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Roadrunner Records – Set Milestones – Surpass Million Download Mark for Single Artist

Roadrunner Records is proud to announce a major achievement in independent label digital sales – surpassing the million-download mark for a single artist on a single track. In addition to this achievement in digital media, the label garnered its first Grammy Award on the heels of its celebrated 25th anniversary year.

In the history of digital downloads, only 6 artists have passed the million-download mark, according to Neilsen Soundscan’s Release To Date Digital Tracks Chart. Major labels Interscope, Reprise, RCA, A&M and Geffen are represented in the Top 5. The 6th entry is the first Independent label artist to reach that milestone – Roadrunner Records’ NICKELBACK. NICKELBACK‘s track “Photograph” climbed to the top in 28 weeks, making it the 2nd fastest climb in digital history. The album “All the Right Reasons” has already been certified double-platinum as NICKELBACK‘s new single “Savin Me” is exploding on to radio stations throughout the country. “Photograph” has also sold over 200,000 mastertones since release.

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th 2006 saw Roadrunner’s first Grammy winners, SLIPKNOT, take home the award for BEST METAL PERFORMANCE for their track “Before I Forget.” The band has received many nominations for their work over the years, but this well-deserved, much -anticipated win comes at the end of the touring cycle for their critically-acclaimed Platinum album, “VOL. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)”. The album, produced by Rick Rubin, was a triumphant return to form for the band. It asserted SLIPKNOT‘s dominance in rock circles, yielding 3 Top Ten Active Rock tracks and 1 Top Five Modern Rock track.

Eighteen Visions – Prepare to Hit the Road and Preview New Material

Epic recording artists EIGHTEEN VISIONS will be hitting the road with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and COHEED AND CAMBRIA for a hot ticket tour that begins April 28 at the ipayOne Center in San Diego, CA.

The tour will see the Orange County quintet (vocalist James Hart, guitarists Keith Barney and Ken Floyd, bassist Mick Morris and drummer Trevor Friedrich) previewing material from their highly anticipated self-titled album, which arrives in stores on June 27.

EIGHTEEN VISIONS is currently mixing the disc with producer Machine (LAMB OF GOD) and has posted a “making of the album” video on their site. The clip is the latest in a series of mini-documentary segments in which fans can hear snippets of new music and watch exclusive studio footage.

In a recent interview with MTV, Hart described the record thusly: “It’s heavy, but more song-oriented. With bands like AVENGED SEVENFOLD opening the door for heavier rock, it’s a great time for us to step up to the plate and try to hit a home run with this thing. There’s nothing like this out there right now.”

EIGHTEEN VISIONS is also confirmed to play this Summer’s Warped Tour beginning June 30 and running until August 13. It’ll be the band’s second straight Warped Tour appearance.

After forming in ’95, EIGHTEEN VISIONS rose up through Orange County’s fertile hard music scene with sound and style all their own. Though rooted in metal, the band refused to be limited by the genre’s narrow confines and went on to develop a diehard international following on the strength of three explosive albums (“Until The Ink Runs Out”, “Lifeless”, “Vanity”) and a frenetic live show.

Over the course of the past few years, the band has garnered airplay on both MTV2 and Fuse while touring with the likes of LAMB OF GOD, HIM, LOSTPROPHETS, NORMA JEAN and many others.

Ex Dementia – “The Incredible Torture Show” Posted Online

New Jersey’s EX DEMENTIA have posted another track off their An Excursion of Noise and Terror demo on their MySpace page.

Joe Satriani – North American Tour Dates Released

Virtuoso guitarist JOE SATRIANI has lined up the following North American tour dates with ERIC JOHNSON:

April 1 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 2 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
April 3 – Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre
April 5 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 6 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 7 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theatre
April 9 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
April 10 – Buffalo, NY @ University At Buffalo
April 12 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
April 13 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
April 14 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Ctr.
April 15 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
April 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 18 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 19 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
April 20 – New York, NY @ Jammy Awards
April 22 – Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
April 24 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
April 26 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 27 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
April 28 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
April 29 – The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion

HORSE The Band – Line Up Shows With Gatsby’s American Dream

HORSE THE BAND have lined up the following shows with GATSBY’S AMERICAN DREAM:

May 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
May 30 – De Kalb, IL @ The House Cafe
June 1 – Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
June 3 – Buffalo, NY @ Icon
June 4 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
June 7 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Crannell St. Cafe

Blood Freak – New Album Update

Razorback Records has released the following update:

“The new BLOOD FREAK will be mastered on March 17th! Look for this out in early April!

The new material is faster, heavier, and catchier with amazing production as always from Maniac Neil!

An extra new song has been recorded (“Boarding House”), so the album now has 21 brand new songs of horror/gore worshipping madness!”

Emperor – NYC Show – Sold Out

Tickets for EMPEROR‘s July 14th show in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club are now sold out. Tickets for the July 13th performance at the club are still available at $65 each.

XXX Maniak – First Hometown Show Announced!

XXX MANIAK will be performing their first ever hometown show on July 21st in West Philadelphia, PA at The Stabbin’ Cabin with EXACTLY VIOLENT STYLE and BURN THE MASSES.

Enslaved – Two New Videos Filmed

Norwegian progressive black metallers ENSLAVED have issued the following update:

ENSLAVED has just returned to base in Bergen, after a hectic weekend in the wilderness. They recorded material for two videos to support their coming “RUUN” album (album due to be released May 8th ’06). The first video “Path to Vanir” will be released before the end of March ’06, while follow-up video “Essence” will be out there during mid-summer.”

Kamelot – New Album News, Possible North American Tour

Melodic power metallers KAMELOT have issued the following update:

“We are pleased to announce that Kamelot will be returning to Norway for the Ragnarock Festival in August 2006.

Work continues on Kamelot first DVD “One Cold Winter’s Night,” the release is tentative due for a Fall/Winter release and is sure to please all the fans. The incredible concert in Oslo includes special appearance from Simone Simons (EPICA), Sascha Paeth and Snowy Shaw plus many more!

Next album news! In a recent phone call with guitarist Thomas Youngblood stated “We are now in full writing mode for the followup to ‘The Black Halo.’ There are tons of ideas and we are very excited about what we are coming up with. We hope to be in Germany this Summer recording the next album and once again we will have Sascha and Miro on board to produce the songs”.

Many more live appearances are being planned including a possible North American tour, stay tuned!”

Disgorge – Australian Tour Update

San Diego based brutal death metallers DISGORGE have checked in from their current tour down under with the following update:

DISGORGE has completed the New Zealand leg of the tour! All the shows where brutal and Insane, We would like to thank everyone for the sickest hospitality! We have the most dedicated fans and friends ever, so thanks you fuckin cunts for the oppurtunity to play New Zealand, We will be leaving for Australia in a few days so again we look forward to more shows to come! See all of you heads there in a few days!”

Cattle Decapitation – More U.S. Tour Dates Released

After completing their U.S. run with NECROPHAGIST, CATTLE DECAPITATION will play the following U.S. dates to take them back home:

May 30 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
May 31 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 1 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
June 2 – Somerville, MA @ Good Times Emporium w/ Cryptopsy
June 4 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
June 6 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
June 8 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 9 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
June 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
June 11 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go

Skinless – East Coast Shows Announced

SKINLESS have lined up the following upcoming live appearances, including a record release show for their upcoming new album, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead:

with Exodus, Cryptopsy, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos:
April 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metal & Hardcore Fest)
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Suffocation

May 20 – Middletown, NY @ Death In The Forest Fest
May 27/28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
June 16 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
June 17 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners (record release show)

Maryland Deathfest IV – Update

The organizers for the Maryland Deathfest have issued the following update:

“The running order for each day will be posted as soon as possible. The slight delay has been caused as a result of two cancellations which were recently brought to our attention. To clear up any rumours, ENGORGED has cancelled because of line up troubles and BURNT BY THE SUN has also cancelled. As soon as the details for replacements are worked out, the running order will be posted. Please don’t flood our e-mail accounts at this time requesting to play.

Also, there will be a pre-fest show for MDF on Friday, May 26 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD. We will be working together with Willowtip Records for the pre-fest, so expect to see mainly bands from their roster. More information regarding this show will be coming soon. We are currently not accepting requests to play the pre-fest.”

According to Pollstar, CATTLE DECAPITATION will be playing the festival on May 28th. However, that is not yet confirmed.

Cryptopsy – More Shows Confirmed

CRYPTOPSY have lined up the following upcoming shows:

March 4 – Toronto, ON @ The Vatikan (MQM Canadian Music Festival)

April 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
April 25 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
April 26 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises

with Exodus, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos:
April 27 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance w/ Skinless
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metal & Hardcore Fest)
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Suffocation, Skinless

May 4 – Sydney, AUS @ Gaelic Club
May 5 – Brisbane, AUS @ Her Majesty’s Theatre
May 6 – Richmond, AUS @ Corner Hotel
May 7 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Tote
May 9 – Perth, AUS @ Black Betty’s
May 11 – Adelaide, AUS @ Enigma Bar
May 21 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
June 2 – Somerville, MA @ Good Times Emporium w/ Cattle Decapitation
June 3 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace w/ Vicious Circle

Spock’s Beard – More U.S. Tour Dates Released

Progressive rockers SPOCK’S BEARD have confirmed a few more U.S. dates for May:

May 4 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 5 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
May 6 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 7 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 8 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 9 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
May 13 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
May 14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre

Misery Index – Album Title/Release Date Set For New Album

MISERY INDEX has set Discordia as the title of their forthcoming Relapse Records debut.

Discordia is scheduled for a May 16th release and will feature ten new tracks from the Baltimore-based quartet. The track listing is “Unmarked Graves,” “Conquistadores,” “Outsourcing Jehovah,” “Breathing Pestilence,” “Meet Reality,” “Sensory Deprivation,” “The Meduse Stare,” “Dystopian Nightmares,” “Discordia,” and “Pandemican.” The LP and Japanese CD pressings of Discordia will include as a bonus track a cover of NASUM‘s “Digging In.”

The band’s energetic and articulate music has been pushing the boundaries of metal, hardcore and punk since the its’ spring 2001 inception, and in what has become MISERY INDEX‘s calling card, Discordia promises to deliver lyrics as weighty and confrontational as their music is deadly.

Bassist/vocalist Jason Netherton explains Discordia‘s general lyrical approach; “The central theme of Discordia revolves around a critical approach to everyday life in our ‘modern’ world. The lyrics are critical but at the same time hopeful. We hope that in looking at the world as it REALLY is, without painting any happy face on that which aches and suffers for change, we can sing these songs in confidence of something that matters and of something that screams for life in a mediated framework that consistently presents death as “the way of life” in the world outside the comfortable borders of the West, as well as in our own nation.”

D.R.I., Subzero – Team Up For U.S. Tour

D.R.I. and SUBZERO will be teaming up for a U.S. tour starting in May. The following are the currently confirmed dates:

May 22 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 23 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
May 24 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
May 26 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
May 27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 28 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
May 30 – Saint Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
May 31 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
June 1 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
June 2 – Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
June 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
June 6 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
June 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
June 8 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 9 – Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
June 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
June 11 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
June 12 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
June 13 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
June 14 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
June 15 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
June 16 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
June 17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 18 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
June 19 – Winter Park, FL @ Island Oasis
June 23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Dark Room
June 24 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s
June 25 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary

Celtic Frost – More North American Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for CELTIC FROST‘s upcoming North American headlining tour:

September 12 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 13 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 14 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 16 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
September 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
September 20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
September 22 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 23 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
September 25 – Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Hotel
September 27 – Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
September 28 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
September 30 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
October 2 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
October 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
October 4 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
October 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
October 7 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 8 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
October 11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
October 13 – El Paso, TX @ The Zone
October 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
October 16 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
October 17 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
October 19 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
October 20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
October 21 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
October 23 – Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
October 24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
October 25 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
October 27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
October 28 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
October 29 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jester’s Pub
October 31 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
November 2 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

Overkill – More U.S. Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for OVERKILL‘s U.S. tour set to take place later this year:

September 8 – Lakewood, CO @ Eck’s Saloon
September 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
September 10 – Seattle, WA @ Fenix
October 12 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre w/ Vicious Circle
October 13 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 14 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Vicious Circle
October 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Vicious Circle

Depeche Mode – North American Tour Dates Released

DEPECHE MODE have confirmed the following North American dates:

April 27 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
April 29 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
April 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel
May 2 – El Paso, TX @ UTEP Don Haskins Center
May 5 – Mexico City, MEX @ Foro Sol
May 7 – Monterrey, MEX @ Arena Monterrey
May 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
May 11 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
May 13 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Ampitheatre
May 14 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
May 17 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
May 18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
May 20 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel / Casino
May 21 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion

Tool – European Tour Dates Released

TOOL have confirmed the following European tour dates:

May 26 – Lisbon, POR @ Superrock Festival
May 27 – Madrid, SPA @ Festimad
May 29 – Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz
May 30 – Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
May 31 – Luxembourg City, LUX @ Rockhal
June 2 – Bavaria, GER @ Rock AM Ring
June 3 – Nuremberg, GER @ Rock IM Park
June 4 – Landgraaf, NET @ Pink Pop Festival
June 6 – Hamburg, GER @ Sporthalle
June 7 – Berlin, GER @ Columbiahalle
June 8 – Dusseldorf, GER @ Philipshalle
June 11 – Glasgow, UK @ Academy
June 13 – Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo
June 14 – Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo
June 16 – Switzerland, SWI @ Interlaken Festival
June 17 – Vienna, AUT @ Nova Rock Festival
June 19 – Milan, ITA @ Filaforum
June 21 – Rome, ITA @ Foro Italico
June 22 – Bologna, ITA @ L R Arena
June 24 – Katowice, POL @ Spodek
June 25 – Prague, CZE @ T Mobile Arena
June 27 – Amsterdam, NET @ HMH
June 28 – Paris, FRA @ Le Zenith
June 29 – Werchter, BEL @ Werchter Festival
July 1 – Roskildge, DEN @ Roskilde Festival
July 4 – Kristiansand, NOR @ Quart Festival
July 7 – Gothenburg, SWE @ Metal Town Festival
July 9 – Turku, FIN @ Turku Festival

Necrophagist – Carving North America’s Epitaph 2006 Tour

More dates have been confirmed for the U.S. portion of NECROPHAGIST‘s upcoming headlining “Carving North America’s Epitaph 2006” tour featuring ARSIS, NEURAXIS, and ALARUM:

April 28 ? Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

with Thine Eyes Bleed:
April 29 – Cleveland, OH @ T.B.A.
April 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Modern Exchange
May 1 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
May 2 – Omaha, NE @ The Rock
May 3 – Denver, CO @ T.B.A.
May 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
May 5 – Boise, ID @ T.B.A.
May 6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 7 – Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesday’s
May 8 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza

with Cattle Decapitation:
May 11 – Roseville (Sacramento), CA @ The Underground
May 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
May 13 – San Bernardino, CA @ California Metalfest
May 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
May 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
May 16 – Tulsa, OK @ The Venue
May 17 – Arlington (Dallas), TX @ Phoenix Music Complex
May 18 – San Antonio, TX @ Graham Central Station
May 19 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 20 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
May 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial w/ Into The Moat
May 22 – Orlando (Winter Park), FL @ Island Oasis w/ Into The Moat
May 23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ TBA
May 24 – Tampa, FL @ TBA
May 25 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
May 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 29 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Susperia – Confim Appearance at Inferno Festival – Line Up Special Guest

Norwegian melodic thrashers SUSPERIA have been confirmed to appear at this years Inferno Festival which takes place in Oslo, Norway between April 13 and 15. The band will perform at the Rockerfeller venue on Friday, April 14. Other acts scheduled to perform on the same day include Emperor, Borknagar and Dismember. The band are rumoured to be lining up a few surprises including a special guest appearance during their set.

SUSPERIA‘s latest release the ‘Devil May Care EP’ was released last year in Europe through TABU Recordings and features the “Unlimited” album track “Devil May Care”, new song “Venting the Anger” and three covers, “Lack Of Comprehension” (originally recorded by DEATH), “Wild Child” (originally recorded by W.A.S.P.) and “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (originally recorded by A-HA). As an added bonus, the release contains the promo videos for “Chemistry” and “Devil May Care”. The band created a piece of history last year when the EP reached No.19 on Norway’s official ‘Hit List’, becoming the first ever homegrown metal act to achieve a Top 20 hit.

Ghoul – New Album Track Listing Info

GHOUL begins recording their 3rd full-length album for Razorback Records on March 4th! “Splatterthrash” will be their most deranged album yet, chock full of meaty thrash hooks and more bizarre tales of terror from Creepsylvania! Here’s a look at the track listing for the album:

Into the Catacombs
As Your Casket Closes
Bury the Hatchet
Howls of the Hunted
Mutant Mutilator
Psychoplasm
Splatterthrash
Rise, Killbot, Rise!!!
Swarm of the Hive
Baron Samedi

More info coming soon!