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Calico System Split
Lambgoat reports: Calico System recently lost the services of both guitarist Shawn Keith and drummer Erik Ramsier. Keith has reportedly taken a job in the "music business" while Ramsier will focus on other things.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jesu Tour ICEd
Lambgoat reports: Jesu will be forced to miss the beginning of their tour with Isis, which kicks off this week in California. The group has issued the following statement:

"We are sorry to report that Jesu are still stuck in England and will NOT be playing the Spaceland, L.A headline/release party; work permits for Jesu have still not been cleared by U.S officials/customs[ICE] and the band are not allowed into the U.S until the permits are officially cleared. The band are yet to receive a date of clearance and simply have to wait until they do so before entering the U.S, hence Jesu will not be appearing at any shows with Isis until the permits are available and Jesu can leave England.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Shake Are Coming
PR reports: May 15 is the red-letter day when New York City's latest rock-throne contenders THE SHAKE will release Kick It, their debut album on Unicycle Records. If advance reaction is any indication, this band is sure to garner lots of positive media attention. All not yet 21, four area college students have managed to hone their musical craft and amass a loyal fan base while still pursuing their studies at Columbia, NYU, and Queens College.

THE SHAKE counts several of the original "British invasion" bands among their influences. Parallels to the Yardbirds, the Small Faces and the early Rolling Stones are apparent in many of their songs. But what give THE SHAKE their versatility are the individual band members' varied influences. Merkin cites BritRock acts like Oasis and the Kinks while Shapiro prefers the classic rock styling of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, and guitar greats Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Stein revels in old-school punk like the Ramones and early Green Day, while McNellis is a Jazz connoisseur. When you add all this together and mix it with their youthful enthusiasm, the result is the unique sound that is THE SHAKE.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Inquisition Reunion A One Night Stand
PR reports: INQUISITION will be reuniting for one show only on Friday, May 18, 2007 after just over a decade since their final show on September 8, 1996. The reunion show will take place in Richmond, VA at Alley Katz with support to include ENSIGN as well as a few surprise guests to be announced shortly. The show will be recorded and filmed for a possible yet unconfirmed future release. 

Tickets go on sale today, Monday, February 19, and are $10 in advance. They are available online at http://www.alleykatzrva.com. If you live in the Richmond area, it is asked that tickets please be purchased in person at PLAN 9 MUSIC's Cary Town location - http://www.plan9music.com, so that anyone from out of town wishing to attend can take advantage of the limited amount available online. The show is expected to sell out. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chimaira Parties
PR reports: On Monday, 3/05, Jagermeister presents the Chimaira CD Release Party at Peabody's Down Under. Tickets will be free in advance and $5 at the door. First 50 attendees will receive a free t-shirt! A special raffle will also
be presented to all concert goers of the show. Chimaira's upcoming cd "Resurrection" will be played in its entirety sometime between 10pm-12pm. Chimaira's DVD will be screened on all the televisions within the venue. Jager girls will also be in attendance giving away Jagermeister swag. Accompanying Chimaira will be Stemm, Waiting for Never, Forever in Terror, and Scalera. Attendees will be the first ones to buy Chimaira's CD "Resurrection" at the stroke of Midnight. 

On Friday, 3/09, Chimaira will be doing an in store appearance at Magnolia Thunderpussy in Columbus.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Red Sparowes kicks off a U.S. tour
PR reports: Los Angeles epic instrumental quintet Red Sparowes kicks off a U.S. tour in support of its sophomore Neurot Recordings album Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun this week. The band had previously played select dates on the east and west coasts (as well as in the U.K.) last fall, but this is the first full scale jaunt for the quintet due to the busy schedules of its members who also split time in metal heavyweights ISIS, Neurosis, Battle of Mice and others.

Red Sparowes On Tour:
02/20 Denton, TX Hailey's
02/21 Austin, TX Emo's
02/23 Houston, TX Walter's[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Scum of the Earth Beneath the Devil Girl
PR reports: Scum of the Earth (featuring former Rob Zombie guitarist RIGGS & White Zombie drummer Ivan DePrume) have announced the completion of a new music video for their song "Beneath The Living" which is featured in the upcoming psychological cult thriller film entitled "Devil Girl". The video was directed by the movie's director, Howie Askins of Monkey Man Films. The music video can be viewed online at the full story link. When asked about the decision to use Scum of the Earth's music for the movie, director Howie Askins replied, "Having been a longtime fan of Riggs and Scum of the Earth, I thought that the band's music was a perfect fit for the subject matter of the film. The band even sings about a "Devil Girl" in their song Get Your Dead On, and the pairing of the two just made perfect sense. We were also able to secure 3 other tracks from the band for the film so there's plenty of SOTE in the movie."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mayhem 4
PR reports: Dutch death metallers SINISTER and Swedish death/thrashers RAISE HELL. Also....SECRETS SHE KEPT, EPOCH OF UNLIGHT, BOUND AND GAGGED, AVENGER OF BLOOD, DYING EUPHORIA and THE BODY BENEATH have been confirmed for the Minneapolis Mayhem 4 festival, set to take place May 12 at the Station-4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This year's Minneapolis Mayhem festival will only be a one-day event. Other acts will be announced soon.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Jam Reunite
PR reports: On 2nd May 2007 two thirds of the original line-up of The Jam will make history when they reform for their first official UK tour in 25 years. Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler's 20-date UK tour will be the first live shows since the original Jam disbanded after they performed what was to be their final concert (Brighton, England, December 1982).

