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Jucifer – Sign To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of one of rock’s most enigmatic duos, JUCIFER.

“We are really looking forward to working with everyone at Relapse. It feels like everyone there is in it for the right reason – loving the hell out of music.” comments JUCIFER frontwoman Amber Valentine. She continues; “It’s cool to share a label with some bands we’ve become friends with over the years (like High on Fire, Dysrhythmia, Rwake, Mastodon, Buried Inside) and so many others we’re looking forward to meeting and touring with.”

JUCIFER‘s forthcoming Relapse debut, At the Hands Of Our Intercessors, features Valentine’s trademark sultry vocals layered over colossal guitars and drums (courtesy of Edward Livengood). At the Hands Of Our Intercessors will see an early Fall release via Relapse Records. Valentine explains, “We are ready! It’s been a long wait for us to get our new record out, but worth it. We’ve whipped out a few of the songs on tour already, and can’t wait to play more!”

Expect to see the nomadic duo showcasing those new songs across the United States throughout the summer.

B.B. King Blues Club – D.R.I. Show Cancelled, Cryptopsy Openers Announced

According to the venue’s website, D.R.I.‘s New York City show that was supposed to take place on June 11 at B.B. King Blues Club has been cancelled.

In other venue news, the following bands have been announced as openers for CRYPTOPSY‘s show on July 23: SUICIDE SILENCE, LIGHT THIS CITY, TOO PURE TO DIE, NIGHTS LIKE THESE.

Stonehenge 2006 – 8 Hour 1 Day Mid-Western Doom Festival

Detroit, Michigan based Rebel Extravaganza is set to sponsor the STONEHENGE 2006 festival – a one-day eight-band festival focusing on putting the best of Midwestern metal on the stage with four national touring acts. Taking place on May 20th, the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend, and being held at legendary local hard rock/metal venue The I-Rock Nightclub, STONEHENGE 2006 is an All Ages event, this time focusing on the genre of death metal, tossing a few doom-influenced bands into the pit for variety’s sake. Scheduled and confirmed to perform are:

KEEN OF THE CROW
WRITHING
HUMAN WICK EFFECT
GODLESS RISING
SUMMON
SHROUD OF BEREAVEMENT
ELUSIVE TRAVEL
NOCTURNAL FEAR

Egypt Central – Post Single on the Net – Summer Release Eyed

EGYPT CENTRAL have posted their new single “Over and Under” online and can be listened to here. The song comes from the band’s currently untitled debut album which was produced by Josh Abraham (STAIND, ATREYU) and will see a release this summer through Bieler Bros. Records. The band have also been added to Tampa’s 98-X Livestock Festival, which also features the likes of SALIVA, TANTRIC, MERCY FALL and others.

Danko Jones – ‘First Date’ Video Streaming Online

The first video single off DANKO JONES‘ forthcoming release “Sleep is the Enemy”, titled ‘First Date’, has been made available online. You cah view it at this location. Listen for DANKO JONES‘ ‘Baby Hates Me’ as the theme song of WWE?s huge pay per view event, Backlash, on April 30th. “Sleep is the Enemy” will be out May 23 through Razor & Tie Records.

Every Time I Die – Giving Away ALL Their Equipment (Cowbell Included) On the Warped Tour

EVERY TIME I DIE is giving you the chance to win all the equipment they’ll be using on this summer’s Warped Tour. Enter now through June 7 and you could win all this:

– VHT New Deliverance D120H guitar head and D412 guitar cabinet
– ESP/LTD L Viper 50 guitar
– ESP/LTD LB 154 4-string red bass
– QR series 5-piece drum kit
– Gibraltar 9600 cymbal/drum stands and drum seat
– Sabian full set of X520 cymbals
– 1 bass amp
– Randall RH150G3 150W head and R412CXM 320W guitar cabinet

The best part? The band will bring the winner on stage at a show this summer and give them everything. – even the cowbell.

You can enter at this location.

