STRATOVARIUS To Sign New Deal With SANCTUARY

Finnish daily newspaper Iltalehti (www.iltalehti.fi) reports that STRATOVARIUS will ink a brand-new three-album deal with Sanctuary Records (parent company of Noise Records) on Friday (October 31) in Germany. The deal, which is said to be worth three million euros (approx. $3.5 million), will reportedly be signed in elk's blood! In an interview with ...

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QUIET RIOT's BANALI Reaches Out To Ex-GREAT WHITE Drummer

Former QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has posted the following message on the band's web site: "I've just heard the terrible news of [ex-GREAT WHITE drummer] Audie Desbrow's loss [of his home] due to the Southern California fires. I have no way of knowing how to reach him, but if you do, please provide me ...

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MACHINE HEAD Express 'Shock' And 'Disappointment' Over Album Review

MACHINE HEAD have posted the following statement on their official web site: "In what came as a complete shock to band members, U.K.-based teen nu-metal weekly, Kerrang!, have absolutely savaged MACHINE HEAD's new album, 'Through the Ashes of Empires'. Referring to it as 'a directionless mess of an album', that is chock full of 'widdlesome ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Busted For Driving Under The Influence

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and misdemeanor hit-and-run following a traffic collision that occurred in Hollywood Monday morning, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal. The singer, who turned 36 on Oct. 27, was driving alone near the corner of Melrose ...

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Ex-FAITH NO MORE Bassist BILLY GOULD: Why I Left BRUJERIA

Former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould recently spoke to Perfect Pitch Online about his decision to leave BRUJERIA, the extreme death metal project he had co-founded with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares. "I was involved from the beginning, and it's just a different band now," Gould explained when asked why he exited the group. ...

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DEATHSTARS Added To PARADISE LOST Tour

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have been added to the following dates on the PARADISE LOST European tour: Nov. 02 - Longhorn – Stuttgart, GER Nov. 03 - Abart – Zurich, SWI Nov. 05 - Vidia – Cesena, ITA Nov. 06 - New Age - Trevisio, ITA Nov. 08 - Espace – Marseille, FRA Nov. 09 - Havana ...

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MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Appear On THE MELVINS Tribute CD

MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HIGH ON FIRE and DOG FASHION DISCO are among the artists confirmed to appear on an upcoming tribute CD to THE MELVINS. Titled "We Reach: The Music Of The Melvins", the album will be the second release through Fractured Transmitter Records, the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason ...

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Former WHITE ZOMBIE Drummer Joins Forces With Ex-STRIFE Guitarist

Former WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan de Prume has teamed up with ex-STRIFE guitarist Andrew Kline in a new band called HEALER. Joining the duo in the group are violinist/Canada native Martin St-Pierre and bassist John McLaughlin (ex-NEW PAST LIFE). The band, whose musical direction is described as "world music meets SEPULTURA, NINE INCH NAILS and ...

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