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Splatterhouse – Updated Tour Dates Released

Razorback Records’ SPLATTERHOUSE have updated their upcoming tour itinerary:

May 4 – Portland, OR @ TBA w/ Funerot, Bung
May 5 – Seattle, WA @ TBA w/ Funerot
May 6 – Spokane, WA @ TBA w/ Funerot
May 8 – Missoula, MT @ TBA
May 10 – Rapid City, SD @ TBA
May 11 – Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers w/ Wasteoid, Axes To The Sky
May 12 – Des Moines, IA @ Hary Mary’s w/ Black Market Fetus
May 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mala’s
May 14 – Madison, WI @ TBA
May 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ TBA w/ Suruk
May 17 – Burbank, IL @ TBA w/ Cardiac Arrest, Severed, Midget Parade
May 18 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
May 19 – Pittsburgh, PA w/ @ TBA w/ Drogheda

House of the Blind Dead” tour with Machetazo
May 21 – Baltimore, MD @ TBA
May 22 – Richmond, VA @ TBA
May 23 – Philly, PA @ Kyhber w/ Graves At Sea, Rue, Ex Dementia
May 24 – Providence, RI @ TBA w/ Dissector
May 25 – Boston, MA @ Bill’s Bar w/ Dissector, Call The Paramedics
May 26 – New York, NY @ TBA w/ Ex Dementia

May 29 – Charlotte, NC @ TBA
May 30 – Atlanta, GA @ TBA
May 31 – New Orleans, LA @ TBA w/ Kill The Client
June 1 – Dallas, TX @ TBA Kill The Client, Insect Warfare
June 2 – Albequerque, NM @ TBA w/ Kill The Client
June 3 – Phoenix , AZ @ TBA
June 4 – San Diego, CA @ Static Lounge w/ Embryonic Devourment
June 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA Oxbow, Conifer, ASVA, Sulaco
June 6 – Oakland, CA @ TBA w/ Ghoul
June 7 – Sacramento, CA @ TBA
July 22 – Portland, OR @ IWW Hall w/ Capitalist Casualties

Dissection – California Show Announced

Another date has been revealed for DISSECTION‘s highly anticipated U.S. Summer tour:

June 30 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
July 7 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Genghis Tron – New Song Posted Online

Crucial Blast recording artist GENGHIS TRON have released a new song entitled “Chapels” on their MySpace page for your listening pleasure. The track comes off their upcoming new album Dead Mountain Mouth which will be released on June 6th.

The band’s record release show will take place on May 30th at the Knitting Factory’s tap bar in New York City. Also performing will be GOSPEL, CHILD ABUSE, and ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF.

Egypt Central – Ink Worldwide Deal with Bieler Bros.

Bieler Bros. Records is proud to announce the signing of Memphis based rock band EGYPT CENTRAL to a worldwide, multi album deal. EGYPT CENTRAL?s debut CD was produced by Josh Abraham (KORN, STAIND) and is expected to see an early summer release. The band was previously signed ot Lava/Atlantic (as a 5-piece) and dropped before their release. EGYPT CENTRAL recently had a track on “The Cave” soundtrack.

The band?s first single ‘Over And Under’ will impact radio April 25th and as previously reported are set to go on tour with NONPOINT later this year.

Green Carnation – Invited to Perform on National Norweigan Radio Station P3, Announce European Tour

Norway?s prog metal masters GREEN CARNATION have been invited to perform on National radio station P3 in Norway on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, a show that will be streamed via the Internet to a world-wide audience.

The band will be special guests in the studio supporting Satyricon for their live world debut of songs from their new album “Now, Diabolical”.

?We’ve never done anything like this before, and of course this will be a very special way to round off our USA tour. We will perform songs from “The Acoustic Verses,” which I guess will be a nice contrast to Satyricon,? guitarist Tchort grins.

GREEN CARNATION will enter the stage, live on air at 18.03 (Norway time) on Wednesday. To hear the concert via the Internet, log on to www.nrk.no/p3 in the upper left column, click “Nettradio” and a pop-up window will appear with a stream of the show. Another way is to click the “Nettradio” button in the green field below the top banner.

