NICK OLIVERI Shoots Back At JOSH HOMME On New DWARVES Album

MTV.com reports: "After staying relatively quiet in the wake of his ousting from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-bassist Nick Oliveri has shot back at his former bandmate Josh Homme on the new record by his former group the DWARVES. The track 'Massacre' on the disc 'Dwarves Must Die' features Oliveri cackling in the background ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Studio Report

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just entered Armoury Studios in Vancouver to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL". Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following studio update. "Here's a heads up from the Dev, speaking on behalf of the STRAPPING camp. We recently put in a long ...

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QUEEN Album Gets Official Release In Iran

BBC News is reporting that QUEEN, fronted by gay icon Freddie Mercury, has become the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music is strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime. But an album of QUEEN's greatest hits was officially released in Iran on ...

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METALLICA's 'Vinyl Box' Due In October

Billboard.com is reporting that Elektra/Rhino Vinyl has set an October 26 release date for METALLICA's "Vinyl Box". The set will collect special editions of the heavy metal act's first four studio albums, plus the "Garage Days Re-Revisited" EP and the import-only "Creeping Death" picture disc. The albums "Kill 'Em All", "Ride the Lightning", "Master of ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL: 'The Ballads III' CD Details Revealed

The AXEL RUDI PELL band has finished mixing and mastering three new songs for the upcoming "The Ballads III" compilation, tentatively due on October 25 through SPV Records. The three songs that were recorded are "Don't Say Goodbye" (a new Axel composition), a new acoustic version of "Forever Angel", and a cover version of RAINBOW's ...

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STORMWARRIOR Replace DARKSEED At Germany's NIGHT OF POWER Festival

STORMWARRIOR have replaced DARKSEED on the billing for the Night of Power festival, scheduled to be held on October 16 at the Live-Factory in Adelsheim (near Würzburg), Germany. STORMWARRIOR, who have previously collaborated with producer Kai Hansen (ex-HELLOWEEN, currently in GAMMA RAY), are said to be very much inspired by HELLOWEEN's "Walls of Jericho" album ...

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TEOS To Support MCBRAIN DAMAGE In Philadelphia

Philadelphia power metal quintet TEOS will open the MCBRAIN DAMAGE show at the Trocadero Theater on Tuesday August 31. MCBRAIN DAMAGE features IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain and ex-BLACK SABBATH/GREAT WHITE bassist Dave "The Beast" Spitz, along with members of DEEPSET and FAILSAFE. The band's live show will concentrate on an IRON MAIDEN format, playing ...

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