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8 FOOT SATIVA Part Ways With Singer, Drummer

West Auckland, New Zealand-based metal band 8 FOOT SATIVA have parted ways with drummer Sam Sheppard and his brother/vocalist Matt Sheppard due to "irreconcilable differences." The Sheppard brothers will carry on with their SINATE project, for which they are currently seeking a bassist. 8 FOOT SATIVA's 2002 debut album, "Hate Made Me", has been certified ...

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3-FACED: New Recording Posted Online

3-FACED, the new Southern California-based band featuring guitarist/vocalist Patrick Kennison (formerly of UNION UNDERGROUND) and bassist Marty O'Brien (TOMMY LEE, DISTURBED, STATIC-X), have completed work on a new three-song recording with producer Frank Gryner. "I've worked with Frank before, as he had engineered Tommy Lee's solo record, METHODS OF MAYHEM's and all of ROB ZOMBIE's ...

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MUDVAYNE Bassist Explains OZZFEST 'Mystery Band' Hoopla

Launch Radio Networks reports: When the lineup for this summer's Ozzfest was posted online last month, one main stage slot was left open for a "mystery band," with names like MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and DISTURBED all mentioned as possible candidates. That honor eventually went to MUDVAYNE, and bassist Ryan Martinie told Launch ...

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Money From DIMEBAG Tribute Shirt Sales Donated To DIMEBAG MEMORIAL FUND

Dirtbag Clothing recently donated $8,000 to the Dimebag Memorial Fund. The money came from Dimebag tribute t-shirt sales at the February 23 sold-out tribute show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, which featured DROWNING POOL, SOIL, ANTHRAX and DISTURBED. Photos from this event will be available soon on DimebagHardware.com and RockConcertFotos.com. A new batch of ...

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DISTURBED Singer Says Overriding Emotion On New Album Is Anger

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman recently told Launch Radio Networks that the overriding emotion on the band's upcoming third album is anger. "A lot of the songs on this record, they seem to fall into one of two categories: they're either relationship-oriented and from an angry standpoint, or they're politically oriented from an angry standpoint. It ...

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DISTURBED To 'Reinvent' Themselves On Upcoming CD

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman recently spoke to MTV.com about the recording process for their third album, tentatively due early summer. "It's been a process, man," he said. "We don't want this one to sound anything like what we've done, and it's always hard to reinvent yourself and come up with something that doesn't ...

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DISTURBED Singer Explains How New Bassist Was Chosen

Launch Radio Networks reports: DISTURBED made the first personnel change in the band's history last year, hiring former UNION UNDERGROUND bassist John Moyer to replace original member Steve "Fuzz" Kmak, who left the band in November of 2003. With Moyer on board since last May, DISTURBED singer David Draiman told Launch why he was chosen ...

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DROWNING POOL: 'Killin' Me' Video Posted Online

DROWNING POOL's video for the track "Killin' Me" has been posted online at the group's official web site. Check it out at this location. "Killin' Me" comes off the group's sophomore album, "Desensitized", available now on Wind-Up Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Sinner" was produced by Johnny K (DISTURBED, SOIL, FINGER ELEVEN) and ...

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DISTURBED In 'No Hurry' To Release Third Album

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that it's been more than two-and-a-half years since DISTURBED released its last studio album, 2002's "Believe", and the band has taken its time to make its yet-to-be-titled third effort. But as the project nears completion, lead singer David Draiman told Launch that making the new album was not only a ...

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JOEY VERA: 'My Time With ANTHRAX Is Done'

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Coming up in a few days, I leave for a one-off show in Amsterdam (The Netherlands that is) with FATES WARNING. We're headlining the Headway Festival there on April 3rd. We've got Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) ...

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OZZFEST 2005: Complete Details Revealed

It's big. It's bad. And it's back for more. Got a problem with that? Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival ...

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OZZFEST 2005: Offical Press Conference To Be Held Mid-March

An Ozzfest representative has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the lineup and schedule for this year's travelling festival will be announced at a press conference "mid-March." Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, the 10th edition of Ozzfest is expected to be headlined by BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN. Also believed to be in ...

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REPULSION Guitarist Says There Are No Plans For New Album

Guitarist Matt Olivo of the death metal/grindcore pioneers REPULSION recently gave an interview to France's Noiseweb zine about the group's status as one of the genre's originators and their future plans. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Noiseweb: You were, Scott [Carlson, bassist/vocalist] and you, former members of DEATH during some ...

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Concert Review: Heavy Metal Pals Pay Tribute To 'DIMEBAG' DARRELL

Bob Gendron of the Chicago Tribune reviewed Wednesday night's (Feb. 23) benefit show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom in memory of slain DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. An excerpt from his review follows: "Combining belching staccato rhythms with tongue-twisting vocal snarls, DISTURBED gave a professional if sterile performance that pleased the hometown crowd. The ...

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Photos From DIMEBAG Memorial Concert Posted Online

A number of photos from Wednesday night's (Feb. 23) benefit show in memory of slain DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott have been posted online. Check them out: Album#1, Album#2. As previously reported, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul (Dimebag's brother) joined ANTHRAX and DISTURBED onstage during the show. Vinnie performed PANTERA's "A New ...

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VINNIE PAUL Performs With ANTHRAX, DISTURBED During DIMEBAG Memorial Concert

PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul joined ANTHRAX and DISTURBED onstage during Wednesday night's (Feb. 23) benefit show in memory of Vinnie's brother, slain DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Vinnie performed PANTERA's "A New Level" with ANTHRAX before sitting behind the kit with headliners DISTURBED for a rendition of the PANTERA signature song "Walk", with many other ...

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MACHINE HEAD Guitarist To Jam With SOIL At DIMEBAG Benefit Concert

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel will join SOIL onstage at tomorrow's benefit show in memory of slain DAMAGEPLAN/PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Demmel will reportedly appear during the band's rendition of their signature song "Halo". Also scheduled to perform at the February 23 show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom are DISTURBED, DROWNING POOL and ANTHRAX. The ...

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VINNIE PAUL Joins BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION For Toast To DIMEBAG

PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul made an appearance Thursday night (Feb. 10) at the Dallas, TX club Trees for a performance by BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION as part of the Dallas Music Fest. Paul and PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drum tech John "Kat" Brooks (who was wounded in the Dec. 8 shooting in Columbus, OH that claimed the lives of ...

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Alien - STRAPPING YOUNG LAD

"Well, aren't you just a traveling shitstorm?" A more appropriate quote couldn't be found for Devin Townsend, nor STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's new one, "Alien". This release has untouchable frenetic speed, fuming and frenzied honesty at its purest, a radical shift in what we've come to know as "extreme" metal, topped off with Devin screaming like ...

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Bassist JOEY VERA Offers Updates On FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his web site: "Last weekend FATES WARNING shot a video for the tune 'Simple Human' from our new CD titled 'FWX'. It's basically a live performance video with some 'acting' talents courtesy of our lead singer Ray Alder. 'Less is more' — ...

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TESTAMENT's New Recording Studio Is Haunted

TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued the following update on the band's current and upcoming activities: "In prepping for the next studio album, TESTAMENT re-opened its Driftwood Studios at a new location. They had shut down the Oakland industrial-area site when Chuck Billy [vocals] was going through his eventually-successful cancer treatments. With ...

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