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Norwegian progressive black metallers ENSLAVED have issued the following update:
“ENSLAVED has just returned to base in Bergen, after a hectic weekend in the wilderness. They recorded material for two videos to support their coming “RUUN” album (album due to be released May 8th ’06). The first video “Path to Vanir” will be released before the end of March ’06, while follow-up video “Essence” will be out there during mid-summer.”
Melodic power metallers KAMELOT have issued the following update:
“We are pleased to announce that Kamelot will be returning to Norway for the Ragnarock Festival in August 2006.
Work continues on Kamelot first DVD “One Cold Winter’s Night,” the release is tentative due for a Fall/Winter release and is sure to please all the fans. The incredible concert in Oslo includes special appearance from Simone Simons (EPICA), Sascha Paeth and Snowy Shaw plus many more!
Next album news! In a recent phone call with guitarist Thomas Youngblood stated “We are now in full writing mode for the followup to ‘The Black Halo.’ There are tons of ideas and we are very excited about what we are coming up with. We hope to be in Germany this Summer recording the next album and once again we will have Sascha and Miro on board to produce the songs”.
Many more live appearances are being planned including a possible North American tour, stay tuned!”
San Diego based brutal death metallers DISGORGE have checked in from their current tour down under with the following update:
“DISGORGE has completed the New Zealand leg of the tour! All the shows where brutal and Insane, We would like to thank everyone for the sickest hospitality! We have the most dedicated fans and friends ever, so thanks you fuckin cunts for the oppurtunity to play New Zealand, We will be leaving for Australia in a few days so again we look forward to more shows to come! See all of you heads there in a few days!”
After completing their U.S. run with NECROPHAGIST, CATTLE DECAPITATION will play the following U.S. dates to take them back home:
May 30 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
May 31 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 1 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
June 2 – Somerville, MA @ Good Times Emporium w/ Cryptopsy
June 4 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
June 6 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
June 8 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 9 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
June 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
June 11 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
SKINLESS have lined up the following upcoming live appearances, including a record release show for their upcoming new album, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead:
with Exodus, Cryptopsy, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos:
April 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metal & Hardcore Fest)
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Suffocation
May 20 – Middletown, NY @ Death In The Forest Fest
May 27/28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
June 16 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
June 17 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners (record release show)
The organizers for the Maryland Deathfest have issued the following update:
“The running order for each day will be posted as soon as possible. The slight delay has been caused as a result of two cancellations which were recently brought to our attention. To clear up any rumours, ENGORGED has cancelled because of line up troubles and BURNT BY THE SUN has also cancelled. As soon as the details for replacements are worked out, the running order will be posted. Please don’t flood our e-mail accounts at this time requesting to play.
Also, there will be a pre-fest show for MDF on Friday, May 26 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD. We will be working together with Willowtip Records for the pre-fest, so expect to see mainly bands from their roster. More information regarding this show will be coming soon. We are currently not accepting requests to play the pre-fest.”
According to Pollstar, CATTLE DECAPITATION will be playing the festival on May 28th. However, that is not yet confirmed.
CRYPTOPSY have lined up the following upcoming shows:
March 4 – Toronto, ON @ The Vatikan (MQM Canadian Music Festival)
April 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
April 25 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
April 26 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
with Exodus, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos:
April 27 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance w/ Skinless
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metal & Hardcore Fest)
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Suffocation, Skinless
May 4 – Sydney, AUS @ Gaelic Club
May 5 – Brisbane, AUS @ Her Majesty’s Theatre
May 6 – Richmond, AUS @ Corner Hotel
May 7 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Tote
May 9 – Perth, AUS @ Black Betty’s
May 11 – Adelaide, AUS @ Enigma Bar
May 21 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
June 2 – Somerville, MA @ Good Times Emporium w/ Cattle Decapitation
June 3 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace w/ Vicious Circle
Progressive rockers SPOCK’S BEARD have confirmed a few more U.S. dates for May:
May 4 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 5 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
May 6 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 7 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 8 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 9 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
May 13 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
May 14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
MISERY INDEX has set Discordia as the title of their forthcoming Relapse Records debut.
Discordia is scheduled for a May 16th release and will feature ten new tracks from the Baltimore-based quartet. The track listing is “Unmarked Graves,” “Conquistadores,” “Outsourcing Jehovah,” “Breathing Pestilence,” “Meet Reality,” “Sensory Deprivation,” “The Meduse Stare,” “Dystopian Nightmares,” “Discordia,” and “Pandemican.” The LP and Japanese CD pressings of Discordia will include as a bonus track a cover of NASUM‘s “Digging In.”
