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The Doors – 40th Anniversary Marked by Release of 12-Disc Box Set

THE DOORS‘ 40th anniversary will be marked by the release of a 12-disc box set due this fall via Rhino Records. It will pair the band’s first six studio albums, all remastered with bonus tracks, with six DVDs featuring 5.1 remixes of the studio albums and bonus material. There will also be a vinyl boxed set of the first six albums and January will see two-CD versions of the albums released individually.

It Dies Today – Live Footage from UVTV – ‘My Promise’

There is a new live performance by IT DIES TODAY playing their track ?My Promise? available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. Footage was taken at The Furnace in Syracuse, NY. The band is currently recording tracks for a September release via Trustkill.

Earache Extreme Metal Racing – PS2, PSP, PC Game – Info Leaked

A trailer featuring action from the upcoming Earache-branded high-octane death and destruction PlayStation 2 racing game “Earache ExtremeMetal Racing” is now showing online at this location.

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache bands as racing teams burning a lot more than rubber as they race and pulverise the opposition’s vehicles through Purgatory and other hellish wastelands, all to an exclusively Earache-label death and extreme metal soundtrack.

Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there’ll also be over 50 extreme metal Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as NAPALM DEATH, AT THE GATES, CULT OF LUNA, CATHEDRAL, THE HAUNTED, HATE ETERNAL and many others, including rare tracks on bonus levels throughout the game.

Earache Extreme Metal racing is due for release on PS2, PSP and PC on July 7.

Demiricous – First Tour of California – SoCal Pics Up

Live pics of DEMIRICOUS from their first tour in California from their April 7 performance in Corona at The Showcase Theatre and their April 9 gig in Hollywood at The Whiskey are online courtesy of Dirt Junior photography. You can see them here and here.

Stone Sour – Scheduling US Tour – Looking for Summer Release for Album

STONE SOUR are making steady progress on their new album as the recording process draws to a close. An update from the band is below:

“Stage one is complete! The recording process is finished. 16 tracks were recorded and we’re in the process of picking just how many will go on the album. We’re hoping for a late Summer release.”

“We are so excited for you to hear this! From songs like “30/30-150,” to “Zzyzx Road,” it’s much more diverse and mature than the first Stone Sour record. Sonically, it’s amazing!”

“We are currently working on the U.S. Tour schedule and new merch. We will keep you posted as more info comes in.”

“Onto stage two of the process: mixing! This will be handled by Randy Staub (Metallica, Hatebreed) starting on the 10th of this month.”

Mastodon – Pictures from “Blood Mountain” Studio Work

Pictures from MASTODON‘s current studio sessions for the making of their new album “Blood Mountain” have been made available online. You can check out the goods at logID=102883611&MyToken=195522f0-168e-4ff3-8496-4f5d3e6557a0″ target=”_blank”>this location.

The band will releasing their major label debut this summer through Warner Brothers Records.

Seether – Axe European/UK Tour – Citing Personal Issues

Former OZZFEST 2nd stagers SEETHER have axed their upcoming UK and European tour due to a number of “personal issues” within the band. Rescheduling is set to occur with dates being eyed in September. In other news, a new Live Acoustic CD/DVD is set for release on July 11 through Wind-Up Records.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Schedule SNL Appearance for May 6

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are set to perform live on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on May 6. Their new double CD “Stadium Arcadium” is scheduled for release on May 9. The band last performed on Saturday Night Live on February 22, 1992.

Hinder – Claim #1 Spot on HeatSeekers Chart – Scan Upwards of 125,000

Universal Records rock band HINDER has claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s new artist Heat Seekers Chart after scanning ~9,000 copies a week, a number which is steadily increasing. Currently at #121, their debut album “Extreme Behavior” has been on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart for over seven weeks with total scans of more than 125,000 copies. The band is curretnly on tour with THEORY OF A DEADMAN.

The Acacia Strain – Announce Release Date for ‘The Dead Walk’, Release Album Art

Springfield, Mass.’ purveyors of all things heavy, THE ACACIA STRAIN, will release ‘The Dead Walk’ on June 13 through Prosthetic Records. The record was recorded with Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) in December, 2005, and features extensive artwork handled by Paul Romano (MASTODON.) For an updated take on the artwork, click here.

