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The following article is from MTV.com:
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne‘s namesake festival’s still seven weeks away from its June 29 launch in Auburn, Washington, but the 11th installment of the often-imitated mammoth known as the Ozzfest is already shaping up to be one highlighted by several firsts ? most of which involve the Ozzman himself.
For instance, this summer’s tour will be the first in the festival’s history that Ozzy doesn’t plan on closing out each night; he’s committed to headlining just 10 of the tour’s 24 stops, leaving SYSTEM OF A DOWN and DISTURBED to handle the rest of the trek’s dates. What’s more, Osbourne revealed late Thursday night that, for the first time since Ozzfest launched in 1996, he’d be closing out not the fest’s main stage, but it’s much smaller ? and generally much dingier ? second stage.
Osbourne plans to headline the second stage during the festival’s July 8 stop at San Bernardino, California’s Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen. For each of the last ten years, Ozzy has headlined the main stage either as a solo artist or with BLACK SABBATH.
“After 10 years of headlining Ozzfest‘s main stage, I think it’s time for a change,” Osbourne said, in a written statement. “I haven’t had a chance to play this close to an audience in years, and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.”
You can read more here.
MTV.com is reporting that MEGADETH will be releasing their next album through Roadrunner Records.
DAYSEND have officially parted ways with their vocalist and are actively seeking a replacement. An official press release is below:
“Due to personal commitments, vocalist Simon Calabrese has parted ways with Daysend. After over three years together, all members of Daysend and Simon remain close friends and wish all the best to their former band mate for the future.”
“Simon would like to pass on the following: “It saddens me to leave Daysend as the music (old & new) is nothing short of sensational, however it is something that I must do at this stage of my life. Daysend has the capacity to be one of the world’s greatest bands and I wish them all the best for the future. I will miss being a part of the Daysend experience but will always remain the best of friends with all of the people associated with Daysend. Lastly, I would like to personally thank all of the fans & friends I have made during my time in Daysend…as I did do all this for you!”.”
“Daysend was scheduled to begin recording their second album next month. As a result of this recent development, plans have been put on hold while the search for a vocalist takes place. For further details regarding the audition process please send relevant contact and previous experience information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Strong, dynamic vocals and a charismatic and menacing stage presence is required.”
Thorp Records is excited to welcome Cleveland metal destroyers YEARS OF FIRE to their roster. Formed by Jason Hager (co-founder and ex-guitarist for CHIMAIRA) and also featuring ex-members of RINGWORM (Ben Hollowell) and ASCENSION (Chris Wood), YEARS OF FIRE is honed with the fires of strong experience in metal songwriting. YEARS OF FIRE embodies the spirit of true American metal and will appeal to fans of SLAYER, CHIMAIRA, GOD FORBID, LAMB OF GOD. Their Thorp Records debut, “Visceral Departure” is due in stores August 8.
An MP3 titled ‘In The Eyes of God’ can be found here.
Krematory Productions has officially announced that Australia’s Extreme Metal Festival, BLOODLUST will not happen in 2006. After 5 years, the event has come to an end, at least for now.
THE PANIC CHANNEL, featuring JANES ADDICTION‘s Dave Navarro on guitars, Stephen Perkins on drums, Chris Chaney on bass, and new singer Steve Issacs, will be hitting the road with BULLETS AND OCTANE this Spring/early Summer. THE PANIC CHANNELs debut album, “ONe” will be released August 15 through Capitol Records.
The track listing for “ONe” is as follows:
1. Left to Lose
2. Bloody Mary
3. Why Cry
5. She Won’t Last
6. Said You’d Be
8. Blue Bruises
9. Night One
11. Lie Next to Me
ROSE HILL DRIVE will release their first self-titled EP on June 6, 2006 via Megaforce Records/Sci Fidelity. After spending the last couple years building an enormous underground buzz with its thrilling live shows and building a rabid congregation of followers, the Boulder-based power trio will also release its debut full studio album on August 22, 2006.
ROSE HILL DRIVE‘s accomplishments in the music world are as stellar and intense as the performances. ROSE HILL DRIVE has done dates with WILCO, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and also performed at BONNAROO, RED ROCKS, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS and WARPED TOUR. Even Eddie Van Halen requested Rose Hill Drive to open for them. In 2006, the band will have the honor of playing the same stage as THE WHO at the Wireless Festival on June 25 in Leeds, UK and also the Hyde Park Calling Festival on July 2nd in London.
