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Bam Margera has made it his mission to expose an entire generation of his peers to some original high-energy music through his VIVA LA BANDS album and tour series. Brought to you by Ferret Music and Filthy Note Records, VIVA LA BANDS, VOL. 2 will hit stores on September 4, 2007.
The CD features exclusive tracks, written and recorded for the CD/DVD combo from some of Bam’s favorite acts like CLUTCH, IN FLAMES, CKY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, VIKING SKULL and VAINS OF JENNA. A US-exclusive track from SHINY TOY GUNS and music from other faves like GWAR, THE SOUNDS, DIMMU BORGIR and KILL HANNAH also appears on the killer compilation. The full track listing for the 20-song album is displayed below.
Bam is as excited for the release as fans around the world will be… "I’m so fucking psyched that some of my favorite bands recorded exclusive songs this time around! Clutch and In Flames fucking rock and my brother Jess did a sick CKY remix. Obviously The Sounds are one of my favorite bands - my wife even insisted that they play our wedding. I also sent the first band I signed, Vains of Jenna, into the studio to record a new track for the record.”
The DVD component to this release contains almost an hour of never-before-seen Bam footage – a must-have for the ‘Jackass generation!’ Revealing what makes the DVD special, Bam adds “I’m finding some of my best, unused footage for the DVD. Everyone keeps asking me for a CKY5 but I think this DVD might be the closest thing to that!"
Viva La Bands’ companion tour will be taking out some of Bam’s favorite acts and is estimated to visit over 20 cities in the USA beginning in October 2007. Fans can also expect to see Bam and his friends at select shows.
Here is the complete VIVA LA BANDS, VOLUME 2 TRACK LISTING: More...
FHMonline.com recently conducted an interview with Dave Brockie, GWAR frontman and intergalactic badass. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
FHMonline.com: SLIPKNOT recently told us that they're the most insane band. Why should we believe you?
Brockie: They're basically a GWAR tribute band — they dress up in these silly costumes and we appreciate that. I see no reason to denigrate SLIPKNOT or what any other band has done. But come on, we're monsters from outer space! How can they possibly compete with that?
FHMonline.com: Bands like LORDI are certainly trying, recently winning the Eurovision award for Best Song. But aren't they just GWAR-Lite?
Brockie: Well, yeah totally. They're like a kiddie version of GWAR. It's all part of one big bloody genre in rock 'n' roll history starting with Jay Hawkins and Alice Cooper and KISS. A lot of people are like, "These people are ripping you off!" But they're not ripping us off anymore than we ripped off KISS or any other band that incorporated theatrical elements into their shows.
FHMonline.com: Who's been your gnarliest fan?
Brockie: I love GWAR fans because they realize that we really are the mutants of the industry, the bottom feeders, if you will. It takes a level of commitment to be a GWAR fan. One of the most legendary dudes we ever met was this guy, Billy, who was a good friend of ours from California. He was really into taking acid. He cruised around with us for a week and once when we were getting ready to cross the border into Canada he nudges me and says, "Hey Brockie, I've got 200 hits of acid on me — what should I do?” I'm like. "You fucking idiot! You're going to get this whole van arrested." So he ate the entire sheet of acid. Two hundred hits. He couldn't talk for four days. He survived — but, I don't really think his brain came out of it very well. He ended up in prison for assaulting his Korean neighbor with a shotgun.
FHMonline.com: If we drug tested you right now, what would we find?
Brockie: Weed — and tons of it. We're just a bunch of stoners. We like to drink beer and smoke pot. But one of the things that GWAR has avoided, which I think is a big part of our longevity, is hard drugs. We've seen it fuck up a lot of people and destroy a lot of bands. This band is just too demanding and it really takes all of your effort and energy, especially wearing a 50-pound armored suit in front of a bunch of people. And then you have the Sounds of the Underground tour where the shows are outdoor — it's really fucking hot. I was reading this interview with Corey [Taylor, lead vocalist] from SLIPKNOT and he was bitching about how hot his overalls were. Put on my shit, son. I bet you won't last five minutes. He's a big whiner.
Cleveland-based thrashers SKELETONWITCH have finished recording the band's Prosthetic Records debut, 'Beyond The Permafrost,' and are now gearing up to hit the road with Atlanta's Withered. SKELETONWITCH has also announced two regional dates supporting GWAR as well as a West Coast tour this fall alongside Nachtmystium, dates will be available shortly.
'Beyond The Permafrost' was recorded in June with producer Corey Smoot (GWAR, Municipal Waste) at Karma Studios and is scheduled for a Sept. 18 through Prosthetic Records.
