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Cephalic Carnage – More Tour Dates Announced

CEPHALIC CARNAGE have announced the following shows:

February 1 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
February 2 – El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Billiards
February 3 – Monterrey, MEX @ Cafe Iguana w/ Brujeria
February 4 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room w/ Brujeria
February 5 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Brujeria
February 6 – Fort Worth, TX @ Wreck Room
February 7 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
February 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation 2
February 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Murderfest
February 20 – Tijuana, MEX @ The Voodoo House
March 10 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo American Legion Hall w/ Anal Blast
March 11 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Anal Blast
March 18 – Austin, TX @ Room 710 (SXSW Relapse Showcase)
March 19 – Beaumont, TX @ Vortex w/ Rumpelstiltskin Grinder

Funerot – Another New Song Released

FUNEROT have released another track from their new album, “Invasion From the Death Dimension,” entitled “Exterminate The Macrohumanoids.” The album is expected to be available this week through Razorback Records.

Poison the Well – More Headlining Dates Released

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

March 21 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
March 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
March 23 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
March 24 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 25 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
March 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
March 27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
March 30 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
April 1 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 4 – Detriot, MI @ Majestic Theatre
April 10 – Boston, MA @ Axis
April 15 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
April 17 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
April 21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

Shortie – Featured in #1 Film in the Nation

Sacramento rockers SHORTIE are featured as the opening track in the nations number film this week, “Hostel.” The band performs “5 Seconds” during the opening scene of the new Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Resevoir Dogs) produced thriller that left audiences on the edge of their seats. “Hostel” is a brilliant horror film directed by the much acclaimed Eli Roth in which three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. SHORTIE‘s hard rocking Earache release “Without a Promise” in stores now.

The Agony Scene – Interview with Steven and Scott Dixon of 105 FM The Dog

There is an interview with Steven of THE AGONY SCENE available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The interview was conducted by Scott Dixon of 105 FM The Dog in Syracuse, NY. The band’s music videos and live performances produced by UVTV are also all available on that page.

Loser – ‘Away’ Streaming Online – Tour with Staind Set

John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, N.I.N., ROB ZOMBIE) and his latest band LOSER are set to release their debut album on Island Records this Spring. The band, in the meantime, are launching a US tour with STAIND and THEORY OF A DEADMAN beginning January 29. You can check out the track ‘Away’ here.

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – 6th Full Length Preparations – Headlining Tour to Follow in September

German avantgarde metallers DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will release their sixth full-length album, entitled “Riders On The Storm”, in August 2006. The follow-up to 2004’s “Samurai” will be recorded in February/March 2006. Bass guitarist Volkmar Weber can’t wait to enter the studio as “everything sounds pretty good so far”. A European headlining tour will follow in September.

Children of Bodom – More Headlining Dates Released

More dates have been confirmed for CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s upcoming headlining tour. Dates are as follows:

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

Rigor Mortis – US Tour Dates Released

A full update of RIGOR MORTIS shows, set for January and beyond, have been updated. You can check the band’s upcoming tour listings from Texas to California and beyond at this location.

Atreyu – Video Premiere for Underworld Soundtrack Tune Available

The lead track on the Underworld Evolution Soundtrack, ATREYU‘s ‘Her Portrait In Black’ video, will be premiering tomorrow on Yahoo Music – you can check it out at this location.

Los Angeles Murderfest – Complete Lineup and Set Times Announced

The Los Angeles Murderfest ? Version 2.0 complete line-up and set times have been announced. Three days of metal, punk and hardcore in Hollywood California on February 17th, 18th and 19th with headliners such as TURMOIL, CURSED, THE WARRIORS, MACABRE, WATCH THEM DIE, SEVERED SAVIOR, DISGORGE, BAD ACID TRIP, SEPSISM, MEAT SHITS, IMMOLATION, INCANTATION, DR KNOW, D.I., NAKED AGGRESSION, CREMATORIUM, SHAT, DISFEAR (featuring Tomas Lindberg ex-At The Gates / The Crown), IMPALED, ANAL BLAST, NEURAXIS, STRONG INTENTION, VITAL REMAINS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, PHOBIA, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, LIGHT THIS CITY and many more!

