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'Unearth' to Headline Ozzfest 2006 Second Stage? (2/16/2006)

AP recently talked with Unearth guitarist Ken Susi about the recording of his band's new album and left the conversation with this exclusive piece of information: The Boston-based metal monsters will be headlining the second stage of this year's Ozzfest.

"We're playing something like third-to-last on the bill or something; yeah, we're basically headlining the second stage," reveals Susi.

Ozzfest organizers have not announced any other bands confirmed for the 2006 run, but Unearth aren't unfamiliar with the tour, having played its second stage in 2004. While the tour is typically geared towards more mainstream rock and metal acts on the mainstage, recent years have seen a who's-who of underground metal grace the second stage -- Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Darkest Hour, Bleeding Through and Every Time I Die are just a handful of bands to play the tour in recent years.

Susi informed AP that the tour will again run from the beginning of July through the end of August as in years past, but offered no insight to any other bands confirmed for the trek.

Susi did inform us, however, that his band will be recording their third proper full-length from March to May in Seattle with producer Terry Date (Deftones, Dredg). The album will be released by Metal Blade this July -- "just in time for Ozzfest," Susi wisely notes.

Susi also told AP that before the album's release and their Ozzfest stint, the band will be heading overseas to Europe for a string of shows, possibly to be followed by a Japanese tour as well. All dates are pending.

Lastly, Susi also told AP that in the brief downtime following their new, currently untitled album's completion, he will begin working in earnest on the debut LP for Burn Your Wishes, his rock side project which he fronts alongside Killswitch Engage's Adam Dutkiewicz on guitar, Seemless' Derek Kerswill on drums and ex-Poison The Wall bassist Iano Dovi.

"It's just something I do for fun," Susi says. "It's kinda cheesy, but I love it."

OZZYHEAD NOTE: None of this has been officially confirmed yet. Additional bands expected to be announced for Ozzfest 2006 are: Body Count (with rapper Ice T), Disturbed, and Black Label Society. Additionally, the following bands have reportedly been offered a spot on Ozzfest 2006, but have not yet accepted: Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu.

Also, please note that I do not have any tour dates yet. They have not been announced.


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