Combining heavy rock with modern touches and clever arrangements, ROSE HILL DRIVE dares to be different. And considering they are barely out of high school, the maturity is astounding.
Tracklisting for the EP:
1. Raise Your Hands
2. Man On Fire
4. Cool Cody (live)
Videos of LACUNA COIL‘s live on-air performances of “Our Truth” and “Enjoy the Silence” as seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night are now streaming online. You can view “Our Truth” here and “Enjoy the Silence” here.
New York City’s pride and joy, technical progressive instrumentalists BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS have announced their signing to Black Market Activities/Metal Blade. Their first release for the label will be a remastered CD combining the previously released “Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning” and “Arctopocalypse Now…Warmageddon Later” with 4 live tracks.
The band will be embarking on their first ever national tour starting later this month with DYSRHYTHMIA. Confirmed dates can be found over at the band’s MySpace page.
More dates have been released for ORIGIN‘s U.S. summer tour:
July 19 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
July 20 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
July 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 22 – Urbana, IL @ The Canopy (Central Illinois Metalfest)
July 23 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 24 – Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
July 25 – Missoula, MT @ The Otherside
July 26 – Tacoma, WA @ Hell’s Kitchen w/ Embalmed
July 27 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
July 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound w/ Severed Savior
July 29 – Hollywood, CA @ Safari Sams
July 30 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
July 31 – Tijuana, MEX @ The Voodoo House
August 1 – Glendale, AZ @ Bulldogs
August 2 – El Paso, TX @ Chic’s
August 4 – Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
August 5 – San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
August 6 – Beaumont, TX @ Vortex
August 7 – Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
August 8 – Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
August 9 – Miami, FL @ Churchhill’s
August 10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
August 11 – Marrieta, GA @ Swayze’s
August 12 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
August 13 – Danville, VA @ Plan B
August 14 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
August 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar Tavern
August 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber Pass
August 17 – Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion Hall
August 18 – New York, NY @ Downtime w/ Mortal Decay
August 19 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Internal Suffering, Mortal Decay
August 20 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
August 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose Lodge w/ Commit Suicide, Circle of Dead Children
August 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
August 23 – Cincinnnati, OH @ Top Cat’s
August 24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Rocker w/ Summon
August 25 – Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap w/ Jungle Rot
August 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bucketworks
August 27 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
August 28 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
August 30 – Knoxville, TN @ Longbranch Saloon
August 31 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
September 1 – Evansville, IN @ 1123
September 2 – Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar
STONE SOUR have announced that Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly, Crisis, Sepultura, etc.) has officially joined the band. The band commented, “Aside from being a cool guy, Roy did one hell of a job playing on the album and we’re looking forward to going on the road with him in a few weeks, and seeing all of you as well.”
CNN.com has been on the hunt for more information surrounding the GUNS N’ ROSES release “Chinese Democracy” – an album that has been ten years in the making.
Axl Rose, however, made a surprise radio appearance to proclaim that the album will finally hit store shelves this fall. The comments Saturday on Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show marked the first interview the painfully private Rose has given since his failed 2002 comeback tour, which was abruptly scrapped midway amid riots and canceled shows.
Read the full report here.
Pics from GOATWHOREs headlining show at The Whiskey in Hollywood on Sunday, May 7. It was also confirmed at the show that SOILENT GREEN will be touring with DEMIRICOUS in June – SOILENT GREEN are done with the new record but still working on the art work.
Pics from Dirt Junior can be found here.
Vocalist Jacques Belanger has, for the 3rd time in 10 years, quit EXCITER due to “differences of opinion’ on many issues between Jacques and the rest of the band, a statement reads as follows:
“We are currently exploring our options but, we have, regretably, had to cancel shows in Europe, the USA and Canada that we had scheduled or been working on for this summer.”
“The writing for the new CD is complete and we have 10 new songs to record, but we`ll have to find the voice to sing on these ripping new tracks first.”
“Exciter would like to thank all the die-hard fans, throughout the globe, who have supported us for many years.”
New England’s purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, has tacked on a three-week run with Soilent Green and Demiricous to the band’s itinerary to support the June 13 release of The Dead Walk. Prior to that, the band will provide support for THE RED CHORD on a handful of dates in select markets. Upon completion of those shows, THE ACACIA STRAIN will meet up with director Dave Brodsky (All That Remains, Bury Your Dead) May 19 in the band’s hometown of Springfield, Mass. to shoot footage for the video to “Angry Mob Justice,” from “The Dead Walk”.
?There are so many people today who are afraid to take their own stance. So many people just float through life with no meaning,” vocalist Vincent Bennett said about the new album. “They have no opinions of their own, nothing is theirs. Yet at the same time, there are so many people who are so self-righteous, it?s sickening. “The Dead Walk” focuses on that.?
Again produced by Adam Dutkiewicz, who was also responsible for THE ACACIA STRAIN‘s 2004 album 3750, The Dead Walk features extensive design and artwork from Paul Romano alongside the band’s bowel-shakingly heavy trademark sound. In the time since the band’s last album, THE ACACIA STRAIN has dropped its provisional third guitar player, and in turn rotated in Seth Coleman and Kevin Boutot on bass and drums respectively, resulting in a sleeker, albeit more efficient band. ?Seth and Kevin are two of the best things that happened to this band,? Bennett says. ?I honestly wouldn?t want anyone else playing in this band. This is the most solid lineup we have ever had and I don?t plan on it ever changing.?
This weeks Billboard Top 200 Charts have been released to the net with TOOL leading the charge for rock and metal:
#1 – TOOL – 10,000 Days @ 553,200
#2 – PEARL JAM – Pearl Jam @ 281,048
#6 – GODSMACK – IV @ 87,568
#36 – REBEL MEETS REBEL – Rebel Meets Rebel @ 27,654
The 1st Annual California Metalfest taking place this weekend at Club 740 in Los Angeles, CA have announced the timeslots.
Saturday – May 13th
1:15-Burn in Silence
1:50-Nights Like These
3:00-Embrace The End
5:00-Job For a Cowboy
1:00-Further From the Grave
2:10-To Something Beautiful
2:45-Dead in Existence
3:25-These Final Hours
6:00-Belay My Last
7:20-Scars of Tomorrow
Sunday – May 14th
1:00-Tomorrow They Die
3:00-Winds of Plague
4:20-Light This City
5:40-All Shall Perish
7:40-On Broken Wings
6:40-Torn From Wings
7:20-The Final Burden
8:00-The Funeral Pyre
9:20-The Aurora Complex
EGYPT CENTRALhave posted the cover art for their self titled album at this location.
The effort was produced by Josh Abraham (STAIND, ATREYU) and features the single ‘Over And Under’. Their album drops nationwide July 11 through Bieler Bros/ADA.
INVOCATION OF NEHEK has called it quits. The Connecticut group released one album with Prosthetic records. Guitarist Robb Cyr comments:
“Over the last 5 years ION has had so many great experiences, and we have met so many awesome people, and we are truly grateful for all of it, we sadly have come to a point where it was just time to move on. Although this is a sad moment for us, we know that it is best. When this band started it was meant just meant to be something fun to do on weekends, ION exceeded all of our expectations, trust me you don’t name a band ‘Invocation of Nehek’ and expect to get a record deal or tour the country. We are all still great friends, and will support each other in any new projects. Keep your eyes peeled because you certainly haven’t seen the last of all us. We’d like to thank everyone that we have met along the way and that has helped us out in some way shape or form. It was an amazing experience that we will never forget.”
The band will play one final show on June 10 at the Sons of Italy in Torrington, CT.
WWE: Wreckless Intent – New Music from Motorhead, Shadows Fall, Brand New Sin, Killswitch Engage, and More Now Streaming
A WWE Wreckless Intent Media Player which showcases new music from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, BRAND NEW SIN and MOTORHEAD has been made available online. Check out the new jams at this location.
Tracklisting for “WWE: Wreckless Intent” as well as the wrestlers that it will be representing are as follows:
Saliva – “I Walk Alone” – Batista
Mercy Drive – “Burn In My Light” – Randy Orton
Homebwoi – “Hard Hittin'” – Coach
Brand New Sin – “Crank It Up” – Big Show
Desiree Jackson – “Holla” – Candice
Eleventh Hour – “A Girl Like That” – Torrie Wilson
Kaballon – “Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am)” – Carlito
Theory of a Deadman – “Deadly Game”
Silkk the Shocker – “I’m Comin'”
Shadows Fall – “Fury Of The Storm” – Rob Van Dam
Three 6 Mafia – “Some Bodies Gonna Get It” – Mark Henry
Zebrahead – “With Legs Like That” – Maria
Killswitch Engage – “This Fire Burns”
P.O.D. – “Booyaka 619” – Rey Mysterio
Motorhead – “King of Kings” – Triple H
According to CNN.com, Daniel Biechele, the former GREAT WHITE band manager whose pyrotechnics caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.
Daniel Biechele, 29, could have gotten as much as 10 years behind bars under a deal he struck with prosecutors in February, when he pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
“The greatest sentence that can be imposed upon you, has been imposed upon you by yourself,” Superior Court Judge Francis Darigan Jr. told Biechele, drawing sobs from some of those in the courtroom. (Watch Biechele as he is sentenced to prison — :55)
The sentence came after two days of anguished testimony from the victims’ families, who told of college graduations they would never see, grandchildren they would never hold, and such grief that they could not get out of bed in the morning.
Biechele was the tour manager for heavy metal band GREAT WHITE when on February 20, 2003, he lit a pyrotechnics display that ignited highly flammable foam that lined the walls and ceiling of The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The foam was used as soundproofing and was placed there by the owners after neighbors complained about noise from the club.
Biechele is the first person to be sentenced for the fire. The owners of the club are awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.
Biechele offered his first public comments about what happened, apologizing repeatedly and choking back tears.
“I know how this tragedy has devastated me, but I can only begin to understand what the people who have lost loved ones have endured,” he told the court. “I don’t know that I’ll ever forgive myself for what happened that night, so I can’t expect anyone else to.”
“I never wanted anyone to be hurt in any way,” he said. “I never imagined that anyone ever would be.”
Again, the full article can be read at CNN.com.
Greek concert promoters DiDi Music have announced a change in the date and venue of the previously scheduled May 21 KING DIAMOND show in Athens, Greece. The show will now take place at the Gagarin 205 club (instead of Club 22 whose license has been suspended by the Greek authorities) on Monday, May 22. KING DIAMOND?s remaining European tour dates are as shown below:
May 11 @ Roxy Club – Prague (CZE)
May 12 @ Novesta Sportshall – Zlin (CZE)
May 13 @ Babylon Club – Bratislava (SLO)
May 14 @ Petofi Hall – Budapest (HUN)
May 16 @ SKC – Belgrade (SER)
May 17 @ Agronomia Hall – Bucharest (ROM)
May 18 @ Hristo Botev Hall – Sofia (BUL)
May 20 @ Ydrogios – Thessaloniki (GRE)
May 22 @ Gagarin 205 – Athens (GRE)
May 24 @ New Age – Treviso (ITA)
May 25 @ Cencios – Firenze (Prato) (ITA)
May 26 @ Live Music Club – Milano (ITA)
May 27 @ Tempo – Reggio Emilia (ITA)
May 30 @ Ind.Copera – Granada (SPA)
May 31 @ Aqualung – Madrid (SPA)
June 2 @ Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona (SPA)
June 3 @ Sala Jam – Bergara (SPA)
June 5 @ La locomotive – Paris (FRA)
June 6 @ Turok – Essen (GER)
June 7 @ Hirsch – Nurenberg (GER)
June 9 @ Alte Spinerei – Glauchau (GER)
June 10 @ De Lantaarn – Hellendoorn (HOL)
June 11 @ 013 – Tilburg (HOL)
June 12 @ Electric Ballroom – London (UK)
LOCH VOSTOK and SECRET SPHERE are confirmed openers for shows from April 15th-30th. GRIFFIN and THUNDERBOLT support from May 9th-June 3rd. AFTER ALL and MERCENARY will support on all shows from June 9th-June 12th. More dates/details will be announced soon.
As previously reported, KING DIAMOND began the recordings for their next album in March in Dallas, Texas and at guitarist Andy La Rocque?s Los Angered studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. Further details on the new album are expected soon.
Just today it has been announced by Greek concert promoters DiDi Music that U.S. Metal legends QUEENSYCHE will be performing a one-stop date in Greece on June 14. The concert will take place at Terra Vibe in Malakasa. Tickets are expected to go on sale on May 17 and will cost 30 Euros (in advance) and 35 Euros (day of the show).
QUEENSYCHE will be performing in support of their brand new album “Operation: Mindcrime II” (out now via Rhino Records) which is the sequel to their platinum 1988 concept album, “Operation: Mindcrime”.
“Operation: Mindcrime II” is currently on position #7 of the Top-50 IFPI chart in Greece for a second week in a row.