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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Sign With POISON ARROW RECORDS

Reunited Finnish speed/thrash metal masters NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have inked a deal with Poison Arrow Records. The group, who feature in their ranks the original guitar duo — Markku Jokikokko and Jukka Kyrö (BURNING POINT) — responsible for composing all of the group's early material, plus former ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW/current FOR MY PAIN vocalist ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR To Open For REVIS In South Carolina

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), have been "selected by a Epic Records representative" to open for REVIS on December 5 at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, South Carolina, according to a post on the group's web site. Upcoming SHAITAN MAZAR tour dates: Dec. 05 ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR: More Live Dates Announced

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), will play the following dates in late November/early December: Nov. 27 – Masquerade - Atlanta, GA (w/ PSYCHOTIC SUSPENSIONS, MIRAGE) Nov. 28 - Uncle Doctors - Columbia, SC (w/ DROP COMIX, GODS OF MARS, SOUTHPAW) Dec. 12 - ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer To Publish Autobiography

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi has begun work on his autobiography, tentatively due next summer. The book, which is being co-written with biographer Jake Brown, will offer a candid account of Corabi's life story, including his stints in THE SCREAM, MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION, RATT, and the BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, and will include interviews with ...

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CENTURY MEDIA Brings Metal To The Masses

On November 18, the Century Family brings the metal back to the masses with a specially priced double-disc set. This compilation, "Metal For The Masses Volume II", is exclusively available at all Hot Topic retail outlets nationwide and features one 20-track disc clocking in over 75 minutes with new tracks from such groundbreaking and up ...

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POISON's BRET MICHAELS Explains VINCE NEIL Shoving Incident

In a brand-new interview published in the January 2004 issue of Metal Edge magazine, POISON frontman Bret Michaels commented on the scuffle that occurred on one of the last dates of the band's summer tour involving MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, one of the supporting acts on the bill. Michaels was very reluctant to divulge ...

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THE END Sign With RELAPSE RECORDS

Mississauga, Ontario quintet THE END have signed a deal with Relapse Records. The group will release their first proper Relapse full-length in North American on January 13 and in Europe on January 26. THE END (Aaron Wolff – vocals, Steve Watson – guitar, Andrew Hercules – guitar, Sean Dooley – bass, Anthony Salajko - drums), ...

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MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD To Appear On THE MELVINS Tribute CD

MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, HIGH ON FIRE and DOG FASHION DISCO are among the artists confirmed to appear on an upcoming tribute CD to THE MELVINS. Titled "We Reach: The Music Of The Melvins", the album will be the second release through Fractured Transmitter Records, the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason ...

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NILE: New Video To Be Shown On 'Headbanger's Ball'

Relapse Records recording artists NILE will see their new video — for the song "Sarcophagus" — premier on this weekend's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". "Headbanger's Ball" airs Saturdays from 10-12 PM EST on MTV2. The conceptual "Sarcophagus" video, from NILE's heralded "In Their Darkened Shrines" album, was directed and filmed by acclaimed director Darren ...

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WYKKED WYTCH Confirmed For Miami's LOCALPALOOZA 2003 Festival

Florida-based WYKKED WYTCH will be performing at the Localpalooza 2003 festival show at Kaffe Krystal in Miami on Saturday, November 15. The show is being put on by Phantasyland Entertainment & Darkhak.com. The all-day event will showcase Miami's best metal acts and will feature two stages and 15 bands. WYKKED WYTCH will release their third ...

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MASTODON Complete Work On First Video

Relapse Records recording artists MASTODON have completed work on their first music video — for the track "March of the Fire Ants" off their acclaimed release "Remission". The clip was shot in the band's hometown of Atlanta with director Chad Rullman (NEUROSIS) and is said to be a "surreal narrative" incorporating principal photography, and featuring ...

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Former POISON/MR. BIG Guitarist To Release New Acoustic CD

Former POISON/MR. BIG guitarist Richie Kotzen will shortly issue a new album, titled "Acoustic Cuts". "This is different from the CD that was sold at my live shows in Japan," Kotzen writes on his web site. The complete track listing for "Acoustic Cuts" is as follows: 01. Change 02. What Is... 03. High 04. Don't ...

