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Billboard Top 200 – Chart Rundown for Metal/Rock/Alternative

This week's breakdown of top Billboard #200 Tracks have been released. 
GRACE and others next week:

#13 - TOOL - 10,000 DAYS @ 42,084 
#25 - THE FRAY - HOW TO SAVE A LIFE @ 31,589
#29 -
#30 - BLUE OCTOBER - FOILED @ 25,971 
#36 - GODSMACK - IV @ 22,936 
#45 BUCKCHERRY 15 @ 18,965

The Lizards – To Have Glenn Hughes Guest Sing and Perform Bass on New Disc

One of the most tightly guarded secrets of 2006 in the world of rock ‘n’ roll has been the name of the ‘mystery guest star‘ on the new THE LIZARDS CD. Speculation has run rampant while the lid on THE LIZARDS ‘secret recording sessions’ has remained securely shut until now. Featuring drum legend Bobby Rondinelli (BOC, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and vocal extraordinaire Mike DiMeo (RIOT), THE LIZARDS recently completed several successful tours of the USA and Europe, with the likes of the VANILLA FUDGE, UFO, IAN HUNTER, MOUNTAIN and CANNED HEAT, in support of their third album, last year’s critically acclaimed Cold Blooded Kings.

THE LIZARDS’ new CD Against All Odds, which promises to be the bands best yet, began life in the group’s private studio, aptly christened Electric Randyland, in mid-2005. Along with Rondinelli and DiMeo, THE LIZARDS bassist Randy Pratt and guitarist Patrick Klein painstakingly wrote and recorded 10 new songs, many of which are destined to become rock classics, as well as regulars in the band’s live repertoire. Likewise, the arrangements incorporated into the music are intricate, compelling and downright rocking! – Even real horns and strings were used in the mix! “I think we’re evolving,” says Bobby Rondinelli, “going deeper into our roots, but also taking it to new places”. I think the CD will surprise people.” And surprise it will, as one of the most intriguing aspects of the new THE LIZARDS CD is the addition of an undisclosed guest rock superstar.

Which brings us to the question that has been plaguing everyone’s minds for the past year – Who is this mystery rocker?! Well the wait is finally over.

The mystery guest star is none-other-than than GLENN HUGHES – The legendary bassist/vocalist from DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPESE, and a rock icon in his own right. GLENN HUGHES, whom THE LIZARDS toured extensively with throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Russia in 2004, lends his dynamic vocals on four tracks on Against All Odds, as well as playing bass and singing on a cut for future release. The classic rocker, who recently sang lead vocals on BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi’s new CD and is currently recording a new solo album, at the time of the THE LIZARDS’ recordings was quoted saying, “They were the best sessions I’ve ever done outside my own music!”

In recent news, THE LIZARDS have performed a series of exciting US dates with guitar legend ULI JOHN ROTH and British classic rock heroes 10 YEARS AFTER . Likewise the band is putting the finishing touches on their third live DVD, shot last year in Europe, as well as finishing a CD of hard rock covers – (both projects slated for a summer 2006 release). On a similar note, bassist Randy Pratt will appear in an upcoming issue of Bass Guitar Magazine, which will feature a full-photo spread of his unique bass collection. Pratt can also be heard blowing his harp on the soon-to-be-released CACTUS CD featuring Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert. Also, Mike DiMeo has lent his powerful vocals to RIOT’s forthcoming album called Still Alive.

Lostprophets – Another New Tune Online

Check out a brand new track off Wales’ LOSTPROPHETS upcoming release (Liberation Transmission) entitled “For All These Times Son, For All These Times” now posted on the band’s MySpace page

Liberation Transmission, also featuring the single “Rooftops,” hits stores June 27th. Check out the video and audio of “Rooftops” here.

A Life Once Lost – Offer Live Interview, Footage, “Rolling Tips” To Metal Injection

The newest episode of internet videocast Metal Injection is now online. The featured band this episode is A LIFE ONCE LOST. Featured in this episode is two live songs from the band, and a hilarious interview in which the band gives their best tour stories, talk about other bands they’d like to be in and even give some “rolling tips”.

Also featured on the episode is interview and live footage with DESPISED ICON, a tribute to MARAUDER, videos from WATCH THEM DIE, LENG TCH’E and much more.

The episode is available for download here.

Meatloaf – Reveals E-Card With a 4-Decade Tale and New Music!

In the coming weeks, MEAT LOAF will be revealing the first single from his forthcoming album BAT OUT OF HELL III: THE MONSTER IS LOOSE which will be out October 2006.  For now an unmastered version of the title track from the album, “The Monster is Loose,” is taking the internet by storm and can be heard in a new e-card that also tells the story behind the new album and offers highlights from his epic career which has now spanned four decades.

