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Hank III – AssJack Pics from Hollywood Uploaded

Live shots of HANK III and his metal band ASSJACK live from Hollywood, CA, courtesy of Dirt Junior, can now be found online at this location.

Venom, DevilDriver – New York City Show Announced

The following are expected to be the final dates for VENOM‘s “7 Days of Hell” U.S. tour with DEVILDRIVER:

August 13 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
August 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
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

Tub Ring Interview With SMNnews Up

TUB RING vocalist Kevin Gibson was nice enough to answer a couple questions for SMNnews at the band’s recent New York City show. He talked about everything from their recent assault at the hand’s of BLACK MY HEART, to what it was like being on MTV2, to the future of the band. You can read that all here.

Cattle Decapitation – Humanure: The Art Show

HUMANURE: THE ART SHOW is now available for viewing! Kelly Hutchinson aka DARK VOMIT has commissioned 20 artists from San Diego, CA to produce art pieces based on the lyrics to the song “Humanure” by CATTLE DECAPITATION. Check out these bizarre and creative interpretations of CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s lyrics…

Check out www.sandiegoartist.com to view it in all it’s glory!!!

Check it out on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqWulo8lvgU

A generous portion of the proceeds of the sale of the art goes to the Helen Woodward Center and F.O.C.A.S. (Friends Of County Animal Shelters), both non-profit organizations dedicated to actually FINDING homes for stray and abandoned animals without euthanization.

Please check out:
http://www.focas-sandiego.org
http://www.animalcenter.org

Rob Zombie – Blasko Rejoins Ozzy for Ozzfest 2006 on Bass

ROB ZOMBIE’s Blasko has rejoined with OZZY OSBOURNE after originally joining the band in 2003 as the replacement for Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA). After Blasko joined Ozzy, the following two Ozzfest’s touted BLACK SABBATH as the headliner Blasko thought it was over. He performed with Ozzy on a few special shows during that time such as the NFL kick-off for the Patriots. I got the call for this show the NFL Kick- off, explains Blasko. I would never have guessed we would be playing in a giant helmet, but it was totally worth it. After that show, Blasko resumed playing with ROB ZOMBIE on his new CD “Educated Horses”. Performing on a sell-out tour with Zombie, Blasko came home to Ozzy calling him for Ozzfest duties. I thought it was done and over but then I get the call and it all spiraled back to where we are now and I am back playing with Ozzy.
 
Performing solo for the first time in three years, OZZY OSBOURNE will play a total of 10 dates on this years Ozzfest route, including the 2nd Stage at the San Bernardino show.

Municipal Waste – Called Up to Perform at Leeds and Reading Festivals

MUNICIPAL WASTE have been called up to perform at England’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. Taking place on Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th respectively, fans can catch wonders such as “Thrashing’s My Business And Business Is Good”, “Thrash? Don’t Mind If I Do”, and “Drunk As Shit” on the Lock-Up Stage.

Dimmu Borgir – Forced to Cancel Appearance at Gods of Metal “Due to Health Concerns”

DIMMU BORGIR were forced to cancel their appearance at Italy`s GODS OF METAL festival that takes place from June 1-4. Guitarist Silenoz had the following to say in a statement on the band`s official website, www.dimmu-borgir.com:

“We apologize to everyone it may concern, we were very much looking forward to play this great festival, but due to a serious situation regarding one of our members’ health condition we have no other choice as it is beyond our control. We owe it to our business partners, fans and friends and perhaps mostly ourselves, to do a great gig, but this will not be possible under the given circumstances, unfortunately. Health will always have first priority.”

Communic – New Album Goes to #66 in Germany

“Waves Of Visual Decay”, the new album from Prog/Thrash/Power metallers COMMUNIC, available in stores Europe-wide since May 19; in Germany, the record went straight to #66 of the official Media Control Chart. For comparison: “Conspiracy In Mind”, COMMUNIC’s highly acclaimed 2005 debut didn’t even make it to the German top 100. 

Metal Temple – Announces “A Tribute to the Covers – Part II” – June 25

After intense public demand, Metal Temple magazine has delightfully scheduled a sequel to the successful “A Tribute To The Covers” party that took place last year at Athens’ Texas Club.

“A Tribute To The Covers – Part II” will feature once again famous songs covered by famous Hard Rock/Metal bands. The event will take place on Sunday, June 25, again at the famous Texas Club (56 Ippokratous Str.) and the set will kick-off around 10:30 pm (local time).

PainmuseuM – Led by Metal Mike Chlasciak – Announces EP and Tour Dates

Metal Mike’s PAINMUSEUM, led by HALFORD/SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, has set July 1st, 2006 as the release date of “You Have The Right To Remain Violent” enhanced EP.

To be released exclusively on Metal Mike’s own imprint C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC, the EP will feature a new studio track “Scars In Black”, 3 tracks taken from the band’s debut “Metal For Life”, a video for “Speak The Name” as well as animated menus, custom video players, photo gallery, six wall papers and an exclusive video message from Metal Mike.

James Murphy (TESTAMENT/DEATH) has once again provided the mastering duties at The Safe House in FL, while art was done by Darkmouth Design (HATEBREED). The line up of musicians appearing on the EP remains same as in the band’s 2005 debut “Metal For Life”:

Metal Mike Guitars (HALFORD/SEBASTIAN BACH)
Bobby Jarzombek Drums (HALFORD/SEBASTIAN BACH)
Steve DiGiorgio Bass (TESTAMENT/DEATH)
Tim Clayborne Vocals
Joe Comeau additional Vocals (OVERKILL/ANNIHILATOR)
Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST/HALFORD/BRUCE DICKINSON) mixed all tracks.

“This special release is for many of our fans who write inquiring about a new PAINMUSEUM album. While we get our asses over to the studio and complete the next release, this is for the ones who are interested in our brand of Heavy Metal. This is a good way to further introduce new fans to the band who might have not yet hear our debut album and will help us further our mission during our headlining East Coast Violence 2006 tour dates this Summer. Crank this shit up”, commented Metal Mike.

Not to be licensed in any other territory, “You Have The Right To Remain Violent” will be available exclusively in North America through C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC, and on import in all other territories.

Century Media’s CM Distro will provide all North American retail location sales while on-line retailers will include cdbaby.com, bestbuy.com, guitarmusic9.com and towerrecords.com.

In related news, PAINMUSEUM’s above mentioned headlining East Coast Violence Tour 2006 presented by Digitech, D’Addario, Seymour Duncan, Aquarian Weekly and Panzer Wear will take the band from its NJ base to Toronto, Canada. Complete dates are as follows:

June 11 Toronto, Canada @ Big Bop Concert Hall/ Reverb Room
June 10 Rochester, NY @ Steel Music Hall (Academy Of Shred Festival)
June 9 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz Club
June 8 – Denville, NJ @ The Fireside Club

Rob Zombie – To Direct Halloween 9?

Fangoria is reporting that ROB ZOMBIE is rumored to be in talks with Dimension to direct the 9th installment of the Halloween series. More news is expected shortly.

Chris Barnes – Interview With NHL.com

In honour of a slow news day, you can read an interview with Chris Barnes (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) talking about his “America the brutal” love of hockey here.

Satyricon – “Americans have a different understanding of extreme-metal music.”

You can read yet another interview with Satyr of SATYRICON fame where he complains about American audiences not buying up his brand of fake black metal over at MTV.com.

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Announce California Shows

SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM have announced the following upcoming shows:

July 6 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 7 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro
July 8 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro

Venom, DevilDriver – More Tour Dates Released

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

August 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
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

Minneapolis Mayhem 3 – Updated Lineup Feat. Tankard, Hirax, Raven, and More

Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota has announced the following updated lineup:

TANKARD
HIRAX
RAVEN
HELSTAR
JAG PANZER
OMEN
STEEL ATTACK
DIVISION
USURPER
AVENGER OF BLOOD
IMAGIKA
GAIA EPICUS
NOCTUARY
OCTOBER 31
MERCILESS DEATH
UNDER EDEN
COLD COLOURS
HEAD ON COLLISION

Slayer – Rumored Artwork for 2006 Release Upped in WB Germany

Rumored artwork for SLAYER’s still-untitled 2006 release has been made available through Warner Brothers’ German division. You can sneak a peek at what could be at this location.

Paria – Finishing Up Pre-Production Demo

PARIA are finishing up a pre-production demo and will be putting a couple of new tracks online soon. Original vocalist, Brian Craig is on the new recording and will be filling in for the group on all upcoming tour dates through the end of the summer. The band plans to spend the majority of the summer writing for their next Black Market Activities release and begin recording this fall.

Twelfth Gate – Busy Writing New Material – To Re-Record Select Tunes With New Vocalist

In addition to promoting their latest album "Threshold of Revelation",  TWELFTH
GATE is also busy writing new material for their next full-length release.
As promised, the band is continuing their progression towards heavier and
more intriguing songs, while also further defining their own style and sound
with new lead singer 'Red'.

The band has also booked studio dates to re-record the vocals for a few
select
TWELFTH GATE songs & to record two brand new songs for a limited
edition EP which may also contain one or two extra treats. The EP,
which is yet untitled, is targeted for release later this year.

Seventh Plague – Change Name to Forever in Terror

One of Metal Blade’s recent signings SEVENTH PLAGUE composed of 5 seventeen year old musicians out of Streetsboro, OH, recently changed their name to FOREVER IN TERROR as another band in the US had already trademarked the name. As the band states:

 “Forever In Terror was a name we kicked around for quite some time so finding out we had to legally change our name was actually a blessing in disguise. Forever in Terror was a title of one of our older songs plus it’s all over the demo artwork, and we had been asked on several occasions if that was the band name. I guess, in the end, things work out the way they should.”

Cannibal Corpse – Set to Appear on Headbangers Ball this Weekend

Paul Mazurkiewicz, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, and Rob Barrett of legendary death metal act CANNIBAL CORPSE will be guests on this weekend’s episode of Headbangers Ball Saturday (6/3) at 7pm PST/10pm EST. Make sure to tune in to see what the guys have to say about the recent comeback of Rob Barrett on guitar, their new album KILL and their spot on this summers Sounds of the Underground, one of the largest touring metal festivals of the summer!

CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s eleventh full length release in their seventeen year career KILL marks the bands second time entering the BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART where they came in at #170 with 6049 units scanned in it’s first week of release! In 1996 “Vile” debuted at #151 (with 6175 units scanned), making KILL the second highest selling debut in the bands illustrious career!.

Head Automatica – ‘Popaganda’ Streaming in it’s Entirity Starting June 1 at Midnight (US time)

Starting tonight, June 1 at midnight you can listen to HEAD AUTOMATICA‘s Popaganda in its entirety at their Myspace page. You better hurry though, because It will only be available at Myspace until Monday at midnight…  Popaganda features “Laughing at You” and the hit single “Graduation Day.”

Unearth – Return from European SOTU – To Film Video for ‘Giles’

UNEARTH frontman Trevor Phipps has checked in with a post-SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND: EUROPE update, including juicy news regarding their first video single:

“What’s up everyone? We just got back from a killer tour on the European edition of the Sounds of the Underground. We want to thank our fans for coming out in full force every night. We were literally blown away by your support and were stoked at the reaction to the new songs we debuted. We will be coming back for a full Euro/UK tour this fall to support our new record III: In the Eyes of Fire.”

“In the meantime, we are going to shoot a video on June 5th with the famed Darren Doane (Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die, As I Lay Dying, etc…) for a song off the new record titled ‘Giles’.”

“After the video shoot we will be gearing up for a headlining Canadian run with ALL THAT REMAINS, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE RED CHORD, IF HOPE DIES. We understand that there are some cats up in Montreal and Toronto that are bummed we are not hitting their cities on this run, but there are zoning reasons from other tours we have coming up that are keeping us from playing there in June. Don’t fret though, we will be back sooner than you all think…we will keep you posted.”

“Lastly, Ozzfest 2006 is right around the corner and we couldn’t be any more excited to be one of the second stage headliners. Black Label Society and Atreyu will finish off the stage after us and complete a killer all day line up of second stage bands. Our show will be stepped up this summer, so come on out and catch the show and a new song or two.”

HORSE The Band – Crippled By Pizza

Due to pizza, all HORSE THE BAND appearances through June 19th have been cancelled. Please don’t look for them there. The band wishes good luck to The Great Gatsby’s, Portugal the Band, and Forever Durden.

Strapping Young Lad – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD song here. The track comes off their upcoming new album, The New Black, which will be released on July 11th through Century Media.