1st Annual Greek X-Fest – Feat. Dio, In Flames, Trivium – June 6

Metal Temple magazine is now a proud sponsor of the 1st Annual X-FEST, set to take place in Athens at the Rizoupoli Stadium, on June 6. Lineup and details concerning the festival are as follows:

DIO
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM
DARKSTAR
INNERWISH

Ticket Price: 55 Euros
Venue: Rizoupoli Football Stadium
Gates Open @ 5 pm

The Alien Blakk – Feat. Dave Ellefson, Craig Nielson, Joshua Craig – Offer Exclusive Signed SMNnews.com CD Purchasing Deal

On the bands official web site, THE ALIEN BLAKK is offering today only (April 25), to commemorate the release of their debut, a free autographed digipack cd to every purchase made on their web site to all SMNnews.com readers. The offer is only valid when you purchase any two different items, you will be sent a personalized autographed copy of “Modes Of Alienation”.

Joshua Craig’s THE ALIEN BLAKK project also features former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen. The band asks that if you want the extra digipack autographed, you must send an e mail to store@thealienblakk.com immediately following the PayPal order.

THE ALIEN BLAKK project is described as “a frenetic mix ofFRANK ZAPPA meets MESHUGGAH.” The styles range from metal, latin-jazz, country, rock, classical then back to a wall of acoustically composed arrangements. All music on “Modes of Alienation” was produced, written, arranged and recorded in three diffrent locations by Joshua Craig and was mixed at STEVE VAI‘s The Mothership recording studio.

THE ALIEN BLAKK will also be featured on the CD/DVD-ROM accompanying next month’s issue of Guitar World magazine (which ships to stores on May 9 ). The track, entitled “The Thing”, is reportedly the longest song to ever be featured on a Guitar World CD/DVD-ROM, clocking in at 7:41. “The Thing” is described as an “extreme metal version” of STEVE VAI‘s “For the Love of God” (from his acclaimed “Passion and Warfare” release).

I Gots Culture Productions – Release The Black Dahlia Murder and As I Lay Dying Spoofs

I GOTS CULTURE PRODUCTIONS have released their 2nd video in an ongoing parody series of various metal and hardcore songs. This time THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER‘s ‘Elder Misanthropy’ has received its come uppance. To check out the full video, click here.

To view the video of AS I LAY DYING‘s ‘Confined’, the first video spoof in the series, click here.

Vested Ire – In Talks with Labels – Travis Smith to Do Artwork

California based 2-piece Metal act VESTED IRE have announced they will be entering the studio in 3 months in order to give shape to their debut 4-song EP which is yet untitled.

“We are in talks with a few underground labels, preparing ourselves for the release of a short 4 song EP” states frontman Michael Keel and adds, “Travis Smith who has done OPETH, KATATONIA, PORCUPINE TREE covers and many others will most likely be doing our cover/inlay for us.”

“There is a really raw, rough, basic track up on our MySpace page and a garage recording as well. Some other folks needed it up to show some small magazines and other labels… and well, that?s what we have up there at the moment. Anyways, you get the idea where the song is headed. We will have a regular website up in the near future” says Keel, concerning the band?s sound and website.

VESTED IRE is:

Michael Keel – Guitars, Vocals, Bass & Piano
Brian McLaughlin – Drums, Percussion & Piano

Crowning Glory – Set to Appear on BBC Radio 2 – Supporting Orange Goblin

British act CROWNING GLORY are set to appear on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, May 3 on the Janice Long show where they will perform an exclusive live session. Preceding this radio performance, the band will be supporting ORANGE GOBLIN at The Concorde II in Brighton, England this Saturday.

Lordi – Appear in NY Times After Nomination for Eurovision

The New York Times has published an article about Finnish gore-metalers LORDI after the band recieved its country’s nomination to compete in the Eurovision song contest, held in Athens, Greece. You can check out the article here. Like their American counterparts GWAR, LORDI has received notority for wearing bizarre costumes and an excessively violent stage show.

