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Dysrhythmia – Complete Work On New Album

Progressive instrumental trio DYSRHYTHMIA have completed recording their new album, “Barriers and Passages.”

On “Barriers and Passages,” DYSRHYTHMIA raise the scale-surging rock bar with their exceptional playing and unwavering dedication to forward-thinking song craft. Time signatures bend and shift intuitively. Rich washes of melody and layers of noise are the voices that punctuate crisp musical constructions. Barriers and Passages was recorded at B.C. Studios in Brooklyn, NY with engineer Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth, John Zorn) and is set for a May 2nd release in North America (May 9th internationally) via Relapse. A special “Barriers and Passages” preview track for the song ‘Appeared at First,’ is available online now at the band’s MySpace page.

The band will also be doing a U.S. tour beginning May 25th through June 26th with YAKUZA and BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS. The first date to be released is as follows:

May 25 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s

Atheist – 15th Anniversary of Roger Patterson’s Death

ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer has released the following statement regarding the 15th anniversary of the death of the band’s bass player, Roger Patterson:

“On this the 15th Anniversary of the death of ATHEIST‘s prodigy Bass player Roger Patterson, we wish to ask you all to throw your horns in the air one long time for him, and maybe spin ‘An Incarnations Dream’ from U.P. in his honor, he was truly one of metal’s best bass musicians ever!

We miss just as much today as we ever have. Myself(Kelly) and Steve Flynn went to visit his grave in Palmetto Florida last week, smoked a fatty and hung out with him. He would be absolutely blown away by the respect that you have all created and shown for him 15 years later! Here’s to you Roger (Horns fully extended) Cheers Kelly…

See you in Europe this summer!”

In other news, you can check out the band’s new official forum, hosted by SMNnews, ” target=_blank>here.

Darkest Hour – E-Card Supporting Upcoming Undoing Ruin Tour

An e-card supporting DARKEST HOUR‘s forthcoming tour with HIMSA, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE ACACIA STRAIN and DEAD TO FALL has been posted online. You can check it out in all it’s glory at this location.

Brand New Sin – ‘Days Are Numbered’ Live Syracuse Video

There is a new live performance of BRAND NEW SIN for their track ‘Days Are Numbered’ available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at The Country Club in Syracuse, NY prior to the release of BRAND NEW SIN‘s latest effort “Recipe For Disaster”.

Dog Fashion Disco – “Adultery” Cover Art Work Revealed

The art work for DOG FASHION DISCO‘s upcoming new album, “Adultery,” has been revealed.

Cannibal Corpse – Cancel Wacken Appearance

CANNIBAL CORPSE have released the following statement explaining why they canceled their appearance at this year’s Wacken Festival, and hinted at an upcoming large U.S. tour:

“We regret to announce that we have to cancel our appearance at the Wacken Open Air in 2006. The cancellation is due to a scheduling conflict with a large tour in the USA that we will be appearing on. We have now been told that the USA tour(more details about this tour will be released on February 15th) will run from July 7th to August 13th, where originally we had been told that it would likely run from June until July. We would not have scheduled a Wacken performance if we had been aware of this conflict.

We were really looking forward to playing Wacken, so we are quite disappointed that this has to happen, but we did not want to cancel a month long tour to perform a single concert. We are very sorry to all of our fans who were planning to see us at Wacken, and also to the festival organizers, who are in no way responsible for our cancellation. We hope to perform at Wacken again in the years to come, but unfortunately this year it is not possible.”

48th Annual Grammy Awards – Winners Announced

Below are the announced winners for the best Hard Rock and Metal performances for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards (winners in bold):

Best Hard Rock Performance:

System of a Down – “B.Y.O.B.”
Audioslave – “Doesn’t Remind Me”
Nine Inch Nails – “The Hand That Feeds”
Robert Plant – “Tin Pan Valley”
Queens of the Stone Age – “Little Sister”

Best Metal Performance:

Slipknot – “Before I Forget”
Ministry – “The Great Satan”
Mudvayne – “Determined”
Rammstein – “Mein Teil”
Shadows Fall – “What Drives the Weak”

Necrophagist – Initial U.S. Headlining Dates Released

Initial dates have been released for NECROPHAGIST‘s upcoming headlining U.S. tour. According to the B.B. King Blues Club web site, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ARSIS, NEURAXIS, and ALARUM will be providing support. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

April 28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Modern Exchange
May 6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 8 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
May 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
May 16 – Tulsa, OK @ The Venue
May 19 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 20 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
May 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
May 22 – Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
May 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
May 29 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Caliban – More U.S. Headlining Dates Released

More dates have been released for CALIBAN‘s upcoming U.S. headlining tour with SWORN ENEMY, ION DISSONANCE, and EMBRACE THE END:

April 28 – Long Island, NY @ Club Ritual
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metalfest)
April 30 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Metalfest)
May 1 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
May 2 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
May 3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 4 – Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
May 5 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray’s Downtown Blues
May 7 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
May 8 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
May 9 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 10 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
May 13 – San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center (CA Metalfest)
May 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
May 15 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 16 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 17 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
May 18 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
May 20 – Freeport, IL @ Freeport Convention Center
May 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Screwy Louie’s
May 24 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
May 26 – Danbury, CT @ Empress Ballroom

Brand New Sin – In Songwriting Mode – Preparing for 2nd Century Media Release

BRAND NEW SIN recently completed a highly successful U.S. tour with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, and their stunning 45-minute set captivated crowds while solidifying them a rabid new following. The group are now in full songwriting mode for the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Recipe For Disaster” album. Their video for the single “Days Are Numbered,” shot by Dale Resteghini (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED), is currently in rotation on Headbangers Ball and can also be viewed on AOL Music, Music Choice and Yahoo.

Joe Altier (vocals) checks in with the following report:

“I want to thank everyone for 2005. We got to tour with Motorhead, COC, LOA, BLS, and make good friends with all the guys in Mercy Clinic, Bloodsimple, Scum Of The Earth, Society 1, Dog Faced Gods. I want to thank my band mates, crew and our families for once again being there for me (us) thru everything, all the extended sin family for housing us, getting us drunk, and plain just making us feel at home wherever we go. We will continue to make music, so hopefully you will keep coming out to see us.

“The main focus right now is writing the follow up to “Recipe For Disaster”. We will hopefully be recording this spring and the boys and me are hard at work once again 5 nights a week hammering out some new tunes. We will spend the next two months writing and demoing new material. We are very excited! I promise to keep everyone updated on the progress and news about this in the coming weeks. And as the hometown show goers know this record is being fueled by Tequila so you better watch out.”

BRAND NEW SIN have also announced another headlining date – it is below:

February 10 – Phoenix, NY @ Gatherings (w/ DEAD ROSE)

Grotesqueuphoria – Feat. ex-Butcher, Exuviate – Upload New ‘Raw Cult’ Video

New York-based death metallers GROTESQUEUPHORIA, featuring former members of BUTCHERY and EXUVIATE, have uploaded a “raw cult” video of the track “Cursed to Live” from their 2001 self-released debut album, “Euphoric Discordance”, at their official web site.

GROTESQUEUPHORIA, whose sound is described as “pure old-school death metal with technical overtones” that is “sure to satisfy the fans of GORGUTS, HUMAN REMAINS and IMMOLATION,” signed a deal with Destro Records in August of 2003 and have completed work on their sophomore album, entitled “Conquered By Corruption” which can be purchased directly through the label.

Nonpoint – Launch Podcast From the Road – Prepare to Shoot Video

NONPOINT has launched the first in a series of upcoming podcast’s from the road. You can check it out at the following location. The band has also announced a handful of new stops for their highly successful tour with SEVENDUST, and are gearing up to shoot a video for their single, ‘Bullet With A Name’ in Hollywood, CA later this month with director Darren Doane.

In Flames – “Come Clarity” Hits Home on College Radio and Hard Rock Charts

Heralded heavy music quintet IN FLAMES‘ brand new album, “Come Clarity” has vaulted to the top of the college radio and commercial specialty Hard Rock charts – across the board – in just its second week. “Come Clarity” hit North American stores on Tuesday, February 7th via New Jersey’s Ferret Music.

Propelled by the red-hot single and video ‘Take This Life’, “Come Clarity” has taken over the #1 position on the CMJ Loud Rock and FMQB Metal Detector charts, as well as the CMJ Loud Rock Select Albums, Mediaguide Metal Specialty Albums and Mediaguide Metal Specialty Songs charts, respectively.

Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child Fest 6 – Line-Up Released

The line-up for the Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child Festival 6, which takes place June 17th at Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E. Grayson St.) in San Antonio, TX:

DEMONCY (GA) 11:20-12:00
NACHTMYSTIUM (IL) 10:20-11:00
KULT OV AZAZEL (FL) 9:20-10:00
THORNSPAWN (TX) 8:20-9:00
BLOOD STORM (PA) 7:10-7:50
CRIMSON MOON (CA) 6:20-6:50
TERATISM (MN) 5:30-6:00
MANTICORE (OH) 3:50-4:20
ADUMUS (TX) 3:00-3:30
OBEISANCE (TX) 2:10-2:40
DEMONHAMMER (TX) 1:20-1:50
NODENS (TX) 12:30-1:00

Mushroomhead – More U.S. Tour Dates Released

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

March 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
March 24 – Traverse City, MI @ Streeters
March 25 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
March 26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
March 29 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
March 31 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
April 4 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
April 6 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 7 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
April 8 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
April 11 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 13 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
April 14 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jester’s Pub
April 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Taproot – U.S. Tour Dates Released

Dates for TAPROOT‘s upcoming U.S. tour with EVANS BLUE and FROM SATELLITE have been released:

March 22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
March 24 – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
March 25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
March 26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
March 29 – Buffalo, NY @ Icon
March 30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
March 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 1 – Boston, MA @ Axis
April 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
April 7 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
April 8 – State College, PA @ Crowbar
April 10 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
April 12 – Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
April 13 – Knoxville, TN @Blue Cats
April 14 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
April 15 – Montgomery, AL @ Off The Wagon
April 20 – Ft. Myers, FL @ Richocet’s
April 21 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock
April 23 – Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store
April 28 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
April 29 – Zephyrhills, FL @ Festival Park (98Rock Livestock Festival)
May 1 – Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
May 12 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck

SOiL – Squash European In Flames Tour Rumors

An internet post went up today stating that according to Germany’s Metal Hammer magazine that Chicago based rockers SOiL had been confirmed as the opening act for IN FLAMES on their upcoming European tour beginning in mid-March that will also feature SEPULTURA. According to the band’s management, The Firm, this posting is in fact not true. Management and band representatives “don’t want any of our fans to be mislead”. If any new tours are confirmed an official press release will be sent out.

High On Fire, Goatwhore – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for HIGH ON FIRE‘s upcoming tour with GOATWHORE and WATCH THEM DIE:

March 30 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street Bar & Grill
March 31 – San Jose, CA @ Blank Club
April 1 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
April 2 – Las Vegas, NV @ Clubhouse
April 4 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
April 5 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
April 6 – Fort Worth, TX @ Wreck Room
April 7 – San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
April 8 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
April 9 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
April 11 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
April 12 – Miami, FL @ Churchhill’s
April 13 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
April 16 – Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Laundrolounge
April 18 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Jewish Mother
April 19 – Hagerstown, MD @ Leitersburg Hall
April 20 – Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel
April 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
April 22 – Wallingford, CT @ American Legion Hall
April 23 – Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
April 25 – Buffalo, NY @ The Icon
April 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Top Cats
May 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
May 5 – Sacramento, CA @ The Library
May 6 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Attic

Switched – Announce Headlining Tour with Allele – Kicks off April 7

After an over two year hiatus, Cleveland Hard Rock titans SWITCHED, (best known for their chart-climbing singles “Inside” and “Tendeadfingers”), have announced they will be hitting the road for a month-long headlining trek beginning April 7 in support of their newly released sophomore LP, the 2 disc collection “Ghosts in the Machine”.

The outing will mark the first since 2003, when the relentlessly touring SWITCHED made rounds on Ozzfest, as well as 2 consecutive appearances on Warped Tour, US tours with SEVENDUST, NONPOINT, FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, CHIMAIRA, and countless radio festivals.

The touring lineup will feature original vocalist Ben Schigel, and guitarists Joe Schigel and B.C. Kochmit, as well as new recruits Josh Jansen (Bass-Tinjen) and Angel (Drums – GENITORTURERS, Tinjen), who will replace original drummer Chad Szeliga, now manning the drum throne in BREAKING BENJAMIN, and bassist Corey Lowery (DARK NEW DAY), respectively.

The tour, which also features Corporate Punishment labelmates ALLELE, will kick off April 7 in Green Bay, WI at the Riverside Ballroom, and is set to cover much of the Midwest, South and Southwest. Switched will also be performing a special set at the Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland, OH on February 28, for the “Ghosts in the Machine” CD Release/Odeon Farewell Party.

Chimaira – Off-Date SOTU Footage Posted – ‘Severed’ and ‘Pure Hatred’

There are some new exclusive live performances of Chimaira available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The tracks filmed were ‘Severed’ and ‘Pure Hatred’ taken at The Penny Arcade in Rochester, NY last summer during an off-date of the Sound Of The Underground tour.

