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Every Time I Die, Twelve Tribes – Touring Europe In August

EVERY TIME I DIE, TWELVE TRIBES and A LIFE ONCE LOST will be teaming up for a European tour, dubbed “Under The Gun”, starting in August. Confirmed dates are as follows:

August 5 ? Birmingham, UK @ Academy 3
August 6 ? Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
August 7 ? Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
August 8 ? Cardiff, UK @ Barfly
August 9 ? Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
August 10 ? Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
August 11 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
August 12 ? Shefield, UK @ Corporation
August 13 ? Stoke, UK @ Sugarmill
August 14 ? London, UK @ Garage

Dates in Germany, France, and Belgium will be announced shortly.

Bolt Thrower – Laying Down Drums And Guitars

BOLT THROWER drummer Martin Kearns has posted the following studio update on the band’s forthcoming album:

“Ok, another update for you…

Today I put my final drum track down for the album’s ‘bonus track’, it was a real blaster (no, not blast-beat) of a song, so quite a nice one to end my recording on. Whether it makes it onto the album or not we’ll see, but it’s there anyway. Now it’s time for the sad part, where I have to pack away my drums until we start the tour rehearsals. Overall I am (and apparently everyone else is) really chuffed with how my drums went down. I had a few nightmare moments with the record, and have had to push myself but I definitely think this is my best drumming so far, can’t wait till this album is finally finished. Anyway, we’re a good few weeks off that…

The next couple of days we spent going through the drum tracks I’d recorded, picking out the best takes for future reference. Not much to say about that, I guess you have to ‘be there’…haha…

OK, we’re ready for some guitars!! Baz is up first, doing his rhythm tracks. I heard he took 4 days to find his guitar sound when he recorded ‘…For Victory’, so I hadn’t got a clue when he’d actually start laying some tracks down! Much to my amazement, I turned up to find him actually cleaning his guitar! I’ve been in the band on and off for 10 years, and I think I’ve only seen it happen twice. Anyway, we made sure we took a photo of it as proof!!

The following day, Baz is still on the search for his ultimate guitar sound. There’s cables everywhere, and I think just about every piece of equipment we own is being tried out. I think it’s sounds killer anyway, but apparently there’s still a frequency that needs adjusting. The sound seems to really suit the chugging stuff, but lacks clarity when played fast ? or something?! I’m glad I’m a drummer, that’s all I can say!

Right, well a few adjustments later and Baz is a happy man again, I’ve got no idea what set-up he finally decided on, and I don’t wanna ask in case it gets changed again!! A change of strings and it looks like we’re ready for some riffs!!

Baz jams along with the first song and to be honest it’s already blowing me away. He puts couple of rhythms down and we call it a day. Time to give our ears a break and come back in the morning to check that we’re all happy with the sound.

Next morning comes, we listen back and yes, we’ll all very happy with the sound. Baz plugs in and we’re ready to roll again, more on that next time… “

Crisis – Almost Struck By Tornados, Stuck In ‘Purgatory’

CRISIS frontwoman Karyn Crisis has posted the following message in her official blog:

“What an incredible and surreal experience we had last night. The circumstances surrounding our show and the events that ensued were strange indeed and when going over it we realized that what we had lived had the makings for a really great horror flick (or a really bad one, but those are great sometimes too.) The best thing is that it is all absolutely true.

It started out in Dallas at the show the night before when someone gave us the heads-up that the show we were doing in Oklahoma City was at a club called “Purgatory”. (The movie’s even got a name already.) The club was actually a church at one point.

So it’s a bright and sunny day when we leave Dallas but it’s quite cloudy and windy by the time we get to the club in OK. It was no Limelight or anything but obviously from the architecture, club “Purgatory” was indeed a church at some point. Why was it no longer a church? Well we load our gear in and the house crew goes on to tell us that the club is rumored to be haunted. The preacher who used to give services at the church apparently killed himself in the basement. To everyone in the town’s understanding, the preacher became obsessed with the idea that he was being possessed by demons. Afterwards the church closed and was converted into a rock venue called “Purgatory”. (You can’t make this stuff up.)

Pretty soon after we get this piece of background info, it comes to our attention through the locals that not one but TWO tornados are making their way north to where we are. They’ve already closed the major freeway that we used to actually get there. At this point the sky is looking very dark and strange fast moving cloud formations are taking shape in the surrounding area. We all take our personal belongings outside of the van and into the club as a precautionary measure in case something happens to the van and trailer during the tornado. We might be at the club for longer than we expected.

Pretty soon we’re all inside the club looking at the torrential rain and the gusty winds through the back doorway. Some of us venture into the basement where the incident where the preacher occurred but it seems to most that the psychic disturbance seems more prevalent in the upstairs VIP area. The place where inanimate objects have been known to be fly around inexplicably as is being propelled by some unseen force. (Seriously, the people that work at the club are telling us this.)

