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Sothis – Featured in Horror Flim “Bloodshed”

US symphonic black metallers, SOTHIS, will have the track “Sinister Nation” featured in the upcoming release of the feature horror/thriller film “Bloodshed.” Produced by Drainbamage Films and directed by Jim McMahon, “Bloodshed” has been completed and is represented worldwide by Strategic Film Partners. There is no current domestic release date, but Spotlight Pictures is currently handling all sales for non-domestic markets. A trailer for “Bloodshed” is located at this location.

Maryland Metal & Hardcore Festival – SMNnews.com Presents… – Lineup and Details

Abacus Recordings, in association with Interpunk and SMNnews.com present…the 1st Annual MARYLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL. Scheduled to take place Sunday, April 30 at Sonar in Baltimore, the lineup for the event is as follows:

Caliban
Damnation AD
Sworn Enemy
Misery Signals
Scars of Tomorrow
Ion Dissonance
The Burning Season
Black My Heart
Stout
All Else Failed
Age of Ruin
Cast Aside
Too Pure to Die
Embrace The End
Ligeia
In Remembrance
Cassius
VPR
Taken By Force
Fierce Allegiance
Carol
Lilu Dallas

+ local support

The show is all ages – doors are at 1:00PM – tickets are $18 Advance / $20 day of. For more information, head to marylandmetalfest.com.

Satyricon – “Now, Diabolical” – Tracklisting, Album Art

SATYRICON‘s latest offering “Now, Diabolical” is due for release at the end of April. Meanwhile, below is the full tracklisting for the disc, as well as a small pic of the album art:

1. Now, Diabolical
2. K.I.N.G
3. The Pentagram Burns
4. A New Enemy
5. The Rite Of Our Cross
6. That Darkness Shall Be Eternal
7. Delirium
8. To The Mountains

Paris is Burning – ex-Soulfly, Skrape, Primer 55 – Recording New Tunez

A new band, dubbed PARIS IS BURNING, featuring SOULFLY bassist Bobby Burns on guitar, Billy Keeton of SKRAPE, BLESSED IN BLACK on vocals, Pete Sison of SKRAPE on bass, Chad Gravitt on drums and Mikey Withers on guitar have entered Phat Planet studios in Orlando, Florida to begin recording new material to start shopping to interested labels this month.

Dokken – Announce Two Greece Dates for Early Summer

US hard rockers DOKKEN have been announced by High Voltage Productions to appear on two dates in Athens, Greece.

The first show will be electric and will take place at Gagarin 205 on Sunday, May 7. The second show will be a “special acoustic show” and is set to take place at the Underworld Club on Monday, May 8.

Support acts for the electric show as well as ticket price for both shows will be announced soon.

Manowar – Announce Winter 2006 Dates – Rescheduled Greek Performance

Greek promoters Neo Revma have announced the rescheduling of the previously cancelled festival that was set to take place on March 25, in Athens, Greece. The festival, featuring MANOWAR (headliners), RHAPSODY and HOLY HELL on the main stage and an aray of other bands (local and international acts), will now take place on November 25 at the Olympic Fencing Hall.

More information regarding additional bands, ticket price etc to be announced soon.

Other confirmed dates for the new “Demons, Dragons & Warriors” tour are:

December 15 – Dortmund, GER @ Westfalenhalle
December 16 – Hamburg, GER @ Color Line Arena
December 18 – Berlin, GER @ Max-Schmeling Halle
December 20 – Frankfurt, GER @ Festhalle
December 21 – Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
December 22 – Nurnberg, GER @ Arena
December 23 – Munchen, GER @ Olympiahalle

Slayer – Kerry King Offers KFK Update

SLAYER‘s only bald axeman Kerry King has checked in with an official update off his personal KFK website – it reads as follows:

“First off, bottom’s up, cheers and thanks a fuckin’ lot for hangin’ around since my last update- which seems like it was in the stone age it was so fucking long ago! Hey, everyone needs a vacation, right? Burnt the fuck out!!!! That’s what I was. Anyway, I’ve been working non-stop toward finishing our new record… still on time for a June release! No one should be dissapointed. Everything really smashes you in the fucking head!”

