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Tales From The Pit: Gwar Defeats A Wall of Death

We've been talking to bands to hear their best pit stories and will be posting a new story every week in this new column dubbed "Tales From The Pit."

This week, we've got a tale from Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR:

"The greatest pit war at any GWAR show was at one of our first gigs at the legendary "City (shitty) Gardens" venue in Trenton. N.J.. We were pretty unknown at the time, but the promoter loved us, so we would show up on any number of weird bills. One month we were opening for Danzig's first show without the Misfits, the next we were playing with Murphy's Law at a huge skinhead show. That's where it happened. Despite Jimmy Gestapo's love of GWAR, the local crew didn't quite know what to make of us, and decided to see what we were made of by forming 'the wall of death.' We looked up about halfway though the set and saw the mosh pit clear, to be replaced by a huge line of bellicose skinheads, linking arms, facing the stage, and preparing to charge. We only had seconds to act as the screaming mob rushed us. The assault wasn't too well-planned and slammed into the front on the five foot stage where it dissolved into a writhing mass of boots, fists, and bald heads. Before they could figure out what to do next (could have taken years), they were met by a barrage of GWAR spew, applied liberally by the Sexecutioner, which completely drenched and befuddled them, rendering their "Wall of Death" into an impotent blob."

Stay tuned for a new tale from the pit next week, when we hear from Jono Garret, drummer for The Destro.

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Cattle Decapitation Announces 2009 Tour Dates

Cattle Decapitation has issued the following statement about their touring plans for 2009:

"We’ll be heading out on another headlining trek and FINALLY we’ll be doing a FULL CANADIAN TOUR!!! That’s right! Years in the making, hundreds of requests gone unfulfilled, Cattle Decapitation will be grinding its way from BC to Quebec! Along these dates we’ll be playing with bands like Psyopus, Rose Funeral, Woe of Tyrants and even a one off fest with our brothers in gore Suffocation! After that, we’ll be meeting up once again with the almighty GWAR!!! That part of the trek will also feature Priestess and it runs right into the one everyone’s been waiting for… The Blackened Fest featuring Mayhem, Marduk, our long-time friends Cephalic Carnage and Atlanta’s Withered! We’re excited to hear that Attila is back in Mayhem (look ma, no pig heads!) and to jam alongside Marduk & Cephalic again and look forward to sharing our brand of depravity with their fans!"

The band's tour schedule through June is as follows: More...

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Moonspell Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Candlemass
Carcass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Moonspell
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Carcass And Arch Enemy Added To Bloodstock 2009

Reunited British death metal legends Carcass and Swedish metallers Arch Enemy have both been named as the latest acts for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival. The festival takes place between August the fourteenth and sixteenth at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Candlemass
Carcass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Gwar Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Shock rock legends Gwar have been confirmed for this years edition of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England from August 14th-16th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Candlemass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Italian gothic metal act Lacuna Coil are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival is sold out and will take place between July 30th- August 1st.

The lineup for Wacken is now as follows: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH

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Gwar Announces North American Tour

Shock rock legends Gwar will be heading across North America this May. No word on support has been announced thus far.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 2 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Sports Complex
May 3 - Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
May 4 - Orono, ME @ 103 Ultra Lounge
May 5 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
May 7 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
May 8 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
May 9 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 10 - Traverse City, MI @ The Termnal (formerly Streeters)
May 11 - Dekalb, IL @ Otto’s Niteclub
May 12 - East Peoria, IL @ East Peoria Event Center
May 14 - Springfield, MO @ Remmington’s Downtown
May 15 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/ In
May 16 - Jackson, MS @ Club Fire
May 17 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
May 19 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
May 20 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

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Whiplash Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited American thrash metallers Whiplash are the latest act to be confirmed for Germany's infamous Wacken festival. The festival has already sold out and will be taking place between July 30th and August 1st.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
BORKNAGAR
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
DRAGONFORCE
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TESTAMENT
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO
WHIPLASH

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Kingdom Of Sorrow, the metal supergroup featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has been confirmed for Germany's famous Wacken Open Air. The festival organisers has announced that the festival is now sold out.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Motorhead Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Rock legends Motorhead are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's most famous heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Bullet For My Valentine Added To Wacken Open Air

Bullet For My Valentine has been announced as the latest addition to the infamous Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Volbeat Added To Wacken Open Air

Danish rock band Volbeat has been confirmed to perform at Germany's infamous, Wacken Open Air festival. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Napalm Death Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Godfathers of grindcore, Napalm Death are the latest act to be confirmed for the infamous Wacken Open Air festival in Germany next year. The lineup for the festival so far is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

Tickets include:

- free parking (for any vehicle like car, motorbike, camper van or caravan)
- free camping - right next to the vehicle for the W:O:A feeling (if the weather conditions are good enough).
- like always there are no limits as to how many drinks or how much food you may take to the parking and camping grounds
- only lawn, direct paths to the festival grounds (if the weather conditions are good enough)
- shuttle to the Wacken and Schenefeld swimming pools.
- rubbish will be collected and disposed of free of charge by us - no fee for you
- festival stickers
- free CD
- diverse top quality surprises = Full Metal Bag
- and much more......

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Type O Guitarist Joins Kingdom Of Sorrow On Tour

KINGDOM OF SORROW will be joined by Kenny Hickey of TYPE O NEGATIVE for a portion of dates on their upcoming North American tour with GWAR and label-mates TOXIC HOLOCAUST. Hickey will fill-in for Kirk Windstein, who will be on tour with DOWN in late October and November. Statements from Windstein, Hickey, and KOS's Jamey Jasta are below.

Kirk Windstein: "What's up everyone!? I just wanted to let you all know that we've found a GREAT fill in guitarist for yours truly, raging rocker and good friend Kenny Hickey of TYPE-O-NEGATIVE, and I couldn't be happier with the choice. He will be jamming with the young Jasta and crew during the first half of the GWAR tour so please go out and support KINGDOM OF SORROW while I am fulfilling my duties with DOWN. I wish I could rock in two places at once but my 1 priority is DOWN right now, we are touring with METALLICA and there's no way in hell I would miss that.

"I will however be playing the first couple of shows and the last leg of the tour with KINGDOM OF SORROW though, so don't fret! Come out and rock with us and buy the old one a cold one!!!"

Kenny Hickey: "About 2 weeks ago I was bitching to my daughter about how I needed to get back on the road - been home long enough and needed to break out. At that moment I received a text message from my friend Jamey Jasta. To my amazement he was asking me to hit the road with him with his new band KINGDOM OF SORROW! I would be filling in for Kirk whom I've known for years - way back to the beginning of the CROWBAR, TYPE O, PANTERA days. On top of that, TYPE O and HATEBREED had just finished tearing a hole through the states on a 7 week co-headlining tour which was over the top insanity and fun. I went out that next day and bought the Kingdom of Sorrow record and was sold immediately. I'm in boys.
We're gonna kick a hole in the universe!"

Jamey Jasta: "When DOWN was first confirmed on the METALLICA tour I really thought we would just have to cancel the GWAR run but Kirk INSISTED that I push on without him and do what's right for the fans and for KINGDOM OF SORROW. When faced with finding a suitable replacement for Kirk, Kenny Hickey instantly came to mind and I could not be happier that he is available and stoked to tour with us. I must say that Kenny is one of the most talented and underrated players out there in the rock / metal world and I had the time of my life touring with TYPE O this past summer.
We're pumped to be able to perform with KINGDOM OF SORROW in so many cities across the USA and Canada! Thanks for the support and we'll see you at the shows!"

Additionally, KINGDOM OF SORROW has announced a number of headlining dates leading up to the GWAR tour. The band will headline shows on their way to Florida to meet up with GWAR and TOXIC HOLOCAUST for the massive 12-week North American tour, hitting over 70 cities all across Canada and the U.S. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

Here are the latest KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates: More...

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Toxic Holocaust Posts New Song Online

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has posted a new preview track, "Endless Armageddon", from their Relapse debut, "An Overdose Of Death...". This track, as well as "Gravelord" and "War Is Hell" also taken from the upcoming full-length, can be heard now via the band's MySpace page. "An Overdose Of Death..." is set for a September 2nd North American release date, September 8th internationally.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST have also begun work on their first-ever music video, for "An Overdose Of Death..." track "Wild Dogs." This video is being shot in Seattle, WA with director Ryan Short and the King of Hearts Productions crew.

Additionally, TOXIC HOLOCAUST recently announced that they will join GWAR and KINGDOM OF SORROW for an extensive North American tour this fall. This 50+ date tour will kick off in early October and wrap-up by late-December. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below with many more to be announced soon.

Here are the latest TOXIC HOLOCAUST tour dates: More...

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Gwar And Kingdom Of Sorrow To Tour

Gwar have announced a fall tour of North America on which they will be joined by Kingdom Of Sorrow and Toxic Holocaust.

The initial dates are as follows:

October 5 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store
October 8 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
October 14 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
October 25 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

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Headliners Announced For Rock and Shock Fest

While no real news has surfaced about the 5th annual Rock and Shock festival, which takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, the headliners have quietly been added to the venue's website. The festival will go from Friday, October 10th to Sunday October 12th. The bands announced for Friday are: Children Of Bodom, Between The Buried And Me, and Obituary. The bands for Saturday are GWAR and Mushroomhead. The only band listed for Sunday is Insane Clown Posse.

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Gwar Announces Tour Dates

GWAR have lined up the following upcoming shows:

May 22 - Nashville, TN @ City Hall
May 23 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
May 24 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 25 - Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s
May 27 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
May 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 29 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
May 30 - Richmond, VA @ The National
May 31 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont
September 4 - Tokyo, JPN @ Studio Coast
September 5 - Tokyo, JPN @ Studio Coast
September 7 - Osaka, JPN @ T.B.A.

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Working Class Rock Star To Premier In Toronto

Unstable Ground will be premiering the long-awaited documentary Working Class Rock Star in Toronto, Ontario at the Bloor Cinema on June 9.

Working Class Rock Star follows the lives of three bands at different points in their musical careers; Tub Ring (Chicago, IL), Bloodshoteye (Leamington, ON), and 3 Mile Scream (Montreal, QC). The documentary features interviews with Lamb of God, Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Unearth, The Haunted, Arch Enemy, and more.

Following the film, Inertia Entertainment will co-host a concert featuring Polkadot Cadaver (ex-members of Dog Fashion Disco), Bloodshoteye, and No Assembly Required at the Annex Wreck Room, 794 Bathurst St., Toronto. Doors at 9PM.

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Bassist Todd Evans Quits Gwar

Todd Evans, talented musician and portrayer of Beefcake the Mighty, bass player for the legendary GWAR, has announced that he is leaving the band after five years of invaluable service. Yearning for his true instrument, guitar warrior Todd will continue to jam with his new group, MOBILE DEATHCAMP.

Todd was without a doubt the most physically intimidating Beefcake GWAR has ever known, and truly made the character his own with his sharp with and broad acting range.

MOBILE DEATHCAMP will reportedly hit the road this summer as one of the support acts for GREEN JELLŸ, the resurrected American comedy heavy metal/punk rock band.

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