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SLASH, MEGADETH, FEAR FACTORY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Confirmed For U.K.'s DOWNLOAD

SLASH, MEGADETH, STEEL PANTHER, RISE AGAINST, BILLY TALENT, FEAR FACTORY, AS I LAY DYING, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, KYUSS LIVES!, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PERIPHERY, TERRORVISION, GINGER and RECKLESS LOVE have been confirmed for the 10th annual installment of the Download festival, which will take place June 8-10, 2012 at Donington Park, United Kingdom. The billing ...

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TESSERACT To Release Acoustic EP

U.K. progressive metallers TESSERACT are working on an acoustic EP, tentatively titled "Perspective", for a spring release via Century Media Records. The effort will contain reworked versions of tracks from the band's debut album, "One", plus "a very special" cover version. Commented TESSERACT bassist Amos Williams: "The EP was inspired by an acoustic session we ...

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VEIL OF MAYA: More New Album Details Revealed

Chicago-based extreme progressive metal titans VEIL OF MAYA will release their third full-length album, "Eclipse", on February 28 via Sumerian Records. Produced by djent hero Misha Mansoor of PERIPHERY, the CD is "a stunningly concise yet diverse metal record, packed full of death-metal chops, tech-metal grooves, progressive arrangements and hardcore rip-yer-throat-out attitude," according to a ...

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DEVILDRIVER Guitarists' NAMM Clinic (Video)

Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer of California metallers DEVILDRIVER took part in a clinic on January 20 at the Korg booth at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out the footage below. Kendrick and ...

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STAR MONARCHY: 'Monarchy' Lyric Video Released

The official lyric video for "Monarchy", the first single from STAR MONARCHY, the new project launched by bassist Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, JAMES LABRIE), can be seen below. The track, which was mixed and mastered by Derek Taylor at Milo studios in Texas, features the following musicians: * Dan Tompkins (TESSERACT) - Vocals * Francesco Artusato ...

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OBSCURA, THREAT SIGNAL Members Added To STAR MONARCHY Project

Alex Rudinger (THREAT SIGNAL) and Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, BLOTTED SCIENCE) have been added to the list of musicians who will contribute to "Volume 1", the debut album from STAR MONARCHY, the new project launched by bassist Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, JAMES LABRIE). The release will feature songs written by Ray and some collaborations with other artists. ...

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THE HUMAN ABSTRACT Goes On Hiatus

California metallers THE HUMAN ABSTRACT appear to have gone on indefinite hiatus following the band's recent split with both vocalist Travis Richter and eOne Music, the label that released the group's third full-length album, "Digital Veil". In a recent post on his Facebook page, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT bassist Henry Selva stated about the band's current ...

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PERIPHERY Drummer Launches BANDHAPPY Online Music Education Service

Scheduled to launch in early 2012, the Bandhappy online music community, founded by PERIPHERY drummer Matt Halpern, promises to "reshape how music teachers and students connect in a first-of-its-kind music community." Bandhappy will offer either in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via a custom-built, in-house video chat system. "Bandhappy really spent the ...

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NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2012 Billing Announced

MassConcerts has announced that the 14th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place the weekend of April 20-22, 2012. The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States, has presented some of the biggest and up-and-coming artists in the metal and hardcore music ...

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PERIPHERY Begins Recording New Album

Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band PERIPHERY has entered the studio to begin recording its sophomore full-length album for an early 2012 release via Sumerian Records. Commented guitarist Jake Bowen: "We've got a ton of new songs ready that we can't wait for you guys to hear. "We'll spend the winter in the studio with Taylor ...

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PERIPHERY Bassist Quits

Bassist Tom Murphy has announced his departure from the Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band PERIPHERY. He says in a statement, "I have had so many unforgettable experiences and have met so many wonderful people while playing with the band and just want to say thank you to all the fans for making that possible. I ...

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Backstage With PERIPHERY

In the 10-minute clip below, Misha Mansoor, founding guitarist of the Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band PERIPHERY, walks you through the backstage area of the New York stop of the just-completed "Frak The Gods" tour, which also featured STRAY THE PATH (subbing for THE HUMAN ABSTRACT), TEXTURES, THE CONTORTIONIST and local openers THE BINARY CODE. ...

