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Jasmin St. Claire – To Host L.A.’s Hottest New Heavy Metal TV Show”

Former adult film and wrestling star Jasmin St. Claire has reinvented herself once again, this time as host of “The Metal Scene TV Show”, L.A.’s hottest new heavy metal television show.

Reached for comment, St. Claire remarked that “I’ve been immersed in the extreme metal scene for years- both a fan and a personality via my work as spokesmodel for B.C. Rich and Coffin Case, and more recently as host of the DVD-Zine ‘Metal’s Dark Side’, which is due in stores this spring. I’m honored to add ‘The Metal Scene’ to my resume. While there is some national profile for mainstream heavy metal and in recent years for Nu Metal, there are literally dozens of sub-genres of metal that go unacknowledged and unheard on any mainstream level every day. I’m excited to be a part of bringing some of the most exciting new metal music from the underground out into the mainstream via this television show.”

St. Claire’s early interviews will include profiles of bands including CHILDREN OF BODOM, WICKED WISDOM, GOD FORBID, among others.

Full Blown Chaos – Entering Trax East Studios in NJ to Record

FULL BLOWN CHAOS will be entering Trax East Studios in New Jersey this month to record their follow up to “Wake The Demons”. The record will be out in early Summer of 2006. As reported earlier today, the band will be hitting the road with THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE and EXODUS this Spring.

Through the Eyes of the Dead – Replace Bullet For My Valentine on NA Bodom Tour

South Carolina’s death metal road warriors THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have been confirmed as support for CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s upcoming North American tour as replacement for Wales’ BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. Also featuring CHIMAIRA and GOD FORBID on select dates, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will round out the tour’s lineup on 18 of the 19 dates across the US, joining up on March 19.

This tour is the latest in a string of live dates and tours THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has been a part of since the release of the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, Bloodlust. Having already trekked out on headlining and support tours alike since the album’s October release, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD are a perfect example of hard work bringing success to a band. The band will be filming the debut video from Bloodlust in March, and in the meantime will continue its current tour with ED GEIN, THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, ANIMOSITY, DESPISED ICON, including a stop at Los Angeles Murderfest on February 19.

Rob Zombie – “Educated Horses Tour” – Live Band Revealed

Fresh off the major success of his latest feature film, “The Devil’s Rejects,” ROB ZOMBIE is returning this spring to his first passion – music – playing it live and loud. Zombie has finished recording his third solo studio CD, “Educated Horses”, which will be released through Geffen Records.

ROB ZOMBIE is the longest active artist on Geffen Records, having been on the label for over 15 years.

Additionally, Rob is the most prolific Geffen Artist when it comes to Gold and Platinum discs – his seven is the most total number by any Geffen artist solely on the merit of their Geffen output.

* La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 (1992) – US 2x Platinum
* Astro Creep: 2000 – (1995) – US 3x Platinum
* Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds ? the Astro-Creep remixes (1996) – US Gold
* Hellbilly Deluxe (1998) – US 3x Platinum
* American Made Music to Strip By ? the Hellbilly remixes (1999) – US Gold
* The Sinister Urge (2001) – US Platinum
* Past, Present & Future ? greatest hits compilation (2003) – US Gold

ROB ZOMBIE is now gearing up for The “Educated Horses Tour”. The tour is scheduled to start March 17th in Jacksonville, Florida and hit 27 cities before concluding five weeks later in Mesa, Arizona. Joining Rob on this tour will be guitarist John 5 (ex-MARILYN MANSON), longtime bassist Blasko and drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-ALICE COOPER, TED NUGENT). Supporting acts for the tour, as previously posted, will be LACUNA COIL and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.

“Educated Horses” was produced by ROB ZOMBIE and long time producer Scott Humphrey (METALLICA, MOTLEY CRUE), who together also produced the platinum hits “Hellbilly Deluxe” and “The Sinister Urge”. Other musicians contributing to the CD are Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE, THE VANDALS) and Tommy Lee. The album’s debut single, the anthemic “Foxy Foxy,” will begin play on Modern Rock and Active Rock radio on February 13.

ROB ZOMBIE, a prolific video director in his own right having directed over twenty five videos, will direct the video for “Foxy Foxy” in Los Angeles in mid-February. Zombie will re-team with The Devil’s Rejects cinematographer Phil Parmet. Parmet has also worked on LED ZEPPELIN‘s “The Song Remains The Same” and FRANK ZAPPA‘s “Baby Snakes”.

As previously reported, confirmed ROB ZOMBIE tour dates are as follows:

March 16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Plush
March 18 – Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park (Global Gathering Festival)
March 19 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
March 22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
March 24 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
March 25 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 26 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
March 28 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
March 29 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
March 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 3 – Montreal, QUE @ The Metropolis
April 4 – Toronto, ONT @ Kool Haus
April 6 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
April 7 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
April 8 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
April 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
April 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom/The Rave
April 13 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air
April 14 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
April 15 – Kansas City, KS @ Memorial Hall
April 17 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
April 20 – San Francisco, CA @ SF Weekly Warfield
April 21 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
April 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
April 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
April 27 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
April 29 – Lubbock, TX @ Lone Star Amphitheatre
May 1 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
May 2 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden
May 3 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street
May 4 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater

Necrophagist, Arsis – More Tour Dates Released

Two more dates for NECROPHAGIST‘s Canadian tour with ARSIS, ION DISSONANCE, and ALARUM have been revealed:

with DISFEAR, MISERY INDEX, MESRINE, STRONG INTENTION:
June 2 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
June 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Campus Charlesbourg

June 9 – Sudbury, ON @ Serbian Hall
June 10 – Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Sign To The End Records!

The End Records have announced the signing of one of the best bands around today, avant garde masters SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM. The band is currently working on their follow up to 2004’s masterpiece, “Of Natural History.”

About the signing, The End Records’ owner Andreas Katsambas says: “SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM have my utmost respect and admiration. Visionary and exceptional on every level – musically, lyrically and visually – they are a groundbreaking band and fit perfectly with our unique and eclectic roster. They will no doubt shake things up in today’s music scene. We’re excited to be part of their extraordinary journey!”

Rwake – Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Arkansas sludge kingpins RWAKE.

RWAKE are currently in the midst of writing for what will become their third album and Relapse debut. Vocalist C.T. comments on the process, “The writing is going really well. I can tell just from how things are coming to together so far that this is going to be our best record yet. Speaking as someone on the inside looking out, I can see where we have matured with the songwriting and lyrics. It’s going to be heavy man.” Early song titles include “The Lure of Light,” “The Finality,” “Fire and Flight,” and “The Cosmos Inverted.”

When asked how it feels to sign to Relapse, C.T. continues, “Fuckin A Man. This is something we’ve always wanted to do, represent Relapse. Being on Relapse has kinda been a goal since we started RWAKE. It’s going to drive us to work even harder to match all the stuff they are going to do for us.”

RWAKE have previously released two full length albums on Retribute Records and At A Loss Recordings respectively.

Scary Kids Scaring Kids – Exclusive Video Premiere Offered on PureVolume

In an unprecedented move, popular music website PureVolume.com will be exclusively premiering the highly anticipated new SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS video ‘My Darkest Hour’ for two weeks beginning today, January 30. The premiere marks the first time that PureVolume has offered its audience an exclusive video of this stature. In addition to streaming the video, fans will be able to download the video in its entirety to their iPods free of charge.

The video for ‘My Darkest Hour’ was directed by acclaimed independent music video director Isaac Rentz (TAKING BACK SUNDAY) and features the six members of SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS driving in a van through the suburbs of Arizona rocking out to their song on the car stereo. The video’s originality and hilarious slant has those select few who have seen it buzzing.

“The video turned out amazing,” says Immortal Records’ Jason Markey. “Its concept is so simple and original, people will wonder why it’s never been done before. In a world where every music video more or less looks the same, this will be one of the most refreshingly original and funny videos to come out this year.”

SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS (Immortal Records) begin a nationwide tour tomorrow, January 31 with MEST, ALLISTER and THE CLASSIC CRIME. Their debut album “The City Sleeps in Flames” was released in June of 2005 and has proven a hit with fans and critics alike.

Apocalyptica – Finnish Tour Set List; Heading Back To The Studio

APOCALYPTICA‘s set list from their Finnish tour has been revealed. It is as follows:

Path
*Master of Puppets
Somewhere Around Nothing
*Fight Fire With Fire
Quutamo
Heat
Betrayal
*Nothing Else Matters
Hope
Life Burns
Fisheye
Bittersweet
*Seek and Destroy
Prologue (Apprehension)
*Creeping Death
**Inquisition Symphony

*Enter Sandman
**Refuse/Resist
Hall of the Mountain King

*= METALLICA cover
**= SEPULTURA cover

The cello-metal band will be heading back into the studio in the coming months to start working on their next, currently untitled, album. Future tour plans are still to be announced.

Lacuna Coil – “Karmacode” Artwork Now Up for Viewing

The anticipation surrounding the release of the much anticipated new LACUNA COIL album, “Karmacode”, continues to build leading up to its imminent release this Spring. Artwork for “Karmacode” is now available for viewing online. You can check it out at this location.

Asterik Studio (TRAPT, THE USED, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND), the Grammy-nominated design firm, handled the package design and layout for “Karmacode”, with the intent to create a world that would reflect the album’s theme and title. Male vocalist Andrea Ferro described the meaning behind the album’s unique title:

“When it came to coming up with an album title I wanted to combine one ‘old’ word that is spiritually connected with another that offers a link to our more ‘modern’ times. If there were an actual translation of “Karmacode” it would be something like ‘spiritual DNA and the message behind it.’ The title attempts to balance our modern, overwhelming, self-centered, fast-paced lifestyles and the desire we all have to live a more spiritual, more compassionate and more fulfilling life.”

100 Demons – Cancel European Tour, Part Ways with Vocalist – Welcome Back Original Frontman

100 DEMONS have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour with CAST ASIDE after vocalist Pete Morcey parted ways
with the band. The split is amicable between the band and Morcey, citing a variety of personal and professional differences. In an official posting, “The members of 100 DEMONS want to thank Pete for his friendship and dedication during his run within the band.”

Replacing Pete Morcey is original 100 DEMONS vocalist, Bruce Lepage. Bruce’s trademark lyric and vocal approach was previously captured on the classic 100 DEMONS “In The Eyes Of The Lord” release (Goodlife Recordings) before he stepped down due to personal reasons.

100 DEMONS will continue to write their follow up to their highly acclaimed “Self Titled” CD on Deathwish. A 2006 release is planned by the band.

Yrkoon – To Support Nile on European Spring Tour

YRKOON have been confirmed to support NILE on their forthcoming Spring tour of Europe. Kicking off April 20, the tour is set to run through May 21. Dates, sans venues, can be found at this location.

The Classic Struggle – Tapped to Support Exodus on North American Tour

THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE have been tapped to open for the Bay Area’s EXODUS in a Spring tour that will also see the likes of New York favorites FULL BLOWN CHAOS on the road as direct support. The tour will run from April 13 through May 19. Dates are as follows:

April 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Clubhouse
April 14 – Reno, NV @ VFW Hall 255 Burris Ln.
April 15 – Concord, CA @ Burbon St
April 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
April 17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
April 19 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
April 20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
April 21 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 22 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room
April 24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
April 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 27 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 28 – Poughkepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
May 1 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place
May 2 – Montreal, QUE @ Medley
May 3 – Toronto, ONT @ Lee’s Place
May 4 – Rochester, NH @ Penny Arcade
May 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
May 6 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 7 – Niles, MI @ White House
May 8 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
May 9 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
May 10 – Chicago, IL @ Joe’s on Weed St
May 11 – / Lansing, MI @ Temple Club
May 12 – Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
May 13 – Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
May 14 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 16 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
May 17 – Portland, OR @ Rock’n’Roll Pizza
May 18 – Orangevalle, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound

Manowar – Karl Logan Involved in Serious MotorCycle Accident

MANOWAR gutarist Karl Logan has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident over the past week. According to an official post on the band’s website, “Karl Logan, lead guitarist of heavy metal powerhouse MANOWAR, was injured on Tuesday, January 24th 2006 in a motorcycle accident. Logan sustained severe injuries to his left arm, which will prevent him from performing for an as-yet-unknown period of time.

MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio commented, “MANOWAR will have to reconsider all of our plans, but the good news is that Karl is ok and he’ll be back stronger than ever.”

Logan was preparing to record his lead guitar parts for the upcoming, yet to be named, MANOWAR album, the release of which will now be delayed. Touring plans are also expected to change as a result of this unfortunate turn of events. However, MANOWAR will soldier on. “We don’t have any more information at this time,” says DeMaio. “But nothing ever has, or ever will, stop MANOWAR.” More information will be released as it becomes available

Birds of Prey – Southern Rock “SuperGroup” Enter Studio with Cory Smoot

BIRDS OF PREY, who will be quickly named as a southern-rock super-group, is a studio project that features the creative collective of Erik Larson (ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY) on guitars, Bo Leslie (THROTTLEROD) also on guitars, Summer Welch (BARONESS) on bass, Dave Witte (MUNICIPAL WASTE) on drums and Ben Hogg (BEATEN BACK TO PURE) on vocals. The quintet holed up at the Karma Productions studio in Richmond, VA this past December to record with Cory Smoot who will also mix and master the record.

Advance song titles include “Mangled by Mongoloids (ripped apart by the retarded)”, ” Hustling the Coroner (to overlook the strychnine)”, ” Buttfucked with a Shotgun Barrel”, ” Landfill Burial”, ” Filth Farm of Washington State”, ” Front Lawn Filled with Family Members”, ” Murder of an Off-Duty Cop”, “The Old Lady Rots (but the checks keep coming)”, “Cokemule” and “To Kill a Co-Worker (you ain’t my fucking boss man)”.

Mushroomhead – Initial Headlining Tour Dates Released

A few dates have been released for MUSHROOMHEAD‘s upcoming tour with GIZMACHI:

March 25 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
March 31 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
April 8 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

Vital Remains – Providence, RI Show Pics Online

VITAL REMAINS recently played a show with an all new line up, with Dave Suzuki taking up the drums for the set – the first time he’s performed live on drums for VITAL REMAINS in 5 years. Also, Glenn Benton who just signed on to do another CD with the band brought in Ralph Santolla (ex-ICED EARTH), the new guitar player from DEICIDE, to learn all the VITAL REMAINS songs in 5 days. Pictures can be found here. If you look closely, you can also spot Shredder of Ninja Turtles fame contributing lead vocals.

Voivod – Sign European Deal to Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records is very proud to announce that legendary metal band VOIVOD has signed for Europe. VOIVOD, being a legendary metal monster, carries on the tradition of moving metal forward into new dimensions! The Canadian band remains to be one of the most innovative acts in today’s metal genre and many releases were ahead ? of it’s time.

Right now they´re in the middle of recording their 13 track new album ( no title yet ) in Montreal, Quebec with producer Glen Robertson (THE TEA PARTY) and the album will be released early 2006; no release date has been confirmed yet. Expect another highlight in sci-fi and prog rock complexity.

“Nuclear Blast Records is very happy to welcome Away, Snake and Jasonic to the family. RIP Piggy.”

Harm – Complete Recording – Looking for Artist for Album Artwork

Norwegian Thrash metallers, HARM, have recently finished recording its debut album, entitled “Devil”. HARM is one of the most talked about underground bands in the Norwegian underground-scene and their debut album is highly anticipated by large numbers of fans. “Devil” will be released by Sublife Productions in April, and both label and band is announcing a “search” for cover artwork for the album.

The band is looking for a cover image/artwork that will fit with the title “Devil” but is not looking for any necro satanic artwork, but thats of course up to the contributors to decide how they want to enterperate the album title.

If you are an artist interested in submitting his/hers design/artwork to be considered for this album, then please email us either the artwork or a link, to: info@sublifeproductions.com

UVTV – Footage of Dope Vocalist Having A Tantrum

There is a promotional clip for Underground Video Television of Edsel Dope in which he smashes a chair outside a nightclub in Ithaca NY while promoting DOPE music videos & UVTV. The clip can be viewed at this location along with music videos of DOPE.

Re:Ignition – Sign Deal with Corporate Punishment Records

Archetype Management (FEAR FACTORY, MNEMIC) and Corporate Punishment Records are proud to announce the addition of RE:IGNITION – the newest powerhouse to emerge from the thriving Bay Area Metal scene, to the CPR fold.

RE:IGNITION, which features in it’s ranks Steev Esquivel and Snake formerly of SKINLAB, will be the latest addition to an already booming Corporate Punishment roster that boasts recent and upcoming releases from Alt/Metal Heavyweights including SWITCHED, ALLELE, GHOST MACHINE, TRIGGER POINT and more.

CPR, whose titles are manufactured and distributed by the Navarre Corporation, has been making waves in the independent world since their inception, with both their Artist-friendly business model, and shrewd A&R and Marketing directives.

Band manager and Archetype President Christy Priske says, “I’m excited to have RE:IGNITION be a part of the new wave of partnership record labels where a band not only receives the fairest royalty share of record sales, but can establish themselves without signing their life away.”

“We are very excited to be signing with such a hard working label like Corporate Punishment Records”, says guitarist Steev Esquivel.
“Thom and staff are at the top of their game. With bands like SWITCHED, ALLELE and GHOST MACHINE, we feel CPR will be a great home for RE:IGNITION. We’ve managed to make the album of our lives, and we found a label that understands that!”

Corporate Punishment President Thom Hazaert agrees. “Re:Ignition is a great band, and we are all very excited to have them on board. To us, CPR is more about family and friends, and we go back many years with some of these guys. They are both amazing musicians, and great people, and It will be great to take a stab at something new with them.”

CPR will release the bands as-yet-untitled debut LP in Summer 2006.

Catch RE:IGNITION live at the Los Angeles House of Blues, Tuesday, January 31 with FEAR FACTORY at the LA benefit for A PLACE CALLED HOME.

Action Reaction – Feat. ex-Further Seems Forever – Sign to Hope Division/Equal Vision

ACTION REACTION, featuring Jason Gleason (former vocalist of FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER) have signed with a new Equal Vision imprint label called Hope Division Records.

ACTION REACTION, which also includes Crissie Verhagen (AKA BELLA) and Salvatore Ciaravino, formerly of the band ELEMENT 101, are the first band to work with the imprint.

Somewhere between THE PIXIES, RADIOHEAD and FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER lies Action Reaction’s sound. A transfusion that recalls the experimentation of late-60’s art rock bands, mixed with the danciness of current bands like HEAD AUTOMATICA.

Look for ACTION REACTION on The Invisible Sideshow Tour with ARMOR FOR SLEEP, BOYS NIGHT OUT and CHIODOS.

Expect a full-length album from ACTION REACTION to debut this Spring on Equal Vision/Hope Division Records. In the meantime, the band will have a 4-sound tour EP at all of their upcoming shows.

Metal Therapy – French Metal Fest – April 15, Moonspell to Headline

The lineup for France’s METAL THERAPY festival is starting to come together. Taking place on April 15 at Galaxie in Amneville, France, the following artists will be performing:

MOONSPELL
MAYHEM
HYPOCRISY
SOILWORK
AMORPHIS
HATE ETERNAL
GOJIRA
IMPALED NAZARENE
DAGOBA
SIKTH
THE OLD DEAD TREE
BLOCKHEADS
MANIMAL
THE ARRS
INHATRED

P.O.D. – To Perform at Wrestlemania Events for Wrestler Ray Mysterio

There is a Yahoo! News story that claims that P.O.D will be performing at Wrestlemania events in Miami and Chicago. Wuv, the drummer of P.O.D., also went on to say:

“There’s a famous wrestler named Raymond Mysterio (Ray Mysterio Jr., WWE Superstar). He actually graduated with me and Sonny at our high school. We are playing music for him when he comes out, so that will be fun and kind of cool. You know how those wrestling fans are, they come out in droves.”

Abysmal Dawn- After 2 Years Announce Replacement Full Time Bassist

ABYSMAL DAWN is very excited to announce that after two years of searching, the band have finally happened upon a fulltime bass player in the form of Carlos Arriola (ex-SAVAGERY). An official message follows Arriola’s announcement:

“For those of you who missed out, you can see him and his amazing wind milling and tapping skills in action on February 19th at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA. ABYSMAL DAWN will be performing alongside death metal legends SUFFOCATION and brutal tech-death gods DECREPIT BIRTH.”

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Mike Bear
(ARTISAN) for all the hard work he put into ABYSMAL DAWN these past six months. He held down the bottom end until we found a fulltime member and helped greatly in the pre-production of “From Ashes.” His tremendous technique can be heard on our upcoming debut (the before mentioned “From Ashes”) scheduled for release on April 4th via Crash Music. Advanced tracks from the album maybe heard at www.myspace.com/abysmaldawn”