Dame-Nation Festival 2011 Band Lineup Announced

The lineup has now been announced for Chicago’s female-fronted rock and metal festival Dame-Nation. The festival will take over Reggies Rock Club on Friday, July 29th and features the following lineup:

Avariel (Boston, MA)
Deadmanswake (Downers Grove, IL)
The Unvoiced (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Losing Scarlet (Chicago, IL)
Angelical Tears (Oklahoma City, OK)
Shield of Wings (Chicago, IL)
A Sound of Thunder (Washington DC)
Solarsphere (Chicago, IL)
Lindz Riot of Mary and the Black Lamb (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)

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“Karate Nipples,” a brand new song from Iwrestledabearonce’s new Ruining It For Everybody CD premieres today at MetalSucks .

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Rat Babies Announces New U.S. Tour Dates

Athens, Georgia based act Rat Babies has announced a May/June tour that will take the band into new territory reaching as far north as Chicago IL, Lansing MI and Youngstown OH, while also hitting familiar areas like IN, VA, NC, SC, and GA where fan have come to know what to expect. Later this year the band will once again hit the road for another tour which is being scheduled for a three month run in Aug-Oct covering the southeast USA while touring with the vaudevillian sideshow troupe called “Mr Blank’s Carnivale of Black Hearts.”

The band’s currently announced dates are as follows:

May 24 – Macon, GA @ Golden Bough Bookstore
May 25 – Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
May 26 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
May 27 – Somerset, KY @ Ferguson Park
May 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vollrath
May 30 – Chicago, IL @ Memories Bar
June 1 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
June 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
June 3 – Youngstown, OH @ 456 Colonial
June 4 – Leesburg, VA @ Balls Bluff Tavern
June 5 – Alexandria, VA @ The AMMA House
June 6 – Fairfax, VA @ Fairfax Firehouse #3
June 8 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight
June 10 – Wilmington, NC @ The Juggling Gypsy
June 11 – Augusta, GA @ Sky City

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Dark Spectrum Posts "Perplexed In Chaos" Music Video

“Perplexed in Chaos,” the new video from Chicago metallers Dark Specturm, has been posted online and can be viewed below. The video was filmed in April and directed by Mike Doucet. Dark Specturm bassist Thatcher Markham also commented on the clip:

“Making the video was a grueling, 13 hour ordeal that left all of us exhausted, but the time couldn’t have gone towards a better cause. Mike did a great job shooting and putting the video together, it has completely and totally exceeded any expectations we had when we started.

“The concept of the video is a man believing himself to be the antichrist having visions of two demonic beings breaking him out of an insane asylum. The little girls are actually our lead guitarist’s twin daughters and were perfect for that dark, creepy feel and as a nod towards The Shining. Thanks for checking this out, we hope you enjoy it.”

The “Perplexed in Chaos” video comes off Dark Spectrum’s new album “Whisper” and was recorded at Apothica Studios. Joe Tiberi of Mechina once again handled production and recording duties, as well as the mixing and mastering.

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ALTER BRIDGE/CREED Guitarist Working On Speed/Thrash Metal Album

San Antonio cult TV show “Robb’s MetalWorks” has released a four-minute preview of an interview with Mark Tremonti of ALTER BRIDGE and CREED conducted on May 3, 2011 at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Adds Dates To Summer Schedule

Heavy metal veterans Corrosion Of Conformity have added a new handful of dates to its current summer touring schedule. You can view the newly updated list of dates, cities and venues below.

05/26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
05/27 Baltimore, MD – Sonar (Maryland Death Fest)
05/28 Braddock, PA – Braddock Elk’s Lodge

06/17 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/18 Bilbao, SPA – Sala Santana
06/19 Barcelona, POR – GSM Fesst
06/21 Madrid, SPA – Sala Caracol
06/22 Badalona, SPA – Estraperlo Club
06/23 Mallorca, SPA – Sala Assaig
06/24 Desselt, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/26 Krakow, POL – Rotunda
06/28 Budapest, HUN – Club 202
06/30 Rome, ITA – Init
07/01 Bologna, ITA – Blogos
07/03 Berlin, GER – White Trash
07/04 Gdynia, POL – Ucho
07/05 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
07/07 Gavle, SWE – Getaway Rock Fest

With Clutch:
07/20 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
07/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
07/23 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
07/24 Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
07/26 Columbia, MO – Blue Note
07/27 Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club
07/31 Louisville, KY – Expo Five

Corrosion of Conformity with special guests:
07/21 Albany, NY – Bogle’s
07/28 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
07/29 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
07/30 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s

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Did RISE AGAINST ‘Borrow’ MEGADETH’s Album Title?

Bassist Joe Principe of the Chicago “punk rock” band RISE AGAINST was asked during a brand new interview with Kevin Conklin of the 93.7 KCLB Rocks! radio station (web site) in Palm Springs, California if MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine has threatened legal action against Principe’s group over the fact that RISE AGAINST’s latest album, 2011’s “Endgame”, shares a title with MEGADETH’s 2009 effort.

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Willowtip To Release New Macabre Album

Celebrarating their 25th Anniversary of all original members Chicago’s murder metal pioneers MACABRE unleash their brand new studio album entitled “Grim Scary Tales” in Europe on January 31st, 2011 by Hammerheart Records & in North America on February 8th, 2011 by Willowtip Records. The album explores the history of murder from the earliest times and proceeds forward through the ages. Stylistically it is MACABRE in nature, yet very diverse musically. Featuring original cover art and layout by Scott Jackson from Monsterman Graphics & Rock N Roll Comics fame.

Additionally MACABRE is about to embark on a tour through Europe with NAPALM DEATH, IMMOLATION and WAKING THE CADAVER. Starting Thursday, November 5th in Hamburg, Germany. During this five week tour, dubbed the “Campaign For Musical Destruction Tour 2010”, the band will exclusively be offering fans their brand new album at these live shows far in advance of the 2011 in store dates. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

Born in 1985, Chicago’s MACABRE blends elements of true crime, math rock, nursery rhymes, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death metal, jazz fusion, black metal and more into an energetic,
catchy and unmistakable amalgam Murder Metal.

***MACABRE tour dates***

04.11. Hamburg – Logo (Germany)
05.11. Aalborg – Metal Fest (Denmark)
06.11. Berlin – SO36 (Germany)
07.11. Drachten – Iduna (Netherlands)
08.11. Hannover – Bei Chez Heinz (Germany)
09.11. Koln – Underground (Germany)
10.11. Lille – L’Aeronef (France)
11.11. Vaureal – Le Forum (France)
12.11. Rennes – Antipode (France)
13.11. Villava – Sala Totem (Spain)
14.11. Santiago De Compostela – Sala Capitol (Spain)
15.11. Madrid – Sala Live (Spain)
16.11. Badalona – Estraperlo Club (Spain)
18.11. Bologna – Estragon (Italy)
19.11. Geneva – Usine (Switzerland)
20.11. Nimes – Xtrem Rakan Fest (France)
21.11 Basel – Sommercasino (Switzerland)
22.11. Stuttgart – Universum (Germany)
23.11. Klagenfurt – Stereo Club (Austria)
24.11. Ljublijana – Menza Pri Koritu (Slovenia)
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Magrudergrind / Misery Index Tour

Magrudergrind will be touring in February and March along with Misery Index. Dates include:

2/19 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Popeye’s
2/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
2/21 Boston, MA @ Unit 11
2/22 Waterford, CT @ Cherry Street Station
2/23 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
2/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvadiers
2/25 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
2/26 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s
2/27 South Bend, IN @ Elva’s
2/28 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
3/1 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville
3/2 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
3/3 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
3/5 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
3/6 Amarillo, TX @ War Legion
3/7 Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop
3/8 Austin, TX @ Red Seven
3/9 San Antonio, TX @ Sam’s
3/10 McAllen, TX @ Smokin’ Aces
3/11 Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s
3/12 Houston, TX @ Walter’s

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