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HATEBREED Add Second Guitarist

HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta has posted the following message on the band;'s official web site: "We've decided to become a five-piece again. Mainly because of the new album having a lot of parts that involve second guitar, but also because me and [bassist Chris] Beattie started this band as a five-piece and feel like it's ...

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TOOL Drummer: 'We Truly Are An Alternative Band'

Despite the long wait between TOOL albums, the group remains as popular as ever. Drummer Danny Carey told Launch that he feels the band's integrity has kept the fans coming back. "We truly are an alternative band," he said. "It's an alternative to what other people label as alternative, that actually all sounds the same ...

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METALLICA Frontman JAMES HETFIELD To Be Honored

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with recovery process. Bill Silva will be the recipient of the MusiCares Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals ...

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Limited-Edition SACRIFICE Vinyl Box Set Due This Fall

Profound Lore Records are tentatively planning on issuing a limited picture-disc set comprised of the first three albums (1986's "Torment In Fire", 1987's "Forward To Termination", and 1990's "Soldiers of Misfortune") from Canadian thrash legends SACRIFICE. "As some of you recall, the first three SACRIFICE albums have been masterfully reissued with pure class and integrity ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Cleveland, Ohio's MUSHROOMHEAD have scheduled the following dates in March/April: Mar. 23 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Mar. 24 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters Mar. 25 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's Mar. 26 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection Mar. 29 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's Mar. 31 - Columbus, OH - ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD: New Album Video Preview Available

Cleveland, Ohio's MUSHROOMHEAD are scheduled to release their sixth studio album on June 6 via Filthy Hands/Megaforce. The album's projected first single, "Watch Me Go", is expected in May. A video preview for the new CD can be seen at this location. MUSHROOMHEAD's follow-up to 2003's "XIII" (Republic/Universal) will mark the group's recording ...

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GODSMACK Set Release Date For New Album

GODSMACK have set an April 25 release date for their new album, "IV". The album's first single, "Speak", will be released to radio on Tuesday, February 14. In a recent interview with MTV.com, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna had the following to say about the follow-up to 2003's "Faceless": "It's a killer record, and I'm really ...

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ELECTRIC EARTH Complete Work On Sophomore Album

ELECTRIC EARTH, the Trollhättan, Sweden-based hard rock band featuring Peter Gottlieb (vocals and guitar; formerly with the ROLLIN' MACHINE), Tommy Scalisi (lead guitar; GOOSEFLESH, RAT SALAD), Lyris Karlsson (bass; RAT SALAD) and Lars Berger (drums; GOOSEFLESH, RISING), have completed work on their second CD, "Vol II – Words Unspoken". At the moment, they are looking ...

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RETRIBUTE RECORDS Announces Two New Signings

The U.K.'s Retribute Records has announced the signing of THE RIVER and ACCEPT DEATH. For the past six years, the U.K.'s THE RIVER have been forging their own brand of oneiric doom metal, incorporating seriously heavy riffing, enchanting female vocals and lashings of melody. Having produced four exceptionally well-received demos (which enabled the band to ...

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Inventor Of Evil - DESTRUCTION

Fourth post-reunion album from these German thrash heroes, and all eyes are on the "We Are the World"-esque "The Alliance of Hellhoundz" — the track (yet another paean to how much metal rocks) boasts a slew of guest vocalists. Doro Pesch, Paul Di'Anno, "Speed" Strid" of SOILWORK, Peter Tägtgren, Biff Byford (SAXON), Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR), ...

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Satire: Metal Council Convenes To Discuss 'Metal Hand Sign' Abuse

The Onion, the satirical publication that bills itself as "America's Finest News Source," has published an article on the "metal hand sign" abuse. An excerpt from the report follows: VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER, ICELAND—In an emergency session Tuesday, members of the Supreme Metal Council strongly condemned the increasing use of the metal hand sign in lay society, ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Discusses New Solo Album

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin will release his second solo album, "Scream", on November 18 via MTM Music. "Scream" features legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on "Raising Hell" as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls. Martin recently offered the following update on the new album to

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AMEN Frontman: Convicted Murderer FAUST Is 'The Nicest Man'

In a recent interview with Britain's Rock Sound magazine, AMEN frontman Casey Chaos spoke about his SCUM project, which also features in its ranks Samoth (ZYKLON, EMPEROR), Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust) (ex-EMPEROR), Happy Tom (TURBONEGRO), and Cosmocrator (MINDGRINDER). Asked if he ever addressed Faust's past with him (the drummer was jailed in 1994 for ...

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Outstay - THIRD DEGREE

If you like your grind simple, stripped down to the bare steel beams, festooned with thrash beats and seething slow parts, and delivered with clinical precision, THIRD DEGREE is your next essential purchase, easily slotted in with NASUM and those pissed-off recent NAPALM DEATH albums. On the chopping block is a quick half-hour of vein-bursting ...

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POWER OF OMENS Call It A Day

San Antonio-based progressive metallers POWER OF OMENS have split up. An official statement on the matter by the group's guitarist, David Gallegos, reads as follows: "To all of our devoted fans… It comes with great sorrow the news I'm about to bring you. "For almost 12 years, this band has consistently found ways to be ...

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CELLADOR Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of CELLADOR, a melodic speed/power metal band from Omaha, NE. Originally formed in summer 2004 by guitarist Chris Petersen, CELLADOR was founded with the purpose of introducing aggressive European-style melodic speed/power metal to the Midwest USA, where the style is completely nonexistent and virtually unknown. CELLADOR spent the ...

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