News Bits: Rattlehead, O.S.I., The Showdown

It’s time to do the Toxic Waltz as Los Angeles thrash titans RATTLEHEAD unleashes a new modern day, speed metal trashterpiece, Tales From The Gutter. The self-financed, independently released disc is available now on iTunes, so be sure to head over now to purchase. You can also check out the vicious new track, “Just Stay Down,” now on their MySpace page
Rattlehead has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to present an exclusive video documenting some touring antics and stellar performance from their hometown show at The Whisky in LA earlier this summer. Click on the link HERE to check it out now. 
Nick Baranov (vocals, guitars) states: “Hey guys, we just got back from the road a few days ago, and one thing is for sure – this was one hell of a road trip! From the belligerent hundreds of people in cities like Boise, Chicago, and Worcester, to the never-ending bar tabs, house parties, and all sorts of trouble we’ve caused in the past 35 days. We hope everyone that came out to see us had as much fun as us, because we definitely won’t forget the ‘Thrashed and Detoured 2010 Tour’ (if we can even remember some parts, that is!).

CHECK AFTER THE JUMP FOR NEWS ON O.S.I. AND THE SHOWDOWN!

Metal Blade Records will be releasing the re-issue of super group OSI‘s self-titled 2003 release Office of Strategic Influence. The album was album, which was recorded in June 2002 and mixed in August 2002 at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut, will contain the following tracks and a Multimedia section:
Office of Strategic Influence track listing:
1. The New Math (what he said) 
2. OSI
3. When You’re Ready 
4. Horseshoes and B-52’s
5. Head 
6. Hello, Helicopter!
7. ShutDOWN
8. Dirt from a Holy Place 
9. Memory Daydreams Lapses
10. Standby (looks like rain)
*Limited Edition (CD above + extra CD with 3 more tracks and 3 videos)
1. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (08:49)
2. New Mama (02:22)
3. The Thing That Never Was (17:21)
*Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun is a Pink Floyd cover performed by Kevin Moore and Mike Portnoy. New Mama is a Neil Young cover performed by Kevin Moore. The Thing That Never Was is the original Looks Like Rain demo performed by Jim Matheos and Mike Portnoy.
The Multimedia section is approximately 19 minutes long and includes a concept piece directed and edited by Kevin Moore for Horseshoes and B-52’s as well as two separate documentary style clips shot at Carriage House Studios during the recording of the album.
Fans can listen to the track OSI and order a copy of the album now HERE.
Nashville’s hog riding heavy metal outfit, The Showdown, has teamed up with Noisecreep.com for the premiere of the band’s latest music video for the song, “The Man Named Hell”. 
Blood In The Gears hit stores yesterday on Solid State Records.  The new record from Nashville’s veteran of head-bangin’, riff-heavy metal is available in stores everywhere, and online through iTunes.  A special deluxe edition is also available on iTunes HERE, which includes two bonus tracks and a digital booklet.  Fans can listen to the brand new album in its entirety this week on AOL.com HERE.
The Showdown on tour…
8/27 – Chattanooga, TN – The Warehouse
8/28 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
8/29 – Hammond, LA – Fuze @ BCM
8/31 – Clermont, FL – The Room
9/01 – Kissimmee, FL – SS Showcase
9/02 – Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
9/03 – Charleston, SC – Oasis
9/04 – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
9/05 – Augusta, GA – Sector 7 G
9/06 – Lynchburg, VA – Crosspoint Venue
9/07 – Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway
9/08 – Newark, OH – Refuel
9/09 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier Dome
9/11 – Corbin, KY – Corbin Tech Center
9/12 – Danville, IL – The Edge