VENDETTA RED Singer Says AC/DC's Fans Are 'Blatantly Homophobic'

Andrew Bonazelli of the Seattle Weekly spoke with VENDETTA RED frontman Zach Davidson about the band's negative experience opening for AC/DC earlier this year at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. "It was a fuckin' nightmare, dude," Davidson sighed. "It was scary how blatantly homophobic a lot of that crowd is. AC/DC's music, whether you like ...

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Former NEUROTICA Singer Launches New Project

Former NEUROTICA/ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer is in the process of demoing material with his new project, STARRFACTORY, at an undisclosed studio in Florida. About 12 songs have been constructed thus far and will be recorded with a view toward procuring a record deal. Shaefer is reportedly planning on playing many of the instruments on the ...

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Morning Gig: OZZFEST Openers Hit The Stage Running

George Varga of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports in today's edition that nearly 13,200 fans were at Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California Thursday night (July 3) when heavy-metal legend OZZY OSBOURNE began his headlining performance at Ozzfest 2003. That's about 13,000 more than were present when UNLOCO, a four-man band from Texas, kicked off ...

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Drumming Up The World's Fastest Drummer

Folks in Nashville, Tennessee, will soon march to the beat of a different drummer — about 1100 drum beats per minute, according to NCBuy.com. The city is hosting the National Association of Music Merchants' International Fastest Drummer Contest, July 18-20, which is looking for the fastest hands and feet in the drum business. Judges will ...

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OPETH's ÅKERFELDT Explains Finnish Festival Cancellations

OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued a statement clarifying the group's reasons for canceling their previously announced appearances at Finland's Tuska and Illosaarirock festivals, scheduled to take place July 11 and July 12, respectively. The statement reads as follows: "Dear friends, "We are extremely sorry that we had to cancel the two festivals in Finland. ...

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SATYRICON: 'Volcano' Vinyl Edition Available

SATYRICON's latest album, "Volcano", winner of each and every prize it was nominated for in their native country — Osloprisen, two Alarm Awards and a Norwegian Grammy — is now available on see-through vinyl. The gatefold-sleeved double album includes two exclusive bonus tracks from the original recording sessions, "Live Through Me" and "Existential Fear-questions", the ...

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SEVENDUST Name New Album

SEVENDUST have set "Seasons" as the title for their fourth full-length studio album, tentatively due in October through TVT Records. The band have recorded 16 tracks during the sessions for the upcoming CD at Atlanta's Ruby Red Studios with producer Butch Walker (INJECTED, SR-71). Around 12-13 songs will end up on the final CD, which ...

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SENTENCED Added To Finland's TUSKA METAL FESTIVAL

SENTENCED have replaced OPETH at this year's edition of Finland's Tuska festival, set to take place July 11-13 in the Kaisaniemi park in the center of Helsinki. As previously reported, OPETH were forced to cancel their appearance at Tuska due to "logistical and financial" difficulties connected with the group's upcoming U.S. tour with PORCUPINE TREE, ...

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