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Metal News for March 6, 2006

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Cataract Completes Work On New Album

Cataract have completed recording of their new album and mixing will begin shortly. Here's the update from the band:

"It's done, carved in stone, nailed to the cross and cemented. It's time to say goodbye to Tue and the Antfarm for almost all of us. We're driving straight back to Switzerland Sunday morning, leaving Fedi behind. We finished all overdubs and intros today, Tue will start mixing and Fedi will do the remaining vocal tracks until Thursday and then the big wait will start. Once again we're leaving with an extremely good feeling and we're also very anxious about the final mix of our work. It's been 12 days from the first hit till the last chord so far, and we strongly believe that this will be our best recording! Well we all have to wait now - you people a bit longer though. It'll be worth it.

If you should be driving your car around in Germany and it's somewhere between Flensburg, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Singen - get the fuck out of the way. love cataract"

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Rob Zombie To Be On Tonight Show

ROB ZOMBIE will be the featured musical guest on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, March 15.

ROB ZOMBIE's new album, "Educated Horses", is scheduled for release on March 28 via Geffen Records. 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).

ROB ZOMBIE recently directed the video for the album's first single, "Foxy Foxy" in Los Angeles. Zombie re-teamed with "The Devil's Rejects" cinematographer Phil Parmet. Parmet has also worked on LED ZEPPELIN's "The Song Remains the Same" and FRANK ZAPPA's "Baby Snakes".

Zombie is now gearing up for the "Educated Horses Tour". The tour is scheduled to start March 17 in Jacksonville, Florida and hit 27 cities before concluding five weeks later in Mesa, Arizona. Joining Rob on this tour will be guitarist John 5 (ex-MARILYN MANSON), longtime bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-ALICE COOPER, TED NUGENT). Support acts on the tour will be LACUNA COIL and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.

The singer took five years off between studio albums while he wrote and directed his first two movies, the 2003 horror hit "House of 1000 Corpses" and its sequel, 2005's "The Devil's Rejects".

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Amon Amarth 3 DVD BOx Set Tracklisting

On May 2 AMON AMARTH will finally release their highly anticipated 3-DVD-set "Wrath of the Norsemen".

The 3-disc set will be released in a deluxe 10 page digi-pack with special gold-laminated slipcase - definitely something to look at.

Main body of the content is the Cologne show from last year – filmed with
11 cameras; this was the longest show AMON AMARTH has ever played - 23 songs long. Bonus footage includes interviews, behind-the-scenes of the DVD recording and other stuff filmed around the Cologne show.

Discs 2 and 3 feature professionally filmed shows from Summer Breeze 2005, the Metal Blade Rrroooaaarrr 2005, Wacken Open Air 2004 and the release show for “Fates Of Norns” in Ludwigsburg, Germany in 2004.

The complete tracklisting is as follows:

Disc 1:

DVD-recording show in Cologne ( Germany ) – 8/16/2005

Intro
An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm
Pursuit of Vikings
Ride For Vengeance
Masters of War
The Last with Pagan Blood
Once Sealed In Blood
Bastards of a Lying Breed
Fate of Norns
1000 Years of Oppression
Vs. The World
North Sea Storm
Releasing Surtur’s Fire
Annihilation of Hammerfest
Friends of the Suncross
Bloodshed
Amon Amarth
For the Stabwounds in Our Backs
Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
Bleed For Ancient Gods
Victorious March Death in Fire
+ backstage & other footage

Disc 2:

Live at Summer Breeze festival – 8/18/2005

Intro
An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm
Pursuit of Vikings
Masters of War
Fate of Norns
1000 Years of Oppression
Vs the World
For the Stabwounds in Our Backs
Victorious March Death in Fire

Live at the Metal Blade RRROOOAAARRR – 10/02/2005

Sorrow Throughout The Nine Worlds
Dragons Flight Across The Waves
God His Son And Holy Whore
The Sound of Eight Hooves
Thor Arise
Fall Through Ginnungagap
Burning Creation
And Soon The World Will Cease To Be
Valkyries Ride
Pursuit of Vikings
Beheading of A King
Revenge of The Zombie (SIX FEET UNDER Cover)
Death In Fire

Disc 3:

Live at the Wacken Open Air 2004

Track list T.B.A.

Live in Ludwigsburg ( Germany ) – record release show for “Fate of Norns”

For The Stabwounds in Our Backs
Vs. The World
Masters of War
North Sea Storm
Thousand Years of Oppression
Bloodshed
The Last With Pagan Blood
An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm
Pursuit of Vikings
Fate of Norns
Once Sealed In Blood
Death In Fire
The Sound of Eight Hooves
Bleed For Ancient Gods
Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
Victorious March


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Rotting Christ Confirmed For Dong Open Air

Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Dong Open Air festival, set to take place on July 14th & 15th at Dongberg in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. Other bands on the bill are DRAGONLAND, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, GUN BARREL, SAVAGE CIRCUS, and many others.

ROTTING CHRIST performed two live shows on February 3-4 at Blive Music House in Larissa, Greece, which were recorded for their first live release. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene.

"Passage To Arcturo" (1989) and "Non Serviam" (1994), the band's first and third albums respectively, were reissued with bonus audio and video tracks on January 23rd.

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Dagoba Join In Flames and Sepultura Euro Tour

Season of Mist has announced that DAGOBA will join IN FLAMES and SEPULTURA on their European tour. Consequently, some previously scheduled tour dates will be cancelled. The updated tour schedule is as follows:

10 Mar 06 Saint-Etienne (42) (FR) Hall C. (+Tripod + Sidilarsen)
11 Mar 06 Lille (59) (FR) MJC Saint André lez Lille (+ Klang)
17 Mar 06 Vesoul (70) (FR) Moulin de Poncey
19 Mar 06 Berlin (DE) Columbiahalle (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
20 Mar 06 Cologne (DE) E-werk (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
21 Mar 06 Eindoven (NL) Effenaar (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
22 Mar 06 London (UK) The Forum (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
23 Mar 06 Manchester (UK) Academy 2 (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
24 Mar 06 Glasgow (UK) Barrowlands (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
25 Mar 06 Sheffield (UK) Corporation (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
26 Mar 06 Birmingham (UK) Carling Academy (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
28 Mar 06 Dublin (UK) Ambassador Theatre (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
29 Mar 06 Liverpool (UK) Carling Academy (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
30 Mar 06 Cardiff (UK) The Coal Exchange (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
31 Mar 06 Portsmouth (UK) Pyramid Centre (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
01 Apr 06 Antwerpen (BE) Hof-ter-lo (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
02 Apr 06 Paris (FR) Elysee-Montmartre (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
03 Apr 06 Clermont Ferrand (FR) Cooperative de Mai (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
04 Apr 06 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
05 Apr 06 Madrid (ES) La Riviera (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
06 Apr 06 Bergara (ES) Sala Jam (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
08 Apr 06 Milan (IT) TBC (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
09 Apr 06 Treviso (IT) New Age (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
10 Apr 06 Vienna (AT) Arena (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
11 Apr 06 Linz (AT) Posthof (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
12 Apr 06 Munich (DE) Georg-Elser-Halle (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
13 Apr 06 Stuttgart (DE) Filharmonie (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
15 Apr 06 Ljubljana (SK) TBC (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
16 Apr 06 Budapest (HU) Petoefi (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
17 Apr 06 Prague (CZ) TBC (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
18 Apr 06 Warszawa (PL) Proxima (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
19 Apr 06 Dresden (DE) Alter Schlachthof (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
20 Apr 06 Hamburg (DE) Grosse Freiheit (+ In Flames + Sepultura)
22 Apr 06 Vitrolles (FR) Salle des fêtes ? Hybride Festival
05 Mai 06 Vaureal (95) (FR) Le Forum
24 Mai 06 Strasbourg (67) (FR) La Laiterie (+ The Old Dead Tree)
22 Jul 06 Saint Amarin (68) (FR) Festival Mix'Thur

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Iron Maiden Confirm Entire European Run

IRON MAIDEN have confirmed the full European leg of their world tour for this coming winter 2006. The world tour will start in Scandinavia on November 9 and response to the shows on sale there last week was phenomenal with ticket sales already exceeding 95,000 across the Scandinavian dates. All three of the Swedish shows sold out in just over an hour and a third date was immediately added at the Stockholm Globen which also sold out in hours making it 48,000 sold out in Sweden alone. The 8000 tickets in Bergen Norway went in just 30 minutes, Tempere sold all 6,600 tickets out in a couple of hours while Helsinki registered first day sales of over 17,000 tickets over their two shows.

The new live show will include new album material which the band are now recording and which will be released prior to the tour. They are currently considering album artwork and the production for the tour, which of course will be in true MAIDEN tradition with spectacular stage production and massive sound and lights ... and, of course, Eddie!!

Says Steve Harris, "We've finished most of the writing of the album and have just started recording with Kevin Shirley so we're all very charged up at the moment to make a great record. Reaction to the tour so far has been brilliant and we're looking forward to putting a great show together for the fans and getting back out on the road towards the end of the year and playing new material live."

MAIDEN have invited the critically acclaimed American band TRIVIUM to be their special guests throughout the tour. TRIVIUM have enjoyed ever increasing recognition these last few months and MAIDEN are sure that their fans will give them a great reception.

This European leg of the world tour will be followed in early 2007 with selected dates in other parts of the world.

For the dates in the U.K., there is an exclusive five-day special advance ticket ordering access for fan club members. There will be a special link in the tour date area of the band's web site and advance tickets for fan club go on sale on Friday, March 10 at 9am in the U.K. and 9am Wednesday, March 22 for Dublin. After that tickets to the general public for the U.K. shows will go on sale Friday, March 17 at 9am, and on sale 9am Saturday, March 25 for Dublin.

IRON MAIDEN confirmed tour dates:

Nov. 09 - Aalborg, DEN @ Gigantium
Nov. 10 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Valby
Nov. 12 - Tampere, FIN @ Icehall
Nov. 14 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwall Arena
Nov. 15 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwall Arena
Nov. 17 - Stockholm, SWE @ The Globe
Nov. 18 - Stockholm, SWE @ The Globe
Nov. 20 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Scandinavium
Nov. 21 - Oslo, NOR @ Valhall
Nov. 23 - Bergen, NOR @ Vestlandshallen
Nov. 25 - Stockholm, SWE @ The Globe
Nov. 27 - Den Bosch, NETH @ Brabenthallen
Nov. 28 - Paris, FRA @ Palais Omnisport de Bercy
Nov. 30 - Barcelona, FRA @ Palau Sant Jordi
Dec. 02 - Milan, ITA @ DatchForum
Dec. 05 - Zurich, SWI @ Hallenstadion
Dec. 07 - Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
Dec. 08 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfallenhalle
Dec. 11 - Cardiff, UK @ NIA
Dec. 12 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
Dec. 14 - Manchester, UK @ Arena
Dec. 15 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC
Dec. 17 - Newcastle, UK @ Arena
Dec. 18 - Sheffield, UK @ Arena
Dec. 20 - Dublin, IRE @ The Point
Dec. 22 - London, UK @ Earls Court

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Thine Eyes Bleed Comment On Slayer Tour

Singer Justin Wolfe of the Canadian thrash/metalcore act THINE EYES BLEED — who feature in their ranks former KITTIE guitarist/technician Jeff Phillips and bassist Johnny Araya (photo; brother of SLAYER's Tom Araya) — have grabbed the opening slot on the most anticipated metal tour of the summer, "The Unholy Alliance Tour".

"Right now we are thinking, 'Holy fuck, we got the big one!'" says Wolfe about the tour. "We couldn't be more excited to be a part of 'The Unholy Alliance Tour' and as of right now it's still overwhelming."

The tour — which is headlined by SLAYER and features MASTODON, LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED — will launch on June 6, 2006 and run for two months across North America.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we have always dreamt of having as a band," adds Wolfe. "Personally we have no choice but to go out and prove ourselves being the ‘underdogs’ of the tour and we want to take full advantage of it. We have worked so hard to get to this point and it's really going to show. This tour will definitely leave its mark in every city it hits. It's a tour that any metalhead shouldn't pass up."

Before the massive tour begins, THINE EYES BLEED — who released their debut album, "In the Wake of Separation", on The End Records in June of 2005 — will be out on the road all spring on various tours, including opening slots on tours with SIX FEET UNDER, RINGWORM and NECROPHAGIST.

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Malevolent Creation To Record New Album In May

Long-running Florida death metal warriors MALEVOLENT CREATION are currently in pre-production for their tenth studio album, "Doomsday X", due this fall via Nuclear Blast Records. The band are currently home writing and demoing material for the new CD, to be recorded in May and mixed in June. Recordings will take place at Mercury recording studios in Pompano Beach, FL with producer/engineer Gus Rios, with the mixing set to take place at Antfarm studis on Aaarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen. "This will mark the first time in the band's career that an overseas producer has been brought in for mixing, but Tue's track record speaks for itself and we feel that we will be in good hands with Tue mixing the new album," the group write in a press release. "We need to have a massive production for this 10th record because this recording means a lot to us and we plan on touring for the next two years in support of it. All the bandmembers are contributing to the writing of this new album, so there will be a lot of different influences on this record. The music will be extremely heavy and insanely fast."

MALEVOLENT CREATION's current lineup includes original bandmembers Brett Hoffman on vocals, Jason Blachowicz on bass, Jon Rubin on guitar, Phil Fasciana on guitar and drumming powerhouse Tony Laureano (NILE, DIMMU BORGIR) on drums. Laureano has toured several times in the past with MALEVOLENT CREATION but now will make his debut studio recording with the band which is sure to be interesting. This lineup will also do all upcoming tours in support of "Doomsday X", which is expected to be released in September, followed by a massive European trek with DISGORGE and SKINLESS in support. Other touring options are being looked at as well. There is talk about a U.S. tour with BOLT THROWER in July-August, but nothing is confirmed yet.

In other news, MALEVOLENT CREATION recently returned from a six-week tour of Europe with BOLT THROWER, NIGHTRAGE and NECROPHAGIST and "would like to say that this tour was the best tour we have ever been part of in the last 15 years," the band write in a press release. "Most of the shows were sold out and BOLT THROWER is hands down the best band we have ever toured with and without their help, this tour would never have happened for us. We would truly like to thank BOLT THROWER's tour manager Graham and Jo, Martin, Baz, Gavin and Karl from the band for all their help. An extra special thanks goes out to Phil, Andy, Keith and Sabrine from BOLT THROWER's crew for all their help throughout the 'Those Still Loyal Over Europe Tour 2006'.You guys fucking rule!!!! Also, a big hello to our new friends in NIGHTRAGE and NECROPHAGIST for being so cool and making this the best tour yet!!!!"

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Interview With Brian Fair Of Shadows Fall

HeavyMetalSource.com has uploaded a video and audio interview with SHADOWS FALL vocalist Brian Fair. The interview was conducted on March 1 in New Haven, CT and includes such topics as the band's upcoming "Fallout from the War" release (featuring songs that didn't make it onto their breakthrough "The Art of War" album, B-sides from Japan releases and a few cover songs), the band's new record deal with Atlantic, how he found out about the Grammy nomination, the whole Grammy experience, his advice column in Metal Edge magazine and much more. Check it out at this location.

Tentatively due in May via Century Media Records, "Fallout From the War" will feature the following track listing (in no particular order)

01. In Effigy
02. Will to Rebuild
03. Haunting Me Endlessly
04. Seize the Calm
05. Carpal Tunnel
06. Going, Going, Gone
07. This Is My Own
08. Deadworld
09. Mark of the Squealer (LEEWAY cover)
10. December (ONLY LIVING WITNESS cover)
11. Teasin' Pleasin' (DANGEROUS TOYS cover)

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Vicious Circle Sign With Crash Music

Crash Music, Inc. has announced the signing of the New Jersey metal band VICIOUS CIRCLE.

According to a press release, "VICIOUS CIRCLE is an unrelenting force...a steamroller of adrenaline. Since 1989, these New Jersey-based legends have been churning out brutality with their own brand of extreme chaos. Never compromising and never bowing down to the norm. The band released their debut album, entitled 'Cryptic Void', in 1993 on the now-defunct JL America label. The band has become a brutal and relentless entity within their genre and will continue to make a severe impact on the metal scene with their newest release, 'The Art Of Agony', due out this summer."

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Seemless Announce Release Date for New Album

SEEMLESS have announced a June 27 release date for their new album. More details, including hometown shows and a Summer tour, will be revealed shortly.


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Underoath Comment On New Album and Producer

UNDEROATH have announced they’ll release their new album June 20 on Tooth and Nail/Solid State Records.

Co-produced by Matt Goldman and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, the Florida-based sextet are in Los Angeles mixing the as-yet-untitled album with Chris Lord Alge (GREEN DAY, ROB ZOMBIE). “This is the record we've been striving to write for the past five years, and I never thought I'd see the day when it actually happened,“ explains McTague. “I can't wait for everyone to hear what we've been creating for the past few months, but in the end, if everyone hated it, we'd still think it's probably the best record we may ever be a part of.”

This marks UNDEROATH’s third full-length CD and the follow-up to their massive breakout album "They’re Only Chasing Safety", which has now sold over 300,000 copies. In the Alternative Press cover story on UNDEROATH, the magazine described "They’re Only Chasing Safety" as “an unqualified success, one of the most coherent albums in post-genre rock, a movement that’s been spreading like wildfire since the walls between hardcore, pop, metal and emo were demolished” (September 2005).

In touring news, UNDEROATH is confirmed for the UK’s Give It A Name Festival April 29-30 in London and Manchester. On May 3, the band will kick off a headlining U.S. trek, with POISON THE WELL, AS CITIES BURN, SPITFIRE and SINCE BY MAN supporting. On Sunday, May 7, UNDEROATH will perform at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, NJ.

This Summer, UNDEROATH will hit the road as one of the headlining main-stage acts on the Vans Warped Tour ‘06.


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First Unholy Alliance 2006 Tour Dates and More

The fury surrounding Slayer's upcoming album and recently announced "The Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted" has not died down and new information is still being revealed piece by piece.

The four original members of SLAYER ­ Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - the pioneers and undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, have entered a Los Angeles-area studio to record what will be their first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss." Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated Slayer sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood," has taken the helm as executive producer of the project.

Working closely with Rubin will be Josh Abraham (Korn, Velvet Revolver, Atreyu) who will produce the album. "We're real happy to have Josh on the team," said Slayer's Jeff Hanneman. "He's a very creative and intuitive guy, he knows music, and he really gets who Slayer is and what we're doing." The as yet untitled album will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records, and is expected out this fall. As previously reported, The new album is expected to feature 11 songs, one of which will carry the title of "Cult".

"Dave's been back with us, playing live, for a couple of years now, and we're all looking forward to recording together again," said the band's Tom Araya. Kerry King added, "There really is no one like Dave ­ he doesn't have to work at what he does, he just walks in, picks up his sticks and goes."

Said Lombardo, "It feels really good being back with the same guys I started out with. The chemistry is definitely there, that's the exciting part of it, to capture that chemistry again. And that's what is happening."

Jeff, Tom and Kerry have been writing songs for this new album since they wrapped their last North American tour in September 2004. "This is probably the most prepared we've been to record an album since the 80s," King added. "We've been writing and cutting demos for months." While these may change, working titles for some of the songs that will be recorded include "Catalyst," "Cult," "Supremist," and "Consfearacy." "I like to write songs that have different meanings for different people," said King, "where everyone can say, ŒI know what he means,' but still get their own sense of what the song is about."

Finally, on 6.6.06 (a date already snatched up by for numerous death metal releases, most notably Deicide's) in San Diego, CA, Slayer will kick off a seven-week summer trek, "The Unholy Alliance Tour ­ Preaching to the Perverted," that boasts what has got to be the genre's coolest line-up of the summer ­ Lamb of God, Mastodon and Children of Bodom (who will rotate the second and third slots), and Thine Eyes Bleed who will open the shows. Not only is the line-up terrific, but ticket prices will reportedly not exceed $39.00, giving fans a great value for their dollar.

According to Slayer's long-time manager Rick Sales, "We want to make 'The Unholy Alliance' tour an annual global event, so we decided to be smart about the design from the beginning. We chose to book most of the tour's shows at indoor venues, as that allows the bands and the fans amenities like air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, as well as the very best stage lighting, production, and sound and less expensive concession prices. The few shows that will be played outside will be played at night in permanent facilities with our lighting, production, and so on. Everyone wins."

With more dates and details to be added, the confirmed dates so far for "The Unholy Alliance Tour ­ Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows:

June 6 - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
June 7 - The Orleans, Las Vegas, NV
June 12 - Pop's Outside, St. Louis, MO
June 13 - Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
June 15 - Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ
June 16 - Continental Airlines Arena, E. Rutherford, NJ
June 17 - Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
June 23 - Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
June 25 - Reliant Arena, Houston, TX
June 29 - Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
July 6 - Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
July 7 - Eagles Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI
July 14 - Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle, WA
July 16 - Salem Armory, Salem, OR
July 19 - HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
July 21 - Mesa Amphitheatre, Mesa, AZ
July 22 - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA

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Disgorge Sydney Harbour Boat Cruise Gig Videos

Australia's PyroMusic.net has posted over half an hour of video footage and numerous photos of the special Disgorge Sydney Harbour Boat Cruise Gig yesterday, including performances by Disgorge, Dawn Of Azazel and the debut performance of Infinitum. You can check it all out on PyroMusic.net.

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Bloodjinn Prepare To Demo New Tracks

Bloodjinn will be recording new demo material in late-March. The recording will take place with Mike Watts (As Cities Burn, Hopesfall) at VuDu Studios in Freeport, NY.

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God Dethroned Guitarist Checks In With Tour Recap

Guitarist Isaac Delahaye has posted the following tour recap on the official God Dethroned website:

"We're back from our European headline tour. Satisfied & tired. Every show was great in its own way. Thanx to everyone who made this possible: Max Marzocca & Joël Decoster from Black Box Bookings, Natron & crew, the God Dethroned crew Ozzy & Keez Himself, and of course everyone who was there to get infected with our disease. We've got a lot of video footage for the bonus DVD of the next album, so you'll be able to have a look behind the scene.
Next saturday we've got our last club show; after that we'll focus on the new album. We'll keep you updated 'bout this!
Cheers,
isaac"

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Evergrey Announce Listening, Signing Sessions

Evergrey have announced two listening and signing sessions for "Monday Morning Apocalypse." Details are as follows:

Mar. 24 Paris, France - Black Dog Bar @ 8:30pm
Mar. 25 Bochum, Germany - Matrix Club @ 10pm

The follow-up to 2004's "The Inner Circle," "Monday Morning Apocalypse" will be released on April 4th via InsideOut Music.

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Arch Enemy Shoot "My Apocalypse" Video

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following update on the band's official website:

"We shot a video for the song ‘My Apocalypse’ on Monday. The shoot was smooth and fun. Our necks hurt for a couple of days though… ‘Bang that head!!!!’.
The director Roger Johansson tells us it will all look killer when he’s done with the editing and special effects. Looking forward to seeing it. Should be on a metal show near you in a few weeks!”

“We also had Paul Smith come out and do interviews for the ‘Live Apocalypse’ DVD – that was a lot of fun… I just hope we come across like the wonderful human beings that we are…ha ha ha”

Photos from the shoot have been posted online. Click on the following links to check them out: photo #1, photo #2 and photo #3.

Arch Enemy have been confirmed for the following festivals:

Jun. 9-11 Donington Park, England - Download Festival
Jun. 23-25 Clisson, France - Hellfest

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Norther Added To No Mercy Festivals 2006

Finnish metallers Norther will be joining the No Mercy Festivals 2006 European Tour with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Apr. 04 Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
Apr. 05 Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Apr. 06 Berlin, GER - Fritz
Apr. 07 Glauchau, GER - Alte Spinnerei
Apr. 08 Prague, CZR - Abaton Club
Apr. 09 Wien, AUT - Planet Music
Apr. 10 Munich, GER - Backstage
Apr. 11 Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Apr. 12 Strasbourg, FRA - La Laiterie
Apr. 13 Frankfurt, GER - Batschkapp
Apr. 14 Dornbirn, AUT - Spielboden
Apr. 15 Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
Apr. 16 Antwerpen, BEL - Hof Ter Loo
Apr. 17 Tilburg, NETH - 013

Other Norther tour dates in Finland:

Mar. 09 Hki - Tavastia Klubi
Mar. 24 Tku - Palatsi
Jun. 15 Kouvola - TBA
Jun. 23 JoensuuI - losaari Juhannusfestivaali
Jul. 01 Helsinki - Tuska Festival
Jul. 08 Nivala - Tuiskurock

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Trivium Road Report

With their Roadrunner debut album, Ascendancy, still selling like hot-metallic-cakes, Trivium are courageously facing the challenge of an absolutely manic work-schedule in 2006!

Here's the latest: Starting from the end, the band's winter tour of Scandinavia supporting metal legends Iron Maiden sold over 80,000 tickets within a day of going on sale, prompting the addition of an extra show to account for demand. Dates for the rest of the mainland Europe will be announced March 6th.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BULLET FOR MY VALLENTINE and TRIVIUM have been confirmed as the opening bands for METALLICA on June 8 at Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland.

Next, the Florida-based band discusses Maiden and many more things in this latest interview conducted by the Miamist.

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Heaven Shall Burn Check In With Album Update

On the 11th of March we´re gonna co-headline CALIBANs release show in Oberhausen, Germany. No need to say, that we´re happy to support our old buddies at this event, see www.calibanmetal.com for more info. This show will be a blast get your tickets soon as pre-sale is really cheap and runs incredibly fast!!!

We also just were invited to play this years With Full Force Festival, one of Germanies biggest alternative open airs. We´re gonna share the mainstage with Kreator and Celtic Frost - hell yeah!!! www.withfullforce.de
There will be a few more festivals for us this summer, so check back from time to time, we´re gonna release those news asap.

And of course we´re still working all day and night for our upcoming CD, our new guitarist Alex has an great influence on the songs and brought many fresh ideas and aggression to the material. It seems we already found an albumtitle and first songs are named as well, we´ll tell you first details very soon!!!

Last month we went to see BOLT THROWER on their Eurotour, unbelievable! If you have the chance to see them somewhere - go there, it´s the best and most brutal band in the world!!!

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In Flames Audio Interview Posted Online

A recent audio interview with IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén, conducted by RabaFlab Rab of Northern Storm Records, has been made available for download at the IN FLAMES international fan site Everdying.com.

IN FLAMES have just completed a North American headlining tour in support of their new release, "Come Clarity", which debuted at No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart with sales of just under 24,000 copies. The CD has sold a total of 45,000 copies in its first three weeks of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

IN FLAMES will be kicking off a European tour with SEPULTURA on March 12 in Oslo, Norway.

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Darkest Hour Throw In Three Mexican Dates

Darkest Hour have scheduled the following three Mexican stops:
May 19th Mexico City, MEX - La Victoria
May 20th Guadalajara, MEX - Santa Sangre
May 21st Monterrey, MEX - Cafe Iguana

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Zao Post Covers of Black Flag Online

Zao have posted their cover of Black Flag's "Black Coffee" online here. The cover will appear on the upcoming reworked Black Flag tribute "Black On Black: A Tribute To Black Flag", which is due out on March 14th through Reignition. Zao on the other hand plan to release their new album "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here" on June 13th release through Ferret.

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Underoath Set Album Date Add Tour Plans

Underoath are now planning a tentative June 20th release date for their new album. In the meantime, the band have announced their dates with Poison The Well, As Cities Burn, Since By Man and Spitfire, here's the stops:

May 03rd Columbia, SC - Headliners Mainstage
May 04th Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
May 05th Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
May 06th Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
May 09th Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
May 10th Greensboro, NC - Greene Street
May 11th Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
May 16th Jackson, MS - The Capri Theatre
May 18th Fayetteville, AR - The Music Hall
May 20th Springfield, MO - The Oasis
May 22nd Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
May 23rd Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
May 25th Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection Lounge
May 27th Kettering, OH - The Attic
May 28th Lexington, KY - Oleika Shriner's Temple
May 29th Nashville, TN - Rocketown
May 30th Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre

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