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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.

Insidious Decrepancy / Viral Load – Shawn Whitaker MSRcast Interview Available

An audio interview with INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY/VIRAL LOAD mainman Shawn Whitaker has been made available online. MSRcast, part of Metal Injection Guerilla Radio has just posted episode 13 of their podcast. The 59 minute episode features music by all of his bands, and some influences for his death metal madness as well. The podcast can be downloaded at this location, as well as information on how to subscribe can be found here.

Ballet Deviare – Article On Upcoming NYC Performance Opening For Opeth

The following article by Larry Getlen appeared in today’s (2/19) edition of the New York Post:

February 19, 2006 — Ballet Deviare dumps the ‘Nutcracker’ for headbanger METALHEAD Andrew Carpenter and his ballerina love, Laura Kowalewski, used to laugh about one day forming a hard-rock ballet company. But in their hearts, they knew it was more than a joke.

“I used to pick her up from ballet class,” recalls Carpenter. “I remember her taking off her shoes and seeing the blisters, the blood and the scabs. I couldn’t think of anything more metal.”

Now, their one-time jest has become reality. In the face of joblessness, poverty and the threat of eviction, the pair’s utterly unique troupe, Ballet Deviare, will dance to the music of Opeth, one of the world’s most highly acclaimed progressive-metal bands, as the opening act this Thursday at Town Hall.

The pair formed Ballet Deviare in 2003, after Kowalewski, who has performed with the Sarasota Ballet and choreographed for the Boston Conservatory, grew bored with ballet’s traditions.

“After a while, doing the same ‘Nutcracker’ to Tchaikovsky, it’s like, when is this gonna end?” says Kowalewski, who met Carpenter 12 years ago at Northeastern University in a class called the Politics of Violence and Revolution, and moved in with him two weeks later. In ballet, she says, “There’s no artistic freedom to go beyond. With metal, you can take it a lot further.”

The first time Kowalewski combined graceful jet?s with gutteral grunts, she danced to “Deliverance” by Opeth, Swedish rockers whose latest release, “Ghost Reveries,” landed at No.64 on the Billboard charts. She found that the band’s complex, eclectic rhythms and melodies gave ballet a fresh jolt.

“With the qualities Opeth brings, it was like dancing to classical,” says Kowalewski. “It was compositionally and emotionally complex, and it felt natural.”

According to Carpenter, Ballet Deviare is liberating for dancers used to the rigidity of the classical ballet world.

“For the dancers, this is a breath of fresh air,” he says. “We don’t push our dancers, and we don’t have weight standards. If anything, we make our dancers eat. We’re the only dance company who shows up with brownies to rehearsal.”

The couple, who both have master’s degrees in sociology and work various jobs – including teaching classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College to make ends meet – applied for grants and approached potential investors. But they came up virtually empty, securing less than $1,000 in cash donations.

They performed in December, 2004, at an 85-seat theater in SoHo, funding it mostly out of pocket. That show sold out, and after an investor for a hoped-for performance in Poughkeepsie fell through, they sold out three nights at the 59E59 Theater last month, filling 185 seats each night and selling merchandise on the Web to help fund the show.

The performance featured music from bands including Opeth, My Dying Bride and Arsis, and in the audience that night was Jamie Roberts, an executive at Opeth‘s record label, Roadrunner Records.

“I thought it was terrific, and a lot less stuffy than I expected ballet to be,” says Roberts. “I thought, we’ve got to get them involved in Opeth‘s New York performance. It’s gonna blow people’s minds!”

Also excited about the show is Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth‘s singer, guitarist and songwriter.

“I wanna see them,” says Akerfeldt. “I don’t know anything about ballet, but I like the fact that our songs are reaching into areas you wouldn’t expect. Metal and ballet is not a combination I would come up with.”

But with their biggest show to date on the horizon, the troupe’s greatest challenge may be forging ahead. Kowalewski was recently fired from a management job in the service industry because of the time she spends on the dance company. And the couple, neither of whom have health insurance, are facing eviction from their Queens apartment after falling three months behind in their rent.

While their next move is uncertain, their dedication means that no matter what the future brings, their mission of shedding the cobwebs of the ballet scene with an charge of metal will proceed.

“The ballet world is very rigid and not open to change,” says Kowalewski. “It’s an art form that has stagnated in a bubble, and the bubble needs to be popped.”

Necrophagist – More Canadian Dates Released

More dates have been released for NECROPHAGIST‘s upcoming Canadian tour with ARSIS, ION DISSONANCE, and ALARUM:

*June 2 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
*June 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Campus Charlesbourg
June 4 – Jonquiere, QC @ Cote Cour
June 5 – Dolbeau, QC @ Chevaliers Colomb
June 6 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
June 9 – Sudbury, ON @ Serbian Hall
June 10 – Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre

* = with DISFEAR, MISERY INDEX, MESRINE, STRONG INTENTION

Devilyn – Sign To Unique Leader

Unique Leader has announced their latest signing:

DEVILYN from Poland, this band offers some of the most highly skilled musicianship in extreme Metal today. DEVILYN will enter the studio in summer 2006 for a fall/winter release. Keep an eye out for this one.