Here are the latest SKELETONWITCH tour dates: More...
Goatwhore’s new video for “Forever Consumed Oblivion” will premiere on MTV2’s HeadBanger’s Ball this Saturday, June 16th. The clip was shot during God Forbid's "Chains of Humanity" tour, on which Goatwhore was direct support.
Director David Brodsky (God Forbid, Strapping Young Lad, Gwar) led the production for the eight-camera shoot in addition to handling the directing and editing duties.
The track listing has been revealed for the upcoming 2-CD/1 DVD "2007 Sounds Of The Underground" compilation. The outing will be limited to a pressing of 10,000 copies and will be available only at "Hot Topic" stores. It will run as follows:
01 - GWAR - "Eighth Lock"
02 - Shadows Fall - "Failure Of The Devout"
03 - Chimaira - "Resurrection"
04 - Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
05 - Job For A Cowboy - "Embedded"
06 - Necro - "The Pre-Fix For Death"
07 - Darkest Hour - "Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)"
08 - Amon Amarth - "Runes To My Memory"
09 - The Acacia Strain - "4x4' from 'The Dead Walk"
10 - The Devil Wears Prada - "HTML Rulz Dood"
11 - Heavy Heavy Low Low - "Mall-Nutrition"
12 - The Number Twelve Looks Like You - "Sleeping With The Fishes, See?"
13 - Goatwhore - "Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult"
14 - This Is Hell - "Permanence"
15 - 2Cents - "The Wedding Dress"
01 - Throwdown - "Holy Roller"
02 - A Life Once Lost - "Firewater Joyride"
03 - Beneath The Massacre - "Modern Age Slavery"
04 - NORA - "Save Yourself"
05 - Cellador - "Never Again"
06 - Since The Flood - "Strength"
07 - Anterior - "The Silent Divide"
08 - It Dies Today - "Reignite The Fires"
09 - Autumn - "My New Time"
10 - Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster - "Death Is An Alcoholic"
11 - Poison The Well - "Letter Thing"
12 - Walls Of Jericho - "And Hope To Die"
13 - See You Next Tuesday - "Honey I've Never Had Sex That Wasn't Awkward"
14 - Skeletonwitch - "Beyond The Permafrost (Demo)"
15 - The Minor Times - "Casket City Lights"
16 - The Human Abstract - "Vela, Together We Await The Storm"
Sights Of The Underground DVD:
01 - GWAR - "Eighth Lock"
02 - Shadows Fall - "Redemption"
03 - Chimaira - "Resurrection"
04 - Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
05 - Necro - "Beautiful Music For You To Die To"
06 - Darkest Hour - "Sound The Surrender"
07 - Amon Amarth - "Cry Of The Blackbirds"
08 - The Acacia Strain - "Angry Mob Justice"
09 - The Number Twelve Looks Like You - "Like A Cat"
10 - Goatwhore - "Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult"
11 - This Is Hell - "The Polygraph Cheaters"
12 - 2Cents - "The Wedding Dress"
13 - Kylesa - "Hollow Severer"
14 - Terror - "Lost' from 'Always The Hard Way"
15 - Misery Signals - "The Failsafe"
More info on the tour itself can be found at soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.
Bam Margera, through his Filthy Note imprint, has collaborated with Ferret Music on the "ultimate rock compilation."
BAM MARGERA PRESENTS…VIVA LA BANDS, VOL 2 is the latest in Bam’s unique musical vision shared with his fans. The CD/DVD combo will hit stores on September 4, 2007 and feature unreleased tracks from CLUTCH, IN FLAMES, CKY, CHILDREN OF BODOM, VAINS OF JENNA, and more. The compilation will also bring together a slew of Bam’s other favorite artists such as GWAR, DIMMU BORGIR and THE SOUNDS. The DVD component to this rocking release contains 30 minutes of never-before-seen Bam footage.
As one of the world’s leading pop culture icons, Bam has achieved success in every aspect of modern media, including TV, Film, Internet, and Radio. As an established “tastemaker,” Bam is determined to deliver original high-energy music to an entire generation of his peers, while engaging and inspiring music fans and musicians alike. VIVA LA BANDS’ companion tour will be taking out some bands from the compilation and is estimated to visit over 20 cities in the USA beginning in October 2007. Fans can expect to see additional footage on a traveling screen and even Bam himself at select shows.
Bam is as excited for the release as fans around the world will be… "I’m so fucking psyched that some of my favorite bands recorded exclusive songs this time around! Clutch and In Flames fucking rock and my brother Jess did a sick CKY remix. Obviously The Sounds are one of my favorite bands - my wife even insisted that they play our wedding. I also sent the first band I signed, Vains of Jenna, into the studio to record a new track for the record.” Revealing what will make the DVD a must-have for Bam fans, he adds “I’m finding some of my best, unused footage for the DVD. Everyone keeps asking me for a CKY5 but I think this DVD might be the closest thing to that!"
Shadows Fall has added a couple tour dates supporing GWAR on the off dates of Sounds of the Underground 2007 tour. The concert dates are as follows:
7/3 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom w/ GWAR
7/9 Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen w/ GWAR, Chimaira
8/12 Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's w/ GWAR
8/13 Rochestor, NY- Water Street Music Hall w/ GWAR, The Acacia Strain
Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS has been confirmed as a special guest for the July 14 Sounds of the Underground show at Sayreville, N.J.'s Starland Ballroom, following completion of the band's current tour supporting Bullet For My Valentine, a handful of one-off headlining shows, and a quick Canadian run with Protest The Hero. "We're wicked excited to be a part of this year's Sounds Of The Underground at the Starland Ballroom," frontman Phil Labonte says. "We were proud to be a part of the first US and European Sounds, opening up, so it's a huge honor to be a special guest in Jersey. The show is gonna rule - FUCKING TESTAMENT!!! - and it's a great excuse to hang with our friends in the The Acacia Strain, Shadows Fall, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, GWAR and so many others. Get your tickets early and GET INTO IT!" Tickets can be purchased here.
Recently returning from a European headlining run with Textures and Misery Signals, ALL THAT REMAINS is already back on the road in North America, continuing to support the band's latest effort, 'The Fall of Ideals,' which saw a summer 2006 release and has since yielded the band critical praise and spots on Ozzfest 2006, Sounds of the Underground Europe, as well as tours alongside the likes of DragonForce, Killswitch Engage, and a hugely successful headlining tour earlier this year.
The band's latest video, for the track "The Air That I Breathe," will once again be aired on this week's edition of MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. Check your local listings for time and channel. The Darren Doane-directed clip can be seen online here, while behind the scenes footage from the video shoot can be viewed here.
Here are the current ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates: More...
Shadows Fall will be joining the Sounds of the Underground Tour this summer alongside GWAR, Chimaira, Job For A Cowboy, and Every Time I Die.
Vocalist Brian Fair had this to say about the tour:
“It is going to be another summer of insanity for the boys in Shadows Fall, and we couldn't be more stoked. Not only are we looking forward to partying with our friends in Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die, Chimiara and Gwar, but also to check out some killer music at one of the summer’s most diverse festival tours. We are planning on playing a set that will include songs from the early days of Shadows Fall up to our new album THREADS OF LIFE and leaving a wake of devastation behind. So bust out the sun screen, put the beers on ice and get ready to rock ‘cuz the SHADS are coming back to town.”
Once again, here are the latest Sounds of the Underground 2007 tour dates: More...
Tickets for the Hot Topic Presents Sounds of the Underground Tour are now available through Artist Arena at a discounted price for a limited time. A portion of the proceeds generated from the pre-sale will be donated to Cure Autism Now.
In addition to the previously announced stellar lineup, which includes headliners GWAR, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, and Job For A Cowboy, the third annual Sounds of the Underground summer touring fest will feature additional bands in select cities:
- Thrash metal veterans Testament will play before GWAR at the Starland Ballroom on July 14 in New Jersey.
- Mushroomhead will close the show in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 21 and will also perform as special guests in Columbus on July 22, Chicago on July 23, and Minneapolis on July 24.
- The legendary Suicidal Tendencies will close shows in San Jose, California on August 3, Irvine, California on August 4, and Mesa, Arizona on August 5.
- Modern thrash titans Lamb of God will headline a recently added date on August 11 in Louisville, Kentucky and will be joined by special guests Hatebreed and Behemoth.
The regular lineup for Hot Topic Presents Sounds of the Underground includes headliner Gwar, with co-headliners Chimaira, Every Time I Die and a band to be announced soon rotating set times throughout the tour. The lineup will be rounded out by Job For a Cowboy, Necro, Darkest Hour, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain, The Devil Wears Prada, Heavy Heavy Low Low, The Number Twelve Looks Like You Goatwhore, This Is Hell, and 2 Cents.
Oderus Urungus, lead throat-thing of GWAR, rulers of Earth, when told of the addition of the various guests, responded, "I give my personal seal of filthy approval to this excellent selection of bands. Suicidal in particular played one of the first GWAR shows ever. Tonight I shall burn a baby upon the Altar of Eternal Syphillis."
Sounds of the Underground has announced the lineup for their annual tour. Following two straight appearances in the middle of the day, the event will be closed most nights by splatter metal champions, GWAR; ensuring that fans will remain blood and gore-free until the closing hours of the show. Three other bands will rotate in the headlining position prior to GWAR: a block-buster artist yet to be announced, face-shredding metal pugilists Chimaira, and experimental noisemakers Every Time I Die.
The day will be completed with a bill including Necro, Darkest Hour, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain, The Devil Wears Prada, HeavyHeavyLowLow, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Goatwhore, This Is Hell, and 2 Cents. Expect additional special guest headliners to join the bill on select dates.
The touring festival launches in July and runs into August. More...
CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter announced from the stage at the band's concert in Chicago Sunday night (April 8) that they will take part in the third annual Sounds of the Underground tour, set to take place this summer. As previously reported, GWAR has been confirmed as the headliner of this year's event, according to a posting on the group's web site. Other acts that are rumored to be playing the festival include SHADOWS FALL, JOB FOR A COWBOY and EVERY TIME I DIE. An official announcement regarding this summer's lineup is expected soon.
The second annual Sounds of the Underground tour featured performances by AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GWAR, TERROR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEHEMOTH, THE CHARIOT and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, among others.
The Sounds of the Underground organizers took a different approach to last summer's festival by keeping the number of bands on the bill down and extending the length of set times. In 2005 most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.
Out-of-this-world monster metallers GWAR have posted the following update:
“Gwar, the most devastating and dominant force in Gwar history, gleefully vomits buckets of black bile as they announce their headlining slot on this year’s Sounds Of The Underground summer festival tour! Oderus, ruler of Earth, or at least the naughty bits, commands all humans to ritually mutilate their pets genitals and swear eternal allegiance to Gwar and to metal and attend what will go down in history as the greatest, grossest Gwar show ever! And after 20-plus years of providing the sickest show in rock history, Gwar stands ready to top even themselves! Returning from the bowels of the abyss, GWAR has the very legions of hell at their command, slavering to decimate all those who fail to appease their boundless wrath! Hail Gwar!”
GWAR fansite BohabCentral.com has posted the band's video for the track 'Eight Lock' at this location. The clip was filmed in November, 2006 at the House Of Shock in New Orleans.
GWAR's upcoming scheduled dates, which feature returning bassist Casey Orr (covering for Todd Evans), include:
3 - Arena - Vienna, Austria
4 - A38 - Budapest, Hungary
5 - Posthof - Linz, Austria
6 - Abaton - Prague, Czech Republic
7 - Talschock - Chemnitz, Germany
8 - Lindenpark - Potsdam, Germany
9 - Punkt - Warsaw, Poland
10 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
11 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
12 - Roxy - Flensburg, Germany
13 - Capitol - Hannover, Germany
14 - X - Herford, Germany
15 - Kulturfabrik - Krefeld, Germany
16 - Dynamo - Eindhoven, Netherlands
17 - Kulturfabrik - Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg
18 - Patronaat - Haarlem, The Netherlands
GWAR's latest album, Beyond Hell, is available through DRT Entertainment.
Gwar have posted the following tour dates on their myspace page:
Mar 09 Liverpool, UK at Carling Academy
Mar 10 Nottingham UK at Rock City
Mar 11 Manchester UK at Manchester Academy 2
Mar 12 Bradford UK at RIO
Mar 13 Wolverhampton, UK at Wulfrun Hall
Mar 14 Swansea, UK at Sin City
Mar 15 Bristol, UK at Bristol Bierkeller
Mar 16 London, UK at Mean Fiddler
Mar 17 Milton Keynes, UK at Woughton Centre
Mar 18 Hasselt, Belgium at Muziek-O-Droom
Mar 19 Reims, France at La Cartonnerie
Mar 20 Paris, France at La Locomotive
Mar 21 Limoges, France at To Be Determined
Mar 23 Lisbon, Portugal at Paradise Garage
Mar 24 Madrid/Granada, Spain at To Be Determined
Mar 25 Barcelona, Spain at TBD
Mar 26 Marseille, France at Jas Rod
Mar 27 Milan, Italy at Transilvania (Mi)
Mar 28 St. Gallen, Switzerland at Grabenhalle
Mar 29 Wiesbaden, Germany at Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Mar 30 Saarbrucken, Germany at Garage
Mar 31 Lindau, Germany at Club Vaudeville
Apr 01 Ludwigsburg, Germany at TBD
Apr 02 Munich, Germany at Backstage
Apr 03 Vienna, Austria at Arena
Apr 04 Budapest, Hungary at A 38
Apr 05 Linz, Austria at Posthof
Apr 06 Prague, Czech Republic at Abaton
Apr 07 Chemnitz, Germany at Talschock
Apr 08 Potsdam, Germany at Lindenpark
Apr 09 Warsaw, Poland at Punkt
Apr 10 Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
Apr 11 Copenhagen, Denmark at The Rock
Apr 12 Flensburg, Germany at Roxy
Apr 13 Hannover, Germany at Capitol
Apr 14 Herford, Germany at X
Apr 15 Krefeld, Germany at Kulturfabrik
Apr 16 Eindhoven, The Netherlands at Dynamo Rock & Metal Caf?
Apr 17 Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg at kulturfabrik
Apr 18 Haarlem, The Netherlands at Patronaat
AOL Music have nothing in the way of decent metal album streams this week, but they do have a couple of other features of interest. First, in the tradition of 'Spinal Tap,' Spinner counts down Rock 'N Roll's 15 Most Embarrassing Stage Antics. Next, Sara Interviews GWAR on The DL, which you can watch here.
Tony Foresta of MUNICIPAL WASTE was brutally hacked to pieces in a (fake) killing by GWAR members whilst on tour in Milwaukee on Halloween. Filmed at the RAVE in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Halloween 2006, the video can be seen here (or below). Also witness Ryan "the Handyman" on guitar, LandPhil as King Diamond and Dave Witte as the Marshmallow man from Ghostbusters. More...
God Forbid have announce that they will be doing a short tour with A Life Once Lost at the end of this month. The tour will include a performance at the Saints and Sinners Festival taking place in Asbury Park, NJ. God Forbid guitarist, Doc Coyle, has posted the following update from the road:
“We are very happy to be home from a great European run. Heaven Shall Burn, Maroon, Cataract, Purified in Blood, A Perfect Murder and Narziss were all great people and excellent bands. Some of my personal highlights on the tour were the last show in Essen (the biggest show and the crowd was rowdy as fuck), Denmark (where we were fortunate enough to play with the legendary Entombed) and Austria (where fuckers just lost their minds).”
“There were plans in place for a U.S. headlining tour to close out the year, but it’s been rescheduled for Jan.- Feb. We want to do at least one more U.S. run before we start working on another album. What better way to come back than to play a long set with the biggest, most elaborate show that God Forbid has ever has done! We should have a concrete announcement in the coming weeks. There hasn't been an American tour since June, so we are raring to go. Speaking of shows, in addition to the Saints and Sinners Festival we have two shows with our good friends in A Life Once Lost and Diecast that same weekend. These will probably be our last shows of the year, so be sure to make it out.”
Confirmed dates with A Life Once Lost are as follows:
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 27 - Orono, ME @ Ushuaia
October 29 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall
The mighty Scumdogs of the Universe, otherwise known as Gwar, invaded the Starland Ballroom of Sayreville, NJ this past Sunday, October the 15th. This Gwar conquest was the first of Gwar's that my friend and I had witnessed. Before Gwar began their set though, The Red Chord and Municipal Waste had the honors of the opening ceremony.
Municipal Waste started off. I had heard of them through a friend that directed me to their myspace page. From that, I knew that Municipal Waste was a decent band, but after watching them spread their toxic thrash, I must say that I was thoroughly impressed. Municipal Waste’s first two songs were only ok, but after that their intense energy and quality music got me into them. Municipal Waste impressed me at the end of their set by taking out a boogie board and the singer climbed on top of it as the crowd kept it up and he stood up on it and finished out the set on the boogie board, literally crowd surfing. I thought that would be a hard act to follow, but I knew Gwar was going to be able to; they’re intergalactic warriors after all. But before that, The Red Chord came on. More...
The following dates have been announced for Gwar's upcoming tour:
October 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Fun House
October 21 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 24 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
October 26 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's
October 27 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
October 28 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
October 29 - Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue Theatre
October 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
October 31 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
November 5 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
November 7 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
November 8 - Seattle, WA @ Fenix
November 9 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
November 10 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
November 11 - Bend, OR @ Midtown
November 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
November 15 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
November 20 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
November 22 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 24 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
November 25 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
November 26 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
November 27 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
December 1 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Gwar's tour also features Municipal Waste and The Red Chord