting Announced

Crash Music, Inc. today announces that they have signed San Francisco power/thrash/metal band, IMAGIKA to a licensing deal for North America for the band’s new CD, “My Bloodied Wings”, due on July 11. The follow-up to last year’s “Devils on Both Sides” was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California and was mixed at Los Angered Recording in Gothenburg, Sweden with Andy LaRocque of KING DIAMOND fame.

“My Bloodied Wings” track listing:

1. The Tongue of Nyx
2. Hunter’s Moon
3. Second Coming
4. Throw the Horns
5. Heart of Icarus
6. Weaken
7. The Darkest of All Secrets
8. Inhuman
9. One More Day
10. Forever Darkened
11. My Bloodied Wings

Dysrhythmia, Behold…The Arctopus – More Dates Released

More dates have been released for DYSRHYTHMIA and BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS‘s upcoming tour:

with Yakuza:
May 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
May 26 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
May 27 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
May 28 – New Haven, CT @ Bar Nightclub
May 29 – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
May 30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
May 31 – Charleston, SC @ Cumberland’s w/ Kylesa
June 1 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
June 2 – Athens, GA @ Tasty World
June 3 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar w/ Kylesa
June 6 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
June 7 – Austin, TX @ TBA
June 8 – Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
June 9 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
June 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
June 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
June 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
June 13 – Portland, OR @ TBA
June 14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
June 17 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
June 18 – Lawrence, KS @ The Replay Lounge
June 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
June 21 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
June 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk’s Lounge
June 23 – Chicago, IL @ TBA

June 24 – Dayton, OH @ Elbo’s w/ Mouth of the Architect
June 25 – Columbus, OH @ High Five w/ Yakuza
June 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
June 27 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
June 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Bar

Sounds of the Underground – Tour Dates Released

Dates have been announced for this year’s edition of the Sounds of the Underground tour featuring AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GWAR, TERROR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEHEMOTH, THE CHARIOT, and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD:

July 8 – Cleveland, OH @ Plain Dealer Pavillion
July 9 – Chicago, IL @ 1st Midwest Bank Amp. Parking Lot
July 11 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
July 12 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis **
July 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center
July 14 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center Parking Lot *
July 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom Outside
July 16 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Waterfront ****
July 17 – Washington DC @ Merryweather Pavillion

with EVERGREEN TERRACE:
July 19 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
July 21 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
July 22 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete St. Amphitheatre
July 23 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amp. Parking Lot
July 26 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre ***
July 27 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues **
July 28 – San Diego, CA @ TBA ***
July 29 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amp. Parking Lot
July 31 – Denver, CO @ Universal Lending Pavilion
August 2 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Outside
August 3 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphithea
August 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
August 6 – Winnipeg, MB @ Convention Centre
August 7 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Center
August 8 – Edmonton, AB @ Northlands Agricom
August 10 – Vancouver, BC @ The Pne Forum
August 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Universal Amphitheatre

* = with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
** = only AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, GWAR, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TERROR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
*** = with SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY, STILL REMAINS
**** = with VISION OF DISORDER

From A Second Story Window – Studio Update – Between the Buried and Me Guest Appearance (?)

FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW have checked in with a bit of record update with word on some guests who may/may not be stopping by:

“Tracking is well along the way for the Delenda record. The group is in Syracuse at More Sound Studios recordings with engineer/producer, Jo cko, According to the band, drums & guitars are just about done, with the remainder of the recording falling into line according to plan. The artwork is being handled by Jason Fiske (Frequency Needs a Mate). Reportedly, BTBAM’s Tommy Rogers may be making a guest appearance also.”

Terror – Offer Up Studio Update – July 10 Release

TERROR have offered up a studio update from their hole in Hadley, MA, including some info regarding guests in the studio:

“Yo! We are out in Hadley, MA recording our new record “Always The Hard Way” with King Zeuss, and we couldn’t be more happy with the way it’s coming out! We have been in here for about 20 days now, and we are finishing up. Eddie Sutton from Leeway and Arron from Death Threat made a vocal appearance and it sounds fuckin’ great! The album is gonna drop July 10th just in time for sounds of the underground this summer! I posted some photos of us in the studio, so check that shit out!”

36 Crazyfists – Debut New Material on MySpace Page

Alaskan metallers 36 CRAZYFISTS have put the first taste of new music from their forthcoming album ”Rest Inside The Flames” up on their official MySpace. The track ‘I’ll Go Until My Heart Stops’ is also featured on the forthcoming ‘Headbangers Ball: The Revenge’ compilation. Album art is also available at the same link.