The band’s energetic and articulate music has been pushing the boundaries of metal, hardcore and punk since the its’ spring 2001 inception, and in what has become MISERY INDEX‘s calling card, Discordia promises to deliver lyrics as weighty and confrontational as their music is deadly.
Bassist/vocalist Jason Netherton explains Discordia‘s general lyrical approach; “The central theme of Discordia revolves around a critical approach to everyday life in our ‘modern’ world. The lyrics are critical but at the same time hopeful. We hope that in looking at the world as it REALLY is, without painting any happy face on that which aches and suffers for change, we can sing these songs in confidence of something that matters and of something that screams for life in a mediated framework that consistently presents death as “the way of life” in the world outside the comfortable borders of the West, as well as in our own nation.”
D.R.I. and SUBZERO will be teaming up for a U.S. tour starting in May. The following are the currently confirmed dates:
May 22 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 23 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
May 24 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
May 26 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
May 27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 28 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
May 30 – Saint Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
May 31 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
June 1 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
June 2 – Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
June 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
June 6 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
June 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
June 8 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 9 – Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
June 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
June 11 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
June 12 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
June 13 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
June 14 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 15 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
June 16 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
June 17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 18 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
June 19 – Winter Park, FL @ Island Oasis
June 23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Dark Room
June 24 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s
June 25 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
More dates have been released for CELTIC FROST‘s upcoming North American headlining tour:
September 12 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 13 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 14 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 16 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
September 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
September 20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
September 22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 23 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
September 25 – Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Hotel
September 27 – Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
September 28 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
September 30 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
October 2 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
October 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
October 4 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
October 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
October 7 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 8 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
October 11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
October 13 – El Paso, TX @ The Zone
October 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
October 16 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
October 17 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
October 19 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
October 20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
October 21 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
October 23 – Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
October 24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
October 25 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
October 27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
October 28 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
October 29 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jester’s Pub
October 31 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
November 2 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
More dates have been released for OVERKILL‘s U.S. tour set to take place later this year:
September 8 – Lakewood, CO @ Eck’s Saloon
September 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
September 10 – Seattle, WA @ Fenix
October 12 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre w/ Vicious Circle
October 13 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 14 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Vicious Circle
October 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Vicious Circle
DEPECHE MODE have confirmed the following North American dates:
April 27 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
April 29 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
April 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel
May 2 – El Paso, TX @ UTEP Don Haskins Center
May 5 – Mexico City, MEX @ Foro Sol
May 7 – Monterrey, MEX @ Arena Monterrey
May 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
May 11 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
May 13 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Ampitheatre
May 14 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
May 17 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
May 18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
May 20 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel / Casino
May 21 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
TOOL have confirmed the following European tour dates:
May 26 – Lisbon, POR @ Superrock Festival
May 27 – Madrid, SPA @ Festimad
May 29 – Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz
May 30 – Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
May 31 – Luxembourg City, LUX @ Rockhal
June 2 – Bavaria, GER @ Rock AM Ring
June 3 – Nuremberg, GER @ Rock IM Park
June 4 – Landgraaf, NET @ Pink Pop Festival
June 6 – Hamburg, GER @ Sporthalle
June 7 – Berlin, GER @ Columbiahalle
June 8 – Dusseldorf, GER @ Philipshalle
June 11 – Glasgow, UK @ Academy
June 13 – Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo
June 14 – Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo
June 16 – Switzerland, SWI @ Interlaken Festival
June 17 – Vienna, AUT @ Nova Rock Festival
June 19 – Milan, ITA @ Filaforum
June 21 – Rome, ITA @ Foro Italico
June 22 – Bologna, ITA @ L R Arena
June 24 – Katowice, POL @ Spodek
June 25 – Prague, CZE @ T Mobile Arena
June 27 – Amsterdam, NET @ HMH
June 28 – Paris, FRA @ Le Zenith
June 29 – Werchter, BEL @ Werchter Festival
July 1 – Roskildge, DEN @ Roskilde Festival
July 4 – Kristiansand, NOR @ Quart Festival
July 7 – Gothenburg, SWE @ Metal Town Festival
July 9 – Turku, FIN @ Turku Festival
More dates have been confirmed for the U.S. portion of NECROPHAGIST‘s upcoming headlining “Carving North America’s Epitaph 2006” tour featuring ARSIS, NEURAXIS, and ALARUM:
April 28 ? Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
with Thine Eyes Bleed:
April 29 – Cleveland, OH @ T.B.A.
