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Green Carnation – Bringing ‘Acoustic Verses’ to the UK – Summer Tour Set

Norway’s prog masters GREEN CARNATION are bringing their ?Acoustic Verses? to the U.K.

After a successful debut concert in London last year, GREEN CARNATION will be returning to The Underworld on Thursday August 24th, 2006 as a part of a mini-tour. The gig in London will be an exclusive one for England. The already confirmed show in Dublin, Ireland has been changed to Saturday, August 26. The rest of the mini-tour will be announced shortly as there are two more dates to be confirmed.

Says singer Kjetil Nordhus, ?We had a great time in London last year and got a lot of amazing feedback after the gig. So it’s a pleasure to come back. Also, the show in Dublin will become something special. There are still some details remaining before we can make that official, but it’s going to be a great mini-tour for the band anyway.?

This will be the second year running that the band visit England and the third year visiting Ireland. Many people have underlined the Celtic influence on the band’s ?Acoustic Verses.? And the singer doesn’t rule out that GREEN CARNATION‘s recent touring history has something to do with their trips to Ireland.

?That might well be. We get influenced by a lot of different stuff, all the time. And with Ireland’s proud music culture, it’s hard not to be inspired. So we’re definitely looking forward to return, both to England and to Ireland.?

Intronaut – Recording/Mixing Completed For New Album

INTRONAUT have posted the following update on their highly anticipated new album, Void:

“We just finished mixing tonight. It’s going out to Alan Douches at West West Side Music in Boston within a few days. Artwork is being handled by the exceptional Justin Bartlett.

It’ll be out on Goodfellow Records August 22nd!”

Rotten Sound – New Song Posted Online

You can check out an mp3 of the track “Decay” by Finnish grind masters ROTTEN SOUND here. The track is off the band’s upcoming Consume To Contaminate EP, which is expected to be released on June 7th. You can also check out a pre-mastered version of the band’s cover of NAPALM DEATH‘s “The Kill” here

There’s also a few “making-of” videos over at the band’s official site.

Demilich, Biolich – U.S. Tour Dates Updated

Finnish death metal legends DEMILICH have firmed up their upcoming U.S. tour dates with New York’s BIOLICH:

May 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 30 – Allston, MA @ Obrien’s Pub w/ Mucupurulent, Facedowninshit
May 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six w/ Mucupurulent, Electro Quarterstaff
June 3 – Austin, TX @ The Backroom
June 4 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s On Washington
June 6 – El Paso, TX @ CHIC’s
June 7 – Glendale, AZ @ Bulldogz
June 9 – San Diego, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
June 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA

After the U.S. dates, the band is expected to play one last final show in Kuopio, FIN and then disband.

Stratovarius – North American Tour Dates Announced

Dates have been revealed for STRATOVARIUS‘ short North American tour set to take place later this year:

September 27 – Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau
September 29 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
October 1 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 2 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 4 – West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues

Kottonmouth Kings – Flyin’ High Koast II Koast Tour Dates

A wealth of dates have been released for the KOTTONMOUTH KINGS‘ upcoming Flyin’ High Koast II Koast tour featuring HED P.E. and the SUBNOIZE SOULJAZ:

June 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
June 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
June 16 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
June 23 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
June 24 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
June 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
June 27 – Portland, OR @ Loveland
June 28 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 29 – Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
June 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
July 1 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 2 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 3 – Kansas City, KS @ Memorial Hall
July 5 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
July 6 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
July 7 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s w/ Twiztid, Bobaflex, Axe Murder Boyz
July 8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
July 10 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
July 11 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
July 12 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabit
July 14 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
July 15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
July 16 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
July 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Roxy
July 19 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
July 20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
July 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
July 24 – New York, NY @ Avalon
July 25 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
July 26 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
July 27 – Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre
July 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
July 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
August 1 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
August 2 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
August 3 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
August 4 – Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo
August 5 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
August 6 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
August 8 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
August 9 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
August 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
August 11 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
August 12 – Witchita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
August 13 – Springfield, MO @ Remmingtons Downtown
August 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
August 16 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
August 18 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
August 19 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater

All that Remains – 15 Second Teaser of New Music for Ozzfest 2006

Prosthetic Records and ALL THAT REMAINS have unveiled a 15-second teaser spot to highlight the band’s forthcoming album, ‘The Fall of Ideals,’ as well as the ALL THAT REMAINS summer run on Ozzfest. You can view the spot for the album and tour here.

