Rapper NECRO Leaves Sounds of the Underground Tour

Metal-themed rapper NECRO has announced his departure from this year’s Sounds of the Underground Tour. Here is what NECRO had to say about the situation:

“I decided to leave the tour collectively with my manager and booking agent (both tour organizers) because we felt the tour’s demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back ten-fold by being more aggressive than them. It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (NOT ME). It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn’t roll with that as it’s not my style. I was holding back enough as it is but there is a line. All the bands on the tour loved us and everyone behind the scenes knew we displayed major heart and never once got phased by the hostility. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big fuck you to the crowd.

“I will make one thing clear for the haters: we NEVER got booed OFF the stage. Not once. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it, and we represented. Every show had at least 100 to 200 NECRO fans in the pit tearing it up, and our meet and greets were incredible!

“It’s just a shame these little kids are so close-minded. The majority of the hate was coming from mop top emo sixteen-year olds who have no clue who the originators of metal are, and didn’t respect my rest in peace chant to metal legends (Dime, Cliff, Chuck, Piggy, SOB).

“As far as the tour organizers and I are concerned, you are my peoples so it’s all love and I’m thankful for the opportunity to prove I can murder it in the worst of situations. This actually did a lot for me and is just one move in many my team will make to blow NECRO up.”

Check NECRO’s myspace (www.myspace.com/necro) for major world tour announcements and to stream “Some Get Back (Revenge)” off his new record Death Rap which hits streets September 11 via Psycho+Logical-Records.

Sounds of the Underground Limited Edition CD/DVD Set Out June 19

This summer’s Third Annual Hot Topic Presents: Sounds of the Underground Tour 2007 is set to kick of July 6th in Dallas, TX. And on June 19th, Hot Topic will be carrying, exclusively, the Sounds of the Underground tour compilation, a limited edition 2 CD and 1 DVD set. The set, which will be available for $9.99, will include 31 songs and 15 videos from all the bands on the tour (and additional bands from the labels involved with the tour). Only 10,000 copies are being produced. Here is the complete compilation tracklisting:

CD 1:
1. GWAR – ‘Eighth Lock
2. SHADOWS FALL – ‘Failure Of The Devout
3. CHIMAIRA – ‘Resurrection
4. EVERY TIME I DIE – ‘The New Black
5. JOB FOR A COWBOY – ‘Embedded
6. NECRO – ‘The Pre-Fix For Death
7. DARKEST HOUR – ‘Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)
8. AMON AMARTH – ‘Runes To My Memory
9. THE ACACIA STRAIN – ‘4×4
10. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – ‘HTML Rulz Dood
11. HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW – ‘Mall-Nutrition
12. THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU – ‘Sleeping With The Fishes, See?
13. GOATWHORE – ‘Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult
14. THIS IS HELL – ‘Permanence
15. 2CENTS – ‘The Wedding Dress

CD 2 (Additional music from the labels that brought you SOTU):
1. THROWDOWN – ‘Holy Roller
2. A LIFE ONCE LOST – ‘Firewater Joyride
3. BENEATH THE MASSACRE – ‘Modern Age Slavery
4. NORA – ‘Save Yourself
5. CELLADOR – ‘Never Again
6. SINCE THE FLOOD – ‘Strength
7. ANTERIOR – ‘The Silent Divide
8. IT DIES TODAY – ‘Reignite The Fires
9. AUTUMN – ‘My New Time
10. MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER – ‘Death Is An Alcoholic
11. POISON THE WELL – ‘Letter Thing
12. WALLS OF JERICHO – ‘And Hope To Die
13. SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY – ‘Honey I’ve Never Had Sex That Wasn’t Awkward
14. SKELETONWITCH – ‘Beyond The Permafrost‘ (Demo)
15. THE MINOR TIMES – ‘Casket City Lights
16. THE HUMAN ABSTRACT – ‘Vela, Together We Await The Storm

Sights of the Underground DVD:
1. GWAR – ‘Eighth Lock
2. SHADOWS FALL – ‘Redemption
3. CHIMAIRA – ‘Resurrection’ from ‘Resurrection
4. EVERY TIME I DIE – ‘The New Black
5. NECRO – ‘Beautiful Music For You To Die To
6. DARKEST HOUR – ‘Sound The Surrender
7. AMON AMARTH – ‘Cry Of The Blackbirds
8. THE ACACIA STRAIN – ‘Angry Mob Justice
9. THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU – ‘Like A Cat
10. GOATWHORE – ‘Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult
11. THIS IS HELL – ‘The Polygraph Cheaters
12. 2CENTS – ‘The Wedding Dress
13. KYLESA – ‘Hollow Severer
14. TERROR – ‘Lost
15. MISERY SIGNALS – ‘The Failsafe

For more details including tour dates, visit the official Sounds of the Underground website: http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com/

SHADOWS FALL to Co-Headline Sounds of the Underground

SHADOWS FALL have been added to the third-annual Sounds of the Underground tour as alternatinv co-headliners with CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, and alongside main headliners GWAR.

SHADOWS FALL vocalist, Brian Fair comments, “It is going to be another summer of insanity for the boys in SHADOWS FALL and we couldn’t be more stoked. Not only are we looking forward to partying with our friends in DARKEST HOUR, EVERY TIME I DIE, CHIMAIRA and GWAR, but also to check out some killer music at one of the summers most diverse festival tours. We are planning on playing a set that will include songs from the early days of SHADOWS FALL up to our new album, Threads of Life, and leaving a wake of devastation behind. So bust out the sunscreen, put the beers on ice and get ready to rock cuz the SHADS are coming back to town”.

Other groups on this year’s Sounds of the Underground include: JOB FOR A COWBOY, NECRO, DARKEST HOUR, AMON AMARTH, THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW, THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, GOATWHORE, THIS IS HELL, and 2 CENTS.

There will also be a handful of special area appearances. TESTAMENT will play before GWAR at the Starland Ballroom on July 14 in New Jersey. MUSHROOMHEAD will close the show in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 21 and will also perform as special guests in Columbus on July 22, Chicago on July 23, and Minneapolis on July 24. The legendary SUICIDAL TENDENCIES will close shows in San Jose, California on August 3, Irvine, California on August 4, and Mesa, Arizona on August 5. LAMB OF GOD will headline a recently added date on August 11 in Louisville, Kentucky and will be joined by special guests HATEBREED and BEHEMOTH.

More info and updates are available at http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com, http://www.livenation.com, and http://www.purevolume.com/SOTU07Tour.

Sounds of the Underground 2007: GWAR, CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, More

The third annual Sounds of the Underground tour has been announced and will feature main acts GWAR, CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, JOB FOR A COWBOY, and more. GWAR will close most nights, while CHIMAIRA, EVERY TIME I DIE, and a third to-be-announced band will rotate in the headlining position prior to GWAR.

Other acts confirmed to appear on the tour are NECRO, DARKEST HOUR, AMON AMARTH, THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW, THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU, GOATWHORE, THIS IS HELL, and 2 CENTS. Additional special guest headliners will join the bill on select dates.

Mark Hunter, CHIMAIRA vocalist boasts, “We are happy to announce that we will be taking part in this years Sounds Of The Underground. We played the first year and we had a fucking blast. This year we are going to up the production level and bring something special to our fans. Then we will get wasted every night with EVERY TIME I DIE and GWAR. See you this summer!”

There will also be a 2CD + 1 DVD Sounds Of The Underground exclusive compilation which will go on sale in stores and online in late June.

Presale tickets for the tour will go on sale April 25th.  Tickets for the general public will go on sale May 11th.  You can find constant updates on the tour at http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com/.

The complete tour itinerary is as follows:

July 06 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
July 07 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete St. Amphitheatre
July 08 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre
July 10 – Orlando, FL – UCf Arena
July 11 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
July 13 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
July 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom Outside
July 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
July 16 – Winston-salem, NC – Millennium Center
July 18 – Toronto, ON – Koolhaus Complex
July 19 – Detroit, MI – State Theatre
July 20 – Milwuakee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
July 21 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater At Tower City
July 22 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
July 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth
July 27 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Hall
July 28 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
July 30 – Portland, OR – Expo Hall
Aug. 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Air Pavilion
Aug. 03 – San Jose, CA – Events Center AT San Jose Univ.
Aug. 04 – Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Side Stage
Aug. 05 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Aug. 08 – Denver, CO – Fillmore

CANNIBAL CORPSE: Killing for a Living

Killing sprees, severed limbs, maggots, and zombies aren’t what eighteen year careers are typically made of. But death metal’s biggest and bloodiest band, CANNIBAL CORPSE, has done just that. They’ve stabbed, hacked, slashed, and killed their way to the brutal tune of hundreds of thousands of albums sold, while winning over legions of fans and upsetting a few parents and politicians along the way. The band’s latest album, Kill, ranks as arguably their best albums in years and sees them at the top of their game. APESHIT met up with talkative frontman, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, during the last date of the Sounds of the Underground Tour in Los Angeles this past summer. Holding nothing back, he revealed his thoughts on the current state of the CANNIBAL CORPSE camp, censorship, and the driving force behind the band.

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