The wind is so bad that it seems to be raining horizontally through the doorway and hall. Thunder booms and lightning flashes. The tornados are getting very close. It seems best that we close the door and stay inside. The opening band is getting ready too hit the stage when lightning strikes club Purgatory and all the lights go out. (I shit you not.) After a brief moment they come back on. All the electrical equipment seems ok except our soundguy’s cd burner gets fried.

We went on to have an good show and an amazing night. The tornados eventually passed and by the time we had to load out the rain had pretty much stopped. After we got out of the club we had some laughs about the nights events.

Thanks to all the fans who came out to support despite the crappy weather and even waited in line outside while the tornados were making their way towards the club. Your dedication to music is bordering on psychotic but appreciated all the same. Hopefully, we’ll see you again on the road later this summer.”

Himsa – Old Guitarist Rejoins The Fold

Guitarist Matt Wicklund and HIMSA have parted ways, opening the door for the return of former HIMSA shredder Sammi Curr. Curr, a key member of the band for a number of years through the release of 2003’s Courting Tragedy And Disaster album, will be back touring with the band on their Dirty Black Summer Tour beginning today in Sacramento, CA.

The Dirty Black Summer Tour featuring HIMSA, THE AGONY SCENE, SCARS OF TOMORROW, FULL BLOWN CHAOS and THE ESOTERIC, will hit major and secondary markets all across the States, offering a low ticket price alternative to this summer’s festivals.

Fans can not only expect Curr at these upcoming HIMSA performances, but also a sneak preview of some of the band’s brand new material from their upcoming album, Hail Horror, due out in early October on Prosthetic Records.

Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age – First Dates Announced

The first tour dates for the forthcoming NINE INCH NAILS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have been announced. They are as follows:

September 16 – San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
September 17 – Tucson, AZ @ TCC Arena
September 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
September 20 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
September 23 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 24 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
September 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
September 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
September 30 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Coliseum
October 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
October 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
October 5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Arena
October 7 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
October 8 – Detriot, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
October 9 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
October 11 – St Paul, MN @ XCel Energy Center
October 13 – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
October 14 – St Loius, MO @ Savvis Center
October 16 – San Antonio, TX @ SBC Center
October 17 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
October 19 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Arena
October 22 – Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
October 24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Office Depot Center
October 25 – Orlando, FL @ TD Waterhouse Centre
October 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
October 29 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
October 31 – Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
November 2 – Washington, DC @ MCI Center
November 3 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

More dates to be announced soon.

Amorphis – Entering The Studio Soon

Finnish rockers AMORPHIS are intensively rehearsing and writing new songs for their upcoming album and follow up to Far From The Sun, which came out on Nuclear Blast last September.

On July 1st, the band will enter the Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to start the recording process. Producers will be Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) for instruments and Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH) for vocals. Mikko Karmila, who already worked for STRATOVARIUS, NIGHTWISH, EDGUY, LULLACRY and many others, will take care of the mixing.

“The new AMORPHIS material will be heavier than ever”, the band explains. “There will be an epic theme thru the album, influenced by Finnish tradition.”

Evergreen Terrace – On MTV’s Made

EVERGREEN TERRACE have posted the following update on the band’s happenings:

“MTV’S MADE–watch for the upcoming episode where our friend brittney(spelling?) gets made from hxc to prom queen….she wears a few of our shirts, and they may show us playing live…i know they did in the commercial. neat. which is taen backwards. huh?

–tomorrow we embark on a u.s./canadian tour with BANE, VERSE, AND CURSED.—–but after that, we decided that we werent through, so we are hooking up with ON BROKEN WINGS, and MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD..for a few more weeks, including a few more canadian dates….assuming i can even get into canada….i have a pending criminal case against me, so we shall see….no, i didnt do anything wrong….just drank a lil too much one night and woke up in bed with a goat……which was weird, and dissapointing……i thought i brought home one of those sheep boys from the skittles commercial. i was duped. like the bad guys at the end of every scooby episode….where am i going with this?”

Crowbar – To Appear On MTV2 And FUSE

New Orleans’ CROWBAR made stops at MTV and Fuse studios Friday, June 10 while in New York City as part of their current tour with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. The band filmed interviews at both studios that will air later this week.

Interview air dates and times are as follows:

Fuse/Metal Asylum airs Friday, June 17 at 11pm EST.
MTV2/Headbangers Ball airs Saturday, June 18 at 10pm EST.

Brooklyn Music Terminal – L’Amour Reopens! – New Name, New Ownership

New York City’s L’Amour has re-opened under new ownership, and under a new name. The Brooklyn Music Terminal is Brooklyn’s newest Live Entertainment venue, and will open this month. More information can be found here.