Unique Leader will also be releasing DEVILYN‘s last release “11” for the Americas. Release date comming soon.

Les Claypool – New Solo Album, Solo/Oysterhead Shows

LES CLAYPOOL has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album in May on Prawn Song Records, followed by a Spring/early Summer tour. In other news, he’s also lined up the following shows:

LES CLAYPOOL & HIS FANCY BAND:
June 8-11 – Lawrence, KS @ Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival

OYSTERHEAD, LES CLAYPOOL & HIS FANCY BAND:
June 16-18 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

SMNnews – Even More Official Band Forums Added

SMNnews is happy to welcome a wealth of new bands to our community of official band forums. Recently added forums include: ATHEIST, ROTTEN SOUND, DISGORGE, MACHETAZO, INTRONAUT, YYRKOON, BENUMB, VULGAR PIGEONS, ASH, GOREROTTED, RETCH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, ANATA, FONDLECORPSE, WATCHMAKER, CANNAE, CERBERUS, INCINERATE, ABYSMAL TORMENT, MUCOPUS, DEMILICH, KILL THE CLIENT, ROMPEPROP, MUCUPURULENT, TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST, and more.

Sign up and post today!

Cannibal Corpse – Two New Songs Available

You can check out two new tracks off CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s upcoming new album, “Kill,” in this location.

Relapse Records – SXSW Showcase Announced

Relapse Records has announced the details for its 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) label showcase.

This showcase, the labels fifth consecutive at SXSW, will be held at Room 710 (710 Red River Street) on Saturday, March 18th. The show starts promptly at 8 pm and will be open to the public as well as SXSW badge-holders.

This year’s line-up includes CEPHALIC CARNAGE (Denver, CO), ZOMBI (Pittsburgh, PA), FACEDOWNINSHIT (Carrboro, NC), RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER (Philadelphia, PA), RWAKE (Little Rock, AR) as well as a special appearance by MUNICIPAL WASTE (Richmond, VA). This showcase will mark the first SXSW appearance for new label signings FACEDOWNINSHIT, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER and RWAKE.

Recourse – Shows Announced

RECOURSE have lined up the following upcoming shows:

March 11 – Seaford, DE @ Coyote’s
March 18 – Frostburg, MD @ Duncan’s
April 9 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
April 12 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
April 15 – Detroit, MI @ T.B.A.
April 19 – Vernon, NY @ Nothing Fancy Cafe
April 28 – Danville, VA @ Plan B
April 29 – Fayetteville, NC @ East River Jam
May 6 – Greenville, SC @ Gott Rocks
May 20 – Seaford, DE @ CC22
May 27 – Burlington, VT Odd Fellows

Burzum – To Release New Album On Candlelight Records?

According to the Candlelight Records USA artist page, Varg Vikernes’ BURZUM has been the latest band added to the roster. Click here to view the BURZUM profile page set up, which includes spots for both cover artwork and tracklisting ‘TBA’.

Varg, who went by Count Grishnackh in his days doing BURZUM, is currently imprisoned for the killing of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein “Euronymous” Aarseth. He is expected to be released on probation in April of this year.

Shadows Fall, Slipknot – Featured On The Tonight Show; Video Available

Members of SHADOWS FALL and SLIPKNOT were featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of mock interviews set up at The Grammy Awards. The clip is now available online. Head here here, click “Correspondents”, and click “The Grammy Awards”.
According to Century Media, SHADOWS FALL also appeared on E! News Daily at one point during that show’s broadcast.

Razorback Records – Goregon Massacre Fest

Razorback Records has issued the following statement regarding the changes to their previously announced Hog-Wild Howls festival:

Due to many unforeseen circumstances, many of the original bands slated to play the Razorback Fest had to cancel. Since many of these were Razorback bands, and now the majority of the bands playing are not bands signed to Razorback, we decided to rename the fest so it would not be misleading to those who were hoping to see a line-up full of Razorback Records bands. The fest is now called the Goregon Massacre Fest and will still take place on the set dates and place, June 9th and 10th 2006 and will be a hell of a time for all. We apologize to everyone who was looking forward to seeing the Razorback bands who had to cancel. We are extremely happy to announce that there are still several Razorback bands playing.. we are proud to say that ZOMBIE RITUAL, GHOUL, FUNEROT, SPLATTERHOUSE, and IMPALED will be playing, as well as many other high quality acts that are more than worth the price of admission: INSECT WARFARE, TROGLODYTE, MENACER, SPRING BREAK, and POSER DISPOSER!

For more info, ticket prices, hotel info, or any other general questions, do contact Jason from SPLATTERHOUSE at: nuclearworldnoise@zombieworld.com

Sounds of the Underground 2006 – As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Trivium, and More!

The SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND is set to return this Summer with an even heavier lineup led by headliners AS I LAY DYING. The 2006 edition of the North American festival will also feature:

IN FLAMES
CANNIBAL CORPSE
TRIVIUM
BEHEMOTH
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
TERROR
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD
THE CHARIOT

According to MTV, “The Sounds of the Underground organizers are taking a different approach to this summer’s festival by keeping the number of bands on the bill down and extending the length of set times. Last year most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.”

“While dates for the trek ? including the official launch date ? are still being worked out, SOTU will return to Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Texas, New England and western Canada. Tickets will go on sale in late March.”

More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. The full article can be found here.

Opeth – Setlist Revealed

Here is OPETH‘s setlist from their current U.S. tour with DARK TRANQUILLITY and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND, according to an SMNnews.com viewer:

Ghost Of Perdition
White Cluster
The Drapery Falls
Closure
The Grand Conjuration
Deliverance
Under The Weeping Moon
The Baying Of The Hounds

encore:
Demon Of The Fall

Metallica – Rick Rubin To Produce Next Album

METALLICA announced today that Rick Rubin, who produced SLAYER‘s 1986 thrash-classic ‘Reign In Blood’ as well as albums by SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLIPKNOT and NEIL DIAMOND, will produce the band’s upcoming album. Here’s what the band had to say:
“We just wanted to let our friends know that we have been jamming, writing, just plain messing around and having fun in the studio for the last few weeks.
Oh, and by the way, this up and coming producer guy named Rick something-or other, has been coming by the studio every now and again to listen to some of our new stuff and throw his two/three cents in.
Since this Rick dude is new to all of this, we thought it would be a nice gesture to help break him into the music business by asking him to produce our next record. We’re very happy he said yes! In other words, we are psyched to share with you that Rick Rubin is producing the next Metallica album! FUCK YEAH!”
Pictures of the band in the studio can be viewed here.

Enforsaken – Three New Streams Available Off New Disc

ENFORSAKEN have made three new tunes from their forthcoming Crash Music debut. You can listen to the tracks ‘Witness’, ‘Blacklist’, ‘Words’, at this location. ENFORSAKEN‘s new release was produced by Chris Djuricic (JUNGLE ROT).

If Hope Dies – “Life In Ruin” – MP3 For Download, Tracklisting Released

Another new track from the upcoming IF HOPE DIES album “Life in Ruin” can be heard at this location. The album, which is due out March 7th via Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records, is now available for pre-order at this location.

The track listing for “Life in Ruin”, which was produced by Jason Suecof, is as follows:

1. Burned Out
2. Anthem for the Unemployable
3. Dead Reckoning
4. Time is Not on Our Side
5. Fear Will Keep Them in Line
6. Water into Wine Cooler
7. The Ultimate Nullifier
8. Marked for Death
9. Some Skynyrd
10. Nuked from Orbit
11. Life in Ruin

IF NOPE DIES recently shot a video for ‘Anthem for the Unemployable’ in Brooklyn, NY with Frankie Nasso at Ragingnation Films.

As previously reported, IF NOPE DIES will be on the road March 22 through May 10 on a full North American tour.

Kid Rock – Preparing to Release Live CD “Live Trucker” this Month

Summer Sanitarium alumnus KID ROCK is releasing his first-ever live album dubbed “Live Trucker” on February 28. To celebrate the release of “Live Trucker”, KID ROCK and his Live Brown Trucker Band have hit the road for an extensive string of dates, recently highlighted by a pair of sold-out hometown Super Bowl weekend shows at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. KID ROCK hosted the hottest Super Bowl party in Detroit, Sports Illustrated’s Super Swimsuit Party on February 4th right after his sold out show. SportsIllustrated.com will be the place to see the new video for “Rock N’ Roll Pain Train,” which combines footage of KID ROCK on the road with footage from this year’s SI Swimsuit shoots. You can see the video here.

Shirts for a Cure – Joining the Road with Taste of Chaos Tour

SHIRTS FOR A CURE will be hitting the road again, traveling as an official sponsor of this year’s Taste of Chaos. Along with many of our favorite classics from bands such as MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, SHADOWS FALL, DARKEST HOUR, THRICE, THURSDAY ? the company will also be offering new shirts from the likes of SILVERSTEIN, PELICAN and others. To learn more about SHIRTS FOR A CURE please visit shirtsforacure.com.