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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

Lacuna Coil – Several release dates for Karmacode announced – New song streaming online

LACUNA COIL are set to release to their latest full-length album “KarmaCode” March 31 in Europe, April 3 in the U.K. and April 4 in North America through Century Media Records. The lead single “Our Truth” is now streaming online as part of AOL’s Underworld Evolution soundtrack “listening party”. According to Century Media, “This highly anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed commercial breakthrough album, “Comalies”, was co-produced by Waldemar Sorychta and LACUNA COIL in Germany and Italy’ while the album was both mixed by Ronald Prent (RAMMSTEIN, H.I.M., IRON MAIDEN) and mastered by Darcy Proper (PORCUPINE TREE) at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. Grammy Nominated design firm Asterik Studio (TRAPT, THE USED) is handling the package design for “Karmacode”.

Says vocalist Cristina Scabbia, “I imagine it’s easy for everyone to understand how truly excited we are for the world to hear the new material. It’ll give everyone the chance to hear the growth that the band has experienced over the past couple of years. I simply cannot wait to get out and play the new songs live, there will definitely be a lot of energy coming from the stage next year!”

Guitarist Cristiano Migliore adds, “It’s taken a long time to put together these songs and I can say they’re the best ones we’ve ever written! Working with old friends as well as new ones has been incredibly exciting and we had the chance to mix in one of the best studios in the world so, really, what else could we ask for? I’m definitely sure our fans will love the music just as much as they’ll love the artwork that Asterik has created for “Karmacode”!”

The tracklisting for “Karmacode” has been confirmed as follows:

1. Fragile
2. To The Edge
3. Our Truth
4. Within Me
5. Devoted
6. You Create
7. What I See
8. Fragments Of Faith
9. Closer
10. In Visible Light
11. The Game
12. Without Fear
13. Enjoy The Silence

The video for the first single to be taken from “Karmacode” – “Our Truth”, due to be released on Monday, March 6 was shot in Los Angeles by Fort Awesome, a brand-new directorial duo, whose individual directing credits include QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SHADOWS FALL, DISTURBED, CHEVELLE, LINKIN PARK, and more. “The experience of shooting the video was a wonderful one, for sure” adds Cristina, “Both the band and the crew worked from sunset to sunrise in the Hollywood Hills, remaining 100% focused and after all was said and done we believe we pulled off a masterpiece of a video we’re sure everyone’s going to love.”

Reflections Records – 10 Year Anniversary Festivals Announced – January, February, March

Reflections Records are set to celebrate their 10th Anniversary, and are doing so in style with 3 month-to-month shows planned in Europe. Information for the gigs are below:

Reflections Fest Part I – January 16

21:45-22:25 Terror
20:50-21:25 Modern Life Is War
20:00-20:30 Blacklisted
19:10-19:40 No Turning Back
18:20-18:50 Rise And Fall
17:30-18:00 Donnybrook
16:40-17:10 Omission
16:00-16:20 Endless Fight

Location: Metropool, Hengelo – Holland
Venue opens: 15:00
First band: 16:00
Tickets: ? 18 (at the door), Presale ? 15

Reflections Fest Part II – February 26

21.30 – 22.30 Cave In
20.10 – 21.10 Pelican
19.00 – 19.40 Modern Life Is War
18.00 – 18.40 Doomriders
17.10 – 17.40 Rise And Fall
16.20 – 16.50 An Albatross
15.30 – 16.00 Amen Ra
14.35 – 15.10 November Coming Fire
13.45 – 14.15 Omission

Location: Hof Ter Lo, Antwerp – Belgium
Doors: 13:00
First band: 14:00
Tickets: ? 18 (at the door), Presale ? 15

Reflections Fest part III – March 19

21:35 – 22:15 Doomriders
20:40 – 21:15 Coliseum
19:40 – 20:20 Malkovich
18:40 – 19:10 Rise And Fall
17:50 – 18:20 Lords
17:00 – 17:30 November Coming Fire

Location: Bitterzoet, Spuistraat 2, Amsterdam – Holland
Doors: 16:00
First band 17:00
Tickets: ? 10

Ominous – Debut Release for “Intercorpse” Set for January 10

The debut release “Intercorpse” from the New Jersey death metal trio OMINOUS will be available nationwide Tuesday, January 10 through Rotting Corpse Records. Artwork for the album was painted by award-winning artist Craig Simpson, most known for USURPER‘s albums “Twilight Dominion” and “Cryptobeast”. An award-winning video for the single, “13 Years of Pain”, directed by Michael Saladino of On The Point Films, can be viewed at their site. OMINOUS are currently on tour in direct support of the album.

