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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
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 :
|3||1||SYL||The New Black||4||1|
|4||4||All That Remains||The Fall of Ideals||4||2|
|5||6||The Human Abstract||Nocturne||3||5|
|6||-||Bury Your Dead||Beauty & The Breakdown||2||6|
|8||5||Unearth||III: The Eyes Of Fire||3||5|
|10||7||Shadows Fall||Fallout From The War||4||1|
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:
|2||1||Unearth||The Glorious Nightmare||3||1|
|4||3||The Human Abstract||Crossing the Rubicon||2||2|
|5||4||Mastodon||The Wolf Is Loose||2||4|
|6||9||Shadows Fall||Will To Rebuild||4||1|
|8||6||Lamb of God||Redneck||4||2|
|9||7||All That Remains||This Calling||2||7|
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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)
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!"
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.
The new additions are: More...
Last year marked the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial Ozzfest. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2nd, 2005, and with it came almost 5000 fans. Metal bands like A Life Once Once Lost and Strapping Young Lad hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like Madball and Throwdown in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat. As the sun began to set, stalwarts like Chimaira, Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1, which will hit streets on June 20th.
DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day's festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious 'guest interview' segments from members of GWAR, Every Time I Die and Throwdown. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (Lamb of God's Killadelphia).
Featuring live performances from:
All That Remains
A Life Once Lost
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Every Time I Die
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God
Sounds of the Underground is rapidly taking shape. Tickets will be available through a pre-sale via Artist Arena on April 11 at noon local times. Tickets go on sale to the public April 15th (some exceptions), check local listings.
This year, the extravaganza will begin on July 8th in Cleveland, Ohio and run for the better part of the summer.
As was previously announced this years powerhouse lineup consists of; 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. SOTU is excited to have some special guests join the tour in select cities. Killswitch Engage will join in Mansfield, MA on July 14. Joining SOTU for the Phoenix and San Diego shows only are new American metal pioneers Shadows Fall, modern metalcore band It Dies Today, and Still Remains. Starting in Orlando, FL on July 19, Jacksonville 's own true hardcore champions Evergreen Terrace have been added to the majority of the tour.
Now on board; Tour Sponsor Jagermeister (for the 2nd year), and Online Sponsors: Digital Metal, Lambgoat and Download Punk have been added as event sponsors, joining the rest of the entrepreneurial powers that be who view Sounds of the Underground as the new definitive voice for independent metal festivals.
The organizers for this year's Sounds of the Underground Tour; Paul Conroy and Carl Severson of Ferret Music, Tim Borror, Larry Mazer of Entertainment Services, with National Promoter House of Blues along with partners Metal Blade, Trustkill and Prosthetic Records, The Syndicate, Music Choice, and tour sponsors Hot Topic, Revolver Magazine, Eulogy Recordings.
Dates of THE 2006 Sounds Of The Underground Festival are as follows (subject to change):
July 08 CLEVELAND, OH PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION
July 09 CHICAGO, IL 1ST MIDWEST BANK AMP. PARKING LOT
July 11 TORONTO, ON MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE
July 12 MONTREAL, QC METROPOLIS ***
July 13 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER
July 14 MANSFIELD, MA TWEETER CENTER PARKING LOT
July 15 SAYREVILLE, NJ STARLAND BALLROOM OUTSIDE
July 16 CAMDEN, NJ TWEETER WATERFRONT
July 17 WASHINGTON DC MERRIWEATHER PAVILLION
July 19 ORLANDO, FL TINKER FIELD
July 21 HOUSTON, TX VERIZON WIRELESS THEATRE
July 22 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX CONCRETE ST. AMPHITHEATRE
July 23 SAN ANTONIO, TX VERIZON WIRELESS AMP. PARKING LOT
July 26 MESA, AZ MESA AMPHITHEATRE *****
July 27 LAS VEGAS, NV HOUSE OF BLUES ***
July 28 SAN DIEGO, CA Venue TBA *****
July 29 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA SHORELINE AMP. PARKING LOT
July 31 DENVER, CO UNIVERSAL LENDING PAVILION
August 02 SAUGET, IL POP'S OUTSIDE
August 03 STERLING HEIGHTS, MI FREEDOM HILL AMPHITHEA
August 04 MILWAUKEE, WI EAGLES BALLROOM
August 05 MINNEAPOLIS, MN ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM
August 06 WINNIPEG, MB CONVENTION CENTRE
August 07 SASKATOON, SK CREDIT UNION CENTER
August 08 EDMONTON, AB NORTHLANDS AGRICOM
August 10 VANCOUVER, BC THE PNE FORUM
August 12 LOS ANGELES, CA GIBSON UNIVERSAL AMPHITHEATRE
PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION in Cleveland, OH was formally Scene Pavilion
July 14 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE special guest appearance
***AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, GWAR, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TERROR & BLACK DAHLIA MURDER only ( Montreal, QC and Las Vegas, NV )
***** SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY & STILL REMAINS special guest appearance ( Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA )
KCUF, the new project of Crazy "White" Sean (Ex-GWAR roadie) and former Snot/Amen/Lo-Pro bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock, will release their debut on February 21st via 313 Recordings/Corporate Punishment Records. The album titled 'Modern Primitive Punk' includes guest appearances from Shavo Odajian (System of a Down), Sid "DJ Starscream" Wilson (Skipknot) and James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn). Audio is available on from the band's MySpace page.
UPDATE: You can also check out the track "Bloodbath" (featuring Shavo of System of a Down on guitar and Tumor from Snot/Amen on Bass) on the Corporate Punishment Records Myspace page.
Sean says "KCUF was just a project I had in my head for a long time, and I hooked up with Tumor and T-Shirt (AKA Jeff Myers, also one a significant musical contributor to the record), and they helped bring it to life,”he says remembering how the project came together. “And from doing my Freakshow thing, I'd meet all the touring bands that come through Europe and a lot of them became friends, so I just asked them to be involved. A lot of people have called it a "side-project", or whatever, but it is what it is. It's just a record we made for fun, and asked some of our friends to come jam on."
The result is Modern Primitive Punk, a fiery punk-thrash explosion much more akin to the likes of DRI, SOD, and the Circle Jerks than the modern metal styles one would expect from such a collaboration.
According to Tumor, it comes as a result of growing up with a musically mixed background. " I can speak for myself that I really am not trying to appeal to any one genre. I grew up, and it’s safe to say the same for Sean, with both sides of the coin. I mean one minute I was headbanging to Judas Priest and the next I was worshipping bands like DRI, SOD or DEAD KENNEDYS."
According to MTV.com, As I Lay Dying, Gwar, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Terror, the Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead are all confirmed to take part in the second Sounds of the Underground Tour.
The Sounds of the Underground organizers are taking a different approach to this summer's festival by keeping the number of bands on the bill down and extending the length of set times. Last year most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.
While dates for the trek — including the official launch date — are still being worked out, SOTU will return to Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Texas, New England and western Canada. Tickets will go on sale in late March.
More bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Shocker Toys announces they have acquired the rights to produce GWAR action figures in Shockini form and 6-8 inch fully sculpted figures. Oderus Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Beefcake the Mighty, Jizmak Da Gusha and Balsac the Jaws of Death will be featured in the set based off of their GWAR characters. Under a license from GWAR, the GWAR action figures will retail for around $15 and will be available at specialty stores and mass retailers in Summer of 2006. Each figure will come with plenty of murderous accessories and a GWAR comic book. Also to be produced will be Shockini versions of GWAR shrunk down into 3 inch block figures.
GWAR is a satirical thrash metal/punk band formed in 1985-1986 by a group of artists and musicians at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The band is perhaps best known for their elaborate sci-fi/horror film inspired costumes, raunchy lyrics, and graphic stage performances.
RIGOR MORTIS have announced their first shows together in 15 years. The band will head out as part of the "Re-Animate Tour" which will include a number of dates throughout Texas and performances in Arkansas, and New York. More shows are expected to be announced for St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Worcester, Richmond, Spartanburg, and Atlanta. The band's lineup is as follows:
Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS)
Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS)
Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA)
There are also tentative plans for the band continue touring after the first of the year, which would then be followed by a new album.
Dates are as follows for the "Re-Animate Tour":
October 21 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
October 22 - Dallas, TX @ The Galaxy
October 23 - San Antonio, TX @ Jacks
October 24 - San Marcos, TX @ Lucy's
October 28 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
October 29 - Ft. Worth, TX @ The Axis
October 31 - Fayetteville, AK @ The Dart Room
November 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Northsix
February 4-5 - Grapevine, TX @ Grapevine Convention Center