Cage – North American Tour Dates Announced

Dates have been announced for Brooklyn based indie rapper CAGE‘s upcoming North American tour with MR. LIF:

June 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
June 17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
June 20 – Toronto, ON @ Reverb
June 21 – Columbus, OH @ Little Bros.
June 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
June 23 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
June 24 – Chicago, IL @ Abby
June 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Icon
June 27 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
June 28 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
June 29 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl St.
July 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Richards
July 16 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
July 17 – Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight
July 18 – Portland, OR @ Berbatis
July 19 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
July 21 – San Fransico, CA @ Slims
July 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Stoney Inn
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
July 26 – Durango, CO @ Abby Theatre
July 30 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival

Alice In Chains – U.S. Club Shows Announced

The new version of ALICE IN CHAINS with William DuVall (COMES WITH THE FALL) on vocals have lined up the following U.S. tour dates:

May 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
May 19 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 21 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 22 – Boston, MA @ Avalon
May 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
August 11 – Sturgis, SD @ 2006 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Trivium – ‘Master of Puppets’ Cover Posted Online

TRIVIUM‘s cover of ‘Master of Puppets’, which recently appeared in the free CD that accompanied the April issue of Kerrang!, can now be streamed online at this location. The band are currently in Florida tracking drums for their new album “The Crusade”, out later this year.

A.F.I., The Dillinger Escape Plan – More Tour Dates Released

More tour dates have been released for A.F.I.‘s upcoming tour with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NIGHTMARE OF YOU:

June 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
June 15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
June 20 – Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
June 22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
June 26 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
July 11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium

Sexcrement – More Upcoming Shows Announced

Massachusetts based death metallers SEXCREMENT have lined up the following upcoming shows:

May 24 – New York, NY @ Downtime w/ Cliteater, Rompeprop, Malignancy
June 2 – Somerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium w/ Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation
June 10 – Long Island, NY @ TBA
June 11 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billards w/ Arsis, Pillory, Wasteform
July 15 – Marlborough, MA @ Jay Blasindell’s BBQ w/ Teratsim
July 16 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Lividity

A Dozen Furies – Calls It Quits

A DOZEN FURIES has officially broken up. The band’s claim to fame came as part of their guitarist’s stint on the 2004 “Battle for Ozzfest” reality show and the band’s stint Ozzfest 2005’s side stage in a non-rotating side stage spot. Here is a message from the band’s official site, written by the band’s drummer Mike:

“There really is no point in drawing this out longer than it needs to be, so I’ll try and be quick and to the point. After two amazing short years, A DOZEN FURIES has called it a day. We could go on and on about all of the reasons why, but when it comes down to it, it’s because we’ve grown apart. I guess a lot of the ‘wrong’ things fell into place at the ‘right’ time. I’m sure some might think we were a flash in the pan and now that our 15 seconds is over, we are quitting. Well, most of us have been doing this for close to 10 years and it’s just time for some of us to move on.

With that said, we would like to express our more sincere thanks to everyone who was with us at any point along the way. All of the fans we’ve made, friends we’ve met, bands we toured with, and industry people we’ve befriended amongst our travels, we’d like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. All of you have helped us achieve in just 2 years something that most bands never get to experience in their entire careers. This will be something that none of us will ever forget, and we hope most of you who did run across our path won’t forget as well.

Who knows what will happen with us after the split. Some of us will continue pursuing music, some will move on to other things, and keith works at a gay bar. We all have myspace pages linked from www.myspace.com/adozenfuries so you can keep up with us if you do so desire.

To end it off, we are holding a farewell show at The Ridglea Metal & Hardcore Fest on Saturday, May 6th at The Ridglea Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas. There are 3,000 bands playing, only the best of the best of course, so this will be a show you shant miss. We will be selling our merch(shirts, CD’s, old EP’s *Rip the Stars Down*, Hoodies, everything) DIRT CHEAP… and I do mean DIRT CHEAP, so don’t miss out ’cause this is your last chance. Well, our merch store still has stuff, including the Rip the Stars Down EP, so you can still place orders.

Thanks for the good times! I miss it all already.

Lacuna Coil – Performing on Jimmy Kimmel May 9

LACUNA COIL have been tapped to perform on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday, May 9. The show will be recorded at 6:15 p.m. and aired at 12:05 a.m. EST.

PsyOpus – Final Live Video Footage Placed Online

The last in the trilogy of live performances of PSYOPUS is available online courtesy of UVTV. This time it is for their track ?Death, . . . I? and again the footage was taken at a benefit concert for Handicapped Children last September in Endicott, NY.

Nicodemus – To Tour the UK – “Homecoming Tour” – Liquid Sky to Support

Portland based progressive metallers, NICODEMUS, are very pleased to announce that they will tour the UK for the first time in their career this July. Support act for dates will be Manchester, England based goth metal band LIQUID SKY.

Confirmed dates in England are as follows:

July 16 – Stoke-On-Trent @ The Glebe
July 18 – Queensferry @ The Pentre Club
July 21 – Gloucester TBA
July 22 – Hertford TBA
July 23 – Aylesbury @ The White Swan
July 27 – Croydon, Surrey @ The Cartoon Club
July 28 – Hull @ The White Room
July 29 – Mansfield @ Town Mill

More dates will be announced as they are confirmed. Band leader, Christopher Morris, is thrilled that the band will finally tour overseas:

“It feels great to finally get the opportunity to tour England and to do it along side a great band like Liquid Sky. We have had tremendous support from our British fans since our debut album almost 6 years ago. To play for them now, as well as gain exposure to new fans, is a dream come true for us. Being British myself, there is also a great sense of pride in this homecoming.”

Family Values Tour 2006 – Cities and Some Venues Revealed

The 2006 edition of the Family Values Tour, which will feature KORN, DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF, DIR EN GREY and a to-be-announced second stage will hit the following cities:

Albuquerque, NM
Alpine Valley, WI
Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Camden, NJ – Tweeter Center
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Darien, CT
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Hartford, CT
Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City, MO
Nashville, TN
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Raleigh, NC
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Bernardino, CA
Saratoga, NY
St. Louis, MO
Toronto, ONT
Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
Washington, DC
West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphetheatre

Overcast – Warm-Up to Reunion Gig Pictures Online

Four years and three weeks after their last show, OVERCAST came together to perform for the second to last time on April 23 at Cabot St. in Chicopee, MA. OVERCAST features Brian Fair of SHADOWS FALL on vocals, Mike D. of KILLSWITH ENGAGE, Pete of SEEMLESS, Scott of TRANSIENT and Jay of TUNNEL DRILL.

Pictures of the following artists, from the performance, can be found at this location.

cannae (93 pics)
in dire need (64 pics)
nerve gas tradgedy (90 pics)
overcast (330 pics)
the acacia strain (150 pics)
within the ruins (37 pics)

New England Metalcore Fest – Set Times Announced

Set times have been released for this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, which will take place April 28th – 30th at The Palladium in Worcester, MA:

:::FRIDAY APRIL 28:::
DOORS OPEN AT 2:00PM
SHOW RUNS UNTIL 1:00AM
RE-ENTRY ALLOWED UNTIL 6:00PM

Main Stage Friday:
2:00 – 2:20 Alarum
2:30 – 2:50 The Absence
3:00 – 3:20 Folly
3:30 – 3:50 Thine Eyes Bleed
4:00 – 4:20 Ligeia
4:30 – 4:50 Demiricous
5:00 – 5:20 Nodes Of Ranvier
5:30 – 5:50 Dead To Fall
6:00 – 6:20 If Hope Dies
6:30 – 6:50 Through The Eyes Of The Dead
7:00 – 7:20 The Acacia Strain
7:30 – 7:50 Haste The Day
8:00 – 8:20 Necrophagist
8:30 – 9:00 Still Remains
9:10 – 9:40 A Life Once Lost
9:50 – 10:30 Between The Buried And Me
10:45 – 11:30 Black Dahlia Murder
12:00 – 1:00 Lacuna Coil

Second Stage Friday:
2:10 – 2:30 Today I Wait
2:40 – 3:00 Suicide Silence
3:10 – 3:30 Ed Gein
3:40 – 4:00 Scarlet
4:10 – 4:30 Arsis
4:40 – 5:00 Neuraxis
5:10 – 5:30 From A Second Story Window
5:40 – 6:00 A Perfect Murder
6:10 – 6:30 Ringworm
6:40 – 7:10 Cephalic Carnage