“I want to address a couple of thing that have been pissing me off lately.
First, I’m sure some of you ran into, sent emails to, or whatever the fuck happens at the domain called MySpace. The no-life loser fuckface douchebag that was selling himself as yours truly. I think there is someone else on there now as well claiming to be me. I found out about this charade when a couple of endorser buddies of mine inquired whether or not it was me. I said do you really think I have time for that horseshit? Then I proceeded to have fuckface douchebag removed from the site. I never have nor do I plan on doing anything personally with MySpace. Nothing against it, but as you can see, I don’t even have enough time for my own site. One last thought on this… Get a life you fucking idiot! I live my life, you fucking live yours!!!”

“Second, I just want to give everyone a head’s up about purchasing autographs. My autograph isn’t that hard to get. I do tons of promo. Whether it’s for Jagermeister, B.C. Rich, Marshall, or even Guitar Abuse events. My point is, if you have to possess something signed, your best bet it to get it done yourself. If you can’t do that, make sure you know what my signature looks like before purchasing anything! I hate to see shit go up on eBay that I know is phony. It sucks knowing that people spend their hard earned cash on counterfeit shit! Word to the wise, ( and un-wise ), buyer fucking beware! Just pay attention and hopefully we’ll roll through a town nearby and you can get your own shit signed in person so there is no question about it’s authenticity.”

“All right, now to biz…the new re-launch date for the site will be 6-6-06.
I couldn’t have planned it any better- a match made in hell. Between now and the end of March, I’m throwing a couple new items on the swag page to hold everyone over until the new site is complete. One will be a long sleeve version of the original Guitar Abuse t-shirt that was only sold at events.
So for now, I’m back to the studio to work on the latest hellish symphony…
Kill your shots!!!”

Randy Rhoads – RIP – December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982

24 years ago, on March 19, 1982, at the tender age of 25 years old, guitarist Randall ‘Randy’ Rhoads, along with Andrew Aycock, 36, and Rachel Youngblood, 58, died in a tragic plane crash. Rest in Peace.

For more information on the life of Randy Rhoads, and his contributions to the world of music – click here.

Rotting Christ – Confirmed for Dong Open Air Festival

Greek metallers ROTTING CHRIST have been confirmed for this year’s edition of the Dong Open Air festival, set to take place on July 14-15 at Dongberg in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. Other bands on the bill include:

DRAGONLAND
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
GUN BARREL
SAVAGE CIRCUS

…and more

In Flames, Nevermore – Three More Dates Announced

More dates have been confirmed for IN FLAMES‘ upcoming tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY. Confirmed shows are as follows:

May 5 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
May 6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 8 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 9 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 12 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
May 20 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
May 21 – Sparks, NV @ New Oasis

May 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
May 26 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
May 27 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 28 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
May 30 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Dagboa – To Open for In Flames / Sepultura European Tour

French metallers DAGOBA have been tapped as the opener for the forthcoming IN FLAMES, SEPULTURA European tour.

It Dies Today – Entering Studio to Record New Album – Announce UK and Headlining Tours

IT DIES TODAY have announced a plethora of big events taking shape starting in April, when the band will enter the studio to record their new album, set to be released in early September. The band has been locked away in their own personal studio for the past three months, crafting an album that Nick Brooks, lead vocalist says “is a more maturely written departure from strict metal-core. This is everything we wanted to do on the last record, with less emphasis on screaming, and a strong focus on musicianship.” The band is recording with famed producer Gggarth Richardson, who has worked in the past with bands as diverse as RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, RISE AGAINST, ATREYU and more. The album will be co-produced by guitarist Mike Hatalak. Nick gave a preview glimpse into one of the new songs that deals with the ramblings of serial killer Aileen Wurnos, the female prostitute on whom the movie Monster is based, saying, “This is one of our more catchier tunes, ironically. I’m used to writing lyrics that tend to be dark and haunting, and this story really intrigued me.” Nick took what is known to be her last words and made a song out of his interpretation.

IT DIES TODAY will hit the road once they finish recording the album, their first tour in May, to the UK with good friends and fellow Buffalonians EVERY TIME I DIE. Of his fan base in the UK, Nick says, “The kids in the UK are always so psyched to see us. They have a genuine enthusiasm and love of music.”

A week after returning from the UK they will begin their own headlining tour with HASTE THE DAY, CHIODOS, THE SHOWDOWN, followed by a spot on Warped Tour with label mates 18 VISIONS.

