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Disfear, Phobia – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring DISFEAR, PHOBIA, 9 SHOCKS TERROR and STRONG INTENTION:

May 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
May 13 – New York, NY @ CBGB w/ Misery Index
May 15 – Wallingford, CT @ American Legion Hall w/ Misery Index
May 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Polish Library w/ Misery Index
May 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Misery Index
*May 23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre w/ Misery Index
*May 24 – Columbus, OH @ High Five w/ Misery Index
May 26 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
May 27 – Norfolk, VA @ Peppermint Club w/ Facedowninshit
May 29 – Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Misery Index

* = no 9 SHOCKS TERROR

Dawn of Chaos – UK Tour Itinerary Updated

British death metallers DAWN OF CHAOS have updated their tour schedule. It is as follows:

January 23 – Sunderland, UK @ The Voodoo Room
February 23 – Northampton, UK @ King Billy
February 24 – Hartlepool, UK @ The Studio
March 3 – Swindon, UK @ TBA
March 18 – Stockton, UK @ Georgian (Into the Pit)
April 21 – Hartlepool, UK @ The Studio

Look What I Did – U.S. Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow

Combat Records’ LOOK WHAT I DID will be hitting the road starting tomorrow for an extensive U.S. tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

with Foxy Shazam:
January 21 – Dayton, OH @ The Attic
January 22 – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
January 23 – Cincinnati, OH @ Parkland Theater
January 24 – Dubuque, IA @ The Busted Lift
January 25 – Wheaton, IL @ Wheaton Grand Theatre
January 26 – Louisville, KY @ Keswick Democratic Club
January 27 – London, KY @ Levi Jackson Clubhouse
January 28 – Pittsburg, PA @ Oakland Cafe

January 29 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
February 2 – Dothan, AL @ Featured Players Theatre
February 3 – Lake Charles, LA @ Dagastino’s Bistro
February 4 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dark Room
February 5 – Metairie, LA @ Cypress Hall
February 6 – Blountstown, FL @ The Alamo
February 7 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
February 8 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
February 9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Seabreeze Coffee Connection
February 11 – Altamonte Springs, FL @ Ozone CDs
February 12 – Savannah, GA @ Le Mort Rouge
February 13 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
February 15 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Sweet Caroline’s
February 17 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Captain Tees
February 18 – East Asheville, NC @ Tarwheels Skateway
February 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
February 21 – Albany, NY @ New Age Cabaret
February 22 – Portland, ME @ The Big Easy
February 23 – Bensalem, PA @ Holiday Inn
February 24 – Wallingford, CT @ K of C
February 25 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Fast Eddie
February 26 – Utica, NY @ Albie’s
February 27 – Burlington, VT @ Odd Fellows
March 3 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
March 4 – Fredricksburg, VA @ K.C.’s
March 5 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
March 6 – Marietta, GA @ Swayze’s

with Ion Dissonance, Animosity:
March 7 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
March 8 – Tupelo, MS @ The Rockwell Center
March 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
March 10 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7 G
March 11 – Danville, VA @ Plan B
March 12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club

The band is also expected to hit the road with DOG FASHION DISCO, TUB RING, and THE JONBENET starting in April.

Dark Tranquillity – More Headlining Tour Dates Released

More DARK TRANQUILLITY headlining off-dates have been released for their upcoming tour with OPETH:

*February 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
*February 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 27 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
March 2 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub

* = with The Devin Townsend Band

As a recap, here’s the rest of the known dates/off-dates for this tour, including more information on OPETH‘s solo dates:

OPETH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND:
February 15 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
February 16 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
February 17 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
February 18 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s
February 19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
February 20 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
February 21 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
February 24 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 25 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
February 26 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole
February 28 – London, ON @ The Drink

OPETH, DEVILDRIVER, DARK TRANQUILLITY:
March 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
March 4 – Loop Station, MN @ First Avenue
March 5 – Winnipeg, MB @ Miscellaneous Venues Winnipeg
March 8 – Edmonton, AB @ Red’s-West Edmonton Mall
March 9 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
March 10 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
March 11 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
March 13 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 15 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
March 19 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
March 21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND:
February 27 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

*An Evening With OPETH:
February 23 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
March 2 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

* = Special performances entitled “CHRONOLOGY MCMXCIV – MMV – A LIVE OBSERVATION BY OPETH” will be held in select U.S. markets and encompass material from each of their albums released throughout their career (1994-Present). These shows will be seated with no support bands and will run for over 2 hours each with unique production. The markets in which these special nights will be held are New York, NY, Chicago, IL and there is also a to-be-scheduled special performance in Los Angeles, CA.

