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SOiL – Guitarist Shaun Glass Blog Update – 2006 “A Big Year”

SOiL guitarist Shaun Glass has rung in the New Year and has offered the following 2006 update:

“well it is here 2006 adios 05 and what a year that was from the loss of friends/musicans (piggy, dime, and barry) which left me lost but also inspired my song writing in so many ways that only now i can clearly see/hear how much it affected me also the unstoppable SOiL picked a new home(D R T) for our new opus which is fuckin DONE and i must say all 12 of these songs just make me smile knowing what we created is surely something special and surely lays to waste any of our past offerings also 05 did bring us an amazing new FRONTMAN/VOXZ which was very much needed to grow on what we do all i can compare it to is when MAIDEN got bruce on number of the beast as we def got our bruce, 3rd album 2nd singer it’s all to similiar in soo many fuckin ways ! this all ties into touring which is what we do best LIVE music! but also i must admit home life aint too bad as i have gotten used to chilling here with michelle and angus(hop) and doing the daily things we do but i do crave to sweat,spit,bleed on stage and this uk tour should open it all up again on another note i hung with my bud dave from JUNGLE ROT tonite and got together wrote a song with him for there next album a just flat out heavy ass death core song ,this was a great vibe just throwing down some old school shit which i havent done since my days in BROKEN HOPE anyways i hope all get what they want in 2006 and i cant wait to let you hear the full new album as it TRUELY is a refined SOiL”

Marc Rizzo – Adds 3 More January Appearances

Due to the overwhelming success of his solo instrumental tour so far, SOULFLY guitarist MARC RIZZO has added 3 more shows before heading off to Europe with Max Cavalera and the rest of SOULFLY at the end of January in support of their latest Roadrunner release, “Dark Ages”.

The new solo dates are:

January 14 ? Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
January 25 ? Brooklyn, NY @ Northsix
January 26 ? Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint

You can also catch Rizzo performing at the Peavey and Digitech booths at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd.

Chicago Powerfest 2006 – 1st Headliners Announced – Morgana Lefay to Return

Swedish metallers MORGANA LEFAY and California’s AGENT STEEL have just been confirmed for CHICAGO POWERFEST 2006. Due to an overwhelming response stemming from both last year’s Powerfest performance and the success of their latest release, “Grand Materia”, MORGANA LEFAY has been invited to return for a repeat performance. The last remaining band, a headliner, will be announced in the next week or two, with additional ticket & event details to follow.

As previously reported, CHICAGO POWERFEST, the fourth annual metal fest featuring both veteran and up-and-coming bands from various sub-genres of metal will take place on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Mr. Kelley’s Music Box in Chicago Heights, IL. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are ELDRITCH, BIOMECHANICAL, ION VEIN, TWELFTH GATE, GRACEPOINT, MIRROR BLACK and WITHERING SOUL.

Pig Destroyer – 2 NYC Shows Announced

PIG DESTROYER have lined up two New York City shows opening for WHITEHOUSE and WOLF EYES:

March 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
March 4 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory

Children of Bodom, Chimaira – Team Up For Tour

CHILDREN OF BODOM will be hitting the road for another North American tour with CHIMAIRA and BULLET FOR MY VALETINE. The first two confirmed dates are:

March 20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Opeth, DT, DTB, DevilDriver – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for the upcoming OPETH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND tour, including a few off dates. We can also reveal that it appears that DEVILDRIVER will be replacing THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND starting in March:

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

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

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

Opeth, DevilDriver, Dark Tranquillity:
March 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
March 4 – Loop Station, MN @ First Avenue
March 11 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall

Hoods, Pale Horse – Tour Dates Released

HOODS and PALE HORSE will be teaming up for a tour starting next month. Confirmed dates are as follows:

February 5 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
February 6 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
February 7 – Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Mary’s
February 8 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 9 – Rock Falls, IL @ American Legion Post
February 10 – Arlington, IL @ Knights of Columbus Hall
February 11 – Columbus, OH @ Bernie’s Distillery
February 12 – London, KY @ Levi Jackson Club House
February 13 – Detroit, MI @ Alvin’s
February 15 – Albany, NY @ Hudson Duster
February 16 – Brockton, MA @ Roman’s
February 18 – Danbury, CT @ Empress Ballroom
February 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
February 20 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
February 21 – Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
February 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Side Bar
February 23 – Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
February 24 – Marietta, GA @ Swayze’s
February 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
February 26 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray’s Downtown Blues
February 28 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
March 1 – Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
March 2 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
March 3 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
March 4 – Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
March 5 – Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
March 6 – Springfield, MO @ The Rockwell
March 7 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
March 8 – Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
March 9 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s On Washington
March 10 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
March 11 – El Paso, TX @ House of Rock N Roll
March 16 – Tijuana, MEX @ Voodoo House
March 17 – Bakersfield, CA @ Montgomery World Plaza
March 18 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont

Green Carnation – More North American Tour Dates Released

More dates for GREEN CARNATION‘s upcoming North American tour with BEYOND THE EMBRACE have been released:

February 24 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s
February 25 – Albany, NY @ Valentine’s
February 26 – Chicaopee, MA @ Cabot St.
February 27 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
February 28 – Akron, OH @ Voodoo
March 1 – Clinton Township, MI @ T.N.T.’s Bar & Grill
March 2 – Cudahy, WI @ Vnuk’s Lounge
March 3 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
March 4 – Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Mary’s
March 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
March 7 – Boise, ID @ The Core
March 8 – Spokane, WA @ The Blvd
March 9 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 10 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
March 12 – Sacramento, CA @ The Roadhouse
March 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zen Sushi
March 15 – El Paso, TX @ House of Rock N Roll
March 16 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
March 17 – Austin, TX @ SxSW Convention
March 23 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters
March 24 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
March 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
March 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
March 28 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
April 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Marquee

Eden’s Fall – Announce Release of Debut CD “Harmony of Lies” – Mixed by Dan Swano, Mastered by James Murphy

Chicago-based metal band EDEN’S FALL have announced the release of their debut CD, entitled “Harmony of Lies”. Over two years in the making, the album was mixed at Unisound Recordings in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, PAN THY MONIUM) and was mastered at The SafeRoom, FL by James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY).

“Harmony of Lies” tracklisting:

1. Blur the Lines (4:22)
2. Planet Hate (4:20)
3. Lost Again (4:55)
4. Chemical Dreams (4:13)
5. Bleed (5:34)
6. Dead Thought Matrix (5:36)
7. Liquid Christ (4:17)
8. We Betray (4:43)
9. Nothingheart (5:20)

Keep of Kalessin – Internet Teaser Posted

KEEP OF KALESSINhave launched an internet teaser video from their new album “Armada” – it can be found directly at this location.

These are the first songs introducing Thebon as the band’s new vocalist. Thebon was first seen with the band during their live shows in 2005 as part of their eastern european tour with EXODUS and HYPOCRISY in December.

As previously reported KEEP OF KALESSIN has also just finished recording a new video for the track “Infire” which will premiere in February.
The video was shot 100% green-screen and is directed by Rome Ramsies at VisionValley who has worked with bands like SLIPKNOT, SEPULTURA, MUDVAYNE and others. He also worked in Weta Digital for several yearst during the making of “Lord of the Rings” and he also did CGI for the movie “Pitch Black”.

Voivod – Day 6 – Snake Speaks

Day 6 of the ongoing VOIVOD studio blog has been updated, this time Snake speaks – find out more here.

Chris Cafferey – Trans Siberian Orchestra Update

SAVATAGE/TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery recently made a post at Metal Temple’s brand new Online Community, conerning his next solo album but also the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Here’s an excerpt from Caffery’s post:

“I am very excited for this CD ['Pins And Needles']. It is not going to be a ton of songs…it is just going to punch you in the face for about an hour! I have a few things left to write, but so far it is really shaping up to be a cool CD. My voice has come light years since WARPED and continues to develop daily. I think those of you that enjoyed the first CD’s may be really surprised when you hear this one.

Still no word on live shows in Greece…I am sure if you request it to enough people I will get there soon! In the meantime, enjoy the shows you see!

TSO is going back in the studio to finish ‘NightCastle’. It is the second non-holiday TSO CD and should be out in early 2006. A non-holiday TSO tour…the first will follow. There is talk about a few weeks of European dates!”

You can read the entire post here.

Fear Factory – To Headline “A Place Called Home” Benefit Gig

Los Angeles based metal icons FEAR FACTORY will be giving back to their backyard as they headline the House of Blues and Centerline Presented benefit for the Los Angeles community based organization, “A Place Called Home”, at House of Blues, Sunset Strip on January 31.

Founded in 1993, “A Place Called Home” aims to revitalize the community of South Central Los Angeles and provide at-risk youth with a secure, positive family environment. Regaining hope and belief, earning trust and self-respect, the kids learn skills to lead a productive lifestyle free of the gangs, drugs and the poverty that surrounds them.

“As much as L.A. has been a breeding ground for successful bands, it’s also been a breeding ground for gangs, drugs and poverty. I believe we can all make a difference, and I’m honored to have impressive bands stand beside us for such an important cause,” says FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, who was born and raised in Los Angeles.

