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Darkness Remains, Premature Bural – Tour Dates Released

DARKNESS REMAINS and PREMATURE BURIAL will be teaming up in August for the mini Appalachian Death Tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

August 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose w/ Commit Suicide
August 11 – Keansburg, NJ @ Chasers w/ Abacinate
August 12 – Oakdale, NY @ Fin’s Pub w/ Whorelord, Debellation, Methadone Abortion Clinic, Anal Blast
August 13 – Troy, NY @ Irish Rover w/ Saprophytah, Re-Creation, Israfel
aUGUST 14 – Utica, NY @ Albies Bar w/ Set Her Jaw, Structural Integrity Compromised, Saprophytah
August 16 – Toronto, ON @ w/ Nephelium, Chaos Machine

Black Label Society – New Album Cover Art Posted Online

Straight from the Vatican, click here to behold the glorious album cover artwork for BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s forthcoming Roadrunner debut, Shot to Hell. The album is expected to be released on September 12th on Roadrunner Records.

Cultivating The Masses Tour – Official MySpace Page Up

Check out the recently launched MySpace page for the upcoming SMNnews sponsored Cultivating The Masses tour featuring YEAR OF DESOLATION, CERBERUS, and FOREVER IN TERROR here.

Misogyny – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new track called “Bukkake For Breakfast” by MISOGYNY over at the band’s official MySpace page. The song features Uffe Nylin of STABWOUND on vocals.

The Who – New York City Tour Date Revealed?

According to the B.B. King Blues Club web site, legendary rockers THE WHO will be performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 18th.

Ozzy Osbourne – More 2nd Stage Ozzfest Appearances Announced

OZZY OSBOURNE will now headline the 2nd stage at this year’s Ozzfest on the following dates:

July 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 4 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
July 8 – San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
July 11 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
July 22 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 27 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Hank III, Assjack – More North American Dates Announced

Country rebel HANK WILLIAMS III will be hitting the road later this summer once again, also with his metal band ASSJACK, for another North American tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

August 22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
August 25 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
August 28 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
August 29 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brewing Company
September 3 – Vancouver, BC @ Richards On Richards
September 12 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
September 14 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
October 2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
October 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
October 6 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
October 7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
October 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
October 22 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
October 23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

Necrophobic – New Song Posted Online

Candlelight Records has premiered “I Strike with Wrath” from NECROPHOBIC‘s forthcoming album Hrimthursum at the label’s official MySpace page.

Produced by the band with engineers Anders Bentell and Fredrik Folkare (UNLEASHED) and featuring art by Erik Tyrant Gustafsson, Hrimthursum closes the band’s four-year absence. Taken from old Norse mythology and meaning The Frost Giants, Hrimthursum is a musically impressive record with the albums compositions surely among the best of the bands decade-plus long career. The songs are memorable with hooks and amazing guitar and drum work. A sixty-minute adventure that makes the wait well worth it.

DragonForce – Enter Billboard Charts At #103

DRAGONFORCE‘s latest release, Inhuman Rampage, has entered the Billboard charts at #103 after selling almost 10,000 copies.

Jedi Mind Tricks – New Single, “Heavy Metal Kings,” To Feature Ill Bill

Philadelphia based underground hip hop legends JEDI MIND TRICKS have revealed that the first single off their upcoming new album, Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell, will be titled “Heavy Metal Kings” and feature Ill Bill of NON PHIXION. The single and video are expected to be released in the coming weeks, while the new album will be released September 19th through Babygrande Records. The group will be embarking on a U.S. tour in support of the album which will kick off on September 21st in New York City.

Jim Gaffigan – Upcoming Tour Dates Announced

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has lined up the following upcoming shows:

July 15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Music Box
July 22 – Vallejo, CA @ Solano County Fair
August 19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
September 23 – Rochester Hills, MI @ MeadowBrook Music Festival 
September 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall at University of UT
October 6 – Gainesville, FL @ Gator Growl
October 7 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
October 8 – Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre
October 13 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Ctr.
October 14 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
October 20 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
October 21 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre  
October 25 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
October 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
October 27 – Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
October 28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Forest Hills Fine Art Ctr.
November 10 – Anacortes, WA @ Northern Lights Casino
November 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
November 24 – Trenton, NJ @ Patriot Theatre
November 25 – Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
December 1 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
December 9 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
December 29 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino

Eighteen Visions – “Victim” Video Posted Online

You can check out the video for EIGHTEEN VISISION‘s song “Victim” over at the band’s official site. The track is off the band’s upcoming new album which will be released on July 18th.

Divaricate – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new track from DIVARICATE over at the band’s official MySpace page.

Fu Manchu – Sign To Liquor & Poker Music

After nine albums, countless world tours and more than a dozen years of leading their scene, FU MANCHU perhaps the definitive Southern California hard rock band of the last decade have signed a worldwide recording agreement with The Century Family. Their tenth, as-yet-untitled album will surface in early 2007 on Liquor and Poker Music in America and on Century Media Records in Europe. An Asian release will be confirmed in the coming months.

FU MANCHU is one of the most influential rock groups of recent times,” says Marco Barbieri, president of The Century Family and Liquor and Poker Music‘s “high roller.” “We’re proud and excited to welcome the band to our roster, and we look forward to being part of a new chapter of their impressive history.”

Guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill commented:

“We are excited to be working with Liquor and Poker and the entire Century Family. We feel that they really understand rock bands like us. Our new record is heavier, thicker, fuzzier and more aggressive than anything that we’ve done for a while. We can’t wait to get this record out and then hit the road to play these songs live. We can only turn up so much at practice, but these songs are meant to be played loud!”

Although recording will take precedence for the immediate future, FU MANCHU will perform live periodically throughout the rest of 2006 and kick off a full world tour early next year.

Shadows Fall – Enter Billboard Charts At #83

SHADOWS FALL‘s latest release, Fallout From The War, has entered the Billboard charts at #83 after selling over 12,700 copies.

Pyrexia – Sign To Unique Leader Records

Long running New York based brutal death metallers PYREXIA have signed to Unique Leader Records. For more on the band, check out their official MySpace page. The label commented:

Unique Leader Records is proud to announce that PYREXIA is the newest member of the UL family. They are pioneers in East Coast death metal and are ready to unleash their best effort to date in “Age of the Wicked“, which will hit the streets this fall. The new album sounds like a sequel to “Sermon of Mockery“, one of the legendary releases of the nineties! An advance MP3 of the album can be heard here.

Mastodon, Converge, The Bronx – Team Up For Tour

MASTODON, CONVERGE, and THE BRONX appear to be teaming up for a tour later this year. The first date to be announced is:

September 22 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Righteous Jams – Sign To Abacus Recordings

Boston hardcore act RIGHTEOUS JAMS have signed to Abacus Recordings. The band is currently in Brooklyn with Dean Baltulonis at Atomic Studios working on their upcoming new album, Business As Usual, for an expected October release. For more information on the band, check out their official MySpace page.

Scar Symmetry – “The Illusionist” Video To Debut On Headbangers Ball

SCAR SYMMETRY‘s video for “The Illusionist,” a track off their recently released sophomore album, Pitch Black Progress, will debut on MTV2‘s Headbangers Ball this Saturday, July 1st at 7 p.m. Pacific / 10 p.m. EASTERN. The episode will be hosted by none other than Vinnie Paul.

Spider-Man 3 – Teaser Trailer Now Online

You can check out the teaser trailer for next year’s new Spider-Man movie here. The movie will be released on May 4th, 2007.

Waking Judea – Sign To Innerstrength Records

WAKING JUDEA has signed with Innerstrength Records to release their follow up to ‘04’s “The Desolate” which was released by Paper Street Records. Their new album is titled “Invisible Cities” and features seven new tracks. A late Summer release is planned. You can hear some tracks from “Invisible Cities” at their official MySpace page. They will also head out on a short tour in August with label mates SHALLOW WATER GRAVE.

Krisiun – Comment On Upcoming US Tour

Brazil’s “living definition of death metal” (Outburn), KRISIUN prepare to once again assault the U.S. Supporting this year’s incendiary new album, AssassiNation, vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo sent this message to fans, “We in KRISIUN would like say thanks to our North American death metal brothers for the great support through the years. Due to the great response we had to our latest album, we are coming back for another U.S. tour in September. This time around we are going to be direct support… which means that we are gonna have more time to play a longer set. SIX FEET UNDER is going to be the headlining band plus DECAPITATED, CATTLE DECAPITATION and ABYSMAL DAWN are on the bill too; a fuckin’ brutal tour. We hope to see all you death metal maniacs, without you we are nothing.” A complete list of dates can be found here.

Morbid Angel – Rejoined By Erik Rutan For European Festivals

Guitarist Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL) will rejoin MORBID ANGEL on the band’s upcoming European summer tour.  The band commented, “This will certainly be an exciting event with the ‘Domination‘ lineup together for the first time in 10 years! We look forward to seeing you all on tour.”

Upcoming European dates:

August 5 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
August 7 – Kavarna, BUL @ Monsters of Rock Festival
August 11 – Spinnerei, AUT @ Traun
August 12 – Svojsice, CZR @ Brutal Assault Festival
August 14 – Vienna, AUT @ Planet Music
August 15 – Budapest, HUN @ Sziget Festival
August 16 – Belgrade, SER @ Skc
August 18 – Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, GER @ Summer Breeze Festival
August 19 – Sint-Lievens Houtem, BEL @ CC De Fabriek
August 20 – Tilburg, NETH @ 013
August 22 – London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
August 24 – Bergen, NOR @ Hole In The Sky Festival
August 26 – Gemunden Am Main, GER @ Up From The Ground Open Air

Moonspell, Katatonia – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for MOONSPELL‘s upcoming North American Nocturnal Mourning Tour also featuring KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES:

October 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 21 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
October 22 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 23 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
October 24 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
October 25 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
October 27 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
October 28 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 29 – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
October 31 – Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
November 2 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
November 3 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
November 4 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
November 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
November 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 9 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
November 10 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launch Pad
November 11 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
November 12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
November 13 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
November 15 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
November 17 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 18 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
November 19 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre

SMNnews – New Official Band Forums Up – Advice Column

SMNnews is happy to announce the latest bands to join our constantly growing list of official band forums: DISAVOWED, ARSEBREED, and DISLIMB. You can check those out over here. Sign up and start a fight with a stranger today!

In other site news, we are now taking submissions for our upcoming new advice column featuring Anthony West of XXX MANIAK and Ross Sewage of IMPALED doing their best to make your problems worse. Send in any questions you have to