The e-card is available now at:

Chimaira – Metallica Cover Posted Online

You can check out CHIMAIRA‘s cover of METALLICA‘s song “Disposable Heroes” over at the band’s official MySpace page.

Poison The Well – Smashing Pumpkins Cover Posted Online

You can check out POISON THE WELL‘s cover of the SMASHING PUMPKINS song “Soma” over at the band’s official MySpace page.

XXX Maniak – New Song Posted Online!

Pennsylvania based goregrinders XXX MANIAK have uploaded a new song entitled “Unbridled Sex With Dead Animals” to their MySpace page. The band had this to say about the song: “We performed this song live at the Phoenix Metal Devastation Fest. Any slimey/grimey comments would be most appreciated! This was recorded during the Gay For Christopher Reeve 7″ sessions. For now this song is available exclusively on myspace. Enjoy you sick fucks!”

In related news, SMNnews is proud to announce that infamous XXX MANIAK frontman Anthony West will be teaming up with Ross Sewage of IMPALED fame for a special advice column here on SMN! More details will be revealed shortly.

Grave, Dismember, Entombed – Team Up For Masters of Death European Tour

GRAVE, DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED, and UNLEASHED will be teaming up this November for the Masters of Death European tour.

GRAVE commented on the tour by saying that the bands will “team up to bring you a night of the best metal Sweden has ever had to offer. The package is an idea that all four bands has planned and prepared in the past months and finally we are doing it. Dates and more info will be announced shortly. Prepare for a night to remember…”

Satyricon – Stream of First Video for Single ‘K.I.N.G.’

A stream of the first video, ‘K.I.N.G.’ taken from SATYRICON’s recently released album “Now, Diabolical” is up and live. You can view it at this link.

Dillinger Escape Plan – Set To Release Digital EP / Miss Machine: The DVD

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will release a digital-only EP entitled Plagiarism today (June 13th). The EP features ‘Unretrofied‘ (from their acclaimed Miss Machine CD), interpretations of NINE INCH NAILS‘s ‘Wish,’ MASSIVE ATTACK‘s ‘Angel,’ SOUNDGARDEN‘s ‘Jesus Christ Pose,’ and Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Like I Love You’ as well as previously unreleased live material. Many of these covers have been heard during the band’s live sets over the past several years but remained unrecorded until this EP. Plagiarism is available exclusively via iTunes here.

On June 27th the band will release Miss Machine: The DVD in North America (with an international release on July 3rd). This low-priced limited edition DVD features a collection of behind-the-scenes footage, all the studio videos from Miss Machine and live clips spanning the ensuing worldwide tour.

Chimaira – ‘Save Ourselves’ Video Live On Net

The second video, ‘Save Ourselves’, taken from CHIMAIRA’s self-titled third album has been made public on the net. Fans can sneak a peek at this location.

Opeth – Announce A Set of UK Tour Dates

OPETH have announced a string of dates for the UK later this year:

November 5 @ Portsmouth Pyramid
November 6 @ Glasgow ABC
November 7 @ Nottingham Rock City
November 8 @  Birmingham Academy
November 9 @  London Roundhouse
November 10 @  Manchester Academy
November 11 @ Exeter Great Hall

SOiL – Featured Performers on Syndicated “Mancows Morning Show” on June 14

Chicago’s SOiL will be the featured performers on the “Mancow’s Morning Madhouse” nationally syndicated morning radio show on Wednesday, June 14. The band will be performing tracks off their latest release “True Self”.

The “Mancow” show broadcasts live weekday mornings from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m.

AR Little Rock KKZR 93.3
AZ Tucson KJLL 1330
CA Los Angeles KLAC 570
CA Fresno KRZR 103.7
CA Stockton KSTN 1420
IA Des Moines KAZR 103.3
ID Boise KQXR 100.3
IL Chicago WKQX 101.1
IL Peoria WWCT 96.5
IL Champaign WEBX 93.5
IL Marion-Carbondale WTAO 105.1
MO Springfield KZRQ 106.7
MO Joplin KJML 105.3
MO Windsor KWKJ 98.5
KS Kansas City KCXM 97.3
MT Missoula KBAZ 96.3
OR Medford-Ashland KZZE 106.3
SC Florence WWRK 102.9
TN Knoxville WNFZ 94.3
UT Salt Lake City KFMS 97.5
VA Norfolk-Virgina Beach WROX 96.1
WI Wausau-Stevens Point WMZK 104.1

Nonpoint – Video for ‘Alive and Kicking’ and New Tour Dates Released

The video for NONPOINT’s new single Alive and Kicking has been posted online at The this location video was compiled over a three day period as the band was followed around Florida by director Darren Doane (EVERY TIME I DIE) and company.  NONPOINT also recently filmed their hometown show at Revolution in Ft.  Lauderdale with Doane for a currently untitled CD/DVD release set for a late fall release.

In the meantime the band have the following live dates in place:
June 13 – Lincoln, NE @ The Lancaster Event Center
June 14 – Lakewood, CO @ Ecks Saloon
June 16 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Gardens
June 17 – Tyler, TX @ Clicks
June 18 – Dallas, TX @ Pizza Hut Park
June 20 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Texas Club
June 21 – Jackson, MS @ Voodoo
June 24 – Virginia Beach, VA 2 Verizon Wireless
June 25 – Huntington, WV @ Monkey Bar
August 4 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
August 5 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
August 6 – Madison, WI @ Aliant Energy Center
August 10 – Baltimore, MD @ Club Mate

Shadows Fall – Entire New Album Available For Streaming

You can stream SHADOWS FALL‘s entire new CD, Fallout From The War, over at The album will be released today (June 13th) through Century Media.

Relapse Records Contamination Tour – First Date Released?

According to the venue’s website, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, FACEDOWNINSHIT, and FUCK THE FACTS will be performing at El Torreon in Kansas City, MO on September 6th for what is being billed as the Relapse Records Contamination Tour. More details on the tour are expected the be announced shortly.

Overkill – Set To Kick Off 2007 With US Tour

Thrash legends OVERKILL have lined up the following US tour dates for early next year:

January 19 – Lakewood, CO @ Eck’s Saloon
January 20 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
January 21 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
January 23 – Somerville, MA @ Good Times Emporium 
January 24 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace  
January 25 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
January 26 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 27 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 28 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Moonspell, Katatonia – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for MOONSPELL‘s upcoming North American tour also featuring KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES:

October 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 21 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
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 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
October 27 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
October 28 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 29 – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
October 31 – Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
November 2 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
November 3 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
November 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
November 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 11 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
November 17 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 18 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
November 19 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre

Powerman 5000 – More US Tour Dates Released

POWERMAN 5000 have lined up the following US tour dates:

July 7 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk 
July 8 – Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theatre  
July 9 – San Diego, CA @ University of San Diego 
July 10 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse  
July 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad 
July 13 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
July 14 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 15 –  Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
July 16 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
July 19 – Killeen, TX @ Hero’s
July 20 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
July 21 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
July 22 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre & Club
July 24 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boomva
July 26 – Billings, MT @ 12th Planet
July 27 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
July 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 29 – Boise, ID @ Big Easy
September 6 – Sioux City, IA @ Lewis Bowl & Sports Bar
September 7 – Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
September 8 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ 3rd Street Live
September 9 – Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
September 11 – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central 
September 12 – Fargo, ND @ Playmaker’s
September 14 – Rockford, IL @ Elixur 
September 15 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
September 16 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 17 – Cheboygan, MI @ The Goldfront
September 19 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts 
September 21 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 22 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
September 23 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 24 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 26 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
September 27 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 28 – Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
September 29 – Lansing, MI @ Temple Club  
September 30 – Valparaiso, IN @ McCools
October 1 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club

KISS – KISS Army Unites to Battle Cancer

The KISS Army March committee is proud to announce the details surrounding the events planned for Cleveland on August 4-5, 2006. The committee has announced that 100% of the net proceeds generated by the event will go to the American Cancer Society (ACS). ACS was chosen because former KISS drummer Eric Carr succumbed to the disease in 1991.  Says Brian Harman, Regional Development Director with ACS, “This is a great community event put on by the KISS Army and the funds raised will help us KISS cancer goodbye.”


The intent of the march is to gain the attention of the Selection Committee of the Hall and have them reconsider their decision to exclude KISS.  Participants will assemble at noon in Voinovich Park behind the Hall of Fame and begin their march at 2 PM. Before and after the march, many KISS-related events will take place. You can find the itinerary at


Morley Seaver of did an interview with the planners to find out what drove them to start this rally. Says Chairman Paul Carpenter: Paul Carpenter: “The planning committee has been working day and night planning this event and it will be the biggest gathering of KISS fans this side of a KISS concert. Our goal from the beginning was to make this affordable for everyone to attend and that’s what we have done. Hotel accommodations and venue information can be found on

We have had some hurdles along the way but we pushed through them. We are determined and the event will take place. The response from fans and the media around the world has been overwhelming. Everyone is jumping on board wanting to help out and stand up for what they believe in. You can hear details via radio from coast to coast, up north in Canada as well as over seas. The KISS Army has united, the word has spread from fan to fan and we are all ready to converge on Cleveland.”


Fans are still urged to show their support.  If you are interested and haven’t yet done so, please go to the website listed above to sign the petition. Donations are also needed and welcome.


You can read the first part of this interview with Paul Carpenter at this location:

Queensryche – June 14 Greek Show Moved to Gagarin 205 Club

Greek concert promoters DiDi Music have announced that the scheduled QUEENSRYCHE concert set to take place this Wednesday (June 14) in Greece has moved to the Gagarin 205 club. Queensryche are currently on tour in support of their latest release, “Operation: Mindcrime II”.

Latest news has it that the band was arrested in Amsterdam last Sunday (Jun. 11) for illegal smuggling of firearms. It is currently uncertain as to what will happen to the band’s near future tour dates since no official statement has been made yet apart from the announcement of the arrest.

Sahg, Gorgoroth – Premiere of New Tunes on the Net

Candlelight Records has premiered “Wound Open” from GORGOROTH‘s forthcoming album Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam and “Boundless Demise” from SAHG‘s forthcoming debut Sahg 1 at the label’s official My Space page. Bring your browser to to have your first listen.

Splitting studio time between Lydriket and Earshot Studios, Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam is the logical next chapter for the highly decorated and controversial GORGOROTH; many already calling it their most accomplished work to date. Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam hits US stores on July 25.

Norways SAHG are a new disciple of timeless doom and gloom-flavoured metal. With Sahg 1, this buzzing Scandinavian four-piece blaze on to US shores with arguably one of the years best and memorable records.  Taking influence from classics – PENTAGRAM, ELECTRIC WIZARD, KYUSS, MONSTER MAGNET (to name a few) – and it has been said SAHG rock with a groove that would make John Bonham proud!  Sahg 1 hits US stores July 25.

Children of Bodom – “Chaos Ridden Years Stockholm Knockout Live” – Announce First US DVD Release

“Chaos Ridden Years Stockholm Knockout Live” will be the title of this milestone release in CHILDREN OF BODOM’s young, yet extensive career.  The worldwide release date of this DVD is October 10, 2006.  The release is estimated to contain over 3 hours of nonstop CHILDREN OF BODOM action. Containing a live concert, videos, and a rare documentary on the band from past to present; this DVD will be a must for all CHILDREN OF BODOM fans and guitar fans all around. Directed by Patric Ullaeus from Revolver Film Company, the DVD will mainly focus on a live concert in Stockholm:

*Living Dead Beat
*Silent Night, Bodom Night
*Hate Me!
*We’re Not Gonna Fall
*Angels Don’t Kill
*Bodom After Midnight / Bodom Beach Terror – medley
*Follow the Reaper
*Needled 24/7
*In Your Face
*Hate Crew Deathroll
*Are You Dead Yet?
*Lake   Bodom
*Everytime I Die

The DVD will also contain every official CHILDREN OF BODOM video ever made.

Here’s a list of the videos:

*Deadnight Warrior
*Everytime I Die
*Needled 24 / 7
*Trashed, Lost & Strungout
*In Your Face
*Are You Dead Yet?  (original version and alternative version)

Finalizing the material on this super packed DVD will be 2 interviews/documentary-films about the band’s past, present and future directed by Yka Jarvinen (Indie Films OY), a “making of the DVD”, and photogallery. 

Helloween, Testament – Confirmed for BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV

The BW&BK Family, in association with Brave Concerts International  
(BCI -, is proud to announce that the
anxiously-anticipated BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV - Back For More is
being held in the metal mecca of North America - Montreal, Quebec on
October 13 and 14, 2006 at Le Medley.

That very weekend, BW&BK is celebrating the release of their 100th issue.

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate the landmark 100th issue
of BW&BK Magazine than coinciding it with the famous BW&BK 6- Pack
Weekend. And to be having in one of the top metal cities in the world
will make for a massive metal bash," says BW&BK Family President/
CEO,"Metal" Tim Henderson. "The lineup that Stephan Mellul (BCI
President) and myself have put together will live up to the 6-Pack
Weekend reputation. We kick things off on "lucky" Friday, October
13 with German thrash icons HELLOWEEN headlining the Night Of
Power. On Saturday, October 14, San Francisco Bay Area legends
TESTAMENT will headline our Night Of Extreme Metal. And that is just
the beginning! We have plenty of surprises lined up this year for our
first Canadian Assault!"

More acts will be confirmed soon. Tickets are are on sale now at for $34.99 CDN (plus applicable taxes). The BW&BK 6-Pack
Weekend IV website will be launched soon! Stay tuned...