The album will feature the tracks “4 x 4,” “Angry Mob Justice,” and “Whoa! Shut It Down,” which were played live recently on the string of dates alongside DARKEST HOUR, HIMSA in February and March. In the meantime, fans can check out two demo versions of songs from ‘The Dead Walk’ on the band’s MySpace page.

?There are so many people today who are afraid to take their own stance. So many people just float through life with no meaning. They have no opinions of their own, nothing is theirs,? says vocalist Vincent Bennett. ?Yet at the same time, there are so many people who are so self-righteous, it?s sickening. ‘The Dead Walk’ focuses on that.?

Next up, THE ACACIA STRAIN will be playing at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival alongside several Prosthetic labelmates. Following that, the band will head back out on the road in May with THE RED CHORD, THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRANAGANZA, and follow that up with a tour alongside SOILENT GREEN in June.

Unearth – Video Footage from Studio Report #2

Fans can catch up with the members of UNEARTH with studio update #2 as the band continue to lay down tracks for their forthcoming release, “III: In The Eyes Of Fire”. You can view the video at this location.

Ankla – Ink Worldwide Deal with Bieler Bros.

Bieler Bros. Records have signed LA based metal band ANKLA to a worldwide deal. ANKLA, featuring former PUYA guitarist Ramone Ortiz, had their debut CD produced by Bob Marlette and are pushing for a late summer release.

Look What I Did – Tour Dates Updated

Combat Records LOOK WHAT I DID have firmed up the dates for their upcoming tour with DOG FASHION DISCO and TUB RING:

April 20 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
April 21 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 22 – Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
April 23 – Gainesville, TX @ State Theatre
April 24 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launch Pad
April 25 – El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Bar and Billiards
April 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Phix Gallery
April 27 – North Hollywood, CA @ Studio S
April 29 – Bakersfield, CA @ Studio 99
April 30 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon St
May 1 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock N Java
May 2 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 3 – Redding, CA @ The Dip
May 4 – Portland, OR @ Rock and Roll Pizza
May 5 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 6 – Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesdays
May 7 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
May 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Ritz Theatre
May 10 – Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
May 11 – Wichita, KS @ The Game
May 12 – Cedar Falls, IA @ The Reverb
May 13 – Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
May 14 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 16 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
May 17 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Club Soda
May 18 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
May 19 – Bloomington, IN @ Rhinos
May 20 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Rocker
May 21 – Detroit, MI @ TNTS
May 23 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 24 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
May 25 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Cafe Metropolis
May 26 – Baltimore, MD @ SONAR
May 27 – Kent, OH @ Screwy Louie’s
May 28 – Huntington, WV @ Monkey Bar
June 1 – Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
June 2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
June 3 – Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
June 4 – Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddys

Also, on Tuesday, April 11th the band will be launching a new merch store. To celebrate, they will put their out-of-print first album, My First Time, up for free download over at their PureVolume page. It will be available Tuesday only.

Relapse Records – Sign Comedian Brian Posehn

Comedian/Actor Brian Posehn has inked a deal with Relapse Records to release his debut stand-up CD ‘Live In: Nerd Rage‘ internationally.

Brian Posehn is a funny man who has been in lots of funny stuff and known to many as “that one guy from TV.” But if you pay attention to what you watch you might know him best as Kevin, the weirdo mail boy from Just Shoot Me or any of his other guest appearances on sitcoms (Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Bernie, Mac, The Showbiz Show with David Spade) and in movies (The Wedding Singer, Run Ronnie Run, Dumb and Dumberer, The Devil’s Rejects). Most notably though, you know him as part of the creative core of HBO’s legendary, Emmy-nominated Mr. Show, his Comedy Central special, and from the critically-acclaimed Comedians of Comedy Tour which aired on Showtime and is available through Netflix.

Posehn’s ‘Live In: Nerd Rage‘ reveals the hilarious observations of a self-professed nerd and life-long fan of heavy metal. At times personal, nasty, dry, and absurd but always funny, Brian muses on being a teenage heavy metal fan, marriage, his dog Ernie, high-school reunions, body ‘parts’ and getting revenge on childhood tormentors. Recorded as part of Brian’s appearances on the Comedians of Comedy tour, and including a sketch with Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), ‘Live In: Nerd Rage‘ is Brian at his funniest and will have everyone who hears it seeing the world through a totally different set of eyes.

Not just a mere stand-up cd however, ‘Live In: Nerd Rage‘ also incorporates two of Brian’s other life-long loves; comic books and heavy metal.

Live In: Nerd Rage‘ features two musical cuts; one by Brian’s heavy metal band POSEHN and another by TITANNICA. POSEHN‘s lineup reads like of a who’s who of the hard rock elite; featuring Scott Ian [ANTHRAX, SOD] on guitar, Joey Vera [ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING] on bass, John Tempesta [WHITE ZOMBIE, THE CULT, TESTAMENT] on drums and guest lead solos from Jonathan Donais [SHADOWS FALL] and Russ Parrish (National Lampoon’s Metal Skool) with Brian himself on vocals. POSEHN slays with the soon-to-be-legendary original track “Metal By Numbers” while TITANNICA [the metal band from the beloved Mr. Show sketch] delivers their epic track “Try Again, Again.”

Additionally, the record features artwork by noted comic artist Mike Avon-Oeming (Powers, Bastard Samurai, Hammer of the Gods) with colors by Peter Pantazis (Powers, Common Grounds). This fact is made all-the-more relevant as Brian launches “Last Christmas”, a comic book co-written by Posehn and Gerry Duggan depicting Santa’s adventures battling mutants in a post-apocalyptic landscape, through Image Comics on May 24th.

Live In: Nerd Rage‘ will be released on July 11th in North America, with an international release to follow in August.

Prior to the release of ‘Live In: Nerd Rage,’ Brian will be doing stand-up as part of the fifth leg of the Comedians of Comedy Tour. The tour, named “The Best Thing To Happen To Stand Up Comedy in 2005” by Time Out New York, will be comprised of a week of dates in the Midwest and include appearances by Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and Eugene Mirman in addition to Brian.

Brian Posehn appearing as part of The Comedians of Comedy:

April 20 – Cleveland, OH @ The House of Blues
April 21 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls (9:00 pm showtime)
April 22 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (9:00 pm showtime)
April 24 – Lansing, MI @ Temple Club (8:30 pm showtime)
April 25 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall (9:00 pm showtime)
April 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Music Mill (8:00 pm showtime)
April 27 – Champaign, IL @ High Dive (8:00 pm showtime)
April 28 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium (9:00 pm showtime)

Fear Factory, Suffocation – More Tour Dates Announced

A few more dates have been released for FEAR FACTORY‘s North American tour with SUFFOCATION, HYPOCRISY, and DECAPITATED set to take place later this year:

October 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
October 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
October 28 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
October 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
October 30 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 1 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
November 2 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
November 3 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
November 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 6 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jeeters Pub
November 7 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
November 10 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 11 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
November 12 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
November 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
November 14 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
November 17 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
November 18 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
November 19 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
November 22 – South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
November 24 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
November 25 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
November 26 – Saginaw, MI @ Shooters

Sleep Terror – U.S. Tour Dates Updated

Dates have been updated for SLEEP TERROR‘s upcoming U.S. tour:

July 13 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
July 15 – Spokane, WA @ The BLVD
July 16 – Boise, ID @ The Gathering Place
July 17 – Cheyenne, WY @ The Posse
July 18 – Denver, CO @ 15th St. Tavern
July 19 – Topeka, KS @ The New Static
July 20 – Cedar Falls, IA @ TBA
July 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Ascot Room
July 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Robot Mosh Fest
July 23 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey’s Pub*
July 24 – Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
July 25 – Watertown, NY @ Factory St. Music Hall
July 26 – OFF
July 27 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
July 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Mojo’s
July 29 – Newport News, VA @ Buddah’s
July 30 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
July 31 – Nashville, TN @ TBA
August 1 – Mobile, AL @ Cellblock
August 2 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
August 3 – Houston, TX @ TBA
August 4 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
August 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound*
August 6 – OFF
August 7 – El Paso, TX @ Chics*
August 8 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock Theatre*
August 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dawgz*
August 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA*
August 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Leatherneck’s*
August 12 – Modesto, CA @ The Workshop*
August 13 – San Francisco, CA @ TBA*
August 14 – Reno, NV @ VFW Hall*
August 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Westcoast Worldwide
August 16 – Red Bluff, CA @ Tehema District Fairgrounds
August 17 – Eureka, CA @ Brogi’s
August 18 – Portland, OR @ Rock ‘n Roll Pizza
August 19 – Longview, WA @ Reid’s Pit Stop

* = with Beneath The Massacre

Green Carnation – Announce European Tour/Dates – MLB 2K6 Song

Norway’s prog-metal masters GREEN CARNATION will play in France for the first time ever with an appearance at the 9th annual prog/rock/metal festival Raismes Fest on September 9.

Other confirmed bands are FREAK KITCHEN, ADAGIO, ANDROMEDA, WATCHA and others.

“We have been waiting a long time to play in France, and we?re delighted to be invited to the festival. It will be a great start to what promises to be a good tour for the band,” drummer Tommy Jackson says.

Raismes Fest will take place at Le Château de la Princesse d’Arenberg park on September 9 and 10. Following the show in France, the band will take part in the European Harvest Festival tour. Also appearing on the bill are headliners TRISTANIA, MORGANA LEFAY, MACHINE MEN, DERANGED and one more as-yet-unannounced band.

The dates are as follows:

September 10 – Paris, FRA @ TBA
September 11 – Essen, GER @ TBA
September 12 – Berlin, GER @ TBA
September13 – Hamburg, GER @ TBA
September 14 – Erfurt, GER @ TBA
September 15 – Leipzig, GER @ TBA
September 16 – Prague, CZR @ TBA
September 17 – Wien, AUT @ TBA
September 18 – Munich, GER @ TBA
September 19 – Pratteln, SWI @ TBA
September 20 – Ludwigsburg, GER @ TBA
September 21 – Frankfurt, GER @ TBA
September 22 – Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA
September 23 – Antwerpen, BEL @ TBA
September 24 – Hardenberg, NETH @ TBA

This will be the band’s first European tour since 2003.

In other GREEN CARNATION news, the band’s track “Pile of Doubt,” from 2005’s The Quiet Offspring is featured on the recently released popular baseball game franchise, Major League Baseball 2K6.

Strapping Young Lad – Debut Album to be Re-Released in Europe – Working on New Disc

Century Media Records is proud to re-release STRAPPING YOUNG LAD?s 1995 debut album ?Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing? in Europe on June 12. A masterpiece that changed the metal world forever. The re-issue features a re-mastered version of this classic debut, 4 bonus tracks, the ?S.Y.L.? video and a 12 page booklet with extended liner notes from Devin himself. As Devin recalls, ?I had finished with the Wildhearts just prior to this [1994], and they were so anti- everything that I decided to take a similar approach while focusing on dissonance and just being as over-the-top as I could. Songs didn?t really matter; it was just the intensity and the vibe plus lots of humour. Screaming and laughing are pretty close, I think, and I have just never been ?hard?, so we do what comes naturally, right? Right.?

?Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing? (re-issue) tracklisting is below:

In the Rainy Season
Cod Metal King
Happy Camper (Carpe B.U.M.)
The Filler ? Sweet City Jesus
Skin Me
Satan?s Ice Cream Truck (hidden bonus track from original pressing)
Japan (originally a Japanese bonus track)
Monday (previously unreleased bonus track)
Exciter (European bonus track from original version; Judas Priest cover version)
+ ?S.Y.L.? video clip

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have never been a band to look backwards, so in addition to this re-issue they are set to deliver a new studio album as well. The band is in the studio right now working on ?The New Black?.

Gotthard – Return from Russia – Offered Another Tour, TV Performance

Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD have just returned from Russia where the band played two amazing and nearly sold out shows. So far the band jas neem invited back for a live performance on TV for the Russian edition of ?Russias Next Superstar” which will take place on June 4, and are also contemplating a 15 show tour throughout Russia.

Undiscovered Band Contest Live – Sponsored by Upcoming Film John Tucker Must Die

Starting April 6, unsigned artists will have a shot at their big break by submitting their music for an online contest on the leading social networking and lifestyle portal, The winning band?s song will be eligible for inclusion in the movie and on the soundtrack to JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE. The grand prize winner will be chosen on May 26 by a panel of celebrity judges and music executives. Wind-up Records will award a $10,000 production budget to the winner for professional re-recording, mixing, and mastering of the winning song. The ten finalists will each win a Gibson electric guitar.

In 20th Century Fox?s JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE three popular girls from different cliques discover they’ve all been dating the same school stud when they decide not to get mad but to get even! Despite this ladies man?s charm and ever-growing popularity, the girls enlist the inconspicuous new girl to help cook up a clever scheme to ruin his reputation and break his heart. This summer?s hottest comedy stars Jesse Metcalfe, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, and Jenny McCarthy and opens in theatres on July 28, 2006.

The JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE “Undiscovered Band” contest will be hosted by Stefy Rae of the new band STEFY, who is set to release their Wind-up Records debut on August 29. The soundtrack to the film will be released by Wind-up Records on July 18.

From April 6 until April 24, unsigned bands can submit songs for consideration. From these initial submissions, 20 semi-finalists will be chosen by members of the MySpace staff. On May 1st, those 20 bands will rely on the support of their own fan bases, or MySpace ?friends,? to determine the top 10 finalists who will be selected on May 19th. The grand prize winner will be determined by the following panel of judges and announced on May 26th:

Jesse Metcalfe (Actor – star of John Tucker Must Die, ?Desperate Housewives?)
Betty Thomas (Director – John Tucker Must Die, Howard Stern?s Private Parts)
Alex Patsavas (Music Supervisor ? John Tucker Must Die, The O.C, Grey?s Anatomy, Rescue Me)
Diana Meltzer (Executive V.P., A&R Wind-up Records)
Stefy Rae (Wind-up recording artist)

Saint Caine – ex-Dropbox – Expected to Release New Material in 2006

SAINT CAINE, featuring former DROPBOX vocalist John Kosco and guitarist Joey Wilkinson, are expected to release new material, with a slew of guest appearances, later this year. SAINT CAINE, much like DROPBOX, is supported by GODSMACK‘s Sully Erna, who is caught wearing the band’s shirt in their latest video for the single ‘Speak’.

Zappa Plays Zappa – North American Tour Dates Released

The following North American dates have been released for ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, which features Dweezil Zappa with special guests Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, and Napolean Murphy Brock among others performing the music of FRANK ZAPPA:

June 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
June 12 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
June 13 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum
June 15 – Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook Music Festival
June 16 – Toronto, ONT @ Hummingbird
June 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
June 22 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
June 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
June 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

Misery Index – Add Last Minute UK Headlining Gig in Ormskirk, April 14

Baltimore death metal band MISERY INDEX, currently about to embark on a UK tour with FEAR FACTORY, will be playing a last minute headlining gig on one of their off-dates from the tour. The headlining show is happening at The Comrades in Ormskirk, Friday, April 14 with support coming from local extreme metal bands MACHIAVELLIAN, IN PAIN DIE, LOBE. Entry is pay on the door and is £4, doors opening at 7:30 .

Head Automatica – Reveal Cover Art for “Propoganda”

HEAD AUTOMATICA‘s cover art for their upcoming disc “Propoganda”, out June 6, has been added to their assets page. The artwork reflects the retro-pop feel of the album. You can view it here.

Angel Blake – Offer Up Preview of New Video Online

ANGEL BLAKE, featuring former members of THE CROWN, have posted a preview of their new video for the track ‘Forsaken’ on their official website.