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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Lamb of God Confirmed Headliner For SotU Tour

I didn't think this was a secret or anything, but LAMB OF GOD has been confirmed as the headliner for 2005 SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds of the Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour- this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

Joining LAMB OF GOD will be:

CLUTCH
POISON THE WELL
OPETH
UNEARTH
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
CHIMAIRA
GWAR
EVERY TIME I DIE
NORMA JEAN
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THROWDOWN
HIGH ON FIRE
MADBALL
TERROR
DEVILDRIVER
A LIFE ONCE LOST
ALL THAT REMAINS
THE RED CHORD
FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES

Sounds of the Underground 2005 Tour Dates are as follows:

6/25 - Lowell, MA - Paul E Tsongas Arena
6/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
6/28 - Pontiac, MI - Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre
6/30 - Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
7/01 - Portsmouth, VA - Harbor Center Pavilion
7/02 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Parking Lot
7/03 - Montreal, QC - Stade Uniprix
7/04 - Mississauga, ON - Arrow Hall
7/05 - Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
7/07 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Theatre @ Target Center
7/08 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center Parking Lot
7/09 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
7/10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Village
7/12 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Lot
7/13 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field
7/15 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center Lot
7/16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheatre
7/19 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
7/20 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
7/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena Lot
7/23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre Lot
7/25 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field Event Center
7/26 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
7/28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
7/29 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
7/31 - Denver, CO- Universal Lending Pavilion

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Devin Townsend Band To Enter Studio In August

Canadian madman Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) has booked off half of August and all of September to record the new Devin Townsend Band album. It is tentatively called "Sychestra" (changed from from the previously announced "Human"). The Devin Townsend Band DVD will likely be released as a bonus disc with the album and not independently. Like in 2003, Devin thinks that the two records will artistically complement as well as contradict one another.

In related news, Strapping Young Ladbassist Byron Stroud will be back with Fear Factory for the Gigantour in the USA, featuring Megadeth, Dream Theater, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Meanwhile, Will Campagna has returned as Strapping Young Lad's keyboard player and will be joining them on the upcoming Sounds of the Underground tour beginning in late June. This tour is different in that it starts in the morning and the bands are separated into three tiers, rotating order within each tier for each performance. SYL are in Tier 2 and are scheduled to play somewhere between 3 and 6 p.m. each date. Somewhere between Tier 2 and 3, there will be a special "half-time show" performance by GWAR.

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Jagermeister Sponsors Sounds of the Underground

Known for working with some of the heaviest bands in metal music, Jagermeister Liqueur is very pleased to announce its sponsorship of this summer's Sounds of the Underground Tour. This new tour, produced by House of Blues in partnership with the Sounds of the Underground LLC, brings together some of the world's most hard-hitting and uncompromising metal and hard-core acts ever. Sounds of the Underground begins on June 25th in Lowell, Massachusetts and continues through July 31st in Denver, Colorado.

Look for the Jagermeister Lounge, a state-of-the-art inflatable lounge equipped with air-conditioning.* Did we just say air-conditioning? Yes, that's right! Air-conditioning! This lounge was created specifically for Sounds of the Underground and will definitely be a hit when the temperature rises. Stop by for some Jager giveaways!** Meet the world-famous Jagerettes! And check this out: each day the Jagermeister Lounge will host band signings. Come chill out with Jagermeister and meet members of Clutch, Chimaira, GWAR, DevilDriver, Unearth, Every Time I Die, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos, and more.

A longtime sponsor of up-and-coming bands as well as some of hard rock's heaviest acts, Jagermeister is pumped to be a part of Sounds of the Underground. "When we saw some of the acts on this Tour, we knew we had to be a part of it," says Lee Einsidler, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., the importers of Jagermeister Liqueur. "The Sounds of the Underground Tour brings together some of music's hardest acts in a Tour that really caters to fans, and Jagermeister needs to be there, too."

For more about Jagermeister and its music programs, visit
http://www.jager.com or http://www.jagermusic.com. For more about The Sounds of the Underground Tour, visit http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.

* Must be 21 or older to enter the Jagermeister Lounge.

** Must be 21 or over to be eligible for prizes. Giveaways and sweepstakes prizes are subject to state and local laws and are not available in California and may not be available at other shows.

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Second SOTU Tour Pre-Sale Starts April 12

Sounds of the Underground Tour, which features Clutch, Gwar, Lamb of God, Opeth, Unearth, Strapping Young Lad, All that Remains, The Red Chord, DevilDriver and many others, will run through the US and Canada this summer. The second internet pre-sale will be April 12th starting at 4pm EST at tix.artistarena.com/soundsoftheunderground.

The following shows will be available:

Jun. 25 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena - public on sale April 16
Jun. 26 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier - public on sale April 16
Jul. 03 Montreal, QC Stade Uniprix - public on sale April 16
Jul. 04 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 05 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion - public on sale April 16
Jul. 12 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys - public on sale April 22
Jul. 13 Orlando, FL Tinker Field - public on sale April 16
Jul. 15 Dallax, TX Smirnoff Parking Lot - public on sale April 22
Jul. 20 Phoenix, AX Mesa Amphitheatre - public on sale April 16
Jul. 26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum - public on sale April 16
Jul. 28 Edmonton, AB Rexhall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 29 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Center - public on sale April 16

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Gwar To Release Live Album In May

Goop-spewing gimmick rockers Gwar will release a live album on May 31 called Live From Mt. Fuji. The enhanced CD will contain 12 live cuts, including "Bring Back the Bomb," "Horror of Yg," "Krosstika," "Sick of You," "Womb With a View" and "Immortal Corruptor."

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Sounds of the Underground Presale Info

Sounds of the Underground is offering the "internet community" a presale. Tickets will be available before they go on sale to the general public at this link. Also service fees will be lower than most outlets.

The current Sounds of the Underground lineup is:

Clutch
Opeth
Poison the Well
Chimaira
Norma Jean
Unearth
Madball
Every Time I Die
High on Fire
Throwdown
Terror
Strapping Young Lad
All that Remains
A Life Once Lost
The Red Chord
Fear Before the March of Flames
Devil Driver
With very special guests GWAR and one more headliner to be announced

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More Details On Sounds Of The Underground Tour

A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground summer festival tour. The bill will hit the road in North America in late June and run through late July.

With organizers promising the addition of a notable headlining act, others already confirmed for the full tour are From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and veteran horrorcore group Gwar, which will present a "halftime show."

Madball has been drafted for the eastern half of the tour, with Terror picking up on Western dates. Regional additions include the Red Chord (East Coast), Fear Before The March Of Flames (Midwest, Southeast) and Himsa (West).

"This tour will show the masses that real music is alive and well," Unearth's Trevor Phipps says. "The Sounds of the Underground will prove that you don't need 'pop-culture' to embrace your sound and way of life."

The tour is being produced by Face the Music Touring agent Tim Borror, Ferret label executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret label owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. The group has pledged to keep ticket prices below $30.

Dates for the trek have not yet been announced. The Sounds of the Underground Tour website will launch soon with full details.

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Sounds of the Underground Tour To Rival Ozzfest

The "Sounds of the Underground Tour" will rival Ozzfest and tickets will range from $20- $25. Bands include:

Lamb of God(main stage headliner)
Gwar (second stage headliner)
Unearth
Opeth
Chimaria
Clutch
All That Remains
Norma Jean
Poison the Well
Throwdown
Strapping Young Lad
A Life Once Lost
Devildriver
Every Time I Die
Terror / Madball (half of the tour each)


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Gwar Announce Second Leg Tour Dates

GWAR have announced a second leg of their highly successful "Mock the Vote" tour. The band embarked on a huge national tour in October upon the release of their latest effort, "War Party", bringing bone-crushing riffs and a dark and hilarious stage show to fans across the U.S. and Canada. The band's first album of new material in over three years, "War Party" has also proven to be one of their most lauded by critics and fans alike, recently hitting #5 on CMJ's Loud Rock chart, #18 on CMJ's Crucial Spins chart and #3 at FMQB.

"War Party" was recorded at Wreckroom Studios in Richmond, Va. (home of the Slave Pit), and mixed at the Chop Shop in NYC by producer Glen Robinson, who worked with the band on their classic third album, "America Must Be Destroyed". More...

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Dave Brockie Of GWAR Comments On Dimebag's Death

In a recent interview with StyleWeekly.com, GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Ungurus) was asked how he feels about the recent Ohio shootings of former PANTERA guitarist Darrell Abbott and three others.

"It's an incredible tragedy, a disaster, but the metal community will rally and be stronger because of it," he said. "Darrell touched and influenced so many people, he's gained immortal status. But it's not surprising shit like this happens when you live in a country where getting guns is as easy as getting a loaf of bread.

"Nobody is untouchable, whether you're a rock star or a goddamned crackhead. Everyone here is devastated. The night it happened we found out the second song into our set and just went on autopilot. For the encore we took off our costumes and dedicated a song to Darrell. And we’re doing something tonight in Dallas [his hometown]."

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All That Remains To Play With Danzig, Eyes Of Fire

All That Remains are playing a show with Danzig and Eyes of Fire at The Key Club in West Hollywood, CA on December 29th. They come on at 8PM.

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Gwar Report From Vancouver, BC

On November 24, Gwar played a sold-out show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC, along with All That Remains and Dying Fetus. I have never seen any of the bands live before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially Gwar. I have heard stories about Gwar’s shows but it’s just not the same as experiencing it yourself. More...

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Watch Gwar's 'War Party' Video Online

Gwar are out with the video to their new single 'War Party', from their album of the same name. You can watch it online in Real or Windows Media formats.

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Gwar To Live On Forever

Chart Attack has posted the following article on Gwar:

Gwar lead singer Oderous Urungus is pissed. Well, it’s actually the man behind the mask — Dave Brockie — who’s steaming. The grizzly crooner has been dealing with naysayers for far too long. After nearly two decades of slugging it out in a big rubber suit as a "giant mutant marauder from outer space" playing heavy metal to worthless humans, he’s sick of his theatrical rock band’s blood, sweat and tears getting relegated to the status of mere "gimmick."

"Gwar is funny but it’s a gimmick that gets old? Fuck off," he grunts. "Every band has a gimmick whether you’re pretending you’re outer space mutants or you’re dudes with long hair and bullet belts. Our shtick is way more versatile because while the dudes with bullet belts and long hair are going bald and getting fat, I’m climbing into my air conditioned Oderous Urungus murder suit. And quite honestly, the fatter I get, the more the fans like it! We have as much to do with Cats [the musical] as we do with Black Sabbath. It’s a theatrical production — way-off Broadway theatre brought to you in a punk rock/metal venue."

Strangely enough, only now does Brockie see a true future for Gwar. He never expected that what started out as a gag would see him doused in blood and singing about dead babies nightly for the rest of his life, but thanks to the vitality of War Party, he has even more grandiose plans.

"We will hand Gwar down. I’m dead fuckin’ serious… either to other performers or people that we breed ourselves in great vats underneath the Slave Pit. Gwar will be a band that lasts forever thanks to this Second Coming, if you will. The biggest days of Gwar are in front of us and we have no intention of stopping our assault until we’ve brought the human race to its knees."

Read the full article at Chart Attack.

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Gwar Set Album Title, Announce Headlining Tour

GWAR have set "War Party" as the title of their new album, due on October 26 through DRT Entertainment. The long-awaited follow-up to 2001's "Violence Has Arrived" was recorded at Wreckroom Studios in Richmond, Va. and was mixed at the Chop Shop in NYC. Handling the production duties was Glen Robinson, who worked with the band on their classic third album, "America Must Be Destroyed". Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Krosstika", "Decay of Granduer" and "War Party".

GWAR will kick off a national headlining tour on October 26 in Norfolk, VA. Support at all dates will come from DYING FETUS.

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Gwar Announces Album Release Date

Gwar have set October 26th to be the release date for the band's forthcoming album, due out on DRT Entertainment. A full US tour will follow.

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Watch Them Die To Film Sadist Ways Video

Oakland-based purveyors of aggression Watch Them Die will be shooting a video for their song "Sadist Ways" in the Los Angeles area on August 21.

As previously reported, Watch Them Die will embark on a national U.S. tour alongside Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation and Goatwhore this summer. The trek kicks off on July 25 and wraps up on August 19. The group have just returned home after completing a highly successful run with Gwar, which also included a limited number of dates with Darkest Hour.

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Gwar Line Up April/May Tour Dates

GWAR have lined up some shows for April/May. They have begun preliminary work on the follow-up to 2001's "Violence Has Arrived", tentatively due later in the year.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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