Trivium – Live 30 Minute Performance from Radio 1 Studios Streaming Tonight

Tonight on the BBC’s Radio 1 Rock Show, from 1-3am GMT, 5pm PST, 8pm EST, the show will be airing TRIVIUM‘s live thirty minute performance at the Radio 1 Maida Vale studios. Streams can be found at bbc.co.uk.

The Spill Canvas – Tour Update Video Provided

PunkRockVids.com has uploaded the first episode from East/West Records’ THE SPILL CANVAS‘ tour update. Titlted, “Introduction”, the video is also avaliable on .mp4 format so you can watch it on your iPod.

Hirax – Announce Return of Guitarist Glenn Rogers – Writing New Material, New Lineup

HIRAX vocalist Katon W. De Pena has announced lead guitarist Glenn Rogers has rejoined HIRAX with lead guitarist Lance Harrison, bassist Steve Harrison and drummer Fabricio Raveli completing the new lineup.

?I wanted to make some changes for a while,? said De Pena. ?The only other band member that I saw eye to eye with on what direction HIRAX should be going was Glenn. We both really love playing heavy thrash metal and we know what HIRAX should sound like.?

?Katon and I began talking again after he mailed a copy of the ?Thrash Til Death? DVD to me,? said Glenn Rogers. ?My heart has always been into HIRAX; and after our meeting, we found out that we’re both still on the same page. So we decided it was in our best interest to put all the bullshit behind us and move forward.?

?The Harrison brothers are local Los Angeles/Orange County musicians who are veterans of the heavy metal scene,? said De Pena. ?Lance Harrison was our guitar tech so he knows what we are all about. He is a great addition to the band. His brother Steve knows how to play his instrument and comes from the Jaco Pastorius, Cliff Burton, Steve Harris school of bass playing. He is perfect for what we do. Our newest member is Fabricio Ravelli from Brazil. He is dedicated to metal and had been following our music for years. Fabrico is a well known musician back in South America and relocated to California in order to peruse his career in music. We are privileged to have him as a member of HIRAX.?

HIRAX is currently working on new material for their next record to be titled ?Assassins Of War.? The record was planned to be an EP, however, it has morphed into a full-length because of the amount of material that Rogers and the Harrison brothers have been writing.

One of the first dates for the new lineup of HIRAX will be in Long Island City, New York, on May 13, headlining a show for Metal Kingdom Records? 2nd Anniversary. This will be the band?s first-ever New York show.

?Not only am I excited about ?Assassins Of War, I am looking forward to playing shows with these guys,? said De Pena. ?They are TRUE ROAD DOGS!! They are willing to travel and sleep on floors if that?s what it takes. They are hungry like I am and are willing to go the extra mile to play our music for the fans- no matter what country and no matter if they are rich or poor. All we care about is METAL!!?

Scheduled live dates are below:

May 13 – @ Metal Kingdom Records 2nd Anniversary

Facedowninshit, Unearthly Trance – Release Albums Today – Announce Future Touring Plans

FACEDOWNINSHIT and UNEARTHLY TRANCE have both unveiled new albums, both of which hit stores today, April 4.

FACEDOWNINSHIT melds the ethos of hardcore and punk, the sincerity of blues, and a forceful urgency to create their own unique brand of southern fried dirt metal. On “N.P.O.N. (Nothing Positive, Only Negative)”, the trio delivers honesty that resonates in every word, every D.I.Y-till-I-die riff, and through every last beat of the drums. Ugly, crude, ragged, and raw, “N.P.O.N.” is FACEDOWNINSHIT‘s manifesto and a new call to arms for the international extreme scene.

The band has also announced a headlining six-week tour in support of N.P.O.N. called the ?Rootin’ Tootin’ Schlitz Yourself Tour? that will begin on April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA. A complete listing of FACEDOWNINSHIT tour dates will be made available shortly via the Relapse Records website.

On their Relapse Records debut The Trident, New York’s UNEARTHLY TRANCE explore the mind’s third eye, putting to sound the heavy, doom-laden thoughts that are buried deep in all psyches. UNEARTHLY TRANCE deliver chilling, hostile vibes taken straight from the mind?s cold steely abyss with a merciless strike. With The Trident, UNEARTHLY TRANCE has embraced its’ past and fused it together with a new and exciting sense of momentum. The Trident is the result of a band that has never been more focused and determined. UNEARTHLY TRANCE are set to bring on the mental apocalypse. An e-card for The Trident can be accessed here. UNEARTHLY TRANCE will also be touring in support of their new record starting on April 15th where they will meet up with LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR (featuring members of PELICAN) for a North Eastern U.S. tour. A complete listing of UNEARTHLY TRANCEtour dates will be made available via the Relapse Records website.

