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TVT Records – Announce Triple Rock Act Signings for 2006

TVT Records has announced the signing of three new rock acts in 2006. TOWERS OF LONDON, THE CINEMATICS and THE STRAYS have all inked deals with the label who was once home to NOTHINGFACE, V.O.D. and others, and who is now housing the likes of BOBAFLEX.

Nevermore – Acting as Main Support for Disturbed in Europe for March/April Tour

NEVERMORE, acting in support of 2005’s “This Godless Endeavor”, has been chosen as the main support act for the modern metal/hard rock outfit DISTURBED on their European tour in March/April.

NEVERMORE‘s European chart positions are as follows:

Germany: chart entry position #26, four weeks in the charts
Italy: chart entry position #51
Greece: international album charts ? position #15, five weeks in the charts
Hungary: Top 40 – position #22, International charts ? position #6
Switzerland: first Century Media band to ever enter the Swiss charts, position #63

Amorphis – Snag #1 on Finnish Charts with New Single

AMORPHIS have entered the Finnish single charts at #1 with their current single ‘House Of Sleep’. “Eclipse”, the new album from AMORPHIS , will be released on February 17.

Starkweather – Announce Worldwide Deal with Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records today proudly confirms the worldwide signing of East Coast-based STARKWEATHER. The band’s new album, titled “Croatoan”, was produced by Pierre Remillard (CRYPTOPSY), Features artwork by renowned artist Paul Romano (MASTODON, EARTH, GODFLESH), and is scheduled for a May 2 American release date.

Long regarded as one of the first bands to blend metal and hardcore, STARKWEATHER are still an untapped band for the masses. They have been cited as influence to many of today’s top selling bands and remain one of the most passionate and intense bands on stage. Metal Maniacs says on an early listen to “Croatoan”, “rare is a band who personify, quite accurately, agony and despair through tranquil yet devouring movements. One of underground metal’s soon-to-be classics, hail Starkweather!”

Formed in 1990, STARKWEATHER have several out-of-print recordings to their credit including a limited self-titled seven-inch (Inner Rage Records, 1993), “Crossbearer” (Too Damn Hype, 1994), “Into the Wire” (Edison Recordings, 1995), the 1996 split seven-inch with “Season to Risk” (Supermodel Records), and participation on numerous compiliation albums. “Croatoan”, released in late 2005 on vinyl only (featuring exclusive artwork also from Paul Romano) via Hypertension Records, is the band’s first new recording in over five years.

STARKWEATHER toured Europe for the first time in mid-2005, visiting the Netherlands, Germany, England, France and other countries. The band plans to visit again during the year. American dates are expected; details to be announced separately.

Indorphine – Announce NAMM Appearance – After Party Gigs

INDORPHINE will be appearing at Namm at the Michael Kelly Guitars Booth as well as at the Kustom Booth on Friday and Saturday. INDORPHINE will also be playing the Coffin Case Party and fashion Show at the Hilton right next door to the covention center on Saturday Night.

God Forbid – Land Main Support for Trivium March UK Tour

New Jersey metallers GOD FORBID have been confirmed as main support on TRIVIUM‘s highly anticipated March UK tour, BLOODSIMPLE will complete the line up.

With GOD FORBID being the first band to take TRIVIUM out on tour in the US, you could say they are returning the favour or just TRIVIUM want to tour with the guys that know how to party, Dallas Coyle sent this message whilst on the road with ANTHRAX in the US:

“What’s up you sick motherfucks! Dallas here from God Forbid letting you know we’re coming back with our boys from Trivium. We’re gonna kick your ass this time around with a newer, improved set list. You better be ready because we’re not letting up this time around! It’s gonna be a party. Big. Fuckin. Party. You hear?! I know you do. Bring your young 15 year old asses to the show”

Anthrax – Charlie Benante Welcomes Mia Charley Benante into the World

ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante welcomed his first child, Mia CHarley Benante, a girl, into the world early this morning. You can have a look at Benante with his latest addition here. She weighed in at 5 pounds and 9 ounces.

Daylight Dies – 1st Sample Track Available Starting this Sunday

Candlelight Records will debut sample from the first track from “Dismantling Devotion”, the new album from DAYLIGHT DIES, titled ‘A Life Less Lived’ beginning 9am EST on Sunday, January 23 at their official webpage.

