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Blind Guardian – Details Regarding Single ‘Fly’ Released

BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has revealed some details regarding the band’s long awaited single ‘Fly’. The single will contain three songs:

Fly
Skalds
Shadows (acoustic version)
In A Gadda Da Vida (IRON BUTTERFLY cover)

Mucopus – Free CD Release Show!

MUCOPUS, featuring Jason Keyser of SKINLESS on vocals, will be throwing a free CD release party for their new album “Mulch?!?,” which is available now through Amputated Vein Records. The show will take place at the Hudson Duster in Troy, NY on February 25th.

SMNnews.com – Downtime Apologies, Explanation

We would like to officially apologise for the recent downtime that affected SMNnews.com. The site’s server suffered a failure in one of it’s harddrives resulting in a loss of data, and uptime. We are live and loud again, and working on resolving and fixing any outstanding issues. Thank you for your patience,

– Aidan, SMNnews.com

Underthreat – To Release 2nd American Effort – Art Handled by Dark Tranquillity’s Niklas Sundin

Colombia’s UNDERTHREAT will release their second American effort, entitled “Deathmosphere”, in early January via Barbarian Records. The CD was recorded at Studio One in Racine, Wisconsin and includes a bonus video track for the song “Embraced by Disaster”, shot during UNDERTHREAT‘s last South American campain. The cover art was handled by Niklas Sundin of DARK TRANQUILLITY.

“Deathmosphere” track listing:

1. Deathmosphere
2. Kingdom of Eternal Crisis
3. Parallel Hells
4. Echo Shaped Life
5. Black Inertia Disintegration
6. Embraced by Disaster
7. Prisoners of Their Own Betrayal
8. Read the Codes
9. Restrained Hate Coexistance
10. Third World Blood

For more information, visit underthreat.com.

The Acacia Strain – Add Special Shadows Fall One Off – Announce Select Winter Dates

Springfield, Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN are set to play a one-off show supporting SHADOWS FALL on Friday, December 30. Meanwhile, THE ACACIA STRAIN finished recording the tracks that will become The Dead Walk with producer Adam Dutkiewicz earlier in December. The album will be released through Prosthetic Records in late March, and will be the follow-up to 3750, the band’s Prosthetic debut.

Come February, the band will hit the road with DARKEST HOUR, HIMSA, A LIFE ONCE LOST and DEAD TO FALL for a string of US dates through March.

THE ACACIA STRAIN live

December 30 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Ballroom
January 7 – Hudson, MA @ Roller Kingdom
January 14 – Melrose, MA @ Masonic Temple
January 28 – Moosup, CT @ Moosup VFW

Indorphine – To Hit Road with Bobaflex, The Accident Experiment – Book NAMM Performance

INDORPHINE will be hitting the road with BOBAFLEX and THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT for a selection of dates all across the US, include a performance at NAMM.

January 2 – Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
January 6 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Live
January 7 – Dallas, TX @ Galaxy
January 8 – Houston, TX @ The Engine Room
January 9 – Lubbock, TX @ Winchester Pavillion
January 10 – Odessa, TX @ The Roadhouse
January 11 – El Paso, TX @ House of Rock N’ Roll
January 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
January 13 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
January 14 – Lake Forest, CA @ The Gypsy Lounge

INDORPHINE solo dates:

January 21 – Anaheim, CA @ NAMM
January 27 – Roswell, GA @ The Darkside
January 28 – Colombus, GA @ Sohos

Leng Tch’e – Bag Summer Breeze Slot – Book Studio Time with Fredrik Nordström

Belgian razorgrind outfit LENG TCH’E have booked studio time for the follow-up to their Relapse debut “The Process Of Elimination”. The new record has been given the tentative title of “Marasmus” and will be recorded in July at the Smart & Hard studios in Denmark by Jacob Bredahl. Mixing will take place at the infamous Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström.

The record should be unleashed upon the public in early 2007 on Relapse Records. Expect longer songs, more intricate rhythms and lots of more variation than on the previous LENG TCH’E records. Mixing up the roots of the band with a new found mature sound, “Marasmus” will become the band’s most varied, catchy and definitely most insane blasting effort. Razorgind at its most lethal.

Besides the news on the next record, the band is recording a bunch of new songs, some re-done old songs & some covers for their upcoming split with WARSCARS on Bones Brigade at the CCR studio, with producer Kris Belaen. This split should be out in April 2006 and the new songs should be a preview of what “Marasmus” will have to offer.

LENG TCH’E have also been booked on the renowned Summer-Breeze festival in Germany.

Metal Poet – Receives Online .com Launch

Play a word association game, and chances are you won’t be putting the term “heavy metal” alongside words like “poem” or “poetry”. However, one Australian fan of the extreme rock genre has launched a poetry website as a tribute to the lyrical force of metal bands past and present.

MetalPoet.com has the look and feel of a gothic, brooding metal band. Explore the site, though, and you soon realise that this is more about poetry and creative writing inspired by bands such as MEGADETH, NEVERMORE and KATATONIA, among many other metal groups.

To date, the METAL POET has released two “albums”: “Hint of Humanity” and “World Aborted”. Both albums are creative compilations of poetry that evoke the rhythmic lyrics of modern heavy metal. Read these pieces out loud and you can almost feel the spirit and power of the absent instruments lift the words to another level. In fact, that is the stated theme of the website: “metal without music”

Michael Terrax is the unseen driving force behind METAL POET, who says that “the true potential of Metal Poet lies not only in sharing my original work, but in the opportunity to bring like-minded fans together in a creative, metal-inspired environment”. Visitors to MetalPoet.com will soon be able to participate in live constructions of creative pieces, collaborating with fellow worldwide metal fans.

Unmerciful – Sign To Unique Leader Records

Unique Leader has announced yet another signing, this time in the form of UNMERCIFUL, an American death metal act featuring former members of ORIGIN and CANNIBAL CORPSE as well as touring guitarist Jeremy Turner. UNMERCIFUL has signed for a two album deal, the first of which will be unleashed in early 2006.

This Is Hell – Come of Most Precious Blood Tour – Sign to Trustkill Records

Trustkill Records has announced the signing of THIS IS HELL from Long Island. The band featured most recently on MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD‘s trip across the United States, and have been hard at work touring incessantly in the US and Europe. THIS IS HELL will start recording their debut full length for Trustkill on February 15 with Dean Baltulonis (MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, SICK OF IT ALL) at Atomic Studios. Look for a Spring 2006 release.

Bury Your Dead – ‘Magnolia’ Video Streaming on MySpace

BURY YOUR DEAD‘s new video for their latest single ‘Magnolia’ is currently being featured on MySpace videos at this location.

Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow’ – Official Video Online

The first official video from BULLET MY VALENTINE‘s Trustkill Records debut “The Poison” has made its way onto the net. The video for ‘Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow’, which originally saw an edited and lengthier version posted on the band’s MySpace account, can be viewed here. The band just wrapped up their headlining “Kerrang Tour” with special guests HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, and will be coming back to the US in March and a soon to be announced tour. “The Poison” will be released in the US on February 14.

Linkin Park – Change of Heart – Stick With Warner Music…

After 8 months of slamming Warner Music Group with a public vote of ‘no-confidence’, LINKIN PARK are set to stick with the record company for their next effort. The full article can be found here at the New York Times.

Sevendust – More headlining dates confirmed

More dates have been confirmed for SEVENDUST‘s upcoming North American tour with NONPOINT, SOCIALBURN, WICKED WISDOM, and ONE:

SEVENDUST only:
December 31 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando

Full tour:
January 18 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
January 19 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon
January 20 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
January 21 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
January 23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
January 24 – Montreal, QC @ Spectrum De Montreal
January 26 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
January 27 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
January 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
January 29 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
January 31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
February 2 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
February 3 – South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
February 4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
February 5 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
February 9 – Springfield, IL @ The Warehouse
February 11 – Appleton, WI @ Checkered Flag
February 12 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
February 14 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
February 26 – Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues Sunset Strip (with LACUNA COIL according to Pollstar.com and hob.com)
February 28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim

Marc Rizzo – Announces January Tour Dates and NAMM Appearances

SOULFLY guitarist MARC RIZZO will be performing electric & acoustic instrumental sets from his Shrapnel Records debut “Colossal Myopia” at the Peavey & Digitech booths at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA on Sat. Jan. 21st & Sun. Jan. 22nd. For more information, go to NAMM.com

Marc has also announced the following solo instrumental dates:

December 30 ? Clifton, NJ @ Connections
January 5 ? New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
January 6 ? Wallington, NJ @ Vincent’s Ear
January 7 ? Wallington, NJ @ Vincent’s Ear (acoustic performance)
January 21 ? Anaheim, CA @ NAMM Convention (Digitech & Peavey booths)
January 22 ? Anaheim, CA @ NAMM Convention (Digitech & Peavey booths)

You can listen to 4 of Rizzo’s solo instrumental tracks & get more information about show dates here. Rizzo will rejoin his SOULFLY bandmates when they embark on their headlining tour of Europe in support of their latest Roadrunner release “Dark Ages”. The tour begins January 28 and lasts at least through the end of March.

Static-X, Prong – Hollywood, CA – December 23 Live Shots Online

Live pics, taken by Dirt Junior, of STATIC-X and PRONG from the December 23 show at The Key Club in Hollywood, CA have sneaked online. You can check them out at this location.

Job For A Cowboy – Embark On Winter Tour

Arizona’s JOB FOR A COWBOY will be hitting the road starting today for a short tour along side SUICIDE SILENCE and THE TASTE OF BLOOD. Dates are as follows:

December 27 – Tempe, AZ @ Neckbeard’s
December 28 – Lake Havasu, AZ @ Havasu Underground
December 29 – Yuma, AZ @ The Black Rose
December 30 – San Diego, CA @ The Epicenter
December 31 – Canyon Country, CA @ Unit J
January 1 – Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
January 2 – Paso Robles, CA @ Masonic Temple
January 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project
January 5 – Oakland, CA @ The Chop Shop (w/ All Shall Perish)
January 6 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
January 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA

More information can be found on the band’s MySpace page.

