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Chimaira Launch Phase 2 Of Spread-The-Infection.com
March 17, 2009
Chimaira has set in motion the next stage of their Spread-The-Infection.com website. So far, fan response has been huge, and 'The Infection' has been getting more underground exposure than the band could have ever hoped for. By visiting www.spread-the-infection.com, Chimaira fans will now have access to exclusive new content and will be able to continue to spread The Infection!

With the launch of Phase 2, Chimaira will be posting radio contacts for fans to call and request the band, not only in the US but worldwide! Additionally, the band will be offering tickets to the upcoming Music As A Weapon tour and upcoming European performances. There will be opportunities to obtain backstage passes and get some face time with the band at Meet-and-Greets!

“With the website, we really wanted to give the power to the fans,” singer Mark Hunter commented. “The response to Spread-the-Infection.com has been incredible worldwide. We’re relying on our fans to make 'The Infection' a huge release, and so far, we haven’t been disappointed.”

Spread-The-Infection.com is the base for Chimaira's global street team. There, fans can download stencils, flyers, and graphics which they can use any way they want to help promote the band’s upcoming album, 'The Infection'. Fans are encouraged to photograph their creations and upload them to the Spread-The-Infection.com website. The site has also provided clips and video of the band’s upcoming album, all of which will now be archived on the site for the public.

“People have done everything from making computer wallpapers to spray-painting stop signs and walls (not that we condone that sort of thing),” said Hunter. “Everyone who visits the site can see the photos on the world map. We’ve been really overwhelmed by the thousands of submissions we’ve received so far. It’s really amazing that fans can go on the website and see what the other fans around the globe have been doing.”

Visit www.spread-the-infection.com now and be a part of Chimaira's global street team.

Chimaira on the Music as a Weapon Tour:
w/ Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, and Lacuna Coil:
3/20 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
3/21 - Waterloo, IA - McCelroy Arena
3/22 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
3/23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
3/25 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
3/28 - Glendale, AZ - Jobbing.com Arena
3/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Auditorium
3/31 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
4/01 - Wichita, KS - Hartman Arena
4/03 - Bossier City, LA - Centurytel Center
4/04 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Amphitheater
4/05 - New Orleans, LA - Uno Lakefront Arena
4/07 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
4/08 - Atlanta, GA – The Arena @ Gwinnett Center
4/11 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
4/13 - Charlotte, NC – Cricket Arena
4/14 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
4/15 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
4/17 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
4/18 - Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center
4/20 - Erie, PA - Erie Civic Center
4/21 - Bridgeport, CT - Arena at Harbor Yard
4/22 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
4/24 - Fayetteville, NC - Crown Coliseum
4/25 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Center
4/27 - Glens Falls, NY - Glens Falls Civic Center
4/28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Center
4/30 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena
5/02 - Detroit, MI - Cobo Arena
5/03 - Cleveland, OH - The Wolstein Center @ Cleveland State
5/05 - Columbus, OH - Value City Arena
5/06 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
5/08 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
5/09 - Des Moines, IA – Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
5/10 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
5/12 - Lacrosse, WI - Lacrosse Center
5/13 - Evansville, IN - Roberts Stadium
5/15 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid America Center
5/16 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion

Chimaira Off Dates w/ Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil:
3/27 - Farmington, NM - Gators (w/ Spineshank)
3/30 – Lubbock, TX – The Pavilion
4/09 - Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium (w/ Suffocation, Whitechapel, Veil of Maya)
4/10 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
4/19 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (w/ Suicide Silence)
4/26 - Richmond, VA - The National
5/01 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere’s
5/11 - Sioux Falls, SD - Ramkota Exhibit Hall
 
 
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Disturbed Announce 2nd Stage Line Up For 'Music As A Weapon'
February 16, 2009
Multi-platinum hard-rock band, Disturbed, announces the lineup for the second stage of its Music As A Weapon IV Tour—a music, tattoo, and lifestyle festival—presented by Samsung Mobile and powered by Sprint. Suicide Silence, Spineshank, Bury Your Dead, Crooked X, Born of Osiris, and After the Burial are confirmed to perform on The Ernie Ball Second Stage, which will be officially sponsored by multi-city battle of the bands organization, Headbang For the Highway.

Disturbed will be joined on the 38-city, nine-week trek, which kicks off March 20th in Madison, WI, by Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, and Chimaira on the main-stage. Suicide Silence joins the tour on March 29th, while Bury Your Dead join on March 31st. Both bands appear through the end of the tour. Born of Osiris and After the Burial will appear from March 20th through March 28th. Spineshank and Crooked X will perform on all dates.

Headbang For The Highway have teamed up with Music As A Weapon IV to offer local bands the ultimate opportunity: a spot performing on The Ernie Ball Second Stage. Two unsigned regional acts will open the show in each city the tour visits. These acts will be determined by who wins the battle of the bands competition in each city. Bands can sign up to enter at www.myspace.com/headbangforthehighway, where they will be judged by music industry professionals.

Headbang For the Highway was launched by Sumerian Records in conjunction with Outerloop Management & Millen White Zelano & Branigan to give unsigned bands the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash, music videos, and merchandise printing, as well as to showcase for some of the best labels, managers, and agents in the business. Multiple winners who traveled from all around the country to the 2007 nationwide finals competition (which took place at the 2nd Annual California Metalfest with Testament and Suicide Silence in Santa Ana, CA) won tours and landed record deals.

The Chicago quartet Disturbed conceived Music As A Weapon in 2001 and have headlined the previous three tours. For the first time, the tour has been expanded into a complete lifestyle festival. In addition to presenting the best in rock music, Music As A Weapon IV also features a collection of the greatest tattoo artists from around the country offering their talents to attendees in each city, including the world-famous Oliver Peck (seen on Miami Ink and Bam's Unholy Union on MTV), Las Vegas' Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company (founded by freestyle motocross legend Carey Hart). Attendees will also be able to check out an extreme sports zone, where Skate teams will perform, a Technology and Gaming Zone, and a Vendor Village, all for a fan-friendly ticket price.

"Ernie Ball Music Man, the world's leader in premium American-made instruments and strings, are taking their state-of-the-art mobile stage across the nation" says Brian Ball, Sr VP of Ernie Ball Company. "Featuring the best up-and-coming metal acts, the stage will be a surefire hit during this spring's largest lifestyle music festival."

The Music As A Weapon IV Festival will begin at 2 p.m. daily in every city. Please visit www.musicasaweapon4.com for more information about venues, traveling tattoo artists, and sponsors. Below are all confirmed dates. Tickets are on-sale now, except for where date is noted in parentheses, through Ticketmaster and participating vendors.

Music As a Weapon IV Tour Dates:
3/20 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center*
3/21 - Waterloo, IA - McCelroy Arena*
3/23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center*
3/25 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore*
3/28 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena*
3/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Auditorium
3/31 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
4/01 - Wichita, KS - Hartman Arena
4/03 - Bossier City, LA - Centurytel Center (on sale Feb 28 )
4/04 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Amphitheatre
4/05 - New Orleans, LA - Uno Lakefront Arena (on sale Feb 28 )
4/07 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
4/08 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Arena (on sale Feb 21 @ 10 AM)
4/11 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
4/13 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangles Coliseum (on sale TBA)
4/14 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena (on sale Feb 20 @ 3 PM)
4/15 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
4/17 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Arena
4/18 - Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center
4/20 - Erie, PA - Erie Civic Center
4/21 - Bridgeport, CT - Arena at Harbor Yard
4/22 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
4/24 - Fayetteville, NC - Crown Coliseum
4/25 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Center
4/27 - Glens Falls, NY - Glens Falls Civic Center
4/28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Center (on sale March 6 @ 3 PM)
4/30 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena (on sale Feb 27 @ 3PM)
5/02 - Detroit, MI - Cobo Arena
5/03 - Cleveland, OH - The Wolstein Center (on sale Feb 27 @ 3PM)
5/05 - Columbus, OH - Value City Arena (on sale March 6 @ 3 PM)
5/06 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
5/08 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
5/09 - Des Moines, IA - Balloon Classic Field (on sale Feb 21)
5/10 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
5/12 - Lacrosse, WI - Lacrosse Center
5/13 - Evansville, IL - Roberts Stadium
5/15 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid America Center (on sale Feb 21 @ 10 AM)
5/16 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion

* = w/ Born Of Osiris, After The Burial
 
 
 
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Lacuna Coil Announce Release Date For 'Shallow Life'
February 12, 2009
Italy’s greatest musical export, Lacuna Coil, are set to return with the massively anticipated, new full-length release, 'Shallow Life', which is set for an April 21st North American release. The album was recorded with acclaimed producer Don Gilmore (Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam) at the famed NRG Studios in Los Angeles. This new effort is another huge step forward in the band’s continuous evolution and marks their first full-length since 2006’s 'Karmacode' and promises to be well worth the wait. It has been years since an artist came along that could redefine a genre, but this group has the potential to do just that. This is the next big thing.

Fans can now rejoice as Lacuna Coil are looking to debut some new material on this spring’s “Music As A Weapon IV” festival. Lacuna Coil joins such hard rock titans as Disturbed and Killswitch Engage on the road beginning March 20th, crisscrossing the U.S. before finishing May 16th. The 38-city “Music As A Weapon IV” fest marks the group’s first run of North America in almost two years. Feel free to visit http://www.musicasaweapon4.com/News.aspx or www.myspace.com/lacunacoil for all news updates and to view the tour’s itinerary.

Cristina Scabbia (vocals) states: “'Shallow Life' is a natural metamorphosis from within the band; we explored different musical territories while maintaining our own style. A mix of old and new, fast and slow and light and dark. The album production is incredibly powerful and has a beautiful purity to it. Hopefully listeners will feel the same sort of connection that we have to these songs. It would be great to think that we have produced songs that will make anybody either think, smile or cry. 'Shallow Life' has forced us to challenge ourselves. It represents the way we see ourselves in the days we live in through truth, love and lies.”

Andrea Ferro (male vocals) adds: “We are thrilled to be involved in what will surely be an amazing tour, a great event of rock n' roll culture! We're really happy to get back on the road in the U.S. after a long time. The new songs in the rehearsal room sound awesome and we're looking forward to play some for you. We hope to see you all soon.”

There is no better indication that greatness can be achieved through a resilient work ethic than with Lacuna Coil, whose aggressive touring and extensive critical praise have now poised them for mainstream domination. The group initially left their mark on the hard rock scene in 2004 with their acclaimed album, 'Comalies', which opened several opportunities for them that were previously thought unattainable for an Italian band, such as two highly successful commercial radio campaigns alongside a breakthrough Ozzfest appearance resulting in over 500,000 copies sold worldwide with over a quarter of a million in the U.S. alone.
 
 
 
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Music As A Weapon IV Details Announced
January 28, 2009
Fresh off their headlining North American tour in support of their platinum album 'Indestructible', Grammy-nominated hard-rock band Disturbed will launch the Music As A Weapon IV Tour—a music, tattoo, and lifestyle festival—presented by Samsung Mobile and powered by Sprint.

Although the Chicago quartet conceived Music As A Weapon in 2001 and have headlined the previous three tours, this is the first time that it has been expanded into a complete lifestyle festival. In addition to presenting the best in rock music, Music As A Weapon IV also features a collection of the greatest tattoo artists from around the country offering their talents to attendees in each city, including the world-famous Oliver Peck (seen on Miami Ink and Bam's Unholy Union on MTV), Las Vegas' Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company (founded by freestyle motocross legend Carey Hart). Attendees will also be able to check out an extreme sports complex where freestyle motocross, BMX, and Skate teams will perform, a Technology and Gaming Zone, and a Vendor Village, all for a fan-friendly ticket price.