Terrorizer – Officially Ink Deal with Century Media Records – New Album Set for Summer `06

Legendary grindcore pioneers TERRORIZER, have signed to Century Media Records worldwide. Released in 1989, the bands highly acclaimed and influential debut album “World Downfall” (Earache Records) took the metal scene by storm. With an as yet unheard of aggression the band became a cult institution even though they quickly disbanded. Following the break up the main founding members, drummer Pete Sandoval and guitarist Jesse Pintado, moved on to join legendary extreme bands MORBID ANGEL and NAPALM DEATH respectively.

The band remained popular through the next 16 years with newer acts citing inspiration from “World Downfall”. The massive amount of available bootleg recordings and band merchandise as well as rumours of a follow-up album kept TERRORIZER‘s name alive. Now, after what might seem like an eternity of silence, the band have signed a worldwide deal with Robert Kampf, owner of Century Media. Sondoval and Pintado have already started working on a new studio album, to be recorded early 2006 in Florida with producer Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, UNHOLY GHOST, etc.) for a Summer 2006 release

“After long negotiations with several labels, it’s official: TERRORIZER and World Management are happy to announce the new album will be on Century Media,” commented the band.

Invitro – Fear. Mikey Doling – 1st Headlining Gig Scheduled Tonite

Former SNOT/SOULFLY guitarist Mikey Doling is performing his first headlining show in Hollywood, CA tonight at the Knitting Factory with his new band INVITRO. Support will be coming from RUIN, a band Doling recently produced.

The two acts are currently in the planning stages for setting up a full US tour. Dates, and more information is expected shortly.

Kingsize Blues – To Support Crowbar, Will Haven on UK Tour

Following their December dates with GOD FORBID and MENDEED, the UK’s KINGSIZE BLUES will be back on the road this March with WILL HAVEN and CROWBAR. So far, as previously reported, the following tour dates have been confirmed:

March 12 – Nottingham, England @ Rock City
March 13 – Liverpool, England @ UNI
March 14 – Manchester, England @ Academy 2/3
March 15 – Glascow, Scotland @ Garage
March 16 – Newport, Wales @ TJ’s
March 18 – London, England @ Mean Fiddler
March 19 – Portsmouth, England @ Wedgewood Rooms
March 20 – Oxford, England @ Zodiac
March 21 – Colchester, England @ Arts Centre

Bobaflex – Cancel Remainder of January Dates – Gear Stolen in Dallas, TX

BOBAFLEX, currently out on tour with INDORPHINE and THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, will not be playing the remainder of their North American tour dates in January. The band’s gear was stolen in Dallas, TX last night after their performance at The Galaxy. Dates affected include:

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

Management is appealing to fans or anyone at the club to keep a close eye/ear out for word on the missing gear. BOBAFLEX will resume touring, acting as direct support for 10 YEARS and FIVESPEED in February.

Voivod – Day 5 – Blog Updated

Day 5 of VOIVOD‘s ongoing studio blog has been updated. You can read it here.

Neuraxis – Full US Tour Dates Announced – Kill the Client, Strong Intention to Support

Montreal based NEURAXIS will be embarking on a US tour this February. Joining them will be KILL THE CLIENT and STRONG INTENTION. The following dates have been scheduled:

February 8 – Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station
February 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Syndicate
February 10 – Toledo, OH @ The Underground
February 11 – St Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
February 12 – Tulsa, OK @ Pinkeye
February 13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
February 14 – Lubbock, TX @ Winchester Pavillion*
February 15 – Albq., NM @ Compound*
February 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation II*
February 17 – Tijuana, Mexico @ Voodoo House*
February 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Clubhouse*
February 19 – Hollywood,CA @ Knitting Factory*
February 20 – San Francisco,CA @ The Pound
February 21 – Twin Falls, ID @ Ballroom
February 22 – Boise, ID @ Imparts
February 23 – Cheyenne, WY @ Sheriffs Posse
February 24 – Des Moines,IA @ Hairy Marys
February 25 – Superior, WI @ Norm’d Beer and Brats
February 26 – Chicago, IL @ Gunther Murphys
February 28 – South Bend, IN @ The Whitehouse
March 1 – Evansville, IN @ 1123
March 3 – Buffalo, NY @ TBA

* Kill The Client joins tour

NEURAXIS‘ new album “Trilateral Progression” is now available on Earache Records in the UK/Europe, and on Willowtip Records in North America.

Wolf – Announce Deal with Century Media Records!

Sweden’s ‘working class’ heavy metallers, WOLF, have inked a deal with Century Media Records. In their own words: “WOLF is a hardworking Heavy metal band. Century Media records is a hardworking heavy metal label. See the connection? We’re very proud to announce that we’re releasing the next WOLF album on Century Media. We’re confident that we’re getting the support we need and we’re also confident that the next WOLF album will eat you up and spit you out. Cheers to all supporters of heavy metal, see ya down the pub.”

Century Media, the band’s new home, had this to day:

“We are very proud to have a new band in our artist roster that kicks ass in an old school way without being old fashioned ? because real METAL never dies! So let’s howl with the Wolves!”

WOLF was formed 1995 by Niklas A Olsson (vocals, lead guitar) and Mikael Goding (bass). Some demos later, in 1997, Daniel ‘Dale’ Bergkvist (drums) joined the band and completed the core line-up that recorded the first three albums: “Wolf” (2000), “Black Wings” (2002) & “Evil Star” (2004) ? all of them recorded & produced in the Abyss studio by Peter Taegtgren. In mid 2002 Johannes ‘Axeman’ Losbaeck filled in as a permanent second guitarist and brought three years later his old DECAMERON/SEVENTH ONE buddy Tobias R. Kjellgren into the band (who also played with the infamous DISSECTION and helped out IN FLAMES on their 2005 US tour). Dale was leaving the band due to private reasons but he’s still helping out behind the scenes.

All of WOLF‘s albums received overwhelming reviews from worldwide metal-media and the WOLF-pack destroyed stages at Sweden Rock, Wacken, Gates Of Metal and last years Rock Hard Festival. They toured with Edguy and Saxon, and they are ready to unleash their fourth album in mid 2006. Most likely the unholy mix of IRON MAIDEN meets MERCYFUL FATE meets super sized balls will be recorded by Peter Taegtgren again. Expect nothing else than blood, sweat and beers.

Armor for Sleep – New Music Online, Tour Preparations, featured on MTV

Equal Vision artists ARMOR FOR SLEEP have posted a brand new demo song online at this location called ‘The Way Out Is Broken’.

Here’s what vocalist Ben Jorgensen had to say:

“Hello everybody! We have decided to post a new song we made a demo of that you may or may not have heard on our tour with Matchbook Romance. We might bust it out on our headlining tour…depending on the state of certain planetary happenings (yes, these things do matter). We are writing a dump trucks load worth of new songs, so you may never hear from this guy again…and if you do he’ll be all cut apart with different limbs and whatnot. Anywho…stay warm….winter is imminent.”

The band is currently set to headline The Invisible Sideshow Tour this winter with BOYS NIGHT OUT, CHIODOS and ACTION REACTION. Preceding the tour, tune in to MTV on Monday, January 16th from 10:00pm – 11:00pm to watch the lads hosting The 10 Spot Drop.

Bernie Worrel & The W00 Warriors – NYC Shows Announced

BERNIE WORREL & THE WOO WARRIORS (feat. Bernie Worrel of PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC, COLONEL CLAYPOOL’S BUCKET OF BERNIE BRAINS fame) have lined up the following upcoming New York City shows for next month:

February 3 – New York, NY @ Tonic
February 4 – New York, NY @ Tonic

Rob Zombie, Lacuna Coil – North American Tour Announced

ROB ZOMBIE and LACUNA COIL will be hooking up for a tour set to trek across North America this spring. Three dates have been confirmed so far. They are as follows:

March 18 – Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park (Global Gathering Festival)
April 6 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
April 7 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre

More dates are expected to be announced shortly.

Magrudergrind – Another New Song Released

MAGRUDERGRIND have released a new track entitled “Emo Holocaust” on their MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming split with SHITSTORM that will be released through Robotic Empire.

High On Fire, Goatwhore – More Dates Confirmed

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

March 30 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street Bar & Grill
April 13 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
April 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The EARL
May 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas

Seven Witches – Supporting W.A.S.P. On East Coast

SEVEN WITCHES will be opening for W.A.S.P. on the following East Coast dates:

March 1 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
March 2 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
March 3 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
March 4 – Springfield. VA @ Jaxx
March 5 – Glouster, NJ @ Pirates Den (no W.A.S.P.)
March 6 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
March 7 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rocks
March 8 – Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s