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SOULLESS Signs With WORLDCHAOS PRODUCTION

Cleveland, Ohio-based thrash/death metallers SOULLESS have inked a deal with WorldChaos Production. "We are honored to be alongside such metal greats as TERROR SQUAD, KINGS EVIL, GRIMFORCE and many others," the group writes in a statement. "WorldChaos is a label of integrity with an amazing work ethic known for putting exceptional effort into all of ...

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The Fierce Urgency of Now - PASSION

Just when you think hardcore has become harmless and lyrically irrelevant, Philadelphia's PASSION kicks you square in the teeth with an album like "The Fierce Urgency of Now". With a decidedly metallic bite and a firm grasp of arrangement variety, "The Fierce Urgency of Now" is heavy in the way that an INTEGRITY album is ...

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Same Shit But Different - END OF ALL

It's Swedish thrash and it's hardcore, but it is not metalcore. That's bound to please more than a handful of purists out there. Then again, what would you expect from a crust/hardcore/grind label with good taste and integrity like Crimes Against Humanity? Sweden's END OF ALL features an ex member of WOLFPACK and on "Same ...

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HATEBREED Comments On Former Guitarist's Passing

HATEBREED has issued the following statement regarding the passing of its former guitarist Lou "Boulder" Richards: "As many of you may have heard, and we were sorry to learn, our former guitar player Lou 'Boulder' Richards passed away yesterday. It is very unfortunate that he could not see any other way to conquer his demons. ...

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Former HATEBREED Guitarist Passes Away

According to several online sources, including postings on the band's official MySpace page, former HATEBREED guitarist Lou "Boulder" Richards — who appeared on the group's "Satisfaction is the Death Of Desire" (1997) and "Perseverance" (2002) releases before leaving the band in May of 2002 — has died. No further details are currently available. ...

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Accept Death - ACCEPT DEATH

I'll put Northeast Ohio's heavy music collective against any region in the world when it comes to churning out raggedy hate metal and sludge punishment that is from the heart and convincingly soul-burning. It is a fact of which England's Retribute Records is keenly aware, making it no surprise that the label signed a band ...

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PASSION Signs With GOODFELLOW RECORDS

Goodfellow Records has announced the signings of Philadelphia, PA-based hardcore quintet PASSION. The group's new album, "The Fierce Urgency of Now", is scheduled for release on October 10. According to a press release, "PASSION is set on a goal that surpasses playing music. That goal is to bring their own brand of furious, metal-driven hardcore ...

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JESSE PINTADO's Family Comments On Guitarist's Passing

The surviving members of TERRORIZER, late TERRORIZER/ex-NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado's family and Century Media Records have issued separate statements regarding Pintado's tragic loss. Jesse Pintado passed away at Holland's Erasmus MC hospital on Sunday, August 27, 2006 due to liver failure. TERRORIZER: "Words can't describe the loss we feel for our close brother. We ...

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DRY KILL LOGIC: Another New Song Posted Online

DRY KILL LOGIC has posted another new song, entitled "4039", on its MySpace page. The track comes off the group's follow-up to 2004's "The Dead and Dreaming", entitled "Of Vengeance and Violence", which is scheduled for release on September 19. Regarding the upcoming CD, DRY KILL LOGIC frontman Cliff Rigano recently said, "It's ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'I Believe In Total Honesty'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Blender.com about the women he's loved, bands he's helped break out, his parenting skills, the Kiss Coffeehouse and the "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" reality TV show. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Blender.com: So, tell us a secret: How did you get Shannon Tweed ...

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Chapter 1: Between the Bridges - TO THIS DAY

It's a horribly inappropriate metaphor, given the eating and drinking habits of many in this scene, but aren't good old-school hardcore records kind of the audio equivalent of a bacon cheeseburger and a cheap cold beer? Sure, it's nice to see bands spreading their wings, getting all technical, melding styles, whatever. But sometimes you just ...

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Christ Illusion - SLAYER

Everyone's known it for years: while SLAYER is widely considered one of the greatest live metal acts of all time, the band has not made an equally great album since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss". That record brought together the speed and fury of "Reign in Blood" (1986) with the experimental nature of "South of ...

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Come What(ever) May - STONE SOUR

Before we got all mixed up with eighteen million different subgenres of metal, there was just one single genre: heavy metal (or hard rock), a musical space marked by a significantly harder edge than the mothership of rock and roll but also a field wide open to many different sounds and styles. Thus in the ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Honor Rebellion In 'Original Fire' Video

Corey Moss of MTV.com recently spoke to AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello about the band's video for their upcoming single "Original Fire", which was shot last week in Los Angeles with graphic designer/video director P.R. Brown, whose résumé includes clips for MATISYAHU and DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE. "The video, in some ways, is about ...

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The Chthonic Chronicles - BAL-SAGOTH

It must piss off BAL-SAGOTH to no end that those puffy-shirted Italian rogues in RHAPSODY get the real Christopher Lee to add narration to their albums. They'd certainly give the old ham more scenery to chew on — a good portion of the vocals on these blustery, unbelievably pretentious tracks are delivery in a haughty, ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD: New Track To Be Given Away With FYE Sampler

A demo version of a new MUSHROOMHEAD track, entitled "Burn", will be included on a FYE sampler to be given away exclusively with the purchase of two qualifying CDs at FYE stores starting today, June 26, 2006. It is limited to 25,000 copies and is being done in conjunction with Decibel magazine. More information is ...

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SEPULTURA Comment On Drummer IGOR CAVALERA's Departure

The remaining members of SEPULTURAAndreas Kisser (guitar), Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass), and Derick Green (vocals) — have issued the following statement regarding the departure of drummer Igor Cavalera: "Since the beginning of SEPULTURA the ideas of the band were based on the open mindedness, a strong attitude, and the belief in what ...

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Metalcore Label FACEDOWN Inks Deal With RED DISTRIBUTION

RED Distribution and Facedown Records have finalized terms for an exclusive distribution agreement, it was announced today by Bob Morelli, Executive Vice President and General Manager, RED Distribution and Jason Dunn, President and Founder/Owner, Facedown Records. Under the new agreement, RED will partner with Facedown to maximize visibility and exposure for a variety of new ...

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KISS Frontman: 'If Someone Wants To Take A Potshot At The Band, You Don't Do It In My House'

KISS' official web site, KissOnline.com, has been updated with part one of a brand new interview with KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. It is reproduced here in its entirety: KissOnline.com: Recently we've seen some changes on KissOnline.com. What's your involvement in those changes? Paul: "Over the years it was obvious to anyone who looked at it ...

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THE ESOTERIC Begin Work On New Album

Lawrence, KS innovators THE ESOTERIC have begun work on their sophomore release for Prosthetic Records, entitled "Subverter". The cutting-edge outfit begins recording May 8 at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora, KS as well as in an undisclosed location in Kansas City with producer/engineer Paul Malinowski (SHINER, OPEN HAND, SEASON TO RISK). The follow-up to last ...

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