"We really wanted to make sure fans attending Music As a Weapon this year got the most bang for their buck," says Disturbed frontman David Draiman, "so we decided to bring in the tattoo artists, the extreme sports complex, the gaming, and the vendor village to go beyond the usual live music experience and give the concerts the feel of a true event. Our feeling in expanding the festival was to give people maximum entertainment value. If they are going to part with their hard-earned money, we need to honor that and give them our all in return."

Disturbed will be joined on the 38-city, nine-week trek, which kicks off March 20th in Madison, WI, by Killswitch Engage on the main-stage, as well as Lacuna Coil, Chimaira, and other acts to be announced on the second stage.

The Music As A Weapon IV Festival will begin at 2PM daily in every city. Details about specific venues, confirmed traveling tattoo artists, sponsors and additional musical performers will be released in the coming weeks. Music As A Weapon is now taking submissions from tattoo artists and festival vendors. Go to www.musicasaweapon4.com for more information. On-sale dates for Music As A Weapon through Ticketmaster and participating vendors are in parentheses.

Music As A Weapon IV Tour Dates:
3/20 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center (Feb 6th @ 3pm)
3/21 - Waterloo, IA - McCelroy Arena (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
3/23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center (Jan 30th @ 10AM)
3/25 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
3/28 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena (Feb 6th @ 3PM)
3/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Auditorium (Feb 6th @ 3PM)
3/31 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
4/01 - Wichita, KS - Hartman Arena (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
4/03 - Bossier City, LA - Centurytel Center (Feb 28th)
4/04 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Amphitheatre (Jan 31st)
4/05 - New Orleans, LA - Uno Lakefront Arena (Feb 28th)
4/07 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center (Jan 31st)
4/08 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena (Feb 21st @ 10AM)
4/11 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena (Jan 31st)
4/13 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangles Coliseum (TBD)
4/14 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena (Feb 20th @ 3PM)
4/15 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena (Feb 13th @ 3PM)
4/17 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Arena (Jan 30th @ 3PM)
4/18 - Portland, ME - Cumberland Cty Civic Center (Jan 30th @ 10AM)
4/20 - Erie, PA - Erie Civic Center (Feb 14th @ 10AM)
4/21 - Bridgeport, CT - Arena at Harbor Yard (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
4/22 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (Feb 13th)
4/24 - Fayetteville, NC - Crown Coliseum (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
4/25 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Center (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
4/27 - Glens Falls, NY - Glens Falls Civic Center (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
4/28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Center (March 6th @ 3PM)
4/30 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena (Feb 27th @ 3PM)
5/02 - Detroit, MI - Cobo Arena (Feb 13th)
5/03 - Cleveland, OH - The Wolstein Center (Feb 27th @ 3PM)
5/05 - Columbus, OH - Value City Arena (Mar 6th @ 3PM)
5/06 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center (Feb 6th @ 3PM)
5/08 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center (Jan 30th @ 3PM)
5/09 - Des Moines, IA - Balloon Classic Field (Feb 21st)
5/10 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
5/12 - Lacrosse, WI - Lacrosse Center (Jan 30th @ 3PM)
5/13 - Evansville, IL - Roberts Stadium (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
5/15 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid America Center (Feb 21st @ 10AM)
5/16 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion (Jan 31st @10AM)
 
 
 
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Lacuna Coil Post 'Visual Karma' E-card Online
November 12, 2008
Italian goth metal titans, Lacuna Coil, presents you with their brand-new E-card for their first ever DVD: 'Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul)'. The E-card allows you to check out material from all sections of this stunning double DVD set. You can watch live clips from Wacken 2007 and Loudpark 2007, all of the promo clips for the 'Karmacode' album, plus snippets from the behind-the-scenes travel documentaries and individual band member’s home videos at http://ecard.centurymedia.com/lacunacoil_visualkarma/

'Visual Karma (Body, Mind and Soul)' will be available as Ltd. 2DVD + Audio DVD (5.1 mix of 'Karmacode' on DVD incl. rare songs) + CD (Wacken Open Air audio live) with a total running time of approximately 350 min. and incl. a special packaging as well as standard 2DVD (total running time: 215 minutes)! It will be released in North America on Nov. 25th via Century Media.
 
 
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