Mixing and mastering for ‘The Fall of Ideals’ is now underway, and the album was recorded at Zing Studios with producer Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and engineer Peter Wichers (ex-SOILWORK), with artwork being handled by Travis Smith (OPETH, ICED EARTH).

“People have a certain idea of what this band is and when they hear the new stuff,” vocalist Phil Labonte said previously. “It will completely and totally be a new approach to our same style. The riffs and sound are similar, but you take the song dynamics, and these layers we’re doing, and it’s now a completely different animal. It?s almost like a new way to look at an old friend.”

The band will soon depart for the European edition of Sounds of the Underground 2006 before returning to North America for its run on Ozzfest. ‘The Fall of Ideals’ is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s critically acclaimed ‘This Darkened Heart.’

D.R.I. – Guitarist Diagnosed with Colon Cancer – 2006 Touring Cancelled

In an update to today’s earlier post, D.R.I.‘s tour scheduled for Summer 2006 has been indefinately postponed (read: cancelled) due to one member (Spike, guitar player) who has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer and was operated on 3 weeks ago. Sadly the concern if that it spreads and the medical treatment is immediate – which prohibits any touring for the remainder of the year at least.

Nevermore – Bassist Undergoing Minor Procedure for Chron’s Disease – ex-Megadeth Bassist to Fill In

NEVERMORE bass player and one of the founding members Jim Sheppard will soon be undergoing a minor procedure for Chron?s Disease, a condition he?s managed for over 15 years. Precluding him from performing with the band during the first part of their upcoming tour with IN FLAMES, Sheppard is expected to rejoin the band in Spokane, WA May 18. Filling in for Sheppard will be long-time friend James McDonough (ex-MEGADETH).

NEVERMORE, who just wrapped up a series of dates with label mates ARCH ENEMY, will be performing at several European summer festivals including Rock Hard, Sweden Rock and Wacken Open Air before supporting DISTURBEDacross Europe this fall. After their touring activity the band will be taking time off to write the follow-up to last year?s critically acclaimed album “This Godless Endeavor”.

Lamb of God – Set “Sacrament” as Title of Highly Anticipated Album Release – Out Late Summer 2006

LAMB OF GOD have set “Sacrament” as the title of their highly anticipated album release, due late Summer 2006 via Epic Records.

The group has been unusually tight lipped about the new recording, turning down all but a select few in-studio and pre-studio interviews. No listening sessions, demo recordings or audio samples have been granted or released.

News from March 2 notes that the band had once again tapped friend and producer Machine (?Ashes of the Wake?) to handle the production duties for ?Sacrament?.

At that time drummer Chris Adler had the following to say.

?Everyone wants to know what the new material is like or have us compare it to something. It?s tough to do because when your proud of something you want to say it?s better than something else or that it?s more of this or that. I don?t want to do that ? every LAMB OF GOD album has been a snapshot in time, a puzzle that spelled out who we are as individual musicians and as a band. They each represent a certain amount of experience and ability ? and without saying more, we now have more of both of those than ever. We have continued to raise the bar for ourselves in every aspect of what we do, and we are expecting more of ourselves than ever heading into this. We?re looking forward to tracking and releasing this intense and very heavy release.?

News surfaced that as of April 11 drummer Chris Adler had finished tracking drums at Spin Recording studios in Long Island City, New York.

All interviews with Chris and his brother Willie Adler were cancelled during the drum tracking session and several more have been cancelled as the band continues tracking guitars and vocals in Richmond, VA.

In the most recent news from the camp guitarist Mark Morton had the following comments on the recording and the material:

“There’s an intensity to this project that feels heavier than previous records. The vibe around the sessions has been serious. Not in a conflict sort of way, just more focused and driven than ever before. We know we’re onto something. I’ve done very few interviews over the course of these sessions and everybody wants to know titles and track listings and details like that, but we’re not coming off of that kind of stuff just yet. It’s too early. This record’s way too important to us to allow anyone in until the five of us are in agreement that it’s exactly how we want it. It’s definitely not a casual approach this time around. We really want this album to have an impact….it feels like it will.”

LAMB OF GOD is scheduled to set out on the Unholy Alliance Tour with SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MASTODON beginning on June 6. The final dates including additional headlining concerts will be announced at LAMB OF GOD‘s official site shortly.

18 Visions – New Music – ‘Victim’ Posted Online

18 VISIONS have some new music posted one. To check out the track ‘Victim’ off their upcoming Epic Records release at the locations below:

Windows
Real Player

Head Automatica – Live ‘Brooklyn is Burning’ Streaming Online

Check out this week?s live video from HEAD AUTOMATICA, ‘Brooklyn is Burning’ at the locations below:

Windows
Quicktime

Jucifer – Sign To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of one of rock’s most enigmatic duos, JUCIFER.

“We are really looking forward to working with everyone at Relapse. It feels like everyone there is in it for the right reason – loving the hell out of music.” comments JUCIFER frontwoman Amber Valentine. She continues; “It’s cool to share a label with some bands we’ve become friends with over the years (like High on Fire, Dysrhythmia, Rwake, Mastodon, Buried Inside) and so many others we’re looking forward to meeting and touring with.”

JUCIFER‘s forthcoming Relapse debut, At the Hands Of Our Intercessors, features Valentine’s trademark sultry vocals layered over colossal guitars and drums (courtesy of Edward Livengood). At the Hands Of Our Intercessors will see an early Fall release via Relapse Records. Valentine explains, “We are ready! It’s been a long wait for us to get our new record out, but worth it. We’ve whipped out a few of the songs on tour already, and can’t wait to play more!”

Expect to see the nomadic duo showcasing those new songs across the United States throughout the summer.

B.B. King Blues Club – D.R.I. Show Cancelled, Cryptopsy Openers Announced

According to the venue’s website, D.R.I.‘s New York City show that was supposed to take place on June 11 at B.B. King Blues Club has been cancelled.

In other venue news, the following bands have been announced as openers for CRYPTOPSY‘s show on July 23: SUICIDE SILENCE, LIGHT THIS CITY, TOO PURE TO DIE, NIGHTS LIKE THESE.

Stonehenge 2006 – 8 Hour 1 Day Mid-Western Doom Festival

Detroit, Michigan based Rebel Extravaganza is set to sponsor the STONEHENGE 2006 festival – a one-day eight-band festival focusing on putting the best of Midwestern metal on the stage with four national touring acts. Taking place on May 20th, the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend, and being held at legendary local hard rock/metal venue The I-Rock Nightclub, STONEHENGE 2006 is an All Ages event, this time focusing on the genre of death metal, tossing a few doom-influenced bands into the pit for variety’s sake. Scheduled and confirmed to perform are:

KEEN OF THE CROW
WRITHING
HUMAN WICK EFFECT
GODLESS RISING
SUMMON
SHROUD OF BEREAVEMENT
ELUSIVE TRAVEL
NOCTURNAL FEAR

Egypt Central – Post Single on the Net – Summer Release Eyed

EGYPT CENTRAL have posted their new single “Over and Under” online and can be listened to here. The song comes from the band’s currently untitled debut album which was produced by Josh Abraham (STAIND, ATREYU) and will see a release this summer through Bieler Bros. Records. The band have also been added to Tampa’s 98-X Livestock Festival, which also features the likes of SALIVA, TANTRIC, MERCY FALL and others.

Danko Jones – ‘First Date’ Video Streaming Online

The first video single off DANKO JONES‘ forthcoming release “Sleep is the Enemy”, titled ‘First Date’, has been made available online. You cah view it at this location. Listen for DANKO JONES‘ ‘Baby Hates Me’ as the theme song of WWE?s huge pay per view event, Backlash, on April 30th. “Sleep is the Enemy” will be out May 23 through Razor & Tie Records.

Every Time I Die – Giving Away ALL Their Equipment (Cowbell Included) On the Warped Tour

EVERY TIME I DIE is giving you the chance to win all the equipment they’ll be using on this summer’s Warped Tour. Enter now through June 7 and you could win all this:

– VHT New Deliverance D120H guitar head and D412 guitar cabinet
– ESP/LTD L Viper 50 guitar
– ESP/LTD LB 154 4-string red bass
– QR series 5-piece drum kit
– Gibraltar 9600 cymbal/drum stands and drum seat
– Sabian full set of X520 cymbals
– 1 bass amp
– Randall RH150G3 150W head and R412CXM 320W guitar cabinet

The best part? The band will bring the winner on stage at a show this summer and give them everything. – even the cowbell.

You can enter at this location.

1st Annual Greek X-Fest – Feat. Dio, In Flames, Trivium – June 6

Metal Temple magazine is now a proud sponsor of the 1st Annual X-FEST, set to take place in Athens at the Rizoupoli Stadium, on June 6. Lineup and details concerning the festival are as follows:

DIO
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM
DARKSTAR
INNERWISH

Ticket Price: 55 Euros
Venue: Rizoupoli Football Stadium
Gates Open @ 5 pm

The Alien Blakk – Feat. Dave Ellefson, Craig Nielson, Joshua Craig – Offer Exclusive Signed SMNnews.com CD Purchasing Deal

On the bands official web site, THE ALIEN BLAKK is offering today only (April 25), to commemorate the release of their debut, a free autographed digipack cd to every purchase made on their web site to all SMNnews.com readers. The offer is only valid when you purchase any two different items, you will be sent a personalized autographed copy of “Modes Of Alienation”.

Joshua Craig’s THE ALIEN BLAKK project also features former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen. The band asks that if you want the extra digipack autographed, you must send an e mail to store@thealienblakk.com immediately following the PayPal order.

THE ALIEN BLAKK project is described as “a frenetic mix ofFRANK ZAPPA meets MESHUGGAH.” The styles range from metal, latin-jazz, country, rock, classical then back to a wall of acoustically composed arrangements. All music on “Modes of Alienation” was produced, written, arranged and recorded in three diffrent locations by Joshua Craig and was mixed at STEVE VAI‘s The Mothership recording studio.

THE ALIEN BLAKK will also be featured on the CD/DVD-ROM accompanying next month’s issue of Guitar World magazine (which ships to stores on May 9 ). The track, entitled “The Thing”, is reportedly the longest song to ever be featured on a Guitar World CD/DVD-ROM, clocking in at 7:41. “The Thing” is described as an “extreme metal version” of STEVE VAI‘s “For the Love of God” (from his acclaimed “Passion and Warfare” release).

I Gots Culture Productions – Release The Black Dahlia Murder and As I Lay Dying Spoofs

I GOTS CULTURE PRODUCTIONS have released their 2nd video in an ongoing parody series of various metal and hardcore songs. This time THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER‘s ‘Elder Misanthropy’ has received its come uppance. To check out the full video, click here.

To view the video of AS I LAY DYING‘s ‘Confined’, the first video spoof in the series, click here.

Vested Ire – In Talks with Labels – Travis Smith to Do Artwork

California based 2-piece Metal act VESTED IRE have announced they will be entering the studio in 3 months in order to give shape to their debut 4-song EP which is yet untitled.

“We are in talks with a few underground labels, preparing ourselves for the release of a short 4 song EP” states frontman Michael Keel and adds, “Travis Smith who has done OPETH, KATATONIA, PORCUPINE TREE covers and many others will most likely be doing our cover/inlay for us.”

“There is a really raw, rough, basic track up on our MySpace page and a garage recording as well. Some other folks needed it up to show some small magazines and other labels… and well, that?s what we have up there at the moment. Anyways, you get the idea where the song is headed. We will have a regular website up in the near future” says Keel, concerning the band?s sound and website.

VESTED IRE is:

Michael Keel – Guitars, Vocals, Bass & Piano
Brian McLaughlin – Drums, Percussion & Piano

Crowning Glory – Set to Appear on BBC Radio 2 – Supporting Orange Goblin

British act CROWNING GLORY are set to appear on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, May 3 on the Janice Long show where they will perform an exclusive live session. Preceding this radio performance, the band will be supporting ORANGE GOBLIN at The Concorde II in Brighton, England this Saturday.

Lordi – Appear in NY Times After Nomination for Eurovision

The New York Times has published an article about Finnish gore-metalers LORDI after the band recieved its country’s nomination to compete in the Eurovision song contest, held in Athens, Greece. You can check out the article here. Like their American counterparts GWAR, LORDI has received notority for wearing bizarre costumes and an excessively violent stage show.

Cage – North American Tour Dates Announced

Dates have been announced for Brooklyn based indie rapper CAGE‘s upcoming North American tour with MR. LIF:

June 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
June 17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
June 20 – Toronto, ON @ Reverb
June 21 – Columbus, OH @ Little Bros.
June 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
June 23 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
June 24 – Chicago, IL @ Abby
June 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Icon
June 27 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
June 28 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
June 29 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl St.
July 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Richards
July 16 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
July 17 – Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight
July 18 – Portland, OR @ Berbatis
July 19 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
July 21 – San Fransico, CA @ Slims
July 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Stoney Inn
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
July 26 – Durango, CO @ Abby Theatre
July 30 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival