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Peeping Tom – Track Listing Revealed, Release Date Set

Ipecac Records has released the following update regarding Mike Patton’s long awaited PEEPING TOM album:

“It is truly hard to beleive it is almost here!!!!
The notorious project that Mike Patton has been working on for over 6 years! The mysterious leaked demos! Which label will it be on? Who are the guests? What will it sound like? Is Mike singing? Where did the Warriors season go wrong? Will they tour?
A lot of these questions will be answered soon!!!!!!
IPECAC RECORDINGS is proud to announce that PEEPING TOM “self titled” full length debut release will be unveiled on May 30th!
Mike Patton will be joined by an impressive lineup of guests. Here is what you get for your hard earned cash:

1. Five Seconds (featuring Odd Nosdam)
2. Mojo (featuring Rahzel and Dan the Automator)
3. Don’t Even Trip (featuring Amon Tobin)
4. Getaway (featuring Kool Keith)
5. Your Neighborhood Spaceman (featuring Jel and Odd Nosdam)
6. Kill The DJ (featuring Massive Attack)
7. Caipirinha (featuring Bebel Gilberto)
8. Celebrity Death Match (featuring Kid Koala)
9. How U Feelin? (featuring Doseone)
10. Sucker (featuring Norah Jones)
11. We’re Not Alone (featuring Dub Trio)

Tub Ring – Release Statement About Incident Between Them and Black My Heart

TUB RING have released the following explanation about the confrontation that took place between them and BLACK MY HEART at a recent show:

Carmel, IN 3-11-2006

- Tub Ring plays last out of 6 bands. All are hardcore / straight edge.
- Tub Ring sets last 35 minutes, no banter between songs, TR plays song to song to song, non-stop. NOTHING was said to the audience through the PA except right before TR starts playing… when jokingly TR remarks “you are going to need to listen to Elton John for a week to get all that hardcore out of your systems”
- Tub Ring plays for about 20 minutes, as TR plays, members of all the opening hardcore bands gathering on both sides of the stage watching TR play. FULL bottles of water begin to be thrown @ TR by these band members, then… a metal lock box, then out of nowhere a HUGE barstool is hurled, which hits TR’s guitarist JEFF, breaking the headstock off of his guitar. Another chair hits Rob in the head, and then smashes his keyboard up.
- Tub Ring stops playing, and bassist Trevor follows fleeing hardcore band
assailants out into the hall behind the stage. Trevor confronts a dozen or so band members – not knowing who had thrown the barstool… and asks “what was that all about, and who’s paying for that guitar?” – he is met by numerous responses including “you talk SH*T about hardcore, that’s what you get”. Trevor is then HEADBUTTED by Wheeler (singer of “Black My Heart”) leaving both of them with bleeding cuts. Trevor now needs stitches on his face.
- All 5 hardcore bands begin to flee the scene, but thanks to a couple of quick thinking TR fans, their vans get boxed in the parking lot. Cops arrive & take pictures of the damage to Tub Ring’s equipment and of Trevor’s injuries, and Wheeler singer of “Black My Heart” is arrested and taken to jail. Nobody could confirm who actually had thrown the barstool which broke Tub Ring’s equipment, but when asked all members of all 5 bands were heard to respond with comments such as “that’s what you get for talking SH*T about hardcore” or “you’re lucky the cops are here now or else we’d finish you off”.

if anyone wants to dispute this story, or wants to claim TR said ANYTHING @
all derogatory about any of the HC bands or the SE way of life from stage that night… we have video of the whole show available shot by a fan.
Unfortunately the video did not have an angle which can identify the person
who threw the barstool.

Just a side note – when TR members asked the H/C band memebers “what did we say about H/C music that offended you?” – none of them even knew. None of them even brought up the Elton John statement, they all just said “we heard you were talking shit about H/C + S/E”

Skinless – Finish Recording New Album

SKINLESS have released the following update:

We have just finished recording and mixing our new album “Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead,” and now it’s off to Scott Hull at Visceral Sound for mastering. A release date of June 13th is set through Relapse Records. Orion at Relapse has a sick album cover and layout coming along.The track listing is as follows:

1. Overlord
2. A Unilateral Disgust
3. Deviation Will Not Be Tolerated
4. Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead
5. Spoils Of The Sycophant
6. Endvisioned
7. Execution Of Reason
8. Wicked World (Sabbath cover)

Full tour plans are in the works including a European tour in the fall with Malevolent Creation and Disgorge. More North American dates to come. Shows set in stone so far are:

April 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
May 20 – Middletown, NY @ Orange County Fair Grounds
May 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
June 16 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
June 17 – Saratoga Winners, Cohoes, NY (CD release show)

New England Metal/Hardcore Fest – Bands/Days Announced

The bands and the days they will be performing has been announced for this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival which will take place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA:


A Life Once Lost
A Perfect Murder
Between The Buried And Me
Black Dahlia Murder
Cephalic Carnage
Dead To Fall
Ed Gein
From A Second Story Window
Haste The Day
If Hope Dies
Lacuna Coil
Nodes Of Ranvier
Still Remains
Suicide Silence
The Absence
Thine Eyes Bleed
Through The Eyes Of The Dead


100 Demons
Arch Enemy
At All Cost
Colin Of Arabia
Damnation AD
Death Threat
Embrace The End
First Blood
Full Blown Chaos
God Forbid
Hate Eternal
In to the Moat
Ion Dissonance
Remembering Never
Righteous Jams
Scars Of Tomorrow
Shoot To Kill
Since The Flood
Sworn Enemy
The Acacia Strain
The Classic Struggle
The JonBenet


A Love End Suicide
Bloodlined Calligraphy
Born Victim
Bronx Casket Company
Burn In Silence
Doom Raider
Dragon Force
Gamma Ray
Goat Horn
Inked In Blood
Into Eternity
Light This City
Mercury Switch
On Broken Wings
Phoenix Morning
Protest The Hero
The Miles Between
Torn Asunder
Twelve Tribes
Who Killed The Prom Queen
xlooking forwardx

Black Sabbath – Report From Hall of Fame Induction

The following is from

“Iconic heavy metal quartet BLACK SABBATH, new-wave pop crossover combo BLONDIE, late jazz legend MILES DAVIS, southern rock mainstays LYNYRD SKYNYRD, notorious punk outfit the SEX PISTOLS and A&M Records co-founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night (March 13) during a ceremony at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Highlights from the event will be broadcast March 21 on VH1.

METALLICA not only inducted BLACK SABBATH but also ripped into covers of “Hole in the Sky” and “Iron Man,” with vocalist James Hetfield reaching into his highest register to equal Ozzy Osbourne’s signature singing style. “I hereby not only acknowledge but scream from every f*cking rooftop that BLACK SABBATH is and always will be synonymous with heavy metal,” said METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, sporting a vintage SABBATH t-shirt.

“We did get criticized a lot by the press for many years, but we didn’t take any notice of that,” guitarist Tony Iommi said backstage when asked about how SABBATH defied constant critical bashing on its way to becoming one of the most influental rock bands of all time. “Everything we’ve done, we’ve believed in.”

Live – Initial U.S. Tour Dates Released

LIVE have announced the following U.S. shows:

May 5 – Jackson, MS @ Crawfish Festival
May 6 – Birmingham, AL @ Schaeffer Eye Center
May 9 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 11 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
May 12 – Boston, MA @ Avalon
May 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 19 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
May 23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
July 23 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest

Nine Inch Nails – More North American Dates Released

NINE INCH NAILS have confirmed the following dates for their North American spring/summer tour:

May 26 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre (Sasquatch Festival)

with Bauhaus, TV On the Radio
May 27 – Ridgefield, WA @ Clark County Amphitheater
May 28 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
May 30 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 31 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
June 2 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 3 – Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
June 4 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 6 – Birmingham, AL @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
June 9 – Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion
June 10 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 11 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 13 – Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
June 14 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center

with Bauhaus, T.B.A.:
June 16 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 17 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Theater
June 18 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 20 – Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
June 21 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
June 23 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
June 24 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
June 25 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Theater
June 28 – Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
June 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 1 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
July 3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 7 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 8 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

Tub Ring – Attacked By Band With No Sense of Humor

According to a fan’s posting on their official message board, TUB RING was recently attacked by BLACK MY HEART at a recent show:

black my heart… this dumb straight edge hardcore band got all offended coz rob said ‘you guys are gonna have to listen to elton john for a week to get all this hardcore out of your system.’ they got all shitty and threw a bunch of little shit at Tub during their set and then they threw a barstool. it broke jeff’s guitar, rob’s keyboard, and hit both of them…. they threw a lockbox thqat hit jeff’s ankle. trevor went after him and was liek “WTF?!?!” and the guy headbutted trevor and busted up his lip. the cops came and arrested the guy. it was fucked up.”

To view a picture of the retard being arrested, click here.

Anata – Confirmed For Neurotic Deathfest

ANATA are confirmed to appear at the Neurotic Deathfest, set to take place May 13 at the Dynamo club in Eindhoven, Holland. Formerly known at the Rotterdam Deathfest this year’s expanded event has not only moved to Eindhoven but will now involve 15 bands on two stages as well as an enlarged Metal Market.


Satyricon – Sign North American Deal With Century Media

Norway’s SATYRICON have signed a North American licensing agreement with Century Media Records for their new album Now, Diabolical. Set for release June 13, 2006, the North American version will include a bonus track and enhanced video. Mixing the album with celebrated producer Mike Frasier (METALLICA, AC/DC) in Vancouver, Canada, Satyr called Now, Diabolical, “a deeper dive in the abyss than ever before. [The album] is a catchy and aggressive record with a pitch-black heart. I think this is the kind of record that we and our supporters in America need to help steer the direction that no one has really set yet ‘over there’. America has produced some of the greatest metal bands of all time, yet Black Metal has very much been a European phenomena until now. It is gradually tightening its grip on the American metal scene and we want to be a part of it just like we were when it started in Europe.”

High On Fire – Set To Appear On Monster Garage

HIGH ON FIRE are set to appear on a brand-new episode of the hit television show Monster Garage.

HIGH ON FIRE will be performing the songs “Devilution” and “Brother in The Wind” from their critically acclaimed album Blessed Black Wings during Monster Garage episode #82. The episode will debut on The Discovery Channel at 8:00 pm EST on Monday, March 20 and air again at 12 midnight EST on March 21st.

The episode, titled ‘The Noodler,’ sees West Coast Choppers founder Jesse James and a crew of Italian-American builders cook up the world’s fastest (and only) pasta making European import. Yes, pasta made from scratch inside an Italian sports car ready to deliver 100mile an hour sauce!

Monster Garage has a weekly viewer-ship of six million people. The show features motorcycle-lifestyle icon Jesse James and his team of maverick mechanics transforming ordinary cars into extraordinary mega-machines.

Additionally “Devilution” will appear on the forthcoming MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball: The Revenge double CD compilation due out in stores April 11. The compilation, the third in the Headbanger’s Ball series, sees HIGH ON FIRE appearing shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of SLIPKNOT, IRON MAIDEN, HATEBREED, LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MASTODON, OPETH and many, many more of metal’s finest.

Ozzy Osbourne – Four of Ten Dates Announced for Ozzfest Performances; Bristow and VA Beach Dates Swapped

Four of the 10 Ozzfest dates that will feature OZZY OSBOURNE as the headliner have been confirmed. They are as follows:

July 1 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 1 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
August 4 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
August 6 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion

The Bristow date, as can be noted above, has changed spots on the tour route with the Virginia Beach at the Verizon Ampitheatre date to accomodate Ozzy. The Virginia Beach date is now set for Saturday, August 5 and the Bristow date is now set for Sunday, August 6.

Helloween, Kingdom Come – North American Tour

German power metallers HELLOWEEN appear to be teaming up with KINGDOM COME for a North American tour later this year. The first confirmed date is as follows:

October 16 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Goatwhore – Track Listing Released For Metal Blade Debut

New Orleans black metallers GOATWHORE have released the track listing for their upcoming Metal Blade debut, A Haunting Curse, which is expected to be released in September:

1. A Haunting Curse
2. Wear These Scars of Testimony
3. Bloodletting Upon the Cloven Hoof
4. Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult
5. My Eyes are the Spears of Chaos
6. In the Narrow Confines of Defilement
7. Forever Consumed Oblivion
8. A Haunting Curse…
9. Silenced Marked by the Breaking of Bone
10. Diabolical Submergence of Rebirth
11. …Of Ashen Slumber
12. I Avenge Myself

Vital Remains – Announce Upcoming Tour Dates

VITAL REMAINS have announced the following upcoming live performances:

March 24 – Roanoke, VA @ Shooters
March 25 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
March 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocodero
April 5 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
April 6 – Corona, CA @ Showcase
April 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ T.B.A.
April 8 – Phoneix, AZ @ Metal Devestation Fest
April 9 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
April 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
April 11 – Boise, ID @ Imparts
April 12 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
April 13 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
April 14 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Room
April 15 – Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
April 16 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
May 20 – Middletown, NY @ Death In The Forest
May 24 – Luckau, GER @ Fuck The Commerce
May 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

Aborted – More Info Released About Upcoming DVD

ABORTED have released the following update:

“The tour was amazing, thanks to all the bands & killer polish crew for making this such a blast, to all of you who came out to support us! Unfortunately we had to cancel our last show in Hamburg because of Illness of some members & bad logistics. We promise however to make it up to the people who showed up to see us by playing there this year!

Being home for 2 weeks nearly everyone is healed back to life & we’re ready to hit Colmar tomorrow, so see you freaks out there! Other news is we’re still writing songs for the new record to be recorded in Oktober. Expect a February release date for that matter. AND

HERE IT IS: we’re shooting our live DVD on may 28 in LA LOCOMOTIVE in paris on the infamous VS FEST! The dvd should be out later this year on LISTENABLE RECORDS. Besides this show it’ll contain live footage from this years FACE YOUR UNDERGROUND fest in antwerp, the show in montreal (suffocation tour), Rouyn Noranda (suffocation tour) and more. It will also contain the videos completed by the band so far & some interviews & backstage shenanigans! The damn thing should be mixed by mastermind Tue Madsen so we’re very anxious & excited to get this one going! thats all for now folks, see you on the road!”

Ozzy Osbourne – Iron Maiden Are “Fucking Trouble”

The following are some “highlights” from today’s Howard Stern show featuring Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne:

Sharon said that Ronnie James Dio was a midget.

Ozzy said that he told Sharon, “don’t put them on the tour because they are fucking trouble,” refering to IRON MAIDEN.

In between disgraceful attacks on the legendary band, Sharon revealed that IRON MAIDEN were paid $185,000 a night.

It was revealed that BLACK SABBATH are not performing at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because supposedly Tony Iommi doesn’t want to perform.

Ozzy said that the reason he is going to the ceremony is because of the other members of the band, but that he still feels the same as he did in 1999 about the Hall.

METALLICA will be inducting the band and covering two BLACK SABBATH songs.

Fall Out Boy – Bassist Comments On Pictures of His Dick Leaking Online

For all of you in need of a good laugh, FALL OUT BOY bassist Pete Wentz has released the following statement concerning “racy” images of him that were leaked online:

“So as some of you obviously know someone hacked into my sidekick and took pictures off of it. this was very upsetting and a total invasion of privacy. i can’t explain to you how it feels. whats even more absurd to me is that anyone would care to see a couple of racy pictures of some shitty, dirty boy. after feeling badly about this for about 24 hours, i am now ready to get back to laughing.

its been a tough couple of weeks for me lately. the only good thing about times of adversity is that you realize who your real friends and fans are- and the rest go away- which in my mind is an ok thing. i just wanted to take the time to thank the people who continually stand by my side- a special thanks to and mikey way for being amazing.

the moral of the story: if you really dont want pictures of yourself to end up on the internet. dont take the pictures.

now please return to the shittalking at whatever messageboard you are at.

OMG! gaah. i forgot the most important part- how the fuck did santino not win? santino > pete wentz – for sure- thought i could have understood if daniel won, but her? blah.

now you can really go back.”

DevilDriver – Headlining Tours Planned, Taking Part In Big U.S. Festival, and Supporting Venom

According to, DEVILDRIVER will be heading out this spring on their first headlining U.S. club tour with BURY YOUR DEAD, DARKEST HOUR, IF HOPE DIES, and REMEMBERING NEVER. After their headlining tour, the band will also hit the road for seven U.S. shows in support of VENOM.

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara has also announced that the band will tour in July and August as part of a big U.S. festival, but confirmed that the quintet “won’t be doing Ozzfest and we won’t be doing Sounds of the Underground.” The band will also have yet another headlining run that kicks off in mid-September and will run to early Decemember.

More details on these various tours will be posted as they’re released.

A Life Once Lost, Cephalic Carnage – More Dates Released

More dates have been released for A LIFE ONCE LOST‘s upcoming headlining tour with CEPHALIC CARNAGE, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, and SCARLET:

April 21 – Huntington, WV @ Youth Arts Music Project – HYAMP
April 22 – Louisville, KY @ Bulldog’s
April 23 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
April 24 – Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
April 25 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Cafe Metropolis
April 26 – Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
April 29 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
May 1 – Montreal, QC @ El Salon
May 2 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
May 3 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
May 4 – London, ON @ The Embassy
May 5 – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
May 6 – De Kalb, IL @ The House
May 7 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
May 8 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
May 9 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
May 10 – Saint Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
May 11 – Nashville, TN @ Rcktwn
May 12 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
May 13 – Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
May 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Chimaira, Arch Enemy – More Co-Headlining Tour Dates

More dates have been released for CHIMAIRA and ARCH ENEMY‘s upcoming co-headlining North American tour with HATE ETERNAL:

April 3 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
April 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 7 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
April 8 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

April 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
April 14 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
April 15 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
April 16 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starline Room
April 18 – Winnipeg, MB @ Ramada Conference Centre
April 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
April 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
April 21 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
April 24 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 28 – Montreal, QUE @ Le Medley
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
April 30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 5 – Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
May 6 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls

Ozzfest 2006 – Tour Dates/Venues Released

The following dates have been released for this year’s edition of Ozzfest:

July 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
July 2 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
July 7 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
July 8 – San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion
July 14 – Kansas City, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 15 – St. Louis, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
July 16 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 19 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Music Energy Center
July 21 – Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheatre
July 22 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 26 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
July 27 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 29 – New York, NY @ Randall’s Island
July 30 – Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
August 1 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
August 4 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at The Waterfront
August 5 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
August 6 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Virginia Beach
August 9 – Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion
August 13 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphiheatre

In Flames – Initial Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for IN FLAMES upcoming headlining tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE, and EVERGREY:

May 5 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
May 6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 8 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 9 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock

Ozzfest 2006 – Major Band To Be Added To Main Stage?

The following is the press release for this year’s Ozzfest:




“They came, they saw, they pumped fists,” wrote Entertainment Weekly last year about the fans who experienced the “sweaty-heady essence” of the 10th anniversary of the king of festivals, the mighty OZZfest.

And now, amped up to 11, the summer’s premiere touring concert festival enters its second decade this July with clenched teeth and trademark invincible spirit. OZZfest will roll out [need launch date] and visit [need total #] cities, with a full itinerary due shortly.

Founder and namesake OZZY OSBOURNE is set to headline just 10 shows this summer. Why? “Because after 10 years I feel it’s time to let someone else share the headlining spotlight. We want to shake it up a bit this year” says OZZY. “I’ve closed virtually every OZZfest performance for a decade now and I feel I can finally let other artists headline our festival and that’s my intention for the future.”

This year’s main stage lineup features headliner SYSTEM OF A DOWN and such formidable artists as DISTURBED, HATEBREED and LACUNA COIL. Fans can also expect a major main stage addition to be revealed on May 23rd. As testament to the tour’s undeniable impact on the music world, each of the announced main stage act (other than OZZY himself) started out in the trenches on OZZfest’s down-and-dirty second stage and subsequently won the approval of the festival’s discerning followers. Both SYSTEM OF A DOWN and DISTURBED have gone on to enjoy multi-platinum sales for critically acclaimed albums that have entered the charts at #1. *(See artist quotes below.)

Headlining this year’s second stage as a perennial favorite is the Zakk Wylde-led BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, who blew fans away on the main stage last year. Joining them are such high-decibel bands whose names alone underline their fiercely uncompromising vision: ATREYU, UNEARTH, BLEEDING THROUGH, NORMA JEAN, A LIFE ONCE LOST, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, THE RED CHORD, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, WALLS OF JERICHO, ALL THAT REMAINS and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.

The tour will mark OZZY OSBOURNE’S first solo concerts in three years (having headlined OZZfest with Black Sabbath in 2005 and 2004) and the 20th anniversary of guitarist Zakk Wylde being in his band. OZZY will be debuting a new song at OZZfest from the solo album that he’s currently working on with Zakk (release date TBA). The as-yet-untitled disc will be OZZY’s first solo album of new material since 2001.

OZZFEST has taken on a life of its own and has become a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has been instrumental in catapulting the careers of platinum-selling artists like System of a Down, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Incubus, Slipknot, Queens of the Stoneage, Drowning Pool, Godsmack, Chevelle and P.O.D.

“As we head into our eleventh year,” says tour founder SHARON OSBOURNE, “OZZfest remains committed to its original vision of sharing this vibrant music and lifestyle that was and is still overlooked by the mainstream media. It’s something real that our audience understands–and demands and they’re undying support for this music is the reason for OZZfest’s continued success.” “Ozzfest has thrived because of repeat business” OSBOURNE continues. Fans of this music know firsthand that Ozzfest offers them a full-day of music. We give them a chance to see the best of the new bands on the 2nd stage to the legends of the genre on the main stage. It’s the only place to see all of these bands on one show!”

Originally launched in 1996, the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder than ever and has produced impressive figures. Number of bands to grace its stages: 146. Number of shows: 263. Number of fans: 4-and-a-half million and counting.

In addition to drawing vital hard rock acts, OZZFEST has always attracted a variety of select sponsors devoted to the tour’s core fan base. In addition to hosting the second stage, Monster Energy will be hosting a VIP/Hospitality area and will invite a limited number of fans to cool off and get re-energized with a cold Monster Energy. Hot Topic will be the festival’s official soft line retailer. PlayStation will be out in force, giving fans a chance to play the latest software titles for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system while enjoying the hard sounds of the Village of the Damned at Ozzfest. F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment) is on board for the fifth consecutive year as the official music retailer and will host the FYE autograph tent giving fans the opportunity to meet some of their favorite OZZFEST artists. TROJAN brand condoms will also have presence in the Village as the official condom of OZZFEST. Jagermeister will once again bring the backyard BBQ party back to Ozzfest and prove their commitment to metal music with artist autograph signings and tons of free swag for attendees 21 and over.

“We’re thrilled to again be a part of one of the greatest American festival traditions. Ozzfest has always been an amazing time for SYSTEM OF A DOWN. We look very forward to the summer.”
–John Dolmayan/SYSTEM OF A DOWN

“Ozzfest is where we were born, its been the breeding ground for many hard rock/heavy metal bands and it helped make us who we are. Sharon and Ozzy have both always been strong supporters of the band and we are honored to be doing this tour for a 4th time and to be sharing the stage with some significant Ozzfest alumni.”
–David Draiman/DISTURBED

“First off, the Ozzfest is the most slamming tour out there. I look forward to it every year. You get a chance to see some ass-kickin’ new bands and legendary bands, as well. Aside of that, you can hang out all day and drink beer with your buds. Long Live Ozzy & Sharon! Long Live The Ozzfest!”

“Hatebreed is extremely excited and honored to be a part of this year’s Ozzfest. It is by far THE BEST tour we’ve ever been involved with and we are looking forward to joining up for our 4th year! We will be releasing our 4th album this summer and we plan on playing a bunch of new songs that we’ve yet to perform live and we’re proud to have graduated to the mainstage where our heroes Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Slayer, Judas Priest and many others have performed. We have a lot of surprises in store! See you all this summer!”
–Jamey Jasta/HATEBREED”

SOiL – Announce Another Set of European Tour Dates – Set to Support Staind

SOiL have been announced as direct support for STAIND as the two plan to charge across the Atlantic this Spring. Dates confirmed are as follows:

March 20 ? Stuttgart, Germany @LKA Longhorn Heiligenwiesen
March 21 ? Zurich, Switzerland @ Rohstofflager
March 22 ? Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali
March 24 ? Vienna, Austria @ Arena Baumgasse
March 25 ? Munich, Germany @ Elserhalle Rosenheimer
March 27 ? Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnof
March 28 ? Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle

Full album artwork for SOiL‘s DRT debut can now also be found online here.