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GWAR – Launch Slave Pit TV

In anticipation of GWAR‘s very busy summer, the band have launched Slave Pit Television. That’s right kiddies, now you can enjoy the latest updates and behind-the-scenes insanity that only the freaks at Slave Pit Inc. can provide you with. “For years GWAR has attempted to get on television in any way possible, and now, thanks to the Internet, we can pretend that we have succeeded. Sure, it’s not really a T.V. show, but you can fix up your computer to look like one, and no one will be the wiser!” GWAR leader and frontman, Oderous Urungus commented.

Every week a new clip will go up–this week features a chunk of the new GWAR video “Bloodbath and Beyond,” and every week another hideous blob of GWAR propaganda will plop into your deserving lap. What better way to track the progress of GWAR in their mission to subject all of humanity to abject and utter slavery! So check it out here. Hail GWAR!

Guns N’ Roses – U.K. Tour Dates Announced

GUNS N’ ROSES have lined up the following U.K. tour dates for July:

July 18 – Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena
July 19 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
July 21 – Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
July 23 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena
July 25 – Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
July 27 – Nottingham, UK @ Nottingham Arena
July 30 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena

DevilDriver – New Live Video Posted Online

There is a new live performance of DEVILDRIVER available online for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The video is for the track “Nothing’s Wrong” from DEVILDRIVER‘s debut self titled album. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY earlier this year when the band was on tour with IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and ZAO.

Alabama Thunderpussy – Add Former Exhorder Vocalist

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has announced the addition of vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex-EXHORDER, FLOODGATE) to its lineup.

Thomas states: “This band is stocked with amazing musicians and most importantly quality people. It’s great to be in the fold and an honor to be considered by such a great, hard working band as ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY. Above all, a big thank you to goes out to Karrie Hill for contacting me so that this could all be possible.”

“Kyle is a world class singer with an impressive rsum that includes being a founding member of seminal New Orleans metal band EXHORDER and singing with other acts including FLOODGATE, PITTS VS PREPS and TROUBLE.” comments ATP drummer Bryan Cox. Cox continues; “With the singer situation resolved, we will be headed quickly toward hitting the studio and getting it [the new record] on tape. If you are at all familiar with Kyle’s work, then you know what he is going to bring to this ATP record. It will be very special and we feel honored and fortunate to be taking the next step forward as ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY with him as a part of the team.”

Guitarist Erik Larson adds “We knew right away that Kyle was the man for the singer spot when we heard him singing on some of the new material. Personally, as an EXHORDER fan, I felt a bit star struck that this guy was singing on our music. It’s amazing. So we got him up to RVA for a visit / meet and greet / rehearse – ie: alcoholocaust ATP style. It went perfectly. Couldn’t have asked for a better dude to join the band. I’m f*cking stoked!”

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has been writing for the new record since last July with the music for 14 songs already completed. The writing process will be rounded out with the addition of Thomas’s vocals for what will be their sixth full-length studio album. Expect to see ATP road-testing this new material soon.

Dillinger Escape Plan – “Jesus Christ Pose” Cover Posted Online

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s cover of “Jesus Christ Pose” by SOUNDGARDEN has been posted on their official MySpace page. The track comes off their iTunes exclusive EP entitled “Plagiarism, which will be released June 13th.

Summer of Sin Tour 2006 – E-Card Launched – New Music from Makeshift Romeo, A New Revolution

Jagermeister Summer of Sin Tour 2006 starring DOPE, 
MANNTIS, MAKESHIFT ROMEO, BLEED THE SKY, A NEW REVOLUTION,
has launched a e-card at this location.

You can hear a new clip, 'Dream' from MAKESHIFT ROMEO and 'Rise' from
A NEW REVOLUTION as well as view all the complete tour dates.

Crossfade – Announce August 1 Release Date for New Disc – Announce 1st Single

CROSSFADE have announced an August 1 release date for their 
yet-to-be-titled second album through Columbia/Sony Records. The first
single, 'Invinsible' will be impacting radio mid June and a natinoal
tour is slated for July. Their self-produced, self-titled debut album
went platinum in the US.

Maryland Deathfest – Day Two Pictures Online

Return to the Pit has uploaded a ton of photos from the second day of this year’s Maryland Deathfest which took place yesterday (May 28th) at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD. Pictures of the following bands have been posted:

CATTLE DECAPITATION (125 pics)
DISFEAR (103 pics)
DISMEMBER (125 pics)
EMBALMER (87 pics)
MAGRUDERGRIND (48 pics)
MUCUPURULENT (32 pics)
NECROPHAGIST (76 pics)
PUNGENT STENCH (91 pics)
QUILLS (41 pics)
ROMPEPROP (71 pics)
SAYYADINA (46 pics)
SEVERE TORTURE (103 pics)
TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION (35 pics)
UNHOLY GRAVE (96 pics)
YACOPSAE (41 pics)

You can check out those pictures here.

Venom, DevilDriver – More North American Dates Released

More dates have been revealed for VENOM‘s upcoming North American tour with DEVILDRIVER:

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

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
**
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.