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Kataklysm – Offer Tour Update, Naive World Cup Insight – Plan to Return to Europe

KATAKLYSM’s Maurizio has issued the following tour update:   “So we are over a week into this Metal Crusaders tour in the states..the kick off show in Montreal was phenomenal as always, Toronto was off the hook , New york was a sell out and Chicago was loud as fuck, seems like lots people  have our new album and know all the new songs, very well Kataklysm is defenetly growing rapidly in America .. loving the vibe on the tour, Destruction is a pleasure to watch every night, Italy’s Graveworm deliver a power punch performance and Vader kill!!..all the bands get along and its been a party, the soccer world cup will start on the 9th. Germany is playing Poland so there will be some competition on the tour buses between the Vader boys and Destruction..its heating up!!..Ill be cheering with Graveworm for far so good !”

  Unfortunately, all the aforementioned teams/nationalities have no chance against the only team worth watching and supporting; England’s 3 Lions. KATAKLYSM plan to head back to Europe in the fall for a headlining tour supporting there supporting there critically acclaimed album “In the Arms of Devastation”.

The Who – Keith Moon Drumkit and Rare Solo Album Set for Release

Keith Moon, THE WHO's legendary rock'n'roll drummer is the subject of 
two key releases next monthPremier Percussion Ltd has just announced a
special limited edition drum kit, "Spirit of Lily" which is named after THE WHO's
1967 single "Pictures of Lily". The drum kit will retail for £4,995, and will
include the original artwork that adorned the original kit and drum sizes
played by Moon.

Premier have released the replica kit to celebrate the 40th anniversary
from when the Pictures of Lily single was released in 1967. It can be seen
at this location

On July 3, Castle Music will release Keith's rare solo album "Two
Sides of the Moon" as a Deluxe Edition CD, featuring previously unreleased
bonus material including rare out-takes, special mixes, spoken word and extensive
liner notes.

Guest musicians include RINGO STARR, DAVID BOWIE, JOE WALSH and many
more. "Two Sides of the Moon" album info can be found here

Moon, who passed away at the age of 32 on September 7th, 1978, would
have celebrated his 60th birthday this year on August 23. Both Moon releases
lead up to THE WHO's highly anticipated new studio album, which is set for
release later this year, and their much talked about forthcoming 11-minute
rock opera single "Wire & Glass" - a song about a teenage band that finds
global fame through the internet.

Ghoul – The Beast Is Upon Us!!!

The long awaited new GHOUL album, “Splatterthrash,” will emerge from the flaming depths of Hades on 6-6-06 to slaughter every human on Earth. Released by Razorback Records, this ghoulish recording has 42 minutes of thundering, hellacious, scrap metal from darkest Creepsylvania that’s sure to melt your feeble brain. Thrill to the awesome power of “Rise, Killbot, Rise!!!”; Tremble at the sheer creepiness of “Psychoplasm”; Ponder the significant and thoughtful social commentary of “Life of the Living Dead”! And remember, to keep yourself from screaming, repeat to yourself “it’s only a band, it’s only a band, it’s only a band…” Digestor, guitarist, vocalist, genius, and in no way the author of this press release, had this to say: “If only poor mama was here to listen to her son’s latest masterpiece, I know she would weep tears of joy. Now I wish I didn’t eat her.” An advance mp3 of the track “As Your Casket Closes” is available here:
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State of Arizona vs. Blackie Lawless – The Verdict

Blackie Lawless was found Not Guilty by the Scottsdale Arizona Court in
the ongoing assault case against him dating back to August of 2005. The
Judge's decision of "Not Guilty" was handed down today Monday, May 22nd
2006. Pleased with the decision from the Court, Blackie feels that the
Court took into consideration that the artists have a right to defend
themselves in an effort to avoid more of the recent tragedies that have
happened to other performers. He also hopes that decisions like this
will further increase awareness and understanding by the public that
performers can be extremely vulnerable and that this case will also
serve in aiding other performers if and when the time arises that they
are forced to defend themselves in Court cases. Blackie will also like
to thank the many, many fans and associates who have supported him
throughout this trial.

