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Covenance – Part Ways with Vocalist – Replace With Martin Lacroix (ex-Cryptopsy)

Due to professional differences, COVENANCE has parted ways with vocalist Vince Matthews and replaced him with Martin Lacroix (ex-CRYPTOPSY). The band will be recording a new CD in April , to be followed by extensive touring. Look for the COVENANCE website to be rebuilt and re-launched in the Spring – until then, all info can be found at COVENANCE‘s MySpace.

Opeth – Grand Rapids Date Added To Tour

One more date has been announced for OPETH‘s upcoming North American tour. Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

An Evening With OPETH:
February 23 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
March 2 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
March 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

OPETH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND:
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

OPETH, DEVILDRIVER, DARK TRANQUILLITY:
March 1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
March 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
March 4 – Loop Station, MN @ First Avenue
March 5 – Winnipeg, MB @ Miscellaneous Venues Winnipeg
March 7 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon
March 8 – Edmonton, AB @ Red’s-West Edmonton Mall
March 9 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
March 10 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
March 11 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
March 13 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 15 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
March 19 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
March 21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

DARK TRANQUILLITY:
*February 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
*February 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 27 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
March 2 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub

* = with THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND:
February 27 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

Misery Index – FULL Tour Itinerary Released – Album Update Offered

A plethora of MISERY INDEX dates, spanning the next 5-6 months, have been made publicly available – they are as follows:

February 4 – Marietta, GA @ The Darkside
February 5 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar – w/ Soilent Green, Decapitated
February 7 – Hagerstown, MD @ Leitersburg Grange Hall – w/ Soilent Green, Decapitated

March 11 – Tokyo, Japan @ Yutsuya Outbreak – w/ Neuraxis, Woundeep
March 12 – Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Cyclone – w/ Neuraxis, Woundeep

May 13 – New York, NY @ CBGB*
May 15 – Wallingford, CT @ American Legion Hall*
May 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Polish Library*
May 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
May 23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre**
May 24 – Columbus, OH @ High Five**
May 29 – Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel*
May 31 – Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace***

June 1 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Théâtre Granada***
June 2 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda****
June 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Campus Charlesbourg****

* – w/ DISFEAR, PHOBIA, 9 SHOCKS TERROR, AND STRONG INTENTION
** – W/ DISFEAR, PHOBIA, AND STRONG INTENTION
*** – w/ DISFEAR, MESRINE, AND STRONG INTENTION
*** – w/ NECROPHAGIST, ARSIS, ION DISSONANCE, ALARUM, DISFEAR, MESRINE, AND STRONG INTENTION

More dates with DISFEAR/PHOBIA will be announced shortly. MISERY INDEX is currently in Atlanta recording the follow-up to ’04’s “Dissent” EP. The new album will see the light of day in late May. A label deal has been finished and will be announced later this week. In case you missed it, the new song ‘Conquistadores’ can be heard at this location.

Rob Zombie – Album Title Announced; More Tour Dates Released

**UPDATED** 4:47 p.m.**
According to MTV, the next ROB ZOMBIE album will be titled ‘Educated Horses’. Geffen Records will release it on March 28.
In other news, more dates have been confirmed for ROB ZOMBIE‘s upcoming North American tour with LACUNA COIL. Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

March 16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Plush
March 18 – Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park (Global Gathering Festival)
March 19 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
March 22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
March 24 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
March 25 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 26 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
March 28 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
March 29 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
March 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 3 – Montreal, QUE @ The Metropolis
April 4 – Toronto, ONT @ Kool Haus
April 6 – Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
April 7 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
April 8 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
April 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
April 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom/The Rave
April 13 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air
April 14 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
April 15 – Kansas City, KS @ Memorial Hall
April 17 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
April 20 – San Francisco, CA @ SF Weekly Warfield
April 21 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
April 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
April 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern

April 27 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
April 29 – Lubbock, TX @ Lone Star Amphitheatre
May 1 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
May 2 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden
May 3 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street

May 4 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater

Children of Bodom – Alexi Breaks Toe, Troops On

CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho has checked in from the road. Here’s what he had to say:

“YO muthatruckas! Just wanted to let y’all know that I broke a fuckin’ toe on my right foot during a show in Barcelona by slamming it into a monitor wedge, (yea, I was sober) so if and when you see me moving around like a retard, that I apparently am, that’s why. But fuck it anyway, the tour will keep on rolling as planned so see you muthas soon and a big fuckin’ thank you to all the crazy crowds we’ve had so far…. It´s been a blast!
Yours
Alexi”

Chimaira – Hometown Show Announced

CHIMAIRA have announced a one-off date for Cleveland, OH. The show will be on March 31 at Peabody’s Downunder.
As previously reported, CHIMAIRA will be hitting the road with CHILDREN OF BODOM for one week in March. Dates are as follows:

CHILDREN OF BODOM, CHIMAIRA, IF HOPE DIES:
March 18 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

CHILDREN OF BODOM, CHIMAIRA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE:
March 19 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
March 20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 21 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theater
March 22 – Providence, RI @ Lupos
March 24 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus

Nocturnal Rites – Set to Make 1st US Appearance at Chicago Powerfest

In support of their new album “Grand Illusion”, Sweden’s NOCTURNAL RITES will be making their first ever US appearance at Chicago Powerfest 2006 as part of a special co-headlining performance with fellow Swedish metal veterans, MORGANA LEFAY.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 1. Additional ticket and event information to be announced early next week.

As previously reported, Chicago Powerfest, the fourth annual metal fest featuring both veteran and up-and-coming bands from various sub-genres of metal, will take place on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Mr.
Kelley’s Music Box (18+ event) in Chicago Heights, IL. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are ELDRITCH, BIOMECHANICAL, AGENT STEEL, ION VEIN, TWELFTH GATE, GRACEPOINT, MIRROR BLACK and WITHERING SOUL.

Bullets and Octane – Major Label Debut Slated for April 11

Southern California punk-metal band BULLETS AND OCTANE will release their 2nd album and their major label debut, “In the Mouth of the Young” on April 11 through RCA Records. You can catch the lads live currently out on the road with AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

Full Blown Zero – 4 Song Demo Produced by SOiL’s AJ Cavalier Up for Grabs

New York’s FULL BLOWN ZERO, produced by AJ Cavalier of SOiL, has uploaded all four songs from their recent demo online for download. You can check out the new music at this location, or catch the band live on January 28 with BRAND NEW SIN at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY.

Brute Force Fest – Australian All Day Metalfest – April 8 at the Gaelic Club

Yet another all-day metalfest has been added to the metal calendar in 2006. Brute Force Fest will take place in Australia on April 8, 2006 at the Gaelic Club. Starting 10:00am, the all ages event will feature the following bands:

Psycroptic (TAS) – (11:15pm – 12:00am)
Pathogen (WA) – (10:20 – 11:00)
The Furor (WA) – (9:30 – 10:10)
Infernal Method (NSW) – (8:35 – 9:15)
Vespers Decent (WA) – (7:40 – 8:20)
Transcending Mortality (NSW) – (6:45 – 7:25)
Meat Wallet (SA) – (6:00 – 6:30)
Minus Life (QLD) – (5:15 – 5:45)
Shallow Grave (VIC) – (4:30 – 5:00)
Punisher (NSW) – (3:45 – 4:15)
Kania (NSW) – (3:00 – 3:30)
Ebolie (NSW) – (2:15 – 2:45)
Synthetic Breed (VIC) – (1:30 – 2:00)
Zero Degrees Freedom (TAS) – (12:45 – 1:15)
Western Decay (QLD) – (11:30 – 12:00)
Murder World (NSW) – (10:45 – 11:15)
Scrum (NSW) – (10:00am 10:30am)

Nebula – 1st Track from 2nd Liquor and Poker Release Now Available

‘Fever Frey’, the first single from NEBULA‘s new album “Apollo” – out February 21 – has been posted on the website of the band’s label, Liquor and Poker. “Apollo”, the band’s second full-length on Liquor and Poker and fourth overall, was produced by Daniel Rey (RAMONES, MISFITS) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (MARS VOLTA, FRANZ FERDINAND). The release ? Nebula’s first with new bassist Tom Davies ? will also feature a live video of ‘Future Days’ from the band’s recent Japanese trek.

Having already completed a national tour since finishing tracking Apollo along with several other high-profile gigs such as ESPN’s X-Games and a CMJ showcase, NEBULA is looking to keep themselves on the road throughout 2006. An announcement is expected soon regarding their first tour in support of “Apollo”.

These Bloody Hands – Sophomore Album Ready for Release this Spring

UK ‘deathcore’ artists THESE BLOODY HANDS are set to release their highly anticipated sophomore album, titled ”Obey.Consume.Stay Asleep” which was mixed and produced by Scott Atkins of STAMPIN’ GROUND fame in late March/early April. Confirmed UK tour dates for the act can be found here.

Scum of the Earth – More Live Performance Footage Available – Joe Altier of Brand New Sin Interviews Riggs

There are a couple more live performances of SCUM OF THE EARTH available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The songs recorded are ‘Murder Song’ and ‘I Am The Scum’ live in Syracuse, NY. There is also an interview with Riggs conducted by Joe Altier of Century Media Records’ BRAND NEW SIN.

Hour Cast – Boston, MA – Prepare for Label Debut this May

Born out of Boston, Massachusetts, HOUR CAST combines elements of hard rock and metal with a distinct electronic influence. “We had no preconceptions as to what the band would sound like,” says vocalist Patrick McBride. The members of HOUR CAST ? Mcbride, drummer Jerry Clews, guitarist David Henriquez and bassist David Sullivan – have combined their varied influences to create a unique sound that incorporates the heavy flavor of DEFTONES and TOOL with the dark electronic atmosphere of NINE INCH NAILS and DEPECHE MODE.

The somber tones of “State Of Disgrace” are a result of these efforts. From the introspective opening track “This Life”, to “Freeze” (which McBride describes as an “epic, desperate song”) State Of Disgrace has a cold, sharp intensity. The self-loathing “Smash Up” eschews a bitter tone, while “Lunar” tells a tale of longing and loneliness. “The music and lyrics are a reflection of what was going on at the time,” explains McBride. “I found myself in a new environment and was going through a big change in my life and that comes out in the songs.”

Not being signed to a label could serve as a liability to some bands, but not HOUR CAST. “We didn’t have a label telling us what to do and that allowed us to add variety and flavor to the album,” says McBride. Hour Cast is a band looking to gain ground in the current music scene. “Myspace and live shows are definitely helping us to build a fan base,” says McBride.

The track listing for State Of Disgrace comprises:

This life
Sakkara
Freeze
God Failed
Lunar
Smash Up
Almost Like Life
Numb
3rd Of July
Stillwater
Memories And Lies
Uhaul
Imbalance

Street Drum Corps – Announce Release of S/T Debut Through WARCON on Feb. 21

The STREET DRUM CORPS have announced that, in conjunction with their performance on this year’s Taste of Chaos Tour, that they will be releasing their much-anticipated, self-titled debut album February 21 through WARCON Enterprises. The CD was produced by DJ Lethal (LIMP BIZKIT, ex-HOUSE OF PAIN) and features eight songs plus a free behind-the-scenes DVD with over 48 minutes of live concert and backstage footage.

Using both conventional and unusual instruments such as hand drums, acoustic drum kits, marching band equipment and even household items like buckets, kitchenware and recycled aluminum garbage cans, the STREET DRUM CORPS have been gaining tremendous success within the punk and rock communities since their thunderous performances on last summer’s Warped Tour. So much so, in fact, that Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman, who fondly describes their style as “Punk Rock STOMP,” invited the trio to join the Taste of Chaos Tour this winter.

“There is just something inspiring and remarkable about them,” says Lyman. “I am expecting great things from these guys.”

He’s not the only one. So impressed by STREET DRUM CORPS after seeing them on Warped last year, THE USED frontman Bert McCracken invited the group to join him on the road for his entire North American tour and even recorded a new version of the JOHN LENNON classic “Happy Christmas, War is Over” with them for this season’s “Taste of Christmas” album (WARCON Records).

McCracken took his support for them even further when he arranged for a special viewing of the “Happy Christmas, War is Over” video for Yoko Ono who, after being so impressed by their precision and talent, immediately requested that the STREET DRUM CORPS perform at the 2005 Grammy Award celebration in honor of her late husband on the 25th anniversary of his death.

A true milestone for any band, the show was even more meaningful for the SDC who has only been together for two years. Formed in 2004 to “search for different sounds and make the world a better place,” according to co-founder Bobby Alt, the group comprises Bobby Alt, Adam Alt and Frank Zummo, all of which are members of S.T.U.N., CIRCUS MINOR and THE START.

Now, gearing up for the Taste of Chaos Tour which kicks off February 16th in San Diego, the STREET DRUM CORPS is looking forward to another successful year. One that actually started with a special guest appearance with Korn for their tour kick off party in Hollywood and a cameo in CBS’ new hit show “Love Monkey”.

The album, which will be available at all Taste of Chaos shows as well as independent and major retail chains, contains eight tracks, including “Achilles” featuring STOMP‘s John Sawicki. Other songs include:

1. Police Beat Introduction
2. Wrecks
3. Rabbit
4. Street Drum Corps
5. Body Sounds 101
6. Achilles (feat. John Sawicki of Stomp)
7. Flaco 81
8. Bang!

Aerosmith, Cheap Trick – North American Dates Released

AEROSMITH have announced some more North American tour dates, this time with CHEAP TRICK opening:

March 2 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Live
March 4 – Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
March 7 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
March 9 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
March 12 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
March 15 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
March 17 – East Lansing, MI @ Breslin Events Center
March 19 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
March 21 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
March 23 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
March 25 – Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
March 27 – Peoria, IL @ Civic Center Arena
March 29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Ford Center
March 31 – Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center Omaha
April 2 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
April 5 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
April 7 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
April 9 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place

The Strokes – U.S. Tour Dates Announced

New York based rockers THE STROKES have announced the following U.S. tour dates:

March 3 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
March 6 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
March 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
March 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
March 11 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
March 14 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Barbeque
March 15 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
March 17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
March 19 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
March 21 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
March 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Concourse Exhib. Ctr.
April 2 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 4 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
April 7 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
April 8 – Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
April 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
April 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre

Children of Bodom – Check In From The Road

CHILDREN OF BODOM have updated their European tour diary. To view the latest entry, click the FULL STORY link. The update is dated January 21.
Here are all of the band’s confirmed upcoming shows:

European tour with EKTOMORF and ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET:
January 24 – Lille, France @ Splendid
January 25 – Bradford, United Kingdom @ Rio
January 26 – London, United Kingdom @ Astoria
January 27 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg
January 28 – Hardenberg, The Netherlands @ Podium
January 29 – Stuttgart, Germany @ LKA
January 31 – Langen, Germany @ Stadthalle
February 1 – Bochum, Germany @ Zeche
February 2 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
February 3 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Trädgarn
February 4 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
February 5 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Arenan
February 7 – Umea, Sweden @ Sky Com Arenan
February 8 – Oulu, Finland @ Teatria
February 9 – Tampere, Finland @ Pakkahuone
February 10 – Kuopio, Finland @ Työnkulma
February 11 – Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia

North American tour with CHIMAIRA, IF HOPE DIES:
March 18 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

with CHIMAIRA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE:
March 19 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
March 20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 21 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theater
March 22 – Providence, RI @ Lupos
March 24 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus

with GOD FORBID, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE:
March 25 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
March 26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
March 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
March 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
March 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Pops
March 31 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
April 1 – Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
April 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 4 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
April 7 – Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre
April 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
April 10 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Summer European Tour:
August 3 – 5 – Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air

Lacuna Coil – Album Covers for Karmacode and Our Truth single Unveiled

The cover art for LACUNA COIL‘s upcoming album ‘Karmacode’ has been released. You can view it here. The cover art for the album’s lead single “Our Truth” can be seen here.

*Update*
Both pictures have been pulled from the web. When they’re reposted, we’ll let you know.

‘Karmacode’ is set to be released through Century Media on March 31 in Europe, April 3 in the U.K., and April 4 in the U.S. ‘Our Truth’ – available as a digipack featuring ‘Our Truth’, ‘Swamped’ (Comalies), a remix of ‘Our Truth’ and ‘Without a Reason’, a song recorded during the Karmacode session but not put on the album, according to Emptyspiral.net – hits stores March 6.

36 Crazyfists – Update from the UK with Sneap

Alaskan metallers 36 CRAZYFISTS have checked in with yet another update on their official site. Holt is currently in the UK mixing their forthcoming album “Rest Inside the Flames” with producer Andy Sneap. The update reads as follows:

“Oi! I made it safely over the sea with some help from a few pills, no sleep and beer. Joy. Im now at Backstage Stage Productions with the master Andy Sneap. Weve just been boozing and hunting in the fields so far, Im kidding, we got right to work and Andy already has the drums on their way to greatness and we are focusing on guitar sounds at the moment. Got out and met the locals last night with Andy and the ever so lovely Helen. Things are rolling along as Im in the last phase of this record and I cannot wait until you all get to hear it. Remember the first Deicide record? Its not like that at all…ha. Ill be getting out and about and a bit with Andy to see a couple of shows, should be cool and a good break from the mixing. All right for now, innit?”

Opeth – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for OPETH‘s upcoming headlining tour:

An Evening With OPETH:
February 23 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
March 2 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
March 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

OPETH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND:
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

OPETH, DEVILDRIVER, DARK TRANQUILLITY:
March 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
March 4 – Loop Station, MN @ First Avenue
March 5 – Winnipeg, MB @ Miscellaneous Venues Winnipeg
March 7 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon
March 8 – Edmonton, AB @ Red’s-West Edmonton Mall
March 9 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
March 10 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
March 11 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
March 13 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 15 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
March 19 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
March 21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

Dark Tranquillity:

*February 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
*February 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 27 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
March 2 – Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub

* = with The Devin Townsend Band

THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND:
February 27 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

Soilent Green, NAMM Convention – Photos Available

More pics from SMN‘s resident photographer Dirt Junior have been made available online:

-Soilent Green on January 18th in Santa Ana, CA
-NAMM Convention
-Dirt Backstage at NAMM

Saul Williams – Set To Open For Nine Inch Nails

New York rapper/poet SAUL WILLIAMS is set to open for NINE INCH NAILS from February 27th through April 1st. For a full list of confirmed dates, head over to NIN.com.

Vader, Kataklysm – More “Metal Crusaders” Dates Released

More dates have been released for the “Metal Crusaders” North American tour featuring VADER, KATAKLYSM, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEEDKILLHATE, GRAVEWORM, and THE ABSENCE:

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

In related news, you can also stream VADER‘s new EP, “The Art of War,” over at mp3.com.

VA Metal & Hardcore Fest – Set Times Announced

The set times have been announced for the SMNnews sponsored Virginia Metal & Hardcore Festival, which will take place this Saturday, January 28th at KC’s in Fredericksburg, VA:

Main Stage:

10:50PM – ON BROKEN WINGS
10:35PM – IN REMEMBERANCE
9:35PM – A LIFE ONCE LOST
8:40PM – FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW
7:45PM – REFLUX
6:50PM – THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD
5:55PM – BLACK MY HEART
5:05PM – THE BURNING SEASON
4:10PM – ED GEIN
3:20PM – DESPISED ICON
2:30PM – ADONIS DECAY
1:40PM – THE JACOB SPINDEL
1:15PM – NAVINIM

Second Stage:

10:00PM – AUGUST BURNS RED
9:10PM – ABACABB (Reunion)
8:15PM – CASSIUS
7:20PM – TIME OF CHOLERA
6:25PM – THIS TIME IT’S WAR
4:40PM – WE WERE GENTLEMEN
3:45PM – AORTA CONSUMPTION
2:55PM – A KID NAMED DARWIN
2:05PM – BURIED AMONG US

For more information, you can check out the festival’s official web site.