Gamma Ray – Mid-West Performance Announced – May 12 in Maplewood, Minnesota

Hamburg-based GAMMA RAY featuring Kai Hansen from HELLOWEEN on lead vocals will make their only Midwest/mid-country appearance at the Rock Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Friday, May 12, 2006. This performance will be the closing date of their first-ever US tour and the only performance that does not take place on either the east or the west coast. This will also be the band’s first-ever performance in Minnesota.

After weeks of negotiations, Nathan Block of the local independent SwordLord Productions finally secured an additional date with GAMMA RAY‘s agent and management after it was announced via the band’s website that only an extremely limited tour of the United States had been planned. GAMMA RAY was only scheduled to play 5 dates in the United States: 3 on the east coast and 2 on the west with no stops in between.

“I am extremely grateful to the management of GAMMA RAY for allowing an extra date on this tour. There are many, many non-coast based fans that are going to be able to see this band now that otherwise could not have. This concert is going to be an amazing experience for many people ? including myself!” says Nathan Block who is producing the show. Block’s company, SwordLord Productions has produced several first-time Minnesota appearances including Germany’s BLIND GUARDIAN and most recently Finland’s SONATA ARCTICA.

Co-producing the show is another independent Minnesota promoter ? John McGovern of Mayhem Productions. Mayhem made headlines locally and in cyberspace with the crushing debut of Heathen Crusade in January, a showcase for many first-time European bands in Minnesota.

Special guests performing with Gamma Ray on May 12 will be ION VEIN, Chicago’s power metal sensation and MILES BEYOND from Michigan. More bands and special events are planned and will be announced as they develop.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 4.

The Who – Daltrey and Townshend Plan New Album, World Tour

THE WHO are set to record their first album in nearly 25 years, and will back it up with a full world tour complete with several festival appearances. Pete Townshend, one of the two surviving original members along with Roger Daltrey, said on his website: “There will be a tour. We already have European festival dates slotted in June and July.” The original bassist, John Entwistle, died of a heart attack in 2002.

A British and European tour will be followed by an American leg in the autumn and the rest of the world in 2007. The band is believed to be negotiating to play at Scotland’s T in the Park. Townshend also said he would deliver the new studio album – The Who’s first since It’s Hard in 1982. The singer-songwriter and guitarist said: “There will be a new CD sometime in the early summer. I know I’ve cried wolf a few times, but this time I have committed.”

More information can be found here.

Decapitated – Offer UK Fans Free Rare Live Performance CD

Polish Death Metal trailblazers DECAPITATED will make their UK fans very happy on the release of their new album “Organic Hallucinosis’ on February 13, as those who purchase the CD or Dual Disc through UK Independent retail stores can claim a free copy of an exclusive rare “Live CD” taken from the Earache Xmas Party from December 20, 2004, a show featuring former singer Sauron.

The Hellacopters, Nebula – 3 Week Spring US Tour Planned – The Datsuns Appear on Select Dates

THE HELLACOPTERS are set to embark on a three-week U.S. tour with labelmates NEBULA as part of the Swedish rock quintet’s first in four years. The tour will also feature New Zealand’s THE DATSUNS on select dates for a tour which kicks off in Chicago on March 6. It also includes a performance alongside fellow Scandinavian rockers TURBONEGRO at South By Southwest, an annual music industry event held each spring in Austin, Texas.

In other THE HELLACOPTERS news, the band will find out next week if they’ve earned another Swedish Grammy Award, this time in the category “Best Rock Group Of The Year” ? have toured their home continent with the likes of KISS, THE ROLLING STONES, FOO FIGHTERS, and more. Released January 24, the American version of the album “Rock & Roll is Dead” features two bonus tracks not found on any other version, as well as bonus music video clips for international hit singles “I’m In The Band” and “Everything’s On T.V.”

NEBULA, meanwhile, will embark on the first tour in support of new album Apollo (street date February 21), the L.A. power trio’s fourth full-length. Produced by Daniel Rey (RAMONES, L7), the album ? which sees the addition of new bassist Tom Davies ? features a bonus bootleg video of new song “Future Days” recorded during a recent Japanese tour. The group has previously toured with MASTODON, CLUTCH, C.O.C., among others.

Himsa – ‘Seminal’ European Video Footage For Grabs

A live video performance from HIMSA‘s latest release “Hail Horror”, filmed and directed on their European tour at the end of 2005. You can download the track ‘Seminal’ here.