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Minneapolis Mayhem 3 – First Set of Bands Announced

Mayhem Productions is proud to present MINNEAPOLIS MAYHEM 3. Set to take place on August 25 and 26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, confirmed acts include:

JAG PANZER
STEEL ATTACK
RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER
USURPER
AVENGER OF BLOOD

With more bands to be confirmed soon.

Daath – Announce Signing of Atlanta-based Extreme Metal Band

Roadrunner is happy to announce the signing of Atlanta-based extreme metal band, DAATH.

DAATH (pronounced like “Goth,” but with a “D”) were signed by longtime Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner. Says Conner: “DAATH fuses elements of cutting-edge death and black metal with expansive orchestral and electronic themes. I haven’t signed a death metal band since the early 90’s, when that whole scene reached a serious saturation and then stagnation point. But I never stopped following the genre and when DAATH came along, I finally heard a new band who injected originality, excitement and fresh ideas back into that style of music.”

The band, featuring Sean Farber (vocals), Michael Kameron (synth, backing vocals), Eyal Levi (guitar), Emil Werstler (guitar), Jeremy Creamer (bass), and Matt Ellis (drums), were brought to Conner’s attention via colleague and friend, former OBITUARY, DEATH, DISCARNATE, TESTAMENT guitarist-turned-producer, James Murphy, who took the band into the studio last year to co-produce and mix ten songs.

“The DAATH song-writing team of Eyal Levi and his co-conspirator, composer/lyricist Michael Kameron, are on top of their game,” says Murphy. “After completing the work on these songs, I knew I had something innovative and genre-bending on my hands. These guys have something extra, something special… not your run-of-the-mill death metal formula, but something ‘beyond’ that transcends the norms for the genre. I can’t wait for the world to hear this band and hopefully feel the same renewed enthusiasm for extreme metal as a true art form that I now feel.”

According to Kameron, “DAATH means ‘hidden knowledge’ in Hebrew and represents the tragic struggle between the instincts and the intellect, the doorway to the abyss of the unconscious mind.” Adds Levi, “We explore a vast array of emotional landscapes, at times aggressively exhilarating and at others inwardly reflective.” Continues Levi, “Since the beginning we’ve believed that Roadrunner was the most appropriate label for DAATH. They are the torch bearers for the metal world and we are proud to be joining their family.”

DAATH will re-enter the studio with Murphy in May to record five more songs to round out the pool of tracks they will choose from to unleash as their forthcoming Roadrunner debut album, The Hinderers – due out this Fall. Besides the title track, some other songs set to appear include “Festival Mass Soulform,”Ovum,” “Above Lucium” and “Who Will Take The Blame.” Murphy makes a guest appearance on the album as well as former CHIMAIRA/DYING FETUS drummer, Kevin Talley, who tracked drums on two songs.

Dissection – To Release Limited Copies of ‘Starless Aeon’ Single

On April 30 Sweden?s metal pioneers DISSECTION will release a ?Starless Aeon? CD-single, limited to 1,000 copies and will be available only in North America from THE END RECORDS mailorder website.

The CD-single, which will also contain the video for the song ?Starless Aeon,? has the following tracklisting:

1. Starless Aeon (Album Version)
2. Xeper-I-Set (Album Version)
3. Starless Aeon (Instrumental Version)
4. Bonus Video: Starless Aeon (Original Edit)

About the unique video accompanying the CD-single, singer and guitarist Jon Nödtveidt says, ?For the making of the video to “Starless Aeon”, the first song from “ReinKaos” to become visual, DISSECTION explore a special filming technique, shooting scenes backwards, with the band literally having to perform their music and sing the lyrics backwards. The filmed sequences have then ultimately been reversed again, with an original backwards sequence playing forwards in sync with the album version of the song. The visual result appears rather sick and disturbing, and like the rest of the video, very dark.?

The video will also get its debut on MP3.com this Monday, April 10.

SiKth – Release Tracklisting for “Death of a Dead Day”

London based SIKTH have released the track listing for their Bieler Bros. debut ?Death of a Dead Day?.

