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Disturbed, Bloodsimple – Rescheduled JagerMusic Tour Dates

A handful of rescheduled dates for the Jagermeister music tour featuring DISTURBED and BLOODSIMPLE have been released:

February 26 – Wichita Falls, TX @ Kay Yeager Coliseum
February 27 – Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion
March 4 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
March 6 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium

In Flames – Announce “Come Clarity” AOL Music Advance Listening Party

IN FLAMES have announced an AOL Music “Advance Listening Party”, previewing their long-awaited new album Come Clarity. Come Clarity will be released in North America on February 7th through Ferret Music.

The IN FLAMES / AOL Music “Advance Listening Party” will enable AOL Music listeners to hear IN FLAMES‘ highly anticipated new album in its entirety. “Come Clarity” will be available to preview beginning Monday, February 6th through Sunday, February 12 at the AOL Music Full CD Listening Party page. AOL Music has a monthly audience of more than 17,000,000.

IN FLAMES‘ North American “Come Clarity” headlining tour launched on January 25 to a sold out crowd at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ. The scheduled 29 city tour is expected to conclude on February 26 at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Support on the IN FLAMES tour is provided by TRIVIUM, DEVILDRIVER, ZAO.

Century Meda Records – To Celebrate 15 Year Anniversary – DVD and CD Sets to Come

Century Media Records’ U.S. office, relentlessly championing barrier-shattering music, celebrates its 15-year Anniversary in 2006. Quickly establishing itself as an incendiary musical force, Century Media brought its vision to North America in 1991 delivering its unique European style metal largely ignored by mainstream and underground labels. Tirelessly supporting a disappearing music scene, the label at once became a bastion for the artists creating extreme music and a haven for fans who found themselves disassociated, and thus Century Media generated a resurgence of the musical style.

To celebrate the anniversary, Century Media documents the past while pioneering the future. Commissioning a unique logo for its official releases and communications the label signifies the anniversary’s importance. In the coming months Century Media plans new studio efforts from label heavyweights such as LACUNA COIL and SHADOWS FALL, and also to reissue early albums from artists who have helped shape their current distinctive image like: NEVERMORE, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, THE GATHERING, ICED EARTH, STUCK MOJO and MOONSPELL.

These reissued CDs will contain reworked artwork, new liner notes with artist comments, and bonus tracks. Passionately expressing songs with images, Century Media artists have been creating videos from the label’s onset and two different DVD sets will be forthcoming chronicling these efforts. First off is “Century Overload”, 2-discs exploding with Century Media’s more recent talent delivering musically as well as visually. The discs include over 60 different recently released videos from their current roster including GOD FORBID, NAPALM DEATH, ARCH ENEMY, LACUNA COIL and more. Due to incessant demand Century Media has compiled their three out-of-print VHS collections, highlighting the company’s first dozen years, and combined them into their second DVD set the 2-DVD release entitled The Visual Experience. Finally, Century Media artists themselves have also contributed special recordings for a CD whose nature will be announced at a later date.

The flagship label of The Century Family, Century Media Records was founded in 1988. Its American branch opened three years later. With nine offices around the globe, the label employs more than 150 people worldwide.

Angel Blake – Reveal Live Lineup – Message from Marko Tervonen (ex-The Crown)

Marko Tervonen ? guitarist and driving force behind ANGEL BLAKE ? has revealed the line-up for upcoming live shows and albums to come:

Tony Jelencovich – Vocals
Marko Tervonen – Guitars
Janne Saarenpää – Drums
Örjan Wressel – Contrabass
Christian Älvestam – Guitars

“I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the names. Janne, my old partner in crime
from THE CROWN days. I’m sure this living drummachine doesn’t need further introduction. It’s an honour to have you onboard homie! Tony, the man with the pipes from hell. He used to front Transport League and today uses Mnemic to exorcise the more aggressive demons. Christian, a long time friend, he’s also active in Scar Symmetry and Unmoored to name a few of his projects. A multi talented artist who will also deliver some backing vocals live. And then there’s Örjan Wressel – recognize the name? I thought you wouldn’t. Örjan has not been active as a musician in the metal scene before. ANGEL BLAKE will be his introduction to metal and all the madness that comes with it. Örjan takes care of the contrabass duties in AB + backing vocals. Should I mention how heavy a slightly distorted contrabass sounds? I can’t wait to go on stage to deliver some music with this very strong line-up, it’s gonna be totally awesome! Until then, all the best!”

As I Lay Dying – Re-Releasing 1st Two Recordings – EP and “Beneath the Encasing of Ashes”

AS I LAY DYING will be re-releasing their first two recordings previously out on Pluto Records. Both “Beneath the Encasing of Ashes”, which was recorded two months after the band started, and their split EP songs, which were recorded a year later, will both be on one CD.

In other AS I LAY DYING news, for the second year in a row drummer Jordan Mancino was voted Favorite Drummer in HM Magazine. Fans and readers of HM Magazine can pick up the March issue of HM Magazine for the full results of the 2005 Reader’s Poll.

Ian Gillan – Live Edinburgh 1980 to be Released on DVD

Music Video Distributors and Angel Air are pleased to announce the home viewing release “Gillan – Live Edinburgh 1980″ for US distribution on DVD.

This incredible performance of Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and his band GILLAN was filmed for Scottish TV (STV) in 1980: Their most succesful year. The album “Glory Road” entered the UK charts at Number 3 and they had just returned from the USA from doing what they did best-playing live. Special features include an performance of “Cannonball” by G.M.T. (featiuring ex-GILLAN members Bernie Torme, John McCoy and Robin Guynew), in-depth interviews with Bernie Torme, John McCoy, Colin Towns and Mick Underwood, a history of Gillan by Joe Geesin, and Photo Gallery.

Tracklisting:

1. Unchain Your Brain
2. Trouble
3. If You Believe Me
4. Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.)
5. No Easy Way

Bonus Archive Footage

6. Vengeance
7. Smoke On The Water
8. Sleeping On The Job

Katatonia, Lacuna Coil – New Videos Streaming Online

The video for KATATONIA‘s single “My Twin” is now streaming online. That can be viewed at Charliegranberg.com. “My Twin” comes from KATATONIA‘s upcoming album ‘The Great Cold Distance’.
In other news, Youtube.com is now streaming LACUNA COIL‘s video for “Our Truth”, taken from their upcoming album ‘Karmacode’.

The Accident Experiment – Sign to Rock Ridge Music – Debut in May

San Diego based THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT has signed to Rock Ridge Music, current home to KITTIE, CINDER, SINCH and others. The band, that features former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, will be releasing their first full-length album, “United We Fear”, in May. THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT is:

Ernie Longoria (drums)
Tony DeLocht (bass)
Pete Stewart (vocals)

The band, who released an EP already, have toured extensively, opening for the likes of FOO FIGHTERS, DROWNING POOL, DAMAGEPLAN, KORN, SEVENDUST, STAIND and others were named one of the 20 Bands To Watch in 2005 by Metal Edge Magazine.

Splatterhouse – 2006 Tour Revealed

The expected routing for SPLATTERHOUSE‘s upcoming tour has been released:

May 5 – Portland, OR
May 6 – Seattle, WA
May 7 – Spokane, WA
May 8 – Missoula, MT
May 10 – Rapid City, SD
May 11 – Lincoln, NE
May 12 – Des Moines, IA
May 13 – Minneapolis, MN
May 14 – Madison, WI
May 15 – Milwaukee, WI
May 17 – Chicago, IL
May 18 – Columbus, OH
May 19 – Pittsburgh, PA
May 21 – Baltimore, MD w/ MACHETAZO
May 22 – Richmond, VA w/ MACHETAZO
May 23 – Philly, PA w/ MACHETAZO
May 24 – Providence, RI w/ MACHETAZO
May 25 – Boston, MA w/ MACHETAZO
May 26 – New York, NY w/ MACHETAZO
May 29 – Charlotte, NC
May 30 – Atlanta, GA
May 31 – New Orleans, LA
June 1 – Dallas, TX
June 2 – Albequerque, NM
June 3 – Phoenix , AZ
June 4 – San Diego, CA
June 5 – Los Angeles, CA
June 6 – Oakland, CA

Sanctity – Sit Down With Rebel-X to Chat About Future

SANCTITY vocalist and guitarist Jared MacEachern is the subject of an interview with heavy metal website Rebel Extravaganza – click here to learn more about the band’s origins, music, and imminent plans to recording their debut album for Roadrunner. You can also watch SANCTITY‘s self-made video for ‘Zeppo’ by clicking here.

Makeshift Romeo – In Chicago – Preparing to Record Debut Album

MAKESHIFT ROMEO, featuring ex-TWISTED METHOD, MOTOGRATER, DOPE, are in Chicago for the next 2 months recording their debut album with drummer/producer Edsel Dope. No label or release date has been announced. The quartet made their live debut opening up for STAIND, 30 SECONDS TO MARS, STORY OF THE YEAR at a Ft. Myers Radio show in December of 2005.

Communic – Welcome New Members to the Family

COMMUNIC guitarist & vocalist Oddleif Stensland signs in from Norway:

“We welcome a new member into the COMMUNIC family! On the 12th of January, Tor Atle [Anderson, drummer] and Marianne gave birth to their first born son, Sebastian. Huge congratulations!! And while we are talking family, Erik [Mortensen, bassist] and Laura got married in the end of 2005, so congratulations goes out to them as well!! On Friday the 3rd of February, we will start to record our new album “Waves of Visual Decay”, at Hansen Studio. We will try to post updates from the process on the website for you to check out? Cheers!”

Nightwish – Keyboardist/Mainman Tuomas Holopainen Update

NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen has posted the following message on the band’s official web site:

“I just read through the yet unfinished version of the upcoming NIGHTWISH book. I was very impressed. It made me feel nostalgic, happy, shamed and sad at the same time. At the moment I’m occupied with writing songs for the next NIGHTWISH album. 14 pieces done so far. We will start rehearsing the new stuff in June, entering the studio in September. Again we will write a diary through this site so you guys know what’s happening while we´re in the studio. The new singer will be announced through this site when the time comes. Please believe in nothing that’s not confirmed on this page.”

Twin Method – UK Prog Metal Act Signs to Crash Music

Crash Music, Inc. today announces that they have signed UK progressive metal act TWIN METHOD to a four-album deal.

There¹s no denying the fact that TWIN METHOD is a band that will leave a lasting impression, both musically and visually. Based out of Liverpool, England, the band recently finished recording at Audio Lab Studio in Los Angeles with producer/engineer Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD) for their soon to be released Crash Music debut album “The Volume of Self”.

The album, featuring such mesmerizing tracks as “The Abrasive” ‘Flawless’
and ‘Fake’, takes a lyrical stance?or better said a lyrical attack on people. According to lyricist/vocalist Jason, “I generally write about people who do things without thinking and cause problems for others. Basically, people who are idiots!”

TWIN METHOD‘s debut album “The Volume of Self” is to be released May 30, and followed by a US tour. With a unique sound and look and a high-energy live show that is visually over the top, expect nothing but greatness to come form these Liverpool lads.

Roadrunner Records – Nickelback and Opeth Ticket Giveaways

Roadrunner Records are offering fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to see either NICKELBACK or OPETH on their current American tours – to enter, click here.

Lake of Tears – Confirm Two Greek Shows for October

Swedish act LAKE OF TEARS have been announced for two shows in Greece, in October. Confirmed shows for 2006 are as follows:

March 10 – Bucharest (ROM) @ Palace Hall
March 12 – Berlin (GER) @ Columbia Club
October 14 – Thessaloniki (GRE) @ T.B.A.
October 15 – Athens (GRE) @ T.B.A.

Blood Freak – Start Recording 2nd Album This Week

Razorback Records has released the following update:

“In 2 weeks, Maniac Neil will unleash FRIGHTMARE‘s ‘Bringing Back The Bloodshed‘…the 2nd album from FRIGHTMARE you’ve all been waiting for.

But if you think Maniac Neil is finished…..you’re DEAD wrong!

BLOOD FREAK second album recording….starting THIS week!