April 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Modern Exchange
May 1 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
May 2 – Omaha, NE @ The Rock
May 3 – Denver, CO @ T.B.A.
May 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
May 5 – Boise, ID @ T.B.A.
May 6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 7 – Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesday’s
May 8 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
with Cattle Decapitation:
May 11 – Roseville (Sacramento), CA @ The Underground
May 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
May 13 – San Bernardino, CA @ California Metalfest
May 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
May 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
May 16 – Tulsa, OK @ The Venue
May 17 – Arlington (Dallas), TX @ Phoenix Music Complex
May 18 – San Antonio, TX @ Graham Central Station
May 19 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 20 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
May 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial w/ Into The Moat
May 22 – Orlando (Winter Park), FL @ Island Oasis w/ Into The Moat
May 23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ TBA
May 24 – Tampa, FL @ TBA
May 25 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
May 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 29 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Norwegian melodic thrashers SUSPERIA have been confirmed to appear at this years Inferno Festival which takes place in Oslo, Norway between April 13 and 15. The band will perform at the Rockerfeller venue on Friday, April 14. Other acts scheduled to perform on the same day include Emperor, Borknagar and Dismember. The band are rumoured to be lining up a few surprises including a special guest appearance during their set.
SUSPERIA‘s latest release the ‘Devil May Care EP’ was released last year in Europe through TABU Recordings and features the “Unlimited” album track “Devil May Care”, new song “Venting the Anger” and three covers, “Lack Of Comprehension” (originally recorded by DEATH), “Wild Child” (originally recorded by W.A.S.P.) and “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (originally recorded by A-HA). As an added bonus, the release contains the promo videos for “Chemistry” and “Devil May Care”. The band created a piece of history last year when the EP reached No.19 on Norway’s official ‘Hit List’, becoming the first ever homegrown metal act to achieve a Top 20 hit.
GHOUL begins recording their 3rd full-length album for Razorback Records on March 4th! “Splatterthrash” will be their most deranged album yet, chock full of meaty thrash hooks and more bizarre tales of terror from Creepsylvania! Here’s a look at the track listing for the album:
Into the Catacombs
As Your Casket Closes
Bury the Hatchet
Howls of the Hunted
Rise, Killbot, Rise!!!
Swarm of the Hive
More info coming soon!
MORTIIS will be featured on an episode of the Norwegian television show “Lydverket” on Wednesday, March 1.
The subject of the program is masks and images in rock music and MORTIIS‘ prosthetic-enhanced frontman made the band an obvious choice for the program. Noted for his unique image, the frontman of the same name began wearing a full mask in 1994 as part of the full MORTIIS concept. “Lydverket” captures MORTIIS years later as the concept has evolved and MORTIIS has begun removing the mask during live shows.
The “Lydverket” crew followed MORTIIS for nine months, filming and interviewing the band numerous times on tour in England and Norway and at photo shoots.
“Lydverket” (Norwegian for “Soundworks”) is Norway’s biggest and most respected music program with an average of 150,000 viewers and airs on the country’s largest channel.
The episode will also include SLIPKNOT, ALICE COOPER and KISS‘ first manager Bill Aucoin, among others.
This episode of “Lydverket” will first air on NRK1 on Wednesday, March 1 at 23.10 (11:10 p.m.) and will re-play on NRK2 Sunday, March 5.
MORTIIS is currently working on new material. A follow up to last year’s “The Grudge” is planned for this year.
KATAKLYSM are proud to announce that they have entered the German top 100 Charts (equivalent to Billboard) with their critically acclaimed album “In the Arms of Devastation” at position #76.
Stay tuned for the video track ‘Crippled & Broken’ to be unleashed upon the masses in the next few days.
After a dissapointing sales performance with COLD‘s latest release “A Differant Kind of Pain”, the Jacksonville based band have decided to call it quits. Frontman Scooter Ward left the following “official statement” on the band’s message board:
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write, but I’ve always been straight-up with y’all and kept you informed.
“The week before our record was released, Jason Flom and Lee Trink (the two presidents of Lava and Atlantic) were fired. Those were the two people that we had faith would deliver this record like it should of been delivered.
“I’m not blaming Atlantic for what happened, because they did give us a chance to put these songs out and see what was to come. And a few people that tried to work it, COLD thanks them for their time and help.
“When you put a song out on the radio, it is what it is. It’s a gamble on your life and your career and your hope. People just didn’t react the way we had hoped they would.
“We appreciate all your hard work on trying to promote the record and we love all of you guys, but now I ask you to lay down your arms! The battle is over.
“Since we’ve gotten off tour in December, we haven’t even talked to the label. Hell, I wouldn’t even know who to call. But instead of having someone tell us that it’s over, we choose to tell them instead. We bled on those tracks and the label just didn’t see what they had. The industry today is too jaded and fake.
“Instead of being upset and bitter about this, we reflect on what we did do. We got to touch people’s lives for the better part of a decade. We got to experience things we only dreamed about all our lives and for that we are grateful. God, I love you guys so much! And I’m more worried about y’all than I am myself.
“I know that some of you need our music like we do too. And I’ll never quit writing songs for y’all. Sam and I are going to start a new project. If God allows us to do this (which I have confidence that he will), you will hear songs again from us some day.
“We made it through a lot of hard times and a lot of bands dream of having a career that lasted as long as ours. We have never made a DVD, and that’s the first thing I’m gonna work on. We have footage from the making of the first record until now.
“Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for what you have given me and COLD. It’s too hard to express in words how I feel about y’all, so I’m not even attempting that.
“I know a lot of people are gonna be mad and say that I gave up on them. But I didn’t. This is just another bump in the road called life.
“Music has been the important thing to me since i was a lil’ kid. I chose to make records instead of being with my family and my two lil’ girls, so don’t ever say that we gave up, please.
“Some might say we gave up becuase of the money. For some reason, people think we’re rich rock stars who live in mansions and all that, but that is far away from the truth. We made enough to survive and we have no regrets.
“I hope that you understand our decision to bow out gracefully instead of being told that we can’t do this anymore. I wanted to disappear and shut myself off from the world of music, but I can’t do that. My world is music. All I have in my life now are these songs that we created and memories of our life as COLD.
“Thank you guys for being our family for the last 10 years. We love you all and please try to understand our decision.”
Century Media Europe – Announces Release Info for Sick of it All, Ignite, Sworn Enemy, Backyard Babies
Century Media Records Europe proudly announces the release of four brand-new killer releases licensed from Abacus Recordings. On May 2 the mighty hardcore champions SICK OF IT ALL from NYC will celebrate their 20th anniversary with the new studio album “Death To Tyrants” to be followed by festival and touring activities all over the year. Sweden’s most exciting Rock’n’Roll sensation, BACKYARD BABIES, are presenting the epic titled “People Like People Like People Like Us”, on streets also May 2nd . The album is produced by their old friend Nicke Andersson from THE HELLACOPTERS.
Back to New York, SWORN ENEMY is the next in line whose metal mayhem “The Beginning Of The End” was already presented live in Europe on tour with MADBALL in November 2005. Those who saw the band, know that songs like “Scared Of The Unknown” kick ass like hell. The album was produced by Tim Lambesis (frontman for AS I LAY DYING) and they are still as real as it gets.
Last but not least, IGNITE. The band was in the studio with Cameron Webb (MOTORHEAD, SILVERSTEIN) to produce the first full-length album since “A Place Called Home” (2000). The melodic hardcore masterpiece “Our Darkest Days” will enlighten European fans on May 15.
All bands will tour shortly after album release and play several summer festivals all over Europe.
Pictures from the 3rd day of GREEN CARNATION‘s first ever US tour have been made available online, courtesy of Return to the Pit. You can view them at this location.
This coming Thursday, March 2, Hard Rock Radio Live is set to air an interview with founder of British Heavy Metal gods JUDAS PRIEST, bassist Ian Hill, given to Metal Temple magazine’s chief editor, Orpheus. The interview took place last week and is going to air at 2 pm (EST) / 8 pm (CET) on Thursday during Orpheus’ show. For more information, head to hardrockradiolive.com.
A few dates have been released for TUB RING‘s upcoming tour with DOG FASHION DISCO, LOOK WHAT I DID, and THE JONBENET:
April 6 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 13 – Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
May 24 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
May 27 – Kent, OH @ Screwy Louies