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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.

Pentagram – Vincent McAllister Passes Away

Vincent McAllister, the guitarist and a founding member of seminal metal band PENTAGRAM, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 51.

McAllister played guitar in the classic 70’s PENTAGRAM line-up that also included vocalist Bobby Liebling, bassist Greg Mayne and drummer Geof O’Keefe. His recorded works can be heard throughout the various PENTAGRAM collections.

McAllister was highly respected as a guitarist and person amongst his peers. McAllister had spent the past few years working on material in his home studio and planning to return to playing again with former PENTAGRAM members O’Keefe and Mayne.

Please access www.bedemon.com for more news on Vincent McAllister.

Rush – Following Up 5x Platinum and 3x Platinum DVD’s with “Rush Replay X3” DVD

RUSH built its phenomenally loyal following on its legendary performances.  Even after more than 30 years on stage, RUSH live on homevideo remains a hit.  The DVD companion to the band’s most recent album, 2003’s “Rush In Rio”, is five times platinum.  2005’s “R30”, a DVD-only live-and-more package, is triple platinum.  Now the band’s first three concert home videos, each of which is out of print in the U.S. in any format, will be issuedfor the first time together and on DVD.  The four-disc box set “Rush Replay X3” (Mercury/UMe), released June 13, 2006, combines the three DVDs – “Exit…Stage Left”, ‘Grace Under Pressure” and “A Show Of Hands” – with a never-before-released CD soundtrack version of “Grace Under Pressure”. Each DVD features new 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes created by guitarist Alex Lifeson from the original concert multi-tracks as well as digitally transferred and remastered visuals.  The package also includes reprints of the original tour booklets for the three concerts.

Lamb of God – Team Up With Revolver to Offer ‘Sacrament’ Listening Sessions for Fans

LAMB OF GOD and Revolver Magazine are excited to announce a series of special backstage fan-only listening events of LAMB OF GOD’s highly anticipated album ‘Sacrament’ out August 22 on Epic. When this summer’s Unholy Alliance Tour with SLAYER kicks off on June 15 at The Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ, a limited number of fans wearing a LAMB OF GOD t-shirt and carrying the official Revolver tour program will be picked out of line and taken back stage to meet the band and listen to new tracks from ‘Sacrament’.

Produced by Machine (CLUTCH, 18 VISIONS, EVERY TIME I DIE, etc.) ‘Sacrament’s first single, “Redneck” will hit radio this summer.  In 2004, LAMB OF GOD released their major label debut ‘Ashes of the Wake’ which was met with high praise by critics and fans alike.  Declared “The Future of American Metal” by Revolver Magazine, their 2005 live DVD “Killadephia” captivated viewers with it’s un-abiding honesty and raw live footage and was certified Gold a few months after its release.

Screaming Ferret Wreckords and WARCON Ent. – Announce Distro Arrangement and Release Schedules

Screaming Ferret Wreckords, the New England-based independent
metal label that is home to such varied acts as NUCLEAR ASSAULT,
RAGE, MELIAH RAGE, BEYOND THE FLRESH, DIVINITY DESTROYED,
THE BEN JACKSON GROUP and new signing TRY REDEMPTION - has made
an arrangement with WARCON Enterprises to be distributed through
their Fontana Distribution deal.

WARCON, the label that has been making waves among punk rock and
post-hardcore circles, has received much attention with their
participation in the Taste Of Chaos tour and the recent signing of hard
rock stalwarts HELMET. This unique relationship promises to extend the
reach of Screaming Ferret Wreckords, giving a much-deserved push and
greater impact to their hard-working artists.

WARCON co-founder Bob Chiappardi states, “I’m excited to welcome Tim
Koukos and Screaming Ferret Wreckords to our WARCON family of
distributed labels. Screaming Ferret represents our first metal music
label signing. While WARCON specializes in post-hardcore music, we
have the resources and knowledge to successfully promote & distribute a wide
range of music including metal, punk, etc. We look forward to a long
and successful venture with Screaming Ferret Wreckords.”

Screaming Ferret Wreckords president Tim Koukos says, “I’m excited and
honored to be working with Bob Chiappardi and the WARCON camp. There’s
no question in my mind that their experience and expertise will bring
Screaming Ferret Wreckords and its affiliates all the tools and
relationships needed to continue the growth of our company.”

Upcoming Screaming Ferret releases include a live DVD recorded during
NUCLEAR ASSAULT's performance at the 2005 Louder Harder Faster
Festival.

The DVD will feature three hours of footage, including the thrash
legends’ complete live set, as well as vintage footage, two new music
videos, two unreleased songs, in-the-studio footage, slide shows and
interviews.

Screaming Ferret Wreckords has also begun working with Vyagra Music,
based in Allentown, PA. This joint venture will present the upcoming
release of a solo album by SEVEN WITCHES/SAVATAGE
guitarist Jack Frost as well as a new DVD from SEVEN WITCHES.

The first round of new releases in 2006 from Screaming Ferret Wreckords
includes:

Jack Frost - Out in the Cold - CD - August 29
Meliah Rage - The Deep and Dreamless Sleep - CD - September 12
Seven Witches - Years of the Witch - DVD - September 26
Nuclear Assault - Louder Harder Faster - DVD October 10

Bastards of Young – First DVD to Document Hardcore, Punk, Emo Bands Uprise

To mark the arrival of BASTARDS OF YOUNG – the first-ever DVD documentary and concert film chronicling the rise of the modern punk, emo and hardcore music scene – producer Michelle Caputo and director Shannon Hartman have organized a special in-store autograph signing with BASTARDS OF YOUNG featured artists and indie heroes MIDTOWN, THURSDAY and FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES.

The in-store event will take place at Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ (51 Lafayette Road) on Tuesday, June 6 at 5:00 PM, the day of the DVD’s release via Image Entertainment.


At the event, THURSDAY, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES and MIDTOWN will meet fans and sign autographs. In addition, clips from the
BASTARDS OF YOUNG


The documentary has received early critical acclaim.  In his recent feature for MTV, writer Jon Wiederhorn hailed: “Caputo and director Shannon Hartman interview many key figures in the genre–including Thursday, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday–and uncover a grass-roots music form created by and for fans before it became commercial…comprised of 20 live performances by nine bands, including Thursday, Underoath and Matchbook Romance. The kinetic concert clips illustrate why emo continues to thrive” (5/11/06).

BASTARDS OF YOUNG offers fans an unprecedented look at creation and continuation of the “DIY” independent music scene while bands tell the story of how they built a following from basement gigs to area shows one fan–and one friend–at a time. Packed with interviews from FALL OUT BOY, JIMMY EAT WORLD, JULIANA THEORY, THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE and more the DVD also includes 20 live performances from bands at the forefront of a music scene happening today that defies tradition and is making music history.

BASTARDS OF YOUNG delves into how the indie rock/punk/hardcore and screamo genres have managed to gain recognition today not only for hooky choruses, emotional, heartfelt lyrics and frenetic live shows, but because they’re striking a chord as a lifestyle. With over three hours of rare material, the two-disc set includes live performances and backstage footage from artists such as THURSDAY, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, UNDEROATH, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, THE STARTING LINE, ARMOR FOR SLEEP, MIDTOWN, THE EARLY NOVEMBER, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE and EMANUEL.

Check out the BASTARDS OF YOUNG trailer online at: www.artandindustryinc.com.

At the Gates – 3 Minute ‘Making Of Slaughter Of The Soul’ Teaser Online

A 3 minute teaser for the forthcoming 'Making Of Slaughter Of The Soul' 
dual disc from Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES has been made available
online at this location.