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EDDIE VAN HALEN Signature Guitar Announced

Launch Radio Networks reports: Eddie Van Halen has teamed up with the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation on a limited-edition signature guitar. Fender has produced a replica of Van Halen's original "Frankenstein" guitar, which he used on the band's early albums and tours. The re-creation of the red guitar with black and white stripes is exact, ...

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KNUT Parts Ways With Guitarist; Future Uncertain

Switzerland-based hardcore/metal band KNUT (pronounced "kahNOOOOT") has announced the departure of guitarist Jeremy, who is leaving the group to concentrate on his grind project, MUMAKIL. Commented the group: "This marks the end of an eight-plus year partnership, and a big letdown considering the atmosphere that prevailed within the band and the amount of enthusiasm towards ...

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BLAKK MARKET Begins Recording Debut Album

Brazilian melodic death metal quartet BLAKK MARKET entered Captain on the Bridge Studios this week to begin laying down guitar tracks for its debut album, "Self-improvement: Suicide". Produced by Alexei Leão (STORMENTAL, SHADOW OF SADNESS, DISPLAY) and BLAKK MARKET, the CD will feature 10 tracks — three of them re-recorded versions of previously released songs ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Begins Recording New Album

Veteran Florida-based extreme metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have commenced the recording sessions for their tenth full-length album, "Doomsday X". "Dave [Culross] finished tracking the drums and arrived home this evening," the band writes in an update. "They recorded 12 songs and Dave is very happy with the natural feel they achieved, without sounding overly mechanical. The ...

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IGNITE: European Tour Dates Announced

West Coast conscious hardcore champions IGNITE will team up with DEATH BY STEREO and BURN THE 8 TRACK for a European tour beginning mid-February. Commented IGNITE bassist Brett: "We are really excited about our upcoming headlining club tour in February with our friends in DEATH BY STEREO. The tour will support the re-launch of our ...

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FIRST BLOOD Announces Headlining Tour

FIRST BLOOD has announced its first national headlining tour for January 2007. Support acts on the bill chosen by the band include DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY, and DEAD HEARTS. Releasing their full-length debut, "Killafornia", on Trustkill this year, the group has already completed tours of the U.S., Europe and most recently Japan. This summer ...

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ANNIHILATOR Added To TRIVIUM's European Tour

Veteran Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have been added to the European leg of TRIVIUM's "The Crusade 2007 Tour". Confirmed dates are as follows: Apr. 08 - Ireland, Dublin - Ambassador Apr. 09 - Ireland, Dublin - Ambassador Apr. 11 - UK, Bradford - St Georges Hall Apr. 12 - UK, Manchester - Apollo Apr. 13 - ...

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RWAKE: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Arkansas sludge kingpins RWAKE have finalized the track listing for their brand new full-length record, "Voices of Omens", due in North America on February 20, 2007 via Relapse (February 26 internationally). RWAKE recorded "Voices of Omens" with Sanford Parker at Electrical Audio (HIGH ON FIRE, NEUROSIS, PELICAN, ZAO) and Parker's own Volume Studios (PLANES MISTAKEN ...

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NINE INCH NAILS To Begin Mixing New Album In January

NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Is it possible I am actually finished writing and recording a new NINE INCH NAILS record? Apparently so. We begin mixing in January! "Juggling fifteen all-new tracks around. Testing sequences. No leftovers from 'With Teeth'. Highly ...

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VOIVOD Drummer Discusses His Art

Susan Frances of Indie In-Tune has issued the following report: French-Canadian mathematician, painter, and musician Michel Langevin is a conceptual artist whose creations depict the negative forces of technology's nature, often representations of the surreal, the macabre, and the destructive. His first paintings were of an anti-hero whom he christened VOIVOD after Bram ...

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Chapter Chaos Begins - ANONYMUS

It is pleasant surprise time again. I'm talking about "Chapter Chaos Begins" by Montreal thrash kings ANONYMUS. It is a crime that more folks outside of Canada are not aware of the knuckle-busting thrash produced by this monster act. The group has moved quite a few units in its homeland and for good reason. An ...

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PARADOX To Carry On As Duo

Long-running German metallers PARADOX parted ways with guitarist Fabian Schwarz, drummer Chris Weiss and bassist Andi Siegl during the recording sessions for the band's fourth album, "Electrify", due in early 2007 via AFM Records. However, "the recordings are not affected by this," the rest of the group writes in a statement. "The album will be ...

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Wounded Skies - STORMCROW

This one has been out for quite a while now, but was sent my way only recently. It's worth the cyber ink, so we'll knock it out regardless. With "Wounded Skies" Italy's STORMCROW slams through four songs and one intro of unforgiving black metal malice that will appeal to fans of speeding traditionalists like DARK ...

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GODHEAD Confirms U.K. Dates With SOIL

Returning from a holiday season break following completion of the thunderous "Congress of Corruption" fall U.S. tour with new Cement Shoes Records (Fontana/Universal) labelmates ILL NINO and RA, post-industrial glam slammers GODHEAD are set to go back on the road and take their riveting live show overseas in January as the main support on SOIL's ...

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MOUNTAIN Legend LESLIE WEST Teams Up With DEAN GUITARS

Rock legend Leslie West, from the band MOUNTAIN, has teamed up with Dean Guitars to create a Leslie West Signature Model — a custom, single cutaway, co-designed by West and company founder Dean B. Zelinsky. West's legend became synonymous with tone when he dialed a ton of it out of his Jr. for the classic ...

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Acoustic METALLICA Available On iTunes

iTunes has released the second volume of acoustic performances from the Bridge School Benefit concerts held annually in the Bay Area... and two of the songs are from METALLICA! "Fade to Black" and "The Four Horsemen" were recorded at Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View, CA, in October of 1997 when the band performed at the yearly ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist To Guest On 'Real Time With Bill Maher'

AUDIOSLAVE/ex-RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello will be a guest on "Real Time With Bill Maher" next Friday, November 17. The show will air live at 11 p.m. EST on HBO. In other news, Morello's solo alter ego, THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, has lined up the following appearances: Nov. 14 - Hollywood, CA @ Hotel Cafe ...

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The Dead Eye - THE HAUNTED

What to make of this new HAUNTED album? It's hard to take it out of context and judge it on its own merits — on one hand, you have the band's formidable back catalog to measure it against, a smorgasbord of modern-day Swedish thrash that renders 95% of their colleagues obsolete. Tied to that is ...

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