:::SATURDAY APRIL 29:::
DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM
SHOW RUNS UNTIL 1:00AM
RE-ENTRY ALLOWED UNTIL 6:00PM

Main Stage Saturday:
12:00 – 12:20 Embrace The End
12:30 – 12:50 At All Cost
1:00 – 1:20 Ion Dissonance
1:30 – 1:50 Spitfire
2:00 – 2:20 Into The Moat
2:30 – 2:50 Since The Flood
3:00 – 3:20 Immolation
3:30 – 3:50 Scars Of Tomorrow
4:00 – 4:20 100 Demons
4:30 -4:50 Skinless
5:00 – 5:20 Caliban
5:30 – 6:00 Hate Eternal
6:10 – 6:40 God Forbid
6:50 – 7:20 TBA
7:30 – 8:00 Suffocation
8:10 – 8:40 Terror
8:50 – 9:30 Overcast
9:50 – 10:30 Exodus
10:45 – 11:30 Chimaira
12:00 – 1:00 Arch Enemy

Second Stage Saturday:
12:00 – 12:20 The Jonbenet
12:30 – 12:50 Subzero
1:00 – 1:20 Shoot To Kill
1:30 – 1:50 Colin Of Arabia
2:00 – 2:20 First Blood
2:30 – 2:50 Righteous Jams
3:00 – 3:20 Ramallah
3:30 – 3:50 Sworn Enemy
4:00 – 4:20 Turmoil
4:30 – 4:50 Remembering Never
5:00 – 5:20 Full Blown Chaos
5:30 – 5:50 Damnation AD
6:00 – 6:30 Death Threat

:::SUNDAY APRIL 30:::
DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM
SHOW RUNS UNTIL 1:00AM
RE-ENTRY ALLOWED UNTIL 6:00PM

Main Stage Sunday:
12:00 – 12:20 The Miles Between
12:30 – 12:50 Sanctity
1:00 – 1:20 Hypersolid
1:30 – 1:50 Withered
2:00 – 2:20 Mercury Switch
2:30 – 2:50 xdeathstarx
3:00 – 3:20 Inked In Blood
3:30 – 3:50 A Love End Suicide
4:00 – 4:20 Light This City
4:30 – 4:50 Protest The Hero
5:00 – 5:20 Burn in Silence
5:30 – 5:50 Cannae
6:00 – 6:20 Trouble
6:30 – 6:50 Byzantine
7:00 – 7:30 Into Eternity
7:50 – 8:30 Wolf
8:50 – 9:30 Bronx Casket Company
10:00 – 11:00 DragonForce
11:30 – 1:00 Gamma Ray

Second Stage Sunday:
12:10 – 12:30 Cell Ador
12:40 – 1:00 Born Victim
1:10 – 1:30 Phoenix Mourning
1:40 – 2:00 xlooking forwardx
2:10 – 2:30 Goat Horn
2:40 – 3:00 Doom Raider
3:10 – 3:30 3
3:40 – 4:00 Yakuza
4:10 – 4:30 I Killed The Prom Queen
4:40 – 5:00 Torn Asunder
5:10 – 5::30 Bloodlined Calligraphy
5:40 6:00 On Broken Wings
6:10 6:30 Twelve Tribes
6:40 – 7:00 Daughters

World/Inferno Friendship Society – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new song from the WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY entitled “Only Anarchists Are Pretty” over at their MySpace page. The song is off their upcoming new album, “Red-Eyed Soul,” which will be released on July 11th through Chunksaah. You can check out the cover art here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Brother of the Mayor of Bridgewater
2. Velocity of Love
3. Your Younger Man
4. Only Anarchists are Pretty
5. Lets Steal Everything
6. Annie the Imaginary Lawyer
7. Me v. Angry Mob
8. Hothouse Flowers
9. Paul Robeson
10. Me and The Mad Monkettes
11. Please My Favorite Don’t Be Sad
12. Fiend in Wien
13. Jerusalem Boys
14. The Devils Ball
15. So Long to the Circus

The band is currently booking a full U.S. tour with LEFTOVER CRACK.