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Finntroll – Part Ways With Vocalist

FINNTROLL vocalist Tapio Wilska has announced that he’s been asked to leave the band:

“With a heavy heart I bring you the following news: In a band meeting one hour ago I was fired as a singer of FINNTROLL. Reasons are many and for the most part private, but personal differences and lack of discussion have led my bandmates to doubt my commitment for this band. I believe this will be discussed widely in the following days and more info will undoubtedly be out soon for your viewing pleasure. I will only say the following: These past three years have been the best times of my life and I want to thank all the friends I’ve gained from this, crews past and present, supporters who came to our shows and shared the good and the bad times. I will always cherish you in my heart. Thanks for my now ex-bandmates for sharing this experience with me. Life goes on and wounds will heal. The future remains to be seen.

Thank all of you and see you sometime, somewhere.”

Skinless – Upcoming Shows Confirmed

SKINLESS has confirmed the following upcoming shows:

with Exodus, Cryptopsy, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos:
April 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metal & Hardcore Fest)

with Suffocation, Exodus, Cryptopsy, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos, A Classic Struggle:
April 30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)

A U.K. tour is in the works for the spring, as well as a summer North American tour.

Ballet Deviare – Supporting Opeth In NYC

Ballet Deviare will be performing a special performance entitled “…And The Devil Knows Why” (set to OPETH‘s “Deliverance”) as support to OPETH‘s headlining show on February 23rd at Town Hall in New York City.

“The visceral fusion of two seemingly total opposites. A maelstrom of a marriage between the beauty and grace of ballet, and the force and brutality of metal. Bringing high art and extreme music together. Incorporated in November of 2003, Ballet Deviare is a non-profit contemporary ballet company residing in New York City. Ballet Deviare strives to reach a vast audience ranging from balletomanes to those who have never been exposed to the art of ballet. Deviating from what is expected within the norm of ballet companies (which is how the name of the company came into being), Ballet Deviare has harnessed an eclectic audience ranging from dance connoisseurs to those individuals who have never attended a ballet performance.

Ballet Deviare’s choreographic projects entail the merging of what may appear at first glance to be complete opposites, the beauty and grace of ballet combined with the power and force of metal music. Not for the faint of heart, Kowalewski’s choreographic works range from adagio inspired movements invoked by the darkened melodies of doom, to petit allegro propelled by the double base drums and thunderous riffs of death metal and grind.”

Frightmare – New Song Posted Online

Razorback Records’ FRIGHTMARE have unleashed a new track titled “Angela” from their upcoming new album, “Bringing Back the Bloodshed.”

E-Town Concrete – Last Ever Show Announced

E-TOWN CONCRETE‘s last ever show will take place on Saturday, May 20th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

Hatebreed – New Song Released

HATEBREED have released a new version of the same song they’ve been putting out over and over for the past 10 years on their official MySpace page for your listening pleasure. The song is off their untitled upcoming new album.

Poison The Well – More Headlining Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring POISON THE WELL, HORSE THE BAND, THE FALL OF TROY, and CRITERIA:

March 15 – Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
March 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
March 18 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
March 21 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
March 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
March 23 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 24 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 25 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
March 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
March 27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
March 29 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
March 30 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
March 31 – Sauget, MO @ Pop’s
April 1 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 4 – Detriot, MI @ Majestic Theatre
April 5 – London, ON @ Call The Office
April 6 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 7 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
April 8 – Quebec City, QC @ Anti Sk8 Parc
April 10 – Boston, MA @ Axis
April 11 – Levittown, NY @ Ritual
April 12 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions
April 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
April 14 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
April 15 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
April 18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 19 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
April 21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 22 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
April 24 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
April 25 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary

Misery Index – Sign To Relapse Records!

MISERY INDEX have announced that they’ve signed to Relapse Records. Their new album will be released through the label in May.

Ill Bill – 70+ Songs Available, NYC Show On Sale

ILL BILL has added close to 80 songs to his MySpace page for your listening pleasure. Also, tickets for his February 3rd show with JEDI MIND TRICKS at CBGB in New York City are on sale now here. Tickets are expected to sell out.