Four years in the making, the near hour-long “Dismantling Devotion” is a record filled with quality musicianship that travels a dark and passionate road that will ultimately nestle itself into the hearts of death, doom and dark music fans everywhere. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, SOILWORK) and mastered by Thomas Eberger at The Cutting Room (OPETH, THE HIVES). KATATONIA‘s Anders Nystrom recently said, “if Dismantling Devotion would have been released in 2005, it would have been my choice for the album of the year.”

“Dismantling Devotion” will be released in the US on March 7.

Rhapsody – Preparing for 24 Hour Entire Album Stream on January 21

Another surprise is in store for RHAPSODY fans. On January 21, it will be possible to listen to the band’s entire album, “Live in Canada 2005″, online without paying for it. This virtual stream is online for 24 hours only – this unique event will take place at http://www.mightyrhapsody.com.

Saturday, January 21, 2006
You can listen to the album between 0:00 CET till 23:59 CET

Rebel Meets Rebel – Vinnie Paul Personal Message – Sound Clips Online

Esteemed drummer Vinnie Paul of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN has given fans a personal message regarding his REBEL MEETS REBEL project that he worked on with David Allen Coe and his late brother Dimebag Darrell:

“Hello everybody, this is Vinnie Paul and welcome to REBEL MEETS REBEL!!!!!! Venture into the Concept and Music with an open mind.. DIME loved this record!!!!!!!!!!! DAVID,REX and I are fulfilling his dreams and adding to his incredible legacy by bringing the music we made together to you. It’s not Metal and it’s not Country. It’s just a get together of Country Metal Minds!!!!!!!!!!! Pure Hell Raisin’,Boozin’,Jammin’ Fun!!!! REBEL MEETS REBEL is here!!!!!!!!!!”

Clips of 4 REBEL MEETS REBEL tracks can be heard online at rebelmeetsrebel.com.

Devildriver – Appearing at NAMM

Members of DEVILDRIVER will also be appearing at NAMM this coming weekend. Mike Spreitzer, Jeff Kendrick, and Jon Miller will be doing signings at the ESP Guitar booth on Friday and Saturday (1/20 and 1/21) from 2 to 3pm.

Fear Factory – Christian Olde Wolbers at NAMM

Christian Olde Wolbers of FEAR FACTORY will be appearing at The NAMM Show Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Christian will be signing autographs and promoting equipment for Tone Pros, ISP Subs, Native Instruments, EMG, and Krank amps.

January 20, 2006

11:30am @ the Tone Pros booth 1526 Hall E
1:00am @ the ISP Subs booth 1749 in Hall E.
4:00am @ the Native Instruments booth 6920

January 21, 2006

1:00pm @ the EMG pickups booth 4758 in Hall C
3:00pm @ the Krank Amplifiers booth 1265 in

Mastodon – Complete Work On New Music Video

MASTODON have completed work on the third music video from their award-winning album, “Leviathan.”

The video, for the song “Seabeast,” was shot on location at the historic Madison Theater in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, GA. “Seabeast” was produced and directed by Jonathan Rej (MAN OR ASTROMAN, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER, STRETCH ARMSTRONG) and Tom Bingham for Authority Films who also shot the band’s video for “Blood and Thunder.” The video for “Seabeast” dictates the great battle between Ahab, Mr. Queequeg, pride and creatures of the sea.

MASTODON‘s “Seabeast” video was shot with a hand cranked 35 mm camera employing many of the film making techniques of the 20’s and 30’s. Director Rej comments: “The Madison Theater was the perfect location to shoot such a video as it was open in 1927 as a silent movie theater and was the first theater in Atlanta to show “talkies.” This is the first time the theater has been used in almost 30 years.” Photos taken by Ryan Russell during the shoot are available at this location.

“Seabeast” is expected to make its world network premiere(s) imminently, stayed tuned to your favorite music video provider.

Anthrax – Joey Jordison Replaced By Jason Bittner; Boulder Show Canceled

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner will fill in for ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante for the band’s final two tour dates, contrary to a prior report naming the replacement as SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison. ANTHRAX have also canceled tonight’s show in Boulder, CO.
Here are the remaining dates for ANTHAX‘s headlining tour:

with NILE, HYPOCRISY, GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY, SOILENT GREEN, RAGING SPEEDHORN, MANNTIS, DECAPITATED, WITH PASSION:
January 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound SF Outdoors

with GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY, MANNTIS:
January 21 – Hollywood, CA @ The Avalon

Rob Zombie, Lacuna Coil – Arizona Date Announced

Another date has been confirmed for ROB ZOMBIE‘s upcoming North American tour with LACUNA COIL. Known dates are as follows:

March 18 – Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park (Global Gathering Festival)
April 1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 4 – Toronto, ONT @ Kool Haus
*April 6 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
April 7 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
April 27 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre

*-Date pending

Subhumans – U.S. Tour Dates Released

U.K. punk legends the SUBHUMANS will be touring the U.S. starting in March. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

with A Global Threat:
March 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
March 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
March 21 – Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Mary’s
March 22 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
March 23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
March 24 – Boise, ID @ The Venue

with World/Inferno Friendship Society:
March 25 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ A Global Threat
March 26 – Tacoma, WA @ Hell’s Kitchen
March 27 – Portland, OR @ The Loveland
March 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA @ Empire
March 31 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
April 1 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
April 2 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory

April 3 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory w/ Naked Aggression
April 4 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
April 6 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
April 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
April 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
April 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
April 14 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
April 21 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

Doom Shall Rise IV – Solitude Aeturnus and Veni Domine Confirmed

U.S. doom masters SOLITUDE AETURNUS and Sweden’s VENI DOMINE have have been the latest pair of acts confirmed for the Doom Shall Rise IV festival, set to take place March 31 – April 1 2006 at the Chapel in Göppingen, Germany. Doom Shall Rise is the world’s biggest annual event exclusively dedicated to Doom-Metal. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGAINST NATURE (USA)
BEEHOOVER (Germany)
BUNKUR (Netherlands)
DANTESCO (Puerto Rico)
DAWN OF WINTER (Germany)
DEBRIS INC. (USA)
DOOMRAISER (Italy)
GLOW (Spain)
HEAVY LORD (Netherlands)
IRON HEARSE (UK)
JACK FROST (Austria)
LOW MANS TUNE (Germany)
SOLITUDE AETURNUS (USA)
VENI DOMINE (Sweden)
VERSUS THE STILLBORN-MINDED (Germany)

One final band will be announced shortly.

Celtic Frost – Announce Int’l Licensing Agreement with Century Media

CELTIC FROST and Century Media are proud to announce the signing of an international licensing agreement covering all territories. The first release, scheduled for Spring 2006, is the band’s highly anticipated new album titled “Monotheist”, CELTIC FROST‘s first album in 13 years. The album features 11 songs produced by the band with Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY/PAIN).

Tracklisting for the release is as follows:

1. Progeny
2. Ground
3. A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
4. Drown In Ashes
5. Os Abysmi Vel Daath
6. Obscured
7. Domain Of Decay
8. Ain Elohim Triptych
9. Totengott
10. Synagoga Satanae
11. Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)

The album will be released simultaneously in all territories in three different configurations including a limited-edition Digipak containing the bonus track “Temple Of Depression” and a vinyl LP with another bonus title, “Incantation Against You”.

“I am extremely excited to have such a high profile legend joining the Century Media Records repertoire,” says Oliver Withöft, Managing Director of Century Media Records. “Their new album is a historic comeback.”

CELTIC FROST will support the release of “Monotheist” by numerous live appearances in 2006. The band will play a full North American tour in fall 2006. In Europe the following festival performances have been confirmed:

* Sweden Rock
* Wacken Open Air, Germany
* With Full Force, Germany
* Hole In the Sky, Norway
* Tuska, Finland

More shows and festivals will be added soon. Further information regarding the release date and “Monotheist” will follow.

Confirmed North American dates so far are as follows:

September 12 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 13 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 14 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 18 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
October 1 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Devildriver – ‘End of the Line’ Video Uploaded

DEVILDRIVER‘s new video for the track ‘End of the Line’, off their 2nd release “The Fury of Our Makers Hand”, has been made available online at this location.

Single Bullet Theory – ‘Hollowed Out’ Video Finally Made Available for Fans

SINGLE BULLET THEORY have posted a quicktime movie of the song “Hollowed Out” at this location.

The video was shoot by Jay Bones in an abandoned asbestos factory in Ardmore, PA. Due to problems between the band and the label, the video never was released and this is the first time its been available anywhere.
The song comes off the sophomore release “Behind Eyes of Hatred” (Crash Music inc) which was released in February 2004. “Behind Eyes of Hatred” featured guest drum duties by Matt Thompson (KING DIAMOND) and two guest solos by James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY). The record was also produced, mixed and mastered by James Murphy.