The Illuminati – Facing a June Release

“On Borrowed Time”, the full-length debut from Toronto boogie-rockers THE ILLUMINATI, will be released in America on June 28. The trio ? who just wrapped up a U.S. tour alongside THE HELLACOPTERS and NEBULA that included a stop at South By Southwest ? will continue touring before and after the album?s release.

THE ILLUMINATI have recently received extensive critical acclaim for their self-titled EP, a six-track, 16-minute gem released last fall. The new issue of Revolver praises its ?swinging roadhouse rock,? while Outburn salutes their ?rock anthems infused with jazz n? blues parts, as well as rip-roarin? solos.?

The U.S. pressing of “On Borrowed Time” will include the music video for album track ?Goin? Down,? as well as a bonus audio and video track culled from the EP, ?On My Way Back Home?Again?. In its review, All Music Guide calls the song ? a staple of the group?s live set ? ?probably the defining piece on the EP, a rowdy and hell-raising tune that fuses rock, prog and hillbilly.?

THE ILLUMINATI‘s EP was only a proverbial glimpse through the keyhole, however ? a mere hint of what this band was capable. “On Borrowed Time” finds THE ILLUMINATI‘s doctrine of musicality fully realized, with profound and melodic compositions hurled headlong into visceral, even sleazy, three-minute rock epics. Sneaky details ? moments of metal-blues fusion, impeccably written noodley jazz codas ? recall a time before today?s genre-bound constraints. Melodic and exploratory yet fast and mean, the group offers a refreshing return to pretense-free virtuosity, conjuring wild specters of rock n? roll?s greatest legacies ? and giving BW&BK reason to say that ?the buzz is certifiably justified.?

Ozzfest 2006 – Seattle, WA Date Announced – June 29

An OZZFEST 2006 date has been announced for Seattle, WA. Set for June 29 at the White River Amphitheater, OZZY OSBOURNE, headliners SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and company will be rolling through.

Accept – To Release DVDplus “Accept – Metal Blast From The Past”

MVD and Drakkar Entertainment are pleased to announce the home viewing release of “Accept ? Metal Blast From The Past” for US distribution on DVD.

This DVDplus (double sided disc: DVD and Audio CD) captures the spirit of ACCEPT?s early career with previously unreleased numbers, the Japan bonus track ?Rich And Famous? and demo versions of five ?Breaker? cuts. It also contains a video recording from Osaka, a visual document of the group?s first Japanese tour, which proves impressively how enthusiastically the guys from Solingen were celebrated in the Land of the Rising Sun. Until now, this performance was only available on a double live LP, entitled ?Staying a Life?. There is also footage from their 1993 show in Sofia, broadcast by Bulgarian television at the time and documenting the comeback of a band which had split up a few years previously. For all those who want more, there are various interviews, a complete discography, a photo gallery and complete lyrics.

Live video Osaka 1985 includes:

Metal Heart, Breaker, Screaming for a Love-Bite, Up the Limit, Living for Tonite, Princess of the Dawn, Restless and Wild, Son of a Bitch, London Leatherboys, Fast as a Shark, Balls to the Wall, and Outro (Bound to Fail)

Videoclips:

I’m a Rebel, Balls to the Wall, Midnight Mover, Generation Clash, Protectors of Terror, Slaves to Metal, and Death Row

“Special Event Tour ’93” broadcast by Bulgarian TV includes:

Starlight, Slaves to Metal, and Objection Overruled

Bonuses Include:

- ?Behind the scenes? feature with video shots of sound checks, interviews, the life on tour, etc.
- ?Audio Selection? feature with a minimum of two songs samples of every album ever released

CD Includes Previously Unreleased Audio Tracks:

1. Rich and Famous (bonus track of the album “Objection Overruled”)
2. Rocking for the Sun (recorded for the album “I’m a Rebel” but never released)
3. Morning Sun (recorded for the album “I’m a Rebel” but never released)
4. Run If You Can (8-track demo version for the album “Breaker”)
5. Down and Out (8-track demo version for the album “Breaker”)
6. Can’t Stand the Night (8-track demo version for the album “Breaker”)
7. Breaker (8-track demo version for the album “Breaker”)
8. Burning (8-track demo version for the album “Breaker”)
9. Writing on the Wall (acoustic version for the album “Death Row”)

ACCEPT‘s DVDplus is set for release on June 6.

SiKth – New Single ‘Bland Street Bloom’ Streaming in Entirity

Bieler Bros. Records is proud to announce the release of the first single from UK metal band SIKTH. The song entitled ‘Bland Street Bloom’ is set to appear on the band’s debut album ?Death of a Dead Day?. ?Death of a Dead Day? was produced by the members of SIKTH and was mixed and engineered by Matt LaPlant at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. ?Death of a Dead Day? will be released on June 6.