Wasteform – Part Ways With Xtreem Music

Mammoth New York metal act WASTEFORM have just recently parted ways with their label Xtreem Music (Spain). The split was amicable says vocalist and co-founder Greg Kennedy. “We’re currently looking for a label to support us 100% on our future endeavors which include extensive touring throughout the U.S and Europe and a brand new album.” With newly acquired guitarist Justin Knipper (MUCOPUS), WASTEFORM plan to re-release their debut full-length album “Crushing The Reviled” with a one-album deal on Nice To Eat You Records (Czech Republic) which will include a remastered album with new artwork and 4-5 bonus tracks consisting of previously unreleased demos, live tracks and newly recorded cover songs (NEGLECT‘s “L.S.S” and BRUTAL TRUTH‘s “Dementia”). In the meantime, WASTEFORM are looking for a permanent label to call home and already have U.S and European Dates lined up for the next several months:

May 31 – Vernon, NY @ Nothing Fancy Cafe w/ Vader, Kataklysm
July 14 – Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Obscene Extreme 2006
July 15 – Kaltenbach, Austria @ Kaltenbach Open-Air
July 22 – Gosmar, Germany @ Hell Over Gosmar Festival
August 11 – Crimea, Ukraine @ Metal Head’s Misson VII
August 18 – Muotathal, Switzerland @ Mountains of Death Open-Air VI
September 1 – Malchen, Germany @ Arsch Cholio Open-Air VI
September 15 – Wermelskirchen, Germany @ NRW Deathfest

Misery Index – Guesting On WREKage Radio

MISERY INDEX have released the following update:

“Hello ladies and gents! Still in Atlanta recording, making Metal for you fine people. We’re gonna get outta the studio for a bit on Friday night and go visit WREKage radio. The show is on from midnight-6am. So, if you live in the Atlanta area, you can tune it at 91.1, and everyone else can get the show streaming from the station’s website. We’re not gonna be playing live unfortunately (can’t break down all the gear we’re using for recording), but we’ll be yapping it up. METAL!!!!!!!!!!”

SikTh – New Album Cover Posted

The cover art work for SIKTH‘s new album, “Death of A Dead Day,” has been made available for your viewing pleasure here.

Nevermore, Evergrey – Confirmed For ProgPower USA VII

Seattle band NEVERMORE and Swedish progressive/power metal bandb EVERGREY have been confirmed to headline ProgPower USA VII.

“This isn’t just another EVERGREY appearance,” said Promoter Glenn Harveston. “We are going to recreate the magic of the band’s DVD, ‘A Night to Remember.'” For only the second time ever, the EVERGREY choir will be joining the band on stage at the festival. In addition to the exclusive choir appearance, the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta will be performing with the band on stage.

“It feels absolutely great to be able to bring this special show to Atlanta
and the American audience!” said EVERGREY guitarist/vocalist Tom Englund. “This was only meant to be a once in a life time show, but Glenn has made it impossible for us to say no. ProgPower USA has been like a second home for us in America. It always feels great to arrive there and know that the crew’s attitude will portray a professionalism rarely encountered elsewhere.”

NEVERMORE will close out the festival on Saturday night. Fresh off last year’s Gigantour stadium tour and a slot on OPETH‘s last North American tour, NEVERMORE has gained critical and fan praise for its latest release, “This Godless Endeavor.”

“I think the band deserves a hell of a lot more than another direct support slot,” Harveston said. “The time for a full headline set is now and this is the place to do it. If they want to play three hours, then they are going to play three hours.”

NEVERMORE and EVERGREY are joining German power metal band SAVAGE CIRCUS, Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA, PYRAMAZE, WASTEFALL, Sweden’s FREAK KITCHEN, Finland’s THUNDERSTONE, Italy’s VISION DIVINE, and Denmark’s MERCENARY, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out.

ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year’s festival sold out in a record four days.

Opeth – More Details Released For “Chronology” Shows

OPETH have issued the following description of their special “chronology” performances that’ll take place in three select markets on their upcoming headlining North American tour:

Chronology MCMXCIV – MMV A live observation by Opeth

Yes folks, that is the “title” for three exclusive gigs scheduled for NYC’s Town hall centre (23/2), Chicago’s House of blues (2/3) and LA’s Wiltern theatre (14/3). These special seated events will consist of a chronologically played setlist, starting with music from the very first record “Orchid” and ending with vibes from the latest opus “Ghost reveries”. These extended sets are exclusive to the three dates and there won’t be any support bands on these nights. A good advice is to get your tickets quick as these are bound to sell out fast! Opeth and crew will also bring in extra production and screens in order to try and make this the ultimate OPETH live experience! The band promise a very varied setlist and songs never ever played before live! The setlist boasts no less than 4 songs that never before have been played on American soil and several others that haven’t been played for years!

