ABSU/MELECHESH Drummer Becomes A Father

Congratulations are in order for ABSU/MELECHESH drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens) and his wife Tiamatsu (Cristal A. Givens), who became the proud parents of a "wonderful" daughter, Saxon, earlier today (Sept. 21). In other news, Proscriptor has completed the drum tracks for an extreme epic metal project guided by guitar virtuoso Magnus Thorsen. A full-length ...

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THE RED CHORD Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Massachusetts-based metal/grind band THE RED CHORD have parted ways with drummer John Longstreth (ex-ORIGIN, SKINLESS). "To avoid any complications, we'll stick with the simple 'stylistic differences' explanation, because it's more accurate than any other," the band writes in an online posting. "I'd like to believe we're all still on good terms. We do, however, have ...

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THROWDOWN Added To GOD FORBID Tour Dates

There has been a slight lineup change to the upcoming GOD FORBID headlining shows. THE RED CHORD have now been replaced by THROWDOWN, who will only join the package for the Rhode Island and New Jersey shows. All of these shows will be filmed for a live video for the album's title track, "Gone Forever", ...

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ANDREW W.K. Confirmed For RAMONES Benefit Concert

MTV.com is reporting that ANDREW W.K. has been confirmed for "Be Well: Ramones Beat on Cancer", a benefit concert in memory of the late Johnny and Joey Ramone. "Be Well: Ramones Beat on Cancer" will be held on October 8 — which would have been Johnny's 56th birthday — at the New York club Spirit. ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: JAMES HETFIELD Is Jealous Of Me

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has spoken to Canada's Chart Attack about the inclusion of a scene in METALLICA's "Some Kind of Monster" documentary in which METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich sits down with Mustaine for a one-on-one therapy session. "Everyone says how the part with me [in the movie] is the most intense. Yeah, ...

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THE MAKKABEES: Heavy Metal Jews Release Debut CD

THE MAKKABEES, a brand-new group given to doing heavy metal versions of Jewish standards, have just issed their debut CD, "Vol. Aleph". According to SomethingJewish.co.uk, the group's "thrashy version of 'Hava Nagila' has to be heard to be believed — and they've given similar treatment to 'Oseh Shalom', 'Hinei Matov', 'Od Yeshoma' and a string ...

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