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Vagrant Records/MLB – Partner Together for Vans Warped Tour

Major League Baseball and Vagrant Records have partnered for this summer’s VANS WARPED TOUR 2006 Presented By Cingular Wireless. The MLB Authentic Collection/Vagrant stage will feature performances from Vagrant artists: FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, THE BLED, DOWN TO EARTH, MONEEN, etc. SAVES THE DAY and SENSES FAIL will also perform acoustically on the MLB Authentic Collection/Vagrant stage in addition to their mainstage performances the same day.

The MLB Road Show will be back onsite with the 53′ truck featuring batting and pitching cages and gaming stations featuring MLB ’06 “The Show” for fans – as well as bands – at each stop on the tour. Vagrant artists will participate in batting practice with fans and conduct signings at the MLB Road Show attraction.

In addition, Vagrant bands will provide songs for an MLB Authentic Collection/Vagrant compilation CD to be produced by Vagrant Records and distributed in over 600 Champs Sports locations with the purchase of MLB Authentic Collection merchandise, the line of apparel that is exactly what the players wear on the field. Plans are also in the works for a contest sponsored by MLB Authentic Collection, Champs Sports and Vagrant through which one lucky fan will win a trip to a 2006 World Series game with a Vagrant band.

Down, Crowbar – Kirk Windstein – 4Q Radio Video Interview

4QRadio.com sits down with Kirk Windstein this week to discuss CROWBAR‘s DVD release, DOWN‘s European tour, the KINGDOM OF SORROW album release, and VALUME NOB. Watch the video interview now at this location.

Judas Priest – Glenn Tipton Interview – Solo Album Update

Legendary guitarist Glenn Tipton of JUDAS PRIEST spoke to antiMUSIC’s Morley Seaver recently about his two new records, both recorded in 1994. The modest Tipton talks about how he wanted the records to sound nothing like Priest and downplays his contributions to the band. “There is no point in trying to emulate a band I could never come close to. I’m just a fifth of Judas Priest, in the immense amount of talent within that band. Arguably one of the best metal bands in the world. Particularly in the vocals?I could never come within a million light years of Rob. So the last thing I would want to do is an album like Priest. I couldn’t.” Read the whole interview here.

Rob Zombie – Foxy, Foxy Video Debut – VIP Listening Party Info

The video for ROB ZOMBIE‘s lead single ‘Foxy, Foxy’ off his latest release “Educated Horses”, has been made available online. It can be viewed at this location. In other news, two VIP listening parties have been announced in preparation for the March 28 release of the disc.

March 17 – 5-7pm @ The Vortex Bar & Grill
438 Moreland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307
GET YOUR VIP PASS WHEN YOU PRE-ORDER “EDUCATED HORSES” FOR JUST $10 AT CRIMINAL RECORDS OR WAX-N-FACTS AND PICK UP A LIMITED EDITION ROB ZOMBIE AUTOGRAPHED POSTER AT THE PARTY

March 17 – 9pm @ Club Heaven & Hell
COME AND HEAR THE BRAND NEW ROB ZOMBIE ALBUM “EDUCATED HORSES” BEFORE IT HITS STORES ON 3/28. ENTER TO WIN FOR A ZOMBIE CD/DVD PRIZE PACK INCLUDING 2 TICKETS TO THE SOLD OUT SHOW AT THE 9:30 CLUB ON 3/26. RECEIVE A FREE AUTOGRAPHED POSTER WHEN YOU RESERVE THE ALBUM THROUGH TOWER RECORDS AT THE LISTENING EVENT ONLY. (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN PRIZE, POSTERS LIMITED TO FIRST 100 RESERVATIONS) VALID ID REQURIED, MUST BE 21+”

Crematorium – Land Support Slot for Decide and Vital Remains West Coast Tour

Following the band’s successful appearance at Los Angeles Murderfest 2.0 in February, Los Angeles’ CREMATORIUM is locked in as a support act for DEICIDE‘s upcoming West Coast tour in April. With only a limited number of dates across the western United States, the band is privileged to be selected alongside VITAL REMAINS to support the Florida death metal legends.

Having parted ways with guitarist Frank Perez, CREMATORIUM will bring the band’s brutal, groove-heavy signature brand of metal (dubbed murdercore) on the road as a four piece. “Since we’ve been playing as a four piece, we’ve been a more aggressive unit live with both our stage presence and our sound,” vocalist Daniel Dismal says. “We’re not planning on replacing Frank anytime soon, unless the right person comes along for the job.” Meanwhile, guitarist Mark Uehlein will take up lead guitar duties that once fell on Perez’s shoulders.

