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Metal News for March 24, 2006

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28 news articles posted on this day.

Godsmack Reveal New Album Track Listing

GODSMACK have revealed the official track listing for their new album, "IV", due on April 25 via Republic/Universal. The album’s first single, "Speak", has been posted online in streaming audio format: Windows Media, Real Media.

"IV" track listing:
01. Livin' In Sin
02. Speak
03. The Enemy
04. Shine Down
05. Hollow
06. No Rest For The Wicked
07. Bleeding Me
08. Voodoo Too
09. Temptation
10. Mama
11. One Rainy Day More...

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Nephilim To Release EP At Local Show

Sacramento thrashers Nephilim are releasing their new EP, Mortality, on April 7 at a local show. Nephilim has been playing in the Sacramento area for two years and have opened for acts such as Overkill and (next month) Deicide and Vital Remains. While staying true to their thrash-metal genre, Nephilim has developed their own style which incorporates well place groove into the music. The new ep will be available on-line, so check the band's website for information at nephilimmusic.com or listen to some tunes at their MySpace page.

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Sepultura Live Video Clips from London Available

14 video clips of SEPULTURA performing at the Forum in London, England on Wednesday, March 22 have been posted online at YouTube.com.

SEPULTURA are currently on the road in Europe as direct support to Sweden's IN FLAMES. Filling in on drums during the tour is Roy Mayorga, who is standing in for founding member Igor Cavalera. Igor is taking a break from the group's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January). Mayorga, who played with Igor's brother Max for several years in the late '90s and again in 2001-2003, has been enlisted for SEPULTURA's European tour with IN FLAMES (which kicked off March 12 in Oslo, Norway), with the possibility that he will stick around for further touring activities beyond the spring.

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Call To Preserve Sign With Strike First Records

Strike First Records has signed Florida hardcore outfit Call To Preserve. Formed in early-2003, the band put out a self-titled EP early last year. The group is currently finishing up the writing process for their debut full-length, which will be out later this year. You can check out some of their recent demo material here.

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Dark Tranquillity Post Update About New Album

Swedish death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official website:

"Just arrived back home to the frosty plains of Sweden after having spent the last five weeks on the road. The tour was a huge success, with almost all dates being sold out. Massive thanks to OPETH, DEVILDRIVER, DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND and of course to all of you that visited the shows. Live photos will be added in the near future. If you've got any good ones, feel free to submit them to darkhq@gmail.com. The main focus now will be the songwriting for the next album, so we'll be keeping a pretty low profile on the festival curcuit this summer, only doing a selected few shows."

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Status Quo Guitarist On BBC Radio Tomorrow

STATUS QUO guitarist John "Rhino" Edwards will be interviewed by Eamonn Holmes on BBC's Radio 5 Live, Saturday, March 25th between 10:15 and 10:45. As previously reported, a new book about the UK rock legends has been announced - Status Quo 40 is the authorized book of personal and professional photographs of the band taken between 1966 and 2006, plus hundreds of photos of rare memorabilia all compiled by Bob Young and edited by Francis and Rick. You can reserve a copy of this limited edition book at this location.

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Disturbed Live In Norfolk Video Available

AOL Music Live/Network Live is currently streaming video footage of DISTURBED's February 21, 2006 performance at NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia. Catch this high-octane concert, on demand, on AOL Music at this location.

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Infernal Majesty Post a New Demo Track Online

Another new INFERNAL MAJESTY demo track, entitled "Nation of Assassins", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the long-running Canadian metallers' upcoming album, "Systematical Extermination", which is being recorded in Vancouver for release later in the year via Greece's Black Lotus Records. The follow-up to 2004's "One Who Points To Death" will mark the recording debut with the band of new singer Brian Langley (MECHA MESSIAH), who replaced longtime frontman Chris Bailey in 2005.

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In Flames and Nevermore Tour Dates Updated

More dates have been confirmed for IN FLAMES' upcoming North American tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY. Known dates are as follows:

May 6 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 8 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 9 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 12 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
May 13 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 15 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 16 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 20 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
May 21 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
May 23 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
May 27 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 28 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar (formerly the Cow Haus)
May 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

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3 Announce Mini Tour With Yakuza

After a successful show in Japan, 3 are back in the states to tour with YAKUZA. Singer of 3, Joey states, “We’re very excited to reconnect with all our friends in the Midwest and beyond. The band is all psyched up from our Japanese debut, (where we acquired some really cool samurai swords and trained to become ninjas) so basically, anything could happen at these shows.”