Kottonmouth Kings – West Cost Tour Dates Announced

The KOTTONMOUTH KINGS have lined up the following West Coast tour dates starting next month:

February 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w/ (hed) pe
February 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
February 17 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club w/ (hed) pe
February 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
February 23 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
February 24 – Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
February 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
March 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre w/ (hed) pe
March 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre w/ (hed) pe

Comeback Kid – East Coast Tour Dates Released

COMEBACK KID has lined up the following East Coast tour dates with THIS IS HELL, IGNITE, and FIRST BLOOD:

March 20 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
March 21 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
March 22 – Fredricksburg, VA @ KC’s
March 23 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions
March 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
March 26 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
March 27 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
March 28 – Syracuse, NY @ The Furnace

Autovein – New Music off Colombia Records Debut

AUTOVEIN have made a new track from their Columbia Records debut album “Bullets And Bruises” available for listening on their MySpace page. The album was produced by GGGarth Richardson (MUDVAYNE, etc.) and mixed by Adam Kasper. You can listen here.

Story of the Year – ‘Take Me Back’ Video Posted

A new STORY OF THE YEAR video off of their considerably heavier album “In the Wake of Determination”, titled ‘Take Me Back’, is available for viewing. You can check it out in 300k viewing in Quicktime at this location.

Mastodon – TV Special To Premier On MTV2

Atlanta hard rock giants MASTODON will premier a 30-minute television special on MTV2 this Saturday, January 21st at 11:30 pm EST, immediately following the network’s ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ program.

The special, ‘MASTODON: The Workhorse Chronicles’, will feature live and behind the scenes footage taken directly from the band’s official DVD, The Workhorse Chronicles, that will be released via Relapse Records on February 21st. This special is your chance to get a sneak peak of the material included on the visual documentation of a band fast on the rise.

The Workhorse Chronicles DVD features over three hours of exclusive MASTODON footage, in-depth interviews with each band member, candid behind-the-scenes shots from the band’s personal video archives and a career spanning range of live performances – including rare footage of the band in their initial form as a five piece through to sold-out clubs worldwide.

Additionally, MASTODON will also issue “Call of the Mastodon,” a remixed and remastered collection of their first-ever recording session, in February. Comprised of the first nine tracks the young quartet had ever written, “Call of the Mastodon” is an audio document of a then-new band finding its own space. The nine tracks (some of whose original recordings comprised the Lifesblood mini-CD) were remixed and remastered by original engineer Matt Washburn at Atlanta’s Ledbelly Sound, and will feature all new packaging courtesy of the band’s longtime artist Paul Romano. “Call of the Mastodon” is set for a February 7th release via Relapse.

Korn, Mudvayne – More North American Dates Released

More dates for KORN‘s North American tour with MUDVAYNE and 10 YEARS have been released:

February 24 – Bakersfield, CA @ Selland Arena
February 25 – Reno, NV @ Events Center
February 26 – San Jose, CA @ Events Center
February 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
March 2 – Portland, OR @ Theatre in the Clouds
March 4 – Vancouver, Canada @ GM Place
March 5 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
March 6 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center
March 8 – Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
March 10 – El Paso, TX @ Coliseum
March 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
March 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
March 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
March 15 – San Diego, CA @ iPayone Center
March 16 – Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
March 20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
March 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Arena
March 22 – Charlotte, NC @ Cricket Arena
March 25 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
March 26 – Lewiston, ME @ Central Maine Civic Center
March 28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
March 30 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
March 31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
April 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Theater at Target Center
April 3 – Youngstown, OH @ Chevrolet Centre
April 4 – Toronto, ONT @ Ricoh Centre