Hosted by Jed The Fish from 106.7 KROQ, the “A Place Called Home Benefit” will feature additional hometown acts STRUNG OUT, FIREBALL MINISITRY, as well as Bay Area rockers RE:IGNITION. Says Jordan Burns of Strung Out; “When we were called up by FEAR FACTORY and House of Blues to do this event, not only were we excited to share the stage with such a great band that we have been longtime fans of but we were also honored to be able to perform live
to benefit our community. We love Los Angeles and have a lot of pride in
our community – we hope it’s contagious.”

Formed in 1990, FEAR FACTORY is frequently hailed as one of metal’s most influential bands of the last decade, with albums such as 1995’s Demanufacture and 1998’s gold-certified Obsolete considered landmarks of the genre. The group recently released its acclaimed sixth full-length recording, Transgression.

Grade 8 – Planning 3rd Album, Land New Drummer, Planning Spring Tour

Ozzfest 2003 second stage alumns GRADE 8 have started work on their 3rd album. Keyboardist/programer Aaron Zilch, formerly of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE had this to say:

“We are currently putting the finishing touches on demos for the first three new songs we have completed for our next record. i personally think that they are some of our best and we are only just getting started. I know some of you were less than blown away by “Resurrection” and that is not entirely surprising. It was a fetus. A beautifully twisted mutant fetus in a jar, but a fetus none the less. It was written and recorded within the first few months of us coming together and rushed into production for business reasons. But the new beast is a different matter. We have lived, fought, bled, struggled and strived together for over two years now. Side by side, pushing for acceleration in a retarded industry. Our presence in the shadows of the Temples of Vice has become so pervasive that it has spawned whole mythologies. We know each others strengths and weaknesses and how to exploit and compensate for them. We know how to wield a chain-saw to make you piss yourself. We know porn stars, biblically. We know that neither we, nor anyone else, really knows shit. But mostly, we know our demons and the fire in our bellies where they live. And we have a much cooler drummer now so…..yeah….. that helps.”

“keep an eye out cause these new tracks might just pop up for a limited time on our pages in the coming weeks.”

“It also seems like there is a very good chance of us mounting a major US tour this spring a so keep your fingers crossed.”

Demiricous – Add Mike Rafferty ex-Brand New Sin as Drummer

DEMIRICOUS is is proud to announce addition of Mike Rafferty as the touring drummer for the band. The touring will be a trial of fire before making him a permanent band member. Rafferty has previously drummed for GOD BELOW, BRAND NEW SIN, and drum teched for TRIVIUM. Described as a “killer guy and a killer drummer”, the band is “very happy so far”. His first show with the band will be the CD release show.

After their release show, DEMIRICOUS plan to hit the road. They will be touring with HIMSA, STILL REMAINS, and others. Dates are as follows:

CD Release show:

January 24 ? Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

w/ HIMSA:

February 14 ? Grand Rapids, MI @ Ten Bells
February 15 ? Detroit, MI @ Alvin’s
February 16 ? Erie, PA @ Forward Hall

w/ STILL REMAINS:

March 20 – May 6

Scum of the Earth – Live ‘BloodSuckin’ Freakshow’ Performance Online

There is a live performance of SCUM OF THE EARTH for their track ‘BloodSuckin’ Freakshow’ available for viewing on the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken recently in Syracuse, NY.

Avenged Sevenfold – Approached for Ozzfest 2006 – Headliners Yet to Be Named…

AVENGED SEVENFOLD look to be the second band from Orange County to be courted by the Osbourne camp for a slot on this year’s edition of the famed OZZFEST tour. According to Billboard.com, the SoCal boys join hometown heroes ATREYU in receiving approaches from Sharon and Co. Neither band, however, has committed to the 2006 Summer-long festival, and are heartily weighing their options.

According to AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman Matt Shadows in a article, “We’re not going to do a Vans Warped run, we’re probably going to go to Europe but there are a lot of tours going on. We’re not really sure what’s going on with Ozzfest. They’ve been offering stuff but we’re not really sure who is headlining. They won’t tell us and they want us to commit now but we won’t do that until we know who is headlining. We might just get out of the country and do a [U.S.] tour after the summer.”

OZZFEST 2004 alumns EVERY TIME I DIE, on the other hand, have been confirmed for the Vans Warped Tour, with several other OZZFEST alumns from years past also expected to reveal their Summer plans very shortly. More news soon.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, AVENGED SEVENFOLD has sold upwards of 396,000 copies in the United States of their latest release “City of Evil”.