Hank III, Randy Blythe, Danzig – To Perform on 6-6-06 – Plus Phil Anselmo Arson Anthem Insider Info!

Tomorrow’s 06-06-06 at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA is set to be one for the ages. Set to perform is:

DANZIG RANDY OF LAMB OF GOD and III doing various songs
Plus Numerous Side Acts

According to Dirt Junior, who had the chance to listen the new Philip Anselmo side-project ARSON ANTHEM (featuring Philip Anselmo on guitar, III on drums, Mike Williams on vocals), it’s “Faced paced punk stuff”.

SiKth – Sampling Entire Record Online Before Album Release on June 6

SiKtH are now sampling their entire record Death of a Dead Day at this location. The album hits stores tomorrow (6.6.06) in the US and June 26 in the UK through Bieler Bros. Records and will feature special artwork and personally autographed posters for the first ten thousand copies sold.  Furthermore anyone who buys the record will be eligible to win an Ipod filled with music from Bieler Bros. Records.  Visit this location for more details.

Rob Zombie – Set To Write/Direct/Produce New Halloween Movie

Rob Zombie has posted the following update:

“Okay here’s the real deal for those of you who are confused. As I said yesterday – I am not making Halloween 9. That series is done, complete, over.

But what I am doing is starting totally from from scratch. This the new HALLOWEEN. Call it a remake, an update, a reimaging or whatever, but one thing that for sure is this is a whole new start… a new begining with no connection to the other series. That is exactly why the project appeals to me. I can take it and run with it.

I talked to John Carpenter about this the other day and he said, “Go for it, Rob. Make it your own”. And that’s exactly what I intend to do.”

The following is from the official press release:

Dimension Films is proud to announce that they will make a new “Halloween” movie with Rob Zombie (“The Devil’s Rejects”, “House of 1000 Corpses” writing, directing and serving as a producer. Malek Akkad of Trancas International Films (“Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” will produce the feature along with Andy Gould of Vision Entertainment Group (“The Devil’s Rejects”, “House of 1000 Corpses”). Zombie will also serve as music supervisor on the film. Miramax Films will co-finance the development with Dimension Films. The announcement was made today by The Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein.

Zombie’s vision of this film is an entirely new take on the legend and will satisfy fans of the classic “Halloween” legacy while beginning a new chapter in the Michael Myers saga. This new movie will not only appeal to horror fans, but to a wider movie-going audience as well. It will not be a copycat of any prior films in the “Halloween” franchise. The film is set for an October 2007 theatrical release.

Bob Weinstein stated, “Rob Zombie is a gifted musician and performer as well as a talented filmmaker. His vision for this new ‘Halloween’ is spectacular and I am thrilled to be collaborating with him and to work closely with Malek Akkad to continue the legacy built by his father, the late Moustapha Akkad.”

Zombie said, “I have been a huge, huge fan of John Carpenter’s original film since its release. So when Bob Weinstein approached me about this, I jumped at the chance to join forces with Dimension Films on this amazing project.”

The “Halloween” story began with the 1978 release of “John Carpenter’s Halloween”, executive produced by the late Moustapha Akkad, founder of Trancas International Films and became the highest-grossing independent film of the time. Moustapha Akkad’s son, Malek, is now taking some of the reigns on this new “Halloween” project to continue the outstanding work begun by his father. Malek Akkad stated, “Trancas is very excited to be working with Rob Zombie and producing another ‘Halloween’ with Bob Weinstein and Dimension, the home of the franchise for the last three installments. It will be a fitting and worthy tribute to my late father.”

“I am thrilled to be working again with Rob and with Dimension Films on such an iconic project that will reinvigorate ‘Halloween’ and Michael Myers in a truly terrifying new way,” stated Andy Gould, Rob Zombie’s longtime manager and producer of Zombie’s two previous films.

Moonspell, Katatonia – Another Tour Date Released

Another date has been released for the upcoming North American tour featuring MOONSPELL, KATATONIA, and DAYLIGHT DIES:

October 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 22 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 25 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Slayer – In-Studio Footage Now Available

Some cool new video footage of SLAYER in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled new album, due out July 25 has been made available online. Check the links below to see all the studio goodness that is SLAYER:

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SLAYER’s new Limited Edition Hot Topic EP, eternal Pyre, available 6/6/06 for $5.99. The EP contains the new single “Cult,” a live performance of “War Ensemble” and in studio footage of the making of the new album. “Cult” will also be available on Itunes on 6/6/06.  The track can be previewed on beginning that day at 6:06am PST.

Necrophagist – Run Into Some Trouble – Shows Cancelled…

According to Chaos Promotions, NECROPHAGIST has been forced to cancel their current tour and postpone it until later this Summer. The band was, “robbed of $5000 worth of stuff including their passports from their van over the weekend”, and have been forced to head back home to Germany. More word is expected regarding what happened, but again, all shows are still expected to be rescheduled. 

Hank III – AssJack Pics from Hollywood Uploaded

Live shots of HANK III and his metal band ASSJACK live from Hollywood, CA, courtesy of Dirt Junior, can now be found online at this location.

Venom, DevilDriver – New York City Show Announced

The following are expected to be the final dates for VENOM‘s “7 Days of Hell” U.S. tour with DEVILDRIVER:

August 13 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
August 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
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
August 25 – Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

Tub Ring Interview With SMNnews Up

TUB RING vocalist Kevin Gibson was nice enough to answer a couple questions for SMNnews at the band’s recent New York City show. He talked about everything from their recent assault at the hand’s of BLACK MY HEART, to what it was like being on MTV2, to the future of the band. You can read that all here.

Cattle Decapitation – Humanure: The Art Show

HUMANURE: THE ART SHOW is now available for viewing! Kelly Hutchinson aka DARK VOMIT has commissioned 20 artists from San Diego, CA to produce art pieces based on the lyrics to the song “Humanure” by CATTLE DECAPITATION. Check out these bizarre and creative interpretations of CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s lyrics…

Check out to view it in all it’s glory!!!

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A generous portion of the proceeds of the sale of the art goes to the Helen Woodward Center and F.O.C.A.S. (Friends Of County Animal Shelters), both non-profit organizations dedicated to actually FINDING homes for stray and abandoned animals without euthanization.

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Rob Zombie – Blasko Rejoins Ozzy for Ozzfest 2006 on Bass

ROB ZOMBIE’s Blasko has rejoined with OZZY OSBOURNE after originally joining the band in 2003 as the replacement for Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA). After Blasko joined Ozzy, the following two Ozzfest’s touted BLACK SABBATH as the headliner Blasko thought it was over. He performed with Ozzy on a few special shows during that time such as the NFL kick-off for the Patriots. I got the call for this show the NFL Kick- off, explains Blasko. I would never have guessed we would be playing in a giant helmet, but it was totally worth it. After that show, Blasko resumed playing with ROB ZOMBIE on his new CD “Educated Horses”. Performing on a sell-out tour with Zombie, Blasko came home to Ozzy calling him for Ozzfest duties. I thought it was done and over but then I get the call and it all spiraled back to where we are now and I am back playing with Ozzy.
Performing solo for the first time in three years, OZZY OSBOURNE will play a total of 10 dates on this years Ozzfest route, including the 2nd Stage at the San Bernardino show.

Municipal Waste – Called Up to Perform at Leeds and Reading Festivals

MUNICIPAL WASTE have been called up to perform at England’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. Taking place on Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th respectively, fans can catch wonders such as “Thrashing’s My Business And Business Is Good”, “Thrash? Don’t Mind If I Do”, and “Drunk As Shit” on the Lock-Up Stage.

Dimmu Borgir – Forced to Cancel Appearance at Gods of Metal “Due to Health Concerns”

DIMMU BORGIR were forced to cancel their appearance at Italy`s GODS OF METAL festival that takes place from June 1-4. Guitarist Silenoz had the following to say in a statement on the band`s official website,

“We apologize to everyone it may concern, we were very much looking forward to play this great festival, but due to a serious situation regarding one of our members’ health condition we have no other choice as it is beyond our control. We owe it to our business partners, fans and friends and perhaps mostly ourselves, to do a great gig, but this will not be possible under the given circumstances, unfortunately. Health will always have first priority.”

