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Drummer Bill Ward will apparently not be participating in Black Sabbath‘s upcoming reunion tour and album, as he has deemed the contract “unsignable.” Read Ward’s statement on the matter here and the rest of the band’s announcement here.
Knut have gone on an indefinite hiatus. The Swiss sludge metal/post-hardcore band formed in 1994 and most recently released Wonder in 2010 on Hydra Head Records.
Eulogy Recordings has signed Kid Gorgeous (featuring members of Every Time I Die, Buried Alive, Anterrabae). The band will release an EP entitled Blue Romance – their first material since reforming in 2010 – with three new tracks, a re-recorded classic and a cover later this year.
Touche Amore vocalist Jeremy Bolm has teamed up with Deathwish Inc. to launch a multimedia label called Secret Voice. The first release will be a self-titled 7″ EP from Single Mothers.
The Word Alive drummer Justin Salinas and keyboardist Dusty Riach have left the band. Despite the line-up changes, the remaining band members will still hit the studio this week as planned to begin working on new material. Read the band’s statement here.
Death By Stereo have have signed with Viking Funeral Records. The band’s sixth full-length album, Black Sheep of the American Dream, is planned for a spring release.
Between the Buried and Me are scheduled to hit the studio with producer Jamie King in May to record a new album.
Guitarist/vocalist Evan Pharmakis and drummer Chris Campbell have left Vanna. Joel Pastuszak has joined on guitar/vocal duty, while the band will use fill-in drummers for the time being. Watch a statement from the band here.
Nachtmystium have re-signed with Century Media Records. The band released their two most recent full-length albums through the label, and they are expected to have another one out later this year.
Decoder have parted ways with vocalist Spencer Pearson “due to recurring issues with drugs and alcohol.” Read the band’s statement, in which they air a bit of dirty laundry, here.
Harley Flanagan (ex-Cro-Mags) has signed with Souther Lord Recordings for several upcoming releases. The first of them will be the new Harley’s War album.
The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato is apparently dating porn star Jenna Haze. Good for him!
Century Media Records has signed French death metal act NecroWretch. The band will begin writing their debut full length soon.
Ryan Parrish and Kris Norris (ex-Darkest Hour), Kristen Randall (ex-Winds of Plague), Dave Sheldon (ex-Annihilator) and Pat Kavanagh (Threat Signal) have come together to form A Cancerous Affair. Watch an introductory video, which also features song clips, here.
The 20th anniversary reissue of Pantera‘s 1992 classic Vulgar Display of Power will feature a lost track entitled “Piss.” A release date has not yet been determined.
It appears that former vocalist Jesse Leach has re-joined Killswitch Engage. Expect an official announcement soon.
Iron Maiden will release a live concert entitled En Vivo! on March 27 via Universal Music Enterprises. It will be available on Blu-ray, 2-DVD set, 2-CD set and double picture vinyl. The concert was filmed using 23 cameras on April 10, 2011 in front of over 50,000 fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago. Full details on the release can be found here.
Wretched will release their third full-length album, Son of Perdition, on March 27 via Victory Records. They are currently in the studio recording it with producer Jamie King. This marks the first release with Adam Cody (ex-Glass Casket) on vocals.
Firewind will release a new album, Few Against Many, in North America on May 22 via DisManic/E1 Music. The Greek power metal group features current Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G.
DragonForce will release their fifth studio album, The Power Within, on April 17 via Roadrunner Records. This marks their first release with new singer Marc Hudson. The artwork and tracklisting can be seen here.
Naglfar will release Téras on March 27 via Century Media Records. You can see the tracklisting and cover art here. This will be the Swedish melodic black metal outfit’s first release since 2007.
John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) will release his sixth solo album, God Told Me To, on April 10. The album will be “half acoustic and half metal.” You can see the cover art, which was painted by Rob Zombie, here.
Deluxe editions of Dio‘s Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart will be released on March 24. They will each feature the original CD along with a bonus disc containing additional material and an expanded booklet with notes from Malcolm Dome and has been endorsed by Dio’s widow Wendy Dio.
Listen to Silverstein‘s new album, Short Songs, here. The album, which comes out this week on Hopeless Records, features 11 original songs and 11 hardcore/punk covers, each less than a minute and a half.
Listen to Orange Goblin‘s new album, Eulogy for the Damned, here. It comes out on February 14 on Candlelight Records.
Listen to a Scale the Summit b-side entitled “Redwoods” here. The track was originally recorded for their latest album, The Collective and will be available on the upcoming vinyl release of the album.
Stream/download The Cult‘s new single, “Lucifer,” for free here. The track will be on the band’s upcoming album, Choice of Weapon, which is due out on May 22 via their own Cooking Vinyl.
Listen to a new The Devastated song entitled “Devil’s Messenger” here. It is the title track of their new album, which comes out on February 14 via Century Media Records.
Stream/download to a new Narrows (featuring members of Botch, These Arms Are Snakes) song entitled “Under the Guillotine” here. The track comes from their upcoming full-length, Painted, which is due out on February 28 via Deathwish Inc.
Listen to a new The Burial song entitled “Pearls; The Frailty of Matter” here. The band just signed to Facedown Records, who will release their new album, Lights and Perfections, on March 27.
Listen to a new 3 Inches of Blood song entitled “Leather Lord” here. This is the first taste of Long Live Heavy Metal, due out on March 27th via Century Media Records.
Listen to a new Goatwhore song entitled “Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word” here. This is the third single from their upcoming album, Blood for the Master, which comes out on February 14 via Metal Blade Records.
Listen to a new Modern Day Escape song entitled “The Syndicate” here. It comes from the band’s sophomore album, Under the Gun, which will be out on March 27.
Listen to a new Cannibal Corpse song entitled “Scourge of Iron” here. This is the third track from the band’s forthcoming album, Torture, which comes out on March 13 via Metal Blade Records.
Listen to a clip of a new Tenacious D song entitled “Rize of the Fenix” here. It seems that they will release an album of the same name in May. They might not quite fit in with the other bands covered on Radio 66.6, but this is the first time that Jack Black and Kyle Gass have released new music since 2006’s The Pick of Destiny.
Watch Lacey Sturm of Flyleaf‘s music video for “Heavy Prey” featuring Geno Lenardo of Filter here. The video features footage of from Underworld: Awakening, so you get to see Sturm and Kate Beckinsale.
Watch Close Your Eyes‘ music video for “Carry You” here. It comes from the melodic hardcore band’s latest album, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts, which is out now on Victory Records.
Watch Obey the Brave‘s music video for “Live and Learn” here. This is the debut single of the band, which features former members of Despised Icon and Blind Witness.
Watch Comeback Kid‘s music video for “Do Yourself a Favor” here. It’s a well-shot video for a great hardcore song, if you ask me.
Watch Die Antwoord‘s music video for “I Fink U Freeky” here. Like everything the South African hip hop artists do, it’s absolutely bizarre – and worth watching.
Watch Landmine Marathon‘s music video for “Beaten and Left Blind” here. Chicks get bloody as the video lives up to the song title.
Watch We Came As Romans‘ music video for “Understand What We’ve Grown To Be” here. It is the final part in their music video series directed by Travis Kopach that began with “Mis//Understanding” and “Just Keep Breathing.”
Watch Soen‘s music video for “Savia” here. The band features former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez and former Death bassist Steve DiGiorgio, but they sound a lot like Tool. Their debut album, Cognitive, comes out this month in Europe, but a North American release has yet to be determined.
Watch The Darkness‘ music video for “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” here. You can also grab a free MP3 of the song here. This is the first new music from the band in over 6 years. Did you catch the band in Samsung’s Super Bowl ad?
Watch Rottness’ music video for “As Far as the Fist Can Go” here It’s an interesting clip from the Mexican goregrinders, but it is definitely not safe for work. Director David Hall described it as “a psychedelic and grotesque journey to the center of a phantasmagoric pig squeal.”
Watch Puscifer‘s (the side project of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan) music video for “Telling Ghosts here. This is the second single off of the band’s 2011 album, Conditions of My Parole.
Watch The World We Knew‘s music video for “The Endless” here. It stars former WWE/ECW/TNA wrestler Tommy Dreamer.
Watch Emmure‘s music video for “Drug Dealer Friend” here. The band’s new album, Slave to the Game, comes out on April 10 on Victory Records – although this track is from their previous effort.
Watch Foxy Shazam‘s music video for “I Like It” here. These guys are like a modern incarnation of Queen but stranger. Their new album, The Church of Rock and Roll, is out now on I.R.S. Records.
Watch Orange Goblin‘s music video for “Red Tide Rising” here. It is inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The band’s new album, Eulogy for the Damned, comes out on February 14 via Candlelight Records.
There’s a mash-up of Lamb of God‘s “Redneck” and Kesha‘s “Tik Tok” floating around. You can check it out here. This is what the internet was made for.
Guns N’ Roses are playing a handful of shows at smaller venues this month. Dates and ticket information can be found here. If you want to go, you better act fast – because these will definitely sell out quickly.
The 14th annual Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival will take place on May 25-28 in Las Vegas, NV. Over 60 bands will perform throughout the weekend, and the first five acts have been revealed: Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Adicts and The Briefs. Details can be found here.
Opeth and Mastodon will co-headline the Heritage Hunter Tour with support from Ghost. Dates can be found here.
Meshuggah, Baroness and Decapitated are teaming up for The Ophidian Trek. Tour dates can be found here.
The 6th annual Rock on the Range will take on May 18-20 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. Bands performing this year include Rob Zombie, Incubus, Marilyn Manson, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Megadeth, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Mastodon and more. The full line-up thus far can be found here. Tickets are on sale now.
Texas In July, Like Moths To Flames, The Air I Breathe, Hundredth, For All I Am and One Year Later will team up for The Last Reality Tour. Dates can be found here.
Converge, Loma Prieta and Git Some Later will be touring together. Dates can be found here.
La Dispute will headline the Willdlife Tour this spring with support from Balance and Composure, All Get Out and Sainthood Reps. Dates can be found here.
Protest the Hero, Periphery, Jeff Loomis, The Safety Fire and Today I Caught the Plague will be touring together. Dates can be found here. This will be Protest the Hero‘s final tour supporting their 2011 effort, Scurrilous.
Escape the Fate and Attack Attack will co-headline the This World Is Ours Tour with support from The Word Alive, Secrets and Mest. Dates can be found here.
Cannibal Corpse will headline this year’s Summer Slaughter tour with support from Between the Buried and Me and The Faceless. Additional bands will be announced weekly on Facebook.
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