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'MTV2 Headbanger's Ball' CD Track Listing Announced

The complete track listing has been announced for the first-ever "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" album, due on October 7 through Roadrunner Records. The "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" album will feature 40 tracks on 2 CDs for the cost of just one. The first disc will feature "unit movers" from the hard rock scene, the big names who've ...

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Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Survivor On Brink After Disaster

Richard C. Lewis of the Associated Press reports that "Michelle Spence, burned and left debilitated in a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, finally felt good enough to see the rock band POISON recently. "Her 10-year-old daughter, Hailey, however, was hysterical. She was terrified that her mother would get hurt again. Maybe she'd ...

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SHADOWS FALL Prepare To 'Take Action'

Massachusetts-based thrash metal quintet SHADOWS FALL, arguably this year's breakthrough Ozzfest artist, are gearing up for a full slate this fall. The group, who constantly sold more albums than any other second stage artist for over five weeks in a row, proved that audiences want to hear real metal bands that are not afraid to ...

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POISON'S Stage And Gear Destroyed By Fire

Hard rock band POISON lost their stage, sound system, several instruments and multiple other items after one of their transport trucks caught fire Sunday morning (August 31) en route to the band's gig in Clarkston, Michigan. "At approximately 3:00 a.m. CST one of POISON's transport trucks was disabled due to a fire beginning at the ...

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POISON Concert Leads Missouri Town Officials To Legislate Morality

Cliff Sain of Branson Daily News reports that a Branson, Missouri alderman on Monday (August 25) defended the city's right to legislate morality, prompting a resolution encouraging theaters to stick to family-oriented entertainment. The resolution, which only expresses the opinion of the board, was passed, but met with a mixed reaction from a crowd of ...

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Review: DEF LEPPARD Less Than Electric

T'cha Dunlevy of the Montreal Gazette reviewed DEF LEPPARD's show at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night (August 9). "It was the third big rock revival show in the past month, following the ruthless riffage of METALLICA (before 50,000 on Île Ste. Hélène) and the melodramatic camp of IRON MAIDEN last Saturday," he writes. ...

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DEFTONES: 'Hexagram' Video Shoot Details Unveiled

DEFTONES will be shooting the video for "Hexagram", the second single from their self-titled album, this Friday (August 8) at The Skatelab Warehouse, located at 4226 Valley Fair Street in Simi Valley, California. Fans are being invited to show up between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. for the shoot, which will take place later in the ...

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The Early Years - POISON IDEA

"This one's about all you masculine punks out there," snorts frontman Jerry A before a characteristically off-the-rails live rendition of their song "Typical". In that one announcement, everything that was so perversely lovable about the enduring Portland punks shines through. Despite the general perception that their world was viewed exclusively through the bottom of a ...

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DEFTONES To Film 'Hexagram' Video In Los Angeles

DEFTONES will be shooting a video for their new single, "Hexagram", on August 8 in Los Angeles with director Darren Doane (POISON THE WELL, EVERY TIME I DIE). The band, who are currently touring with METALLICA, LINKIN PARK and LIMP BIZKIT as part of the Summer Sanitarium Tour, are looking for all local DEFTONES fans ...

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POISON Frontman Announces Solo Tour

VH1 Classic recently announced they will present the Bret Michaels "Songs of Life" tour this fall. Michaels will embark on this, his first-ever solo tour, on September 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio — just two weeks after the POISON tour ends. The tour is in support of Michaels' "Songs Of Life" CD released on May 20, ...

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Star-Telegram: Sticky Sweet Metal Is Pure POISON

Jay Webb of the Star-Telegram reviewed the POISON/VINCE NEIL/SKID ROW show at Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Sunday night (July 20). "It may be easy to mock the annual hair-metal concert headlined by POISON that rolls into Smirnoff Music Centre each summer, but the show consistently draws a good-size audience (about 7,000 this year) ...

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