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Unearth, Chimaira, Throwdown and Daath Team Up For Tour
Metal Blade reports: This fall Unearth, Chimaira, Throwdown and DAATH are teaming up for a European run of 25 shows spanning from September 15th starting in Biebob, Belgium to October 12th ending in London, UK.

In somewhat related news: Unearth bassist to release book, "Bet On Black Journal" Learn from the gambling exploits and methods of John "Slo" Maggard, bassist of the heavy metal outfit Unearth.

With years of experience touring and gambling all over the world, Slo has applied his experience and talents to finding ways to swing the odds in your favor. - more on this story

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Behemoth Banned
Metal Blade reports: The irreverent and thought provoking new video from one of the world's most extreme music acts, Behemoth, has been pulled from youtube.

Ov Fire And The Void was filmed by Grupa 13 in Poland, the same people behind Behemoth's last video, At The Left Hand Ov God. Nergal comments on the video, "We are proud and we are satisfied. This is our life's work and we are happy to finally get it out to people. Watch and enjoy!"

Evangelion, the band's ninth full length album will be unleashed in the US on August 11th via Metal Blade Records and in Europe on August 9th via Nuclear blast.

The uncensored version of Ov Fire And The Void is now available for viewing on - http://www.metalblade.com/behemoth

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Willy DeVille RIP
Kayos reports: The rock world has lost another one of its influential pioneers with the death of Willy DeVille. DeVille, 58, was born in Stamford, CT. . He succumbed to pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed only three months ago at 10pm EST, on August 6, 2009 at Cabrini Hospital in York City.

Unique, debonair, and mysterious, Willy DeVille was a staple of the mid-70's New York punk scene. As founder, leader, and principal songwriter of the iconic Mink DeVille, Willy used the creative aesthetic of the CBGB's circuit as an outlet to express his slinky, sexy blend of soul, R&B, blues, Dixieland, and Cajun influences. Mink DeVille enjoyed their first taste of success in the UK with their hit "Spanish Stroll" in 1977 before Willy embarked on a solo career in the mid-80s. His solo single "Storybook Love" was nominated for an Oscar after it appeared in The Princess Bride in 1987. Throughout his career, his musical gumbo was always layered with his deliciously gravelly soul-drenched vocals.

Most recently, Eagle Rock Entertainment were proud to support his artistic vision, with releases such as his 2004 album Crow Jane Alley, and eponymous performances Live in Berlin (2003), Live In The Lowlands (2006), and Mink DeVille: Live at Montreux 1982 (2008) on DVD.
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Paris Keeling Sets Friday Release of All-Star Release
PR reports: Surgeland Records, has announced an unconventional release date of August 28th for "End of Ride Revisited" by rock band Paris Keeling. The release date falls on a Friday rather than the standard Tuesday release date protocol the larger labels follow.

The 16-song set features songs previously released on the 2006 Paris Keeling CD "End of Ride" along with bonus tracks and remixes, and contains the renowned vocal talents of Kelly Keeling (Baton Rouge, Michael Schenker Group, Blue Murder, Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, King Kobra, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, O'2L) and the lauded guitar and production work of Marty Paris (The Marty Paris Band, Permanent Reverse) along with several celebrity musicians.

The collaboration between Paris and Keeling began several years ago with the culmination of their songwriting styles blossoming into melodic rock/pop political and relationship-based songs. - more on this story

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Bridgestock Lineup
PR reports: Saturday August 15th marks the first annual Bridgestock. Three outdoor stages and over 25 artists will take over the downtown core of Welland, Ontario (behind Civic Square spanning to the East Main Street Bridge).

Bridgestock '09 features headlining acts: Poison the Well, Street Pharmacy (CD Release), Stereos, In These Walls (Reunion), The Midway State, and many more. - schedule and lineup

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Bison b.c. Hitting The Road With Kylesa
Metal Blade reports: Vancouver, BC's Bison b.c. are once again saddling up their infamous tour van, the Blue Bitch, and hitting the road with Georgia's Kylesa!

The like minded pair of riff infested heavy bands will begin their trek in North Carolina, which includes the Planet Caravan Festival with Clutch, Pentagram, Wino, Burst and tons more. The fest will be a perfect beginning to what promises to be a tour filled with ample amounts of banging heads, sloshing cups of beer and plenty of beards!

Vocalist/guitarist James Farwell issues his update: "So I get back from the baptized in beer tour, and I'm hangin' on the porch with my dog Milo, just shootin' the ----, and I break the news that I'm goin out on the road again in September…he looks up at me with the sad, disappointed look he has mastered for when I tell him things he doesn't want to hear. I scratch him behind his ear and say, "but we get to go out with Kylesa, and Tombs and Red Fang will be there to party, and Saviours…" I see his tail start wagging and he says, "----ing awesome dude…drink a beer for me, cause sometimes this water just doesn't cut it." - more on this story

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Rock Gone Wild Festival Plans Simply Gone?
HeadbangerNYC.com reports: City view, Central Iowa's independent weekly, has informed
HeadbangerNYC.com of the apparent cancelation of Rock Gone Wild, the Iowa-based four-day festival which was supposed to take place August 20-23 at the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood.

Cityview, which had conducted a number of interviews with artists that were scheduled to take part in the event and had a cover story ready to go to press, has forwarded a statement to HeadbangerNYC.com from Dana Young, a managing member of Rock Gone Wild, an Iowa-based limited liability company, in which Dana says, "I . . . was informed on August 5, 2009, by email from legal counsel representing Diamond Jo Casino, that: quote-unquote, 'the event cannot take place anywhere on the licensed premises.'"