The blood will FLOW! More info soon…”

Burn In Silence – U.S. Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for BURN IN SILENCE‘s upcoming U.S. tour with BLACK MY HEART, TOO PURE TO DIE, and CASSIUS:

March 12 – Lake Station, IN @ Eagles Club
March 15 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
March 17 – Reno, NV @ VFW Hall
March 18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
March 21 – Ventura, CA @ Alpine
March 22 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
March 25 – Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Centre
March 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
April 1 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
April 3 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
April 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Chaosfest
April 11 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
April 14 – Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
April 16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
April 21 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint
April 22 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s
April 25 – Long Island, NY @ Club Ritual
April 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Metal & Hardcore Festival)

Cryptopsy – New Video Online

You can check out CRYPTOPSY‘s new video for the track “The Pestilence That Walketh In Darkness (Psalm 91:5-8)” over at their official web site.

SOiL – UK Road Blog Updated

SOiL, currently on the road in the UK with AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE and PANIC CELL, have updated their online tour journal. You can check out pictures, and read all about the hype at this location.

The Sword – Announce AOL Music “Free Download” Previewing 1st Single

THE SWORD have announced an AOL Music “Free Download”, previewing the first single ‘Winter’s Wolves’ from their highly anticipated debut album, “Age of Winters”. The dynamic hard rock quartet will issue Age of Winters on February 14 via Kemado Records.

The ‘Winters Wolves’ AOL “Free Download” will enable AOL Music listeners to hear THE SWORD‘s roll out single more than a week in advance of the album’s release. “Winters Wolves” will be available for 30 days beginning Friday, February 3 at the AOL Music free download location. AOL Music has a monthly audience of more than 17,000,000.

THE SWORD launched a U.S. tour in support of “Age of Winters” to a sold out crowd at the Khyber in Philadelphia, PA last evening. The six week jaunt also includes PRIESTESS and EARLY MAN and is scheduled to run through March 11 in Hoboken, NJ with additional dates pending.

Celtic Frost – Confirm May 29/30 Release Dates – Announce Summer Festival Appearances

The date of CELTIC FROST‘s return with the release of “Monotheist” has been confirmed: On May 29 in Europe and May 30 in North America the long-awaited new opus will hit shop shelves.

Followed by extensive live activities during this summer and beyond, CELTIC FROST is more than ready to present themselves in flesh and blood again after such a long period of being absent.

As an update on CELTIC FROST‘s festival appearances the band has just been confirmed as headliner of the Rock Hard Festival (D) annually organised by the well-known German hardrock/metal magazine on June 2nd to 4th, 2006. Further festivals headlined by the band include the European metal event No.1 Wacken Festival (D), Sweden Rock (S), With Full Force (D), Tuska Festival (FIN) and Hole In The Sky (N).

Isis, ZOMBI – North American Tour Dates Released

ISIS will be hitting the road with ZOMBI starting in March for a North American tour. Confirmed dates so far include:

March 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ These Arms Are Snakes
March 29 – Redding, CA @ The Dip w/ These Arms Are Snakes
March 30 – Portland, OR @ Loveland w/ These Arms Are Snakes
March 31 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ These Arms Are Snakes
April 1 – Vancouver, BC @ Richards On Richards
April 2 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall w/ These Arms Are Snakes
April 4 – Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk w/ These Arms Are Snakes
April 6 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Earthless
April 7 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
April 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory w/ Butcher

with Dalek:
April 28 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Russian Circles
April 29 – Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theater w/ Russian Circles
April 30 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
May 1 – Richmond, VA @ Art Works, Inc.
May 2 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar w/ Torche
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Torche
May 6 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Irepress

Mushroomhead – More Headlining Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for MUSHROOMHEAD‘s upcoming tour with GIZMACHI:

March 25 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
March 26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
March 31 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
April 6 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 8 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

Ill Bill, Jedi Mind Tricks – 2nd NYC Show Added

Due to tonight’s (2/3) ILL BILL / JEDI MIND TRICKS show at CBGB selling out, a second special set has been added. It will take place after the first show at 1 AM and last one hour with ILL BILL, JEDI MIND TRICKS, SABAC, Q-UNIQUE, and SLAINE all on stage at the same time performing songs back to back, “Wu-Tang style.” Tickets for the special set are $5.