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Mayhem – Announce New Deal With Season of Mist

MAYHEM have posted the following update:

“We are all happy to announce to all of you that the upcoming album by legendary Norwegian black metalists MAYHEM will once again be handled and crafted by the one and only Season Of Mist. This unholy alliance has been fighting together for more than seven years already and yet there is no end in sight. ‘Ordo Ab Chao‘ will then be MAYHEM‘s three full-length on the French label. The band also states that ‘after the troubled ‘Chimera,’ some conditions and issues have changed for the better. We are very focused and eager to record our first album (since’93) with Attila Csihar back behind the microphone. The beast has never been stronger.”

Disfear – If It Ain’t Fast…It Ain’t Shit! North American Tour

You can check out the flier for DISFEAR‘s current If It Ain’t Fast…It Ain’t Shit! tour, sponsored by SMNnews and Decibel, here. Other bands on the tour, the lasts until June 4th, include 9 SHOCKS TERROR, MISERY INDEX, PHOBIA, and STRONG INTENTION.

Job For A Cowboy – Guitarist Injured In Car Accident

JOB FOR A COWBOY have released the following update:

“On thursday May 11th JOB FOR A COWBOY guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju was injured in a car accident. We’re glad to announce that hes ok, but his left shoulder and arm are banged up. Ontop of that, for the first few days hes been forced to wear a sling by doctors. In the past week we’ve had to let our second guitarist go and have been uncapable of finding a fill in on time. We’re disappointed to let everyone know that we’re forced, and unable to play May 13th’s California Metalfest. We’re sorry to let anyone down, but we’ll be sure to make it up to everyone with our touring plans during the summer.”

DragonForce, HORSE The Band – On Select Dates of the Sounds of the Underground Tour

According the tour’s official site, both DRAGONFORCE and HORSE THE BAND will be performing on select dates of this summer’s Sounds of the Underground tour.

Gorod – Announce New Album

French tech-masterminds GOROD will soon unveil their next work of complex, technically charged death metal in Leading Vision. Consisting of 10 tracks, Leading Vision will continue where 2005’s Neurotripsicks left off, gripping the listener with slithery, arthritis-inducing riffs and spirally, harmony-rich arpeggios. The release date is set for August 22nd, via Willowtip.

Leaves Eyes’ – Set Guiness World Record!

From 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning onward, the members of LEAVES’ EYES attempted to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD – and did! In connection with the release of their upcoming Legend Land MCD – scheduled for North American release on July 18 – in one day, the band members personally signed 5,000 limited-edition booklets ( blue cover artwork) for a total of 30,000 autographs!

The limited EP will be available in stores in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland only.

Danko Jones – Announce Tour Dates – London Wireless Festival Appearance

DANKO JONES Just for the F of it? Fuse TV thinks so. The band is being featured as Fuse TV?s ?Just for the F of It? band of the month. MySpace is also jumping on the DANKO JONES bandwagon, picking up the guys to play the Myspace stage at this year?s Wireless Festival in London.

And in one week DANKO JONES will be hitting the pavement in the U.S. in support of their upcoming album ?Sleep is the Enemy,? out May 23:

May 19 – Chicago, IL @ The Note
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern (Front Room)
May 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
May 22 ? Boston, MA @ Harper?s Ferry
May 23 – New York, NY @ CBGB
May 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
May 25 – Hartford, CT @ Up or on the Rocks
May 27 – Providence, RI @ Living Room
May 28 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Watch the video to ?First Date? directed by Micah Meisner for Revolver Film Company who also worked with Broken Social Scene, Metric, and more here.

Threat Signal – Announce Nuclear Blast Album Listening Parties All Across Europe

To celebrate the upcoming release of the much anticipated album “Under Reprisal” by extreme metallers THREAT SIGNAL ? due on May 26 ? Nuclear Blast is proud to announce several release parties all over Germany to give fans a first listen of the album, as well as give away a ton of free gear:

May 26 Barfly Sonthofen
May 26 Rockfabrik Augsburg
May 26 Nachtpalais Nürnberg
May 26 Nachtcafe Münster
May 26 Flash St. Wendel
May 26 Halle-luja Oedt
May 26 Club Prag Stuttgart
May 27 Sumpfblume Hameln
June 2 Rockclub U2 Ingolstadt
June 2 Chemnitz Südbahnhof
June 10 Kulturladen Konstanz

Full Blown Chaos – Singer Bitten By Black Widow… – Soldiers On

After a great show in Ft. Lauderdale, FULL BLOWN CHAOS went back to their hotel room to party. Vocalist, Ray Mazzola states, ?I had a couple of large Jager beverages and passed out on the floor of the room.? The next day Ray felt a lingering pain in his knee. ?I have never felt such a sense of inner blight,? says FBC?s frontman. Still not missing the show that night, Ray became immobilized after their set and ?took a bunch of antihistamines to bring the cantaloupe sized swelling down.? Ray continued to feel soreness and cramping in his joints/muscles. He felt his blood boiling and having fever, nausea, sweats, and shakes.

With concern, Ray asked nature buff, Gary Holt of EXODUS to take a look at his knee. Gary instantly told Ray that he was bit by a black widow. After going with the hospital, Ray found out the truth to Gary?s claim. He was bitten by a Southern Black Widow in his sleep. Too late to receive treatment, Ray had to endure the symptoms and deal with sporatic pain and stiffness. With all this pain, FULL BLOWN CHAOS only missed two Canadian dates to follow up with the doctor. In conclusion, Ray states, ?fuck spiders.?

FULL BLOWN CHAOS will continue to tour through Ozzfest in support of their upcoming album ?Within the Grasp of Titans? out on Stillborn set to be released on July 11.

Sulaco – Sign To Willowtip Records

SULACO have signed to Willowtip Records and will be releasing their debut full-length, Tearing Through The Roots, through the label on August 22nd.

Burn In Silence – Confirmed as Support for The Autumn Offering’s US Summer Tour

Fresh off an appearance on the main stage at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Massachusetts-based metal act BURN IN SILENCE have been confirmed as support for THE AUTUMN OFFERING through the US in June and July. The band is currently on tour with SCARS OF TOMORROW, and will be appearing First Annual California Metalfest on May 13.

The full-length debut from BURN IN SILENCE, entitled “Angel Maker”, is scheduled for a July 25 release through Prosthetic Records. Production duties were handled by Ken Susi (UNEARTH), while mixing was handled by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HIMSA). Previous releases for the band include 2004 “Pure As Your First Day” EP, and a split 7-inch with Ironclad Recording artists IF HOPE DIES.

“The rhythms, riffs, and vocals all work towards completely slaying the senses. This is hands down the best debut of the year” says Ruin magazine of Angel Maker, while The Boston Herald has dubbed BURN IN SILENCE one of the Bay States? up-and-comers, ?churning out blood-curdling extreme music, helping cement the region?s reputation as the underground metal capital of the world.?

Quietdrive – Post New Song ‘Both Ways’ onto MySpace

QUIETDRIVE has posted a new song titled ?Both Ways? on their Myspace page. The song is a brand new track off their upcoming LP “When All That?s Left Is You”, out on Epic Records on May 30. The band will be on tour with HOUSTON CALLS and SUMMER OBSESSION all Summer long.

Pantera – Behind the Music Streaming on You Tube

The PANTERA: Behind the Music VH1 program is now streaming online after having debuted last night at 10 p.m. You can view it here.

Dehumanized – Free NYC Show Announced

A free show will be taking place on Friday, May 26th at Bottoms Up in Queens, NY featuring DEHUMANIZED, THROUGH THE DISCIPLINE, WASTEFORM, SEXCREMENT, PORPHYRIA, and BUZZARD.

Ozzy Osbourne – Headlining Ozzfest 2nd Stage In California

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.

Megadeth – Sign To Roadrunner Records

MTV.com is reporting that MEGADETH will be releasing their next album through Roadrunner Records.

Daysend – Officially Part Ways with Frontman – Seek Replacement

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 daysend_music@hotmail.com. Strong, dynamic vocals and a charismatic and menacing stage presence is required.”

Years of Fire – Feat. ex-Chimaira, Ringworm – MP3 Available – Sign to Thorp Records

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.

Bloodlust 2006 – Massive Australian Extreme Metal Festival – Not Set to Happen

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 – Feat. Dave Navarro – To Support Bullets and Octane, Tracklisting Revealed

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
4. Awake
5. She Won’t Last
6. Said You’d Be
7. Outsider
8. Blue Bruises
9. Night One
10. Listen
11. Lie Next to Me

Rose Hill Drive – Sign to Megaforce Records – Debut On its Way

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
3. Intruder
4. Cool Cody (live)

Lacuna Coil – Video from Jimmel Kimmel Live of Our Truth and Enjoy the Silence Online

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.

Behold…The Arctopus – Sign To Black Market Activities!

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.

Origin – More U.S. Tour Dates Released

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 – Roy Mayorga Officially Joins As New Drummer

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.”