SLIPKNOT Tribute Band DISASTERPIECE Meet Their Heroes

Members of SLIPKNOT attended a show by the first-ever SLIPKNOT tribute band DISASTERPIECE on Thursday, March 18 at The House of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa. Commented DISASTERPIECE in their newsletter: "It was a most exciting and surreal experience for all of us here in DISASTERPIECE. Especially Joe Lohr #4 who received from [SLIPKNOT guitarist] ...

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Estonian Black Metallers MANATARK To Support MAYHEM In Europe

Estonian black metallers MANATARK have officially been confirmed as the second support act (in addition to Japan's DEFILED) on the first half of the upcoming MAYHEM European tour. Support at the remaining dates will come from CADAVER and DEFILED. MAYHEM w/ MANATARK and DEFILED tour dates: Apr. 09 - Musikens Hus - Gothenburg, SWE Apr. ...

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VENOM Announce New Lineup

British black metal pioneers VENOM have revealed the details of their new lineup and upcoming recording/touring activities. Joining bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant and drummer Antton is the latest addition to the group's ranks, American guitarist Mykus. Commented Cronos: "I have chosen the most talented and deadliest of all the musicians who've ever been in this ...

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JERK Split With Singer, Seek Replacement

Sydney, Australia-based hard/electronic rock outfit JERK today announced the departure of vocalist Johnathan Devoy. A band spokesperson issued the following statement: "We had a great time with John, but regrettably started heading in different directions. The split is an amicable one and by mutual agreement. We wish John all the best and hope to bring ...

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BLO.TORCH Win Dutch 'Battle Of The Bands' Competition

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH came out victorious in the "Grote Prijs van Zuid-Holland" competition finals Friday night (March 19) "after showing the jury, the audience and the five other finalists what we're made of," according to a post on the group's web site. "Besides direct placement in the regional finals of 'De Grote Prijs van ...

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DAVE GROHL: 'I'll Take THE DARKNESS Over Whiny Emo Bands Any Day'

FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl has "reviewed" some of his current favorite recordings for the "Playlist" column in the "Arts" section of today's New York Times. Among the bands Grohl covered were THE PIXIES, THE DARKNESS, MY MORNING JACKET and YEAH YEAH YEAHS. This is what he had to say about THE DARKNESS: "Show ...

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ROTTENNESS Confirmed For Germany's NRW DEATHFEST

Mexican "goregrinders" ROTTENNESS are one of the latest acts confirmed for the NRW Deathfest, a two-day indoor festival set to take place September 17-18 at AJZ Bahndamm in Wermelskirchen (near Leverkusen) Germany. The complete list of bands currently set to appear at the festival is as follows: ABORTED (Belgium) DISAVOWED (Netherlands) PUTRID PILE (U.S.) IMMERSED ...

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