Bruce and Rick's timely reunion also coincides with the band's 30th anniversary and release of their debut album In The City (originally released by Polydor Records on 29th April 1977). [see full story for tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talking Wolf
PR reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 129 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. This episode features a debut song sample of the track "Beautiful Tragedy" from In This Moment and interviews host John Ostronomy and Mark Strigl conducted with In This Moment's Maria Brink and Chris Howorth as well as Wolf's Johannes "Axeman" Losbäck. In This Moment interview topics include MySpace, Kittie, and the making of the "Prayers" video. Wolf interview topics include the "Evil Dead" movie, W.A.S.P., and the "I Will Kill Again" video. Additional podcast topics include Messiah's Reign, Battlestar Galactica, Robin Quivers, and Tyler Fyre. Photos as well as the 40-minute podcast can be downloaded at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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PR reports: Philadelphia's CLOCKCLEANER Announce U.S. Tour w/ Times New Viking - SXSW Appearance - Fall Album on Load! Introducing your new favorite punk rock band kiddies. Philadelphia's CLOCKCLEANER, who are, "basically not allowed to play in Philly," perform 70's inspired sci-fi punk not-unlike skull pummeling artists
No Trend or Bauhaus.

Led by ex-Nine Shocks Terror member John Sharkey on guitar and vocals (who, after a bad car wreck had amnesia throughout the recording of their last record, "Nevermind"), Karen Horner (formerly of the band Green Apple Quickstep) on bass, who proclaims "Philadelphia is made of pussies," and drummer Richie Penetrator who, prior to the band, modeled footwear for Fila and various department stores to get a paycheck, CLOCKCLEANER'S live show is something like being awake during a Nightmare on Elm Street dream while simultaniously[sic] experiencing epileptic seizures as those blade-ridden gloves find themselves in various orafices [sic] (see also Birthday Party).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rick Rubin / RHCP In The Studio Books Coming
PR reports: Phoenix-based Amber Books has optioned the rights to two new titles: 'Rick Rubin: In the Studio', which details the 20+ year creative process of arguably the most prolific producer of this generation, in pioneering fashion in genres ranging from metal to rock to rap to country and so on. The publisher has also optioned rights to 'The Red Hot Chili Peppers: In the Studio', which details the specifics behind the recording career of the pioneers of funk-rock. Both books are due in the Spring of 2008, along with a biography on the Black Eyed Peas. All three titles are penned by author Jake Brown. For further information, visit www.amberbooks.com- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cataract Find Their Man
PR reports: Cataract posted the following update: Yes it's true; we are back to a five piece! And we're glad we can stop the guessing and rumoring by officially welcoming Tom Kuzmic whom you might know from death metal monsters Disparaged to the mighty realm of Castle Cataract! We also thank all the people who wanted to ruin their lives by joining us on our trip to hell or volunteered to jump in case we couldn't find someone - you guys f***ing rock! We are confident this is the best that could have happened as Tom has more than 100% of what we were looking for! We already started rehearsing with the new line up and things are looking great for the shows we wisely didn't cancel haha! So once again to end all discussion - we will play shows, starting March 31st! We will keep you posted on the progression.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Criminal Wanted
PR reports: Anglo-Chilean thrashers Criminal are looking for a new bass player. Frontman Anton Reisenegger recently posted the following message on the band's MySpace page: 

"It's unfortunately looking like Staff won't be able to continue in Criminal. We're quite bummed out because he's really grown to be a part of the band, and the last few shows we've played with him have probably been the best since Rod and I moved to Europe , but his work and other commitments don't allow him to dedicate enough time to touring and recording. He will still be doing the BRUJERIA show and might be helping out here and there after that, which we appreciate enormously (cheers mate!), but what it boils down to is we are again without a bassist. Which also means we are looking for one! So if you fulfil the following requirements, drop us a line! A South American background would be very welcome, but is not a must!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cattle Decapitation Book Europe Debut
PR reports: All fans of US vegan/vegetarian grindcore outfit Cattle Decapitation, watch out! Your favorite defenders of animal rights will tour Europe for the first time. They will support DYING FETUS on their upcoming European dates! Be there and witness their blasting brutality for the first time in Europe !

5/04 Karlshure, German Substage w/ Dead to Fall, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Ion Dissonance

5/05 Essen, Germany Turock w/ Dead To Fall, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Ion Dissonance
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Today's Reviews
....Forward Russia - Give Me a Wall
Forward Russia would have fit in nicely in the New Wave era for a couple of reasons. First of all, they have well-written, tightly performed songs, good stuff. Secondly, singer Tom Woodhead has a manic way of singing that makes him sound, well, slightly insane (4 stars) - Read the full Forward Russia - Give Me a Wall review
....MorleyView: Echoes Of Eternity<
If you're a fan of bands like Leaves' Eyes and Elis, you might want to keep a watch out for a relatively new band. They're called Echoes of Eternity and their debut record The Forgotten Goddess hits the stores in late Feb.- Read the full Echoes Of Eternity MorleyView
....Four Letter Lie - Let Your Body Take Over
Underoath is back! But wait they're not! It's Four Letter Lie and their album Let Your Body Take Over made me think of one word: ripoff. Seriously, every song sounds the same and sounds like something Underoath threw away.- Read the full Four Letter Lie - Let Your Body Take Over review

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