Joey reflects on the recent trip to Japan, “This was one of the greatest experiences of our lives. The Japanese are true music lovers and fully embraced what we do. We can’t wait to go back!”

How’s the overall response to their latest album, Wake Pig? Joey says, “Spirits are high for us right now. Reaction to Wake Pig has been overwhelmingly positive the world over. There’s nothing more inspiring than to see your art bridge oceans and connect distant cultures. What we want to do now is showcase our live performance which is something that cannot truly encapsulated on CD. To complete the picture, you’ve got to see us live…”

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Sodom Schedule West Coast Date

German thrashers SODOM have scheduled a West Coast date on August 12 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. The group's North American schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Aug. 10 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club (w/ IMMOLATION)
Aug. 12 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club

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Arise and Ruin's 'In Life' Video Available Online

Guelph, Ontario's ARISE AND RUIN will be releasing a new EP, entitlted "The Fear Of", on April 18 via Stereo Dynamite Recordings. The CD was produced by Ken Susi (UNEARTH) and will feature new artwork by the "extremely talented guys" at Sons Of Nero as well as some "kick-ass" enhanced CD features, according to the band. A video for the song "In Life", which will appear on the upcoming CD, can be found at this location. A series of CD-release shows with THE VIDEO DEAD will kick off April 18 at the Bovine in Toronto.

Watch the video here.

For more information check their website

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Council of the Fallen Post New Song Online

COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN, the band featuring Kevin Quirion on bass/guitar/vocals and Derek Roddy (HATE ETERNAL) on drums, have posted a new song, entitled "Seeking the Prophets", at this location. The track comes off the group's new album, "An Examination of Being", tentatively due this summer. The CD was recorded at Derek's personal studio in Deerfield Beach, FL with Roddy at the production helm. More...

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Acropolis Post New Single Available For Download

Israeli melodic metal project ACROPOLIS, which features in its ranks members of the black metal band ARAFEL, have uploaded their new single, "Lead the Wake", to this location (MP3).

Recordings for "Lead the Wake" took place between October 2005 and March 2006, at Mantra studios, Elrom studios, and mainman Daniel Varfolomeyev's home studio. The mixing and mastering was handled by by Varfolomeyev. More...

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Interview

Weathering The Storm: Gary Mader Of Eyehategod

It's well known in the metal underground what true legend's Eyehategod have become, primarily due to the fact they created one of the most controversial and darkest forms of metal music ever, Sludge. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana and having formed originally in 1988, Eyehategod has made more than its fair share of social and political statements, literally going to hell and back to remain one of the most important heavy music bands ever. Despite numerous reports over the years of the group breaking up, they have truly withstood the test of time, albeit a bit worn, bloodied and bruised for the better. After 2005's Preaching the "End-Time" Message, a rareties collection, the band found themselves smack dab in the middle of a level 5 hurricane that almost permanently removed them and NOLA off the map for good. For a short period, the band itself was in search of its very own doom poet lead vocalist, Mike Williams, who was found later not to be dead but actually alive and locked up in jail. Philip Anselmo, said it best when uttering the statement, "Mike Williams is New Orleans." , ending the ongoing horror story come alive by digging into his own wallet and bailing the singer out. I cannot speak quite to the level of just how great this band is in the Rock N Roll pantheon, to be frank. For oft times, life's true great artists of their field aren't figured out and fully appreciated until they are no longer performing their craft or even alive for that matter. I am really proud to have this opportunity to interview Eyehategod's bass player, Gary Mader.
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Queensryche Plan Extensive Summer/Fall Tour

In conjunction with the April 4th release of Operation: Mindcrime II, the long awaited sequel to their 1988 magnum opus, QUEENSRŸCHE has planned a full summer/fall tour for 2006. The tour, presented by VH1 Classic, will feature a full stage show, including surround sound, new video imagery and actors playing out both parts of the Operation: Mindcrime saga. Tickets for all tour dates go on sale April 1st.

Featured on the tour will be a unique charity auction. Erik Buell, of Buell Motorcycles, has offered to donate two custom Queensrÿche motorcycles for Geoff Tate and Mike Stone to ride throughout the tour. They will be inviting others to come out and ride with them and at the end of the tour, both motorcycles will be auctioned off for VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.

For all the latest news, including updates on Queensrÿche's summer/fall headlining tour, visit: www.queensryche.com and www.rhino.com More...