Tickets are on sale now:

3-Day Pass – $75 in advance only
February 17th – $18 in advance / $20 at the door
February 18th – $30 in advance / $35 at the door
February 19th – $30 in advance / $35 at the door

Seemless – Co-Production, Engineering, and Production Teams Announced

SEEMLESS have announced the lineup for the co-production and production team for their next full length release through Equal Vision Records:

Co-producers:

Jesse Leach
Jeff Fultz
Pete Cortese
Jeff Fultz

Engineering and co-production:

Peter Rutcho
Jason Suecof
Mark Lewis
Ian Neill

Opeth – More Headlining North American Dates Released

More dates have been released for OPETH‘s upcoming headlining North American tour, including off dates:

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 11 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
March 19 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
March 21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

An Evening With Opeth:
February 23 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
March 2 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Dark Tranquillity, The Devin Townsend Band:
February 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Metallica – Touring South Africa This March

METALLICA will be heading to South Africa for three dates this March, according to pollstar.com. They will be headlining a traveling festival that also includes COLLECTIVE SOUL, FATBOY SLIM, SIMPLE PLAN and THE RASMUS. Dates announced are as follows:

March 18 – Centurion, SAF @ Supersport Park
March 21 – Durban, SAF @ ABSA Stadium
March 25 – Cape Town, SAF @ Green Point Stadium

Korn – North American Tour With Mudvayne, 10 Years

Initial dates for KORN‘s North American tour with MUDVAYNE and 10 YEARS have been released:

February 24 – Bakersfield, CA @ Selland Arena
February 25 – Reno, NV @ Events Center
February 26 – San Jose, CA @ Events Center
February 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
March 2 – Portland, OR @ Theatre in the Clouds
March 4 – Vancouver, Canada @ GM Place
March 5 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
March 6 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center
March 8 – Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
March 10 – El Paso, TX @ Coliseum
March 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
March 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
March 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
March 15 – San Diego, CA @ iPayone Center
March 16 – Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
March 28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
April 3 – Youngstown, OH @ Chevrolet Centre

Atheist – Regroup; Announce Exclusive Festival Appearances

Seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have regrouped for a run of exclusive live performances.

Guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer has reassembled what is widely considered the bands classic recording lineup (Shaefer, guitarist Rand Burkey, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) for two exclusive festival performances; Italy’s Evolution Festival and Germany’s Wacken Open Air. Shaefer comments, “We’re very excited to be able to get back on the stage and play these insane tunes again the proper way with Flynn, Burkey, and Choy. It’s going to be very exciting and something not to be missed!”

ATHEIST will take part on Evolution Festival (scheduled for July 16 and 17 in Brescia, Italy) and Wacken Open Air (scheduled for August 3-5 in Schleswig Holstein, Germany). These will be the first in a series of exclusive festival performances announced. Shaefer continues, “We would like to make a great festival run this year and expose as many as possible to the music we lived and died for. Many thanks to the Evolution Festival and Wacken for helping to give many people who never got to see ATHEIST live a chance to see us one last time. This is our chance to make the music we worked so hard to create come alive one last time, and we guarantee that it will not disappoint.”

ATHEIST has recently had it’s wildly-influential catalog (1988’s ‘Piece of Time’, 1993’s ‘Elements’, and the 1991’s legendary ‘Unquestionable Presence’) reissued internationally via Relapse Records. Additionally, “Unquestionable Presence” was recently featured in Decibel magazine as part of its ongoing Hall of Fame feature. The Hall of Fame feature highlights influential and pivotal releases in metal history, and “Unquestionable Presence” will join of ranks of previously profiled classics such as SLAYER‘s “Reign In Blood”, SEPULTURA‘s “Roots”, and AT THE GATES‘ “Slaughter of the Soul”, among others.

The Gathering – North American Tour Announced

Atmospheric trip-rockers THE GATHERING will be coming back to North America this March. GIANT SQUID and UNEXPECT are set to open the U.S. shows. Here are the dates:

March 10 – Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volado
March 11 – Monterrey, MEX @ Cafe Iguana
March 12 – Guadalajara, MEX @ Hard Rock Live
March 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
March 18 – TBA
March 19 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
March 20 – TBA
March 21 – TBA
March 22 – TBA

The band have also confirmed the following European dates:

February 17 – Hengelo, The Netherlands @ Metropool
February 18 – Zoetermeer, The Netherlands @ Moergerij
April 19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
April 20 – Bochum, Germany @ Zeche
April 21 – Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-Saal
April 22 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
April 23 – Nurnberg, Germany @ Hirsch
April 25 – Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
April 26 – Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
April 27 – Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
April 28 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradise
April 29 – Lille, France @ Splendid
May 7 – Nijmegen, The Netherlands @ Lux
May 12 – Groningen, The Netherlands @ Oosterpoort
May 13 – Voerendaal, The Netherlands @ CC de Borenburg
May 14 – Utrecht, The Netherlands @ Tivoli
May 18 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Stadsschouwburg
May 20 – Metz, France @ Metiz’art Festival
May 26 – Haarlem, The Netherlands @ Patronaat
May 28 – Eindhoven, The Netherlands @ Efenaar
June 2 – Leipzig, Germany @ Wave Gotik Treffen (headlining)
June 23 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Festival
July 14 – Vizovice, Czech Republic @ Master of Rock Festival
July 16 – Brescia, Italy @ Evolution Festival
*July 22 – near Kassel, Geramny @ Burg Herzberg Festival

*- May be moved to July 23

THE GATHERING will also be heading to South America for three dates in March. They are as follows:
March 6 – Bueons Aires, Argentina @ ND Ateneo
March 7 – Bueons Aires, Argentina @ ND Ateneo
March 8 – Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican

BoySetsFire – Post Song off Upcoming Album “The Misery Index”

BOYSETSFIRE have posted the first song, “Requiem,” from their upcoming Equal Vision/Burning Heart Records release, “The Misery Index; Notes From The Plague Years” (in stores March 7) on their MySpace Page.

The band recently wrapped filming the “Requiem” music video in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Roger Johansson, and are currently in the post-production stages. Expect the video to be completed in February/March.

“The Misery Index…” is BOYSETSFIRE‘s fourth full-length album, following 2003’s “Tomorrow Come Today,” and the 2000 release, “After The Eulogy”.

Sepultura – Igor Cavalera Quits the Band

According to Blabbermouth.net, Igor Cavalera has unexpectedly left SEPULTURA, the band he founded with his brother, and current SOULFLY frontman Max. Replacing Igor on their upcoming European jaunt will be former SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga.

Godsmack – Sully Erna Quits Smoking/Drinking, Gets Over “Worst Year” – Finish 4th LP

Sully Erna isn’t going to miss 2005 at all: The Godsmack frontman characterized the year as “the worst of my life.” Along with a whole host of relationship woes, Erna quit drinking, put the cigarettes down and exorcised several “negative” individuals. Speaking to MTV, Erna quips, “The results are so amazing,” he said of the album Godsmack plan to release in late April. Although Erna had served as a co-producer on the band’s three previous outings, for this one he rode solo in the producer chair. In about a month, he’ll be finished with the final mix, at around the same time the album’s first single will hit rock radio.

“It’s a killer record, and I’m really curious to see what the public’s going to think of it,” Erna said, noting that he feels the album is his band’s first true attempt at sonic experimentation. “It’s still Godsmack – I don’t think it’s lost the integrity of what Godsmack has built our career off. The toughness of the sound is still there. But we’ve expanded a little bit more. After [2003's] Faceless, we started to spread our wings a bit and reintroduce guitar solos and stuff like that. The acoustic record [2004's The Other Side] was a departure and it was very well received. It opened up a new audience for us – a lot more adults were coming to the shows, bringing their kids and having a glass of wine. That gave us a permission slip to take it to the next level.”

“It will perk people’s eyebrows up again,” he said. “The first couple of records were kind of the same record, in a sense. They were sort of bordering that metal sound and then the third record had more rock mixed into it. [The Other Side] really softened up the sound. This one is more rock and roll, and some songs are very epic, in a Tool[-ish] sense. Some songs are like old-school Godsmack, like ‘Bad Religion.’
It’s going to service the core fans and introduce some new music to those fans. It’s also going to recruit a bigger and broader audience, because the songwriting has matured so much.”

Erna said the band wrote 35 tracks for the album and recorded 17.
Between 11 and 13 of those will make the cut, including “Speak,” which he said will probably wind up being the first single.

To read the full article click here.

Chimaira – Welcome Back Andols Herrick – Kevin Talley Traded to The Red Chord for Undisclosed Fee

CHIMAIRA, fresh off a tremendously successful year that saw the release of the band’s critically acclaimed, self-titled, 3rd album and a world tour, in an official webesite post, has welcomed original drummer Andols Herrick back into the group. “He is a totally different person,” enthused singer Mark Hunter. “We jammed the other day and he’s a monster behind the kit. There is a lot of passion and excitement in his eyes, I can really tell he is renewed.” Andols will hit the road with the band for a handful of headline dates in March and then with the band as they tour with CHILDREN OF BODOM. CHIMAIRA will officially welcome Andols back with a hometown show at Peabody’s Down Under on March 31st.

Many people got a glimpse into the reasons why Andols originally left the group in CHIMAIRA‘s DVD, “The Dehumanizing Process”. Seen pacing parking lots for hours at a time, Andols clearly, was not happy being on the road. “Being away from the band and touring for almost two years made me realize how much I missed it,” said Herrick. “Being involved in the Roadrunner 25th album and concert made me realize that this is where I want to be.”

The reemergence of Andols means that recent drummer Kevin Talley is no longer in the group. “Kevin is an amazing drummer,” stated Hunter. “This decision had nothing to do with his skills and everything to do with getting someone back who has been with us since day one. Some of us have known Andols since we were in High School.” The split was amicable and Talley is tapped to play drums with THE RED CHORD on their upcoming US tour.