Bullet For My Valentine – Drop Off Chimaira Tour; Join Rob Zombie Tour

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE has officially dropped off CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s upcoming North American tour. Instead, the band will be opening ROB ZOMBIE‘s headlining tour. LACUNA COIL will be in direct support.

Disturbed – Frontman Claims Bands Is Confirmed For Ozzfest 2006

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has announced that his band has been confirmed for Ozzfest 2006. According to Blabbermouth.net, Drainman said on a radio interview, “It looks like at this point that we are confirmed for Ozzfest this summer, so that should be a good thing. It’s looking like that’s gonna happen, so…”
DISTURBED joins BLACK LABEL SOCIETY as the only bands to be confirmed for this year’s Ozzfest.

Napalm Death – Speak About ‘The Enemy Of God II’ Tour

Birmingham’s fathers for Grindcore, NAPALM DEATH, whose latest release, “The Code Is Red? Long Live The Code” was called “end-of-the-world-heavy” will be embarking on North America’s ‘The Enemy Of God II’ Tour in late February with Kreator. Vocalist for the band / institution Barney Greenway had this to say, “Hello everyone, looks like we’re coming back to North America to make a load of noise again. The Code Is Red? was such a well-received album, and we’re disappointed that this is only the first time that we’re getting to a lot of places, but we try our best, you know. What are the shows going to be like? Well, we will totally go for it, as ever, and hopefully you’ll all enjoy. It’ll be chaotic, spasmodic and hopefully a beautiful thing. There should be quite a bit of The Code? stuff in there as well.

“There’s also the small matter of the follow-up to The Code?, which we are each working on in our own little corners of the world. I have a few songs ready to go lyrically but nothing concrete to share with you right at this moment unfortunately. I’ve been thinking about the general theme of the album a lot and what I’d like to project in this age of being dragged down paths of religious oppression is the spirit of free-thinking. I mean, believe what you want to believe if it makes you happy, but I still don’t believe that mass governance via religious theories is wise, especially when the world is so fragile. The whole idea, just for example, of stickering school textbooks that try to explain the scientifically proven evolution of mankind with stickers that say ‘this is not necessarily the truth’ is entirely counter-productive. Anyway? we hope to hit the studio mid-May for a late-year release. See you all soon stateside. Peace, love, equality.”

Mastodon – ‘Where Strides the Behemoth’ Live Footage Available

There is a new live performance of MASTODON playing their track ‘Where Strides The Behemoth’ available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. It was recorded at Saratoga Winners in Latham, NY in 2005.

4Q Radio – Randy Blythe Interviews Dez of Devildriver, Mike of the Agony Scene – Chris Jericho to Guest DJ

The UK’s 4Q RADIO is showcasing their newest guest correspondant, LAMB OF GOD‘s Randy Blythe, in his 4Q RADIO debut. Blythe sits sound with the likes of DEVILDRIVER‘s Dez, and Mike from THE AGONY SCENE to chat about metal and much more. In other news, 4Q RADIO have also published a Special DJ edition of the show featuring FOZZY‘s Chris Jericho behind the mic.

For more, or to listen, head to 4Qradio.com.

Street Drum Corps – Tape Upcoming Episode for CBS’ “Love Monkey”

The STREET DRUM CORPS were in New York City January 12 to tape an upcoming episode of CBS’ most-talked about new show “Love Monkey”. Starring Tom Cavanagh as a successful NYC A&R rep for a record label, the show will feature upcoming bands and artists each week as part of the show’s continuing plot line.

The STREET DRUM CORPS, who are a three-piece, punk-rock drumming outfit that appeared on this summer’s Warped Tour, are gearing up for their three-month gig with the Taste of Chaos Tour and are about to release their debut, self-titled album February 21 through WARCON Enterprises.

Labeled as “Punk Rock STOMP” by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman after their thunderous Warped Tour appearances, the Street Drum Corps have been gaining tremendous success within the punk and rock communities. So much so, in fact, that Used frontman Bert McCracken invited the group to join him on the road last year for a few dates and even recorded this season’s hit holiday song “Happy Christmas, War is Over” with him for the “Taste of Christmas” album which was also released through WARCON Enterprises.

