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Extreme metallers Behemoth reveal the artwork to their new album, The Apostasy, which is scheduled to be released on July 17th.

The band will also post the new track, "Prometherion," exclusively on www.ozzfest.com next week. This song perfectly demonstrates just how devastating their new album truly is, so stay tuned.

Behemoth will return to the U.S. this summer on Ozzfest 2007 having landed the direct support, non-rotating slot right before second stage headliners Hatebreed. See below for their complete touring itinerary.

BEHEMOTH
Ozzfest – Second Stage
07/12 White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA
07/14 The Gorge – George, WA
07/17 Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Sacramento, CA
07/19 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
07/21 Hyundai Pavilion – San Bernardino, CA
07/24 Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
07/26 Journal Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
07/28 Coors Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
07/30 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Kansas City, MO
08/02 Smirnoff Music Center – Dallas, TX
08/04 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – San Antonio, TX
08/06 Verizon Wireless Amptheater – St. Louis, MO
08/08 Germain Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH
08/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
08/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
08/14 Verizon Wirless Music Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
08/16 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
08/18 New England Dodge Music Theatre – Hartford, CT
08/20 Tweeter Center – Boston, MA
08/22 Tweeter Center – Philadelphia, PA
08/24 Post Gazette Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
08/26 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
08/30 Sound Advice Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL

Check out www.behemoth.pl for more info.

Big Business—bassist/vocalist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis —announce plans to unleash their mammoth riffs, furious vocals and blazing drum work to US audiences this summer.

The duo (both of whom also happen to be the newest members of underground super-legends the Melvins) will be touring in support of their second full-length, Here Come the Waterworks.

Big Business tour dates are as follows:

May 31 2007 Primavera Festival Barcelona
Jun 1 2007 Velvet Rimini
Jun 2 2007 Livorno Fortezza
Jun 3 2007 Circolo degli Artisti Rome
Jun 4 2007 Magnolia outdoor stage Milan
Jun 8 2007 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
Jun 9 2007 The Badlander Missoula, Montana
Jun 11 2007 The Aquarium (Dempsey's Upstairs) Fargo, North Dakota
Jun 12 2007 Sokol Underground Omaha, Nebraska
Jun 13 2007 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, Iowa
Jun 14 2007 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jun 15 2007 The Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Jun 16 2007 Little Brother's Columbus, Ohio
Jun 18 2007 The Middle East Cafe—Upstairs Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 19 2007 The Knitting Factory New York, New York w/ Panthers
Jun 20 2007 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC w/ Panthers
Jun 21 2007 North Star Bar Philadelphia, Pennsylvania w/ Panthers
Jun 22 2007 The Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland w/ Panthers
Jun 23 2007 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina
Jun 24 2007 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 25 2007 The Nick Birmingham, Alabama
Jun 26 2007 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jun 28 2007 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jun 29 2007 Juanita's Cantina Little Rock, Arkansas
Jul 1 2007 Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
Jul 3 2007 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah

DevilDriver has toiled endlessly to create a metallic masterpiece, partnering up with producer Jason Suecof (Trivum, God Forbid, Chimaira) to hone in on the essence of the band's growing brutality.

Marking their third Roadrunner release, The Last Kind Words focuses on structures and arrangement, painting a sinister yet palatable picture. DevilDriver are currently on the road with black-metal titans, Dimmu Borgir, Unearth and Kataklysm until May 29th, winning over audiences with brooding tenacity. DevilDriver will then launch a month long European tour on June 1st and will also be attending the Metal Hammer awards in London on June 11th.The Last Kind Words is set for release on July 31, 2007 and features 11 tracks of annihilating progression. "We wanted to do something that was different than we did on the first two records, and would stand out," frontman Dez Fafara declares. The Last Kind Words stands out and above, capturing DevilDriver's unique fusion. The forthcoming album was mixed by famed producer, Andy Sneap (Opeth, Exodus, As I Lay Dying, Megadeth), at Backstage Recording Studios in England. The band is also slated to film a music video for their first single, "Not All Who Wander Are Lost."

The Last Kind Words track listing is as follows:

1. Not All Who Wander Are Lost
2. Clouds Over California
3. Bound By The Moon
4. Horn Of Betrayal
5. These Fighting Words
6. Head On To Heartache (Let Them Rot)
7. Burning Sermon
8. Monsters of the Deep
9. Tirades of Truth
10. When Summoned
11. The Axe Shall Fall

Australia's symphonic/gothic/classical act Virgin Black have announced some of the tour dates for their upcoming North American tour in support of the recently release album Requiem - Mezzo Forte (on The End Records)

The band will tour with labelmates Unexpect in early June, play a few shows in Mexico and then return to the United States to tour with Finland's To/Die/For.

The confirmed dates are as follows:
(w/ UNEXPECT)
06/17/07 Sun @ Mac's Bar -Lansing, MI (with Unexpect)
06/18/07 Mon @ The Note -Chicago, IL (with Unexpect)
06/19/07 Tue @ Beachland Tavern -Cleveland, OH (with Unexpect)
06/20/07 Wed @ Funhouse -Toronto, ON (with Unexpect)
06/21/07 Thu @ Sapphire Club -Montreal, QC
(only VIRGIN BLACK)
06/22/07 Fri @ Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico
06/23/07 Sat @ Circo Volador - Distrito Federal, Mexico
(w/ TO/DIE/FOR, Shatter Messiah, Epicurean)
06/27/07 Wed @ Jaxx - Springfield, VA
06/28/07 Thu @ Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
06/29/07 Fri @ Breakers Muisc Hall- Atlanta, GA
07/03/07 Tue @ Bonds 007 -San Antonio, TX
07/04/07 Wed @ Redrum - Austin, TX
07/07/07 Sat @ Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
07/08/07 Sun @ The Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA
07/10/07 Tue @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
07/14/07 Sat @ The Rock - Maplewood, MN
More dates to be announced!

The band's latest album is part of the Requiem trilogy and will be the first installment (the 2nd of the trilogy) released. The album will be followed later on this year by Requiem – Pianissimo and Requiem – Fortissimo.

About the Requiem trilogy, London says, "Well, I feel like I've become a completely non-functioning part of society over the past two years. Requiem has been the most agonizingly difficult experience I have ever faced. On one side are the logistics of three albums, two and a half hours of music, and financing it all (orchestra included). The other side is the emotional toll; the far too many times I fell in a heap feeling that it would be impossible to succeed and coming oh so close to completely giving up the project. I take many a scar from this process and may never experience this kind of beautiful pain again."

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Alice in Chains' Layne Staley, 1993
photograph by Frans Schellekens/Redferns

Some will forever blame grunge for, at least temporarily, killing thrash and glam metal in the Nineties. Others credit it for welcoming in a nu wave of alternative rock and metal. No matter how you look at it, grunge was a revolutionary form of heaviosity that resonated hard with a generation (and generations after) and changed the worlds of music, fashion, and more. Here are 10 essential albums to come out of the Seattle movement

Various Artists - Deep Six

Early tracks from Soundgarden, the Melvins, Malfunkshun, Skin Yard, and Green River (whose members formed Pearl Jam and Mudhoney) create the messy blueprint for the grunge sound — a raw mix of punk fury, post-punk guitar screech, and heavy-metal thunder.

Green River - Dry as a Bone

Green River would send members to Pearl Jam and Mudhoney, so this is a no-brainer. A bloody Stooges-Aerosmith collision, Dry as a Bone (and the band's swaggering swan song, Rehab Doll, also included in this EP's 1990 reissue) is a punk-fueled exploration of bluesy riffs and hard-rock bluster.

Mudhoney, 'Superfuzz Bigmuff'

This six-song EP defines grunge. Vocalist-guitarist Mark Arm wails like Iggy Pop while guitarist Steve Turner nearly snaps an ankle giving his wah-wah pedal a furious workout. Engineer Jack Endino (High on Fire) captures Mudhoney in all their filthy glory.

Various Artists, 'Sub Pop 200' 

A 20-track collection that, in addition to early songs from Soundgarden, Nirvana, Tad and the Screaming Trees, also spotlights more obscure grunge bands like Swallow, Blood Circus, Cat Butt and the Fluid, and paints a fairly complete picture of the Seattle scene circa 1988.

Soundgarden, 'Badmotorfinger' 

Soundgarden didn't compromise any of their Sabbathian heaviness on their breakthrough third album, which nonetheless saw them hit MTV, rock radio and the Billboard 200 chart. Vocalist Chris Cornell established himself as a major-league howler on tracks like "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Slaves & Bulldozers," while Kim Thayil redefined the role of guitar hero with his snaky riffs and angular solos.

The Melvins, 'Ozma' 

Hailing from the same small Washington logging town as Kurt Cobain, the Melvins inspired many of the Seattle bands who went on to sell millions. Ozma was recorded after the band moved to San Francisco and features a bestial metal-punk hybrid that's lumbering, ponderous and completely frightening.

Alice in Chains, 'Dirt' 

Facelift established Alice in Chains as the darkest and most metal of Seattle's leading grunge bands, but their 1992 masterpiece, Dirt, certified them as legit rock greats. From opener "Them Bones" to classics like "Rooster," "Would?" and "Down in a Hole," the album is filled with exceptional songwriting, dirge-y riffs and downtrodden lyricism that hit audiences hard then and still resonates strongly with them now — and forever. 

Nirvana, 'Nevermind' 

Nevermind kicks off with the immortal four-chord guitar intro of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that introduced grunge to the masses. Although Butch Vig's production cleaned up some of the musical rough edges evident on the band's previous album, Bleach, the songs still pack an almighty wallop.

Pearl Jam, 'Ten' 

Pearl Jam put grunge's lyrical angst and Seventies hard-rock core on proud display on their moody multiplatinum debut. Ten introduced the world to vocalist Eddie Vedder (a San Diego transplant to Seattle) who immediately became the voice and face of grunge worldwide, along with Kurt Cobain.

Tad, '8-Way Santa' 

One of grunge's founding fathers, Tad Doyle fronted this super-heavy, band through the mid Nineties. 8-Way Santa, recorded by Nevermind producer Butch Vig, was the most fully realized recording of Tad's flannel-draped, mountain-man rock, a feral version of grunge that relied on primal drumming and wire-taut guitars.

Check out the new eight-minute-long single by Black Sabbath — "God Is Dead?" — below.

The single will go on sale tomorrow, April 19, and can be ordered from Amazon.com.

Black Sabbath's new album, 13, will be released June 11. The band also has announced four four dates, which you can check out below.

Black Sabbath on Tour 2013

• Sun, 8-4 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center
• Wed, 8-14 | Toronto, ON | Air Canada Centre
• Sat, 8-24 | Seattle, WA | Gorge Amphitheatre
• Tue, 9-3 | Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Sports Arena

For more about Black Sabbath, visit their official website and Facebook page.

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