On January 10, CHIMAIRA released a special edition of their critically acclaimed, self-titled third album. album. This 2-disc set features the full-length album, seven live songs and two previously unreleased tracks. CHIMAIRA, originally released on August 9th was named one of the years’ best albums by both Revolver and Decibel magazines. It debuted at No. 10 on the Top Hard Rock chart and quickly ascended to No. 1 at Metal/Specialty Radio where it stayed for several weeks. The album, which Billboard Magazine said that “Awesome is the only way to describe it,” was also called “bleakly thrilling” by The New York Times.

Disturbed – Friday the 13th Show in Sacramento Cancelled – Draiman Suffering from “Vocal Problems”

Tonight’s JagerMusic Tour (DISTURBED, BLOODSIMPLE, STIGMURDER) show set for the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA has officially been cancelled. Word is just in that vocalist David Draiman encountered ”vocal problems” following the band’s set on Thursday, January 12 in San Francisco. There has been no official verbage whether the show will be rescheduled for a later date, or if any later performances will be affected.

Voivod – Day 9 – Continual Blog

Updates, news, and photos – it’s all in Day 9 of the VOIVOD studio blog – click here for more.

The Human Abstract – Debut Full Length Recording Details Announced

Hopeless Records newest signing THE HUMAN ABSTRACT is set to begin recording their debut full length album February in North Carolina with Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, HE IS LEGEND) – on mixing duty will be Eric Rachel (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ATREYU).

THE HUMAN ABSTRACT‘s style is technical and diverse metal with a good European influence, and a good dose of progressiveness thrown in. Demo versions of their latest work can be heard at this location.

The band currently has some west coast dates booked and they will be out on the road supporting their new album throughout the summer and fall of 2006.

January 20 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
January 27 – Riverside, CA@ The Vibe
February 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Calicore
February 14 – Fullerton, CA @ The Alley

Swarm of the Lotus – Add Jimmy Rhodes as Drummer – Hunting for 2nd Guitarist and Bassist

SWARM OF THE LOTUS have announced the addition of drummer Jimmy Rhodes (ex-TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA) to the fold. An official statement is as follows:

“For the past month and a half, Jimmy and myself have been working together and things have been going amazing. He is a very talented individual and we welcome him with a warm heart to the SOTL family.”

The band are also currently in the hunt for some new members – an appeal/advertisement for the open slots is below:

“SOTL is in the process now of finding a new 2nd guitarist and bassist. The
following is a list of musts/requirements:

Must have a professional attitude and work-ethic, as this is something that the current members take seriously as something we want to pursue, take on the road, in the studio etc.

Must have pro gear that will hold up to the wears and tears of the road. (Our usual set-up is full-stack for each guitar, 8 x 10 for bass, sometimes two 8 x 10’s but not required)

Being able to do additional vocals would be awesome but not required

Must be ready, willing and able to TOUR at least a couple of times a year or more, depending on whatever opportunities arise, with each of these tours lasting anywhere from 1-2 weeks up to 4-5 weeks at a time.

Must be willing to commit to a regular practice schedule (twice a week usually, for a couple of couple hours each time)

Must have an enthusiastic, energetic personality to pursue something that isnt necessarily all that easy to do and this must be realized. If you have tour experience, you understand this already. But this point must be stressed. Bad tours will happen, as they do to all bands, and other unexpected obstacles will come across the path that must be understood as coming with the territory. If you already get this or are willing to accept this, then cool, if not, please do not inquire.

If you are not from the Baltimore or surrounding areas, you must be willing to relocate.

Must be funny and willing to put up with Jimmys and my own ridiculous sense of humor, haha. Its all about having a good time anyway.

Must bring the rock!!

If you think you meet all these requirements, then please inquire via email: sotlrock@hotmail.com

“If you are from out-of-state, we might ask you to send a video of your best takes on some of our songs. Get in contact and we can provide an address to which you can mail such a video. On that tip, this is not a dictatorship and we realize that each musician is their own unique animal, with their own
individual playing style. Personal interpretation is fine as long as it is evident that you can handle the material. If you would prefer to play our
songs exactly as they are heard recorded, thats cool too and can be taught pretty easily. We even have video-tab available.”

“Being an aggressive player, as this is the nature of our music, is always a plus. Big, ugly and dirty!! Just bring it, thats all. Overall, for whatever incarnation that lies ahead for this band, we are looking towards the future. Meaning, the main focus will be on writing BRAND NEW MATERIAL with the appropriate new members. We want to grow with whoever is going to joining. Although we will be learning one set worth of older, previously released material (approx. 8-9 songs between both of our albums and the 7). Jimmy and I have actually started working on some new songs and everything is sounding awesome!! We are very excited to bring other people into the game and flesh out the rest of the band. Are you down?”

“In closing, anybody who is or ever has been in a band that ever wanted to take it further then the basement, you know the score. Please do not inquire half-heartedly. This is an all or nothing kind of a gig. We have our normal lives but this is something we actively pursue, that takes up a good portion of our time and energy because its what we love to do. Serious candidates only please.”