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PERIPHERY Announces New Guitarist

Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal band PERIPHERY has announced the addition of guitarist Mark Holcomb to the group's ranks. Holcomb previously had a project with PERIPHERY axeman Misha Mansoor called HAUNTED SHORES and was the fill-in guitarist on PERIPHERY's "Frak The Gods" tour. Commented Mansoor: "We are happy to announce that Mark Holcomb will be joining ...

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SOILWORK Frontman Added To STAR MONARCHY Project

Bjrn "Speed" Strid (vocals; SOILWORK) and Sean Dailey (vocals; THE BETTER DEATH) have been added to the list of musicians who will contribute to "Volume 1", the debut album from STAR MONARCHY, the new project launched by bassist Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, JAMES LABRIE). The release will feature songs written by Ray and some collaborations with ...

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Former SCAR SYMMETRY Singer To Release Solo EP

Swedish guitarist/vocalist Christian lvestam (SOLUTION .45, MISERATION, TORCHBEARER, ex-SCAR SYMMETRY) has inked a deal with Pivotal Rockordings for the release of his first solo EP, entitled "Self 2.0". The EP will be made available exclusively in all major web-retail outlets and streaming services in the spring of 2012. Perhaps most well known in the metal ...

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TEXTURES Teams With ED STONE For Clothing Line

British clothing brand Ed Stone and Dutch technical metal band TEXTURES have announced the launch of an exclusive TEXTURES x Ed Stone T-shirt line. The line of T-shirts will be based around the band's new album, "Dualism", which was recently released through Nuclear Blast Records. The T-shirts will be limited to a 100 pieces per ...

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DREAM THEATER To Tour Europe With PERIPHERY

Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER will embark on a European headlining tour in January 2012. Support on the trek will come from the Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal six-piece PERIPHERY. The dates are as follows: Jan 23 - Helsinki, Finland - Icehall Jan 25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Hovet Jan 26 - Oslo, Norway - Valhall ...

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PERIPHERY To Support DREAM THEATER

Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal six-piece PERIPHERY will support DREAM THEATER on the following dates: Oct 15 - Palace Theater - Albany, NY Oct 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theatre Commented PERIPHERY guitarist Misha Mansoor: "To say that the chance for PERIPHERY to open for DREAM THEATER is a dream come true would be a ...

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TEXTURES Announces 'Dualism' New York City Listening Party

Dutch progressive technical metal band TEXTURES has announced two exclusive listening parties for its fourth album, "Dualism", scheduled for release on September 23 in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia and September 27 in North America. The U.S. listening party will begin at 9 p.m. at Idle Hands Bar, located at 25 Avenue B (Downstairs) ...

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PERIPHERY Drummer's SONISPHERE Clinic; Video Available

Drummer Matt Halpern of the Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal six-piece PERIPHERY held a clinic at the U.K. installment of the Sonisphere festival, which took place July 8-10, 2011 at Knebworth House. You can now watch the session in two parts below. PERIPHERY recently parted ways with guitarist Alex Bois. The band will embark on the ...

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PERIPHERY Parts Ways With Guitarist

Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal six-piece PERIPHERY has released the following statement: "We have some sad news to share. [Guitarist] Alex Bois and PERIPHERY have decided to part ways. This is truly a sad day for PERIPHERY, because Alex has been with us since the beginning, and he is like a brother to us. We're going ...

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PERIPHERY To Tour North America With THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, TEXTURES, THE CONTORTIONIST

Maryland-based experimental, progressive metal six-piece PERIPHERY will embark on the "Frak The Gods" headlining tour in September with support from THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, TEXTURES and THE CONTORTIONIST. The trek will kick off on September 2 and will run through October 8. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. Commented PERIPHERY guitarist Misha Mansoor: "We ...

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FAIR TO MIDLAND: 'Musical Chairs' Video Released

"Musical Chairs", the new video from Texas natives FAIR TO MIDLAND, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's new full-length album, "Arrows And Anchors", which will be released on June 14 via eOne Music. The follow-up to 2007's "Fables From A Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True" was produced ...

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KITTIE To Tour U.S. With DIRGE WITHIN, DIAMOND PLATE

Veteran all-girl Canadian metal outfit KITTIE will embark on a U.S. tour in August. Support on the trek will come from DIRGE WITHIN and DIAMOND PLATE. The dates are as follows: Aug. 11 - Cave In Rock, IL - Hog Rock (Gathering of the Juggalos) * Aug. 12 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Rock Garden ...

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