Funerot – New Song Released

FUNEROT have released a track from their new album, “Invasion From the Death Dimension,” entitled “The Man With the Megaton Mind.” The album is expected to be released in January through Razorback Records.

Maryland Deathfest IV- Full Line-Up Announced!

The final line-up for next year’s Maryland Deathfest, which will take place May 27th and 28th @ the Sonar in Baltimore, has been revealed:

DISMEMBER – SWEDEN
VITAL REMAINS – RHODE ISLAND
HAEMORRHAGE – SPAIN
PUNGENT STENCH – AUSTRIA
NECROPHAGIST – GERMANY
DEMILICH – FINLAND
UNHOLY GRAVE – JAPAN
MACHETAZO – SPAIN
BUTCHER ABC – JAPAN
DISFEAR – SWEDEN
SEVERE TORTURE – NETHERLANDS
ANATA – SWEDEN
SANITYS DAWN – GERMANY
ROMPEPROP – NETHERLANDS
CLITEATER – NETHERLANDS
SKINLESS – NEW YORK
GORGASM – ILLINOIS
EMBALMER – OHIO
YACOEPSAE – GERMANY
WTN – SINGAPORE
ENGORGED – OREGON
BURNT BY THE SUN – NEW JERSEY
MUNICIPAL WASTE – VIRGINIA
CENOTAPH – TURKEY
MUCUPURULENT – GERMANY
TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION – PESNNSYLVANIA
MESRINE – CANADA
CATHETER – COLORADO
BENEATH THE MASSACRE – CANADA
ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF – CANADA
QUILLS – MARYLAND
EMBRYONIC CRYPTOPATHIA – MASSACHUSETTS

Tickets will go on sale January 5th. More information on the festival can be found here.

Ghost Machine – ex-Motograter – To Release Debut on April 26

Corporate Punishment Records have announced plans to release GHOST MACHINE‘s debut album in 2006. GHOST MACHINE, featuring MOTOGRATER vocalist Ivan “Ghost” Moody and drummer Chris “Crispy” Binns, will be releasing their Corporate Punishment debut on April 26. You can check them out at this location.

Allele – Announce Early 2006 Tour with Cinder -Dates Online

ALLELE has announced the first of their 2006 tour dates, with special guests (Rock Ridge Recording Artists and former Geffen act) CINDER. The dates are as follows:

January 13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebirds
January 20 – Chicago Heights, IL @ Mr. Kellys Music Box
January 21 – Freeport, IL @ Freeport Convention Center
January 27 – Kansas City, MO @ The Hurricane
January 28 – Wichita, KS @ Port of Wichita
February 3 – Dallas, TX @ Galaxy Club
February 9 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
February 12 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street
February 13 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
February 22 – Knoxville, TN @ Electric Ballrom
February 23 – Augusta, GA @ The Mission
February 24 – Raleigh, NC The @ Brewery
February 25 – Fayetteville, NC @ John J’s

Pink Floyd – Top Planet Rock’s Poll of “Greatest Rock Act of All Time”

PINK FLOYD have been named the greatest rock act of all time in a poll of 58,000 fans in the UK. The band, whose classic line-up reunited at Live 8 in July, beat LED ZEPPELIN into second place.

The remainder of the top 10 was as follows:

#3 – The Rolling Stones
#4 – The Who
#5 – AC/DC
#6 – U2
#7 – Guns ‘n’ Roses
#8 – Nirvana
#9 – Bon Jovi
#10 -Jimi Hendrix

The poll, run by digital radio station Planet Rock, also named the 70′s as the golden age of rock.

Winds – Vocalist Lars Eric Si Gives Album Update

WINDS‘ vocalist Lars Eric Si updates fans on the progress of the band’s forthcoming album. The still untitled new album, which will surface in 2006 via The End Records, is the follow-up to the well-received 2004 opus “The Imaginary Direction Of Time”:

“We’re now done with most of the vocals and, in my opinion, they sound great. (Of course – I’m the singer…) There are some small ‘details’ left, but I can promise, here and now, hand on my heart, that the new album will be mind-blowingly different from the previous Winds’ albums in its complexity both in vocal lines and vocal styles. A more detailed studio update will follow soon. Best regards and a happy New Year to you all! ? Lars”

The Metalizer – Making Pop Songs…Metal – “Because Everything Not Metal is Gay as Fuck”

THE METALIZER is taking pop songs, one by one, and turning them into ‘metal’ tunes. To hear what all the fuss is about, head to http://www.themetalizer.com/. Tunes by KYLIE MINOGUE, BRITNEY SPEARS and others have been revamped.

Seemless – Set to Perform Special New Years Eve Gig in Honolulu, HI

SEEMLESS will be enjoying a sunny New Years in Honolulu, Hawaii where they will be playing a special New Years Eve show at the Pipeline Cafe. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.com or at the door – $20 through Ticketmaster, $25 at the door.