Sonic Age Records – Announce Signing of Greek Metallers Exoristoi – License Agreement with Shark Records

SONIC AGE RECORDS, proudly announces the signing of the legendary Greek metal band, EXORISTOI. EXORISTOI is Greece’s most well known hard rock / heavy metal act, with a career spanning from the mid-80’s to the new millennium. They are the only band in the history of Greek heavy metal with a platinum selling record and various other awards. They’ve been recording for years for EMI RECORDS GREECE and now on the grounds of a new perspective for worldwide success, they decided to change the lyrics from Greek to English and come back with their heaviest and most epic material up to date.

The band is led by guitar mastermind, Demetrios Katis, a highly acclaimed composer and musician, who has also written music for various films, commercials etc. The line-up also consists of the great British singer, Stuart Cook, the Japanese drummer Masayuki Mizunuma, the Greek bass player Harris Geroulakis and the Cypriot keyboard player Vasos Vasileiou. A multi-national heavy metal act!

Their first album with SONIC AGE RECORDS, that will be entitled, “Wrath of Zeus”, will contain 8 songs in the classic epic hard rock / heavy metal tradition with a sound similar to the great British bands of the eighties like RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN coupled with a modern production and stylish lyrics. The album is scheduled for a late April, early May release and the band is currently in the studio recording the songs. The CD will also feature 2 video clips that are currently in the pre-production stage.

The tracklisting, in no particular order, is below:

1. Wrath of Zeus
2. Tomb of Doom
3. Seven Meanads
4. Book of Sorrows
5. Soak me to the skin
6. It Hurts me
7. Son of Heracles
8. Ronin

In other SONIC AGE RECORDS news, the label proudly announces the re-release of 10 heavy metal monuments from the golden 80’s and 90’s on CD, with bonus tracks, lyrics, photos and detailed biography. SHARK RECORDS originally released these albums on CD in Europe and most of them have now become hard to find collector’s items. Aside from the collector’s value, all these 10 albums, are top notch classic releases, loved by the majority of the metal fans. All these CD’s will be issued under the SONIC AGE RECORDS, sub-label, CULT METAL CLASSICS, whose re-issues are among the most deluxe and acclaimed in the collectors’ and metal fans’ fields.

The first 5 of these albums will be available in late May. They will be: TITAN FORCE – Same, TITAN FORCE – Winner / Loser, CEREBUS – Too Late to Pray, BRAINFEVER – Same and BRAINFEVER – Face to Face. The next 5, consisting of PHANTOM – Dead or Alive, PHANTOM – Same, PHANTOM – Cyberchrist, LIONS BREED – Damn the Night and WALLOP – Metallic Alps will be available by the end of July.

Overlorde – Post Cover of Queensryche Track ‘Queen of the Reich’ on MySpace Page

OVERLORDE have posted their cover of QUEENSRYCHE‘s ‘Queen of the Reich’, which wil be featured on the forthcoming album “WARNING: Minds of Raging Empires…Vol.2 / A Tribute to Queensryche”, online. The song will be available only from March 11 to April 11, and can be found at this location.

Rhino Bucket – 1st Record in 13 Years – Announce April 12 Show in LA

RHINO BUCKET will be playing a show on Wednesday, April 12 at The Viper Room on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood at 8:30pm. The show will also be the CD release party for their new CD, “And Then It Got Ugly”, due out April 18 on Acetate Records.

Nightwish – Announce Final Tracklisting for CD/DVD “End of An Era” Package

Finland’s NIGHTWISH have announced the final tracklisting for their forthcoming much-anticipated live CD/DVD package “End Of An Era”, due out June 2.

1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
2. Planet Hell
3. Ever Dream
4. Kinslayer
5. Phantom Of The Opera
6. The Siren
7. Sleeping Sun
8. High Hopes
9. Bless The Child
10. Wishmaster
11. Slaying The Dreamer
12. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan
13. Nemo
14. Ghost Love Score
15. Stone People
16. Creek Mary´s Blood
17. Over The Hills and Far Away
18. Wish I Had an Angel

Darkane – Set to Tour Europe with Gory Blister, Sadus

DARKANE have been confirmed to jet across Europe with SADUS and GORY BLISTER. Set to launch on April 14 in Holland, dates for the trek can be found here.

Hammerfall – Joacim Cans and Oscar Dronjak to Participate in Celebrity Ice Hockey

HAMMERFALL singer Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak will be part of a Swedish ice-hockey team called “Artists for Life”. The team will feature celebrities like football and ice-hockey legends, stand-up comedians, Mikkey Dee (MOTORHEAD) and several Swedish musicians. The game be partly broadcasted on television and will be against a reality show team from Swedish ZTV called HCZ. The entire happening is part of a national charity event.

All that Remains – Phil LaBonte Speaks to MTV About Ozzfest 2006 / New Album

ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Phil Labonte recently spoke with MTV.com about landing a slot on Ozzfest 2006 as well as the band’s progress in the recording studio. “We’ve got that blazing double-bass, that fast metal drumming and there will be a significant increase in vocal variety,” Labonte says in the interview. “We’re going to have more singing, but there’s also going to be more of that death-metal, Cookie Monster growl ? that old CANNIBAL CORPSE, ‘Tomb of the Mutilated’ stuff.” Check out the entire piece on MTV.com.

Blind Guardian – ‘Fly’ North American Details Revealed

The North American release date for the “Fly” single from BLIND GUARDIAN, which will include an acoustic version of “Skalds And Shadows,” and a cover of the IRON BUTTERFLY classic “In A Gadda Da Vida” (two tracks which will NOT appear on their upcoming full-length album) has been set for April 18.

In related news, the “Fly” single has been making its presence known throughout Asia and Europe. Listed are chart positions for BLIND GUARDIAN around the world:

#1 – Japan
#4 – Spain
#4 – Hungary
#29 – Sweden
#32 – Germany
#52 – Austria
#94 – Switzerland

Thrice – Video for ‘Red Sky’ Now Streaming

THRICE‘s new video for the tune ‘Red Sky’, off their recent release “Vheissu”, has been posted online. It can be seen at the links below:

Windows Hi
Windows Lo
Real Hi
Real Lo

Florida Festivals – 99X and Earthday Birthday Lineups

Florida’s 99X and Real Rock 101one have announced lineups for their respective April festivals. “Live – X” festival, which is scheduled for April 28 at Germain Arena in Ft. Myers, will feature:

MUDVAYNE
SHINEDOWN
TRAPT
NONPOINT

…while Earthday Birthday, set for April 30 at Tinker Field, will feature:

MUDVAYNE
ROB ZOMBIE
STAIND
SHINEDOWN
TRAPT
NONPOINT
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
HINDER
EVANS BLUE
LACUNA COIL

Terrorfest 2006 – 3 Day Toronto Festival – Bands Confirmed

A number of bands have been confirmed for the annual 3-day Toronto metal/hardcore festival TERRORFEST. Taking place from July 14-16 artists confirmed include:

JOB FOR A COWBOY
3 MILE SCREAM
THE RED DEATH
BURIED INSIDE
CONTRA
NEURAXIS
ION DISSONANCE
HELL WITHIN

..and others. More information can be found here.

Rob Zombie and Scott Humphrey – In Depth Interview about “Educated Horses”

Audiohead.net has just posted a new exclusive interview with ROB ZOMBIE and his producer Scott Humphrey at this location.

In this 5-page feature story, Zombie and Humphrey talk with editor Steph Jorgl about the making of “Educated Horses” and how the idea for doing a “The Devil’s Rejects” song came about. Zombie also speaks at length about his songwriting and filmmaking process, what it takes to succeed as an artist or filmmaker, and how he ties all the creative elements of his visual and sonic arts and his live shows together.

Between The Buried And Me – Headlining Dates Confirmed

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have lined up the following North American headlining dates with CHIODOS, AUGUST BURNS RED, and THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU:

May 18 – Greensboro, NC @ Green St. Club
May 19 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s
May 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlite Ballroom
May 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
May 22 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 23 – Levittown, NY @ Club Ritual
May 24 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 25 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 26 – Quebec City, QC @ Anti
May 27 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
May 28 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
May 29 – Toronto, ON @ Kathedral Room
May 30 – London, ON @ Call the Office
May 31 – Hamilton, ON @ Underground
June 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
June 2 – Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon Club