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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:


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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:


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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:


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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H.I.M. Singer To Judge Get In The Ring

HIM's iconic singer, Ville Valo, will be joining us - and many of you - at Get In The Ring II with Kwari at the Forum in London on 11th Dec.

Ville will join Oderus Urungus from GWAR at Metal Hammer's fight night, where four bands get in the ring to see who is the better band.

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Gwar Frontman To Host "Get In The Ring"

Oderus Urungus, frontman for US gore-metallers GWAR, has been confirmed as compere of Metal Hammer's Get In The Ring II.

Taking place at London's Kentish Town Forum on December 11, GITR is back for another four round rock and metal championship. The live battle will feature Caveman death metallers Goat The Head, Huddersfield thrashers Evile, Swedish metallers Engel and British hardnuts Viking Skull.

For your chance to bag a pair of tickets, simply email us the answer to the following question:

Which band had a song called 'Get In The Ring'?

a) Metallica
b) Megadeth
c) Guns N Roses

Email us at metalhammer@futurenet.co.uk, and donÂ’t forgot to put GITR in the subject line

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3 Inches Of Blood Announce Tour With Gwar

On October 9, Canadian metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD released an exclusive digital-only three-song EP, "Trial of Champions". The EP features the title track, B-side "Key to Oblivion" and "In the Time of Job When Mannon Was a Yippie", a unique interpretation of the song originally performed by LUCIFER'S FRIEND. "Key to Oblivion" is a B-side track from the recording sessions for their recent Roadrunner Records full-length release, "Fire Up the Blades", produced by Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT). The digital-only EP can be found via iTunes and other online outlets.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD is currently on tour with SHADOWS FALL and DIVINE HERESY, continuing to rally up legions of the Goatriders Horde. The band will head over to the UK and Spain for several early November performances, returning to the U.S. on November 18 for a North American tour with GWAR. The tour will also include a hearty mix of eclectic acts such as HORSE THE BAND, THE END and MENSREA. Concluding on December 6, the quaint tour will stir up a much-needed dose of sanity for the holiday madness!


Nov. 19 - Big Easy - Boise, ID
Nov. 20 - Midtown Ballroom - Bend, OR
Nov. 23 - Majestic Ventura Theatre - Ventura, CA
Nov. 28 - Blue Cats - Knoxville, TN *
Nov. 30 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Dec. 01 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
Dec. 03 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC
Dec. 06 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

*Off-date; 3 INCHES OF BLOOD headline, THE END support

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The End Announce More Tour Dates With Gwar

THE END will join GWAR for a November US tour, filling out The End’s tour schedule through the remainder of the year.

The End will be on the road for the next three months consecutively starting today, September 28th, as they join BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, HORSE THE BAND, and ANIMOSITY for a five-week US tour.

Immediately following, The End and HORSE THE BAND will join GWAR on their month-long headlining tour. Also joining in on for the later-half of the tour is 3 INCHES OF BLOOD.

The End will then join heavyweights CHIMAIRA in December on their US tour. A complete listing of confirmed The End tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Tracks and video from The End’s Elementary album can be seen and heard via the band’s MySpace page and this E-Card. More...

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Gwar, The End, Horse The Band Tour Dates

The End and Horse The Band will support Gwar on the road in November. More tour dates will be announced, but the following have been confirmed:

11/4 Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
11/6 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/7 Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
11/9 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/12 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
11/16 Vancouver BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/17 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDu
11/20 Bend, OR @ Midtown
11/23 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
11/28 Knoxville, TN @ Blue Cats
11/30 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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Lordi Guitarist Talks Costumes, Eurovision, Gwar

Maximum Ink magazine recently conducted an interview with LORDI guitarist Amen. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On winning the Eurovision Song Contest:

"The Eurovision song contest is an annual pop song competition. There are something like 40 contestants, and you perform your song in front of a live audience. At the same time, it is broadcasted to millions of viewers — usually there's over 100 million viewers. It is one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world, so it's a great opportunity to bring your message to millions of people in only three minutes! People in different countries vote, and the country that gets the most points wins the competition. It is a competition where you usually can't see rock bands, so we were really a 'bizarre vision' in the middle of all those the-less-I-use-clothes-the-more-I-get-votes artists. It's a place no one ever expected to see a band like us, but that's the reason we wanted to participate, because we do things that normal bands don't do."

On how winning the Eurovision contest has changed things for the band:

"We got more reputation and more work. It opened many doors for us. We got a lot of new fans, and because of that we have a chance to play in bigger arenas. During the last year-and-a-half we were really busy, and we have to thank Eurovision for that… But we've already moved on, and our focus is on the future."

On how the idea to wear costumes came about:

"Mr. Lordi got this crazy idea back in early '90s, and all of the mask design comes pretty much from him — other members also take part in design sessions, giving ideas, etc., but Mr. Lordi is the one who makes the masks from sketches to final product . . . There's a different story behind every monster. For me it was kind of obvious to be a mummy, because I have always loved ancient Egypt and its history. It was ten years ago when I jumped in Mr. Lordi's train, and back then we discussed the character of the guitarist. The first idea was some kind of redneck porno Caesar, but nowadays I'm really happy that we thought about it twice!"

On comparisons to GWAR:

"Well, personally, I don't know their music so well, but I think they look cool! It's great to have different kind of bands and music in the world. I hope to meet them one day. I guess they must be distant family members for us..."

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Gwar Confirms Viva La Bands Tour Participation

Gwar's Oderus Urungus has issued a new proclamation of hatred in which he announces the band's partipation in BAM MARGERA'S Viva La Bands Tour:

"Humans, it is I, your Master, ODERUS, lead singer of the most violent band in metal history, the mighty GWAR, with the latest update on our progress in the destruction of your world! We are pleased to smugly announce our
continuing ravaging of North America shall continue throughout the fall and winter of this year, as GWAR joins the first ever “Viva La Bands” tour, hosted by everyone’s favorite troll, Bam Magera! Yes, apparently Bam didn’t get enough of our abuse during our appearance on his show, and begged us (while he was hung over a vat of boiling urine) to join a line-up that includes CRADLE OF FILTH, C.K.Y., and more!"

"You are COMMANDED to attend and grovel in the presence of your infernal overlords, GWAR, as we extend our mastery to even more flaming venues across your world and inflict more suffering and pestilence upon a deserving nation! GWAR will tour with the “Viva La Bands” tour throughout the fall, and then move on to destroy even more cities in a final frenzy of touring that shall bring to a close the “Beyond Hell” tour cycle. Stay tuned for dates, times, and free crack! GWAR lives!"

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Rigor Mortis Announces Texas Dates

The original RIGOR MORTIS lineup of Bruce Corbitt, Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA), has scheduled the following dates:

Aug. 24 - The Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
Aug. 25 - 710 Club – Austin, TX

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Gwar Frontman Writes Advice Column

When thinking of rock stars with hearts of gold, Oderus Urungus of GWAR is certainly at the top of anyone's list. Now, the Scumdog of the Universe will prove it once and for all as he has signed on with AnarchyMusic.net for a six-month stint as the writer of an advice column! No problem is too difficult to solve for the mighty Oderus! The first installment is online now and will continue once a month for the rest of 2007! "Dear Oderus" promises to be the greatest advice column of all time!

Read the first installment of "Dear Oderus" at this location

GWAR is rumored to be the "special guest act" on the upcoming "Rockstar Viva La Bands 2007 Tour" featuring high-energy live rock music and a traveling video show. CRADLE OF FILTH, CKY and VAINS OF JENNA have already been announced for the trek, which is scheduled to kick off late September.

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Necro Leaves Sounds Of The Underground Tour

Self proclaimed "death rap" artist Necro has issued the follwing statement from his official Myspace:

"I decided to leave the tour collectively with my manager and booking agent (both tour organizers) because we felt the tour’s demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back ten-fold by being more aggressive than them.

It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (NOT ME). It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn’t roll with that as it’s not my style. I was holding back enough as it is but there is a line. All the bands on the tour loved us and everyone behind the scenes knew we displayed major heart and never once got phased by the hostility. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big "Fuck You" to the crowd.

I will make one thing clear for the haters: we NEVER got booed OFF the stage. Not once. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it, and we represented. Every show had at least 100 to 200 Necro fans in the pit tearing it up, and our meet and greets were incredible!

It’s just a shame these little kids are so close-minded. The majority of the hate was coming from mop top emo sixteen-year olds who have no clue who the originators of metal are, and didn’t respect my rest in peace chant to metal legends (Dime, Cliff, Chuck, Piggy, SOB).

As far as the tour organizers and I are concerned, you are my people so it’s all love and I’m thankful for the opportunity to prove I can murder it in the worst of situations. This actually did a lot for me and is just one move in many my team will make to blow Necro up"

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