Disfear, Phobia – Initial Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring DISFEAR, PHOBIA, and STRONG INTENTION:

*May 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
*May 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Polish Library w/ Misery Index
*May 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Misery Index
May 23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre w/ Misery Index
May 24 – Columbus, OH @ High Five w/ Misery Index
*May 26 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun w/ Misery Index
*May 27 – Norfolk, VA @ Peppermint Club w/ Facedowninshit

*= with 9 SHOCKS TERROR

Caustic Christ – Set To Open For Subhumans On Select Dates

CAUSTIC CHRIST will be opening for the SUBHUMANS on the following dates in April:

April 10 – Columbus, OH @ T.B.A.
April 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
April 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
April 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
April 14 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
April 15 – Boston, MA @ T.B.A.

Smashing Pumpkings – Set to Reunite – Coachella Festival Earmarked as ‘Return’ Gig

The SMASHING PUMPKINS, according to British mag NME, have announced final plans to reform for various festival appearances with the Southern Californian Coachella festival being touted as their ‘comeback’. You can read the full article here.

Sevendust – Headlining Setlist Revealed

SEVENDUST are reportedly belting out the following tunes on their current tour with NONPOINT, SOCIALBURN and ONE:

Hero
Ugly
Pieces
Silence
Desertion
Enemy
Face to Face
TOAB
Praise
Trust
Crucified
Denial
Waffle
Rumblefish
Black
Bitch
Wired

TVT Records – Announce Triple Rock Act Signings for 2006

TVT Records has announced the signing of three new rock acts in 2006. TOWERS OF LONDON, THE CINEMATICS and THE STRAYS have all inked deals with the label who was once home to NOTHINGFACE, V.O.D. and others, and who is now housing the likes of BOBAFLEX.

Nevermore – Acting as Main Support for Disturbed in Europe for March/April Tour

NEVERMORE, acting in support of 2005′s “This Godless Endeavor”, has been chosen as the main support act for the modern metal/hard rock outfit DISTURBED on their European tour in March/April.

NEVERMORE‘s European chart positions are as follows:

Germany: chart entry position #26, four weeks in the charts
Italy: chart entry position #51
Greece: international album charts ? position #15, five weeks in the charts
Hungary: Top 40 – position #22, International charts ? position #6
Switzerland: first Century Media band to ever enter the Swiss charts, position #63

Amorphis – Snag #1 on Finnish Charts with New Single

AMORPHIS have entered the Finnish single charts at #1 with their current single ‘House Of Sleep’. “Eclipse”, the new album from AMORPHIS , will be released on February 17.

Starkweather – Announce Worldwide Deal with Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records today proudly confirms the worldwide signing of East Coast-based STARKWEATHER. The band’s new album, titled “Croatoan”, was produced by Pierre Remillard (CRYPTOPSY), Features artwork by renowned artist Paul Romano (MASTODON, EARTH, GODFLESH), and is scheduled for a May 2 American release date.

Long regarded as one of the first bands to blend metal and hardcore, STARKWEATHER are still an untapped band for the masses. They have been cited as influence to many of today’s top selling bands and remain one of the most passionate and intense bands on stage. Metal Maniacs says on an early listen to “Croatoan”, “rare is a band who personify, quite accurately, agony and despair through tranquil yet devouring movements. One of underground metal’s soon-to-be classics, hail Starkweather!”

Formed in 1990, STARKWEATHER have several out-of-print recordings to their credit including a limited self-titled seven-inch (Inner Rage Records, 1993), “Crossbearer” (Too Damn Hype, 1994), “Into the Wire” (Edison Recordings, 1995), the 1996 split seven-inch with “Season to Risk” (Supermodel Records), and participation on numerous compiliation albums. “Croatoan”, released in late 2005 on vinyl only (featuring exclusive artwork also from Paul Romano) via Hypertension Records, is the band’s first new recording in over five years.

STARKWEATHER toured Europe for the first time in mid-2005, visiting the Netherlands, Germany, England, France and other countries. The band plans to visit again during the year. American dates are expected; details to be announced separately.

Indorphine – Announce NAMM Appearance – After Party Gigs

INDORPHINE will be appearing at Namm at the Michael Kelly Guitars Booth as well as at the Kustom Booth on Friday and Saturday. INDORPHINE will also be playing the Coffin Case Party and fashion Show at the Hilton right next door to the covention center on Saturday Night.

God Forbid – Land Main Support for Trivium March UK Tour

New Jersey metallers GOD FORBID have been confirmed as main support on TRIVIUM‘s highly anticipated March UK tour, BLOODSIMPLE will complete the line up.

With GOD FORBID being the first band to take TRIVIUM out on tour in the US, you could say they are returning the favour or just TRIVIUM want to tour with the guys that know how to party, Dallas Coyle sent this message whilst on the road with ANTHRAX in the US:

“What’s up you sick motherfucks! Dallas here from God Forbid letting you know we’re coming back with our boys from Trivium. We’re gonna kick your ass this time around with a newer, improved set list. You better be ready because we’re not letting up this time around! It’s gonna be a party. Big. Fuckin. Party. You hear?! I know you do. Bring your young 15 year old asses to the show”

Anthrax – Charlie Benante Welcomes Mia Charley Benante into the World

ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante welcomed his first child, Mia CHarley Benante, a girl, into the world early this morning. You can have a look at Benante with his latest addition here. She weighed in at 5 pounds and 9 ounces.

Daylight Dies – 1st Sample Track Available Starting this Sunday

Candlelight Records will debut sample from the first track from “Dismantling Devotion”, the new album from DAYLIGHT DIES, titled ‘A Life Less Lived’ beginning 9am EST on Sunday, January 23 at their official webpage.

Four years in the making, the near hour-long “Dismantling Devotion” is a record filled with quality musicianship that travels a dark and passionate road that will ultimately nestle itself into the hearts of death, doom and dark music fans everywhere. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, SOILWORK) and mastered by Thomas Eberger at The Cutting Room (OPETH, THE HIVES). KATATONIA‘s Anders Nystrom recently said, “if Dismantling Devotion would have been released in 2005, it would have been my choice for the album of the year.”

“Dismantling Devotion” will be released in the US on March 7.

Rhapsody – Preparing for 24 Hour Entire Album Stream on January 21

Another surprise is in store for RHAPSODY fans. On January 21, it will be possible to listen to the band’s entire album, “Live in Canada 2005″, online without paying for it. This virtual stream is online for 24 hours only – this unique event will take place at http://www.mightyrhapsody.com.

Saturday, January 21, 2006
You can listen to the album between 0:00 CET till 23:59 CET

Rebel Meets Rebel – Vinnie Paul Personal Message – Sound Clips Online

Esteemed drummer Vinnie Paul of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN has given fans a personal message regarding his REBEL MEETS REBEL project that he worked on with David Allen Coe and his late brother Dimebag Darrell:

“Hello everybody, this is Vinnie Paul and welcome to REBEL MEETS REBEL!!!!!! Venture into the Concept and Music with an open mind.. DIME loved this record!!!!!!!!!!! DAVID,REX and I are fulfilling his dreams and adding to his incredible legacy by bringing the music we made together to you. It’s not Metal and it’s not Country. It’s just a get together of Country Metal Minds!!!!!!!!!!! Pure Hell Raisin’,Boozin’,Jammin’ Fun!!!! REBEL MEETS REBEL is here!!!!!!!!!!”

Clips of 4 REBEL MEETS REBEL tracks can be heard online at rebelmeetsrebel.com.

Devildriver – Appearing at NAMM

Members of DEVILDRIVER will also be appearing at NAMM this coming weekend. Mike Spreitzer, Jeff Kendrick, and Jon Miller will be doing signings at the ESP Guitar booth on Friday and Saturday (1/20 and 1/21) from 2 to 3pm.