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SATYRICON, KHOMA Confirmed For U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

SATYRICON, HENRY ROLLINS (spoken word) and KHOMA are among the latest acts confirmed for Download festival, set to take place at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, over the weekend of June 9-11 June. Download 2006 will go something like this: Friday, June 9: Main Stage: TOOL DEFTONES FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND COHEED & CAMBRIA SOULFLY STRAPPING YOUNG ...

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ALTER BRIDGE Part Ways With WIND-UP RECORDS

ALTER BRIDGE have announced that they have terminated their recording, publishing, and merchandising agreements, effective immediately, thereby severing all of the ban's contractual relationships with Wind-Up. "We're very excited about concluding this chapter in our lives and focusing on the future,” explains Grammy Award-winning songwriter and guitarist Mark Tremonti. "We have been working on new ...

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SLIPKNOT Guitarist To Embark On IBANEZ Clinic Tour

SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson is setting out on a 5-city guitar clinic tour, during which he hopes to create an intimate setting for interacting with his fans, as well as unveiling his new custom-designed Ibanez MTM1 Mick Thomson signature electric guitar. The MTM1 was custom designed to Mick's exact specifications, including his choice of pickups, ...

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DEAN GUITARS Unveils DIMEBAG's REBEL RAZORBACK Creation

Dean Guitars has announced the release of what it believes is one of the finest guitars Dean has ever made — the Rebel Razorback guitar (photo), a creation of the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Sculpted with razor-like edges, and points-to-kill, Dean's Rebel Razorback is a visual six-string weapon made for those who play ...

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EMPIRE: 'Raven Ride' Track Listing Revealed

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE), have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Raven Ride", due on May 12 via AOR Heaven Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) features guest appearances by singer Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), drummer Andre Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE, RAZORBACK) and ...

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The Trident - UNEARTHLY TRANCE

Relapse has a nose for sniffing out those special kinds of acts that usually bridge gaps, push boundaries, or possess that something extra to help set them apart from the rest of the herd. NYC's UNEARTHLY TRANCE is not quite as "out there" as vocalist/guitarist/noise-maker Ryan Lipynksy's black metal expeditionary force, THRALLDOM, but this third ...

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The Dominion Gate - NIGHTMARE

Fans of power metal desperate enough for a new fix to avoid being too picky will want to seek out this French band, originally formed in 1979 (!) and reactivated since '99. "The Dominion Gate", their American debut, is chock-full of choir-backed choruses, muscular power metal riffing, tough but melodic lead vocals, and epic tales. ...

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DIMEBAG DARRELL's 'Cowboys From Hell' Guitar Unleashed

Dean Guitars has unleashed another guitar honoring the legacy of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN axeman "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. This time, it's the Cowboy from Hell (photo), an exact reproduction of Dimebag Darrell's customized Dean ML which was pictured on PANTERA's 1990 release "Cowboys from Hell". Dimebag referred to this guitar as the "Dean from Hell". ...

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UGLY Tap Producer RICK PARASHAR For Full-Length Debut

UGLY, the Detroit-based band featuring former members of BRIDGE and OUTSPOKEN, have tapped legendary producer Rick Parashar (PEARL JAM, NICKELBACK, ALICE IN CHAINS, ROB ZOMBIE) to produce their debut album, tentatively due this fall via Rust Records. Pre-production will begin in Cleveland on March 20. Parashar and the UGLY boys will begin work on the ...

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Eclipse - AMORPHIS

One of the few times in recorded metal history when a vocalist change didn't provoke a nerd riot among a band's followers, the ascension of Tomi Joutsen to the singer position in AMORPHIS has signaled instead a renaissance for these enigmatic Finns. Yes, the death growls are back, in limited quantity, and yes, there's that ...

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Founding VENOM Guitarist To Tour With German Techno Band SCOOTER

According to PowerMetal.de, original VENOM and current MANTAS guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn will be accompanying German techno group SCOOTER on their upcoming tour as the band's live guitarist. Dunn is presently working on MANTAS' follow-up to the group's acclaimed debut, "Zero Tolerance", tentatively due in September. SCOOTER's "Who's Got the Last Laugh Now?" tour dates ...

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TRANSATLANTIC Featuring DREAM THEATER Drummer: Two-DVD Set Out Now

TRANSATLANTIC, the supergroup project featuring Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) on drums, Neal Morse (ex-SPOCK'S BEARD) on keyboards and vocals, Roine Stolt (THE FLOWER KINGS) on guitar, and Pete Trewavas (MARILLION) on bass, have just released a two-DVD set, "Building The Bridge" and "Live In America", on Radiant Records. The following product description was posted on ...

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Dimensions - WOLFMOTHER

That rumbling sound you hear is the onrushing freight train of hype that'll be dumped on the United States in the near future, as Australian sensations WOLFMOTHER make their belated way to our shores. Already bigger than big down under, this lean, mean power trio could actually bridge the gap between the stoner rock underground ...

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MANOWAR Video Director NEIL JOHNSON Speaks

Acclaimed music video director Neil Johnson (MANOWAR, RHAPSODY) recently gave an exclusive interview to Metal Temple magazine's Chiara Pelegrini. Johnson spoke about his longtime involvement with MANOWAR as well as his upcoming projects, such as the first-ever live DVD of Italian power metallers RHAPSODY, among other subjects. Here are a few excerpts from ...

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DOWNLORD Trapped In 'Scandinavian Black Metal Arctic Hell'

DOWNLORD, the Danish death metal band featuring former members of BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION, INIQUITY, and SACRIFICIAL, hit a major snag during their initial attempt at travelling to Reno Kiilerich's (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, OLD MAN'S CHILD) studio to record drum tracks for their next demo project Commented vocalist Dave Ingram: "We set off towards Skjern (western Denmark) where ...

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Vol. 4 - LULLACRY

Sure, it'd be possible to get through a LULLACRY review without mentioning several international superstar bands who combine bubblegummy pop-metal with female vocals. But what would the fun of that be? Besides, find me a NIGHTWISH fan who doesn't like this band — if you do, they're either lying or being deliberately difficult. And really, ...

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