Motley Crue – Cause Birds to Fly at Unveiling of Hollywood Star

Rock’s most notorious bad boys MÖTLEY CRÜE can add another claim to their Star on the Walk of Fame: normally unflappable Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant was provoked into flipping the bird (visions of Spiro Agnew!) as unruly fans taunted and chanted during the band’s induction ceremony earlier today on Hollywood Blvd.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame’s newly unveiled 2,301st star for Mötley Crüe, umlauts and all, is appropriately located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musician’s Institute. Following Mr. Grant’s introduction, and Tommy’s goosing and groping of the Hollywood Mayor’s behind, fans were so unruly that the cherubic Grant asked the “children” to quiet down before humorously, and historically, displaying his extended digit in the direction of a boisterous fan. Amidst whoops and laughter the ceremony continued with all members of the band conveying their heartfelt thanks to the crowd on having been bestowed with such an honor.

MÖTLEY CRÜE, have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, documented their quintessentially decadent lifestyle in their best-selling 2001 autobiography and soon-to-be feature film, The Dirt, and had one of the top-grossing tours of 2005, with all four original members reuniting to play before an estimated one million people in the U.S. Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx first joined forces in 1981, their albums generating such iconic singles as “Smokin’ in the Boys Room,” “Girls Girls Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood” and “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away).” As one of the most indulgent bands in history, their reckless lifestyle eventually took its toll, and they disbanded in 1999. With their reunion six years later, Mötley Crüe released the double-platinum Red, White & Crüe and spent most of the year on the road for their “Carnival of Sins” tour, whose next leg extends into 2006.

Destruction – Replace Nuclear Assault On Vader Tour!

Due to an urgent immediate family situation of one of its band members, NUCLEAR ASSAULT have been forced to drop off the “Metal Crusaders” tour, featuring VADER, KATAKLYSM, SPEEDKILLHATE, GRAVEWORM, and THE ABSENCE. The replacement for them will come in the way of german legends DESTRUCTION! Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

May 26 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
May 27 – Bedford, NH @ Marks Place
May 28 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East
May 29 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 30 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 31 – Vernon, NY @ Nothing Fancy Cafe
June 1 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
June 4 – St-Paul, MN @ Station 4
June 7 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
June 10 – St-Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
June 11 – Ft- Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
June 14 – Houston, TX @ The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
June 15 – Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
June 16 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
June 17 – Arlington, TX @ The Phoenix Music Complex
June 18 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
June 20 – Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
June 22 – Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 23 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
June 24 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
June 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
June 27 – Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesday’s
June 28 – Portland, OR @ Rock’n’ Roll Pizza
June 29 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

The Gathering – More North American Dates Released

Another date has been released for THE GATHERING‘s U.S./Canadian tour with GIANT SQUID and THE UNEXPECT:

March 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
March 19 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
March 20 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
March 21 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
March 24 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques

Skinless – Studio Update, No Longer Banned From Palladium

SKINLESS have released the following update from the studio:

“Almost there, guitar and bass tracking are finished and vocals will be done in the next couple of days. It’s been a long process but I really think it’s going to be worth it. We’ll begin mixing next week and everyone in SKINLESS is very excited with how “Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead” is coming along. Orion from Relapse is working on some sick cover art for us and we’ll reveal that as soon as possible.I’ll be announcing the track listing in the near future too.

After 5 years of being banned from The Palladium in Worcester, Ma we will be playing the New England Metal And Hardcore Fest this year. It’s a long story why we haven’t been allowed to play there for so long but all that matters is that we’ll be back. It used to be one of our favorite places to play and we really look forward to trampling The Palladium once again. Other tour dates will be announced soon.”

Hate Eternal – Former Drummer Tim Yeung Lands 1st Place at NAMM for Fastest Drummer Contest

Former HATE ETERNAL drummer Tim “The Missile” Yeung, who played on Hate Eternal’s 1999 Earache debut “Conquering The Throne”, took first place honors at this years NAMM fastest drummer contest. Yeung, who is currently putting together a new extreme metal project with former FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA guitarist Dino Cazares, placed first in the NAMM international Fastest Drummer contest in the “Fastest Feet Category” of the contest. Tim officially came in at 872 beats within one minute. Pictures of Yeung and other contest winners can be located at this location.

All of the Fastest drummer competitions were judged solely on single strokes and did not include bounces, presses or buzz. Contestants for required to perform for one full minute and were measured using a “Drumometer”. This year’s winners received prizes including Two Pearl Drum Sets, a year supply of ProMark drum sticks, two sets of Meinl cymbals, Axis Longboard “A” double pedal, 50 Remo drum heads, and a years subscription to Drum magazine.