In other news, the band just completed their first-ever 5-week tour of North America in support of ?The Acoustic Verses? and have just been added to European Harvest Festival tour, set to take place in September. Also appearing on the bill are headliners TRISANIA, plus additional support acts MORGANA LEFAY, DERANGED, MACHINE MEN and one more as-yet-unannounced band. The dates are as follows:

September 10 – Paris, FRA @ TBA
September 11 – Essen, GER @ TBA
September 12 – Berlin, GER @ TBA
September 13 – Hamburg, GER @ TBA
September 14 – Erfurt, GER @ TBA
September 15 – Leipzig, GER @ TBA
September 16 – Prague, CZR @ TBA
September 17 – Wien, AUT @ TBA
September 18 – Munich, GER @ TBA
September 19 – Pratteln, SWI @ TBA
September 20 – Ludwigsburg, GER @ TBA
September 21 – Frankfurt, GER @ TBA
September 22 – Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA
September 23 – Antwerpen, BEL @ TBA
September 24 – Hardenberg, NETH @ TBA

This will be the band’s first European tour since 2003.

Rhino Bucket – Announce April/May Shows

RHINO BUCKET have announced the following set of dates in conjunction with their first record in over a decade, “And Then It Got Ugly”, due out April 18 on Acetate Records”

April 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room – (RECORD RELEASE PARTY)
April 19 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Club Roc – (RECORD RELEASE PARTY)
April 24 – Buffalo, NY @ The Icon
April 26 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
April 27 – New York, NY @ The Avalon
April 28 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
April 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
April 30 – Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
May 1 – Harrisburg,PA @ Dragonfly
May 2 – Pittsburgh,PA @ Rex Theater
May 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
May 4 – Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
May 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
May 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze On West Bank

The Minor Times – Comment on Progress of Upcoming Album

Pennsylvania-based THE MINOR TIMES have commented on the progress of an upcoming album, the follow up to its Prosthetic debut ‘Making Enemies.’ The band commented to their mailing list members:

“Hello! You guessed it, we’re still working on the record. Think of it as several months of foreplay. We want you to be nice and wet by the time the record comes out. Our first show back as The “new” Minor Times will be in our hometown (Lansdale, PA) on Friday May 12th at the VFW. New guitarist, new lights, and new songs. Visit http://www.theminortimes.com for full details. We’re gonna do a few weekends throughout May and June by ourselves and with some friends (Engineer, The End of the Universe). Then we will hit the studio in July. This month, we will demo everything in our practice space and possibly post a song or two on our MySpace”

All that Remains – Announce Album Title ”The Fall of Ideals”

ALL THAT REMAINS will dub the band’s upcoming album ”The Fall of Ideals.” The Springfield, Mass.-based band is in the studio with Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGEand Peter Wichers (ex-SOILWORK) recording songs that will appear on the album, the follow-up to 2004’s ”This Darkened Heart.” The record is scheduled for a July 11 release and will feature art from renowned artist Travis Smith (OPETH, ICED EARTH). The band has set up an in-studio photo blog to keep fans up to date on the progress of the new record here.

Coinciding with the release date, the band will make its first appearance on the illustrious Ozzfest tour throughout the United States in July and August. ?You can?t be a metal band and not be psyched to be on Ozzfest,” vocalist Phil Labonte said. The band will also again return overseas for the 2006 edition of Sounds of the Underground Europe, having toured the US for last year’s edition of Sounds of the Underground.

Mike Patton – Loves New York City

Mike Patton has lined up two special New York City shows for the month of May at Irving Plaza:

May 14 – GENERAL PATTON VS. THE X-ECUTIONERS
May 15 – FANTOMASMELVINS BIG BAND

These aren’t part of a tour. They’re one off shows.