The Rock Gone W1ld organizers announced last month that the festival was being moved from Freedom Park in Algona to The Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood. Among the bands that were scheduled to appear at Rock Gone Wild were Saxon, Jackyl, Warrant, Twisted S1ster, Skid Row, Lita Ford, Dokken, Great White,Kix, L.A. Gvns (featuring Phil Lewis), Candlebox and Sevendust - HeadbangerNYC.com

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Lightning Swords Of Death Ink With Metal Blade
Metal Blade reports: Metal Blade Records is proud to announce inking a deal with LA underground black metal act, Lightning Swords Of Death.

Those who were privy to the band's 2007 release, The Golden Plague, are already aware of the band's prowess. Their second release took the form of a split CD with comrades Valdur, which was only available for a limited time at performances during the country wide 2008 Blodhevn tour. The split continues to infect all who experience its unyielding expression of true chaos, but it's only a precursor of the grand and terrible horror that is looming in the future like a headsman's shadow…

Vocalist Autarch divulges: "Metal Blade has made a pact with the Devil. His knights, Lightning Swords of Death shall go forth to wreak torment upon man and all his works for conquer and the glory of Hell on Earth. We rejoice in this union, together we shall stack the souls of the weak and fill our chalice with the blood of martyrs." - more on this story

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Noah and the Whale Present The First Days of Spring This Fall
PR reports: Noah and the Whale's 'The First Days of Spring' an Album and Film will be released in October 2009 on Cherrytree/Interscope. Here is little about the project:

"I do see the film and the album as being together, as a unified thing," says Noah and the Whale's chief songwriter and singer Charlie Fink about the band's new record and accompanying film, The First Days of Spring. "But the album very much came first – it has its own internal narrative."

Noah and the Whale – Charlie Fink, Doug Fink, Tom Hobden and Urby Whale – craft their music with a unique and imaginative vision that sets them apart from the rest, and this October the band will release The First Days of Spring on Cherrytree/Interscope alongside a film of the same name which marks the directorial debut of Charlie Fink and runs the same length as the record. The release is the highly-anticipated follow-up to their gold- selling 2008 debut album Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down.
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Say Anything Headlining Tour
RCA reports: Critically-acclaimed Los Angeles rock band Say Anything announce today their headlining tour which kicks off October 14th in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues, just one day after the in-store release of their highly anticipated, self- titled third album Say Anything (RCA Records).

This 32-date tour has the high-energy rock outfit crisscrossing the U.S. and Canada with opening acts Eisley and Moneen. The tour also has Moving Mountains, Miniature Tigers, and Picture Atlantic supporting on various dates. The tour wraps on November 22nd in the band's hometown at the Troubadour.

Say Anything, produced by veteran producer/mixer/ engineer Neil Avron (Weezer, The Wallflowers, Fall Out Boy) is the follow-up studio album to the band's critically acclaimed 2007 double-disc In Defense of the Genre.
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Rock Plaza Central Touring With The Weakerthans
PR reports: Canada's favorite horse-loving folk band Rock Plaza Central is busy preparing for an exciting fall tour with folk-punk pioneers The Weakerthans!

Rock Plaza Central has already spent the larger part of this year on the road in North America, performing with a wide array of artists including Suckers and Laura Gibson, as well as hitting festivals such as the Wicker Park and 10,000 Lakes Festival. As their set of fall dates approaches, Rock Plaza front man and literary award winner Chris Eaton is once again looking forward to adding more to his on-the-road Twitter project.

Eaton has been writing one story per day of no more than 140 characters on tour, so that he may publish them for public participation on his band's Twitter account from the road. The tweeted micro-fiction project will be published in Steel Bananas' upcoming anthology, GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose. - more on this story

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Woodstock Radio Specials
PR reports: WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival with special programs and features from August 14th-16th.

The tributes start on Friday with music from Woodstock in the spotlight throughout the day. From 2 to 4 p.m., WFUV will offer the special "Woodstock 40 Years On," featuring interviews with rockers like Grace Slick, Mickey Hartand, Richie Havens, as well as never-before-heard audio recorded during the festival. The special will get behind-the-scenes stories from Eddie Kramer (who engineered the original gathering) and Woodstock's promoter, Michael Lang, plus reminiscences from Bob Weir, Robbie Robertson, Leslie West, Arlo Guthrie and the musings of Wavy Gravy and more. At 7:40 AM and 4:45 PM on Friday, Pete Fornatale, author of "Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock," looks back on the festival in the daily feature Take Five.

The celebration continues all weekend long on the station's FUV Music web stream and HD channel, with special features and music. The festival will also be remembered on Pete Fornatale's own show, Mixed Bag, on Saturday from 4:00-8:00 PM. Capping off the festivities on August 16th from 8:00-11:00 AM, will be Sunday Breakfast, as host John Platt chats with Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Country McDonald and others about their Woodstock memories.
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. Robot Lords of Tokyo - Whiskey Blood and Napalm
Quite frankly, Robot Lords of Tokyo is a metal band for people who are not metalheads. If youve given up and think there are no bands that really rock, think again and check out this album. (4 stars) - Read the full Robot Lords of Tokyo - Whiskey Blood and Napalm review

.... Gollum - The Core
Elements of death, black, doom, sludge, thrash and progressive metal all appear, crafting a style of metal familiar yet alien. Winding yet claustrophobic, it is the sound of a massive cave system collapsing inwards. - Read the full Gollum - The Core review

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