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Metal News for June 29, 2006

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Let It Rock: Interview With Heavenly Trip To Hell

Long Beach, California and the Los Angeles Rock music scene in general, have birthed perhaps the closest band to Motley Crue in spirit and party atmosphere attitude with Heavenly Trip To Hell that this Rock journalist on the very scene has at least himself witnessed in recent years. And I was at Motley Crue's 1983 Shout At The Devil performance at the Santa Monica Civic, when most you pups reading this weren't even a dirty thought on your dating parents minds yet. This is a band that I feel is very important right now, in terms of being one of those acts to help get the Rock world back into the hands of the people who actually Rock. They utilize the fury-laden, Industrial-sonic attack of legendary Ministry, while having a steady metal foundation as its overall approach. The band is getting ready for a couple of exciting shows in basically the next week, including a record release party on July 1st at the infamous Whisky A Go Go here in Los Angeles. I am thrilled to have had the chance to get them to tell us more about their crazy ways, along with their socially and politically motivated songwriting stance. Drummer JD and bassist Sergio Natas join us for the conversation. More...

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HourCast To Tour w/ 30 Seconds To Mars

After a successful series of live performances with Sevendust, Boston electronic rockers HourCast will join the red hot 30 Seconds To Mars on a nationwide U.S. tour for the duration of the summer. Newcomers on the hard rock scene, HourCast blend unique elements of computerized rock and heavy metal to create a unique and often somber sound on their debut album State Of Disgrace.

"We had no preconceptions as to what the band would sound like," says vocalist Patrick McBride. The members of HourCast – Mcbride, drummer Jerry Clews, guitarist David Henriquez and bassist David Sullivan - have combined their varied influences to incorporate the heavy flavor of Deftones and Tool with the dark electronic atmosphere of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.

"Freeze", the first single from State Of Disgrace , is accompanied by an innovative animated video that has already received play on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball and FUSE Oven Fresh. Hard Drive Radio, XM and Music Choice have all begun playing HourCast's music as well.

Not being signed to a label could serve as a liability to some bands, but not HourCast. "We didn't have a label telling us what to do and that allowed us to add variety and flavor to the album," says McBride. HourCast is a band looking to gain ground in the current music scene. "Myspace and live shows are definitely helping us to build a fan base," says McBride.

The track listing for State Of Disgrace comprises: More...

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Waking Judea Signs with Innerstrength Records

Waking Judea has signed with Innerstrength Records for the release of their follow up to 2004's “The Desolate,” which was released by Paper Street Records. Their new album is titled “Invisible Cities” and features seven new tracks. A late summer release is planned. You can hear some tracks from "Invisible Cities" on their MySpace page.

Here is the “Invisible Cities” track listing:

1. Pythagoras
2. Crowned in Dust
3. The Architect of Earth and Sea
4. The Architect of Heaven
5. Spires
6. Desire Extinction
7. Cities and the Dead

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Converge Names New Album

Converge has officially titled their upcoming album "No Heroes." Here's an explanation from the band:

"These days cowards outnumber the heroes, and the begging souls outweigh the calloused hands of the hardest of workers. Both in life and in art, the lack of passion is sickening and the lust for complacency is poisonous. This album is the artistic antithesis of that sinking world, a thorn in the side of their beast. It's for those who move mountains, one day at a time. It's for those who truly understand sacrifice...In our world of enemies, we will walk alone..."

As previously reported, guest appearances will be made on the record by JR Conners (ex-Cave In, now of Doomriders) and Alex Garcia-Rivera (Bloodhorse, ex-454 Big Block, ex-Give Up The Ghost) added a bit of percussion during a recent session. Kurt [Ballou] and Jake [Bannon] also added a bit of percussion as well during that session. Vocally, Jonah Jenkins (Septic Youth Command, ex-Only Living Witness, ex-Miltown, etc.) will be contributing, as well as Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy).

The group, with the guidance of guitarist Kurt Ballou, is engineering and producing the effort themselves. According to the band, "No need to bring anyone else in, not when we have the ability to collectively create the album we artistically envision."

"No Heroes," to be released via Epitaph Records, will consist of roughly thirteen songs.

The band will play material from the new effort during their July stint on the Sounds Of The Underground tour.

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This Ending Signs To Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of This Ending from Stockholm, Sweden. This Ending were formerly known as The Plague, but had to change their name due to legal constraints.

This Ending started during the fall of 2005. 13 songs were created, three of which are featured on the downloadable demo recorded at Offbeat Studio in the winter of 2005.

This Ending existed in a previous incarnation as A Canorous Quintet. After several years of absence from the metal scene the guys decided that the time was right for a new era. It was time for the age of the plague. Members of the band are/have been active in the following bands: Amon Amarth, Guidance Of Sin, Niden Div. 187 and Sins Of Omission, among others.

Comments the band: "We are very pleased to be working with one of the most dedicated metal labels in the industry. Metal Blade is the first and only label that came to our minds when we were deciding on which label to present our demo with. We felt that they would understand and appreciate our style. We are confident that This Ending and Metal Blade will have a strong future together and look forward to the outcome of this partnership. We will be very proud to bear the Metal Blade logo on our releases."

A full-length album is due to be recorded during August and September at Off-Beat Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. No release date has been set yet.

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Black Label Society Release Date Moved Forward

The release of Black Label Society's Roadrunner debut, "Shot to Hell," has been pushed up one week and will now see a September 12th. The first single from the disc, "Concrete Jungle", hits radio on July 24th.

BLS, who have secured a second-stage headlining slot at this year's Ozzfest, will tour the world extensively in support of the new album. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde is also writing and recording with OZZY OSBOURNE for his new CD, to be released sometime next year.

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Underoath Debuts At No. 2 on Billboard

Underoath's third studio album 'Define the Great Line' has debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 selling 98,000 units. Dragonforce sold 10,000 copies of their third disc, 'Inhuman Rampage', giving them the No. 103 position. AFI's latest 'decemberunderground' continues to fall and now sets at No. 9. Korn's new DVD 'Live From the Other Side' debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Music DVD chart.

Sales were down 10% compared to the previous week and down 8% compared to the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 4% compared to 2005.

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Sevendust To Begin Work on New Record, Post MP3

During their Rockline Radio appearance Monday night, Sevendust announced they will begin work on the follow-up to last year's 'Next' on July 5th. The band recently parted ways with Winedark Records and will begin shopping for a new label shortly. The second single from 'Next' entitled "Pieces" was released earlier this week and can be streamed on their MySpace page.

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A7X To Premeire “Seize the Day” Video Online

Avenged Sevenfold will premiere their epic music video for “Seize the Day” directed by Wayne Isham (Rolling Stones, Motley Crue and Metallica) TONIGHT on their MySpace page and AvengedSevenfold.com.

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Watch Zao's Performance of “Savannah” Online

There is a new live video of Zao performing their track “Savannah” available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester NY earlier this year. The band’s laterest release “The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here” is available now via Ferret Music.

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