In addition to the line-up change and dates alongside DEICIDE, CREMATORIUM will be hard at work throughout 2006, continuing to drum up support for “The Process of Endtime”, the band’s latest record through Prosthetic, out on the road. The band has live dates before and after the tour, and is also planning a tour through Canada and a Mexican tour in the fall alongside ABORTED. While out on the road, CREMATORIUM will continue playing new songs which are tentatively set to appear on the band’s follow-up to “The Process of Endtime”.

Bodyserpent – Upload MP3’s, New Video for Download

Montreal, Quebec based black metallers BODYSERPENT has unleashed their official website with three full song mp3s and one excerpt.

1. Ruler
2. Kill the Killer
3. Those Hands
4. Uncovering the Shrouds

The band have also added their video (in Media Player WMV format) for the song “Ruler” which was directed by Pat Tremblay (video director for ROSTRUM and graphic designer for bands such as NECROPHAGIA, WURDULAK, GHOULUNATICS. All media can be found here.

Exodus, The Haunted – 45 Mins. of Live Aussie Footage

Australia’s Pyro Music has posted over 45 minutes of video footage and numerous photos of the EXODUS / THE HAUNTED from their recent co-headlining show in Sydney, Australia. The media can be found at this location.

Candlemass – Recorded 4 Songs with Andy Sneap

CANDLEMASS have recorded four new songs with producer Andy Sneap at the new Polar studios in Stockholm, Sweden. “The songs are pretty much in the same vein as the stuff on the [self-titled 2005] reunion album, maybe a bit darker,” says bassist/songwriter Leif Edling. CANDLEMASS‘s next studio session will take place in May. The band’s new album is tentatively scheduled for release in October 2006

Malevolent Creation – Currently in Pre-Pro Mode for “Doomsday X”

MALEVOLENT CREATION are currently in pre production for they’re 10 studio album “Doomsday X”. Recording’s will take place in Pompano Beach, FL at Mercury recording studio’s in May with engineer Gus Rios and then off to Denmark with producer Tue Madsen for the mixing. “We need to have a massive production for this 10th record because this recording mean’s a lot to us and we plan on touring for the next 2 years in support of it. All the band’s members are contributing to the writing of this new album so there will be a lot of different influences on this record. The music will be extremely heavy and insanely fast,” according to the band members. “Doomsday X” is expected to be released in September.

Nightwish – Honored at Emma-Gaala in Finland

NIGHTWISH were recently honored in the “Best Finnish Artist” and “Top -Selling Album” categories at the Emma-Gaala (Finnish equivalent of the Grammys), which was held on Saturday, March 4 at the Kulttuuritalolla in Helsinki.

The Accused – Sign to Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records are proud to announce that the sensational comeback album of the legendary splatter rock icons THE ACCÜSED will be released by Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The album has tentatively been titled “Oh Martha”.

Fuse TV – ‘Release’ VJ Juliya from Contract – To “Move Away” from Metal/Hardcore Markets

FUSE TV is slowly set to move away from their ‘metal/hardcore’ music market. VJ Juliya, who has hosted such shows as “Uranium” and “Slave to the Metal” has been released by FUSE TV‘s parent company, Rainbow Media Cablevision)and her contract has NOT been renewed. Juliya will continue to do live apperances and clubs, expos, and shows but is not associated with FUSE TV anymore.

Broke – To Release Debut Album this Summer

Salt Lake City based band BROKE will release their debut album this summer on Maverick Records. “The Answer” was produced by Branden Steineckert from THE USED. BROKE toured last year as part of THE USED‘s headlining arena tour and on the inaugural run of the Taste Of Chaos tour.

Avenged Sevenfold – “City of Evil” Turns Gold, Tabs Available

Ever since AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s “City of Evil” was released last summer the band has been flooded with e-mails asking for official tablatures. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is excited to announce they’ve finally been released and are available for purchase now at this location.

In other AVENGED SEVENFOLD news, the band’s Warner Brothers debut and 3rd album, has been certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.

Sacrifice – Reunite for 1 Night Only Headlining Spot on Day of the Equinox II Festival

For the first time in 15 years Canadian thrash metal legends SACRIFICE will reunite for one-night only as headliner of DAY OF THE EQUINOX II taking place on Saturday September 23, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario at the Opera House.

The band’s original lineup of guitarist/singer Rob Urbinati, guitarist Joe Rico, bassist Scott Watts and drummer Gus Pynn will be performing tracks from their classic metal releases: Torment In Fire (1986), Forward To Termination (1987) and Soldiers of Misfortune (1990)

Interest in SACRIFICE‘s music has peaked over the last year or so thanks in part to the hard work from Brazil’s Marquee Records. The label has already re-released Torment In Fire and Forward To Termination as double CDs in limited-edition hand-numbered slipcases that contain massive booklets with liner notes, live pictures and personal comments from the band. The Soldiers of Misfortune re-issue will surface sometime this spring.

Returning to North America by special invitation will be Sumerian thrashing black metallers and pioneers of Mesopotamian metal MELECHESH for an exclusive North American appearance in direct support of SACRIFICE. MELECHESH is excited to be returning to North America to showcase material from their forthcoming album Emissaries (release date TBA)

Also performing will be Earache recording artists USURPER who will bring their old school style of fist-banging heavy metal to the event. Local old school thrash metallers RAMMER will open the event.

About returning to the stage for the performance, Urbinati says, “This is going to be a great experience for all of us in the band and our fans that have always shown support for us over the years. This show is for them. What an incredible rush it will be to get back on stage with the original SACRIFICE and watch the pit go nuts.”

Hirax – “Thrash Til Death” – 2 Disc DVD Information

Keepers of the thrash metal torch HIRAX will release their first DVD, “Thrash Til Death,” on April 25 through Black Devil Records.

“Thrash Til Death” features over 2 hours of live footage ? the complete set from Minneapolis Mayhem 2, plus bonus footage from shows played in Germany (Bang Your Head Festival and warm up show), Sweden (Sweden Rock Festival), The Netherlands (Dokk’Em Open Air Festival), and San Francisco (Tidal Wave Festival and Thrash of the Quintana- KUSF 23rd Anniversary show at The Pound SF).

The tracks compiled on this visual anthology span HIRAX‘s entire career and were filmed using professional cameras, multiple camera angles, and high quality audio. The DVD also contains an interview with the entire band, “Hostile Territory” promo clip, a full visual discography including liner notes and artwork (by Pushead, “Mad” Marc Rude, and Craig Cummings), and even an Easter egg (hidden concert footage from Fender’s Ballroom in 1985).

“We are very excited about the DVD,” said singer Katon W. De Pena. “It contains some of the most amazing performances the band has done up until this point. I wanted it to be something that HIRAX diehards as well as any fan of extreme metal would be proud to own. As a matter of fact, this DVD was compiled and edited by a huge metal fan, Eddie Boyd (aka “Sickthrash”), who has been collecting thrash memorabilia since the beginning.”

“Thrash ‘Til Death” will be available through Century Media distribution as well as Black Devil Records. European and South American distribution is in the works.

HIRAX is currently in the preproduction stage for their upcoming album “Assassins Of War.” Joining vocalist Katon W. De Pena are original HIRAX drummer Johnny Tabares, lead guitarist Lance Harrison, and bassist Steve Harrison.

Running time: 144 min.
Format: NTSC

Track Listing:

Minneapolis Mayhem Festival 2 – May 6, 2005 Minneapolis, MN U.S.A.

El Dia de los Muertos
Massacre of the Innocent
Blind Faith
The New Age of Terror
Hate, Fear and Power
Hostile Territory
Destroy
Broken Neck
El Diablo Negro
Killswitch
Walk With Death
Barrage of Noise
The Plague
Bombs of Death
Unleash the Dogs of War

BONUS FOOTAGE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Bang Your Head Open Air Festival WARM UP GIG
June 26, 2003 Balingen, GERMANY

Blind Faith
Warlord Command
Bombs of Death
Mouth Sewn Shut
Demons Evil Forces

Bang Your Head Open Air Festival
June 28, 2003 Balingen, GERMANY

Hate, Fear and Power
Bombs of Death
Mouth Sewn Shut (guest guitar Jake Starr)

Sweden Rock Festival
June 12, 2004 Solvesborg, SWEDEN

El Diablo Negro
Killswitch
Bombs of Death

Tidal Wave Festival
June 19, 2004 San Francisco, CA U.S.A.

Hate, Fear and Power
Demons Evil Forces
Walk With Death
Dokk ‘Em Open Air Festival

August 14, 2004 Friesland, HOLLAND

Hate, Fear and Power
Demons Evil Forces

The Pound KUSF 23rd Anniversary
May 13, 2005 San Francisco, CA U.S.A.

Unleash the Dogs of War

Backstage interview SWEDEN Rock Festival June 2004
Promo Video
Discography
2004 Photo Gallery
Catalogue Promo
Easter Egg (1985 live video of “Demons Evil Forces” Fender’s Ballroom, Long Beach, CA U.S.A.)

“Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” – DVD Release Info

Heavy Metal has long been a stigmatized musical genre characterized by aggressive rhythms, dark lyrics and satanic worship. “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” is a ground-breaking film that explores the history of how these stereotypes came to be and explains the motivation and truth behind the music through candid interviews with Metal icons including ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER, DEE SNIDER, DIO, TONY IOMMI, BRUCE DICKINSON, LEMMY KILLMEISTER and many more. “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” 2-disc set will be released by Warner Home Video on May 23, 2006 for $24.98 just in time for Metal’s most popular music festivals such as Ozzfest, Gigantour and Sounds Of Underground kick off. Order due date is April 18, 2006.

Sam Dunn, a thirty-year-old anthropologist, has been fascinated by the culture of Heavy Metal since he was twelve years old. In an effort to study its origin and cultural impact, he sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metal’s obsession with some of life’s most provocative subjects – sexuality, religion, violence and death – and discovers some things about the culture that even he can’t defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.

“Heavy metal music has an enormous worldwide following that many people are unaware of because it has been overshadowed by images of violence and mosh pits,” said Tehya Kopp, WHV Senior Director, Special Interest Marketing. “This documentary digs into the stereotypes and misconceptions about the artists’ motivations behind the lyrics and harsh sound and explores the real side of Metal in a way that appeals to Metal and non-Metal fans alike. It’s an eye-opening documentary that is both informative and enjoyable to all audiences.”

“Metal: A Headbanger’s History” contains over 87 minutes of special features including:

– 16 extended interviews with Metal Rock icons
– 20-minute mini-documentary on Norwegian Black Metal
– Footage with Lemmy from Motörhead at the Rainbow
– Director’s commentary.
– Travel Out-takes
– An awesome interactive metal history family tree, created specifically for the DVD

Stampin’ Ground – Set to Co-Headline Damnation Festival 2006 in Manchester, England

UK hardcore legends STAMPIN’ GROUND, no-frills bastards MURDER ONE and black metallers THE AXIS OF PERDITION will bolster the British contingent ripping up DAMNATION FESTIVAL 2006 this October 15, in Manchester.

They will be joined by three of the UK’s finest rising acts; muscle-bound groove metallers HEAD-ON, extreme metalcore from London in the shape of KINGSIZE BLUES and exciting thrash upstarts EVILE.

The Acacia Strain – Paul Romano Made Artwork Available

Massachusetts’ purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have unveiled cover artwork for the forthcoming ‘The Dead Walk’ here. Paul Romano (MASTODON, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD) handled the album’s artwork. The record has been confirmed for a June 2006 release through Prosthetic Records, with producer Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) returning to the fold after also producing 2004’s ‘3750.’ The band has already posted demo versions of two songs set to appear on the new album on the band’s MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/theacaciastrain). Meanwhile, The Acacia Strain is still out on the “Undoing Ruin 2006″ tour alongside DARKEST HOUR, HIMSA, A LIFE ONCE LOST, DEAD TO FALL through March 30.

The End Records – Making “Alternate Endings” Disc Available – Streaming Online, Tracklisting Up

The End Records will make the following upcoming compilation available for the first time at their SXSW showcase on March 16, 2006.

The compilation entitled, “Alternate Endings”, features songs from their 2006 upcoming releases. Many of the songs will be available for the first time including songs by VOIVOD, GIANT SQUID, ALLAGOCH, VIRGIN BLACK, DISSECTION, etc.

Various tracks from the compilation will become available at MP3.com for full streaming on March 22 here.

The complete album will be available for streaming on March 23 at this location. Also the compilation will be available from The End mail-order (The Omega) at no charge with every purchase.

The complete tracklisting is as follows:

1. Voivod – The X-Stream* album: Katorz (The End)
2. Gathering – Shortest Day album: Home (The End)
3. Green Carnation – Alone album: The Acoustic Verses (The End)
4. Head Control System – Wonderworld album: Murder Nature (The End)
5. Giant Squid – Neonate* album: Metridium Field (The End)
6. Agalloch – Falling Snow* album: Ashes Against The Grain (The End)
7. Virgin Black – Adelaide Symphony Orchestra sessions** album: Requiem The End)
8. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Sleep Is Wrong album: Grand Opening And Closing (reissue) (The End)
9. Dissection – Starless Aeon album: Reinkaos (The End)
10. Unexpect – Megalomaniac Trees album: In A Flesh Aquarium (The End)
11. Thine Eyes Bleed – Cold Victim album: In The Wake Of Separation (The End)
12. Sadus – Sick album: Out For Blood (Mascot)
13. Impaled Nazarene – For Those Who Have Fallen album: Pro Patria Finlandia (Osmose)
14. Laethora – Black Void Remembrance * album: March Of The Parasite (Unruly Sounds)
15. Yyrkoon – Signs album: Unhealthy Opera (Osmose)