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Ruin Record Demo With Ex-Soulfly/Snot Guitarist

Hollywood, California-based RUIN will be hitting the studio with producer Mikey Doling (former SNOT/SOULFLY guitarist) March 25-29 to record an instrumental demo for the purposes of landing a new lead singer. "We are currently holding auditions for vocalists who might be interested," the band write in a statement. "We previously recorded [a demo] with Mikey [producing] in 2005 and parted ways with singer Pat Larkin in February 2006."

RUIN's last demo featured a guest appearance by Doling in the song "Pull You Down".

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/ruinmetal.

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Chimaira Film 'Save Ourselves' Video

CHIMAIRA reportedly shot a video for the song "Save Ourselves" during their headlining performance at The Icon in Buffalo, New York Thursday night (March 23). According to a BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor by the name of Chris Frerotte, who attended last night's show, "after the band finished their set, they said they were now going to film the crowd going nuts and the band playing for their new music video 'Save Ourselves'. The band then played 'Save Ourselves' for the second time of the night and some fat guy with a huge mullet was on stage filming it."

"Save Ourselves" comes off CHIMAIRA's self-titled effort, which was issued last August via Roadrunner Records. "Chimaira" was recorded at Spider Studios in Ohio with producer Ben Schigel. Mixing duties were handled by Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH).

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Delian League Release Debut and Split with Label

The debut album, Truth In Chaos, by New Jersey’s DELIAN LEAGUE has been released independently by the band following a split with Screaming Ferret Wreckords of New Hampshire.

Citing unforeseen circumstances, the label and band made a decision to part in early September, just weeks prior to the planned release date of Truth In Chaos. Without hesitation, the band requested return of the sound masters and proceeded to manufacture a limited run of full-length, fully packaged CDs. The CDs are now available for purchase via www.delianleague.com and are also being used to promote the release to the media and shop to labels for a new contract.

The album was recorded between December 2004 and May 2005 at various locations in New Jersey. Engineering was handled by Detlef Brockmann at Music-Plant, Germany, and Erik Kvortek of Trax East, South River, NJ. The band self-produced all tracks, and worked with Jason Suecof (GOD FORBID, TRIVIUM) at Audiohammer Studios, Florida, on the final mix. An excellent mastering job was done by UE Nastase at Sterling Sound, New York City.

Truth In Chaos contains 10 tracks, including all-new versions of the three songs that comprised Delian League’s demo CD, Day Of Question. The tracks are: 'The Embrace', 'Epoch Of Hate', 'Dejected', 'Lost In Sin', 'Star The Cross', 'The Questioning', 'Days Of Regret', 'Your Casualty', 'Final Day', 'Trapped Inside'.

To promote the release of Truth In Chaos, Delian League has performed a series of high profile concerts, including two huge shows at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ (with God Forbid and LIFE OF AGONY, respectively). More tri-state area shows are being planned for the spring.

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Korn "Live & Rare" Track Listing Revealed

Billboard.com reports that Korn has rounded up a host of live tracks and odds and ends for the appropriately titled "Live & Rare," due May 9 via Epic. The set features 10 cuts drawn from a 2003 show at New York club CBGB, a live cover of Pink Floyd’s "Another Brick in the Wall" taped in St. Louis and two songs from Korn's 1999 performance at the Woodstock Festival.

"Live & Rare" is rounded out by covers of Metallica's "One" and Cheech & Chong's "Earache My Eye," plus the B-side "Proud."

Here is the track list for "Live & Rare": More...

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Rob Zombie Signing In Times Square

Rob Zombie will be signing copies of Educated Horses at Virgin Megastore Times Square Tuesday, March 28th at 5pm. Space is limited, so arrive early if you actually want an autograph.

"Educated Horses," due on March 28 via Geffen Records, is still available for streaming on MP3.com this week. The follow-up to 2001's "The Sinister Urge" was recorded at Los Angeles' Chop Shop Studios with co-producer Scott Humphrey, who had previously worked with Rob on the platinum hits "Hellbilly Deluxe" and "The Sinister Urge". Other musicians contributing to the CD include Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE, VANDALS) and Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE).

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Soulfly, A Perfect Murder, Manntis, Incite Tour

Dates have been solidified for Soulfly's upcoming U.S. mini-tour with support from Incite, A Perfect Murder, and Manntis. Here are the confirmed tour dates:

4/21 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
4/22 Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey
4/23 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/25 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
4/26 Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom
4/27 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/28 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/29 Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
4/30 Boise, ID @ Big Easy
5/01 Billings, MT @ 12 Planet

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Nevermore Announce More Tour Dates

Seattle power metallers NEVERMORE have lined up the following dates during the coming months:

w/ ARCH ENEMY, CHIMAIRA and HATE ETERNAL:

Apr. 03 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
Apr. 05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Apr. 06 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 07 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 08 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 09 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Apr. 11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
Apr. 12 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

NEVERMORE festival shows:

Jun. 01 - Milano (I) - Gods Of Metal Festival
Jun. 03 - Gelsenkirchen (D) - Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 08 - Sölvesborg (S) - Sweden Rock Festival
Jul. 21 - Tolmin (SLO) - Metal Camp Festival
Jul. 22 - Kreuth (D) - Earthshaker Festival
Aug. 05 - Kavarna (BG) - Monsters Of Rock Festival
Aug. 04 - Wacken (D) - Wacken Open Air
Aug. 18 - Oslo (NOR) - Ragnarock Festival

NEVERMORE supporting DISTURBED:

Sep. 14 - München (D) - Zenith
Sep. 15 - Fürth (D) - Stadthalle
Sep. 17 - Berlin (D) - Huxleys
Sep. 18 - Copenhagen (DK) - Amager Bio
Sep. 20 - Hamburg (D) - Grosse Freiheit
Sep. 21 - Bremen (D) - Aladin
Sep. 22 - Vosselaar (B) - Biebob (headlining show - only NEVERMORE)
Sep. 23 - Tilburg (NL) - Club 013
Sep. 24 - Dortmund (D) - Westfalenhalle 2
Sep. 26 - Amsterdam (NL) - Paradiso
Sep. 27 - Köln (D) - Palladium
Sep. 29 - Newcastle (UK) - Academy
Sep. 30 - Glasgow (UK) - Barrowland
Oct. 02 - Manchester (UK) - Academy
Oct. 04 - Nottingham (UK) - Rock City
Oct. 06 - Birmingham (UK) - Academy
Oct. 07 - Liverpool (UK) - Academy
Oct. 09 - London (UK) - Astoria
Oct. 10 - London (UK) - Astoria

South American tour:

Oct. 12 - Buenos Aires (ARG) - Armando Diego Maradona Stadium (Live 'n Louder Festival)
Oct. 14 - Sao Paulo (BRA) - Anhembi

NEVERMORE are continuing to promote their latest album, "This Godless Endeavor", which entered the official German Top 100 Album chart last August at position No. 26. The CD also debuted at position No. 51 in Italy.

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Stone Sour Issue Another Studio Update

STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are continuing work on their sophomore album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). "We now have 13 guitar tracks, 12 bass tracks, and 8 vocal tracks done of the 17 songs that we plan to record," guitarist Josh Rand said.

The drum tracks on the STONE SOUR CD were completed by session drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, currently a touring member of SEPULTURA) after the band's regular skinsman, Joel Ekman, was forced to sit out the recording sessions for the group's new album in order to spend time with his nine-year-old son, who was diagnosed with brain stem glioma (brain cancer) last fall.

You can check out photos from the studio at this location.

In related news, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the progress of the recording sessions for the sophomore album from his STONE SOUR project, which also features in its ranks Taylor's SLIPKNOT bandmate Jim Root (guitar). The follow-up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother", is being recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and features a guest appearance on drums by Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, currently a touring member of SEPULTURA). Mayorga was enlisted to lay down the drum tracks after the band's regular skinsman, Joel Ekman, was forced to sit out the recording sessions for the group's new album in order to spend time with his nine-year-old son, who was diagnosed with brain stem glioma (brain cancer) last fall. More...

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Herod's "Lies And Betrayal" Video Online

HEROD's video for the track "Lies and Betrayal" (directed by Aaron MacPherson) has been posted online at this location. The song (mp3) comes off the Buffalo, New York-based band's second Lifeforce Records full-length CD, entitled "Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight", which came out earlier in the month. The album is the highly anticipated follow up to the group's critically acclaimed 2004 Lifeforce debut release, "For Whom The Gods Would Destroy". HEROD's new record sees the addition of vocalist Jason Russo, replacing previous singer Judah.

HEROD will play a hometown CD-release show on April 6 at the Mohawk Place. Also appearing on the bill are DEATH BY STEREO (Epitaph Records), ACHILLES (Hex Records), and the local Buffalo band CRIMES OF PASSION.

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Kylesa Writing New Material, To Tour Again

Savannah sludge rockers KYLESA will be back on the road on the East Coast this spring to continue supporting 2005's critically-acclaimed "To Walk A Middle Course." Landing on a handful of year-end lists, the band will take that buzz on the road alongside a variety of other acts including Municipal Waste, Baroness, Victims, and labelmates Yakuza. More dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

Last month, Kylesa settled on a replacement for the band's vacant drummer position: 2 of them. "Since the dawn of Kylesa, it was our intention to have two drummers but at the time it didn't pan out," the band says. "Finally, after 5 years it has become a reality and two new members have been added to play drums: Jeff Porter from Detroit and Carl McGinley of Savannah (who also drums for the Unpersons). We feel that this is our strongest line up as of yet and new and old songs are coming along great." Kylesa is currently writing material for the follow-up to the band's Prosthetic debut, "To Walk A Middle Course."

Here are the confirmed Kylesa tour dates so far:

4/13 Jacksonville, FL - TBA
4/14 Savannah, GA - The Jinx (with Municipal Waste and Baroness)
4/15 Daytona, FL - TBA
4/21 Tampa, FL – Skate Park of Tampa
4/22 Lake Worth, FL – Klein Dance Studio
4/27 Greensboro, NC – The Flying Anvil
4/28 Philadelphia, PA – TBA (with Victims)
4/29 Brooklyn, NY – Pete’s Sweet Warehouse (with Victims)
4/30 Boston, MA – TBA (with Victims)
5/01 Providence, RI – TBA
5/02 Lemoyne, PA – Champion Ship Records
5/03 Fredericksburg, VA – The Bourbon Room (with The Catalyst, Pygmy Lush, The Jefferson Plane Crash)
5/23 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone (with Baroness)
5/24 Harrisonburg, VA – TBA (with Baroness)
5/25 Youngstown, OH – Nyabinghi (Emissions From the Monolith Fest)
5/28 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St. (with Baroness)
5/30 Washington, DC - Warehouse Next Door (with Baroness, Flowers in the Attic)
5/31 Charleston, SC – Cumberland’s (with Yakuza, Dysrythmia)

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New Ignite Album Details Revealed

Orange County darlings IGNITE will release their new album, "Our Darkest Days", on May 15 on Century Media Records in Europe. The band, whose fan base has largely been developed through near-constant global touring, deliver a passionate and truly unique mix of hardcore, rock, and punk that has taken them and their message to over 30 countries worldwide. Their new album was produced and mixed by Cameron Webb (SOCIAL DISTORTION, MOTÖRHEAD, SUM 41, SILVERSTEIN) at Maple Sound Studios, Santa Ana, CA and Paramount Studios Hollywood, CA. "Our Darkest Days" "shows a matured version of the intelligent, socially and politically aware, melodic brand of hardcore that IGNITE fans have come to expect," according to a press release.

Commented bassist Brett Rasmussen: "Our new album 'Our Darkest Days' is done 100% and we are out on the road in the U.S. with COMEBACK KID getting ready for this upcoming release to come out in Europe on May 15th and in the U.S. on May 16th. We will be hitting the road in Europe around June 16th and the tour will go until at least July 29th including these festivals: With Full Force (D), Pressure Fest (D), HellFest (F), Burning Season Fest (A), Graspop Metal Meeting (B), Summer Blast Festival (D), City Invasion (UK) and more to be announced."

"Our Darkest Days" track listing:

01. Intro (Our Darkest Days)
02. Bleeding
03. Fear Is Our Tradition
04. Let It Burn
05. Poverty For All
06. My Judgment Day
07. Slowdown
08. Save Yourself
09. Are You Listening
10. Three Years
11. Know Your History
12. Strength
13. Sunday Bloody Sunday
14. Live For Better Days

A European tour with WITH HONOR will follow.

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Avenged Sevenfold Confirmed For Download Fest

According to VirtualFestivals.com, Orange County, California's AVENGED SEVENFOLD have been added to the lineup of this year's Download festival, joining headliners TOOL, METALLICA, and GUNS 'N ROSES, plus dozens more.

The three-day rock festival takes place at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England over the weekend of June 9-11 June.

Discussing the prospect of the band's Download debut, AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows said: "Sharing the stage with such legends is an honour beyond our words, especially when it's as massive as Download."

Now in its fourth year, Download 2006 boasts one of its best lineups to date with three massive headliners, plus TRIVIUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, THE PRODIGY, KORN, DEFTONES, ALICE IN CHAINS, ARCH ENEMY, INME, and many, many more.

More bands are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks, all playing over three main arenas, plus a few in the infamous skate bowl.

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