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Twelfth Gate – Two New Songs Posted Online

Two new TWELFTH GATE songs, entitled “Critical Elements” and “Inner Core”, have been posted online at this location. Both songs are taken from the band’s upcoming new album, “Threshold of Revelation”, due out on March 21 via Season of Mist. Also available at the same location are 2 short clips of “Loyal” & “Come Alive”, which are songs that will also appear on the new album.

“Threshold of Revelation” track listing:

1. Loyal
2. Critical Elements
3. Inner Core
4. Delving Too Deep
5. Human Swine
6. Black Robe
7. Branded
8. Together Divided
9. Face Within A Face
10. Come Alive

As previously reported, TWELFTH GATE will be performing at CHICAGO POWERFEST 2006, set to take place April 7-8 at Mr. Kelley’s Music Box in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Also scheduled to appear are MORGANA LEFAY, NOCTURNAL RITES, ELDRITCH, BIOMECHANICAL, AGENT STEEL, ION VEIN, GRACEPOINT, MIRROR BLACK and WITHERING SOUL.

Lacuna Coil – ‘Our Truth’ Single Details Revealed – Single Streaming Online

Preceding the release of their highly anticipated 4th album ‘Karmacode’ on April 3, LACUNA COIL will release their new single ‘Our Truth’ on March 13 on Century Media in the UK.

Coming off the back of a sold-out UK tour, that had LACUNA COIL performing both an electric and an acoustic set every night, the band headed to the U.S. to film the album’s first single and video in LA. The video for “Our Truth” was directed by Fort Awesome, a brand-new directorial duo whose individual credits include QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, LINKIN PARK, DISTURBED, CHEVELLE and more. LACUNA COIL are kicking off the album’s extensive touring cycle with a one-off show at London’s Forum on March 5, a high profile six-week U.S. tour this Spring and a slot on this years Download Festival.

The single for ‘Our Truth’ will be available in 3 formats, which includes the brand new track ‘Without A Reason’ which is exclusive to this single release

Formats of ‘Our Truth’ available in the UK record stores:

‘Vol. I’ ? CD Single

1. “Our Truth” (radio edit)
2. “Unspoken” (studio acoustic version – from “Comalies” deluxe 2CD)

“Vol. II” – 7″ VINYL PICTURE DISC

1. “Our Truth” (radio edit)
2. “Without A Reason” (exclusive bonus-song)

“Vol. III” – CD Single Digipack

1. “Our Truth” (radio edit)
2. “Without A Reason” (exclusive bonus-song)
3. “Swamped” (radiomix and -edit – from “Comalies” deluxe 2CD)
4.”Our Truth” (Jack Dangers mix)
5.Enhancement (photo gallery/wallpapers)

If you haven’t heard ‘Our Truth’ yet then check it out here.

Voivod – Announce “Katorz” as Forthcoming Album Title

Canada’s pioneering metal band VOIVOD have set “Katorz” as the title of their forthcoming album due out late spring on THE END RECORDS in North America.

VOIVOD, who just finished mixing the album with producer Glen Robinson (TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are now mastering the album in New York.

The follow-up to 2003′s “Voivod” is the first album in the band’s 20-plus-year career that did not feature founding guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D’Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer.

In order to record “Katorz,” drummer Michael “Away” Langevin, singer Denis “Snake” Belanger and bassist Jason “Jasonic” Newsted utilized all of the guitar parts that Piggy had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.

Artwork and a full track-listing for the album will be released in the coming weeks.

Teenager Falls to Death While Air Guitaring

A teenager got so carried away while bouncing up and down on his bed mimicking a rock star that he flew out of a third floor window to his death, a Singapore newspaper reports.

Li Xiao Meng, a 16-year-old from China who was studying at Singapore’s Hua Business School, was a keen musician who liked to jump up and down while playing his guitar in his hostel room, The Straits Times said.

“But on November 17 he took things a bit too far,” the newspaper said, reporting on a coroner’s court findings.

Ruling death by misadventure, the court said evidence “points to the deceased unintentionally falling out of the window to his death when he was hyped up with exhilaration, jumping up and down on the bed placed against an open window while mimicking a rock guitarist”.

Normally the windows were locked, the newspaper said, but students sometimes forced them open so they could smoke, something prohibited by the hostel.

The full article can be found at this location.

The Who – European Shows Announced

THE WHO have announced the following live performances for this summer:

June 25 – Leeds, UK @ Harewood House
July 5 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Summer Pops
July 6 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Summer Pops
July 8 – Naas, IRE @ Punchestown Race Course
July 9 – Kinross, UK @ Balado
July 11 – Bonn, GER @ Museumplatz
July 12 – Berlin, GER @ Wuhlheide
July 22 – Saint Polten, AUS @ Open-Air Gelände
July 23 – Ulm, GER @ Munsterplatz

NE Metal & Hardcore Fest – Initial Bands Released

More details have been released for this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, which will take place from April 28th – 30th in Worcester, MA:

The show will once again take place on two stages at The Palladium. Bands that have already been confirmed for the festival are: Lacuna Coil, Gamma Ray, DragonForce (first show EVER in the U.S.!), Arch Enemy, Chimaira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bullet For My Valentine, Exodus, Cryptopsy, 100 Demons, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Bloodline Calligraphy, Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Caliban, Cattle Decapitation, Colin Of Arabia, Damnation AD, Dead To Fall, Death Threat, Demiricous, Dying Eyes Bleed, Ed Gein, Embrace The End, Folly, Full Blown Chaos, Goat Horn, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Horse The Band, Hypersolid, If Hope Dies, Immolation, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Ion Dissonance, Ligeia, Losa, Mercury Switch, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, On Broken Wings, Protest The Hero, Ramallah, Righteous Jams, Ringworm, Sanctity, Scars Of Tomorrow, Second Story Window, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Still Remains, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, The Acacia Strain, The Absence, The Classic Struggle, The Miles Between, Torn Assunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Promo Queen, Wolf, xDEATHSTARx, and xLOOKINGFORWARDx. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. Talent is subject to change.

The Red Chord – Guitarist To Sit Out Some Shows

THE RED CHORD have issued the following update from the road:

“The tour has been amazing. We’re getting along awesome with all the bands (THROWDOWN, STILL REMAINS & A DOZEN FURIES). We played with some awesome local bands too, including NC’s GIANT and WV’s BEYOND ALL HOPE. We have a few more shows with this tour left before we meet up with THE AGONY SCENE and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. It’s funny how things change…we took BDM out on one of their first tours years ago and now they’re repaying the favor and taking us back out. We’re stoked and that part of the run is going to be amazing. Make sure to come check out any of the upcoming shows and stop by the merch table and say what’s up to us (we’re rolling without a merch guy this tour, so we’ll be kicking it there ourselves). Thanks so much and we hope to see you all soon!

In the event that we are performing without Gunface, it is because he came down with a nasty case of pneumonia and per doctor’s orders he’s taking a couple days off. This is a huge deal, since he has played every RED CHORD show ever and it’s been really odd to play without him. He’s not leaving or anything drastic. The boy just needs to get some rest so he can get well and grind for years to come.”

Aborted – Set To Enter Studio In October

ABORTED have issued the following update:

“Just a quick note from the road, everything is going great, the shows have been awesome so far & we’re having a great time with our friends in cryptopsy, vesania, dew-scented, grave & hurtlocker! thanks to all those who have shown up so far & those to come.

A little note that we have to update the showdates on the site, the 11th of march we have a show in Colmar (fr), so show up biatches! the show in Denmark on this tour has been cancelled, but we’ll be back with cryptopsy this summer! updates soon!

The new album: we have just booked studio with Tue Madsen once more for oktober, and the songwriting is going quite smoothly, we’ve had some time to work on the road & so far everything looks very promising, we got quite some cool surprises up our sleeves, stay tuned! we’ll also reveal the album title shortly!”

The Sword – To Feature on ‘You Hear it First’ on MTV Networks

Dynamic Austin, Texas-based quartet THE SWORD has been named an MTV News “You Hear It First” artist. The band receives the distinguished accolade in the wake of their critically acclaimed debut album, Age of Winters. “Age of Winters” was released on February 14 via New York City’s Kemado Records.

Narrated by MTV News correspondent, author and former Rolling Stone editor Kurt Loder, THE SWORD‘s “You Hear It First” profile details an exciting new band that is fast on the rise. The feature will air on MTV, MTV2 and MTVU, the definitive college network for students at over 700 university campuses across the country. Additionally, THE SWORD “You Hear It First” feature will run on “Overdrive”, MTV’s broadband video service, and will be the first “You Hear It First” Podcast available for download on podcasts.mtv.com as well as on iTunes. Scheduled air dates are as follows (all times are EST):

- Tuesday, February 21st:

MTVU: 9:45 PM, 11:45 PM

- Wednesday, February 22nd:

MTV: 4:50 AM, 5:50 AM, 6:50 AM, 7:50 AM, 8:50 AM, 9:50 AM
MTV2: 4:30 AM, 5:30 AM, 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 6:30 PM
MTVU: 1:45 AM, 3:45 AM, 5:45 AM, 7:45 AM, 9:45 AM, 11:45 AM, 1:45 PM, 3:45 PM, 5:45 PM, 8:45 PM