1. Bland Streem Bloom
2. Flogging the Horses
3. Way Beyond the Fond Old River
4. Summer Rain
5. In This Light
6. Sanguine Seas of Bigotry
7. When the Moments Gone
9. Part of the Friction
10. Where do We Fall?
11. Another Sinking Ship
12. As the Earth Spins Around

?Death of a Dead Day? was produced by members of SIKTH and was mixed by Matt LaPlant at Bieler Bros Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. ?Death of a Dead Day? will be released on June 6 with the first ten thousand copies containing a poster autographed by the band as well as limited edition embossed artwork.

The first single from the effort entitled ?Bland Street Bloom? has been posted online – the news post can be found further down the page. A video for the track is set to follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime SIKTH will be performing at a series of headlining dates before taking part in this year?s Download Festival with the likes of GUNS N’ ROSES, TOOL and METALLICA.

Fast Eddie – Looking For New Guitarist

Experimental jazz/death metallers FAST EDDIE, who recently relocated to Los Angeles, are searching for a new permanent guitar player. If you’re interested in trying out, you can check out their music/get in touch with them on MySpace.

Twiztid – First Dates Released For Headlining Tour

The first two dates have been released for TWIZTID‘s upcoming headlining tour with POT LUCK, AXE MURDER BOYS, and BOBAFLEX:

June 3 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
June 4 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

Cattle Decapitation – New Album Title/Art Work/Track Listing Revealed – Second Guitarist Added – Looking For New Drummer

CATTLE DECAPITATION are looking for a new drummer. If you think you have what it takes, you can check out the details here. The band has also offered the following update on their upcoming new album:

CATTLE DECAPITATION is happy to announce “Karma.Bloody.Karma.” as the title of the next record. NO, there is not any religious significance of the title. NO, the name does not imply that we’re “crazy vegans” trying to push our lifestyle onto people (as a lot of gabbing internet idiots like to pigeonhole us as). It is simply about the “greatest natural disaster of all time,” humanity, and revenge for its effect on this planet. This will be the most nihilistic, pessimistic and hateful record we’ve ever done lyrically, and musically you can expect, what one of our friends has said perfectly about it, a very “schitzophrenic” release! Imagine the CANINUS split material, just longer in every way. Features guest appearances by Joey Karam(THE LOCUST) and John Wiese(SUNN 0))), BASTARD NOISE). Produced by Billy Anderson(SWANS, MR. BUNGLE, MELVINS). Available June/July 2006!

Here’s the goddamn track list:
1. Intro
2. Unintelligent Design
3. Success Is?(Hanging By the Neck)
4. One Thousand Times Decapitation
5. The Carcass Derrick
6. Total Gore
7. Bereavement
8. Suspended In Coprolite
9. Alone At The Landfill
10. Karma.Bloody.Karma.
11. The New Dawn
12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence”

You may view the album cover here.

“We have a new addition to CATTLE DECAPITATION. A new second guitar player by the name of Kevin “Fetus” Bernier of L.A.?s Watch Me Burn/Fetus Eaters/Deadfood/Vomitcore Records. He’s been an amazing friend of ours since the beginning and we’re very excited to start playing live with him. We’ll try our hardest to have him ready for the NECROPHAGIST tour!

Sunn O))) – Return to US for Tour with Japan’s Boris

Still supporting the monolithic “Black One” release, SUNN O))) return to American shores after annihilating Europe with EARTH. Hitting the Midwest for a few dates they then import some help from Japan’s BORIS, making a much-welcomed re-appearance on their upcoming release Pink. A few Canadian dates enter the picture, the duo headline the Emissions From The Monolith festival, and then head east.

The lineup for SUNN O))) this time around includes Mark Deutrom, Oren Ambarchi, Atsuo Mizuno (BORIS) will join from Minneapolis onward, and as always Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley.

May 18 Boston, MA @ Middle East (downstairs)
May 20 Victoriaville, Quebec @ FIMAV
May 22 Toronto, Ontario @ Music Gallery
May 23 Grand Rapids, IL @ Institute of Contemporary Arts

With BORIS

May 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center
May 26 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square
May 27 – Columbus, OH @ Walker Center
May 28 – Youngstown, OH @ Emissions From the Monolith
May 29 – New York, NY @ Avalon

Soulfly – Marc Rizzo to Appear on Hard Attack on April 8

Tune in to Sirius Satellite Radio?s ?Hard Attack? show on Saturday, April 8 from 3-4pm when SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo sits in with DJ Jose. Marc will be talking about the upcoming SOULFLY U.S. tour as well as his own solo tour and performing live in the studio.

In other news, SOULFLY?s official website is running a contest where 3 fans can win an autographed copy of Marc?s solo CD ?Colossal Myopia?. The same site also lists SOULFLY‘s upcoming US tour dates.

Firebal Ministry – Return to Road with Disturbed – Record Joe Walsh Cover

The Los Angeles-based hard rock quartet FIREBALL MINISTRY will soon return to the road for a series of shows alongside multi-platinum rockers DISTURBED. The groups ? who performed a sold-out California show together in January ? will tour America and Canada for two weeks beginning on May 20. These will be DISTURBED‘s final North American shows prior to their summer stint on the main stage of Ozzfest.

The trek marks FIREBALL MINISTRY‘s first tour of 2006. The group criss-crossed America no fewer than five times late last year in support of their acclaimed new album, “Their Rock Is Not Our Rock”. Then, two nationwide treks with CKY book-ended a cross-country jaunt with OPETH, PELICAN, NEVERMORE; those were followed by a string of dates with H.I.M., SKINDRED, FINCH (the inaugural ?Viva La Bands? tour), and another series of shows with CLUTCH. The group also supported metal legends JUDAS PRIESTat a Michigan concert before capping off the year with a nationally televised performance on NBC?s ?Last Call With Carson Daly.?

?We took a rest, but now we?re back to get you drunk and make you deaf,? says guitarist/vocalist James A. Rota.

Before the DISTURBED run kicks off, FIREBALL MINISTRY will be headlining a hometown show at The Troubadour on May 4.

In other FIREBALL MINISTRY news, the group recently recorded a rendition of the Joe Walsh song ?Turn The Stone? for the second volume of Small Stone Records? Sucking The ?70s compilation. In 2002, the band appeared alongside CLUTCH, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, SPIRIT CARAVAN on the first installment, covering UFO?s ?Doctor, Doctor.?

Neuraxis – Announce Addition of Will Seghers – Full Tour Dates

Montreal based NEURAXIS have announced the addition of new live guitarist Will Seghers(ex-QUO VADIS.) The band comments:

NEURAXIS wishes to thank everyone who showed interest in auditioning for the guitar position. It feels good to now have a guitarist that meets our standard of musicianship and can add a positive energy to the group.”

The band will embark on a US tour this April/May alongside NECROPHAGIST, ARSIS, ALARUM, CATTLE DECAPITATION, THINE EYES BLEED.

The touring line-up is as follows:

Rob Milley ? guitar
Yan Thiel ? bass
Tommy Mckinnon ? drums
Ian Campbell ? vocals
Will Seghers ? guitar

Apr. 28 – New England Metal & Hardcore Festival*
Apr. 29 – Lorain (Cleveland), OH @ The Red Parrot*
Apr. 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Modern Exchange*
May 01 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners*
May 02 – Omaha, NE @ The Rock*
May 03 – Denver, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon*
May 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge*
May 05 – Boise, ID @ Grove St*
May 06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven*
May 07 – Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesday’s*
May 08 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza*
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, FL @ Will’s Pub** w/ Into the Moat
May 23 – Miami, FL @ Studio A** w/ Into the Moat
May 24 – Tampa, FL @ TBA**
May 25 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G**
May 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club**
May 29 – New York, NY @ B.B. King’s**
May 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church**
* w/Thine Eyes Bleed
** w/ Cattle Decapitation

Jun. 03 – Quebec, QC @ Campus Charlesbourg w/Disfear, Misery Index
Jun. 30 – L?Assomption, QC @ L?Oasis
Jul. 01 – St-Hyacinthe, QC @ Underground Attack Festival
Jul. 15 – Toronto, ON @ Kathedral/Terror Festival
Jul. 23 – Chicago, IL @ Ye Olde Town Inn w/Beneath The Massacre, Victimas
Jul. 26 – Kansas City, KS @ El Torreon w/ Beneath The Massacre, Victimas
Jul. 29 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye w/Beneath The Massacre, Victimas
Aug. 05 – Albq, NM @ Gathering of the Sick Fest w/Decrepit Birth, Beneath The Massacre

DragonForce – Sign To Roadrunner Records

DRAGONFORCE have signed to Roadrunner Records and will release their latest album, Inhuman Rampage, through the label in North America this summer.

Disturbed – Rapid City Show Moves to Casper, WY

Due to scheduling conflicts the May 22 DISTURBED show in Rapid City has changed to Casper, WY at the Events Center. No other information is available.

Imagika – Ink Deal with Crash Music – Tracklisting Announced

Crash Music, Inc. today announces that they have signed San Francisco power/thrash/metal band, IMAGIKA to a licensing deal for North America for the band’s new CD, “My Bloodied Wings”, due on July 11. The follow-up to last year’s “Devils on Both Sides” was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California and was mixed at Los Angered Recording in Gothenburg, Sweden with Andy LaRocque of KING DIAMOND fame.

“My Bloodied Wings” track listing:

1. The Tongue of Nyx
2. Hunter’s Moon
3. Second Coming
4. Throw the Horns
5. Heart of Icarus
6. Weaken
7. The Darkest of All Secrets
8. Inhuman
9. One More Day
10. Forever Darkened
11. My Bloodied Wings

Dysrhythmia, Behold…The Arctopus – More Dates Released

More dates have been released for DYSRHYTHMIA and BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS‘s upcoming tour:

with Yakuza:
May 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
May 26 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
May 27 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
May 28 – New Haven, CT @ Bar Nightclub
May 29 – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
May 30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
May 31 – Charleston, SC @ Cumberland’s w/ Kylesa
June 1 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
June 2 – Athens, GA @ Tasty World
June 3 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar w/ Kylesa
June 6 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
June 7 – Austin, TX @ TBA
June 8 – Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
June 9 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
June 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
June 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
June 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
June 13 – Portland, OR @ TBA
June 14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
June 17 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
June 18 – Lawrence, KS @ The Replay Lounge
June 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
June 21 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
June 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk’s Lounge
June 23 – Chicago, IL @ TBA

June 24 – Dayton, OH @ Elbo’s w/ Mouth of the Architect
June 25 – Columbus, OH @ High Five w/ Yakuza
June 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
June 27 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
June 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Bar

Sounds of the Underground – Tour Dates Released

Dates have been announced for this year’s edition of the Sounds of the Underground tour featuring AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GWAR, TERROR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEHEMOTH, THE CHARIOT, and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD:

July 8 – Cleveland, OH @ Plain Dealer Pavillion
July 9 – Chicago, IL @ 1st Midwest Bank Amp. Parking Lot
July 11 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
July 12 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis **
July 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center
July 14 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center Parking Lot *
July 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom Outside
July 16 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Waterfront ****
July 17 – Washington DC @ Merryweather Pavillion

with EVERGREEN TERRACE:
July 19 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
July 21 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
July 22 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete St. Amphitheatre
July 23 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amp. Parking Lot
July 26 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre ***
July 27 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues **
July 28 – San Diego, CA @ TBA ***
July 29 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amp. Parking Lot
July 31 – Denver, CO @ Universal Lending Pavilion
August 2 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Outside
August 3 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphithea
August 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
August 6 – Winnipeg, MB @ Convention Centre
August 7 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Center
August 8 – Edmonton, AB @ Northlands Agricom
August 10 – Vancouver, BC @ The Pne Forum
August 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Universal Amphitheatre

* = with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
** = only AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, GWAR, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TERROR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
*** = with SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY, STILL REMAINS
**** = with VISION OF DISORDER

From A Second Story Window – Studio Update – Between the Buried and Me Guest Appearance (?)

FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW have checked in with a bit of record update with word on some guests who may/may not be stopping by:

“Tracking is well along the way for the Delenda record. The group is in Syracuse at More Sound Studios recordings with engineer/producer, Jo cko, According to the band, drums & guitars are just about done, with the remainder of the recording falling into line according to plan. The artwork is being handled by Jason Fiske (Frequency Needs a Mate). Reportedly, BTBAM’s Tommy Rogers may be making a guest appearance also.”

Terror – Offer Up Studio Update – July 10 Release

TERROR have offered up a studio update from their hole in Hadley, MA, including some info regarding guests in the studio:

“Yo! We are out in Hadley, MA recording our new record “Always The Hard Way” with King Zeuss, and we couldn’t be more happy with the way it’s coming out! We have been in here for about 20 days now, and we are finishing up. Eddie Sutton from Leeway and Arron from Death Threat made a vocal appearance and it sounds fuckin’ great! The album is gonna drop July 10th just in time for sounds of the underground this summer! I posted some photos of us in the studio, so check that shit out!”

36 Crazyfists – Debut New Material on MySpace Page

Alaskan metallers 36 CRAZYFISTS have put the first taste of new music from their forthcoming album ”Rest Inside The Flames” up on their official MySpace. The track ‘I’ll Go Until My Heart Stops’ is also featured on the forthcoming ‘Headbangers Ball: The Revenge’ compilation. Album art is also available at the same link.

Trivium – Live 30 Minute Performance from Radio 1 Studios Streaming Tonight

Tonight on the BBC’s Radio 1 Rock Show, from 1-3am GMT, 5pm PST, 8pm EST, the show will be airing TRIVIUM‘s live thirty minute performance at the Radio 1 Maida Vale studios. Streams can be found at bbc.co.uk.

The Spill Canvas – Tour Update Video Provided

PunkRockVids.com has uploaded the first episode from East/West Records’ THE SPILL CANVAS‘ tour update. Titlted, “Introduction”, the video is also avaliable on .mp4 format so you can watch it on your iPod.

Hirax – Announce Return of Guitarist Glenn Rogers – Writing New Material, New Lineup

HIRAX vocalist Katon W. De Pena has announced lead guitarist Glenn Rogers has rejoined HIRAX with lead guitarist Lance Harrison, bassist Steve Harrison and drummer Fabricio Raveli completing the new lineup.

?I wanted to make some changes for a while,? said De Pena. ?The only other band member that I saw eye to eye with on what direction HIRAX should be going was Glenn. We both really love playing heavy thrash metal and we know what HIRAX should sound like.?

?Katon and I began talking again after he mailed a copy of the ?Thrash Til Death? DVD to me,? said Glenn Rogers. ?My heart has always been into HIRAX; and after our meeting, we found out that we’re both still on the same page. So we decided it was in our best interest to put all the bullshit behind us and move forward.?

?The Harrison brothers are local Los Angeles/Orange County musicians who are veterans of the heavy metal scene,? said De Pena. ?Lance Harrison was our guitar tech so he knows what we are all about. He is a great addition to the band. His brother Steve knows how to play his instrument and comes from the Jaco Pastorius, Cliff Burton, Steve Harris school of bass playing. He is perfect for what we do. Our newest member is Fabricio Ravelli from Brazil. He is dedicated to metal and had been following our music for years. Fabrico is a well known musician back in South America and relocated to California in order to peruse his career in music. We are privileged to have him as a member of HIRAX.?

HIRAX is currently working on new material for their next record to be titled ?Assassins Of War.? The record was planned to be an EP, however, it has morphed into a full-length because of the amount of material that Rogers and the Harrison brothers have been writing.

One of the first dates for the new lineup of HIRAX will be in Long Island City, New York, on May 13, headlining a show for Metal Kingdom Records? 2nd Anniversary. This will be the band?s first-ever New York show.

?Not only am I excited about ?Assassins Of War, I am looking forward to playing shows with these guys,? said De Pena. ?They are TRUE ROAD DOGS!! They are willing to travel and sleep on floors if that?s what it takes. They are hungry like I am and are willing to go the extra mile to play our music for the fans- no matter what country and no matter if they are rich or poor. All we care about is METAL!!?

Scheduled live dates are below:

May 13 – @ Metal Kingdom Records 2nd Anniversary

Facedowninshit, Unearthly Trance – Release Albums Today – Announce Future Touring Plans

FACEDOWNINSHIT and UNEARTHLY TRANCE have both unveiled new albums, both of which hit stores today, April 4.

FACEDOWNINSHIT melds the ethos of hardcore and punk, the sincerity of blues, and a forceful urgency to create their own unique brand of southern fried dirt metal. On “N.P.O.N. (Nothing Positive, Only Negative)”, the trio delivers honesty that resonates in every word, every D.I.Y-till-I-die riff, and through every last beat of the drums. Ugly, crude, ragged, and raw, “N.P.O.N.” is FACEDOWNINSHIT‘s manifesto and a new call to arms for the international extreme scene.

The band has also announced a headlining six-week tour in support of N.P.O.N. called the ?Rootin’ Tootin’ Schlitz Yourself Tour? that will begin on April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA. A complete listing of FACEDOWNINSHIT tour dates will be made available shortly via the Relapse Records website.

On their Relapse Records debut The Trident, New York’s UNEARTHLY TRANCE explore the mind’s third eye, putting to sound the heavy, doom-laden thoughts that are buried deep in all psyches. UNEARTHLY TRANCE deliver chilling, hostile vibes taken straight from the mind?s cold steely abyss with a merciless strike. With The Trident, UNEARTHLY TRANCE has embraced its’ past and fused it together with a new and exciting sense of momentum. The Trident is the result of a band that has never been more focused and determined. UNEARTHLY TRANCE are set to bring on the mental apocalypse. An e-card for The Trident can be accessed here. UNEARTHLY TRANCE will also be touring in support of their new record starting on April 15th where they will meet up with LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR (featuring members of PELICAN) for a North Eastern U.S. tour. A complete listing of UNEARTHLY TRANCEtour dates will be made available via the Relapse Records website.

The Illuminati – Facing a June Release

“On Borrowed Time”, the full-length debut from Toronto boogie-rockers THE ILLUMINATI, will be released in America on June 28. The trio ? who just wrapped up a U.S. tour alongside THE HELLACOPTERS and NEBULA that included a stop at South By Southwest ? will continue touring before and after the album?s release.

THE ILLUMINATI have recently received extensive critical acclaim for their self-titled EP, a six-track, 16-minute gem released last fall. The new issue of Revolver praises its ?swinging roadhouse rock,? while Outburn salutes their ?rock anthems infused with jazz n? blues parts, as well as rip-roarin? solos.?

The U.S. pressing of “On Borrowed Time” will include the music video for album track ?Goin? Down,? as well as a bonus audio and video track culled from the EP, ?On My Way Back Home?Again?. In its review, All Music Guide calls the song ? a staple of the group?s live set ? ?probably the defining piece on the EP, a rowdy and hell-raising tune that fuses rock, prog and hillbilly.?

THE ILLUMINATI‘s EP was only a proverbial glimpse through the keyhole, however ? a mere hint of what this band was capable. “On Borrowed Time” finds THE ILLUMINATI‘s doctrine of musicality fully realized, with profound and melodic compositions hurled headlong into visceral, even sleazy, three-minute rock epics. Sneaky details ? moments of metal-blues fusion, impeccably written noodley jazz codas ? recall a time before today?s genre-bound constraints. Melodic and exploratory yet fast and mean, the group offers a refreshing return to pretense-free virtuosity, conjuring wild specters of rock n? roll?s greatest legacies ? and giving BW&BK reason to say that ?the buzz is certifiably justified.?

Ozzfest 2006 – Seattle, WA Date Announced – June 29

An OZZFEST 2006 date has been announced for Seattle, WA. Set for June 29 at the White River Amphitheater, OZZY OSBOURNE, headliners SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and company will be rolling through.