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Special Guests Announced For SOTU 2007

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."

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SOTU 2007 Lineup and Tour Dates Announced

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...

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Chimaira Announce SOTU 2007 Participation

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.

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Gwar Confirm Headlining Slot On SotU 2007 Tour

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!”

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Watch Gwar's 'Eight Lock' Video Online

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:

April
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.

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Gwar Announce European Tour Dates

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

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This Week's AOL Metal Features

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.

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Watch Gwar Hack Up Municipal Waste

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...

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God Forbid Announce Tour and Plans for 2007

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

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Scumdogs of the Universe, Gwar, Invade NJ

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...

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More Gwar Tour Dates

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

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This Week In Metal - August 31st, 2006 *Late*

Im aware of the fact that its a little late, and pushed closely together with TWIM for 9-8-06 but nonetheless I would hate to see you guys miss out on a week of news. So without further ado the records chart courtesy of CMJ :


RankL/WBandAlbumWeeksPeak
13HatebreedSupremecy21
22SlayerChrist Illusion 32
31SYLThe New Black41
44All That RemainsThe Fall of Ideals42
56The Human AbstractNocturne35
6-Bury Your DeadBeauty & The Breakdown26
7 *GwarBeyond Hell17
85UnearthIII: The Eyes Of Fire35
94VoivodKatorz36
107Shadows FallFallout From The War41

Hatebreed becomes our third #1 ever, beyond Shadows Fall and SYL. It is amazing for them as a band to completly jump Slayer. All That Remains maybe just hitting stride in their young career, the success of this album and the sales and touring they are doing are pushing them over the top of their genre. Bury Your Dead returns to the chart with strong sales following a bouncey chart release. And the boys from Shadows Fall look like their run of 4 weeks in the chart might end as they slip to the #10 slot.

Onto the singles, courtesy of MusicMatch:

RankL/WBandSongWeeksPeak
15Stone Sour30-30/15041
21UnearthThe Glorious Nightmare31
38SYLYou Suck33
43The Human AbstractCrossing the Rubicon22
54MastodonThe Wolf Is Loose24
69Shadows FallWill To Rebuild41
7-BTBAMMalpractice17
86Lamb of GodRedneck42
97All That RemainsThis Calling27
1010SlayerCult31

Not much change to the charts other then that of Stone Sour resurging to the #1 slot after never reaching it within the first four weeks. Between The Buried and Me makes a debut with Malpractice and the bottom of the chart holds strong with Slayer staying in the #10 slot. All four #1's in the charts 4 weeks remain, including the only 2 songs to be on all 4 weeks.

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Gwar To Be First Band On Tom Green Live

GWAR will make rock’n’roll history by being the first band to ever perform on Tom Green Live this Thursday, August 24th. This match made in heaven (or hell depending on your take on the pairing!) will be filmed Live from Tom Green’s house in Hollywood and will be broadcast on tomgreen.com and maniatv.com LIVE at 11pm (EST).

GWAR has recently finished a successful tour on Sounds Of The Underground to a well received audience across the US and Canada.

Their highly anticipated album, "Beyond Hell" will be released just days from now on August 29th. The video for GWAR’s cover of the Alice Cooper classic “School’s Out” made its debut on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball on Saturday and is currently in rotation.

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Gwar, The Red Chord, Municipal Waste Tour Dates

The first batch of dates for Gwar's upcoming tour with The Red Chord and Municipal Waste has been revealed. Here are the tour dates:

10/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/14 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/15 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/16 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
10/17 Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
10/20 Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
10/22 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
10/23 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11/1 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/3 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Th./Church

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Gwar and The Red Chord Announce Tour Dates

GWAR, THE RED CHORD, and MUNICIPAL WASTE will be teaming up for a fall tour. The first dates to be released are as follows:

October 16 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
October 20 - Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winters
October 23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

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Buy First Edition Gwar Action Figures Online

As of yesterday the Beef Cake the Mighty Exclusive will be available online to those who could not make the trek out to San Diego this year. There is no limit set yet per customer and they are going fast. You can view a more detailed image of the figure right here sculpted by Justice Joseph! Wave1 of the GWAR action figures will be expected to hit stores this fall including Oderus, Beefcake and Techno. They will feature a slave, an ice base, an instrument and a weapon; pictures of wave1 here.

Keep watching Shockertoys.com for more updates on Indie Spotlight and GWAR! Be sure to check out The Gauntlet's GWAR photos from Sounds of the Underground

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Gwar E-Card of 'Beyond Hell' Available

GWAR has been pretty busy this summer, most notably destroying town after town on the Sounds of the Underground tour. The band is set to release their most crushing release yet, "Beyond Hell", on August 29th via DRT Entertainment. An e-card has been made available streaming four tracks off the upcoming album at this location. There will also be a deluxe limited edition released of the album, which includes expanded artwork and behind-the-scenes footage, as seen on the SlavePit TV weekly summer web series at this location. The DVD was produced by the New York-based video staff of "Metal Injection", and includes, for the first time, behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the new costumes, as well as hilarious footage of GWAR in the studio recording with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD)

The band recently shot a video for the lead single off the record, a cover of ALICE COOPER's "School's Out". The video should be available shortly, but in the meantime, director David Brodsky of My Good Eye has made photos/screen caps from the video available here.

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Gwar To Get Own Line Of Action Figures

This August, Shocker toys will unleash a powerful force onto the sleepy little inhabitants of this plastic buying world. That force is called GWAR!! Like any good army, GWAR will send out some advance scouts to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont... just to freak out the Cosplay kids. Sculpted by Justice Joseph, we present the GWAR: First Assault Edition Beef Cake the Mighty Exclusive Resin Figure!! When asked for a comment, Geoff Beckett replied "No, no. We couldn't possibly make the name any longer." Be sure to hunt down Shocker Toys at the Wizard World Chicago Con this year at booth# 636 and get your GWAR while it lasts! (limited to 80pcs) On hand will also be the Wizard World Skeleton Shockini: Undead Scalper exclusive (limited to 200pcs)

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Gwar's Cover of Alice Cooper Available Online

Oderous Urungus, lead singer of GWAR, recently posted a message on the DRT Entertainment web site where he discussed the band's upcoming album, titled "Beyond Hell", covering an ALICE COOPER song, working with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), and SlavePit TV. Here is what he had to say:

"OK, scum, it is I, Oderus Urungus, overlord of Toilet Earth and lead singer of the most dangerous band on this or any other planet — GWAR! Here to give you a quick update/review on the upcoming events and disasters that are set to plague this planet in the wake of GWAR's latest assault upon your sense and sensibility!

"First off, it's DONE! 'Beyond Hell', our latest and greatest studio release to date, is mixed and mastered and ready to drop on your heads! Produced by the amazing Devin Townsend, I can say with utmost confidence that this one is going to take yer fucking head off! The record doesn't get released til' August, but that is not going to stop us from letting you hear the first single from the album. That's right, we actually have done a single for radio play in a desperate attempt to expand GWAR's dominion of this world to the FM airwaves!

"But what's this you say? That GWAR's music is simply TOO FUCKED UP to ever make it on the radio — well, yer right! And that's why, for the first time in GWAR history, we have covered someone else's music! But not just anybody! Nobody less than ALICE COOPER, who is rumored to be a Scumdog himself! GWAR pays homage to the original master of shock rock, with a bone-crushing version of his most famous song — that's right, GWAR has covered 'School's Out' [download MP3] as the anthem of the summer and the rallying cry for legions of fed-up drop-outs everywhere. Demand it from your local lame-ass radio station all summer long, and hear us play it live on the mammoth Sounds of the Underground tour, coming soon to a burning city near you!

"And just to catch you up on the various other GWAR activities, Slave Pit Television is going strong, with new chapters being added every week! The new video, 'Bloodbath and Beyond', will be out this summer!

"As I mentioned earlier, we will be dominating the Sounds of the Underground tour all summer, and then this fall go on a HUGE headline tour. Plus I've had my pet hemmorhoid 'Blinky' replaced with several more that are even nastier. Rejoice children, it's almost time — GWAR will amongst you soon!"

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Machine Head To Play Select Dates On SOTU Tour

Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.

The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.

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