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Bloodletting North America V – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for this summer’s Bloodletting North America V tour featuring DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE, DECREPIT BIRTH, and ODIOUS MORTEM:

July 14 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
July 15 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumpin Turtle
July 16 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 17 – Glendale, AZ @ Bull Dogs
July 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
July 19 – Lubbock, TX @ The Slaughterhouse
July 20 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
July 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 24 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
July 25 – New York, NY @ Downtime
July 26 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
July 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
August 1 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights of Columbus Hall
August 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
August 4 – Denver, CO @ The Grimm Reaper
August 7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 8 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
August 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Celebrity Club

Family Values Tour – Initial Tour Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for the 2006 edition of the Family Values Tour, which will feature KORN, DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF, and DIR EN GREY:

July 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Bch. Amp.
July 29 – Antioch, TN @ Starwood Amphitheatre
July 30 – Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
August 4 – Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 15 – Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
August 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
August 20 – Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 24 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 26 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 2 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre.
September 15 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront

More dates, as well as the second stage bands, are expected to be announced shortly.

Cattle Decapitation – New Song Available For Download

You can check out a new track entitled “Success Is…(Hanging By the Neck)” from CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s new album, Karma. Bloody. Karma., here. The album will be released on July 11th through Metal Blade.

Blind Guardian – Seattle Show Announced

Another date has been released for BLIND GUARDIAN‘s highly anticipated return to North America:

November 8 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
November 15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

It also appears that LEAVES EYES will be opening the tour.

Les Claypool & His Fancy Band – Tour Openers Announced

The opening acts have been announced for LES CLAYPOOL‘s upcoming solo tour, with RASPUTINA opening the first half of the tour and THE COUP opening the second half.

Between The Buried And Me – Metallica Cover Posted Online

You can check out BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME‘s cover of “Blackened” (METALLICA) here. The track comes off their upcoming covers album, the anatomy of…, which will be released on June 13th through Victory Records. The full tracklisting is as follows:

1. Metallica – Blackened
2. Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart
3. Soundgarden – Day I Tried to Live
4. Queen – Bicycle Race
5. King Crimson – Three of a Perfect Pair
6. Pink Floyd – Us and Them
7. Smashing Pumpkins – Geek USA
8. Earth Crisis – Forced March
9. Sepultura – Territory
10. Blind Melon – Change
11. Faith No More – Malpractice
12. Depeche Mode – Little 15
13. Pantera – Cemetery Gates

A Perfect Circle – “Done For Now”

The following article was originally posted by Chris Harris on

About a month ago, Maynard James Keenan told a French magazine that A PERFECT CIRCLE ? the wildly successful side project he fronted between TOOL LPs ? was, if not dead, on life support.

The band, he added, “pushed [it] as far as it could go,” and he said he sees the group “playing again together only in a few years to make one or two songs, nothing more.” But Keenan stopped short of saying the group had officially called it quits.

Guitarist Billy Howerdel’s not so sure what’s happening with A PERFECT CIRCLE. The creative strength behind the band has been working on his own material. He’s also in the throes of assembling a fresh outfit he’d like to record and tour with. But when it comes to A PERFECT CIRCLE, he’d rather not think about it.

“We don’t know what’s happening,” said Howerdel, one of Keenan’s best friends. “[Maynard and I have] talked about it lightly. A few months ago, it was like, ‘If we did A PERFECT CIRCLE again, I’d want to do this or that.’ It was a benign conversation. I think we both entertain the fact that it could happen again, but for right now we don’t have any plans to do it again. We’re focusing on what we’re doing now. A PERFECT CIRCLE is done for now.”

Not long after the release of 2004’s Emotive, Howerdel began sculpting and recording material on his own, bouncing ideas off session drummer Josh Freese. He’s written 14 tracks, nine of which he’s content with.

“I’m doing the same thing I’ve always done, which is writing songs from the heart, doing what comes naturally to me and writing songs that wouldn’t be hard to fit into the A PERFECT CIRCLE mold,” he explained. “In the beginning, when I started writing this stuff, I set out to do something very different. But if this is going to be my main focus, I want it to be what feels really right to me, and not just a side project or whatever you want to call it. It’s not a huge departure. It just feels like I’m working on music the way I always have, with the difference being I don’t have my partner Maynard coming in and singing lyrics over it; I’ll be doing all the singing. It feels a bit lonely right now, because you get used to something and you want to go back to that comfort space. This is making me look at music in a different way.”

Two weeks ago, Howerdel ? who hasn’t found a record label for his forthcoming, yet-untitled project ? teamed up with Freese, Jonny Polanski (“The first bass player we had try out for A PERFECT CIRCLE“), ex-APC guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and Freese’s brother, keyboardist Jason Freese, “to flush them out in a live rehearsal situation.” Of course, Howerdel’s not sure his next band’s going to feature any of these players.

“I have some people in mind,” he said. “There’s a couple of people I’ve heard are looking to put a band together. I have a list of people I’m thinking about using as soon as it’s ready.”

Howerdel hopes to have his band in place by late summer so he can get back out on the road. He’d like to be able to release the record before year’s end. But first he needs to make sure everything about these songs is just right.

“I could probably finish the album in five days, but I want it to be at least as good or better than anything I’ve done before,” Howerdel said.

Six Feet Under, Krisiun – More Tour Dates Released

Some more dates have been released for the 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
September 13 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
September 15 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
September 16 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
September 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
September 22 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
September 23 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
September 25 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
September 26 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
September 29 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boom VA
September 30 – Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
October 1 – Omaha, NE @ The Rock
October 3 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 6 – Somerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium
October 7 – Manchester, NH @ Mark’s Place
October 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Severe Torture – Drop Off Bloodletting North America Tour

SEVERE TORTURE have been forced to drop off this summer’s Bloodletting North America V tour featuring DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE, and DECREPIT BIRTH. They’ve been replaced by ODIOUS MORTEM. A full list of confirmed dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Rob Zombie, Anthrax – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for the American Witch Across America tour featuring ROB ZOMBIE and ANTHRAX:

June 30 – El Paso, TX @ County Coliseum
July 1 – Lubbock, TX @ Lone Star Amphitheater
July 2 – Wichita Falls, TX @ Kay Yeager Coliseum
July 5 – McAllen, TX @ La Villa Real Special Events Ctr.
July 7 – North Little Rock, AR @ North Shore Riverwalk
July 8 – Springfield, MO @ Jordan Valley Festival Grounds
July 9 – Wichita, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
July 11 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid-America Center
July 12 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Fairgrounds Arena
July 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex Ent’ment & Expo Ctr.
July 15 – Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
July 16 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Mem. Coliseum
July 18 – Evansville, IN @ Roberts Stadium
July 19 – Moline, IL @ The Mark Of The Quad Cities
July 20 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
July 22 – Mankato, MN @ Midwest Wireless Civic Center
July 23 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Memorial
July 24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall
July 26 – Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Hall
July 27 – Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
July 28 – Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
July 30 – Saskatoon, SK @ Prairieland Park
July 31 – Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center
August 1 ? Calgary, AB @ Stampede Corral
August 3 – Vancover, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
August 4 – Salem, OR @ Salem Armory Auditorium

VH1 Rock Honors – Reveal Rock Honors “Class Ring” – Pictures Available

Not your average show, not your average award? VH1 and Commemorative Brands, Inc. have produced 40 ?class rings? to be awarded to the ?VH1 Rock Honors? honorees. As we sing the praises of the artists whose music has made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock, VH1 will honor them with a 10 Karat white gold ring, with onyx, diamond and garnet stones.

The ?Rock Honors? ring celebrates the legends that have influenced the sound of hard rock for all time and symbolizes the long lived connection to heavy metal that will thrive as long as it is honored. Beginning this year, the ring will embark us onto a tradition that will continue to flourish for each generation to come.

Hosted by Jaime Pressly of the hit sitcom “My Name Is Earl,” this year?s celebration will honor the music and influence of KISS, QUEEN, DEF LEPPARD and JUDAS PRIEST and will include tribute performances by GODSMACK, PAUL RODGERS, FOO FIGHTERS, THE ALL AMERICAN REJECTS as well as performances from the honorees themselves.

?VH1 Rock Honors? will premiere on Wednesday, May 31 at 9PM.*

*All times ET/PT

Pictures of the rings can be seen here and here.

Devildriver – ‘The Mountain’ – Live Footage For Grabs

There is a new live performance of DEVILDRIVER available for viewing at the Underground Video Television site. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY (after all the hardcore kids left) and the clip is for their track ?The Mountain?.

Vader, Kataklysm, Destruction – Toledo and Vegas Dates Added, Detroit Date Changed

Due to some Club renovations at TNT the VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, SPEEDKILLHATE, GRAVEWORM, and THE ABSENCE Detroit show has been moved to Toledo, OH on June 2. A Las Vegas date has also been added on June 21 and will feature VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION only.

On the first date there will be a signing session and in store appearance at HMV Megastore (Peel Street) in downtown Montreal to kick start the tour with VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION ready to meet the fans:

May 26 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
May 27 – Bedford, NH @ Marks Place
May 28 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East
May 29 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 30 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 31 – Vernon, NY @ Nothing Fancy Cafe
June 1 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
June 4 – St-Paul, MN @ Station 4
June 7 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
June 10 – St-Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
June 11 – Ft- Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
June 14 – Houston, TX @ The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
June 15 – Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
June 16 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
June 17 – Arlington, TX @ The Phoenix Music Complex
June 18 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
June 20 – Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
June 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
June 22 – Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 23 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
June 24 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
June 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
June 27 – Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesday’s
June 28 – Portland, OR @ Rock’n’ Roll Pizza
June 29 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

Synthetic Breed – Receive Invitation to Fly From Down Under to Perform at With Full Force

Melbourne’s own Tech Metallers SYNTHETIC BREED, who recently supported ARCH ENEMY on their tour of Australia, have been invited to join the lineup at this years WITH FULL FORCE festival scheduled for late June early July in Leipzig, Germany. The lineup features the likes of SOULFLY, NAPALM DEATH, OPETH, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, KORN, THE HAUNTED, SOILWORK, ARCH ENEMY with many more still to be announced.

Ivan Drago – 1st MP3 Off Upcoming Split Release Posted

Silent Stagnation Records have posted the first mp3 from IVAN DRAGO‘s song “You Are The Hero” online at their official website. The track appears on the band’s forthcoming split album with ELISION. You can download the track here.

MTV – Reviews New England Metalcore Festival

You can view‘s attempt at reviewing this year’s New England Metalcore Fest here.

Devourment – Sign To Brutal Bands

DEVOURMENT have signed a two album deal with Brutal Bands. The label had this to say:

“The most torturous band to ever come out of Texas joins forces with Brutal Bands with a two album contract! We are extremely excited to welcome them into our family of sickness. We know that the addition of DEVOURMENT to our already stellar roster will bring Brutal Bands to a new heightened level in 2006. And from talking to Mike Majewski (vocals), everyone in the band seems to be very excited about this deal as well. More news will be announced shortly regarding their upcoming release due out later this year, along with new merch, and of course some DEVOURMENT package deals!

DEVOURMENT just finished up a couple of shows in the NY area, and the response from the fans was enormous! Be sure to check them out at these upcoming fests…

GATHERING OF THE SICK FEST 6 – August 4 – Albuquerque, NM
FIST FUCK FAMILY FEST III – August 8 – Merida, Mexico”

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