* denotes alternate mix and will differ from album version
** string excerpts. full instrumentation not represented

Marten Andersson – Starwood, George Lynch, Lizzy Borden UPdate

STARWOOD/GEORGE LYNCH/LIZZY BORDEN bassist Marten Andersson has checked in with a fan-focused update for all:

“It’s been a while since I posted something on here. Sorry about that. A lot of stuff have been going on and it has been nonstop for me for a while but I would not have it any other way. After finishing the tour with GEORGE LYNCH (thanks guys, I hope you had as much fun as I did) we did something like 26 shows in 30 days so it was pretty grueling! I went straight in the studio and finished my bass tracks for the new STARWOOD record. I am very proud of the new songs and my playing. Lizzy is in there belting out his vocal tracks right now and everything sounds amazing. I can’t wait for it to come out, this will be a great CD.”

“We got an official LIZZY BORDEN Myspace page up and running, if you care to check it out here. Speaking of LIZZY BORDEN.. We went to a party Friday night for the movie “The Decline of Western Civilization: The Porno Years”. Talk about full circle but in a weird twisted different dimension type way. (Thanks to Tom “Mr. Open Bar” Farrell at Hustler for hooking us up).”

“The GEORGE LYNCH show in Thailand this Saturday (March 17) has been called off. I guess I jumped the gun when I told some friends about it. I will of course post any updates and upcoming shows on the website, keep checking back or sign up for my mailing list to get news by email.”

“Until next time, my best, always!”

SOiL – Looking for Video Extras – 10 Years Dates Announced

SOiL will be doing a video casting call for this weekend for their upcoming single, ‘Give It Up’ from their DRT Entertainment debut “True Self”. Requirements for interested participants are as follows:

“We are looking for some hardcore, cool looking, dirty ass Muther Fuckers to come be throw down in a killer “under ground” fight scene that will featured us!!! The theme will be a girl getting beat down and picked on at work and takes a lot of shit, but in her secret life she is a BAD ASS underground fighter that takes out her aggressions in the ring with NO HOLDS BARRED!!! We are only looking for a few people, so respond to this message ASAP! If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, check out the requirements and see if you are able to be down with filming with us:”

– Must be 18 or over (sorry … Legal bullshit!)
– Must have a Killer, Bad ass image and Dress the part!
– No shirts or other paraphernalia with corporate endorsements, swear words, bands or logos. Lots of dark colors, wrist bands spikes…shit that looks tough!

“We are looking for Guys and Girls with Tattoos, piercing, shaved heads, dreads … and basically look like you want to kick some ass! Oh and girls, please look eXXXtra SExY of course!!!”

“The Shoot starts PROMPTLY at 7AM on Saturday, March 18th and will go well into the night, so it will be a long day.”

“The location is in the near northside of Chicago. We don’t care were you come from, but if you say you are going to show up, DO IT!”

“There will be food provided all day as well as a little wrap up party when the day is done.”

“There is no cash pay involved but We will feed you, there will be plenty of SOiL swag on hand and we will supply you all with a DVD copy of the video as soon as we get em!”

SOiL will also be playing some regional shows with 10 YEARS. Dates are as follows:

April 6 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
April 7 – Traverse City, MI @ Streeters
April 8 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

Helloween, Kingdom Come – VA Show Announced

Another dates has been released for HELLOWEEN‘s tour later this year with KINGDOM COME:

October 16 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 18 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Spawn of Possession – Track Listing And Cover Art Revealed

Neurotic Records’ SPAWN OF POSSESSION recently released the full tracklisting of their sophomore album, entitled “Noctambulant.” The album contains 10 tracks, one being an instrumental intro, as well as several guest contributions, to be revealed later on. The full tracklisting, in proper order, is:

01. Inception
02. Lash by Lash
03. Solemn they Await
04. Render my Prey
05. Eve of Contempt
06. Sour Flow
07. By a Thousand Deaths Fulfilled
08. Dead & Grotesque
09. In My Own Greed
10. Scorched

In other news the album cover, created by Pär Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, a.o.) has been revealed and can be shown here. An MP3 as well as pre-ordering possibilities, including a limited edition T-Shirt/CD/Poster package, are expected to go online within a week from now.

Job For A Cowboy – New Demo Track Posted Online

Arizona’s JOB FOR A COWBOY have posted the following update:

“We just got back from Blue Light Audio Media Studios with Corey Spotts and Matt Brown with a brand new track that we laid out over this past week. The new demo track, “Entities,” is now posted on our MySpace and PureVolume, so be sure to check that out!”