‘Bland Street Bloom’ can be listened to in it?s entirety at the following location.

Godsmack – ‘Speak’ Video from ”IV” Online

GODSMACK‘s new video for the song ‘Speak’ has been posted at this location. The Boston band’s new album, “IV”, is set for release April 25 through Republic/Universal Records.

Terror – To Release Limited Edition European Vinyl

TERROR are set to work with Reflections Records to record a limited edition vinyl which will be released in European terrotories only. The band recorded their debut “Lowest of the Low” on vinyl with Reflections, and are set for round #2. No information has been announced as of today regarding a release date or tracklisting.

PsyOpus – Entering Watchmen Studios on June 24

PSYOPUS will enter Watchmen Studios in Lockport , NY on June 24 with Doug White to begin recording their next album for Metal Blade Records. Titled “Our Puzzling Encounters Considered,” the album will feature new drummer Jo ‘n Cole (a Boston native) and will likely consist of twelve tracks. There’s been talk of doing a totally outlandish PSYOPUS EP on Black Market Activities again at some point featuring ridiculous camp fire songs, lounge music and all sorts of cracked out tech-grind, but that most likely won’t be for a long time.

Goatwhore, High on Fire, Watch them Die – Live Pics and Goatwhore Set List

Pics from the sold out April 1 GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE, WATCH THEM DIE show at Al’s Bar in Long Beach have been posted online. The shots can be found below:

Goatwhore
High on Fire
Watch Them Die

GOATWHORE also debuted a number of new tunes at the gig – their set list was as follows:

All the Sins
Blood Guilt Eucharist
Desolate Path to Apocalyptic Ruin
In the Narrow Confines of Defilement
Gravedom
Invert the Virgin
Sky Inferno
Graveyards and Dead Angels
Perversions of the Ancient Goat
The Beauty in Suffering
Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult
Baptized in a Storm of Swords

Secret Machines – Streaming Entire New Album at NME.com

SECRET MACHINES are streaming their entire new album, “Ten Silver Drops” at NME.com. Check it out here. “Ten Silver Drops” hits stores April 25, and is available now on Itunes.

The Red Chord – Shoot Video for ‘Fixation on Plastics’

OZZFEST 2006 second stagers THE RED CHORD recently shot a video for the track ‘Fixation on Plastics’ with Richie Valdez in San Diego following their show at Soma. Valdez commented, “This shit is gonna be off the hook.? No other information has been released.

Cannnibal Corpse – Debut at #170 on Billboard 200 Charts

CANNIBAL CORPSE has debuted on the BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART at #170 with 6,049 units scanned with the release of their highly anticipated and praised album “KILL”. In 1994 “Vile” debuted at #151 (with 6,175 units scanned), making “KILL” the second highest selling debut in the bands storied 17 year career. The band also, as previously reported, have a confirmed spot on this summers Sounds of the Underground tour alongside BEHEMOTH and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER.

#6 – BILLBOARD HEATSEAKER CHART
#16 – BILLBOARD TOP INDEPENDENT ALBUMS
#21 – BILLBOARD TOP HARD ROCK ALBUMS
#170 – BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUMS

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Return With Double Album – Hit Stores May 9 – Single Streaming Online

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are back with a new double album titled “Stadium Arcadium” which is slated to hit stores May 9. The 28 tracks were produced by Rick Rubin and the first single, “Dani California,” has been officially released to the net – links can be found below:

Quicktime 128k
Windows 128k
Quicktime 56k
Windows 56k

This album was recorded primarily in Laurel Canyon in the Blood Sugar mansion. The recording and mixing was a year long project as it involved finishing 38 songs, 28 of which were chosen to become “Stadium Arcadium”. The album features Chad Smith on drums, Anthony Kiedis on lead vocals, Flea on bass, and John Frusciante on guitar and background vocals.

Disturbed – Canadian Tour Dates Announced – May/June Shows

A new set of DISTURBED dates, including a mass of Canadian shows, have been released for the months of May and June. They are as follows:

May 20 – Waterloo, IA @ McElroy Auditorium
May 22 – Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Auditorium
May 23 – Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
May 25 – Calgary @ MacEwan Hall
May 26 – Edmonton @ Reds
May 28 – Duluth, MN @ DECC Pioneer Hall
May 29 – Sioux City, IA @ Tyson
May 31 – Kitchener @ Element
June 1 – Montreal @ Metropolis
June 3 – Quebec City @ Centre De Foire
June 4 – Toronto @ The Docks

Opening acts will be announced shortly.