Fuck…I’m Dead – More Australia Shows Announced

Australian grinders FUCK…I’M DEAD have lined up the following upcoming shows:

April 22 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Tote Hotel – w/ Profanation, The Day Everything Became Nothing

with Cryptopsy:
May 4 – Sydney, AUS @ The Gaelic Club
May 5 – Brisbane, AUS @ Her Majesty’s Bar
May 6 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Espy
May 7 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Tote
May 11 – Adelaide, AUS @ Enigma Bar

with The Day Everything Became Nothing:
May 13 – Sydney, AUS @ Bar Broadway
May 14 – Canberra, AUS @ Sound Underground
May 20 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Arthouse
May 21 – Melbourne, AUS @ Missing Link
May 26 – Adelaide, AUS @ Enigma Bar
June 3 – Brisbane, AUS @ Her Majesty’s Basement/Brutal Fest 2006

Burn In Silence – Tour Report

BURN IN SILENCE guitarist Alan Glassman (also of GORATORY fame) has checked in with the following report from the road:

“So I got drunk and stuck my ass to a heater grill and got severe burns that burnt the skin off my ass. It keeps healing to my boxers while I sleep and then I have to peel the scabs off every morning. Justin please post pics. My ass looks like a George Forman, damnit.”

You can wish him well here. You can also check out the remaining dates for BURN IN SILENCE‘s current tour on their MySpace page.

Nevermore, Evergrey – One-off Date Announced

NEVERMORE and EVERGREY will be teaming up for a show May 7th in West Springfield, VA at Jaxx. The bands will be performing “full sets,” according to the venue’s web site, on an off date from their tour with IN FLAMES and THROWDOWN.

Sounds of the Underground – First Tour Date Released

The first date for the upcoming Sounds of the Underground tour featuring AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GWAR, BEHEMOTH, and others has been announced:

July 8 – Cleveland, OH @ The Plain Dealer Pavilion

Enslaved – USA Premiere of New Song on Saturday, April 1

Candlelight Records USA will premiere “Paths of Vanir” from ENSLAVED‘s forthcoming album, “Ruun”, on Saturday, April 1. Launching at 9am EST, you will be able to listen to the song, which is also the album’s first of two planned videos by bringing your browser to candlelightusa.com.

“Ruun”, set for US release on May 2, is as every bit epic and monumental as fans of the highly decorated band have come to expect. Recorded at Amper Studios in Olso and mastered at The Cutting Room in Sweden, “Ruun” is without doubt the band?s breakout release. The album follows the critically-acclaimed Isa (receiving 2005 ?Album of the Year? honors from Metal Maniacs, Decibel, Revolver, Terrorizer and more!) and represents the culmination of the band?s 15 years together – a recording legacy that is musically unmatched by any modern day peer.

Candlelight will release a limited edition 2LP version of “Ruun” on June 27.
Limited to 500 for direct US distribution, it is sure to be a highly collectable piece for fans. The label recently released Return to Yggdrasil-Live In Bergen, the bands’ latest DVD release.

Nonpoint – Brief Headlining Run Announced – Support Acts and Dates Listed

NONPOINT will be doing a brief headlining run with THE REVELATION THEORY, BURN SEASON, EGYPT CENTRAL in tow before heading out on a coast-to-coast tour with BUCKCHERRY for the duration of May and June.

April 24 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 25 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
April 26 – Chatanooga , TN @ Fathom
April 28 – Zephryhills, FL @ 98 Rock Livestock @ Festival Park
May 2 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 4 – Nashville, TN @ Exit Inn
May 5 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
May 6 – Jackson, MS @ Crawfish Bowl
May 7 – Knoxville, TN @ Blue Cats

Agalloch – Tracklisting and Artwork for “Ashes Against the Grain”

The Pacific Northwest?s AGALLOCH have unveiled the tracklisting and artwork for their forthcoming album ?Ashes Against The Grain? on THE END RECORDS. The album is the follow-up to the critically?acclaimed 2002 opus ?The Mantle.?

Track listing is below:

1. Limbs
2. Falling Snow
3. This White Mountain On Which You Will Die
4. Fire Above, Ice Below
5. Not Unlike The Waves
6. Our Fortress Is Burning… I
7. Our Fortress Is Burning… II – Bloodbirds
8. Our Fortress Is Burning… III – The Grain

A few words about the album from vocalist/guitarist John Haughm:

“The album sounds distinctively like Agalloch but heavier and with elements of pure black metal, folky Scandinavian prog, and a touch of post rock. I was heavily influenced by recordings like Thule’s “Natt” album while writing “Limbs” and “Fire Above, Ice Below” and you can definitely hear that sort of brooding darkness in those songs. “Not Unlike The Waves” is easily the heaviest thing we’ve ever recorded; yet at its foundation it is a neo-folk song. There’s also some up-tempo material like “Falling Snow” and moments of total ambience as well. This is definitely not an album that can be judged by one or two songs. Everything flows together as a dynamic whole and the red thread of the lyrics holds the album together.”

“The lyrics this time unfold as an abstract and surreal folk tale. Although there is a framework of a concept, I wanted to create more of a dreamlike feeling with words than to merely “tell a story.” My source of inspiration for the lyrics came from the surreal films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Sergei Parajanov as well as Northern Folklore and myths, Siberian Vodka, and the crumbling world around us all.”

“Ashes Against The Grain” will be released in standard jewel case and digipack formats. The digipack will contain different artwork, courtesy of Tolonen from Nest. There is also a plan for a vinyl edition to be released a couple months after the CD.

Impaled Nazarene – Enter Finnish Charts at #38

IMPALED NAZARENE‘s latest effort, “Pro Patria Finlandia”, has entered the Finnish charts at the #38.

In Flames, Nevermore – Six More Dates Announced For American Tour

Six more dates have been announced for IN FLAMES‘s upcoming tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY. Dates are as follows:

May 5 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
May 6 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 8 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 9 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 12 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 18 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
May 19 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre

May 20 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
May 21 – Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
May 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
May 25 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
May 26 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre

May 27 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 28 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar (formerly the Cow Haus)
May 29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Club Rain
May 30 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Unearth – Announce Title to Sophomore Metal Blade Release “III: In The Eyes of Fire”

UNEARTH have unveiled the title of their forthcoming sophomore release for Metal Blade records. It is their third career album entitled; “III: In The Eyes Of Fire”. An update from the lads reads as follows:

?”III: In the Eyes of Fire” is our angriest, darkest, fastest and heaviest record to date. The title is a reflection of a couple different things for us. For starters it puts us in the place of our current worldly events. Last record we wrote about things brewing all around us in politics, environmental issues and war, but this record deals with the effects of those very things and the consequences we are all dealing with right now and will continue to deal with until changes are made. We are in our nations most critical point since the 60’s and more importantly devastation looms in the near future if we continue to make mistake after mistake with unjust wars and environmental disregard. The title also represents the personal struggles we all face day to day and our constant battles to overcome adversity. We cannot fucking wait to show people what we have in store with this record.’

The Sword – Announce Headlining Tour – Torche, Tarantula A.D. to Support

THE SWORD have announced a U.S. headlining tour in support of their debut album, “Age of Winters”. The dynamic quartet will launch a three week U.S. tour beginning March 29 at the Masquerade in Tampa, FL. The tour is scheduled to conclude April 20 in the band’s home town of Austin, TX, with additional dates pending. Support on THE SWORD tour will be provided by TORCHE and label mates TARANTULA A.D.

THE SWORD‘s “Age of Winters” has has met to widespread critical acclaim in the weeks since its February release. The album has been hailed as “the new classic-Black Sabbath platter you have been waiting forever for the old Sabs to make” by Rolling Stone, and the band has been named as one of Billboard Magazine’s 2006 “Faces to Watch” and an MTV News “You Hear It First” artist.

Additionally, THE SWORD has contributed a new song to the forthcoming “INVADERS” compilation, set for release on April 25 via Kemado Records. Entitled “Under the Boughs”, the song joins seventeen tracks of rare and unreleased material from PELICAN, WOLFMOTHER, HIGH ON FIRE, WITCH amongst others. A special INVADERS home page at MySpace.com, featuring music and album art has been established here.

SiKth – Holding Worldwide Sneak Preview of New Single April 3

The UK?s SIKTH will be holding a world wide sneak peak of their new single ‘Bland Street Bloom’ on Monday, April 3. The song is the first to see the light of day from their highly anticipated US debut “Death Of A Dead Day”, which will be released on June 6 through Bieler Bros Records.

Godsmack – Announce “IV” Tracklisting, MTV, XM/Sirius Promotions

The official track list for GODSMACK‘s next release “IV”, out May 2 through Republic/Universal, has been announced:

Livin’ In Sin
Speak
The Enemy
Shine Down
Hollow
No Rest For The Wicked
Bleeding Me
Voodoo Too
Temptation
Mama
One Rainy Day

Cover art can be found here.

Best Buy and Target will carry exlusive versions of the CD, with all CD’s purchased at the former including the special bonus track ‘Safe And Sound’. CD’s purchased at the latter will include the bonus
track ‘I Thought’. Vocalist Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin will be traveling to New York to do several Sirius and XM interviews/shows as well as tape MTV2 Headbangers Ball and MTV News segments.

Yakuza – Post Live Video on MySpace for Epic Album Closing Track

Chicago’s YAKUZA has posted a live video on the band’s MySpace page for “Back To The Mountain.” The 9-minute epic, album-closing track is taken from the recently released ‘Samsara,’ a record that has been receiving praise from metal and mainstream press alike. Justin Baron (PELICAN, HIGH ON FIRE) of Redworks Films shot the video live in late 2005 at the Double Door in Chicago. Baron is also previously responsible for the video to “Chicago Typewriter” off YAKUZA‘s 2002’s album ‘Way of the Dead.’

Currently on tour with 3 across the US, YAKUZA will team up with both DEADBIRD and RINGWORM for runs through the country in April. More dates are being booked for summer touring plans, and will be announced upon confirmation.

Download 2006 – Even MORE Top Name Artists Revealed

More bands have been added to this year’s edition of the DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL at Donington Park, England. Taking place from June 9-11, and being headlined by METALLICA, TOOL and none other than GUNS N’ ROSES, the show will also feature:

KILLING JOKE
FIGHTSTAR
SECRET MACHINES
DRAGONFORCE
FISHBONE
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
FROM FIRST TO LAST
CATHEDRAL
SEVENDUST
ALTER BRIDGE
10 YEARS
SKINDRED
DREDGE
BLINDSIDE
EVERGREY

…and more. The aforementioned artists will also join the likes of:

KORN
PRODIGY
DEFTONES
CLUTCH
TRIVIUM
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
WITHIN TEMPTATION
INME
HATEBREED
LACUNA COIL

Cellador – Confirm Tentative Tracklisting for New Disc

CELLADOR are in the final stretch of production for our debut album “Enter Deception”. After a 6 week hiatus the mixing has began on the band’s debut – mastering will follow directly after. The songs have been finalized and the tentative track listing is as follows:

1. A Sign Far Beyond
2. The Final Regret
3. Never Again
4. Leaving All Behind
5. Forever Unbound
6. Release of the Shadow
7. Wakening
8. Seen Through Time
9. No Chances Lost

Japanese Bonus Tracks

1.Forever Unbound (demo)
2.No Chances Lost (demo)

An udpate from CELLADOR is below:

“As stated before, the recording process and the resulting product has us incredibly excited and satisfied beyond anything we could have envisioned for the band. We believe the combination of melodic power metal and bone crushing production of modern death metal not only will separate us from the norm of power metal but also will enable us to branch out to those normally alienated from the style. It seems every element we wanted to have featured in this production has been achieved: crushing guitar and drum tone, insane tempo, revitalized modern shredding, and to top it off a superb vocal production.”

Artwork for the disc has been completed and will be revealed shortly. “Enter Deception” is scheduled to be released in late June in Europe and July in the USA and Japan . Touring information will be revealed in the coming weeks, but in the mean time CELLADOR have been confirmed to play the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday April 30.