SINGLE BULLET THEORY are now in the final stages of the newest offering “THe Killing Floor”. The record was recorded at Angry Chair recordings in Glenside , Pa. and is the first to feature new guitarist Dan Loughry and Drummer Darren Patrick. The record is a marked return to the more aggressive sounding “Route 666″ cd and set to feature 11 songs.

SINGLE BULLET THEORY will begin shopping the new disc to labels within the next month. The band is now also seeking licensing deals in all territories.

nearLY – ex-Nine Inch Nails – Prepare for Debut Release in April

JEROME DILLON, best known for his work over the past six years as drummer and occasional guitarist with NINE INCH NAILS , will release “reminder”, the first album from his band NEARLY on April 11 through KUFALA Recordings/La Cosa Nostra. NEARLY‘s “reminder” was recorded in Los Angeles and features Dillon as the primary writer, producer, performer and arranger, accompanied by former 12 Rounds vocalist Claudia Sarne, Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers’ Greg Dulli, former NINE INCH NAILS programmer Keith Hillebrandt, violinist Petra Haden, and engineer/co-producer Brett Pierce.

NEARLY‘s “reminder” began in 1999 while Dillon was on a break from NINE INCH NAILS‘s “Fragility” tour. He had cut demos on a digital four-track in various hotel rooms throughout Europe on that tour, and the project then evolved over the next two years as Dillon and Pierce experimented in the studio with different musical textures and tones.

These miscellaneous recordings were compiled and Dillon and Pierce began to sift through them while beginning the search for a vocalist. “The only things I knew for sure were that I didn’t want to make a “rock” record, I wanted to be honest, and I didn’t want to sing,” Dillon said. “I had written some vocal melodies and lyrics but I wanted someone else to come in and take them to another level. Claudia was a perfect fit for this record – we began with her learning the chord progressions on piano and singing along as she played. This made the writing process feel much more natural and organic, as opposed to approaching the vocals as just another overdub. She understood where I was coming from, musically and emotionally, so we began to collaborate and finished the songs together.”

Slipknot – Turn Down Headlining Spot For Ozzfest 2006

In a new MTV.com article, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor announced that the band turned down the chance to headline this year’s addition of Ozzfest, and instead he’ll be focusing on his other band, STONE SOUR. Here’s what he had to say:

“We were out on the road for two years, and we did the entire 2004 Ozzfest. It [was] time for some of us to take a break. They offered us a lot of money, but it wasn’t about that. If you burn up the audience, they’re not going to come back. How much more can you do, on an album that came out two years ago? I’m much more interested in doing STONE SOUR these days.

“Now, if they asked me to do STONE SOUR on Ozzfest, that’s a different story.”

Deicide – New Demo Clip Posted

DEICIDE have posted an untitled demo clip of a song off their new album, “The Stench of Redemption,” on their recently launched official MySpace page.

Giant Squid – Sacramento Quintet Relocate to Austin, TX – SXSW Scheduled

The End Records’ latest signing GIANT SQUID have relocated.

The native Sacramento, California quintet made the trek on Tuesday January 17th to their new home in Austin, Texas. Frustrated with the lack of live music venues and the insane housing costs of California’s capitol city, the band decided to relocate to the “live music capitol of the world” where gigging opportunities in town and in state will be plentiful.

Guitarist/singer Aaron Gregory is excited with the move and adds, “Touring either coast — as well as mid-West states — will be much easier from Austin’s central location.”

GIANT SQUID‘s first gig in their new home town will be The End Record’ showcase at South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin’s legendary annual, weeklong and city-wide music festival, sharing the stage with label mates THE GATHERING (Holland), GREEN CARNATION (Norway) and UNEXPECT (Canada). More information on the showcase to come.

Following SXSW, all the bands embark on an East Coast tour together with THE GATHERING and UNEXPECT . Dates and venues to be announced.

The band recently re-recorded their 2002 independent release Metridium Field with Billy Anderson to serve as their debut for The End Records.

Overkill – Fall Tour Planned – First Date Revealed

OVERKILL have put plans in motion for a Fall tour of North America. No support acts have been announced as of today, but the first date released is below:

September 8 – Lakewood, CO @ Eck’s Saloon