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Bloodsimple – Studio Update – Euro Tour Dates Released

BLOODSIMPLE are in the studio following up their major label debut, “A Cruel World”. They will also be opening up for ALICE IN CHAINS and STONE SOUR as well as many Europe Festivals. Here’s what the band has to say”

“What’sup everyone!! we’re in the studio writting for the next record but we’ll take a break in June to go play some monster festivals in Europe , along with a tour with Alice in Chains and Stone Sour. Should be pretty nuts. An amazing way to end a 16 month touring cycle for A Cruel World. The plan after that is to record in the summer and be back in full tour mode by the end of the year. We hope to give the bloodsimple site and myspace a major overhaul soon so stick around and check that out….”

“I wanna give alot of much appreciated thanks to everyone of you who bought the record and supported us live…now we get to do it all over again!!!”

“In the meantime go see the Unholy Alliance tour if at all possible and go fuckin nuts!”

June 2 – Rock Am Ring – Nurburgring
June 3 – Rock Im Park – Bavaria Nurnburg
June 4 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan
June 6 – Novesta Hall – Zlin
June 7 – Spodek – Katowice
June 8 – Petofi Csarnok Open Air – Budapest
June 10 – Download – Donington Park
June 11 – Download – Dublin
June 13 – Volkshaus – Zurich
June 15 – Novarock Festival – Nickelsdorf
June 17 – Festival – Hultsfred
June 19 – Vega – Copenhagen
June 20 – Rockefeller – Oslo
June 22 – Batacian – Paris
June 23 – Hellfest – Nantes
June 24 – Metal Meeting – Graspop
June 26 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona
June 27 – Macumba – Madrid
June 30 – Full Force Festival – Leipzig
July 1 – Waldrock – Holland
July 2 – Goffert Park – Fields of Rock – Holland

Hammerfall – Oscar Dronjak Post Blog Update and Song Titles

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on his official blog: “We have once again spent three days in the rehearsal room, playing through the now nine songs finished for the album. I can’t remember feeling this good about the material before a recording, ever. Especially not for the last album, then I was very unsure about how things would turn out. This time, the feeling is the complete opposite.

Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Dark Wings, Dark Words”, “Carved In Stone”, “Titan”, “Shadow Empire”, “Threshold” and “Rebel Inside”.

Gojira – Enter Into Exclusive Agreement with Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with France’s Listenable Records to release the new album from French metal titans GOJIRA throughout North America. The band’s latest opus, “From Mars To Sirius”, will be released through Prosthetic on August 22. The record has already been showered with high words of praise in North America from Alternative Press, Metal Maniacs, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Decibel, and, despite initially being available only on import through Listenable.

Mixing technical proficiency, heavy-as-concrete riffs, and socially-conscious lyrics, GOJIRA truly is a thinking man’s metal band, combining fierce aggression, varying tempos, and intelligent observations into an all-encompassing 64-minute voyage throughout “From Mars To Sirius”. Blabbermouth has already dubbed “From Mars To Sirius” “massively heavy but varied and suprising, never monotonous,” with Decibel hailing the record as “monstrous, alien endgame chords, forged in fires of ice and honed to hyperjazz perfection.”

“From Mars To Sirius” will be the band’s first album with a formal North American release, all while the band has logged 300+ live shows in France and Europe and sold over 8,000 copies of its last album throughout Europe. Now with Prosthetic’s backing, GOJIRA will bring its futuristicly heavy sound across the Atlantic. The band is currently playing live dates and festivals throughout Europe for much of the summer.

Every Time I Die – Nifty DVD Preview Link

A special EVERY TIME I DIE DVD preview link has been offered up to all willing internet users – check it here.

SiKth – Announce Special Download Festival Warm-Up Gig

Rising UK avant garde metallers SIKTH will be playing a special warm up gig prior to their performance at this years Download festival at Club Nirvana in Wigan on June 7. Support comes from MACHIAVELLIAN, CAR CRASH RADIO and HECTOR. Doors are at 7 pm and tickets cost £7.50.

Killing Floor – Announce 1st Live Dates After 34 Years

KILLING FLOOR – the classic British Blues Rock band formed in the 1960s have announced their first new concert dates for the 21st century – their first live dates for 34 years.

The band will headline the Open Air Gross Lindow Blues-Rock Festival in Germany on Saturday 19 August and appear on the “Rock at Sea” cruise from Stockholm, Sweden on November 24, and is presenting once again its original 1968 4-piece line-up.

Contemporaries of LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH and FREE, in the 60s the band toured with blues legend FREDDIE KING and released two classic albums.

Dope – Summer Tour and Dates Announced With Bleed the Sky, Makeshift Romeo, A New Revolution

DOPE will be hitting the road this summer with BLEED THE SKY, MAKESHIFT ROMEO, A NEW REVOLUTION – the latter who feature in their ranks former members of UNLOCO and SLAVES ON DOPE. The trek will be billed as the Jagermeisters “Drink, Mosh, and You-Know-What Tour 2006”. Dates that have been announced thus far are as follows:

June 14 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
June 15 – Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
June 16 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
June 18 – TBA
June 19 – TBA
June 19 – Bellefontaine, OH @ The Bluecat
June 20 – Huntington, WV @ Monkey Bar
June 21 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 22 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
June 23 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jester’s
June 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
June 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
July 2 – Hartford, CT @ Webster
July 8 – Edgerton, WI @ Big E’s
July 9 – Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
July 11 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Emerald City

More dates to be announced later.

Hypocrisy – Not Part of Fear Factory, Suffocation Tour

HYPOCRISY have announced that they are not taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring FEAR FACTORY, SUFFOCATION, and DECAPITATED.

Mucopus – Recruit Goratory Frontman For European Tour

New York’s MUCOPUS have recruited Adam Mason (GORATORY, SEXCREMENT) to fill in for MUCOPUS vocalist Jason Keyser for their upcoming European tour this fall. Here is a statement from founding guitarist Justin Knipper:

“Jason will not be able to do the MUCOPUS tour this fall due to prior commitments he made to his other band SKINLESS. They have a brand new cd coming out June 13th through Relapse Records and have some domestic tours lined up for around the time we have our European tour. We’ve known Adam for years and felt as though he was the best candidate to fill in because of his insane vocal range and stage presence and the fact we’re already all friends. We’re really excited about this tour and we’re looking forward to finishing up our new material we’ve written with Jason towards the end of the year.”

Mucopus European tour w/ Inferia and Rottenness:

with Inferia (Finland)
9/21 Decin, CZ @ Decin Open Air
9/29 Linz, AT @ Kuba
9/30 Vienna, AT @ Escape Metalcorner
10/1 Brno, CZ @ Brooklyn
10/6 Rovato, IT @ C28 Maggio
10/7 Sursee, CH @ Kultuwerk 118
10/13 Zittau, DE @ Zittau Deathfest
10/14 Ludwigshafen, DE @ Ludwigshafen Deathfest

with Rottenness (Mexico)
10/21 Zilina, SK @ Slovak Deathfest w/ Fleshless
10/28 Drachten, NL @ Drachten Deathfest w/ Fleshless, Prostitute Disfigurement, Disavowed

more dates T.B.A

Immolation – Announce Virginia Show

IMMOLATION have announced a headlining show on August 9th at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. Also performing will be SKINLESS.

In Flames, Nevermore – Setlists Revealed From First Night Of Tour

IN FLAMES‘s North American headlining tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY kicked off last night, May 5, in Buffalo, NY at the Town Ballroom. Here are a few news bits from the show:

EVERGREY performed five songs, but the guitars went dead due to some sort of electrical problem at the beginning of their closing song “A Touch of Blessing”. However, the band soldiered on and played the song with just vocals, bass, drums and keyboards, having the fans clap along where the guitars would have been. [Ed note: The band did not have a paper setlist anywhere, and due to this reporter only having one album by them (The Inner Circle), the band’s setlist will be displayed on a later date.]
In other EVERGREY news, drummer Jonas Ekdahl confirmed to that the band will be performing for 75 minutes in their direct support slot to NEVERMORE‘s headlining show at Jaxx in West Springfield, VA this Sunday, May 7. IN FLAMES and THROWDOWN will not be at that show.

NEVERMORE performed six songs. They are as follows:
Final Product
I, Voyager
Poison Godmachine
Engines of Hate
Dead Heart in a Dead World

JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick subbed in for Steve Smyth who, as previously reported, is on medical leave due to a severe kidney problem that may ultimately require a transplant. Former ICED EARTH and MEGADETH bassist James MacDonough filled in for Jim Sheppard, who is undergoing “routine tests” for his fight with Crohn’s Disease. MacDonough sang back-up vocals for closer “Born”.

THROWDOWN included a tribute to the late and great Dimebag Darrell in their set by covering “A New Level” from PANTERA‘s “Vulgar Display of Power” album. The solo, however, was left out. No setlist is available as of this time.

IN FLAMES performed 18 songs. They are as follows:
Take This Life
Touch of Red
Watch Them Feed
Worlds Within the Margin
Pinball Map
Dial 595 Escape
Embody the Invisible
Behind Space
Come Clarity
Only for the Weak
Cloud Connected
The Quiet Place
My Sweet Shadow

For those of you keeping track at home, the album by album breakdown for the tracks goes like this:
Lunar Strain: 1
The Jester Race: 1
Whoracle: 1
Colony: 1
Clayman: 2
Reroute to Remain / Trigger EP: 4
Soundtrack to Your Escape: 4
Come Clarity: 4

That would be a 2:1 ratio of post-Tokyo Showdown tracks to pre-Tokyo Showdown tracks for you math majors out there.

Dragonlord – U.S. Tour Dates Announced

DRAGONLORD (featuring Eric Peterson of TESTAMENT fame) have lined up the following U.S. tour dates:

June 23 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street
June 24 – Sacramento, CA @ Kennel Club
June 27 – Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
June 29 – Chicago Heights, IL @ Mr. Kelly’s Music Box
June 30 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
July 1 – Cleveland, OH @ Topcat’s
July 2 – Toledo, OH @ Vamp’s
July 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ Pirate’s Cove
July 6 – Long Island, NY @ Crazy Donkey
July 7 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

The band has also been added to the Thrash Domination Fest 2006 set to take place on September 16th and 17th at Club Citta in Tokyo, JPN. Also performing will be VENOM, DEATH ANGEL, SODOM, and ONSLAUGHT.

Ipecac Records – Add Them On MySpace

Ipecac Records have posted the following message:

“Always the last to know what’s cool.
So we heard about this website called myspace. We think it is going to be popular. We went and got us a page there. Come join us at:

IPECAC RECORDINGS, cutting edge!!!!!”

In related news, DALEK have been announced as the openers for the upcoming General Patton vs Rob Swift and Total Eclipse show set to take place on May 14th at Irving Plaza in New York City.

Gojira – Set To Release Latest Album Through Prosthetic

Prosthetic Records has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with France’s Listenable Records to release the new album from French metal titans GOJIRA throughout North America. The band’s latest opus, From Mars To Sirius, will be released through Prosthetic on August 22nd.

Soilwork, Darkest Hour – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for SOILWORK‘s headlining tour featuring DARKEST HOUR, MNEMIC, and THREAT SIGNAL:

October 5 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (no Darkest Hour)
October 6 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 7 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 9 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 10 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
October 11 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
October 12 – Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
October 13 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
October 15 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 16 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
October 17 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
October 20 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 21 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
October 22 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
October 23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
October 24 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
October 25 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
October 27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
October 28 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
October 29 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
November 1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
November 2 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
November 3 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
November 4 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
November 5 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
November 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
November 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
November 10 – Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
November 11 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s Concert Theatre

Ghoul – Another New Song Posted Online!

Another song from GHOUL‘s new album, Splatterthrash, entitled “As Your Casket Closes” has been released. The album is expected to be released shortly through Razorback Records.

DragonForce – On Sounds Of The Underground Tour?

According to a number of different online sources, DRAGONFORCE are performing at this summer’s Sounds of the Underground tour. More information will be posted as the story develops.

Arch Enemy – On Gigantour 2 Main Stage

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has revealed to that the band will be on Gigantour 2:

“We know we’re on … the main stage, and I know it runs from late August to October,” he said, adding that the only other band he knows will be on the bill is MEGADETH ? sort of a given, since Dave Mustaine organizes the festival. “We’re excited about coming back to the U.S. once again. We’re happy we can get work, you know? It’s going to be a good tour for us. We did Ozzfest last year and we made a lot of new fans and sold a lot of records. It’s great to come out on another big package tour, and I think there’s probably a more traditional metal audience out there who could pick up on what we do as well through Gigantour.”

Emperor fans – Leave Your Spiked Wristbands At Home

If you’re a black metal fan who is planning on attending EMPEROR‘s New York City shows (July 13th and 14th) at the B.B. King Blues Club, you better leave your spikes at home and find a new way to prove how tr00 you are. The venue has added the following message to the show pages:

“No metal + sharp objects admitted in club including spiked collars & wristbands, pointed rings + chain wallets.”

Tickets for the July 14th show are sold out, but they’re still available for the Thursday, July 13th show.

Six Feet Under, Krisiun – Another Tour Date Released

Another date has been released for the North American tour set to take place later this year featuring SIX FEET UNDER, KRISIUN, CATTLE DECAPITATION, DECAPITATED, and ABYSMAL DAWN:

September 12 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
October 3 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Rob Zombie, Anthrax – Team Up For Tour

ROB ZOMBIE and ANTHRAX will be teaming up for a tour this summer. Dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Skinless – Two New Songs Posted Online

You can check out two new songs off SKINLESS‘ upcoming new album, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, here:

“Execution of Reason”
“Deviation Will Not Be Tolerated”

The album will be released on June 13th through Relapse Records.

Cerberus – Track Listing Revealed For Upcoming EP

Los Angeles melodic thrash/death metallers CERBERUS have announced the track listing for their new 5 song EP, entitled What Have We Become? The band is still in the studio and are currently finishing up vocal tracks and getting a final mix. The EP is slated for a July 15th release through Hell and Death Records. Two tracks will be available online in the next few weeks.

Track listing:
1. Fallen Empire
2. Obsidian
3. What Have We Become?
4. In Contempt
5. The Answer

Following the release, they will head out on a full US tour with YEAR OF DESOLATION (Prosthetic Records) and FOREVER IN TERROR (Metal Blade), who recently changed their name from 7TH PLAGUE due too TM issues. Confirmed dates are expected to be available by the end of the month.

Gorgasm – Another New Song Posted Online

Chicago based brutal death metallers GORGASM have released another new track (“Destined To Violate”) off their upcoming new album, KuntKiller, over at their MySpace page. The band has currently finished 7 new songs, including: “Visceral Discharge,” “Submissive Repugnancy,” “Erotic Dislimbing,” “Contemptious Debauchery,” “Sadistic Bliss,” and “KuntKiller.” The album is expected to be released this Fall/Winter.

Genghis Tron – Another New Song Posted Online

GENGHIS TRON have uploaded another new song, entitled “White Walls,” to their MySpace page. The song comes off their highly anticipated new album, Dead Mountain Mouth, which will be released on June 6th through Crucial Blast.