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Northwest Death Fest – Lineup Announced

Headliners of the 3rd Annual Northwest Death Fest 2006, OBITUARY and SADUS, will be joined by 27 death metal bands on Sunday, May 28, at Fenix Underground in Seattle.

California bands DEEDS OF FLESH and SEVERED SAVIOR will co-headline the second stage. The support bands, hailing from Seattle as well as the Pacific Northwest, were handpicked by promoter and owner of Howitzer Productions, Frank Hetzel.

The lineup for Northwest Death Fest 2006 is:

Main Stage:

Obituary
Sadus
In Memorium
Try Redemption
Wake The Dead
Fallen Angels
Mummification
Zuckuss
Scorched Earth
Unsanctified
Embryonic Devourment
The New Plague
Necrobiosis
Disharmony
Embalmed

Second Stage:

Deeds Of Flesh
Severed Savior
Vulgarizer
Shitstorm
Bung
Ceremonial Castings
Beltfed Weapon
Meatshits
Desolation
Non-existence
Passive Aggressive
Damage Overdose
Near Life
Doom Lit Sky

The Fenix Underground is located at 109 S. Washington St. in Seattle,
Washington. Tickets are available through Northwestdeathfest.com, the Fenix box office and Ticketmaster. Prices: $25.00 advance, $30.00 day of show. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., show starts at 11:00 a.m. This is an all age event.

Peeping Tom – New Album Preview Online

A MySpace has been put up for Mike Patton’s new PEEPING TOM album here which features four new tracks for your listening pleasure.

Dismember, Vital Remains – Team Up For Tour

DISMEMBER, VITAL REMAINS, GRAVE, DEMIRICOUS, and WITHERED will be teaming up for an East Coast/Midwest tour in October. Tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Hoobastank – Debut Video on MTV.com – Launch Free Bar/Club Tour

HOOBASTANK?s first video off their forthcoming album “Every Man For Himself”, out May 16, has premiered on MTV.com. The video for ?If I Were You? can be viewed exclusively here.

The band will spend the rest of April roaming the country on the “Every Fan For Himself” fan appreciation tour, hitting small bars and clubs to play for free for fans who sign up at hoobastank.com.

Head Automatica – ‘Nowhere Fast’ Added to MySpace – Relaunch Website

HEAD AUTOMATICA has relaunched their official site, featuring constantly updated photos and messages pulled from all over the web. Fans will have the opportunity to feature their own photos and content on the site, so stay tuned to find out how.

The track “Nowhere Fast” has been added to the band’s Myspace page. “Nowhere Fast” is on both the “Pop Rocks” EP the “Popaganda” LP which hits stores June 6.

Godsmack – Jimmy Kimmel Live Performance Moved and Rescheduled

GODSMACK has moved their upcoming live performance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to Friday, April 28. The band will be performing 5 songs on the outdoor stage, the first and last of which will be aired on television. GODSMACK‘s new album ‘IV’ will be in stores April 25 through Republic/Universal Records.

Arkhon Infaustus – Finish Pre-Recording of 4th Album

ARKHON INFAUSTUS has finished the pre-recording of the fourth album, recorded and mixed by Mathrien at Andromeda Studio, containing nine songs. The band will enter final studio in May, the album will be released on Osmose Productions before the end of the year. A limited gatefold double EPs should be released in the meantime including a song of the coming album and some extra materials exclusive to the EP. ARKHON INFAUSTUS is now endorsed by Randall Amplifiers and Samson gears.

Starkweather – First Taste of New Tunes Uploaded

Candlelight Records has premiered “Machine Rhythm” from STARKWEATHER‘s forthcoming album, “Croatoan”, at the label’s official My Space page. Bring your browser to this location to have your first listen.

Produced by Pierre Remillard (CRYPTOPSY), “Croatoan” features artwork by renowned artist Paul Romano (MASTODON, EARTH, etc.), and is scheduled for a May 2 American release date. Long regarded as one of the first bands to blend metal and hardcore, STARKWEATHER are still an untapped band for the masses. They have been cited as influence to many of today’s top selling bands and remain one of the most passionate and intense bands on stage. Metal Maniacs says on an early listen to “Croatoan”, “rare is a band who personify, quite accurately, agony and despair through tranquil yet devouring movements. One of underground metal’s soon-to-be classics, hail STARKWEATHER!”

Formed in 1990, STARKWEATHER have several out-of-print recordings to their credit including a limited self-titled seven-inch (Inner Rage Records, 1993), Crossbearer (Too Damn Hype, 1994), Into the Wire (Edison Recordings, 1995), the 1996 split seven-inch with Season to Risk (Supermodel Records), and participation on numerous compiliation albums. Croatoan, released in late 2005 on vinyl only (featuring exclusive artwork also from Paul Romano) via Hypertension Records, is the band’s first new recording in over five years.

STARKWEATHER will perform with labelmates DAYLIGHT DIES and EMPEROR at New York’s BB Kings Blues Club on Friday, July 14. Tickets for the event are already sold out.

Children of Bodom – House of Blues Live Pics Up

Pics from the sold out April 10 show at the House of Blues show in Anaheim, featuring CHILDREN OF BODOM, are currently online and available courtesy of Dirt Junior – Check ’em here.

The Alien Blakk – Feat. Dave Ellefson, Craig Nielson, Joshua Craig – Album Art Online, Release Date Set

THE ALIEN BLAKK, featuring esteemed guitarist, songwriter, and producer Joshua Craig (ROB HALFORD, members of TESTAMENT, KISS, and others), drummer Craig Nielson (FLOTSAM & JETSAM), and bassist Dave Ellefson (F5, MEGADETH), are set to release their debut album “Modes Of Alienation” on April 25 in North America.

After pre-selling over 13,000 copies worldwide, THE ALIEN BLAKK are set to commence their touring regime sometime this summer, with plans to hit both sides of the Atlantic. Album art can be found at this location.

Joshua Craig will be appearing on KPAC Radio 89.7FM in the coming weeks for a live radio interview. More information is expected shortly.

Loser – Feat. John 5 – Dropped by Island?

The rumour mill is whirring away as LOSER, the side-project of MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE, etc. guitarist JOHN 5, has been reportedly dropped from Island Records. Their lead single, ‘Nobody Knows’, has been struggling at radio, and record sales have been dwindling. The band is set to suport 10 YEARS on their upcoming headlining tour in May. More information is expected shortly.

Bruce Dickinson – To Release Career Spanning Three DVD Package – June 20

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment is proud to announce the triple disc DVD release of BRUCE DICKINSON ‘Anthology’ on June 20, 2006. This is the definitive BRUCE DICKINSON package, and includes over six hours of videos and live performances, and previously unreleased and archive material.

BRUCE DICKINSON is still the proverbial human whirlwind of activity, having made his mark both as the front man of the legendary IRON MAIDEN and as a longstanding solo artist, with a catalogue that includes six studio albums of his own plus several concert releases. In addition to his musical talents, Bruce is also well known as a BBC Radio deejay, TV broadcaster, Airline Pilot, sword-fencing expert, novelist, family man and voice of modern music.

BRUCE DICKINSON says: ?It’s fantastic to share all of this collection with my fans. These DVDs contain rare material that people either won’t know exists or have been unable to buy. The Samson video has changed hands for absurd amounts of money, and although we spent loads of time and had and lots and lots of fun making the promos, and because MTV didn’t show them many of won’t have been seen. It was high time they were all available together in one package.?

DVD disc 1 is a live performance extravaganza boasting 30 show-stopping tracks, recorded during the 90’s as Bruce forged ahead with his solo career. “Dive Dive Live” was recorded at the Town and Country Club, Los Angeles on the Tattooed Millionaire Tour, August 14th, 1990. This was Bruce’s first outing as a solo artist with a new band made up of Janick Gers (Guitar), Andy Carr (Bass) and Dickie Fliszar (Drums).

‘Dive Dive Live’ Track listing –

1. Riding With The Angels
2. Born In ’58
3. Lickin’ The Gun
4. Gypsy Road
5. Dive Dive Dive
6. Drum Solo
7. Zulu Zulu
8. The Ballad Of Mutt
9. Son Of A Gun
10. Hell On Wheels
11. All The Young Dudes
12. Tattooed Millionaire
13. No Lies
14. Fog On The Tyne
15. Winds Of Change
16. Sin City
17. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter
18. Black Night

The second live-in-concert performance offered up on Disc 1 was filmed over two sweaty back-to-back dates during the SKUNKWORKS Tour in Pamplona and Gerona, Spain on May 31st and June 1st, 1996. Bruce was fronting a new young band, with a new name, and was joined on stage by Alex Dickson (Guitars), Chris Dale (Bass) and a certain infamous Italian drummer, Alessandro Elena. Originally created for a four track video EP release in Japan, this is the hour long SKUNKWORKS concert in full, for the very first time.

‘Skunkworks Live’ Track listing –

1. Space Race
2. Back From The Edge
3. Tattooed Millionaire
4. Inertia
5. Faith
6. Meltdown
7. I Will Not Accept The Truth
8. Laughing In The Hiding Bush
9. Tears Of The Dragon
10. God’s Not Coming Back
11. Dreamstate
12. The Prisoner

DVD Disc 2 keeps the live-in-concert experience alive with rare footage of Bruce performing in Sao Paulo, 1999 during the Chemical Wedding World Tour. Almost two hours in length, ‘Scream For Me Brazil’ represents Bruce’s last outing as a true solo artist before rejoining the ranks of Maiden shortly afterwards. No official film recording was permitted although this film taken from the crowd screen feeds features highlights of the show which later become a live album of the same name. With a new heavier line-up made up of long time song writing partner Roy Z (Guitar), old Maiden partner Adrian Smith and rhythm section of Dave Ingraham (Drums) and Eddie Casillas (Bass), this ‘bootleg’ documents Bruce at his most intense.

‘Scream For Me Brazil’ Track listing –

1. King In Crimson
2. Gates Of Urizen
3. Killing Floor
4. Book Of Thel
5. Tears Of The Dragon
6. Laughing In The Hiding Bush
7. Accident Of Birth
8. The Tower
9. Darkside Of Aquarius
10. The Road To Hell

DVD Disc 3 Is an extensive collection of promotional videos made during Bruce’s solo career. From his days at EMI through to his own self produced videos of recent times, each video is accompanied by a short introduction by Bruce himself, discussing the ideas, concepts and eventual filming behind each of the videos. Each intro provides an interesting insight into Bruce’s solo career as it progressed and the highlights and pitfalls of producing your own promotional videos.

Alongside the 14 promotional videos, Disc 3 also includes over an hours worth of extras:

The “Tyranny of Souls” interview was originally filmed as a general interview for press purposes. This is a track by track breakdown of the concept behind the songs on the Tyranny of Souls album, providing more of an in-depth look at the writing methods that Bruce has formed with long time wiring partner ROY Z.

SAMSON – Biceps of Steel

Bruce made his video debut fronting SAMSON in this rather curious adaptation of the story of Samson and Delilah, filmed at the Rainbow Theatre, London. Filmed and directed by Julien Temple who perhaps was more famous for the SEX PISTOLS movie – ‘The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle,’ this 15 minute featurette was distributed through-out cinemas as a support feature to Hazel O’ Connors ‘Breaking Glass’ in 1980.

Rock / Metal – Solid Week on Billboard Top 200 Chart

Hard rock and heavy metal had an honest attempt at taking over the Billboard Top 200 this week, with the following artists coming in at:

#14 – QUEENSRYCHEOPERATION MINDCRIME II (Rhino) 44,000
#12 – ROB ZOMBIEEDUCATED HORSES (Geffen) 46,000 (second week / debuted at #5)
#17 – POISONTHE BEST OF POISON: 20 YEARS (Capitol) 40,000
#28 – LACUNA COILKARMACODE (Century Media) 34,000 (
#29 – BLUE OCTOBERFOILED (Universal) 32,000
#46 – ATREYUA DEATH GRIP ON YESTERDAY (Victory) 26,000 (second week / debuted at #9)

Thine Eyes Bleed – Added to Soulfly US Tour

Canadian thrash/metalcore act THINE EYES BLEED continue to add more touring dates to what is gearing up to being one of their most successful years of their career.

Aside from recent tour dates with SIX FEET UNDER and taking part in the highly-anticipated summer jaunt, The UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour (SLAYER, MASTODON, LAMB OF GOD), the band has now been added as support of the upcoming SOULFLY tour.

WWE: Wreckless Intent – Feat. Motorhead, Shadows Fall, Brand New Sin, Killswitch Engage, and More

Columbia Records is set to release “WWE: Wreckless Intent”, a disc that is being billed as “a knock-out compilation of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Superstars’ entrance theme music performed by today’s hottest hardcore rock, alternative and hip-hop artists”, on Tuesday, May 23.

Tracklisting for “WWE: Wreckless Intent” as well as the wrestlers that it will be representing are as follows:

Saliva – “I Walk Alone” – Batista
Mercy Drive – “Burn In My Light” – Randy Orton
Homebwoi – “Hard Hittin'” – Coach
Brand New Sin – “Crank It Up” – Big Show
Desiree Jackson – “Holla” – Candice
Eleventh Hour – “A Girl Like That” – Torrie Wilson
Kaballon – “Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am)” – Carlito
Theory of a Deadman – “Deadly Game”
Silkk the Shocker – “I’m Comin'”
Shadows Fall – “Fury Of The Storm” – Rob Van Dam
Three 6 Mafia – “Some Bodies Gonna Get It” – Mark Henry
Zebrahead – “With Legs Like That” – Maria
Killswitch Engage – “This Fire Burns”
P.O.D. – “Booyaka 619” – Rey Mysterio
Motorhead – “King of Kings” – Triple H

Kamelot / Epica – Denver Date Confirmed

A Denver date has been confirmed for the upcoming KAMELOT / EPICA North American Fall tour.

October 4 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre

Other dates include:

September 15 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
September 19 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 24 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
September 25 – Quebec, QC @ Imperial
September 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
September 28 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 30 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room

GWAR – “Go to Hell” – Album in Production Mode – Out in August

GWAR‘s new album, tentatively entitled, “Go to Hell”, produced by Devin Townsend, is in production now, and will be out in August 2006. New video projects for the band include the top-secret “Blood-Bath and Beyond”, a 20 year history of all things GWAR, including tons of never-before-seen footage, including Oderus’s attempt at directing porn (the rare “Filthy Chunks”). Hosted by Sleazy P. Martini and Oderus Urungus, this will have even the most pimply GWAR fan saying “huh?”.

Sounds of the Underground 2005 – DVD – VOL. 1

Last year marked the inaugural SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial OZZFEST. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2nd, 2005, and with it came almost 5000 fans. Metal bands like A LIFE ONCE LOST and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like MADBALL and THROWDOWN in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat. As the sun began to set, stalwarts like CHIMAIRA, POISON THE WELL and FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in “Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1”.

DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day?s festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious ?guest interview? segments from members of GWAR, EVERY TIME I DIE, THROWDOWN. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (Lamb of God – Killadelphia).

Featuring Live Performances from:

All That Remains
DevilDriver
A Life Once Lost
Madball
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Throwdown
Norma Jean
Every Time I Die
Gwar
Chimaira
Unearth
Clutch
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God

Lacuna Coil – Karmacode To Break Top 25; European Tour Dates Released

According to early numbers from Soundscan, LACUNA COIL‘s latest album ‘Karmacode’ is set to debut at or around number 24 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album sold roughly 36,000 copies in its first week. This is the second highest debut from a Century Media artist, right behind SHADOWS FALL, whose 2004 album ‘The War Within’ debuted at number 20 after selling 39,251 copies.
In other news, LACUNA COIL, who is finishing their U.S. tour in direct support to ROB ZOMBIE, will be headlining their own tour this fall in Europe. Confirmed dates for that tour are as follows:

September 22 – Treviso, Italy @ New Age
September 23 – Cesena, Italy @ Vidia
September 24 – Rome, Italy @ Palacisalfa
September 25 – Florence, Italy @ Auditorium
September 26 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
September 28 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 2
September 29 – Madrid, Spain @ Arena
September 30 – Bergara, Spain @ Jam
October 1 – Bordeux, France @ Barbey
October 2 – Clermont Ferrant, France @ Cooperative De Mai
October 3 – Paris, France @ Olympia
October 6 – United Kingdom TBA
October 7 – United Kingdom TBA
October 8 – United Kingdom TBA
October 10 – United Kingdom TBA
October 11 – United Kingdom TBA
October 12 – United Kingdom TBA
October 13 – United Kingdom TBA
October 14 – United Kingdom TBA
October 16 – Ireland TBA
October 17 – United Kingdom TBA
October 18 – Tilburg, Holland @ 013
October 19 – Antwerp,Belgium @ Hof-Ter-Lo
October 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
October 22 – Malmo, Sweden @ KB
October 23 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
October 25 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
October 26 – Tampere, Finland @ Pakkahoune
October 28 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
October 29 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Tragarn
October 30 – Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
October 31 – Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
November 3 – Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
November 4 – Linz, Austria @ Posthof
November 7 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Longhorn (Lka)
November 8 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Rohstofflager

Thanks to Emptyspiral.net for the European tour dates.

Misery Index – Move April 14 UK Gig to Suttons in Southport

Due to reasons beyond the bands control, the MISERY INDEX headlining UK gig on Friday, April 14, has now been moved to Suttons in Southport. All other details are still correct, £4 entry and support comes from MACHIAVELLIAN and LOBE.

Anthrax – Charlie Benante Pipes Up and Hits Back

Charlie Benante, drummer of ANTHRAX is interviewed on the latest edition of the METAL Injection videocast. When asked about all the internet backlash about the reunion tour with Joey Belladonna and Danny Spitz, Charlie said:

“There is always going to be people that love it and some that hate it. I read some of these things cause people send me links, and I see these things and a lot of people are misinformed. They feel like we dissed John Busch, which is not true. John was asked to be a part of this, he chose not to be part of this. Of course, I could see how the fans would think John got fucked over on this whole thing, but thats the last thing I would want to do. I love John Busch. It was our 20th Anniversary, we wanted to do something special, and that was it.”

The whole interview can be viewed at this location. The episode also features 2 rare ANTHRAX videos for “Who Cares Wins” and “Medusa (Live)” as well as videos from CANNIBAL CORPSE, MISERY SIGNALS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SWORN ENEMY and AGENTS OF MAN.

METAL Injection is DIY metal show based out of Brooklyn, NY and has been the leading source for metal videos, interviews and live footage on the internet since 2004.

Stratovarius – VA Show Announced

Another date has been revealed for STRATOVARIUS‘s return to North America later this year:

October 1 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 2 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

MTV 2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge – “Who would win an arm wrestling competition – Rikki Rachtman or Jamey Jasta?”

In lieu of the “MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge CD” hitting shop shelves today, the burning question of “Who would win an arm wrestling competition – Rikki Rachtman or Jamey Jasta?” has been answered by metal’s top dogs. Click here to see responses from the likes of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HASTE THE DAY, BURY YOUR DEAD, STILL REMAINS, IN FLAMES, OPETH, DEVILDRIVER, 36 CRAZYFISTS and more.

Angtoria – Soon Set to Start Filming for First Music Video

ANGTORIA will soon start filming their first music video as a part of the worldwide promotion for their album due to be released on Listenable Records April 27. The video will be filmed during 3 days at two different locations, and director of the video is an upcoming and very talented swedish director who has previously won awards for his work, Måns Berthas.
On April 19 Sarah, Dave Pybus (CRADLE OF FILTH) and Toni Davey (Dani’s wife and album cover model), will fly to Sweden to join Chris and Tommy and a yet to be revealed drummer to shoot the video for the title track “God Has A Plan For Us All”.

“The song is based around child abuse by a religious person, which in turn leads the girl to madness because of years of mental torture through the offender getting away with what he has done to her. Putting images to lyrics like these is quite difficult without getting banned by every tv station, but we will sure try to portray the lyrics in images as much as possible. Chris´s young daughter Saga will play the child and Toni will obviously play the girl as older. This is to show the deterioration from start to finish of the girls life.”

As previously reported, ANGTORIA, the new orchestral metal band featuring CRADLE OF FILTH session singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (THERION, MORTIIS) and the Swedish brothers Chris Rehn (ABYSSOS) and Tommy Rehn (MOAHNI MOAHNA), will release their debut album, “God Has A Plan For Us All”, on April 27 through Listenable Records.

Crucified Barbara – Kick off Nine Show French Tour

Sweden’s CRUCIFIED BARBARA – whose debut album, “In Distortion We Trust”, will be released by Liquor and Poker Music on May 30 – will kick off a nine-show French tour Friday night (April 14). It includes a Le Mans show alongside KILLING JOKE on April 22.

“We’re looking forward to get back to France once again, to play it loud and eat a lot of French cheese!” says vocalist/guitarist Mia Coldheart. “The French guys know how to put a dressing room table in order for sure! After this, we’re heading for Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands to play cool rock clubs, do festivals, meet new people and kick some rock ass!”

Those shows in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands will be with DORO, SONATA ARCTICA, JON OLIVA’S PAIN. From there, the group will play such major European summer festivals as Sweden Rock, Gods of Metal
(Italy) and Rock Hard (Germany), among others.

The North American version of “In Distortion We Trust” will contain one bonus track – a cover of MOTORHEAD‘s “Killed By Death” – as well as music videos for each of the group’s three singles (“Losing The Game” [MP3], “Rock’n’Roll Bachelor” and “Play Me Hard”) that have been released in their home country.