* Additional air times will follow this weekend on MTV, MTV2 and MTVU

From hip-hop to rock and all genres in between, “You Hear It First” shines the spotlight on emerging artists, giving the MTV audience a first look at hot up-and-coming stars. YHIF is a weekly 3 minute MTV News program airing on MTV, MTV2, MTVU, and Overdrive (with companion content on MTVNews.com). Among the stars featured by the franchise before they became household names: Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Kanye West, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Fall Out Boy, and The Game. “You Hear it First” can be found online at www.mtv.com/news/yhif/. The MTV.com “You Hear it First” on THE SWORD contains an additional feature on the band as well as an MTV “Flipbook” photo gallery.

Necrophagist – Announce New Guitarist

NECROPHAGIST have announced their new guitar player:

“The band would like to announce Helsinki/Finland based Sami Raatikainen as the new guitar player. We look forward to working together with an extremely talented fella, as we never met someone working faster or harder before.

We would also like to thank the applicants that didn’t get the spot, you guys have done a great job! But in the end, there can only be one. Thank you all!”

Look What I Did – Entire First Album Available For Download

LOOK WHAT I DID have released two more songs off their latest album, “Minuteman For The Moment,” on their MySpace page. The band has also put up their entire first album, “My First Time,” over on their PureVolume page.

Decapitated – Bassist Rejoins The Band

DECAPITATED bassist Martin has announced his return to the band with the following statement:

“After cleaning up mess in my personal life, military problems (army wanted to catch me, I almost got to the court with that) I’m back in the band,” Martin writes in a statement. “I need fuckin metal more than anything else! By the way, all rumors concerning ‘problems with label’ were just rumors! See you guys on the road!”

Opeth – Mexican/South American Tour Dates Released

OPETH have announced the following Mexican/South American tour dates:

September 22 – Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
September 23 – Monterey, MEX @ Cafe Iguana
September 24 – Guadalajara, MEX @ Hardrock Cafe
September 27 – Santiago, CHL @ Teatro Caupolican
September 28 – Buenos Aires, ARG @ ND/Ateneo
September 29 – Sao Paulo, BRA @ Direct TV CIE
September 30 – Rio De Janeiro, BRA @ Circo Volador
October 1 – Curitiba, BRA @ Master Hall

ProgPower USA – Jorn Lande to Replace Nevermore – Evergrey to Enlist Choir/String Quartet

JORN LANDE, one of metal’s most renowned and prolific vocalists, has been tapped to replace NEVERMORE as the Saturday night headliner at ProgPower USA VII.

The singer, whose credits include MASTERPLAN and ARK, will close the show with a unique set covering not only his solo career but songs from the various bands and projects over the course of his entire career.

“I hated to lose NEVERMORE, but I am ecstatic over being able to get one of the best voices in metal today,” said Promoter Glenn Harveston. “After speaking with Jorn, I am convinced that this will be a once in a lifetime set that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.”

Added Lande: “It’s an honor to play ProgPower USA this year. The festival is well known around the world for keeping progressive metal and hard rock alive. We will do our best to give you a few surprises and make it one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival.”

EVERGREY – complete with a choir and string quartet – will headline the first night of the two-day festival, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

Suffocation – Confirmed to Headline SMNnews Presented California Metalfest

SUFFOCATION have been confirmed as the headlining act for the 1st edition of the SMNnews.com sponsored and presented CALIFORNIA METALFEST, which is set to take place on May 13 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA.

Other artists set to perform include:

CALIBAN, NECROPHAGIST, ON BROKEN WINGS, CATTLE DECAPITATION, SCARS OF TOMORROW, SWORN ENEMY, REFLUX, ION DISSONANCE, FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, ANIMOSITY, JOB FOR A COWBOY, THE BURNING SEASON, THE FACELESS, LIGHT THIS CITY, PARIA, ARSIS, NEURAXIS, ALARUM, SUICIDE SILENCE, EMBRACE THE END, TOO PURE TO DIE, SUMMERS END,

…with more set to be announced.

Disturbed – Axe European Tour Due to Vocal Problems – Rescheduling Set to Occur

Century Media are sorry to announce that due to the unfortunate cancellation of DISTURBED‘s European tour NEVERMORE will no longer be touring the UK next month.

DISTURBED‘s management have released a statement officially confirming the postponement of the group’s previously announced European tour; which reads as follows:

“Disturbed have been forced to postpone their upcoming international tour dates as vocalist David Draiman has suffered a recurrence of the severe inflammation of the vocal chords that he originally suffered last year. Having returned to the live arena too soon after his last vocal problems, recent dates of Disturbed’s North American tour have taken their toll on Draiman’s voice and he has been advised by his doctor to take an extended break to ensure a complete recovery. As a result, all European dates have been rescheduled for September.”