Communic – New Album Goes to #66 in Germany

“Waves Of Visual Decay”, the new album from Prog/Thrash/Power metallers COMMUNIC, available in stores Europe-wide since May 19; in Germany, the record went straight to #66 of the official Media Control Chart. For comparison: “Conspiracy In Mind”, COMMUNIC’s highly acclaimed 2005 debut didn’t even make it to the German top 100. 

Metal Temple – Announces “A Tribute to the Covers – Part II” – June 25

After intense public demand, Metal Temple magazine has delightfully scheduled a sequel to the successful “A Tribute To The Covers” party that took place last year at Athens’ Texas Club.

“A Tribute To The Covers – Part II” will feature once again famous songs covered by famous Hard Rock/Metal bands. The event will take place on Sunday, June 25, again at the famous Texas Club (56 Ippokratous Str.) and the set will kick-off around 10:30 pm (local time).

PainmuseuM – Led by Metal Mike Chlasciak – Announces EP and Tour Dates

Metal Mike’s PAINMUSEUM, led by HALFORD/SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, has set July 1st, 2006 as the release date of “You Have The Right To Remain Violent” enhanced EP.

To be released exclusively on Metal Mike’s own imprint C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC, the EP will feature a new studio track “Scars In Black”, 3 tracks taken from the band’s debut “Metal For Life”, a video for “Speak The Name” as well as animated menus, custom video players, photo gallery, six wall papers and an exclusive video message from Metal Mike.

James Murphy (TESTAMENT/DEATH) has once again provided the mastering duties at The Safe House in FL, while art was done by Darkmouth Design (HATEBREED). The line up of musicians appearing on the EP remains same as in the band’s 2005 debut “Metal For Life”:

Bobby Jarzombek Drums (HALFORD/SEBASTIAN BACH)
Steve DiGiorgio Bass (TESTAMENT/DEATH)
Tim Clayborne Vocals
Joe Comeau additional Vocals (OVERKILL/ANNIHILATOR)

“This special release is for many of our fans who write inquiring about a new PAINMUSEUM album. While we get our asses over to the studio and complete the next release, this is for the ones who are interested in our brand of Heavy Metal. This is a good way to further introduce new fans to the band who might have not yet hear our debut album and will help us further our mission during our headlining East Coast Violence 2006 tour dates this Summer. Crank this shit up”, commented Metal Mike.

Not to be licensed in any other territory, “You Have The Right To Remain Violent” will be available exclusively in North America through C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC, and on import in all other territories.

Century Media’s CM Distro will provide all North American retail location sales while on-line retailers will include,, and

In related news, PAINMUSEUM’s above mentioned headlining East Coast Violence Tour 2006 presented by Digitech, D’Addario, Seymour Duncan, Aquarian Weekly and Panzer Wear will take the band from its NJ base to Toronto, Canada. Complete dates are as follows:

June 11 Toronto, Canada @ Big Bop Concert Hall/ Reverb Room
June 10 Rochester, NY @ Steel Music Hall (Academy Of Shred Festival)
June 9 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz Club
June 8 – Denville, NJ @ The Fireside Club

Rob Zombie – To Direct Halloween 9?

Fangoria is reporting that ROB ZOMBIE is rumored to be in talks with Dimension to direct the 9th installment of the Halloween series. More news is expected shortly.

Chris Barnes – Interview With

In honour of a slow news day, you can read an interview with Chris Barnes (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) talking about his “America the brutal” love of hockey here.

Satyricon – “Americans have a different understanding of extreme-metal music.”

You can read yet another interview with Satyr of SATYRICON fame where he complains about American audiences not buying up his brand of fake black metal over at

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Announce California Shows

SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM have announced the following upcoming shows:

July 6 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 7 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro
July 8 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro

Venom, DevilDriver – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been revealed for VENOM‘s upcoming “7 Days of Hell” North American tour with DEVILDRIVER:

August 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
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
August 25 – Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues