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Neuraxis – P art Ways with Founding Member/Guitarist – Stick as a 4-Piece, Announce Japanese Tour

Montreal-based metal act NEURAXIS have announced the departure of founding member and guitarist, Steven Henry. A statement from the band reads as follows, “NEURAXIS wish to express the split is due to both personal and musical differences, however we will still remain close friends. We wish Steven the best of luck with all his future projects. NEURAXIS will continue as a 4-piece, and will begin the search for a live session guitarist for its upcoming tours.”

The following is a statement from Steven Henry:

“After 13 years as guitarist and founder of NEURAXIS, I decided to take a different path. It’s simple, the flame of playing Neuraxis is extinct, and gone are the motivation and taste for it. These things happen, especially when I did not expect the band to go as far as it has gone up to now, so it would be ridiculous for me to slow Neuraxis down. I don’t want to be a burden, what I want is the band to grow bigger and I don’t think I’m part of that equation. I definitely need a break and NEURAXIS cannot afford to lose its time waiting for me. There are way too many good things ahead for the band, and I do not worry at all that NEURAXIS will do great without me. I wish nothing but the best for the guys, and also that they’ll find another talented and dedicated guitar player. I want to thank the guys for their time, friendship and passion for music. I wish them the best! As for me, I’ll keep going with my 3 projects:
Urban Aliens, Idiopathetics and Empathy Denied.”

NEURAXIS have also announced they will be heading to Japan this March with MISERY INDEX. The following dates have been confirmed:

March 11 – Yotsuya, Tokyo @ Outbreak
March 12 – Shibuya, Tokyo @ Cyclone

Abysmal Dawn – Sign Agreement with Crash Music

Crash Music, Inc. today announces that they have signed an agreement with Los Angeles metal band ABYSMAL DAWN.

ABYSMAL DAWN plays aggressive modern death that combines some of the best elements of both black and thrash metal. The band seamlessly blends the catchiness and technicality of early 90’s American death, with ample doses of atmosphere, melody and the brutality of their contemporaries.

“We are very excited to be working with Crash Music. They are one of the few labels in this industry still supporting premium extreme acts
and it’s an honor to be working with them. We know that there is still
plenty of hard work that lies ahead but we say, ‘bring it on!'”.

ABYSMAL DAWN‘s “From Ashes” will be in stores on April 4.

Seemless – Jesse Gives 1st Album Update from the Studio – Paul Romano to do Artwork

SEEMLESS frontman, and former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman, Jesse Leach has checked in from Longview Studios where his band is currently getting down and dirty recording their next effort:


“So I have a few days to be a fly on the wall up here. We are in Longview studios & it is amazing! I have demos done for about 6 songs so the rest I have been jamming on & I am just going to write while we are here. This place is amazing check it out.

“The bands that have made these walls vibrate include: Rolling stones, J geils band, Cat stevens, & Aerosmith circa 1978! In fact I will be writing lyrics in the same shack out back that Steven Tyler wrote lyrics in, strange. Who would have thought this little band that started out as a fun “project” would be laying down the album of our lives in this incredible place. I feel the history in these walls man.”

“So we are locked up here for about a week to get the guys playing the music together live (in the farmhouse if you are checking out the web page). Then I will be starting vocals next week with my buddy Ken from Unearth in his studio, then Jeff & Derek & I are off to Florida to finish vocals & mix with Jason Suecof (God Fobid & Trivium, Roadrunner allstars) He is also part of the Seemless Darkangel Management family. This album to me is the most honest real to life album I have ever made.:

“I am getting some of this stuff on video so eventually we may release some sort of a DVD or clips you can watch online, we’ll see. Well I want o get back to watching my boys lay it down.”

:Also we have Paul Romano working on our album artwork. for those who don’t know his stuff he is known for his work with Mastodon check it: & for a quick glance at the Mastodon stuff.”

“I will check back with you all soon, I have 3 full days of just hanging out & writing ahead of me so..I have some time on my hands. For the record we are all so focused, excited & really happy with this album….ahhh the suspense.”

Ballet Deviare – Post Sold Out Performance Pics Online

Metal oriented Ballet Deviare has just updated its website with photos from the sold out performances of SEVEN – you can check it all out here.

ProgPower USA – Savage Circus, Iron Saviour, Epica – Confirmed!

German power metal band SAVAGE CIRCUSSavage Circus, featuring former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch and IRON SAVIOUR vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck, and Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA have been confirmed to make their debut U.S. appearances at ProgPower USA VII on September 15 and 16 Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

“We are glad to be playing Savage Circus’ U.S. premier show at ProgPower USA VII,” said Stauch. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to play there once more, after having played there already with my former band Blind Guardian in 2002. I’m sure everyone will enjoy all the fantastic bands playing there.”

SAVAGE CIRCUS recently signed with Century Media Records for the U.S. release of its “Dreamland Manor.”

“We look very much forward to our very first U.S. gig,” said Epica guitarist Mark Jansen. “I’ve heard great stories about ProgPower USA and all the bands that have played there are very enthusiastic about it.” The symphonic metal band features the female vocals of Simone Simons.

PYRAMAZE (featuring Lance King, former vocalist for BALANCE OF POWER) and the first U.S. performance by Sensory recording artist WASTEFALL have already been confirmed. Six more bands will be announced over the next two months.

“I had to work a bit harder this year in putting together a lineup that meets both the fans’ expectations and my own,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “A standard has been established and I believe I have reached that again.”

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out.

ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year’s festival sold out in a record four days.

Haste the Day – Announce New Vocalist – Discuss New Album

HASTE THE DAY, who recently said goodbye to longtime friend and band vocalist Jimmy Ryan, whose final show at the Knights of Columbus in Indianapolis, IN was an amazing night for all, have announced a new frontman. The crowd was more than lively and emotions ran high as the night erupted with Jimmy leaving the band gracefully and ending his career with HASTE THE DAY on a high note, by far, with his best performance ever. The sold out crowd’s energy was felt and heard as their voices over powered the band throughout the night. Expect to see a DVD of the show to surface later this year..

Now, HASTE THE DAY welcomes Stephen Keech, from Denver, to take on the lead vocal spot on their current European tour; then in the U S this February with the group as they set out on the BLEEDING THROUGH, EVERY TIME I DIE, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME tour. HASTE THE DAY‘s new release, “When Everything Falls” has currently sold more than 40,000 copies in the U S alone and is primed to excel with the exposure the band will receive from the next few months of hard work touring around the globe. “When Everything Falls” is so much more than a metalcore record; with more thought and better execution than many bands in the scene. It’s the succinct songwriting, those unforgettable choruses that you’ll find yourself singing days after you’ve shut the record off, and the positive energy that give HASTE THE DAY a leg up in the scene. Ultimately, When Everything Falls is a record that will remain standing. The current metalcore scene is often volatile and chaotic, from the music, to the live shows, to lineups of the bands that constitute this scene. The scene remains in an exciting yet constant state of growth, motion and movement, and is full of unpredictability and passion from the fans as well as the bands.

The Indianapolis quintet is a band that loves to play music in front of both Christian and secular audiences fits like a glove. Partly thanks to the stormily passionate music on their sophomore effort, “When Everything Falls,” which has moments of breakdown-filled bluster, tempered by beautiful, well-written melodies, layered vocal harmonies; and catchy choruses that lodge themselves into your brain for days at a time. But, HASTE THE DAY are hardly a band that fits some pre-designed mold. They go beyond it, and pride themselves on being original. For one thing, they’ve been a stable, synchronized, and tight knit bunch of clean cut rock dudes since their formation. Band guitarist Brennan Chaulk relects, “Mike and I were best friends who met in 8th grade, and knew we wanted to play music together. We started taking it seriously, and writing heavier stuff. Devon was at college, but he’d come on weekends and jam with us, and we ended up with the core of the band. Sure, HASTE THE DAY music is tightly crafted and well-constructed on “When Everything Falls” having as much Swedish death metal influence as it does shimmery pop influence

Going through the album, HASTE THE DAY expounds on key tracks. The title track sums up the vibe of the entire album, saying, “It’s about standing up for what you believe in, even when that’s the hardest thing to do. It encourages you to not fall over in any part of your life, and to stay strong.” The song “The Perfect Night” is “about a boy and a girl in love, and it’s a fun song that a lot of people can relate to,” Chaulk explains. “It’s almost got an adventurous feel. It’s different than anything we’ve ever done.” The track “If I Could See” is a song reminded oneself to “not get distracted by everything out there than can distract you. It’s an encouraging song,” the guitarist says. “Walk On” was the second song HASTE THE DAY wrote for the album, and “it’s about different things in our lives that we’re not going to take anymore,” Chaulk reveals. “We say, ‘Walk on past / Never say my name again.’ It’s about completely getting rid of something in our lives that we don’t want anymore.” There’s robust gang vocals on the end of “For A Lifetime,” which give the song a fraternal, communal feel. Memebrs of HASTE THE DAY and From Autumn To Ashes, who were recording at the same time, contributed the vocals, which HTD believe will have the kids in the pits at their live shows singing along to. When Everything Falls also features a cover of “Long Way Down” by the pop rock act Goo-Goo Dolls. There’s no real rhyme or reason as to why HASTE THE DAY chose this song other than it brought back a lot of memories for the members, especially Chaulk, who used to hear it on the radio all the time when he moved down from Canada.

Nonpoint – Preparing to Release New Spanish EP

NONPOINT will be releasing a new Spanish EP. The disc is expected to feature a series of new Spanish tracks as well as select, previously released NONPOINT tracks re-recorded in Spanish. Further details of the 2006 release will be made available soon. As a reminder, as previously posted, NONPOINT kicks off their tour with SEVENDUST, SOCIALBURN, WICKED WISDOM and ONE later this week.

Cephalic Carnage – More Tour Dates Announced

CEPHALIC CARNAGE have announced the following shows:

February 1 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
February 2 – El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Billiards
February 3 – Monterrey, MEX @ Cafe Iguana w/ Brujeria
February 4 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room w/ Brujeria
February 5 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Brujeria
February 6 – Fort Worth, TX @ Wreck Room
February 7 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
February 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation 2
February 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Murderfest
February 20 – Tijuana, MEX @ The Voodoo House
March 10 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo American Legion Hall w/ Anal Blast
March 11 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Anal Blast
March 18 – Austin, TX @ Room 710 (SXSW Relapse Showcase)
March 19 – Beaumont, TX @ Vortex w/ Rumpelstiltskin Grinder

Funerot – Another New Song Released

FUNEROT have released another track from their new album, “Invasion From the Death Dimension,” entitled “Exterminate The Macrohumanoids.” The album is expected to be available this week through Razorback Records.

Poison the Well – More Headlining Dates Released

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring POISON THE WELL, THE FALL OF TROY, HORSE THE BAND, and CRITERIA:

March 21 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
March 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
March 23 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
March 24 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 25 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
March 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
March 27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
March 30 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
April 1 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 4 – Detriot, MI @ Majestic Theatre
April 10 – Boston, MA @ Axis
April 15 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
April 17 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
April 21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

Shortie – Featured in #1 Film in the Nation

Sacramento rockers SHORTIE are featured as the opening track in the nations number film this week, “Hostel.” The band performs “5 Seconds” during the opening scene of the new Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Resevoir Dogs) produced thriller that left audiences on the edge of their seats. “Hostel” is a brilliant horror film directed by the much acclaimed Eli Roth in which three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. SHORTIE‘s hard rocking Earache release “Without a Promise” in stores now.

The Agony Scene – Interview with Steven and Scott Dixon of 105 FM The Dog

There is an interview with Steven of THE AGONY SCENE available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The interview was conducted by Scott Dixon of 105 FM The Dog in Syracuse, NY. The band’s music videos and live performances produced by UVTV are also all available on that page.

Loser – ‘Away’ Streaming Online – Tour with Staind Set

John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, N.I.N., ROB ZOMBIE) and his latest band LOSER are set to release their debut album on Island Records this Spring. The band, in the meantime, are launching a US tour with STAIND and THEORY OF A DEADMAN beginning January 29. You can check out the track ‘Away’ here.

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – 6th Full Length Preparations – Headlining Tour to Follow in September

German avantgarde metallers DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will release their sixth full-length album, entitled “Riders On The Storm”, in August 2006. The follow-up to 2004’s “Samurai” will be recorded in February/March 2006. Bass guitarist Volkmar Weber can’t wait to enter the studio as “everything sounds pretty good so far”. A European headlining tour will follow in September.

Children of Bodom – More Headlining Dates Released

More dates have been confirmed for CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s upcoming headlining tour. Dates are as follows:

March 18 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

March 19 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
March 20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 21 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theater
March 22 – Providence, RI @ Lupos
March 24 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus

March 25 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
March 26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
March 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
March 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
March 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Pops
March 31 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
April 1 – Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
April 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 4 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
April 7 – Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre
April 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
April 10 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Rigor Mortis – US Tour Dates Released

A full update of RIGOR MORTIS shows, set for January and beyond, have been updated. You can check the band’s upcoming tour listings from Texas to California and beyond at this location.

Atreyu – Video Premiere for Underworld Soundtrack Tune Available

The lead track on the Underworld Evolution Soundtrack, ATREYU‘s ‘Her Portrait In Black’ video, will be premiering tomorrow on Yahoo Music – you can check it out at this location.

Los Angeles Murderfest – Complete Lineup and Set Times Announced

The Los Angeles Murderfest ? Version 2.0 complete line-up and set times have been announced. Three days of metal, punk and hardcore in Hollywood California on February 17th, 18th and 19th with headliners such as TURMOIL, CURSED, THE WARRIORS, MACABRE, WATCH THEM DIE, SEVERED SAVIOR, DISGORGE, BAD ACID TRIP, SEPSISM, MEAT SHITS, IMMOLATION, INCANTATION, DR KNOW, D.I., NAKED AGGRESSION, CREMATORIUM, SHAT, DISFEAR (featuring Tomas Lindberg ex-At The Gates / The Crown), IMPALED, ANAL BLAST, NEURAXIS, STRONG INTENTION, VITAL REMAINS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, PHOBIA, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, LIGHT THIS CITY and many more!

Tickets are on sale now:

3-Day Pass – $75 in advance only
February 17th – $18 in advance / $20 at the door
February 18th – $30 in advance / $35 at the door
February 19th – $30 in advance / $35 at the door

Seemless – Co-Production, Engineering, and Production Teams Announced

SEEMLESS have announced the lineup for the co-production and production team for their next full length release through Equal Vision Records:


Jesse Leach
Jeff Fultz
Pete Cortese
Jeff Fultz

Engineering and co-production:

Peter Rutcho
Jason Suecof
Mark Lewis
Ian Neill

Opeth – More Headlining North American Dates Released

More dates have been released for OPETH‘s upcoming headlining North American tour, including off dates:

Opeth, Dark Tranquillity, The Devin Townsend Band:
February 15 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
February 16 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
February 17 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
February 18 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s
February 19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
February 20 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
February 21 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
February 24 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 25 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
February 26 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole
February 28 – London, ON @ The Drink

Opeth, DevilDriver, Dark Tranquillity:
March 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
March 4 – Loop Station, MN @ First Avenue
March 11 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
March 19 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
March 21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

An Evening With Opeth:
February 23 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
March 2 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Dark Tranquillity, The Devin Townsend Band:
February 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Metallica – Touring South Africa This March

METALLICA will be heading to South Africa for three dates this March, according to They will be headlining a traveling festival that also includes COLLECTIVE SOUL, FATBOY SLIM, SIMPLE PLAN and THE RASMUS. Dates announced are as follows:

March 18 – Centurion, SAF @ Supersport Park
March 21 – Durban, SAF @ ABSA Stadium
March 25 – Cape Town, SAF @ Green Point Stadium

Korn – North American Tour With Mudvayne, 10 Years

Initial dates for KORN‘s North American tour with MUDVAYNE and 10 YEARS have been released:

February 24 – Bakersfield, CA @ Selland Arena
February 25 – Reno, NV @ Events Center
February 26 – San Jose, CA @ Events Center
February 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
March 2 – Portland, OR @ Theatre in the Clouds
March 4 – Vancouver, Canada @ GM Place
March 5 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
March 6 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center
March 8 – Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
March 10 – El Paso, TX @ Coliseum
March 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
March 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
March 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
March 15 – San Diego, CA @ iPayone Center
March 16 – Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
March 28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
April 3 – Youngstown, OH @ Chevrolet Centre

Atheist – Regroup; Announce Exclusive Festival Appearances

Seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have regrouped for a run of exclusive live performances.

Guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer has reassembled what is widely considered the bands classic recording lineup (Shaefer, guitarist Rand Burkey, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) for two exclusive festival performances; Italy’s Evolution Festival and Germany’s Wacken Open Air. Shaefer comments, “We’re very excited to be able to get back on the stage and play these insane tunes again the proper way with Flynn, Burkey, and Choy. It’s going to be very exciting and something not to be missed!”

ATHEIST will take part on Evolution Festival (scheduled for July 16 and 17 in Brescia, Italy) and Wacken Open Air (scheduled for August 3-5 in Schleswig Holstein, Germany). These will be the first in a series of exclusive festival performances announced. Shaefer continues, “We would like to make a great festival run this year and expose as many as possible to the music we lived and died for. Many thanks to the Evolution Festival and Wacken for helping to give many people who never got to see ATHEIST live a chance to see us one last time. This is our chance to make the music we worked so hard to create come alive one last time, and we guarantee that it will not disappoint.”

ATHEIST has recently had it’s wildly-influential catalog (1988’s ‘Piece of Time’, 1993’s ‘Elements’, and the 1991’s legendary ‘Unquestionable Presence’) reissued internationally via Relapse Records. Additionally, “Unquestionable Presence” was recently featured in Decibel magazine as part of its ongoing Hall of Fame feature. The Hall of Fame feature highlights influential and pivotal releases in metal history, and “Unquestionable Presence” will join of ranks of previously profiled classics such as SLAYER‘s “Reign In Blood”, SEPULTURA‘s “Roots”, and AT THE GATES‘ “Slaughter of the Soul”, among others.

The Gathering – North American Tour Announced

Atmospheric trip-rockers THE GATHERING will be coming back to North America this March. GIANT SQUID and UNEXPECT are set to open the U.S. shows. Here are the dates:

March 10 – Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volado
March 11 – Monterrey, MEX @ Cafe Iguana
March 12 – Guadalajara, MEX @ Hard Rock Live
March 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
March 18 – TBA
March 19 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
March 20 – TBA
March 21 – TBA
March 22 – TBA

The band have also confirmed the following European dates:

February 17 – Hengelo, The Netherlands @ Metropool
February 18 – Zoetermeer, The Netherlands @ Moergerij
April 19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
April 20 – Bochum, Germany @ Zeche
April 21 – Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-Saal
April 22 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
April 23 – Nurnberg, Germany @ Hirsch
April 25 – Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
April 26 – Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
April 27 – Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
April 28 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradise
April 29 – Lille, France @ Splendid
May 7 – Nijmegen, The Netherlands @ Lux
May 12 – Groningen, The Netherlands @ Oosterpoort
May 13 – Voerendaal, The Netherlands @ CC de Borenburg
May 14 – Utrecht, The Netherlands @ Tivoli
May 18 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Stadsschouwburg
May 20 – Metz, France @ Metiz’art Festival
May 26 – Haarlem, The Netherlands @ Patronaat
May 28 – Eindhoven, The Netherlands @ Efenaar
June 2 – Leipzig, Germany @ Wave Gotik Treffen (headlining)
June 23 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Festival
July 14 – Vizovice, Czech Republic @ Master of Rock Festival
July 16 – Brescia, Italy @ Evolution Festival
*July 22 – near Kassel, Geramny @ Burg Herzberg Festival

*- May be moved to July 23

THE GATHERING will also be heading to South America for three dates in March. They are as follows:
March 6 – Bueons Aires, Argentina @ ND Ateneo
March 7 – Bueons Aires, Argentina @ ND Ateneo
March 8 – Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican

BoySetsFire – Post Song off Upcoming Album “The Misery Index”

BOYSETSFIRE have posted the first song, “Requiem,” from their upcoming Equal Vision/Burning Heart Records release, “The Misery Index; Notes From The Plague Years” (in stores March 7) on their MySpace Page.

The band recently wrapped filming the “Requiem” music video in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Roger Johansson, and are currently in the post-production stages. Expect the video to be completed in February/March.

“The Misery Index…” is BOYSETSFIRE‘s fourth full-length album, following 2003’s “Tomorrow Come Today,” and the 2000 release, “After The Eulogy”.