NEVERMORE have, however, been confirmed to support on the rescheduled European tour – further announcements will be made as soon as dates/venues have been confirmed.

Adema – Rumor of 3rd Vocalist – Bobby Reeves of LA Based Level

Bobby Reeves, currently frontman for Los Angeles based rock act LEVEL, has been rumored to be the next in line to fill the lung capacity of ADEMA, following the departure of Luke Caraccioli in October of 2005. If talks can be substantiated, Reeves will be the band’s 3rd singer – you can listen to LEVEL here.

Re:Ignition – Photo Shoot Pictures and Live Show Pics Up

Pics of RE:IGNITION from their February 13 show at The Whiskey in Hollywood, CA have been made available courtesy of resident photographer Dirt Junior. Pictures from a photo shoot with Steev Esquivel with his new Fernandes guitar are also on hand:

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Finch – Set to Go on “Indefinite Hiatus”

FINCH has officially announced that they are set to go on an “indefinite hiatus”. The band were last spotted on last Winter’s HIM / SKINDRED arena tour and had released two major label albums. Members are said to be currently working on other projects.

Stone Sour – Josh Rand Update Filed

STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand has checked in from the studio where the lads are hard at work on their 2nd album:

“As we roll into week four of the recording process for the new album, a lot has happened…

“Starting off with a week of pre-production as [our producer] Nick pushed us to the brink and back, we fine-tuned the songs for the record. Now with eighteen tracks slated to be recorded we were ready to begin the drum tracks.

“[However,] two weeks into the recording of the drums Joel would have to leave the project and return home to his family. His nine-year-old son is very sick. He was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma (brain cancer) last fall. With the fate of the record now up in the air a decision had to be made: postpone the record or bring in someone to finish the drum tracks. So with Joel’s blessing, Roy Mayorga will finish the drum tracks as we move forward.”

“On behalf of myself and the rest of Stone Sour our prayers go out to the Ekmans.”

God Bless,
Josh
Stone Sour

Dimmu Borgir – In Full Writing Mode – Aim for Early `07 Release

BraveWords and Bloody Knuckles is reporting that DIMMU BORGIR are in “full writing mode” and working hard on completing what will surely be the most highly anticipated album of the band’s career. “We’ve gotta get a few songs about 90 percent finished,” guitarist Silenoz reveals, “and then we’ll take it to the rehearsal space and start jamming on them. The main character of the lyrics is about someone living in the dark medieval times and feels the necessity to find god, and the more he explores and searches for answers and proof that god exists, the more he finds himself finding the opposite to be true. Then people start to believe that he is in league with the devil and perhaps he’s even the devil himself. So far there are at least two complete songs and we have tons and tons of ideas. Hopefully by the fall we will be in the studio with [producer] Peter Tägtgren so we can at least have it out in early 2007″.

Benediction – Feat. Nick Barker – Set “Killing Music” as Album Title

British extreme metallers BENEDICTION, featuring former CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, have set “Killing Music” as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June/July. “Killing Music” will mark the recording debut with Barker. Following the album’s release, the band will be appearing at festivals worldwide over the summer, followed by a full-blown world tour starting in September. With regards to the musical style on “Killing Music”, the band said, “The new album has a few new styles on it, along with the punk/death riffs that we like so much. You´ll love it”

Nuclear Blast Records – Announce Signing of Norway’s Chrome Division

Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the signing of CHROME DIVISION. Centered around the backbone of DIMMU BORGIR mainman Shagrath, CHROME DIVISION is touted to be “like a force, spawning stripped down groovy rock’n roll, with a primitive attitude”. The band’s debut release, “Booze, Broads, and Beezlebub” is scheduled for late Summer.

Ramallah, Death Before Dishonor – Blood for Blood Performance Pics – Available

Pictures from the February 16 RAMALLAH, DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, REMEMBERING NEVER, HOODS show, that also featured a pseudo-BLOOD FOR BLOOD reunion performance, have been posted online courtesy of Return to the Pit. You can check them out here.

Unearth – Land Terry Date as Producer for Next Album

UNEARTH have revealed that they are set to work with famed producer Terry Date (PANTERA, ROB ZOMBIE, DEFTONES, SOUNDGARDEN, etc.) for their sophomore Metal Blade Records release. The band, who are heavily rumored to have secured a non-rotating slot on OZZFEST 2006, will ship out to Seattle at the Bad Animals studio from March through April to start recording their next effort.