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The Heavils – Brian Carter Looking to Branch Out and Launch New Projects – Contact Info Available

With his bandmates busy doing other things lead vocalist/guitarist Brian Carter of THE HEAVILS is looking to branch out and launch new projects. Anyone interested in kicking off a side-project with Carter who is just “looking to rock” can contact him at

Brand New Sin – Upload 5 Minute Studio Video Clip – October Release Eyed

BRAND NEW SIN have uploaded a five minute video clip which provides an  in depth look from the studio where the band is currently entrenched recording their followup to their most recent Century Media Records release “Recipe For Disaster”. Eyeing an October relesae, the band is working with producer Joey Zampela (LIFE OF AGONY) at his Brooklyn studio Method Of Groove in Brooklyn, New York. You can snag the clip at this location – it’s roughly 15.7 megs in size.

The Acacia Strain – Set to Appear on WAAF on June 6

Prosthetic Records’ THE ACACIA STRAIN is set to appear on the nightly extreme metal radio show “Harder, Faster” on Boston radio station WAAF on June 6. The program airs regularly Monday Friday from 11pm midnight, and fans outside of the station’s range can listen online at Host Mike Hsu will interview THE ACACIA STRAIN vocalist Vincent Bennett in anticipation of the band’s June 13 release of THE DEAD WALK, just prior to the band’s departure for its upcoming tour alongside SOILENT GREEN and DEMIRICOUS.

Napalm Death – Recording New Album

The British inventors of grindcore, NAPALM DEATH are recording a new album entitled “Smear Campaign” as the follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed “The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code.” Vocalist Barney Greenway comments on the working process:
“After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when no one was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense – even better than “Code…,” from where I’m standing. It’s fast and furious, as you’d expect, but we’re also throwing a few curveballs in, in true NAPALM DEATH tradition. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps.”

The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales, England, where they also recorded their last album, and aim for a September release via Century Media Records.

Greece’s X-Fest Canceled

The previously announced X-Fest that was going to take place in Athens on June 6, featuring Dio, In Flames, Trivium, Hatebreed, Darkstar and Innerwish has now been canceled by the organizers. A press release published by the organizers, Aenima, follows:

“The Aenima Team regrets to inform all fans, that we re forced to proceed with the cancellation of the X-Fest Athens.
Presales of the event cannot help us proceed, regardless how much we love the music, respect the artists as well as all the people that supported the event!
On our first effort to make a change and present something different, conditions were such that we need to reconsider. Honestly we don’t doubt that the fest could have been the new Athens event for all of us that live with this music!

We can assure one thing:

X-Fest will return more powerful than ever, whether it’s going to be a Winter X-Fest or a 2 day Festival next summer!

Whether it’s going to be just sole shows or entire line ups!

….and please remember: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!

Respect to each and every one of you!

The Aenima Team”

You can cash your X-Fest tickets from Monday (June 5th) and on at:

Enttech SA
50 Ioulianou Str.
(At the Centre of Athens)
Tel: 210-8257070
HOURS: 11:00 – 17:00

Slayer – 10 Second Clip of “Cult” Posted Online

You can check out a 10 second clip of a new SLAYER song (“Cult“) here.

Municipal Waste, Annihilation Time – More Shows Announced

MUNICIPAL WASTE have confirmed the following shows with ANNIHILATION TIME:

July 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Oakland Cafe
July 9 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
July 10 – Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Community Center
July 11 – Boston, MA @ Elks Lodge
July 13 – Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion
July 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
July 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

Incantation – Celebrate “Decades of Death”

INCANTATION will unleash its brand of decimating death metal across America as part of the Decades of Death 2006 tour with VITAL REMAINS, SIN OF ANGELS, and DAWN OF AZAZEL.

The Decades of Death moniker is a tribute to the long history INCANTATION and VITAL REMAINS both have in the death metal scene. “VITAL REMAINS and INCANTATION have been around for almost two decades, unleashing metal fury on the world,” said drummer Kyle Severn. “We are great friends and have a similar old school brutal death vibe. We thought that this would make a great onslaught of metal.”

After the tour, the trio of John McEntee (vocals/guitar), Kyle Severn (drums), and Joe Lombard (bass) will return to the Mars Recording compound in Cleveland to continue recording their seventh album, “Primordial Domination.” It will be released in Autumn 2006 on Ibex Moon Records and distributed through Megaforce/RED. “Primordial Domination” will be once again engineered and produced by Bill Korecky, who has worked with INCANTATION for the past 16 years.

The band will preview two songs from “Primordial Domination” on the tour. “We are extremely pleased with our new material and are eagerly waiting to unleash it upon the world,” said Severn.

Decades of Death tour dates are as follow:

05/31/06 Wed. Lucky’s Pub, Wilmington, NC
06/01/06 Thu. State Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
06/02/06 Fri. The Imperial, Jacksonville, FL
06/03/06 Sat. Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
06/04/06 Sun. Will’s Pub, Orlando, FL
06/06/06 Tue. Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
06/07/06 Wed. Club Onyx, McAllen, TX
06/08/06 Thu. Alma’s Place Laredo, TX
06/09/06 Fri. Backroom, Austin, TX
06/10/06 Sat. Zero’s, Corpus Christi, TX
06/11/06 Sun. Chics, El Paso, TX
06/12/06 Mon. Venue of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
06/13/06 Tue. Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
06/14/06 Wed. Iliff Park Saloon, Aurora, CO
06/15/06 Thu. Venue Eight, Rapid City, SD
06/16/06 Fri. Station 4, Minneapolis, MN
06/17/06 Sat. Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, IL
06/18/06 Sun. Peabody’s Downunder, Cleveland, OH

Nevermore – To Peform As Four Piece At European Festivals

Seattle’s NEVERMORE are disappointed to announce that guitarist Steve Smyth will be unable to perform with the band on their upcoming four European festival dates, Italy’s Gods Of Metal, Germany’s Rock Hard, Sweden Rock, and Ireland’s Rock Fest Belfast. Recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital birth defect, Smyth commented on the current state of his condition, “It is with deep regret that I will not be able to perform at the European festivals over the next week with Nevermore, as I am now in the hospital being treated with dialysis. The total kidney failure that I thought was a few months away has already happened. I am extremely disappointed with this situation, but there is nothing I can do. I wish the guys in Nevermore all the best and hope that as many of you fans as possible give them your support in Europe.”

Commenting yesterday from the Atlanta airport on their way to Italy, the band’s vocalist Warrel Dane said, “We are saddened by Steve’s escalating condition. He is an active part of this band and our thoughts stay with him. We will be performing as a four-piece for these shows and will have Chris Broderick join us for the rest of our European schedule.”

JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick performed with the band on their three-week American tour with In Flames and Evergrey. Broderick, who first performed with the band in 2003, said, “My heart goes out to Steve Smyth and I wish him all the best. It’s a dreadful situation, but I’m glad I can help out at this time.”

Green Carnation – Plan Special Hometown Show

GREEN CARNATION singer Kjetil Nordhus today commented on what he promises will be the band’s biggest concert in terms of location and exclusivity:

“People will have to wait for a couple of weeks still to get the whole story, but we are creating a concert so spectacular that it will be of international interest. The reason why I’m commenting this today, is because people might need time to plan their summer, not least if Norway is going to be included in their plans. This is also a service from the band to our foreign fans, so they could have the chance to purchase tickets for the gig before it’s sold out. There will be a national press conference in Norway on the location of the concert on June 13th, but Green Carnation would like to give away some information already today:

– The gig is on Thursday the 3rd of August near Kristiansand, Norway, where we all live. It’s going to be something we’ll only do once, and I can promise this will be something people that are there will never forget. For more information about the show and how to purchase tickets, use the following email address:”

Rollins Band, X – Summer Tour Dates Announced

The ROLLINS BAND will be hitting the road this summer with X for the As The World Burns tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

July 28 –  San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
July 29 –  Costa Mesa, CA @ Orange County Fair
July 30 –  Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
August 1 – San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
August 2 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues 
August 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot  
August 5 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
August 6 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
August 7 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
August 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
August 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
August 11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
August 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
August 13 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues 
August 15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
August 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory 
August 19 – Boston, MA @ Avalon 

Venom, DevilDriver – More North American Dates Released

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

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

Moonspell, Katatonia – First Tour Dates Announced

The first dates have been released for an upcoming North American tour featuring MOONSPELL, KATATONIA, and DAYLIGHT DIES:

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

VH1 Rock Honors – VSPOT to Offer Exclusive Footage and Interviews Not Shown on TV

Beginning tomorrow, VSPOT, VH1’s broadband channel will offer exclusive performances from “VH1 Rock Honors” honorees and tribute bands that will not be seen during the show’s television broadcast. Additional VSPOT content will include exclusive interviews with “VH1 Rock Honors” VSPOT at “VH1 Rock Honors,” premieres Wednesday, May 31 at 9PM*

Content Highlights include:

Exclusive Honoree Performances Found Only On VSPOT:

    • “Under Pressure” by Queen with Paul Rogers
    • “The Green Manalishi” by Judas Priest
    • “Rocket” by Def Leppard
    • “Deuce” by Kiss

Exclusive & Extended “VH1 Rock Honors Pre-Show” Interviews:

Interviews conducted from the “black carpet” by Matt Pinfield and Jillian Barberie include: Jamie Pressly, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Jaime Kennedy, Judas Priest, Rob Zombie, Scott Ian, Jim Breuer, Tera Patrick, The All American Rejects, Vince Neil and Natasha Henstridge.

VH1’s “Air To The Throne” Winner Announced:
You voted, now see who rocked their way up to VH1’s “Air To The Throne.”

Honoree Q&A’s & Behind The Scenes Interviews At Rehearsals:
Honoree Q&A’s focusing on topics such as their signature sound, influences and performing on stage.  Matt Pinfield interviews the Foo Figthers, Queen’s Brian May, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Def Leppard and The All American Rejects at their dress rehearsals.

Watch Sneak Peek Performances From The Show Before They Air on VH1:

    • “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” by Queen with Paul Rodgers and Foo Fighters
    • “Breaking The Law” by Judas Priest
    • “20th Century Boy” by Def Leppard
    • “Detroit Rock City” by Kiss

Rock royalty received the ultimate form of flattery, at VH1’s first annual “VH1 Rock Honors,” where some of today’s hottest rock acts honored legendary bands KISS, Queen, Def Leppard and Judas Priest. Taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, “VH1 Rock Honors,” saluted the ground-breaking bands of rock, the once in a lifetime events and the influential people who made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock. Hosted by Jaime Pressly with tribute performances by Foo Fighters, Godsmack, The All-American Rejects, Paul Rodgers, Tommy Lee, Slash, Scott Ian, Gilby Clarke, Rob Zombie and surprise guest Ace Frehley. The show also included appearances by Kiefer Sutherland, Gina Gershon, Jaime Kennedy, Jim Breuer, Natasha Henstridge, Brittany Snow and Penn Jillette.

For more information go to and check out interactive honoree profiles, exclusive programming, show information and more.

The Show of the Summer – June 10-11 – Announces Full Lineup

Sumerian Records Presents: The Show of the Summer. Set to take place 
on June 10 at KC's in Fredericksburg, VA and June 11 at Stone Pony in
Asbury Park, NJ the line-up includes the following artists:

The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Sworn Enemy
Haste the Day
Horse the Band
From a Second Story Window
Cattle Decapitation
Full Blown Chaos
Despised Icon
Misery Index
Black My Heart
Job For a Cowboy
Suicide Silence
Flee the Seen
The Showdown
+ lots of local talent on Second Stages.

Benedictum – Reveal Debut Album Details Pre-Europe With Morley Seaver

BENEDICTUM is a relatively new band that is going places in a hurry. Their debut record Uncreation is a powerful affair, impressive enough to secure them a spot on several high-profile European festivals this summer. antiMUSIC’s Morley Seaver spoke with the band’s vocalist, Veronica Freeman, recently to find out about the history of their band and how it was working with Jeff Pilson and some DIO alumni. Here’s a sample:

antiMusic: Hi Veronica. The record is amazing. It’s exactly the kind of metal I like — heavy but not sludgy and you can actually make out the vocals. And speaking of that, you have a fantastic voice. 

Veronica Freeman: Well gee. Can I put this on tape? This sounds like a great way to start this conversation. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

antiMusic: It sounds like you don’t need a PA most of the time.

Veronica Freeman: Yeah I know. Some people have complained about that. (laughs) We did a backyard party one time and the p.a went out and I said well screw it, just put the mike down and started singing and there wasn’t a problem! (laughs)

antiMusic: How did the involvement of Craig Goldy and Jimmy Bain happen?

Veronica Freeman: With Craig, he’d been a friend of mine for a number of years. I would say he’s very responsible for pushing me to continue singing and doing this stuff. He’s also from San Diego just like me and when he was visiting family like at the end of 2004 somewhere around there he was listening to some of our rehearsal tape, he was like, “Wow this is finally the line-up, I really want to help you.” So he took some of his…we threw something together real quick and he took it to some of the people he knew. And they said this shows some promise, but it needs a little better production so that’s when he introduced us to Jeff Pilson. I love this. I call it a fortuitous series of events. From that point, Jeff said yes, and then Jeff just before we were wrapping things up, he said you know what if you need to do this bonus track we think we can contact Jimmy. I just got finished working with him on another project. So that’s how Jimmy came about. So it’s like one thing led to another. It’s wonderful …I’m very, very grateful.

antiMusic: You’ve already touched on it a bit but how was it working with Jeff Pilson and what affect did he have on your sound?

Veronica Freeman: He had an effect on like on everything. Working with Jeff, for me personally was a big turning point for me. There were a lot of things that I did vocally that I hadn’t done before, that I did on this album. Like a lot of the high pitch…I never thought I could do that, on the high pitch screams and everything. So now it’s like it’s become part of my repertoire. But before that you never would have heard anything like that out of me. So absolutely. He is such an intense person to work with. We call him the sixth member of Benedictum. We consider him a friend as well as to watch him work is incredible. He gets so intense that I think his house could be on fire and he wouldn’t know. You could actually see him firing off the ideas, firing off in his head as he getting an idea for something. He’s just great to work with. He’s not easy to work with as far as…he’ll definitely take you to another level and he expects it to be well done and if it’s not he’ll let you know (laughs) but not in a bad way, you know. It’s like he’ll storm out and like “That’s not it, you can do better.” I’ve learned a lot. We all did, I think we became better musicians all the way around after working with him.

Read the whole interview here.

From Graves of Valor – Feat. Ex-Through the Eyes of the Dead – Post New Material

FROM GRAVES OF VALOR, featuring former members of THROUGH THE EYES OF TEH DEAD have recently posted some new material online at their official MySpace page –

Red Tide – Agree to Perform at Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival

In the wake of a brand new album, Edmonton’s own RED TIDE have agreed to be a part of the Southern Alberta Hardcore & Metal Festival. RED TIDE will be supporting their new album, Para Bellum, which is available now through Witching Black Records.

Also recently confirmed for the fest are Calgary Hardcore band SCREAMS OF SILENCE and SHEGALLA.

Also currently confirmed:


Official website for the festival up now –

Drowning Pool – Parts Ways With Wind-Up Records – Announces Tour

DROWNING POOL, following the likes of ALTER BRIDGE, have parted ways 
with their label, Wind-Up Records. Despite this move, ex-SOiL vocalist Ryan
McCombs and co. will be touring next month with SILENT CIVILIAN,

June 13
- Springfield, MO @ Remmington's
June 14 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre's
June 15 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
June 16 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
June 18 - Dallas, TX @ Pizza Hut Park
June 28 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos
June 29 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
June 30 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
July 1 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's
July 3 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 6 - Boston, MA @ Goodtime Emporium
July 7 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Showplace
July 8 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
July 13 - Baltimore, MD @ Club Mate
July 15 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

Strapping Young Lad – After 10 Years, Townsend to Take Some Time Off

In a recent MTV article, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend announced that he is, “…going to take a hiatus from making records for a while. In the past 10 years, I’ve put out 20 records.” That includes Strapping, the Devin Townsend Band and his own solo projects, like 2001’s Terria. “[It’s been] bang-bang-bang-bang. As soon as I finish one, I’m writing another, and when that one’s done, I’m writing another. I just don’t want to write records right now.

“The records I make, I’m there from the writing of the first note through the click tracks to the miking of the drums to the editing of everything to the production to the vocals to the artwork,” he continued. “And it’s been so many years of doing it. I won’t ever stop doing what I do, I just need a break so I can go sit on a beach somewhere and drink Corona after Corona and stumble back to a hotel.”

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD’s album “The New Black”, which features 13 cuts, is devastatingly brutal.

“With this record, we just set out to make a really good-sounding, riotous record to listen to, and we achieved that,” Townsend said. “It’s what it needed to be. Fans will like it. I mean, considering the amount of time we had to do it, I think we did a really good job.”

The band will shoot a video for the first track, “Wrong Side,” Sunday in Jersey City, New Jersey, with director David Brodsky (Diecast, God Forbid). The video’s concept is hard to describe just know that it involves three Devins (“Dreaming Devin,” “Devil Devin” and “Angel Devin”) who work against each other with ungodly results.

As for Ozzfest, Devin’s too exhausted to be excited.

“I don’t even know what the Ozzfest is all about. Everybody seems to be making a real big deal about it, and for me, it’s just the next gig we’re doing,” he said. “People talk about the Ozzfest and what it can do for your career, and I guess I’m just oblivious to it. … I’m in a weird position, because there’s all this rock and roll stuff [that goes on backstage at Ozzfest], and everyone’s really into putting their party pants on and getting liquored up and high. I just don’t fit in as well as a lot of people.”

You can read the full article here.

Beneath the Massacre – Sign to Prosthetic Records – Debut this Fall

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the addition of Montreal, Canada’s BENEATH THE MASSACRE to the label’s roster. Combining a heavy-handed technical death metal prowess, skillful guitar shredding, and a devastating and grinding guttural vocal delivery, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will release its Prosthetic debut in the fall of 2006. “We’re excited and can’t wait to start working with people at Prosthetic Records,” the band says. “The new partnership and the release of a new album means a lot to us.”


The forthcoming record will be the band’s full-length debut and the follow-up to 2005’s five-track debut EP, Evidence of Inequity, an album that has received high-praise from metal press and extreme metal fans alike. Tracking for the band’s new album has already begun with producer Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance) at Yan’s Room Studio, and is set to contain 10 tracks. Mixing will be handled by Pierre Rmillard (Cryptosy) at Wild Studio and mastering will be completed by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Unearth).

GWAR – Launch Slave Pit TV

In anticipation of GWAR‘s very busy summer, the band have launched Slave Pit Television. That’s right kiddies, now you can enjoy the latest updates and behind-the-scenes insanity that only the freaks at Slave Pit Inc. can provide you with. “For years GWAR has attempted to get on television in any way possible, and now, thanks to the Internet, we can pretend that we have succeeded. Sure, it’s not really a T.V. show, but you can fix up your computer to look like one, and no one will be the wiser!” GWAR leader and frontman, Oderous Urungus commented.

Every week a new clip will go up–this week features a chunk of the new GWAR video “Bloodbath and Beyond,” and every week another hideous blob of GWAR propaganda will plop into your deserving lap. What better way to track the progress of GWAR in their mission to subject all of humanity to abject and utter slavery! So check it out here. Hail GWAR!

Guns N’ Roses – U.K. Tour Dates Announced

GUNS N’ ROSES have lined up the following U.K. tour dates for July:

July 18 – Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena
July 19 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
July 21 – Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
July 23 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena
July 25 – Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
July 27 – Nottingham, UK @ Nottingham Arena
July 30 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena

DevilDriver – New Live Video Posted Online

There is a new live performance of DEVILDRIVER available online for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The video is for the track “Nothing’s Wrong” from DEVILDRIVER‘s debut self titled album. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY earlier this year when the band was on tour with IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and ZAO.

Alabama Thunderpussy – Add Former Exhorder Vocalist

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has announced the addition of vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex-EXHORDER, FLOODGATE) to its lineup.

Thomas states: “This band is stocked with amazing musicians and most importantly quality people. It’s great to be in the fold and an honor to be considered by such a great, hard working band as ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY. Above all, a big thank you to goes out to Karrie Hill for contacting me so that this could all be possible.”

“Kyle is a world class singer with an impressive rsum that includes being a founding member of seminal New Orleans metal band EXHORDER and singing with other acts including FLOODGATE, PITTS VS PREPS and TROUBLE.” comments ATP drummer Bryan Cox. Cox continues; “With the singer situation resolved, we will be headed quickly toward hitting the studio and getting it [the new record] on tape. If you are at all familiar with Kyle’s work, then you know what he is going to bring to this ATP record. It will be very special and we feel honored and fortunate to be taking the next step forward as ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY with him as a part of the team.”

Guitarist Erik Larson adds “We knew right away that Kyle was the man for the singer spot when we heard him singing on some of the new material. Personally, as an EXHORDER fan, I felt a bit star struck that this guy was singing on our music. It’s amazing. So we got him up to RVA for a visit / meet and greet / rehearse – ie: alcoholocaust ATP style. It went perfectly. Couldn’t have asked for a better dude to join the band. I’m f*cking stoked!”

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has been writing for the new record since last July with the music for 14 songs already completed. The writing process will be rounded out with the addition of Thomas’s vocals for what will be their sixth full-length studio album. Expect to see ATP road-testing this new material soon.