Tony Iommi / Glen Hughes – “Fused” CD Artwork, Promo Pics, MP3’s

CD Artwork, Promo Pics, and two MP3’s from BLACK SABBATH‘s Tony Iommi and DEEP PURPLE‘s Glenn Hughes’ side project have been made available – you can check it all out at the links below:

Promo Pic #1
Promo Pic #2
Promo Pic #3
CD Artwork

‘Dopamine’ MP3
‘Wasted Again’ MP3

Arsis News

Studio time has been booked for Jim and Mike to begin recording the new EP in late July. It will be titled “A Diamond for Disease” and will contain the title track (which is over 12 minutes long) and a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Roses on White Lace.” The tentative street date for the EP is October 25th, and by the time this is out in stores, Jim and Mike will most likely be getting ready to enter the studio to record their second full-length album. Lots more info to come.

See more here:
Arsis News

Dirty Rig – Announce DVD Shoot this Past Weekend

DIRTY RIG fronted by Kory Clarke (WARRIOR SOUL) recently filmed for a live DVD on June 11th in Syracuse at Club Tundra. The DVD will feature the full concert with bonus material of their studio sessions, backstage antics of other shows and a ton of other drunken debauchery that comes with DIRTY RIG. DIRTY RIG will be performing with BRAND NEW SIN and SEEMLESS.

The DVD will be part of a special package to go along with their sophomore release titled “Super Bomb” which will be released later this year.

Barley & Hops Management Roster Includes:

Dirty Rig
Goat Horn

Rhino Bucket – Annouce US and UK Dates

RHINO BUCKET have announced the following Summer shows in both the US and the UK:

July 1 – Hollywood, CA @ Club Vodka
July 15 – Reseda, CA @ Paladino’s
July 16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
August 7 – Wrexham, Wales @ The Big Ball

Beautiful Creatures – Resurface and Ink Deal with Spitfire

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES have resurfaced and signed a deal to Spitfire Records to release their new album, “Duece”. It will hit stores on August 23rd, and is the follow-up to their major label self-titled debut from 2001. Tracklisting is below:

1. Anyone
2. Freedom
3. Never
4. Superfly
5. Empty
6. The Unknown
7. Ton of Lead
8. I Still Miss You
9. Unforgiven
10. Starr Cross
11. Save Me
12. I Won’t Be the One
13. Straight to Hell

Bobaflex – Tracklisting for “Apologize for Nothing” Available – New Shows Announced

Track listing for BOBAFLEX‘s debut album “Apologize for Nothing”, due in stores August 2005 through TVT Records, is as follows:

Six Feet Under
Better Than Me
Bright Red Violent Sex
Guns A Blazing
G.U.T. (Got U Trapped)
Turn the Heat Up
The Guardian
Don’t Lie Down with Dogs
Rescue You

The band has also announced some headlining dates this month preparing for Gigantour with MEGADETH, they are as follows:

June 17 – Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon
June 18 Detroit, MI – @ IRoc
June 22 Iowa City, IA – @ Gabes Oasis
June 23 Springfield, OH – @ Rockwell
June 24 Muncie, IN – @ Doc’s
June 25 Columbus, OH – @ Al Rosa Villa (w/ FIVE BOLT MAIN)

LUPARA/Jeremy Wagner – Radio Interview Available

Current LUPARA (ex-BROKEN HOPE) guitarist and founding member, Jeremy Wagner, recently did an interview for Chicagoland all-metal station, Rebel Radio.

The interview will air again on Tuesday, June 14th @ 6:00PM on AM 1430 (6PM to 7PM). In the interview, Jeremy discusses all things LUPARA, LUPARA‘s appearance at Monterrey Metalfest in Mexico, as well as touching upon some BROKEN HOPE history, the end of BROKEN HOPE, how LUPARA was formed, and the plans for LUPARA‘s future.

Freya – ‘Struggle To Survive’ Video Online Now through UMTV

There is a new video for FREYA‘s ‘Struggle To Survive’, which is now online at this location. The video was produced by UMTV using live footage at a recent FREYA show in Syracuse, NY.

THe Mighty Nimbus – Year Long Chronicle Available – Candlelight Tour #2 in the Works

THE MIGHTY NIMBUS recently launched a page that chronicles their participation on the first Candlelight USA tour, completed earlier this year. The pages feature over 300 photos from the tour that featured metal heavy-weights ENTOMBED, CROWBAR, PRO-PAIN and for many introduced Minnesota-based THE MIGHTY NIMBUS. It can be found here.

THE MIGHTY NIMBUS are currently writing material and plan to record their next album later this summer. The band is working on numerous live shows for the fall and are planning their first tour of Europe in early 2006.

Candlelight Records, with US offices in Philadelphia, is planning its next label tour. Scheduled for late winter, specific details will be announced shortly.

Ensiferum – Recording In November

Fininsh folk/viking metallers ENSIFERUM will head into the studio in November to record a mini-cd, which will include one new song, and a few new recordings of old demo songs. A couple of traditional Finnish folk covers will also be included. A release date of early 2006 is expected.

Lacuna Coil – New Album Due Out In Winter; U.S. Tour Put Off Until 2006

LACUNA COIL confirmed to SMNnews at Saturday’s installment of the Gods of Metal festival in Bologna, Italy that the band’s next album will not be out until either December 2005 or early 2006. The band is also not planning to hit the road again in the U.S. until then as they will be working on their new, currently untitled, album. One song from the band’s upcoming album has made its live debut in Europe this summer. The band have played the new track in France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. to date.
In other Gods of Metal news, MUDVAYNE cut short their set by 11 minutes (from 30 minutes to 19 minutes) after what appeared to be a rather negative crowd reaction. MASTODON started their set eight minutes early because of the lull between bands.
The setlists for LACUNA COIL and SLAYER can be viewed by clicking the FULL STORY link.

Sworn Enemy, Full Blown Chaos, Scars Of Tomorrow – First Tour Dates Announced

SWORN ENEMY, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, SCARS OF TOMORROW, WINTER SOLSTICE and AGENTS OF MAN will be teaming up for a US tour in late July. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

July 28 – San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
July 30 – Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s
August 2 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky Go Go
August 3 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
August 4 – Henderson, NV @ Roadhouse Casino
August 6 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
August 9 – Lawerance, KS @ The Bottleneck
August 10 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
August 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Icon

Dark Funeral – New Studio Update

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have posted the following message on their official message forums:

“Another amazingly good week has been completed at Dug-Out Studios. This week we have been working simultaneously on the three remaining songs planned for our new Satanic Symphony. On Thursday we managed to finish one of them, a hellish song in 270 bpm and full on blasting right through (excluding some short but powerful breaks etc.). The other two are written to a 60% / 30% and we hope to have them down by Tuesday/Wednesday this coming week. I have gotten some killer ideas over the weekend that I will try out first thing on Monday morning. And as soon as we have all songs down, we will begin to lay down the ‘real’ guitar tracks, can’t fucken wait!

Matte Modin has now laid down drums on 5 of the songs. And it sounds AMAZING!!! On this album he really gets a chance to show what an amazingly talented drummer he really is.

Now with most of the songs written, we all begin to get a better picture of what the hell we’re creating here. One of the most interesting things is perhaps that it will indeed be our most varied album thus far. And it feels like each song could carry a whole album by itself. Some of the songs are ‘Total Darkness’, crushing everything in its path, while others are a bit more melodic. Still I can assure you that you’ll hear its DARK FUNERAL in the flesh!

Compared to our previous albums, where we set one bpm for the whole album, we have this time given each song its own, varying somewhere between 260 ? 280 bpm (might even end up on 300 bpm before we’re completely done with this album).

Emperor Magus Caligula is currently busy writing lyrics for the new songs. And I hope to be able to give you some info about them next weekend.

I know I’ve promised you photos, but we just haven’t had time for it. However, we plan to shoot some this coming week. So next weekend you’ll get some, OK. Until then…”

Internal Suffering – Sign To Unique Leader Records

Columbian death metalllers INTERNAL SUFFERING have signed with Unique Leader Records. They will record a new full length CD later this year at Mana Recording Studios (HATE ETERNAL, KRISIUN) with Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL) with a release date TBA.

Arch Enemy – Cover Art Of New Album Posted Online

Sweden’s ARCH ENEMY have posted the cover art to their forthcoming album, “Doomsday Machine”, online at this location.

ARCH ENEMY guitarist/songwriter Michael Amott comments: “We are all extremely pleased with the artwork for the new album! I had a few ideas initially that I discussed with Joachim Luetke on the phone, and when he started sending over images we were seriously blown away ? when you work with creative people of this caliber, you just let them do what they do, so we just let him get on with it really! He’s a very productive guy, very sharp. He expanded on the DOOMSDAY MACHINE concept and took it to some really interesting (albeit very dark!) places. It’s one of those great situations when the artwork totally works with the music. Simply awesome.”

Byzantine – Announce Tracklisting Of New Album

BYZANTINE have announced the tracklisting of their new album, “…And They Shall Take Up Serpents”, due out July 12th through Prosthetic Records. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Justica
2. Taking Up Serpents
3. Jeremiad
4. Ancestry of the Antichrist
5. Temporary Temples
6. Five Faces of Madness
7. Redneck War
8. Pity None
9. The Rat Eaters
10. Salem, Ark

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