Pig Destroyer – DC Show Announced

PIG DESTROYER have lined up a show at The Warehouse Next Door in Washington, DC for February 17th. Also performing will be BATTLETORN, DRUGS OF FAITH, and PROWLER.

Ion Dissonance – Week Long Dates for East Coast

ION DISSONANCE have recruited the likes of AUGUST BURNS RED and LIGEIA to join them on a week long tour of the east coast:

February 6 – Cleveland, OH @ The Red Parrot
February 7 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
February 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Syndicate
February 9 – Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South
February 10 – Endicott, NY @ Rexers Music Hall
February 11 – Hamden, CT @ Hamden Elks Lodge

Pink Floyd – David Gilmour to Tour North America and Europe – Dates Online

PINK FLOYD‘s David Gilmour is set to tour Europe and North America this Spring and Summer. A number of dates, including ones in the UK, Germany, France, Holland, and Italy have been posted online, as well as dates in Toronto, California, New York, and Illinois. You can check ‘em out here.

Opeth, Dark Tranquillity, DTB – Oregon date announced

One more date has been confirmed for OPETH‘s upcoming North American tour with DARK TRANQUILLITY and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND. Here are all of the confirmed dates:

February 15 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
February 16 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
February 17 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
February 18 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s
February 19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
February 20 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
February 21 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
February 24 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 25 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
February 26 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole
February 28 – London, ON @ The Drink
March 11 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall

Cannae – To Join God Forbid Tour on January 24

Boston-based thrashers CANNAE will embark on a handful of dates alongside GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY, MANNTIS to continue supporting “Gold Becomes Sacrifice”, the band’s second album on Prosthetic Records. The record has received praise from the press, being called “a crafty combination of mind-numbing precision and jarring sensory overload” by Revolver magazine, while Blabbermouth.net wrote that the album “snorts, snarls, and kicks 90-pound weaklings in the face. As far as sheer heaviness is concerned, this quintet leaves bomb craters in its wake.” Produced and mixed by Jason Suecof (GOD FORBID, TRIVIUM) and mastered by Jim Morris (ICED EARTH, DEATH), the record features guest solos by both Suecof and James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, etc.), alongside the addition of several new members to the band.

Currently on the road with THE NICEA ROOM in support of “Gold Becomes Sacrifice”, CANNAE will meet up with GOD FORBID at the end of January, having already opened for the band on a string of dates throughout the Northeast in November.

Disturbed – Celebrate Platinum Status – To Feature on MTV Cribs

After just over 4 months since the release of “10,000 Fists”, Chicago rockers DISTURBED are celebrating that their 3rd album has just turned platinum in the United States.

You can catch DISTURBED on top MTV show “Cribs” on Wednesday January 25 at 10pm. The band is currently on the second leg of their Jagermusic tour with BLOODSIMPLE.

Trivium – Corey Beaulieu Checks In from the Road

TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu has checked in from the road. His written offering was as follows:

Hey everyone Corey here!

“Its been a while since i did an update so here we go – Bodom tour was badass ! thanks for all coming out and checking it out. Both bands Amon Amarth and Bodom were super cool and it was a blast to tour with them!”

“We just had a break for the holidays and new years… Travis and I decided to spend New Years in TX with Rita (Dimebags longtime gf) and did we have a fucken blast! We went to see Vinnie Pauls cover band Gasoline on New Years night and I got to play Cowboys From Hell with Vinnie and Rex that was a unreal time! I was hammered too which mad it even more of a badass time.”

“After that we had a fireworks party back at the Dime’s pad and I burnt my hand, we set the lawn on fire the cops came, chased people around the house with roman candles , threw fireworks in Brents (former Trivium bassist) room and accidentally set the blanket on fire , drank 5 bottles of jager, 4 bottles of Seagram 7 a bottle of crown and 2-3 cases of beer and we got the whole thing on video tape! stay tuned for the Trivium dvd to catch that shit haha.”

“Currently we are working on new tunes for the next album and so far what its some ass kicking heavy metal.. you all wont be disappointed and you guitar geeks will have plenty of riffs to try to learn on this one haha.. soon we are heading out on our tour with In Flames which will be a great time I’m looking forward to it cant wait to get back on the road! and bring some alcohol fueled carnage to you all…and also our UK headlining tour is looking to be the biggest and best one yet!”

“Take care everyone and see you all soon!”

Deicide – US Tour Date Revealed

DEICIDE has announced a few select US tour dates for the month of February. No support acts, or any other dates, however, have been released at this time:

February 2 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
February 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
February 4 -Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial